Just when we all thought that Bellas life was roses, things start to smell bad. While shes on assignment, covering the circus thats come to town, Bella discovers a dead body. The police make an arrest, but Bella is sure theyve got the wrong guy. Then Bella catches her boyfriend kissing his ex! So she focuses on finding the real killer. Only problem, the real killer might be focusing on her! Sigh. I love me a good Jenny B. Jones book. Yes I do. Heres another wild tale of Miss Bella Kirkwood and her charmed life. It made me laugh, it made me cry, and I may have had to lock the door just in case there were any deranged circus performers in my neck of the woods. All in all, a completely satisfying end to this series. Nothing left to do but make everyone else read these books while we wait for Jenny B. Jones next installment of hysterical teen novels. Hope the wait isnt too long.
I have to admit I thought the first two books were better, but I have to hand it jenny b. jones. She knows how to end a series well! I gave it a 4 out 5 stars because I did have a few problems with the book. First of all I think Luke and Bella's relationship was almost borderline. Almost everytime they are alone, it seems they are very closing to making out and a couple of times there is some heavy kissing going around. I think their passions could have been toned down a bit and the story would have still been enjoyable. Also I thought there was almost too much going on. Bella had to deal with a murder mystery, parental problems, her relationship with her father, mystery of her father's finance, and boyfriend problems. Yet, like I said before, the author handled it nicely. She tied up all the loose ends with happily ever afters. One has to love that. Oh and the murder mystery is definitely something to enjoy reading!
There is nothing I dislike more than a book series that gets worse with each installment. Like the author ran out of steam after the first book. But that is not the case with the Charmed Life Series by Jenny B. Jones. Each book in the series is better the previous one and the third book of this series, So Over My Head, is a great read.Jones has a way with character development. I greatly appreciate the way she has metered out Bellas personality changes over the series of the books. Bella is a very different person than the first book, but her changes are realistic. She changes in the right areas but stays the same in others. Her quirky outlook on her life in Truman and her sense of style are just as strong as they were in the first book. I like the fact that Bella remain the same in the areas that made me fall in love with this book series in the first place. Trouble finds Bella despite her attempts to avoid it and Jones does a great job of making Bellas penchant for drama believable. Even some of the stranger personalities, like Ruthie are endearing. Ruthies character brings funny and enjoyable new perspective of Bellas crime fighting exploits. And Cherry, the new addition to the cast, provides a good balance between Bella and Ruthie.Great pacing is another one of Jones accomplishments in this book. The book flowed smoothly from scene to scene, quickly sucking you into the plot. And even though this book is considered YA, the mystery angle is solid. Jones accomplished something that I enjoy when I read a good mystery: she had me guessing about the whodunit until the end. And when the protagonist was revealed, it wasnt a complete shock, but it was a believable surprise. Jones did a great job of hiding the clues in plain sight. So Over My Head brings to mind the Nancy Drew books I loved in high school, except with a little more spunk and a lot more fashion. And I renew my position that Ill take Bella Kirkwood over Bella Swann any day.
I love how everything Jenny B. Jones writes is bursting with personality. Even the dedications in her books are fun to read. It felt like this book had more going on plot-wise than the previous two. Bella was balancing two mysteries, working undercover, dealing with murky family stuff both in Truman and New York, and sorting out her own trust/relationship issues. All these story lines were woven together skillfully. And I thought the "behind the scenes" stuff in this book were really fun. Though I only noticed the asterisks about half the time because of how involved in the story I was. And, obviously, it was funny. But I just expect that when I see "Jenny B. Jones" on the cover.
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.