Oct 21, 2021

Even If We Break is a book about a group of friends who are drifting apart that decide to go back to their old roots of roleplaying. But then weird things start to happen that leave some of them farther apart or closer together.

Even If We Break was enjoyable, but it was hard to get through. I give it a 3 out of 5. The action happens at the end of the book and the beginning and middle of it is all build-up. Once the action started it was more fun to read, but I had already guessed what was going to happen. There is great representation in this book and multiple different perspectives though

The Twin by Natasha Preston

The Twin

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Oct 21, 2021

The Twin by Natasha Preston is about two separated twins who recently lost their mother and were reunited to stay with their dad. The main character the reader follows is Ivy. We see her attempt to continue her normal life while living with her twin and the death of their mother. While living with her twin, Ivy notices some weird behavior.

I rate this book a 2 out of 5. The plot was very predictable and the book was boring for a thriller. The characters were underdeveloped for high schoolers and the dialogue was unrealistic. The story progressed very slowly and was frustrating. The book

Oct 21, 2021

This book is the first in a fiction mystery series of four. It follows Stevi, a curious girl who loves solving mysteries, who gets accepted to one of the most prestigious schools, to solve the school’s mystery. This was a fast read for me and I would rate it a 4 out of 5. I had so much fun following Stevi through her trying to solve the mysteries, and I loved the relationship dynamics between her the other characters, specifically her best friend. There's also a fair bit of humor I enjoyed with some of the things a character would say or do. The main thing that I didn’t enjoy that much was how

Oct 21, 2021

The Cousins, by Karen M. McManus, is a Mystery/Thriller.  A dark, suspicious family continues to hide their secrets. Everything comes to light when Milly, Aubrey, and Jonah's grandmother invite them to work at their grandmother's house. When they go to the island, they realize that their family is more mysterious than they assumed. Milly, Aubrey, and Jonah discover all the secrets.

I enjoyed reading this book because it includes an exciting plot. It also includes much tension between the families, which I enjoyed reading. This book reminds me of We Were Liars, written by E. Lockhart. If you

Oct 21, 2021

At the beginning of Chainbreaker, Tara Sim’s sequel to Timekeeper, Danny and Colton’s story continues for a little while before it is interrupted by concerning news: clock towers in India are falling, but time somehow manages to keep running. Danny and Daphne are whisked off to India to investigate and solve the issue, but back home in England, Colton finds a threat addressed to Danny and another message addressed to himself claiming that Danny is in danger and that if Colton doesn’t leave Enfield to save him, Danny will die. On top of that, Colton starts to experience strange dreams. Soon

Oct 21, 2021

For centuries, time has been controlled by clock towers, but when a tower is broken, time upsets. When a tower is destroyed, time Stops. Clock mechanics are tasked with fixing broken towers, but Stopped cities are unable to be rescued. In Victorian England, Danny Hart, a 17-year-old prodigy mechanic with a traumatic past, fixes clock towers that are victims of mysterious bombings across England while trying to find a way to save his father from a Stopped town. But in the process, he meets someone that most people believe doesn’t even exist: a clock spirit, whose name is Colton.

There is so

Oct 21, 2021

The Body in the Library, by Agatha Christie, is a Thriller/Mystery. The story starts off with the Bantrys waking up to a woman's dead body in the library. Nobody there identifies the woman, but later, they realize that she is a dancer from nearby. Miss Marple, a dear friend of Mrs. Bantry, investigates the crime scene. Miss Marple connects the death with other clues. No one is always speaking the truth.

I enjoyed reading this book because the storyline thrills me. The mystery of the murder interests me quite well. This is my first Miss Marple book. I also enjoyed the way Agatha Christie

Oct 21, 2021

Plum Winter gets excited when she finds out her cool influencer sister, Peach Winter, gets invited to a festival on a private island. Plum decides to invite her two friends, Marlowe and Antonia, to attend the festival. When they arrive to the island, it’s the total opposite of luxurious; it’s abandoned. Soon, the other seven influencers start to die. Now Plum and her friends have to find the killer before it’s too late.

Reading this book felt like walking into a horror movie! I enjoyed reading this book and I ended up finishing it in no time. If you enjoy ‘whodunits’ or mystery movies, this

Oct 21, 2021

Ella had a perfect life- until she was in a car crash right after she went to a Valentine’s Day dance. When she woke up, she couldn’t remember anything from the weeks before. One year later, she starts receiving paper hearts that contain clues that would help her remember the missing pieces. Will she find out who is sending her the hearts? Will she remember her memories? Read more to find out!

This book is perfect for Valentine’s Day, its cute, sweet, and has a dash of mystery. The author clashed mystery and romance nicely and in a way where they both compliment each other. I like that the

Oct 21, 2021

The fourth season of Gotham was amazing and engaging to watch. Although many people say they did not like this season, I found it enjoyable and fascinating. This new season of Gotham is different from other seasons, but every season has its own unique form which makes it amazing. In the fourth season of Gotham, Penguin takes over the city and licenses crime to gain the citizens of Gotham’s attention. Detective James Gordon knew that the Penguin had to be stopped so he went to the Falcone family for help. Little did Gordon know that when he asked a gangster to rival in a war with another

Oct 21, 2021

The third season of Gotham was my favorite season out of the series. This new season has magnificent action, unraveled mysterious, intense rivalries, and betrayal. Gotham season 3 begins with James Gordon quitting the GCPD and becoming a bounty hunter to stop the monsters that escaped from Indian Hill. Bruce Wayne discovers a secret court that oversees Gotham’s “Judgement” which states that the city must burn before it can be rebuilt and lastly, we get introduced to a key villain, The Riddler, who teams up with the Penguin only to find out that Oswald was responsible for some horrific event

Oct 21, 2021

The second season of Gotham is filled with an interesting and complex storyline, amazing action, and suspenseful mystery. After the end of season 1,Oswald Cobblepot takes control over Gotham’s underworld as Bruce Wayne continues to investigate his parents’ murder and discovering clues at a toxic warehouse under Arkham Asylum named Indian Hill. Many small aspects from the first season make their way into a major role in this season as we get introduced to a few new characters and also get introduced to members of the “Maniax”. In the start of Season 2, Oswald took control of the underworld

Oct 21, 2021

The first season to start the TV show introducing Batman’s home, Gotham, is outstanding. I like that the first season introduces every character that would aspire to be the next major villain against Batman. In this TV show it shows the humble beginnings of every character we know that has faced Batman. Gotham begins with Bruce Wayne’s parents being murdered in an alley and introduces Detective James Gordon and Harvey Bullock who take the case. Throughout the season you see Bruce Wayne’s eagerness to find his parents' killer, Jim Gordon’s anger for the corrupt GCPD while hoping that it will

Oct 21, 2021

The end to an amazing trilogy was hard to think of because many people loved the Christopher Nolan trilogy but for the final movie this could not have been better. I loved every second of The Dark Knight Rises because it creates a whole new Batman. After Batman took the responsibility for Harvey Dent’s crimes, Two Face, he quit being Batman. Eight years later Bruce Wayne stays locked in his room at Wayne Manor until a highly skilled and deadly opponent introduces himself to Gotham. Bane was a member of the League of Assassins and aspired to fulfil Ra’s al Gul’s destiny. I had an amazing time

Oct 7, 2021

The Lovely and the Lost is a thrilling and adventurous mystery novel by Jennifer Lyne Barnes. This book is about a girl named Kira, her brother Jude, and her best friend Free. Kira is a victim of child abuse and is a forest survivor; she was found by her foster mother, Cady. When her foster grandfather comes to their house and says something about a missing child, her whole family and her friend Free go to Sierra Glades National Park. When they find the little girl, they find out that Ness, their grandfather's housekeeper, was the one who kidnapped the missing child. They follow Ness's trail

Oct 6, 2021

Amy Larsen traditionally spends her summers with her best friend Teddy and her cousin Ben in River Run, located in Kentucky. As tension brews between Teddy and Amy, they are suddenly met with a tragic situation. Teddy’s sister has suddenly disappeared, now all three must depend on each other to solve the case; and save Teddy’s sister.

