Mystery

Mini Reviews #22

Hello readers, and welcome to Mini Reviews, where I talk about some of the books I don’t write full length reviews for. This installment I’m discussing Legendborn, The Undercover Secretary and Five Survive.

Book Review: Nine Liars – Maureen Johnson

With David in London, no mystery to solve and college application deadlines looming, senior year is not going well for Stevie Bell. When David invites all of them to join him for a week in a study abroad program, they seize the opportunity – and arrive to be introduced to an unsolved murder case by…

A Million To One – Adiba Jaigirdar – ARC Review

Josefa, a thief, has set her sights on her grandest prize yet – the Rubaiyat, a priceless jewel encrusted book – that will be sailing aboard the RMS Titanic. But a heist this big takes more than one person and she gathers a group of girls with varied talents – Violet, an actress, Hinnah, an…

Nothing More To Tell – Karen M McManus

Brynn Gallagher left her old high school, Saint Ambrose, shortly after the mysterious murder of a teacher Mr Larkin. Now, four years later, she is returning to finish up her senior year, with an internship to a famous true crime show under her belt, and what better case to investigate than the still unsolved murder?…

The Killing Code – Ellie Marney – TBR And Beyond Tours

The year is 1943, and Arlington Hall in Virginia, once a girls’ college, now serves as a center for codebreaking during the war. Former student Kit Sutherland is recruited to help in the war effort and joins the group of female codebreakers. When a series of murders take place in Washington DC, all government girls,…

The Weight of Blood – Tiffany D. Jackson | ARC Review

Maddy Washington has always been bullied at her high school in a small Georgia town. But when a sudden rainstorm reveals her to be biracial – something she has been forced to hide by her white father – things go completely downhill. After a video of Maddy being bullied is leaked and goes viral, exposing…

The Final Gambit – Jennifer Lynn Barnes – TBR And Beyond Tours

Avery is weeks away from officially inheriting a fortune numbered in the billions. All she has to do is survive living in Hawthorne House until then. As the day draws closer, the pressure is increasing, whether it’s the paparazzi, how to handle her future finances, and one last mystery to solve as a visitor arrives,…

Mini Reviews #20

Hello readers, and welcome to Mini Reviews, where I talk about some of the books I don’t write full length reviews for. This installment, let’s chat about: One for All, The Bombay Prince and Crown of Cinders.

A Dreadful Splendor – B. R. Myers | ARC Review

Genevieve Timmons is a fake spiritualist who pretends to be able to contact the spirits of the dead in order to trick wealthy mourners, but when she slips up, she lands in jail, almost certainly headed for the gallows. A stranger approaches her with an offer: conduct a fake seance to convince his employer, an…

Never Coming Home – Kate Williams – ARC Review

Ten famous influencers are invited to the exclusive opening of Unknown Island, an all expenses paid private resort, seemingly chosen to have an eclectic mix of personalities after the owners run a marketing campaign that goes viral. But their selection is not coincidental at all and each of them has something to hide. When they…

Go Hunt Me – Kelly DeVos – ARC Review

Alex and her friends, all horror movie fans, are shooting a short film that they hope will get some of them into film school. When they get the opportunity to shoot on site at a remote castle in Romania, they’re sure it will be the perfect setting for their story, a reimagining of Dracula. But…

Mini Reviews #19

Hello readers, and welcome to Mini Reviews, where I talk about some of the books I don’t write full length reviews for. This installment, let’s chat about: Aru Shah & the Nectar of Immortality, This Golden State and Dreams Bigger Than Heartbreak.

Queen of the Tiles – Hannah Alkaf – ARC Review

A year after Scrabble champion Trina mysterious dies during a competition, her best friend Najwa returns to the same contest, her first time back in the game since the incident. It has been a hard year for her, but she is hoping that this will be a way for her to heal and move on…

Dig Two Graves – Gretchen McNeil – ARC Review

After a betrayal by her best friend Yasmin basically made her the school outcast, Neve Lanier finds herself at a girl’s empowerment camp for the summer as her family hopes that it will help her. The girls at the camp are much nicer than she expected, and she makes friends much more easily than she…

Killing Time – Brenna Ehrlich – Inkyard Press Winter 2022 YA Blog Tours

Recent high school graduate Natalie is obsessed with true crime, much to her overprotective mother’s dismay, who does everything she can to discourage it. This is the last summer before everyone heads off to college and it should be a time to enjoy herself with her friends and party, but things take a turn when…

These Deadly Games – Diana Urban

Crystal Donovan receives a cryptic message on a mysterious app that appears on her phone that states that her little sister Caelyn has been kidnapped, and in order to keep her from being hurt and get her back, Crystal needs to play a game. The initial tasks seem random if risky, but soon enough Crystal…

