Book Review | Death in Spotlight by Robin Stevens

This review may contain spoilers of the previous 6 books in the Murder Most Unladylike Series.

39300354Daisy and Hazel return to the UK, but not to Deepdean quite yet. Determined to give them a break from murder, Daisy’s Uncle Felix and Aunt Lucy look after the girls at their house in London for a month. And to keep them out of trouble, they both have parts in ROMEO AND JULIET at the Rue Theatre. But trouble is afoot: a difficult cast member is receiving threats, accusations are flying, and soon a body is found…

In case you didn’t know, this is one of my all-time favourite series of books. I love the Wells & Wong series with all my heart, and devoured this next instalment in a matter of hours.  Continue reading “Book Review | Death in Spotlight by Robin Stevens”

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Upcoming Releases I’m Hella Excited For #2

I have a couple of books I am super duper excited for already waiting on pre-order. You’d better believe that as soon as these babies are in my hands, they are being devoured.

Escaping From Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco – release date Sep 18th 2018

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I don’t think it’s possible that I could be any more excited for this book. I’m planning on rereading the first two in Maniscalco’s series before this one comes out, and I cannot wait! It promises to be amazing!

Death in the Spotlight by Robin Stevens – release date Oct 4th 2018

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I’ve literally had this on pre-order since the title was announced a couple of months ago. This is the sixth book in Robin’s amazing series, and I cannot wait to read it! If you love murder, Enid Blyton, and the 30s, definitely pick up this series.

What If It’s Us? by Adam Silvera and Becky Albertalli – release date Oct 9th 2018

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Now, I’ll admit that I’ve never read anything by Adam Silvera, but I’ve read and loved all of Becky’s novels (you can read my review for her latest here!). This one promises to be really good, and the cover is super cute. I’ll be trying to pick up at least one of Adam’s novels before it’s release date, but no promises!

Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas – release date Oct 23rd 2018

Am I really excited for this one? Yes and no. Aside from Tower of Dawn which is kind of a spin-off anyway, I’ve read all of the Throne of Glass series but got rid of my books because I’m just not the biggest fan. However… I do want to know how it all ends! I won’t be buying this probably, but I’ll order it in via the library.

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So here’s some books I’m excited to read over the next couple of months! These span from now until almost two months exactly.

What are some releases that you’re excited for? Are any the same as mine? Let me know in the comments below! Until the next post… Hx

Book Review | A Spoonful of Murder by Robin Stevens

34609221Hazel and Daisy have left England and set out to Hong Kong for the mourning period of Hazel’s grandfather who passed away. When they arrive, Hazel just looks forward to spending time with her family and her father in particular. But when they reach her home, she has a very nasty surprise. Before she can even get over this, tragedy strikes, not once, but twice. With criminal gangs, new maids they’re not sure they can trust, and a wholly different culture to what the Honourable Daisy Wells is used to, this might be the Detective Society’s most challenging case yet. 

I absolutely LOVE the Wells and Wong series. It’s such a brilliant series, and in all honesty, it just keeps on getting better.

This one takes place in Hong Kong, which is a place I’ve never been to myself, and I loved learning about the different culture. Stevens has researched very thoroughly, and she took a research trip there herself, so I feel like what she says can be trusted. It felt like I could see and hear Hong Kong, and the descriptions were so rich, as per!

I don’t want to say too much about the case itself, (spoilers!) but I thoroughly enjoyed the entire thing. The stakes in this one seemed to be very much higher than what they used to be, and how Stevens will top this I do not know! (She will find a way.) I didn’t work it out long before Hazel and Daisy themselves, so it was a case that had me guessing all the way through as well.

Basically, I just loved this book. Hazel and Daisy are two of my favourite literary heroines, and Robin Stevens honestly just keeps on getting better. I thought that the ending might have been a bit of a cop-out, but to be honest, it’s the best ending that there could be in order to finish the book appropriately. Overall? It was brilliant, and I would highly recommend this book and all of the others in the series.

Rating: 5/5

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Book Review | Cream Buns and Crime by Robin Stevens

31850657In this book of short stories, recipes, and handy facts and tips, Hazel, Daisy, Alexander, and even Beanie take us through more detectiveness in this collection.

Cream Buns and Crime isn’t my usual kind of book, but I thoroughly enjoyed it! It’s a collection of all sorts, and I had a really good time reading it.

Whilst the stories aren’t necessarily as high stake as in the novels, but they’re just as interesting! We have Hazel and Daisy’s first mystery; the story of the Deepdean Vampire (which since I first heard the title of this story I wanted to read); Alexander and George’s first story; and a story written from Beanie’s viewpoint as well!

The stories were just as enticing. I actually dropped this a star because I think it could have just been a book of short stories – I wish that there had been more of them.

I really liked all of the extra info in this. I found it really interesting to see some of the things behind Robin Stevens’ thoughts on how she wrote the books, and the literature that went into the novels. I definitely have some new mystery novels put onto my list!

