The 39 Clues: Unstoppable Book 1: Nowhere to Run by Jude Watson

23 Sep

unstopThe 39 Clues: Unstoppable Book 1: Nowhere to Run

By Jude Watson

272 pages – Ages 8 – 12 years

Series: The 39 Clues: Unstoppable (Book 1)

Published by Scholastic Inc. October 1, 2013

Dan and Amy Cahill, the two kids in charge of the world’s most powerful family and keepers of The 39 Clues serum are back in an all new adventure! The 39 Clues are a list of ingredients that when you mix them together, they make a serum that makes the person who takes it 90% invincible (it happens to be very toxic, so you die soon after taking it)! The 39 Clues is too powerful to ever to be used, but there are those who will stop at nothing to get it. After defeating the Vespers (an evil family who want t o rule the world or destroy it) in the Cahill vs Vespers series, all Dan and Amy want is to return to a normal life or at least a life where they don’t have to look over their shoulders 99% of the time and wonder who is out to get them. Sadly, that is not going to be. J. Rutherford Pierce (a super-rich and super-powerful media guy) is out to get the Cahill kids. He is trying to ruin their reputations and even worse. The Cahills decide it is time to stop Pierce, but they soon realize their worst fears have come true. Someone has assembled the serum, which a Cahill had just perfected (now 99.9% safe, and taken in daily doses!

The 39 Clues is one of my favorite multi-series (I say multi because there are a bunch of series: The 39 Clues, Rapidfire: The Cahill vs Vespers etc)! I am the kid at the front of the line at the bookstore every time a new book comes out. I was very thrilled that I was able to get an ARC of this book because of two words – Jude Watson! Ms. Watson is a favorite author of mine, and one of the original 39 Clues authors, and I think she writes really well. I was a little disappointed in the last book of the last 39 Clues series (The 39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers Book 6: Day of Doom – each book in the 39 Clues series is written by different authors). In Day of Doom, there were some character things and things that happen in the plot I wasn’t really fond of. I was hopeful that this series would start off well. I was not disappointed! Ms. Watson not only tied up things from the last series, she sets this series up to be another great Cahill adventure. Ms. Watson puts in a bunch of action, humor, and adventure into her books and tells a great story for kids. I thought the plot of this book was especially intense and exciting because of the new bad-guy, Pierce. Pierce is very cunning, smart, and absolutely diabolical.

This is one of those books I want to give more than 5 bookworms to, but my scale only goes to 5 🙂 – 5 out of 5 bookworms! fivebooks

You can find out more about The 39 Clues and play the online game (which I think is very cool) by visiting the official 39 Clues website – click HERE!

The next book in The 39 Clues: Unstoppable series is called Breakaway by Jeff Hirsch and will be published by Scholastic Inc. on January 28, 2014! I can’t wait!


37 Responses to “The 39 Clues: Unstoppable Book 1: Nowhere to Run by Jude Watson”

  1. Angela Brown September 23, 2013 at 9:44 am #

    I’m thinking of starting the 39 Clues series and see if I can encourage a bit of joint reading with my kiddo.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks September 23, 2013 at 8:57 pm #

      😀 My mom reads the books with me! We have a lot of fun talking about what is happening (she gets mad at me if I let spoilers slip because I red the books first). I hope you and you kiddo like The 39 Clues! 🙂


  2. Joanna September 23, 2013 at 11:46 am #

    So glad Jude Watson was back with this one, Erik!


  3. Patricia Tilton September 23, 2013 at 12:20 pm #

    Erik, you really have enjoyed this series! And, I’m glad this new book didn’t disappoint you! You really gave it a glowing review! Will have to keep it in mind as I refer kid to books.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks September 23, 2013 at 8:59 pm #

      I know why the series is so popular with kids – it’s good! 🙂 I already can’t wait for the next book…


  4. KidLitReviews September 23, 2013 at 12:57 pm #

    I have not read any of these though I have browsed them. This 39 Clues sounds very good. Might have to finally buy one. Nice review Erik. Isn’t it great to get an ARC of a series or from an author your love? A nice perk for being a reviewer. 🙂


    • thiskidreviewsbooks September 23, 2013 at 9:16 pm #

      I was HAPPY when the nice people at Scholastic sent me this one! I read it the same afternoon I got it! 😀


  5. Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews September 23, 2013 at 1:40 pm #

    Wow, that’s some high praise for this one. I better pin it – sounds too good not to follow up on this one. Thanks for your recommendation.


