Monday, August 24, 2015

#Review - Hide and Seek by Jane Casey (Young Adult, Mystery)

Series: Jess Tennant # 3
Format: Paperback, 288 pages
Release Date: August 25, 2015
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Source: Publisher
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery

Jess Tennant's classmate is kidnapped right before the Christmas holiday in this third novel in Jane Casey's brilliant young adult mystery series.

It's Christmas in Port Sentinel, the tiny English town where Jess Tennant has been living for more than a year now. She wasn't sure how she felt about moving away from London when her mom dragged her to Port Sentinel right before the beginning of high school, but even Jess has to admit the town has completely outdone itself for the holidays. There's a Christmas market complete with mini ice-rink, and fairy lights decorate the bare trees all over town.

For one of Jess's classmates, though, the Christmas season is anything but magical. She's been kidnapped and is being held in a dilapidated cottage near a deserted beach. And Jess might be the only one who can figure out where she is in time to rescue her.

Hide and Seek is another delightfully clever young adult mystery from beloved author Jane Casey.

Hide and Seek is the third installment in the Jess Tennant young adult mystery series by author Jane Casey. Jessica aka Jess, has been living in Port Sentinel since the beginning of the school year. She's found herself involved in solving TWO major incidents that had the town and police baffled. First it was her cousin Freya who could be her twin, then it was Seb Dawson, a boy from school who was left for dead in the middle of the road. Each time, Jess has done things that the police detective in charge, Dan Henderson, didn't exactly catch on to until Jess was in mortal danger. 

In Hide and Seek, Jess once again finds herself in the middle of a police investigation after one of her school mates disappears. After reading her supposed history partners diary, Jess peels away the mysterious onion (clues), and ends up right in the middle of a major storm. Why yes, Jess does put herself into life or death situation. Why yes, Jess does have a tendency of ignoring adult warnings about not getting involved in things that don't have anything to do with her. But, Jess is also a character who refuses to sit back on her hands while other people walk around like Zombies looking for brains to eat with their hot sauce. 

While she would love to be like other people and relax, have fun, and make friends, she knows that while it is a bit rude to stick your nose into other people's business, often times than naught, it gets the job done. I dare say that you should ignore the synopsis for the book. I dare say that Jess hasn't been living in Port Sentinel for more than a year now. The true facts are that Jess was dragged away from her home in London after her cousin was found dead. This came on the heals of her parents nasty divorce, and her mothers connection to the Detective Jess keeps knocking heads with.

One of the more interesting aspects of this series, is Jess finding a new family in Port Sentinel, as well as love in the boy who lives next door. As the only kid of two parents who probably should have never married, Jess has always wanted siblings. Now, she has (2) brothers (Tom and Hugh) and a sister (Petra) who looks up to her. Jess does have some friends. Not many, but enough to keep things interesting. Darcy is probably the one who sticks out the most since she was also Freya's best friend. Darcy is actually Jess winglady, as it were. She's the one who has access to people that don't exactly care for Jess's nosiness.  

Now, of course it is time to drag up my negatives of this series which is going to kill me. 1. I hate love triangles! I loathe them from the very fiber of my being. The whole Jess, Will, Ryan twist is a bit too much. 2. I hate when two boys have a dick measuring contest in order to win the girls affection. What if the girl has already told you that she wasn't interested in YOU that way? 3. I am finally glad the the whole Molly, Karen, Dan, Christopher soap opera appears to be finished. I suffered through 3 books hoping beyond hope that none of these characters would stay, or get together. Thank GOD, for small miracles! 

People have called Jess the new Nancy Drew. I have no problem with that. I think that a future Jess could do well as a Police Officer/Detective, or a Private Investigator who looks into things the police fail to dig up. I do have a feeling that this may be the final novel in the series, but perhaps not. There are plenty of material for Jess to get into trouble with. 

**I received this book for free from (Publisher) in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**

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