Monday, August 09, 2010
Jenny B. Jones's So Over My Head ~ Reviewed
So Over My Head
Jenny B. Jones
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (May 4, 2010)
Newly single, stalked by a killer, and in desperate need of some chic clown shoes--Bella is one skinny mocha frapp away from total meltdown.
When the Fritz Family Carnival makes its annual appearance in Truman, Bella's keen reporter instincts tell her the bright lights hide more than they reveal. Her suspicions are confirmed when one of the stars is murdered. Though the police make an immediate arrest, Bella doubts this case is quite that simple.
She needs her crime-solving boyfriend, Luke, more than ever. Problem is, his ex-girlfriend has moved back to town, giving Bella some murderous thoughts of her own. Then again, there's no time for a relationship crisis when Bella's doing her best to derail her father's wedding and stay one step ahead of a killer.
Is God sending her a message in all of this madness? With a murderer on the loose and her boyfriend's ex on the prowl, this undercover clown has never had more to juggle--or more to risk.
Jenny B. Jones's books read like one of those e-mail buddies. You know. The ones who can make you laugh and snort coffee, even in the midst of a really rotten Monday morning. The buddies who make inappropriate hilarious, even when you know you shouldn't laugh. And then, that same buddy, sometimes throw out a spiritual truth or deep statement that makes you stop and consider something entirely different about a situation.
So Over My Head is all of these rolled into one drama-infused, teen-romance-rich, murder-mystery riddled read fueled by a cast of international, costume-wearing, high-flying characters. Ruthie the unicycle ballerina is my favorite character in the book and I'm pretty sure she needs her own series.
Reviewed by: Kelly Klepfer
I couldn’t wait for this review copy to arrive at my front door so I could read about Bella Kirkwood and her adventures in Oklahoma. So Over My Head starts two weeks after the Prom ended in the last book. Bella prides herself as being a Nancy Drew kind of gal. Fellow students seek her talents when they have a mystery to solve.
I couldn’t help but get the feeling I was watching a Scooby-doo episode as I read about Bella Kirkwood and Luke chase down possible suspects in a murder mystery at the circus. Bella was at the circus writing an article for the school newspaper when she discovered a body with a knife in it.
Luke, the editor of the school newspaper, tells Bella to stop writing the circus article. It’s just too dangerous. But, since Bella cooled things with Luke on the personal level and it was back to business as usual, she didn’t think she should take his advice. This was her story and she was not going to be scooped out of it.
Bella’s stepdad, Jake, has hit the big time on the wrestling circuit and goes on the road to follow his dream. Bella’s mom is unhappy and puts her dreams on hold so her husband can chase his. Meanwhile, Bella’s dad has found true love; Bella thinks otherwise. She will use her super sleuth skills to get to the bottom of her dad’s fiancé. There was more to this woman than her dad could see. There was more than love on that woman’s mind and Bella would prove it.
Jenny hits another home run with the third and final installment of the A Charmed Life series. She has created an over the top believable story with Bella tracking town leads to uncover the murder mystery before it’s too late. Treat yourself to one of Jenny’s books. She creates a fun, witty and tender story that will warm your heart. Get ready for another amusing adventure with Bella Kirkwood. You’ll be entertained, giggle and learn something that will catch you by surprise. I highly recommend this book for young readers, but I can also recommend it for all ages. I can’t wait to read the next book Jenny B. Jones writes - no matter what audience she is targeting. I know that it will be worth my time and money!
Reviewed by: Nora St.Laurent
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