Friday, December 5, 2014

Loch Ness (The Cryptid Files #1)

Author: Jean Flitcroft
Goodreads rating: 3.68
Pages: 182
Format: ARC
Vanessa’s dreams are haunted by cryptids and she longs to complete her mother’s search for Nessie, the most famous one of them all. Can she finally solve the mystery of Loch Ness? She gets her chance on a surprise trip to Scotland, but no one could have foreseen the consequences. Set against the eerie stillness of the loch, The Cryptid Files: Loch Ness is a magical story filled with suspense and adventure.

 The first book of The Cryptid Files series starts off pretty interestingly. I always loved the idea of Nessie (mostly because of my Scottish heritage) so reading about young Vanessa Day continuing her mother's study in cryptozoology, and looking for the most famous Cryptid (these beasts of legend) of all (her words) was really cool.

The chapters are nice and short, giving you the opportunity to play the "ok just one more chapter" game. Each chapter also gives some information about Nessie or some information about sightings from her, which is a unique idea.

We travel with Vanessa to Scotland as she is eager to try to find Nessie. We also get to explore the struggles that Vanessa goes through after losing her mother and as her dad begins to date again. I really liked following Vanessa's journey through Scotland as she heals herself and explores the biggest mystery of the famous Loch Ness.

The only thing I really didn't like was there was a part (won't give away any spoilers but you will know what I am talking about if you read it) where it just got too "fantasy like". I really liked the idea of showing this book to my students to talk about pseudo-science and was hoping for more of a relatively realistic experience.

But aside from this extra bit of too much fantasy, it's not a bad read for younger adults (maybe middle grade).

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