Although I have read many investigation stories, I have not read a book about three teens trying to solve a disappearance. The story makes you think in such a way, that you get hooked with each page being turned. This story features more topics than missing

Oct 6, 2021

One of Us is Lying follows four students trying to solve a murder of one of their own while they are put in the spotlight at school and on social media.

This book was so fun and interesting. I rate it 4 out of 5. I was interested in what was happening the whole time and because the book has perspective for each of the students, I was really able to delve deep into the plot. The representation of different stereotypes and how they are broken by the characters was such a fun aspect added to the book. The one problem I have with it is there was not enough diversity within the main characters

Oct 6, 2021

When 5 high school teenagers, Addy, Simon, Nate, Cooper, and Bronwyn get stuck in a detention room for a day; only 4 of them come out. Simon is dead and all four of them are suspects in this thrilling mystery. Who has supposedly murdered Simon? Read more to find out!

This book takes many basic attributes and uniquely combines them to form original and relatable characters. Each person in this story has a detailed background and keeps secrets deep within themselves. This book is very shocking and filled with plot twists. I didn’t really like how the ending was kind of up to interpretation

Oct 6, 2021

Maeve is a well-known fortune teller in Saint Bernadette’s Catholic School. When she gives Lily, her former best friend, a tarot card reading, she pulls out ‘’The Housekeeper’’ card.  Not knowing what this means, they both get into an argument that ends badly. A few days later, Lily ends up missing. After wondering if she had something to do with her disappearance. Maeve sets out to find Lily and return her back to her family. Did Maeve have something to do with Lily’s disappearance? Does Maeve find Lily? Read more to find out!

I really like fantasy books that have magical elements in them

Oct 6, 2021

After Ellery and Ezra's mom lands in rehabilitation, they move to her hometown to stay with their grandmother. The very same town where their aunt disappeared years ago. And only five years ago, homecoming queen, Lacey, was killed. The town is dangerous, considering the murderer is still out there, and it becomes even more clear when Ellery's own friend goes missing. Now that crime-loving Ellery is involved in this mystery, she’s trying her best to solve the mystery, with the help of her new friend Malcolm. This story is perfect for mystery lovers like Ellery. The plot is so well-written, and

Oct 6, 2021

Jess is a 17-year-old girl whose mother had been the first victim of the Magpie Man, an infamous serial killer. She decides to participate in a YouTube reality TV show to use her platform and try to catch the Magpie Man. In order to gain a contract with the show, she has to compete with four other teens to see who could gain the most attention. Will Jess be able to outshine her four competitors? Will she be able to catch the Magpie Man? Read more to find out!

This book is a mixture of realistic and unrealistic themes. The use of social media and having a show on YouTube seems realistic, but

Oct 6, 2021

One of Us is Next, Karen M. McManus’s sequel to One of Us is Lying, begins when a mysterious person creates a game of Truth or Dare to reignite Simon’s gossip legacy. The goal of the game is to force Bayview High students to either complete a dangerous dare or face the exposure of one of their deep secrets. Maeve, Bronwyn’s younger sister; Knox, Maeve’s best friend; and Phoebe, the first target of Bayview’s new threat, somehow find themselves working together to solve the mystery of who is behind the game, and why they would ever try to bring back something that triggers so many students’ bad

Oct 6, 2021

If you have been looking for the perfect mystery book, Every Single Lie by Rachel Vincent is ideal. This book is narrated by the sixteen-year-old teenager, Beckett, and her disarranged family. Beckett’s life becomes the spotlight for her entire town when she discovers the dead body of a new born baby. Tail Beckett as she discovers obscure family secrets and herself. As we discover more clues, we also point fingers at more people. In my opinion, the defining part of the book was how more clues made it confusing, but in the end everything clicked together. The cover of the book illustrates our