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I think it’s a fun companion to the novels, although I don’t really have a lot to say about this considering I don’t usually review books like this! I can say that it has NO SPOILERS for the series, so you’re free to read this (apart from the quiz at the end!) at any point when you’re reading the books. However, I’d definitely recommend reading it later on in the series; it’s “set” in 1936 (some of the stories are different years, hence I say “set”), or about then, so Hazel and Daisy are for the most part already established detectives.

If you pick this up, I would recommend reading it after all of the books; or at least after books 1-4! And of course, I always recommend the Wells & Wong books.

Rating: 4/5

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Why You Should Read Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens

Having just finished the first book of short stories and extra info attached to the Wells & Wong series by Robin Stevens, I am embarking on re-reading all of the 5 books currently out, and I thought I would chat about why you should read Robin Stevens’ Wells & Wong series too! Book 6 comes out on February 8th 2018 (you can read more about me rambling about it here!), so you have ample time to read all 5 books before the 6th comes out soon!

The books, in order, are:

  1. Murder Most Unladylike
  2. Arsenic for Tea
  3. First Class Murder
  4. Jolly Foul Play
  5. Mistletoe and Murder
  6. A Spoonful of Murder (out Feb 8th 2018)

And the book of short stories aforementioned is called Cream Buns and Crime.

So why should you read these books? Read on to find out…

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  1. Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong
    Okay so these two are basically a bad-ass girl version of Sherlock and Watson. Not only do we have epic girl detectives and a lot of talk about women’s rights in the 1930s, but also Hazel is from Hong Kong. She talks a bit about racism and diversity (as in, Hazel as the narrator), and I just love these two and want to be their friends.
  2. Diversity and rights
    Moving on from the racial diversity of the main characters, we have a couple of same-sex relationships, and lots of talks about rights for women. The books begin in 1934, and thus far are up to 1936, so we’re beginning to talk about Germany etc. now as well.
  3. Brilliant mysteries! 
    Robin Stevens is a FANTASTIC mystery writer. The mysteries are fascinating and I love working them out along with the Detective Society! Some of them I spent AGES trying to work out what happened.
  4. Hazel as a narrator
    Hazel is a great narrator, and I am always completely drawn into the world of the mysteries. I think Stevens chose a really good person to narrate the stories. It’s also something I always wanted to do in the story – make the main character not the “main character”. It’s similar with the original Sherlock Holmes stories too.
  5. Historyyyyyyyyyy
    Set in the 1930s, Stevens has really done her research and the stories are so realistic. I really liked this in Cream Buns and Crime where we had recipes from the time period, as well as lots of history about famous unsolved murder mysteries, detectives, spies, and authors.

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Those are just 5 reasons why I think you should read Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens! I absolutely LOVE these books and would highly recommend anyone picking them up. They’re recommended for young readers, but I’m 19 years old, an English Lit BA student, and I really enjoy them!

Have you read Murder Most Unladylike, or any of Robin Stevens’ books?

Until the next time,

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Upcoming Releases I’m F**king Excited For

I’m not joking. When I saw some of the books I’m about to tell you about, I genuinely screamed aloud. Let’s just say that my bank account may be screaming with me come the release dates. I have three books to chat about today, and I am so frickin’ excited for them all.

1. Saga Vol. 8 by Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples

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AAAAAAAAAAAAAH! Okay, so I am currently on Vol. 4 – so I have 5, 6, and 7 still to read – but I am so excited for vol. 8! I am avoiding the description for vol. 8, so cannot tell you anything about it (apart from screaming READ SAGA FOR GOODNESS’ SAKE at you), but LOOK AT THIS COVER. Isn’t it just the best thing ever?! I want this as a print and on my wall, let me tell you.

Release date: 2nd Jan 2018

2. The Curses by Laure Eve (The Graces #2)

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Oh. my. god. Okay so #1 – can we talk about how awkward I was when I met the incredible Laure Eve at YALC over summer? (#sorryLaure) #2 CAN WE TALK ABOUT HOW I DID NOT KNOW THIS WAS COMING OUT?! I cannot WAIT to continue on with this series and discover what happens, although I will suspect I will need to reread the Graces first. Whilst my hype has not diminished, my memory certainly has, and I need to remember some of the details… #whoops

Release date: 9th Jan 2018

3. A Spoonful of Murder by Robin Stevens (Wells & Wong #6)

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HOW DID I NOT KNOW THIS WAS A JANUARY RELEASE?! I knew that this book was coming out soon, but not this soon. ohemgee I am so excited. If you have not read any of Robin Stevens’ books, I recommend that you rectify that immediately, starting with the astonishingly incredible Murder Most Unladylike. Dooooo it.

Release date: Edit: A SPOONFUL OF MURDER’s release date is actually set at February 8th 2018, not January 4th as originally said on Goodreads! 

So here are some new releases I am screaming about (I do not apologise for the sheer amount of enthusiasm in this post). What’re some you’re excited for? Are you flailing about the same books I am?

Until the next time,

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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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