🏹July 2020 ~ Wrap Up🏹

Woah, summer is passing by way too fast. Already it’s the end of July and soon it’ll be the end of August meaning………..back to school.😥

Ahhhhhh I don’t want to go back. Going back means less time to read and more work.😭

Too many books and so little time.😣 ‘Tis reality.

Also, I can’t believe it’s only been over a week since I started my blog. It feels like I’ve been blogging for so long xD. Thank you to all those who welcomed me and helped me with this blog! I really love the community here ❤ 🎉Cheers to future blogging!🎉

Now on to this month……….

Well. July was actually pretty good, although I’ve had better months. But I did find some new favourites!!!😍

Books read in July:

The Vanishing Stair (Truly Devious, #2)
⭐⭐⭐⭐.5
Nightshade
⭐⭐⭐
Alex, Approximately
⭐⭐⭐.5
The Upside of Falling
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Rage and Ruin (The Harbinger, #2)
⭐⭐⭐⭐
Unravel the Dusk  (The Blood of Stars, #2)
⭐⭐⭐⭐.5
A Good Girl's Guide to Murder (A Good Girl's Guide to Murder, #1)
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Good Girl, Bad Blood (A Good Girl's Guide to Murder, #2)
⭐⭐⭐⭐.5
Chasing Lucky
⭐⭐
Play With Me (Grover Beach Team, #1)
⭐⭐⭐.5
Ryan Hunter (Grover Beach Team, #2)
⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Hand on the Wall (Truly Devious, #3)
⭐⭐⭐⭐.5
Learn About Loss (Ghosts of the Shadow Market, #4)
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

You know, now that I look at all these books, I realize that for me, July was basically a contemporary month. Out of the 13 books I read, only 3 of them are not contemporary and are fantasy.🤣

Ooooo and two books I absolutely loved this month were A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson and The Upside of Falling by Alex Light! Ravi & Pip are one of the best detective duos out there and Becca & Brett are one of the sweetest couples I’ve ever read about in awhile!🧐🥰

The Hand on the Wall was a great conclusion to the Ellingham case and I can’t wait to see how the 4th book will turn out to be. All I know is that I WANT MORE NATE!😍😍😍

Also, it’s probably a little bit random that I re-read a novella from Ghosts of the Shadow Market, but I was just in the mood of reading it before July ended and I needed it to fill in a prompt for the Summer Reading Challenge 2020 at The Procrastinators Book Club. It fit in for a book set in the 1930’s, so I just decided why not? Too many feels reading.🥺😭

Well, that’s all for this month.

𝐓𝐞𝐥𝐥 𝐦𝐞 𝐡𝐨𝐰 𝐉𝐮𝐥𝐲 𝐰𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐠𝐮𝐲𝐬! 𝐀𝐧𝐲 𝐟𝐚𝐯𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐞𝐬? 𝐑𝐞-𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐬? 𝐋𝐞𝐭 𝐦𝐞 𝐤𝐧𝐨𝐰 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬!😉

The Hand on the Wall (Truly Devious, #3) by Maureen Johnson | Review

The Hand on the Wall by Maureen Johnson

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars


Actual Rating:⭐⭐⭐⭐.5

“My moose,” she said in a low voice. “I finally got it. The universe paid me in moose.”

Lol what kind of ending was that.😂🤣
Yes, Stevie, you finally got to see a moving branch moose.😁

I told myself going into this, that I would be paranoid of every single person in this book (minus the original crew).
Yet even doing that, I still didn’t expect a certain someone to be behind all of this from the beginning.🤯😅
I keep this saying, but I really do suck at detective work.

Stevie is the real deal here. Imagine having the guts to confront someone who may be a murderer of countless victims.
Can’t relate.🙅‍♀️

And I really don’t like David. Like from the first book he annoyed me and now after reading this…..well, my opinion hasn’t changed.😒
Je n’aime pas David.

Honestly though, this 3-book case was really amazing. Who knew that such tiny events could lead up to something HUGE.🤯

That being said, to be honest, I was more interested in the past events then the present. Towards the end is when all the big reveals happened which is when I got really hooked, but the mystery surrounding Alice and the kidnappers of her and her mom got me super absorbed with how things would unfold.

Oh and Nate forever remains my one and only favourite character in this series. Stevie, Janelle, ad Vi were really likable too, but nobody, and I mean NOBODY can top Nate🥰😍.

I did not and will never like the romantic relationship between David and Stevie. To be honest, I don’t even think this series needed any romance or anything. David could’ve stayed as the annoying and jerkish friend he was, although he did redeem himself a little at the end…….but I still don’t like him.

