*Thank you Penguin Random House for the gifted review copy. Apologies in advance for the slightly cheeky review*
Zoe Sugg, aka UK blogger Zoella, aka one of the best examples of hitting the Youtube goldmine, graces the shelves of bookstores around the world with her latest addition to the already swamped teen murder-mystery genre, The Magpie Society (book 1, of course). The story, set in a dreary English boarding school, follows the perspectives of Audrey, the new American student fumbling her way through British cultural quirks and Ivy, the generic straight A student, secretly struggling to keep up appearances. Both of these thrillingly original character arches are set against the backdrop of the death of fellow student Lola, the popular and projected new Head Girl of Illumen Hall, the previous Summer. Add in the classic mean girl cliques, some scandalous whispered rumours and a student determined to uncover the truth and hey presto – you’ve got yourself the most generic plotline in the teen reads genre. But hey, at least Zoe credited her ghost writer this time!
Continue reading ➞ The Magpie Society: One for Sorrow by Zoe Sugg and Amy McCulloch
If there is one thing I know to be certain it’s that we all acknowledge 2020 has not been the one for most people. And while I’m sure this year will go down as one most certainly to forget for many, a particular highlight I will look back on is my discovery of the pure literary joy of Taylor Jenkins Reid. That said, I thought it rather fitting to post my thoughts on each of these delightful reads together, as I could no more separate my reviews as I could the interwoven threads that bind the themes of these two stories together. Covering different eras and vastly different characters, both books are mastery in the work of reflection and how looking back to a period of time can shift perception and provide clarity for those seeking it.
Continue reading ➞ The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo / Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
To say the latest edition to The Twilight Saga was long awaited would be the most gross of understatements 2020 has seen to date. Rather, this new instalment in the enduring love story of human girl Bella, her vampire boyfriend and werewolf best friend was begged for, pined after, petitioned and reimagined a hundred times over in the 12 years since the leaking of the partial manuscript . Needless to say, I was as anxious as any other Twi-hard fan girl to get my hands on the most coveted retelling of Twilight, told through Edward’s perspective. However, in the years since the explosion that was this Saga across the world, my views, opinions and life experiences have led me to see this series in a vastly different light to that of the adoring and naive 17 year old who was enamoured by Stephenie Meyer’s entrancing world. So Edward Cullen…I have some thoughts and they need to be shared.
Continue reading ➞ Books: Midnight Sun (Twilight #1.5) by Stephenie Meyer
The last time I checked into the literary world of these dystopian thrillers, I was a smart-mouthed teenager with the idea that I somehow vaguely understood the struggles and hardships of these characters. Flash forward 10 odd years later and the way I actually read this story now has changed dramatically.
Continue reading ➞ Books: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (The Hunger Games #0.5)
I remember reading The Night Circus quite a fair bit of time ago and thinking back to that first reading experience of Erin Morgenstern’s work, I can recall the spectacular, magical, ethereal qualities that formed the vivid literary world within the story. In her most recent (and only second) piece of literature, Morgenstern achieves that same mystical whimsicalness in her writing, that leaves the reader encapsulated by the weird and wonderful. Just as with The Night Circus, I was left entranced by the story I’d consumed while also oddly perplexed at its conclusion.
Continue reading ➞ Books: The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern