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Fearless, by Mandy Gonzalez

kateteaching7and8's review

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4.0

Thank you to #Netgalley and Simon and Schuster Children's Publishing for allowing me the opportunity to read a digital ARC of Fearless by Mandy Gonzalez. This middle grade fiction novel will be out April 6, 2021. All opinions are my own.

Monica has dreams of becoming a Broadway start and now she's getting her chance. Monica has been cast as the understudy in an upcoming Broadway show at the famous Ethel Merman Theater. When she arrives, she discovers that she's no longer the understudy but the lead as the original star quit and Monica watched the first understudy get wheeled into an ambulance. Monica quickly learns from her castmates that the theater is cursed. As opening night gets closer stranger things start to happen. Monica and her friends are determined to find a way to reverse the curse and they set out to unravel the mysteries the theater holds.

Fearless is a cute middle grade novel full of Broadway history. I really enjoyed learning about Broadway traditions and superstitions. The main theme of this novel is about not letting fear get in your way. The characters are bright and vivid. This book is an interesting combination of adventure and mystery. While the focus is on a curse and it seems like supernatural things are happening the plot stays firmly rooted in realistic fiction by providing reasons for the various happenings (like old wiring as the reason for the lights flickering and rats causing the rustling sounds). This is a fun novel that fans of Broadway are sure to enjoy.

teacup_dragon's review

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adventurous lighthearted mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

3.0

calistacaesariyani's review

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4.0

SOOO CUTE!! the audiobook is just *chefs kiss*. is narrated by queen miss mandy gonzalez herself and especially when she starts to sing??? YES. this is not the best middle-grade book or anything but is brilliantly adorable and did learn a lot about broadway

endlesstbr's review

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adventurous dark funny hopeful informative lighthearted mysterious tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.0

A cute novel pulling back the curtain on Broadway theaters, playing on the tradition of the Ghost light and the narration by the author is pure joy.

abbie_reads_books's review

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adventurous lighthearted medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

3.75

candyce_thebookdutchesses's review

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4.0

3.5 stars

This was a cute story filled with family, theater and some mystery! I loved that the author did the audiobook and it really added to the story.

athomewithabook's review

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This was a book that I was going to purchase so I was able excited when I saw that it was on scribd. But I’m so glad that I didn’t buy this, because this just wasn’t what I was looking for. I think the pacing was slow and there wasn’t enough tension - for me. I know that this MG and usually I find a nice soft balance. Maybe it wasn’t supposed to be scary?

emvsmith's review

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adventurous funny hopeful inspiring lighthearted medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

3.75

theenglishimaginarium's review

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adventurous hopeful lighthearted mysterious fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.75