The Captain’s Log – stranger and stranger & dark times (Rob Reger & Jessica Gruner)

Ahoy there me mateys!  This here be a combined review of the second and third books of the Emily the Strange series. While I try to post no spoilers, if ye haven’t read book one and ye keep reading this log then ye have been forewarned and continue at yer own peril . . .

Okay so back when I read book one I stated that “Emily is totally a kindred spirit for me and I am so glad I found her.  I wish I would have found her sooner.  This book is so funny and awesome.  I knew it was for me just based on the cover.”  Further reading only solidifies the point that Emily and I would be good friends if we both didn’t hate other people so much.

Book one was awesome and I loved the audiobook.  Sadly I was not able to listen to these in audiobook format but I still loved them.  While book one remains me favourite, book two was excellent because Emily accidentally duplicates herself.  At first Emily thinks that having two of herself is great but slowly begins to question that belief.  But how does she get rid of “OtherMe?”  This book continues with the 13-bullet-point-lists, made up curse words, pranks, fabulous diary entries, and absolutely marvelous cats!  Even though much of the plot was predictable, I just didn’t care.  It made me happy.  I love Emily’s change of heart concerning OtherMe and how mom handles the whole situation.

Book three was the weakest of the books so far but was silly fun nonetheless.  In this one Emily is homeschooled by her mom.  It involves time travel, meeting Emily’s ancestors, and epidemics, among other things.  I love how Emily’s classes work out.  I love Emily’s artwork.  I enjoyed Emily’s shenanigans in the 1780s but too much of this book was Emily (and gang) waiting for things to happen.  I wanted more of Emily taking charge.  This book did, however, set up the last book in the series.  I do need to know what happens next!

If ye haven’t met Emily and enjoy strange, quirky, and snarky characters then give this series a shot!

Goodreads has this to say about book two:

Emily is . . .

1. A mad scientist
2. A cat lover
3. A mural painter
4. A golem builder
5. A virtuo-spastic guitarist
6. A wicked skater
7. A wily troublemaker
8. A poltergeist tamer
9. A mystery solver
10. A master prankster
11. An eXtreme procrastinator
12. A happy loner
13. A unique individual

. . . and now there are two of her.

To visit the authors’ websites go to:

Rob Reger & Jessica Gruner – Author

To buy the novels please visit:

stranger and stranger – Book 2

dark times – Book 3

To add to Goodreads go to:

Yer Ports for Plunder List

Previous Log Entries for this Author

the lost days – book 1 (Captain’s Log – YA Fantasy)

6 thoughts on “The Captain’s Log – stranger and stranger & dark times (Rob Reger & Jessica Gruner)

  1. It may be just me, but I find a third in a series always starts to loose my interest. I can and do get obsessed with certain characters but eventually in any series it’s hard to keep it fresh.

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    1. I do find that the longer the series is, the less likely I will want to pick it up now. The recent exception being the Vatta books. I read all seven of them and could still read more! But I agree that longer series have trouble keeping it fresh. Thanks for the comment. Always glad to hear from ye. Hope the husband continues to improve. Arrr!
      x The Captain

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    1. I am so glad to find another Emily fan. She makes me happy. The only issue is that the library doesn’t have book four. I know I would reread one and two but didn’t adore three. I don’t want to pay money for four unless I adore it. So I am pondering. Thanks for reading!
      x The Captain


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