Young adult

The Truth About Alice – Jennifer Mathieu ★★★★

Blurb; Everyone knows Alice slept with two guys at one party.

But did you know Alice was sexting Brandon when he crashed his car?

It’s true. Ask ANYBODY.

Rumor has it that Alice Franklin is a slut. It’s written all over the bathroom stall at Healy High for everyone to see. And after star quarterback Brandon Fitzsimmons dies in a car accident, the rumors start to spiral out of control.

In this remarkable debut novel, four Healy High students—the girl who has the infamous party, the car accident survivor, the former best friend, and the boy next door—tell all they know.

But exactly what is the truth about Alice? In the end there’s only one person to ask: Alice herself.

My Review; I read this one because I loved the authors previous book Moxie so much. I had high expectations for this one.

At first the story royally annoyed me. Grr. The story focuses on one character called Alice and the rumours about her. For 80% of the book its about this girl being bullied by everyone and her just putting up with it… Which was why I was annoyed but towards the end I got it. There was a hidden meaning to it all. Be strong. Carry on. The truth always comes out in the end. In the end you will be the one that comes out of top. I really felt for Alice honestly poor girl. But she did me proud at the end.

Unfortunately these books do happen in real life in schools I have been in her position myself so it’s also eye opening. Brave. Determination. Powerful. I salute Alice. A well deserved four stars from me.

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mystery · Short Stories · suspense · Young adult

Kill Joy – Holly Jackson ★★★★★

Blurb; Pippa Fitz-Amobi is not in the mood for her friend’s murder mystery party. Especially one that involves 1920’s fancy dress and pretending that their town, Little Kilton, is an island called Joy. But when the game begins, Pip finds herself drawn into the make-believe world of intrigue, deception and murder.

But as Pip plays detective, teasing out the identity of the killer clue-by-clue, the murder of the fictional Reginald Remy isn’t the only case on her mind …

Find out where it all began for Pip in this prequel to the best-selling A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder and Good Girl, Bad Blood.

My Review; This was one of the world book day books available for £1 this year. I already loved this author so had to read this one. Its a short read! Easy to devour in one sitting. Brilliantly written.

It’s a mystery. It’s a game of real life cluedo just without the murder. Very clever. We get an introduction into all her characters and the game gets intense with a few jump scares. The ending is very clever to how the game all concluded. I loved it all! A quick little escape for me. Perfect YA short read. Highly recommend. Well deserved five stars from me.

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crime · Detective · suspense

*BLOG TOUR* Cry For Help – Wendy Dranfield ★★★★

Blurb; Shivering in the early morning chill, the caretaker flips the switch on the Ferris wheel and stumbles back in shock. The teenage girl’s body is slumped in a halo of pretty colored lights, long red hair spilling over her tear-stained cheeks, her eyes fixed forever on her dangling feet.

When teenager Nikki Jackson’s body is found at an amusement park, just hours after Fourth of July fireworks lit up the night sky, the Lost Creek police rule her death as suicide––a devastating final act from a girl who had lost all hope. But the absence of the knife used to make the wounds on her delicate wrists makes Detective Madison Harper think otherwise. And the partial fingerprint found on the girl’s face proves her right. Someone else was with Nikki in her final moments…

Back home in Colorado for the first time in seven years to investigate the murder of a woman with ties to the son she lost to the care system, the pressure is on for Madison to work both cases at once. Fearing the team has missed a vital clue, Madison searches the crime scene alone and finds the last thing she ever expected: a note proving the victims knew each other, and that the cases are linked. Is this a coincidence, proof a dangerous murderer is on the loose, or a trap set to lead Madison off the trail?

It’s only when Madison finally finds the knife used to harm Nikki, tucked in an almost impossible to find hiding place, that she knows she is closing in on a twisted killer. But the last person she expects to see dragged into the department in handcuffs is her own missing son…

My Review; I have been so looking forward to reading this book since I finished book one. Again this is a brilliant read, I really enjoyed it. Brilliantly written. Fast paced. Edgy. Tension. Suspense. A real page turner.

In book two we see Madison returning to her hometown in order to find out who set her up for her sentence and prison time, but also to find her son. But it will never be as easy as that right? With two suspicious deaths ongoing in her hometown is now the right time to return or will she end up in more trouble than before?

It’s a gripping read! I needed all the answers myself and I finally got them. So happy for Madison at the end of this book I hope life starts to look up for her. Ofcourse her co worker is alongside her with every step and I hope we get to know more about him in the next book! Loved it all. Cannot wait for book three already. Hurry up!! Highly recommend. A well deserved four stars from me. A perfect series.

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