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I was asked by the author to read this novel in exchange for an honest review. By the Seat of Her Pants by Jenifer Rubloff is the second in a series about Betsy Butters, an irresistible teenage girl that seems to sniff out mystery and intrigue no matter where she goes.
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In the first section of this novel, she is whisked away to France during the Christmas holidays by a very rich friend whose parents are more generous with their money than I've ever seen. Betsy meets a handsome boy, Alex, who revea I was asked by the author to read this novel in exchange for an honest review.
Betsy meets a handsome boy, Alex, who reveals that his grandfather is missing some stolen paintings. Does this sound like a case for someone? That's right-- Betsy! There is a lot to like about Betsy and her adventures. Once again, Rubloff is amazing in her descriptions of the food in Paris-- I seriously was salivating when she described Betsy's meals with her friend's family and the scrumptious desserts.
She also excels at painting her surroundings-- I felt like I was shopping with the two girls in the most luxurious stores in the world. I still love the dear Inspector who has been watching Betsy from afar-- and Madame Gastaud is still both stern, frightening, and likeable in equal parts. I still wonder if she is the enemy. So, you may ask, why only a paltry three stars, since you did get enjoyment out of this book? Good question.
I have several big issues with these books that unfortunately stopped me from liking it as much as I could. First, this book and the first needs a good editor. There are many spelling mistakes, grammar mistakes, punctuation mistakes, and so on, which really makes it harder to read. Second, the dialogue is probably the other weakest point in this book. We get long paragraphs of people talking, just trying to get through extensive background and description.
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The phrases are stilted and formal-- so much that I don't get the sense of real people talking. It's a shame because Rubloff is actually very good with description. She doesn't need people to say all of these things. The other big weak point is the pacing. As with the first novel, my issue is that if this is a mystery, we need to have set up equally throughout the book.
We get introduced to the mystery sometime when she is in France, but then we have to wait many, many pages until we get back to it. The villain of the piece isn't even introduced until almost the end, which makes no sense. I think a good editor could see all of these issues and rectify them. Rubloff has all the ingredients to make a good book-- she just needs a guiding hand to take it to the next level. Sep 16, Paula Phillips rated it really liked it.
When I was younger, I used to love tales of boarding school books. One of the ones I read was about these girls who went to a boarding school in Switzerland and stayed at a Chalet. From then , I was hooked and I spent all my pocket money buying the old Annuals as they had comic strips about similar tales and then as I got older and recently I have loved books like A Touch of Frost series by Jennifer Estep and Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins.
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