The Rumor Game – Dhonielle Clayton & Sona Charaipotra – ARC Review

At Foxham Prep, an elite high school in Washington DC, rumors can make or break a student’s reputation. It is something that former popular girl Bryn Colburn has been experiencing of late after one horrible mistake has made her a social pariah and even her best friend Cora, the cheer captain, won’t talk to her.…

The Fear – Natasha Preston – ARC Review

A meme on social media goes viral in the town of Rock Bay, where people share their worst way to die, and initially, it seems like just another silly meme. But when students actually start to die in the same manner they described in their posts, it quickly becomes clear that something more sinister is…

League of Liars – Astrid Scholte – ARC Review

The use of edem, extradimensional magic that can be found only in the shadows, is illegal in the land of Telene. Ever since his mother was killed as a result of someone wielding edem, Cayder Broduck has always wanted to bring criminals responsible for such occurrences to justice. When he gets a summer internship with…

How We Fall Apart – Katie Zhao | Blogmas 2021: Day 14

When popular, rich, top ranked junior Jamie Ruan disappears and is later found dead, the news takes the elite Sinclair Prep high school by shock, especially her four former best friends Nancy, Krystal, Alexander and Akil. When a mysterious person calling themself The Proctor sends out a cryptic, accusatory message to everyone in the school,…

As Good As Dead – Holly Jackson

Pip is struggling with PTSD from the events of her last case and the way it ended. With the success of her podcast, Pip is no stranger to online threats, but she notices one repeated message from an anonymous sender that troubles her. She is weeks away from heading off to university when the threats…

White Smoke – Tiffany D Jackson – ARC Review

Marigold’s family moves to the city of Cedarville, looking forward to a fresh start as Mari still struggles with some recent traumatizing events that she has been through. Though their new house on Maple Street seems lovely, it is surrounded by an extremely run down neighborhood and wary neighbors. Mari soon begins to notice some…

Lies My Memory Told Me – Sacha Wunsch – Inkyard Press Fall 2021 YA Blog Tours

Nova is the daughter of two scientists who invented Enhanced Memory, a technology that has taken the world by storm and changed the lives of people everywhere. A form of memory sharing, it makes it possible to experience anything, from learning new skills, to traveling the world, to partaking in the most dangerous of adventure…

All These Bodies – Kendare Blake – ARC Review

In the summer of 1958, there is a trail of mysterious murders across the Midwest where the victims are found completely drained of blood. The Carlson family, who live in a small Minnesota town is the site of the latest murders, but this time, a girl named Marie Catherine Hale is found at the scene…

Dark and Shallow Lies – Ginny Myers Sain – ARC Review

Grey returns to the remote bayou town of La Cachette, Louisiana, where she always spends her summers with her grandmother. But this year is different. Her best friend, Elora, has been missing for the past six months ever since she seemingly disappeared into thin air one night, and no one in the entire town of…

A Lesson in Vengeance – Victoria Lee – ARC Review

Felicity Morrow has returned to Dalloway School to redo her final year after she had to take some time away to recover from her girlfriend, Alex’s death. She is determined to move past all that and focus on graduating, but when Ellis Haley, a new student and prodigy writer, asks for help researching the Dalloway…

Ace of Spades – Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé

Chiamaka Adebayo has been chosen for the prestigious position of Head Girl at Niveus Private Academy, an elite high school. No surprises there, as she is both popular and talented, the Queen Bee of the school. Devon Richards, a talented musician, becoming Senior Prefect on the other hand is quite unexpected as he tends to…

The Box In The Woods – Maureen Johnson

Solving the Ellingham murder case gained Stevie a few fleeting moments of fame but now she has a very boring, normal summer ahead of her. When she gets an email from the owner of Sunny Pines summer camp formerly Camp Wonder Falls, which was the site of an unsolved murder case in the 70s known…

That Weekend – Kara Thomas – ARC Review

Claire is found injured and alone on a hiking trail with no memory of the past 48 hours. She, along with her best friends Kat and Jesse, had decided to skip prom and instead spend the weekend at Kat’s family lake house. Now her friends are missing and she has no idea when they went…

The Ivies – Alexa Donne – ARC Review – 500th Blog Post!!

The Ivies are a group of five girls at the elite private school Claflin Academy with one mission: to get into an Ivy League college by any means possible. Except, things don’t go according to plan. When Avery gets rejected by Harvard and Emma who was not supposed to apply at all (since Harvard was…

Mini Reviews #14

Hello readers, and welcome to another round of Mini Reviews, where I talk about some of the books I don’t write full length reviews for. It’s been a while since I did one of these posts! This installment, let’s chat about: The Game, Wings of Fury and Yes No Maybe So.

