This site has some great 39 clues fanart, so I suggest you check it out if want to see more like this!
Songs stuck in my head as I read this:
Amy and Dan are on their way to Japan to find the next clue when Ian and Natalie steal their tickets and board their plane with Nellie, their au pair. Now they are in the hands of their shady uncle Allistair Oh, as they fly to Japan on a private plane. When there, they must figure out what the writing on the swords means, and how it will lead them to the next clue. This leads them on a hunt throughout Japan and South Korea as they encounter both the Holts and the Kabras in order to find their next clue.
This story was a very fast read. I swear, I finished it in less than an hour. However, I loved every minute of it, and I remembered most of the storyline surprisingly well, given that it has probably been 6 years since I read the book. Heck, I even remembered some of the sound effects from the audiobook version that I used to listen to. The setting of this book, in old/historical Japan and Korea was so intriguing that I felt myself almost being able to look around and see all the hidden places that Amy and Dan ventured into throughout the story.
The only weird thing in this story was that Ian and Amy did have a bit of a romance. When I was 11 and reading it, I did not read into it that much, and instead just shipped them with all my heart. Now, I realize that they, technically, were cousins (albeit distant) in a romance. I personally did not have that much of a problem with it, as throughout history royals and rich people would marry their relatives many times in order to keep the money within the family. However, I know some people might think this to be uncomfortable. I can assure that the romance does not take over the book, but it is a key part of the storyline that cannot be skipped.
I would recommend this book to anyone in middle school or up who is interested in a globe-spanning action adventure story.
Overall Rating: 5/5