Oct 5, 2021

Meet the protagonist, Samantha. She has always dreamed of going on adventures. But, it was quickly ruined when her father never returned from the Great War. While working in a bookshop, she comes across a special volume of a book from her childhood friend, Bennett. When dangerous people break into the bookstore, she realizes how important the book is. Trying to solve the mystery, she pairs up with some friends and starts the beginning of a grand adventure. Will Samantha be able to uncover the secret of the mysterious book? Read more to find out!

Having been a fan of Indiana Jones, this book

Sep 5, 2021

One of Us is Lying opens with the death of Simon, a high school student and the creator of a gossip app, a day before he had planned to expose the carefully-guarded secrets of four other students: Bronwyn, Addy, Cooper, and Nate. Only, the four students in the detention room when he was poisoned were just those: Bronwyn, Addy, Cooper, and Nate. When the “Bayview Four” are declared suspects in Simon’s murder, all four of them claim they’re innocent—but which one of them is lying?

I have always loved mysteries because I like trying to solve them myself, but I loved One of Us is Lying even

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The Witch Elm

By Tana French
Rated by Hilary S.
Aug 25, 2021

In this stand alone mystery, Toby Hennessey suffers a severe beating during a break in to his apartment. He provides care to his dying uncle while he recuperates from his injuries, reminiscing and reliving the best parts of his salad days. The first third of the book is taken up with getting to know more about Toby & his family relationships, mainly his two cousins, Susana and Leon, and his Uncle Hugo.  The discovery of a skull inside the ancient elm tree in Hugo's garden interrupts the idyllic setting and moments of the Ivy House. Toby's head injuries makes him an unreliable narrator, trying

Aug 25, 2021

If you are looking for an adventure, mystery, and friendship book, this is the book that you are looking for. Notorious is an amazing book about Keenan and ZeeBee who investigate how ZeeBee’s dog was murdered by a person who tried to break into her house. ZeeBee believes that there is treasure on the island that one person wants for themselves. Keenan does not believe it as much as she does but he goes along with it and they become friends. They investigate who killed ZeeBee’s dog when someone entered her house and they then look for the treasure. This book is not only a murder mystery but an

Aug 21, 2021

Murder on the Orient Express, by Agatha Christie, is a Mystery/Thriller.  After Midnight, the Orient express stops due to heavy snowfall. The trains stop overnight, and the passengers fall asleep. The train is full of passengers until the following day. One person is killed in his compartment. He was stabbed twelve times. The detective must solve the case before the killer strikes once more.

I think this is by far the best book I have ever read by Agatha. I love her books because they are about crime and mysteries. So far, my favorite is this because the setting is on a train. Murders on

Aug 20, 2021

And Then There Were None, by Agatha Christie, is a Mystery/Thriller. Ten strangers were invited to spend time at a coast in Devon. Each of them have a deep - dark secret. While everyone is at the private house, the host is nowhere to be found. One by one, the ten guests begin to die. Until there iso ne left and then there were none…

I believe that this is a very interesting book. It reminds me of the book Ten. In most ways, the books are similar. I like this book because the plot was fabulously done. I prefer And Then There Were None more than Ten because the plot line is better. The murder

Aug 6, 2021

Both Alice and Celia are twins. After Alice’s boyfriend, Jason, died in a fire, she was committed into a mental psych ward. Alice hates it there, but after meeting a kid, Chase, she begins to wonder if her sister is in the ward too! She asks Chase, a mysterious boy, for help. But in the process, Alice begins to rethink everything. Can she trust Chase? Is anyone going to help her? All Alice wants to know is the truth. What happened to Jason? Where is Celia?

I did not exactly love this book. It is an okay read. The book culminated nicely, but I easily guessed the twist. I could say that the