Annie Fleet, master scuba diver and history buff, knows she can’t fight her nerd status as a freshman at her Los Angeles private school. And she doesn’t care—except for the fact that her crush, Josh, thinks she’s more adorable than desirable. Annie is determined to set him straight on their school trip to Mexico. But her teacher has other plans: he needs Annie to help him find Cortez’s lost-long treasure.
Suddenly, Annie finds herself scuba diving in pitch-black waters, jetting to Hawaii with Josh, and hunting for the priceless Golden Jaguar. But Annie and Josh aren’t the only ones lured by the possibility of finding the greatest treasure ever lost at sea. Someone else wants the gold—and needs Annie dead. In deeper danger than she ever imagined, can Annie get the boy and find the Jaguar, or is she in over her head?
I wasn’t sure if I would like this book when I first cracked it open. I figured I would have a decent enough time, considering it was a scuba-diving mystery. I, personally, have never come across a book centered around that kind of prose before, so I was fairly interested. And right from the start, I really enjoyed Annie and her narration, so that was a plus.
Building on that, I really appreciated the way that Voorhees put Annie in situations that she was able to grow as a character, and I liked the way that Josh was able to grow as well through being Annie’s sidekick at times. The humor in this story was also really great, and often times I smiled and even laughed as I was reading this book.
Now, on the flip side of that, I really liked the almost dark mystery elements to this story and the way that the scuba-diving was portrayed. I thought that this was a really fun story that was a great stand-alone, but I would’ve liked to see more of Josh and dig deeper into some of the characters. 3.5 stars.
pg count for the hardback: 336
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