Young adult

Dead Popular – Sue Wallman ★★★★


Kate has fought hard to be popular, and now as House Prefect of her boarding house, Pankhurst, with all the power it comes with, she’s determined to enjoy it. Clemmie, her rival, is watching. Events kick off when a student’s artwork in the common room becomes an unofficial noticeboard of secrets, posted anonymously. But there are students who can’t afford to have their secrets made public.

I wanted to write about the pressures on a teenager to blend in, but also to be someone special, either in front of other people or online. I observe it often in my job in a secondary school library.

There are different ways of being popular, and some of them come at a high cost.

I hope you are ready to be creeped out!

My Review; This is a perfect young adult story which is set in a ‘posh’ boarding school. Brilliantly written. Can easily be read in one sitting. I found it an easy read but one I throughally enjoyed and loved. I love the cover too. This book is typical YA it has romance, parties, drama, school, lies, secrets and death! That’s what makes this one a little different and a little brilliant.

Kate is house prefect but like the rest of the girls within the school she has a secret too. These secrets are soon outed to them all by being pinned on a canvas within the school, but who is doing this and how do they know? There’s a new woman incharge this term and not many girls approve or like her, this comes back towards the end of the book. It’s Kates turn to host a party this term and she is determined to throw the biggest and best party ever. But that all ends with a death… What actually happened?

With an explosive ending. An a shocking twist to the story that I never saw coming this is one to add on to your list/pile. A year at this school noone will forget. A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend. Enjoyed it.

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mystery · suspense · TV series · Young adult

Riverdale: Get Out Of Town – Micol Ostow ★★★★

Blurb; When Archie, Betty, Veronica and Jughead take a road trip, they discover that their small-town problems seem to follow them wherever they go.

Archie’s on trial for murder, and the evidence is stacked against him. Betty, Veronica, and Jughead all know that Archie is being framed by Hiram Lodge, but how can they prove it?

The gang comes up with a last-ditch plan to prove Archie’s innocence: They have to go back to the scene of the crime. They have to go back to Shadow Lake.

Threats are around every corner deep in the woods at the Lodge family cabin. Will the teens find the evidence they need to clear Archie’s name? And more importantly, will they make it back to Riverdale alive?

My Review; This is book two in the Riverdale series and as expected was much better than book one. Same characters, same town, but more drama! Archie has been accused of murder but with his friends and family supporting him they’re making sure he proves his innocence.

He’s been set up and they’re determined to prove it by going back to the scene and finding evidence to prove it. Things start to turn creepy, spooky and scary in their search for evidence with an explosive ending… Literally. A major cliff hanger. The books set just before going back to school so I expect book three will have the result of Archies trial and everyone will be back to school.

A brilliant read. Much better than book one. Devoured it. Gripping. Thrilling. Suspense thrilled. Dark towards the end. Loved it. Perfect for YA readers I am really enjoying reading it. I’m looking forward to what book three has in store for me. A well deserved four stars highly recommend.

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TV series · Young adult

Riverdale: The Day Before – Micol Ostow ★★★★

Blurb; Based on the massively successful CW show, Riverdale, this prequel novel explores what the gang was doing before Season One.

Why did Jughead and Archie have a falling out? What did Veronica’s life look like in the Big Apple? And how long has Betty really been in love with Archie?

Told from multiple points of view, your favorite characters tell their story their way.

My Review; So I haven’t watched Riverdale yet as I’m one of those that has to read the books first but I cannot wait to watch it and compare. This is a prequel novel so for me it was more an introduction into Riverdale and the characters. It was still a good read with an unexpected ending but I’m expecting more in book two. This book (book one) is set before series one of the tv series and I devoured it within a day, so easy reading.

The story is told through each of the different characters those being… Betty, Archie, Veronica and Jughead. This story gave me a good introduction to all their lives, friendships, ties, relationships, jobs, background and family life.

Still a great read an introduction into the world of Riverdale. A well deserved four stars from me. I’m looking forward to book two which I will be starting today.

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