Posts Categorized: mystery

A Curious Beginning: Review

A Curious Beginning: Review

If you’ve been itching to curl up with an absorbing historical mystery that will make you laugh and swoon, then A Curious Beginning is right up your alley! I am not usually much one for mystery novels, but the combination of features here, Victorian London, an intrepid and super sassy heroine (also a lady scientist, yay!), and a developing romance hit all the right checkmarks for me. I’m glad I gave this one a try as it really is a super enjoyable set up to what could, finger crossed, be a long and rewarding series! The story begins with our heroine, Veronica Speedwell, burying  her last “relative” and remaining connection to her childhood. A foundling, Veronica had been raised by two spinster sisters, often moving at a whim around the country, causing constant upheaval in her life. Veronica soon discovers, though, that her very life is under attack, with mysterious… Read more »

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Every Word: Review

Every Word: Review

It’s comforting to know that there are certain authors out there that you can come to rely on for a satisfying, gripping story that is not only beautifully written, but also fraught with tension of both the actual danger and of the romantic varieties. In Every Word, the second installment in her Every series, Ellie Marney establishes herself as exactly that type of author for me. Everything that I loved in Every Breath, the action, the mystery, and the undeniable sexual tension, are not only present in Every Word, they’re amplified. We begin the story several weeks after the events of Every Breath. Rachel and Mycroft are processing their emotions after the events of Every Word and are trying to navigate the new world of their relationship. Complicating events are Rachel’s parents, who have taken appropriate and realistic measures (involved YA parents, my god, it’s a unicorn!) to try and… Read more »

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Poison is Not Polite: exclusive cover reveal + giveaway

Poison is Not Polite: exclusive cover reveal + giveaway

Girls solving mysteries is one of my very favorite things! It was great fun for us to host the cover reveal for Robin Stevens’ Murder is Bad Manners last year, so we’re delighted to be hosting her again, this time with the North American cover for the second book in the Wells & Wong series. Daisy and Hazel find themselves in more puzzling predicaments, with the central mystery taking place at a grand old English manor…that just so happens to be Daisy’s home. Poison is Not Polite won’t be released here until next April 2016, but we have your exclusive first look right here and now–along with the opportunity to win one of the very first ARCs hot off the presses. Without further ado–here is the fantastic cover!! It’s wonderful how the designer has changed the color scheme, but you can immediately tell that it’s part of the same series…. Read more »

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Every Breath: Review

Every Breath: Review

There are perhaps some things you should know about me before I embark on this review: I am not traditionally a fan of either contemporary or mystery I am not a fan of the popular BBC series Sherlock nor any other Sherlock adaptation I really do not like bad boy love interests I freaking adored this book When I saw that my friend Gillian was absolutely losing it over the ship in this book I knew I had to get my hands on it ASAP! And boy, did she not let me down! It’s going to take something really special to get this SFF loving gal to even read a contemporary let alone love it. Congrats, Ellie Marney. You succeeded in spades. Man, how good is the characterization in this book? I loved Rachel so much. It’s rare that I think that a character in YA comes across as an… Read more »

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Classic MG Discussion: The Westing Game

Classic MG Discussion: The Westing Game

Hello friends! So nice to see you here for our discussion for The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin. Firstly: apologies for being so behind in responding to comments and visiting everyone’s posts last month. All three of us have been so incredibly busy, blogwise and personally, that it’s been tough for us to operate normally. It looks like things will be settling down somewhat in mid-July, though, so hopefully things will be back on track soon. Also–if you are posting your own reviews of the book we’re discussing, or even reading others books for the middle grade challenge, please feel free to leave a link in the comments! We’ll do our best to visit as soon as we can after this weekend. I’ve read so many great posts on Anne of Green Gables in particular, and have learned so much from the discussions. Having read these books so many times,… Read more »

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Murder is Bad Manners: exclusive cover reveal + giveaway

Murder is Bad Manners: exclusive cover reveal + giveaway

When you hear the words murder + mystery + English boarding school, you’re either the type of reader who is immediately intrigued, or you have no imagination whatsoever are not. And I, my friends, am the type who hops a tiny bit with excitement at those delicious words! What’s even better is when the story is set in the 1930s and features two girls at its center, one of whom is of Asian descent. With the #WeNeedDiverseBooks tag taking over the interwebs recently, it’s nice to be reminded that many authors and publishers have been quietly tending to stories with diverse characters all along. Today, we’re so pleased to be hosting the exclusive cover reveal for Murder is Bad Manners, a cozy middle grade mystery from debut author Robin Stevens. It’s the first book in the Wells & Wong series, which was just published in the UK under the title… Read more »

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Reviews: Going Rogue and Burn Bright

Reviews: Going Rogue and Burn Bright

The Also Known As series is like a good-humored blend of Rachel Hawkins’ + Ally Carter’s books. These light-hearted capers are quick, entertaining reads, and I’m pleased to say that the latest installment Going Rogue carries on the fun and funny vibe of the first book. In between breaking and entering, safe-cracking, stealing, and other assorted duties as a spy, Maggie’s also now dealing with boyfriend and BFF troubles. Along with, you know, her parents being targeted by the operation they work for, which leads to the entire family going underground and on the run. Things I enjoyed: Going Rogue is like a love letter to New York. From the Cloisters to the secret platform beneath Grand Central Station to Washington Square Park and more, it’s really fun to tool around the city with Maggie as she zips from one assignation to another. Fun action sequences Adults who aren’t a… Read more »

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