The Magpie Society: One for Sorrow by Zoe Sugg and Amy McCulloch

*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!

January Kindle Monthly Deals: My Top Picks

As a new month rolls around, one of my favourite bookworm activities involves getting my Kindle out and doing ALOT of scrolling – a new month means new Kindle book deals over on Amazon. Now, I’m well aware of the seemingly age-old debate between the page turning devotees and the tech-loving ebook converts but, putting these arguments aside for just a moment, I can’t help but declare that I’m a sucker for a great Kindle book deal. In the spirit of savy saving in conjunction with a little book hoarding, I thought a monthly round up of Kindle Deal Highlights on the blog might give you as much joy in snagging a bestseller at a steal as I do.

Books: Midnight Sun (Twilight #1.5) by Stephenie Meyer

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.

Books: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (The Hunger Games #0.5)

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.

My Year in Books: 2019

Admittedly, my Goodreads Reading Challenges have been rather hit or miss over the last few years. Sometimes the year just runs away with me and, before I realize, December comes creeping around the corner and I’ve only managed to reach half of my reading goal I so valiantly (and optimistically) set for the year. On the rare occasion though, I’ll end up reaching my goal of books read for the year, and then the real celebratory boasting may commence. Que, my smug self casually dropping into conversation that I’ve read X number of books this year.

This year I’m proud to boast that not only did I reach my goal to read 20 books, but that for the first time on record I actually managed to beat it *insert epic air punch here*. Now whether this was because we had a bumper year of really stellar books published in 2019 or because I got hooked on a delightfully delicious fantasy series towards the end of the year, is not really the important bit. Oh no no, the high that will be seeing me over the finish line of 2019 is having read 21 really good books – here are 5 of my absolute faves: