Book Review

Book Review: Jolly Foul Play

Jolly Foul Play
By Robin Stevens

My Edition:
Paperback, 347 pages
2018, Simon & Schuster
ISBN: 9781481489102

Daisy and Hazel are back at Deepdean for another term after their adventures on the Orient Express. But the year is shaping up to be unpleasant under the regime of the new Head Girl, Elizabeth Hurst, and her five Prefects. When Elizabeth is found dead after a fireworks display, Daisy and Hazel team up once more to solve the case. School staff believes Elizabeth’s death to be an accident, but the Wells & Wong Detective Society believe otherwise – plenty of girls had a motive to murder Elizabeth, and the girls mean to find out who did it.

The more of these books I read, the more I love this series. I know they’re hitting US shelves a few years behind the UK releases, but I hope this series continues for a long time!

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Book Review: Trail of Crumbs

Trail of Crumbs
By Lisa J. Lawrence

My Edition:
ARC paperback, 247 pages
2019, Orca Book Publishers
ISBN: 9781459821217

I won a copy of this book from LibraryThing in exchange for my honest review.

Greta’s been keeping her head down at school until senior year when she meets Rachel, and through her, Dylan. Greta finds herself attending parties with her new friends – only after one such party, she wakes up in bed with Dylan, naked. Confused and ashamed, she avoids her old friends and hides the truth from herself and her twin brother, Ash. Meanwhile, at home, the twins are bullied by their stepmother and their father seems powerless to stand up for them. When the twins wake up to find their parents gone, they find themselves relying on the unexpected kindness of strangers.

For some reason, I thought this was a middle-grade read and while it’s not explicit, it is more suited for teen readers. Imagine my surprise when I discovered I absolutely loved another YA book!

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Book Review: The Hero and the Crown

The Hero and the Crown
By Robin McKinley

My Edition:
Paperback, 246 pages
2000, Puffin Books
ISBN: 0141309814

Aerin struggles to find her place in her father’s court. After digging through old tomes and finding what she believes is a recipe for a fireproof salve, Aerin decides to test her tincture in battle with a dragon. After her success, she begins to make a name for herself as a dragon slayer and proves valuable to the court. But when an ancient dragon wakes, Aerin finds herself in over her head. Dragon slaying leads her to a battle against and even greater evil, with the kingdom she knows and the lives of those she loves at stake.

Yo, where has this book been all my life? Oh, I know; on my shelves for at least 9 years! [x_x[] I waited far too long to read this book – though I suspect from the cracked spine and lipstick prints on the inside of the back cover (don’t ask, there’s no reasonable explanation) that Middle School Milliebot did read this book and Adult Millie has completely forgotten it. Regardless, it was fabulous!

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Book Review: The Girls in the Picture

The Girls in the Picture
By Melanie Benjamin

My Edition:
Hardcover, 422 pages
2018, Delacourt Press
ISBN: 9781101886809

Thank you to Wunderkind PR for sending me this book for free in exchange for my honest review.

From the book: A novel of the close friendship and fascinating creative partnership between two of Hollywood’s earliest female legends: screenwriter Frances Marion and superstar Mary Pickford, who persevered through daunting challenges in an industry and an era dominated by men – and triumphed.

This book covers the lives and careers of Marion and Pickford from about 1914 to 1969. If you’re into historical fiction set in ‘Old Hollywood’, then this is the book for you.

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Mini(bot) Reviews: Authority & Acceptance

After watching Annihilation, I was finally inspired to read the series by Jeff Vandermeer and I regret letting it gather dust on my shelves for so long! Review for Annihilation here, if you missed it. I dove into the next two books and read them back to back – with mixed results.

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