Book Reviews, Mystery, thriller

The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

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Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

W O W.

I did not expect this. Not at all. I kind of skim-read the blurb, looked at all the high ratings, flicked through some reviews, added it to my TBR, then saw it on OverDrive and thought I might as well download it and give it a try.

I had no idea what I was getting myself involved in. This book is an absolute masterpiece, and every detail – from the amazing writing, to the careful thought on the technicalities of the fantasy element, to the increasing suspense and the narrator’s personality and humour… is MAGNIFICENT.

Five stars does not do this book justice. I mean it.

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Book Reviews, Mystery, YA fantasy

The Unbound (The Archived #2) by Victoria Schwab

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Author: Victoria Schwab

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Synopsis: Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books. Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures that only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive.

Last summer, Mackenzie Bishop, a Keeper tasked with stopping violent Histories from escaping the Archive, almost lost her life to one. Now, as she starts her junior year at Hyde School, she’s struggling to get her life back. But moving on isn’t easy — not when her dreams are haunted by what happened. She knows the past is past, knows it cannot hurt her, but it feels so real, and when her nightmares begin to creep into her waking hours, she starts to wonder if she’s really safe.

Meanwhile, people are vanishing without a trace, and the only thing they seem to have in common is Mackenzie. She’s sure the Archive knows more than they are letting on, but before she can prove it, she becomes the prime suspect. And unless Mac can track down the real culprit, she’ll lose everything, not only her role as Keeper, but her memories, and even her life. Can Mackenzie untangle the mystery before she herself unravels?

With stunning prose and a captivating mixture of action, romance, and horror, The Unbound delves into a richly imagined world where no choice is easy and love and loss feel like two sides of the same coin


See my review for the first book here.

OHHH MYYY GOSHHH. I finished this book in one day. One day. That being the day I finished The Archived. I just sat down and read for six hours straight. That, is how good this book is. It is so much more action-packed than the first book (although I still love The Archived!).

The plot is absolutely magnificent. Some people find it slow in the beginning, or boring in general, but I genuinely did not. Everything was captivating and intriguing. This book is smart. I love all the flashbacks to Da, and all the questioning – of her past, the present, and the future. 

There is definitely a lot of doubt in this book. I found myself questioning everything more and more the deeper I went in. There are a lot of other alternatives to what could have happened, and that just makes it more gripping. I know with every book its like anything can happen, and I felt this very keenly with this book. The suspense was pretty much unbearable towards the ending. 

The charactersss… Mackenzie, Wes, Owen, Roland. Mackenzie. But to be honest, as much as I love Mackenzie, my favourite is still Guyliner. He’s just so amazing, basically. I also really like Roland (I mean who doesn’t?). I was debating the role of Mackenzie’s parents a lot. Like, were they bad parents in their ignorance, and believing all the lies? Or was it simply that Mackenzie was so good at what she did?

I’ll have to say it’s a bit of both. I understand that the parents may have had a lot of trust installed in their daughter, and she is definitely responsible and sensible in general, in that aspect. But also, they’re her parents. They should have been more aware of the lies, but also, this may not be fair since Mackenzie has been lying since a very young age, and even when things began to speed up considerably, they were distracted with their new lives.

There are so many twists to this book. You know that moment where you read a shocking line in a book and you’re just reading it over and over unable to comprehend it? Well, that moment happened quite a few times throughout this book. Definitely not a read you’d want to miss.

So, did you think that Mackenzie’s parents were bad parents? Which is your favourite character, Mackenzie or Guyliner? (AND WHO CAN ABSOLUTELY NOT WAIT FOR THE NEXT BOOK AND THINK ITS ABSOLUTE TORTURE THAT IT ISNT COMING OUT FOR YEARS YET?!)

Speak soon!

Book Reviews, Mystery, no romance

Review – The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow by Katherine Woodfine

The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow Series

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Title: the first book is called The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow

The rest of the series:

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Author: Katherine Woodfine

Genres: MG (Middle Grade) mystery

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

BlurbYou are cordially invited to attend the Grand Opening of Sinclair’s department store!
Enter a world of bonbons, hats, perfumes and MYSTERIES around every corner. WONDER at the daring theft of the priceless CLOCKWORK SPARROW! TREMBLE as the most DASTARDLY criminals in London enact their wicked plans! GASP as our bold heroines, Miss Sophie Taylor and Miss Lilian Rose, CRACK CODES, DEVOUR ICED BUNS and vow to bring the villians to justice…

Perfect for fans of Jacqueline Wilson, Chris Riddell and Enid Blyton.


This book is such an enjoyable book. The setting. The characters. The plot. EVERYTHING IS SO BEAUTIFUL.

things I liked about it:

  • it was really well-written
  • the whole setting!! Sinclair’s department store is sooo lovely to read about!
  • the characters (Sophie… and Lil!!)
  • the plot (ahhh.. it will suck you right in)

“I commend you on your efforts. Really I do. You have surprised me, and that does not happen very often.”

Sophie Taylor is someone you can relate to from the beginning, and Lil (Lillian) Rose is a very likeable character too.

“I’m going to be a fortune hunter!’ – Lil
‘I beg your pardon?’ – Sophie

The plot will suck you right in from the very beginning. The characters and setting are well developed. The writing is beautiful.

Also, for those of you who prefer books like this, it has hardly any romance. It is not often I am whirled into a gorgeously casted setting with a constantly spiralling plot engulfed with a lovely writing style.

I have currently only read the first two books, I need to read The Painted Dragon (it’s even on my Kindle bookshelf, I don’t know why I haven’t read it yet) and The Midnight Peacock has just been released.

This is definitely a series you want to be apart of!


Let me know – have you read this series before? If not, are you planning on reading it?

Also… aren’t the book covers STUNNING?!

Book Reviews, Mystery, no romance

Review – Scarlet and Ivy series

Scarlet and Ivy series

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Title: The Lost Twin (#1), The Whispers in the Walls (#2), The Dance in the Dark (#3) and The Lights under the Lake (#4)

Author: Sophie Cleverly

Genres: MG (Middle Grade) mystery

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Blurb (for the first book): Ivy, I pray that it’s you reading this. And if you are, well, I suppose you’re the new me…

When shy Ivy’s troublemaking twin Scarlet vanishes from Rookwood boarding school, Ivy is invited to “take her place.” But when Ivy arrives, she discovers the school’s true intention; she has to pretend to be Scarlet. She must think like Scarlet, act like Scarlet, become Scarlet. What on earth happened to the real Scarlet, and why is the school trying to keep it a secret?

Luckily for Ivy, Scarlet isn’t about to disappear without a fight. She’s left pieces of her journal carefully hidden all over the school for Ivy to find. Ivy’s going to figure out what happened to Scarlet. She’s got to.

But the staff of Rookwood is always watching, and they’ll do anything to keep their secrets buried…

Now, if you think this book is only for those below thirteen years old, you. are. so. wrong.

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“Where are your manners, Miss Grey?”
“Probably in the same place where you left yours.” –The Dance in the Dark, Sophie Cleverly

This book was actually a bit of a surprise for me, because I did come into this book (the first one) with the initial expectation that it was going to be a tad childish and cheesy, or something in between.

“Ivy, I pray that it’s you reading this.
And if you are, well, I suppose you’re the new me…” –The Dance in the Dark, Sophie Cleverly

I was completely blown away! It was so intriguing! I also loved the characters – Ivy and Ariadne are both really likeable people, and they’re pretty relatable too at times. Slight spoiler>Scarlet too<

“I can pick this… My governess used to shut me in the airing cupboard when I wouldn’t do my sums. But I was resourceful!” -Ariadne, The Dance in the Dark, Sophie Cleverly

I read the first three books in this series one after the other in a month, and it was one very enjoyable month, I’ll tell you that. I don’t want to talk too much about it, because otherwise there will be a lot of spoilers coming your way.

But I will tell you, that this series is amazing, and I’m looking forward to reading the next book I need to get to in the series, The Lights Under the Lake.


Have you read this book before? What did you think of it? If you haven’t read it before, do you want to now?

Also, if you’re sure that this is not going to be the type of book for you/you’re age then why not recommend it to someone who you think will like this book?

Speak soon!

Book Reviews, Mystery, no romance

Review – The Mysterious Benedict Society

The Mysterious Benedict Society

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Title: The Mysterious Benedict Society

Author: Trenton Lee Stewart

Genres: MG (Middle Grade) Mystery

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Blurb: “Are you a gifted child looking for special opportunities?”

Dozens of children respond to this peculiar ad in the newspaper and are then put through a series of mind-bending tests, which readers take along with them. Only four children-two boys and two girls-succeed. Their challenge: to go on a secret mission that only the most intelligent and inventive children could complete. To accomplish it they will have to go undercover at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, where the only rule is that there are no rules. But what they’ll find in the hidden underground tunnels of the school is more than your average school supplies. So, if you’re gifted, creative, or happen to know Morse Code, they could probably use your help.

“If we’re just trying to be accurate, then how about ‘The Doomed to Fail Bunch’?” said Constance. “Honestly! We can’t even name ourselves.”

Genre: From Goodreads: fiction, mystery, adventure, a tinge of fantasy

Here’s what Common Sense Media says about it:

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OHHH MYYY GOSHHH.

These books are AMAZING! Even now, years later after reading it (I read it when I was ten) I still love them. And I just got someone I know who’s 12 to read them, and she loved them too. And I just got someone who’s 15 to read them, and she loved them even more!

And I feel like these are one of the books that just aren’t famous enough! So spread the word, people!

It’s just… SUCH. A. GOOD. PLOT. Seriously.

“The missing aren’t missing, they’re only departed,
All minds keep all thoughts – so like gold – closely guarded,”

And 0% romance. Not even a tiny kiss. Sorry romantic-readers, you’re going to have to look elsewhere, for this one.

“Everything is as it should be.”

But for those of you who crave epic adventures with an awesome squad, if you haven’t read this book yet, WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN DOING WITH YOUR LIFE, LADY (or guy).

And it’s not just that… it’s sooooo funny! Even after reading it for what, the third time, I still laugh over it. And books like that, where it’s just so… meaningful to you, it’s like your own memories… it’s just precious, that’s what.

“Children are capable of such open rudeness.”

“Poor Kate,” said Constance, “she’s lost her marbles.”

“You must remember, family is often born of blood, but it doesn’t depend on blood. Nor is it exclusive of friendship. Family members can be your best friends, you know. And best friends, whether or not they are related to you, can be your family.” –

  • FANTASTICALLY AMAZINGLY BRILLIANTLY BEAUTIFUL PLOT
  • Characters you will LOVE
  • There are so many hilarious moments
  • There are so many memorable moments (the whole book, and even more for the whole four books)
  • It’s the perfect way to depart on a funny, memorable, well-written rollercoaster ride of an adventure while lazing on your sofa

And hey, Rick Riordan even read it!

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And if you don’t know who he is, I am seriously concerned for your well-being as a bookworm. Luckily, you have me to help you out 🙂 (click on the link of his name or here)

 


In short, this is 100% a book worth reading. And everyone I’ve recommended it to and read it have agreed with me too.

Have you read this book, if so, what did you think of it? Are you planning on reading this book anytime soon, if you haven’t? 

Book Lists, Classics, Mystery, no romance

My Favourite School-Girl Books

Hey guys!

In this post, I’m going to be sharing some of my favourite school-girl books. And trust me, for the first two, you don’t need to be 12 and under to enjoy them.

I read most of these from the age of thirteen to fourteen, and I loved them just as much as my younger sister by two years.

If you may not be interested in reading any of these, perhaps a younger sister, cousin, or niece will be!

The Glass-Bird Girl by Esme Kerr

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Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Synopsis: The first in the exciting new Knight’s Haddon series …

Orphan Edie is sent by her artdealer uncle to Knight’s Haddon School, to investigate the disappearance of a precious glass bird belonging to his secretive client’s daughter, Anastasia, an unhappy Russian princess. But what Edie uncovers instead is a dangerous mystery that only the girls themselves can solve.

Scarlet and Ivy series

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Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Synopsis of the first book, The Lost Twin: Ivy, I pray that it’s you reading this. And if you are, well, I suppose you’re the new me…

When shy Ivy’s troublemaking twin Scarlet vanishes from Rookwood boarding school, Ivy is invited to “take her place.” But when Ivy arrives, she discovers the school’s true intention; she has to pretend to be Scarlet. She must think like Scarlet, act like Scarlet, become Scarlet. What on earth happened to the real Scarlet, and why is the school trying to keep it a secret?

Luckily for Ivy, Scarlet isn’t about to disappear without a fight. She’s left pieces of her journal carefully hidden all over the school for Ivy to find. Ivy’s going to figure out what happened to Scarlet. She’s got to.

But the staff of Rookwood is always watching, and they’ll do anything to keep their secrets buried…

Malory Towers series by Enid Blyton

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Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Synopsis: Darrell Rivers begins her happy life at Malory Towers two terms later than the other girls, but she soon makes firm friends with Sally, the steady one, and the adoring Mary Lou.

St. Clair’s series by Enid Blyton

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Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Synopsis: When Pat and Isabel first go to St. Clare’s they are determined not to enjoy themselves, but by the end of term they have had to admit that school can be surprisingly good fun.

What Katy Did at School

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Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️