Book Review: Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens

IMG_6416When Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong set up a secret detective agency at Deepdean School for Girls, they struggle to find a truly exciting case. That is, until Hazel discovers the body of their science mistress, Miss Bell – and when they return five minutes later, the body is gone. Now the girls have to solve a murder and prove a murder happened in the first place, before the killer strikes again. Will they succeed? And can their friendship stand the test? – adapted from back of book

Wow. Wooooooow. This is the probably the first true 5 stars I’ve given this year, because you know what? I couldn’t find a flaw with this book.

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The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle

TITLE: The Accident Season
AUTHOR: Moira Fowley-Doyle
PUBLISHER: Corgi (Imprint of Random House)
PRICE: £7.99
ISBN: 9780552571302
PERSONAL SOURCE: Borrowed from my mum

In Cara’s family, the accident season is a month wherein everything goes wrong. People get cuts, bruises, broken bones and sprained limbs. And sometimes, people die. Cara’s lived with the accident season for 17 years, but now she begins to ask questions as new feelings emerge, and a old friend disappears.

Okay so my mum originally bought The Accident Season because she thought it was an adult fiction book. Uh… no. It’s definitely YA. And a spooky, mysterious, love-sparked YA at that. I read this book in two days, and seeing as the one I read before that took me quite a few more, I think that probably suggests what it’s like.

Reading this book is like eating a delicious 99 whippy. First you lick around the flake, and it’s nice but you want more. Then you eat the flake in one go and it explodes in your mouth and then you can’t stomach the cone so you feed it to the dog because the flake is still in your mouth and it finishes like that. Just, argh, the writing is glorious. Some people have said it’s confusing, but I didn’t and I adored it.

The plot was also so beautifully intertwined and layered. Ironically, it was like taking off a bandage from a wound and having to gently unravel it, the white fabric getting more and more stained with redness the more you unwind it, until the open wound is fully exposed. There were so many different components and it so beautifully fit all together.

And the characters. They were all so messed up and broken and they grew but didn’t grow apart, and their dynamics were just so perfect and the relationships just beautiful and fjskiadfj I love this book.

So, likes about this book: the characters (inc. relationships), the plot, the writing, and the subplots. Which is pretty dang rare for me. And… dislikes about the book? It was too damn short. Actually, scrap that: I just want to read more about Cara and Sam (SAM IS SO DAMN ADORABLE!!!).

Basically, if you like what I’ve written, read this book. And then come back so we can talk about the awesomeness. (Also I’d recommend this for 13+ (there is some… stuff). I think you can definitely appreciate it more once you’re a slightly older young adult.)