Good Girl, Bad Blood – Holly Jackson – ARC Review

Although she successfully solved the Andie Bell case, Pip is still quite shaken up by how things ended and has decided she is done with detective work, turning her attention back to normal life and a true-crime podcast about how she solved the case. But when Jamie Reynolds, her friend’s brother, goes missing and the…

The Girls I’ve Been – Tess Sharpe – ARC Review

What starts out as an ordinary, if awkward morning depositing money turns deadly for Nora, her girlfriend Iris and her ex-boyfriend Wes as they find themselves in the midst of a bank robbery. But Nora is not any ordinary girl. The daughter of a con-artist, she was raised as her protégé and has played many…

Influence – Sara Shepard & Lilia Buckingham – ARC Review

Delilah Rollins has been catapulted into the world of social media influencers after one of her videos unexpectedly goes viral and she moves to LA, and she finds fast friends in Jasmine and Fiona. Child star turned popular influencer, Jasmine Walters-Diaz has grown up in the spotlight, but is beginning to feel boxed in and…

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder – Holly Jackson | Blogmas Day 11

For her senior year project, Pippa Fitz-Amobi decides to reinvestigate a closed murder case that happened in her own town. Five years ago, 17 year old Andie Bell went missing, and was presumed murdered by her boyfriend Sal. Pip has always felt that there was more to the story, and she decides to find out,…

The Devil and the Dark Water – Stuart Turton

The year is 1634 and the merchant vessel, Saardam, prepares to sail for Amsterdam. Aboard the ship are a number of passengers, amongst them, the famous detective Samuel Pipps who is set to be executed on arrival for crimes unknown. His faithful bodyguard, Arent Hayes, is determined to prove him innocent. Even ordinarily, this 8…

The Cousins – Karen M. McManus – The Write Reads Ultimate Blog Tour

Twenty-four years ago, the Story siblings Adam, Anders, Allison and Archer were disinherited by their rich mother with only the explanation of a letter stating “You know what you did”. When cousins Milly, Aubrey and Jonah each receive a letter from the grandmother they’ve never met, inviting them to work at her island resort for…

You Were Never Here – Kathleen Peacock – ARC Review

Cat Montgomery arrives in Montgomery Falls to visit her Aunt for the summer after some terrible events back home in New York, only to find out that her childhood friend, Riley Fraser, is missing. Even after three months, no one is any closer to finding him and he seems to have simply disappeared. Montgomery Falls…

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle – Stuart Turton

Evelyn Hardcastle has returned home after years living abroad in Paris, and her parents have planned a grand party at the isolated family manor, Blackheath, to celebrate. But Blackheath holds a dark past – it is the place where the youngest Hardcastle son, Thomas was murdered, and the guests invited to this gala are the…

All Your Twisted Secrets – Diana Urban – ARC Review

All Your Twisted Secrets follows six high school students who are invited to a scholarship dinner, but arrive to find themselves trapped in a room. On the table is a syringe containing poison, a bomb and a note saying that they have one hour to decide who amongst themselves will die, or the bomb goes…

The Hand on the Wall – Maureen Johnson

Stevie Bell has done it. She’s solved the cold case that has baffled investigators for decades and figured out the mystery of Truly Devious, and the instigator of the Ellingham kidnappings. But there are still pieces of the puzzle missing. What happened to Alice Ellingham? What is the truth behind the three present day deaths…

One of Us Is Next – Karen M. McManus

Eighteen months have passed since the events of One of Us Is Lying, and the shock of things is only just starting to die down when a new game begins – Truth or Dare. Many laugh it off as yet another of the copycat gossip apps that popped up in the wake of Simon’s death,…

Truly Devious – Maureen Johnson

True-crime enthusiast Stevie Bell arrives for her first year at the famous Ellingham academy, and her goal is to unravel the decades old mystery that hangs over the school  – the kidnapping of the wife and daughter of the school’s wealthy founder, Albert Ellingham. The only clue found at the time was a mocking letter…

Mind Games – Shana Silver – ARC Review

Arden Varga is a computer genius and a skilled hacker. At the exclusive STEM focussed high school she attends, everyone uses a technology called HiveMind, created by her father, which syncs to a persons brainwaves and allows them to upload all their memories into the cloud and access them at any time, essentially ensuring that…

Mini Reviews #2

Hello readers, and welcome back to Mini Reviews! This installment, let’s chat about four books: We Set the Dark on Fire, A Question of Holmes, Three Dark Crowns and Four Dead Queens.

The Vanishing Stair – Maureen Johnson

In this riveting sequel to Truly Devious, Stevie continues to investigate the Ellingham murders, but Ellingham Academy still has more secrets to be told. As the half century old mystery unfolds, more and more questions arise as the plot thickens in present day

Two Can Keep A Secret – Karen M. McManus

It feels so good to get back to the mystery genre after all this time! I basically grew up on a diet of Enid Blyton novels and later, Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys mysteries. And while I still pick up those once in a while, just to refresh my memory, I’ve had a really hard…