  6. Genevieve Petrillo September 23, 2013 at 3:08 pm #

    I could definitely eat something with 39 ingredients – even if some of the ingredients were poison. I love to try and eat poison when Mom isn’t looking.

    Love and licks,


    • thiskidreviewsbooks September 23, 2013 at 9:18 pm #

      OH! No no Cupcake! I will tell your mom if you try to eat poison! Try bacon and butterflies instead! 🙂


  7. ontheplumtree September 23, 2013 at 4:28 pm #

    Looks as though this was right upyour street Erik…clues, mystery and adventure. Good stuff.


  8. jama September 23, 2013 at 6:42 pm #

    Happy for you that you got an ARC from an author you enjoy writing a series you love. Great review!


  9. stanleyandkatrina September 23, 2013 at 7:38 pm #

    Your enthusiasm for this book is clear. How wonderful that you received an ARC from one of your favorite authors. Yet another great review from you.
    ~Cool Mom for the S&K Gang 🙂


  10. Stephanie@Fairday's Blog September 23, 2013 at 10:33 pm #

    This book sounds so good! I have 30 Clues in my car to start reading ASAP. I will have to start soon. This review is awesome! Thanks for sharing. 🙂


  11. Darlene September 23, 2013 at 10:44 pm #

    Your enthusiasm for this book is contagious! I’m sure everyone will be reading it soon.


  12. Joanne Fritz September 24, 2013 at 5:32 pm #

    Wow! Scholastic is certainly getting a lot of mileage out of The 39 Clues. I never even finished the first series, Erik. Glad to hear how much you enjoyed this new volume. You might have a future in publicity or marketing or as a sales rep – they could use your enthusiasm. Jude Watson is a prolific author (she writes all those Star Wars prequels too). But I’ve only read her YA novels under her real name, Judy Blundell.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks September 25, 2013 at 8:19 am #

      I love Ms. Watson’s Star Wars books too! I remember that she had a different name for older books but I didn’t remember it. Ms. Blundell just tweeted last night that she liked my review! 😀 How cool! 😀


  13. bellatroxell September 24, 2013 at 10:49 pm #

    OMG!!!!! I’ve felt the same way!!! Love the series: check. First in line at bookstore: check. Disappointed with last book: check. Excited for this one thanks to you:check!!!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks September 25, 2013 at 8:22 am #

      HA! HA! Great minds think alike! I really thought the end of the last series was disappointing. I think you will be very happy with Nowhere to Run!


  14. Michelle Isenhoff September 25, 2013 at 10:26 am #

    Wow! They’re still going with this one? It’s definitely a kid-pleasing series if they can get this much mileage out of it!!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks September 25, 2013 at 12:06 pm #

      They have written a lot of books for the series but I never get tired of reading about Dan and Amy! 🙂


  15. readingwithrhythm September 28, 2013 at 11:59 am #

    Well, these 39 Clues are sure popular in my part of the world!! The books don’t spend much time on the library shelves!


  16. Myra GB September 30, 2013 at 1:51 am #

    Ah. I didn’t realize there were only six books in the Cahills vs Vespers series. I’ve read up to Into the Gauntlet, I think, and haven’t had a chance to catch up on the other titles. It’s a hit or miss for me, this series. There are titles I enjoyed, and others that were just meh. 🙂 But I could see its appeal to a young audience.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks October 1, 2013 at 7:31 pm #

      You are only one book away from finishing the first series! Vespers Rising is the tenth and last book of the original series. Then there is six books of the Cahills vs. Vespers and now there is this new series – Unstopable! I agree with you, there have been some of the books that were kind of not so great, but I think 90% of them are great! 🙂


  17. Anonymous November 2, 2014 at 4:33 pm #

    I love this book!



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