My favourite parts of course included Nate, although he didn’t appear that much throughout the novel.😥 Haha but I loved this scene xD:

“Fun fact,” Stevie said, trying to lighten the mood in the vast, gloomy space. “This fireplace? Henry the Eighth had one just like it, in Hampton Court. Albert Ellingham had an exact copy made.”
“Fun fact,” Nate replied, “Henry the Eighth killed two of his wives. Who wants a murderer’s fireplace?”
“I’m not sure, but that’s the name of my new game show.”

Another thing I loved was the way Maureen Johnson put in anxiety. Stevie had anxiety that would come out randomly, but she still didn’t let that stop her from solving a murder case. I really love Stevie’s courage for that.😌

WARNING: SPOILERS BELOW!!!
You have been warned…………

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First thing that shocked me was that Alice’s father was GEORGE MARSH. The guy who set up this whole case!!!! The guy who caused so much suffering!!!
That’s such a cruel twist of fate.
I did not feel bad for him AT ALL when he found out that he’d gotten his own daughter (along with Iris) kidnapped just for money.
Poor Alice for having such a terrible biological father.😞

Oh and ALICE BEING FOUND DEAD??!!! WOWWwww😨😭
All my theories were totally off since they all involved her being secretly alive all this time, but just really old. I even at one point thought that maybe she’s the one behind all the present day murders to get revenge or something.🤷‍♀️ Haha I was so wrong.😅

It was so sad though😣. Alice was only a kid and she had to go through all of that kidnapping and in the end………she dies from Measles in an isolated area with a family she’s never known.😭💔

George Marsh, you are a cruel, cruel man. Albert Ellingham should’ve given you a more painful death than the one you got.👿

And again, I love how I was literally suspicious of ALMOST EVERYONE (especially the nice ones), yet I completely ignored Call Me Charles thinking he was too nice to have anything to do with these murders.
Turns out that he IS the culprit in the end.🤯
Charles was the behind the scenes guy killing Hayes, Ellie, and Fenton in a way that made it look like an accident but was really him making these ‘accidents’.
I really didn’t think of him as being an evil mastermind, even though by now I should know otherwise. It’s always the nice-looking ones.👀
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SPOILERS END HERE!!!

One more thing before I finish. I absolutely LOVED it when Trump Replica’s Edward King’s running for president was completely blown apart when David (hey, and he actually did something really useful👍) destroyed all the blackmailing files Edward had over some of the people who supported him. Once that was gone, King was ruined and had to pull out of his campaigning for president.😈 Thank youuu David!!!!🖤

Now if only something ahem similar could happen to a certain person in real life.

Hey, a girl can dream.🤞😉

“The wonderful thing about reality is that it is highly flexible. One minute, all is doom; the next, everything is abloom with possibility.”

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The Vanishing Stair (Truly Devious, #2) by Maureen Johnson | Spoiler Review

The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars


Actual Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5


“Where do you look for someone who’s never really there?
Always on a staircase but never on a stair.”


DID IT SERIOUSLY JUST END LIKE THAT???!!!
Wow.😠

Just wow. Someone should seriously congratulate Maureen Johnson with her amazing cliffhangers.

WARNING: SPOILERS BELOW FROM BOOK 1 AND 2!!!!
You have been warned…………


I thought Truly Devious’s ending was bad but no………..this is WAY worse.
Again, I never thought George Marsh would be the one behind the Truly Devious case. He really did seem like a good friend of Ellingham. But they do say never trust anyone during a case, especially if they’re close to you.
And I can’t believe that two students came up with the Truly Devious letter as a prank and in the end that prank just complicated the investigation 75 years after. Frankie and Edward are actually geniuses, though they obviously didn’t think it’d turn so serious.

Honestly, I would be such a bad detective.😅 I see Stevie saying that she’s figured it all out and I’m just like…….wait who is it????

And then after Stevie figured out that Ellie was the murderer of Hayes and had escaped, I thought that they’d eventually track her down and find Ellie, but no……….it was much deeper than that. Ellie hadn’t even left Ellingham this whole time and was hiding underground, but when Stevie and David found her body, she was dead………which makes me wonder………was she really the one who killed Hayes? I feel like maybe she had something to do with the murder but I don’t think she intended for Hayes to die or something?
Also, I know she has to be guilty of something because she ran away and I don’t believe that she ran away from fear, but I think it wasn’t really fear of being put into jail but maybe something bigger than that. She might be working with powerful people who might do something to her if she talked. Haha Idk. Maybe I’m thinking too much into it or completely off. I do wonder tho……..🤔

There are SO MANY suspicious people in this book, that I think I’ve just decided to not trust them all. Everyone’s a suspect now (minus the crew cuz I really don’t think they have anything to do with this). David is also being really suspicious but I don’t think he has anything to do with the murders, though I could be wrong. I mean, I didn’t think Ellie was evil, but look at how that turned out😕.
HUNTER IS DEFINITELY ON MY SUSPECTS LIST. I thought it was Dr. Fenton but she’s dead now (or at least that’s how the book ended) so she can’t be a suspect anymore. Right…..?

Honestly, this whole thing is confusing. I’m so not cut out for detective work. I’ll leave that to Stevie.😎

Oh and every time I see Albert Ellingham talking about how much he loves games, I just picture an mischievous smile on his face—maybe even evil .😨

Scary pikachu………. shudder

Also, I don’t know if it’s just me but Edward King reminds me a lot of Donald Trump. I was wondering before why Stevie hated the politician so much, but now……I completely understand your hatred Stevie.😔


“Edward King was the worst man in America.
Well, that point could be argued. But Edward King was a powerful man. He was a Pennsylvania senator, based here, out of Pittsburgh. This was the man who wanted to keep “outsiders” and “bad elements” out of America, which largely meant people who weren’t white, weren’t rich. For Edward King, wealth was goodness. There was no climate change in his world—the earth was there to produce more life-affirming dollars. This was a man who wanted to be president.”


I swear this sounds exactly like Trump🤣 Especially the ‘there’s no such thing as climate change’.

Also, David is still………well, let’s just stay that I still don’t like him. He really annoys me. Although, I’ve gotta say that he is funny, if crazy.


“Tell her about the screaming,” Janelle said. “Because I can’t.”

“The screaming?” Stevie repeated.

“The other morning he started something called ‘screaming meditation,’” Nate said. “Guess what happens in screaming meditation? Did you guess screaming? For fifteen minutes? Because that’s what happens in screaming meditation. Fifteen. Minutes. Outside. At five in the morning. Do you know what happens when someone screams outside for fifteen minutes at five in the morning at a remote location in the mountains, especially after a . . .”

The implied dot dot dot was “student dies in a terrible accident or maybe murder and another one goes missing.”

“When security got to him he claimed it was his new religion and that it is something he needs to do every morning now as a way to talk to the sun.”


Ahhh David was really not okay in this book.🤣 And now he’s run off and away from Ellingham. RIP David.

Nate as always, was awesome. I seriously love this guy so much. He literally just speaks his mind and was even said to be the only smart one in the group. He’s almost always with Stevie on her investigations and like Stevie can confide with Nate on the big stuff. He was like the first person to hear from Stevie that she’d figured out the Truly Devious case. Nate🥰


“. . . the last few weeks have been a time of such sadness. What you need to know, what you must know, is that your safety, your health, your emotional well-being is what matters the most. We are going to be here for you. We’re going to have . . .”

“Counselors,” Nate mumbled under his breath. “You get a counselor and you get a counselor, and you get . . .”


He’s so annoyed.😂

And Dottie. I love how even though she knew there was something wrong and was super scared, she was still able to think straight and leave a clue in her Sherlock Holmes novel. No way would I have ever thought of that. I would’ve been way too terrified to move if I knew I was probably about to die. She’s got guts. Especially trying to escape afterwards right in front of the murderer Curse you George Marsh for killing Dottie. She was a nice girl😥

I’m deciding whether I should just wait for the library copy of The Hand on the Wall or be impatient and read the ebook.😅 I have no idea what to do.🤷‍♀️



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Truly Devious (Truly Devious, #1) by Maureen Johnson | Spoiler Review

Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars


Actual Rating:⭐⭐⭐.5

What a twist.🤔
I was so not expecting so much to happen in the last few chapters. Nor would I have ever thought that Ellie was the murderer of Hayes. She really seemed like one of the coolest students in this book.

Well, I guess this shows that I should never ever try to be in charge of a murder case.😅 They always say it’s the person you least expect, but somehow I still didn’t think it would be them.

Stevie was cool and all, but my favourite was Nate. That guy really doesn’t hesitate to speak out on what he thinks of a situation.🤣

Now David……….well, I guess it may be too soon to judge him, but so far he’s pretty annoying. I like Nate better. Nate is waayyy better. He’s one of the main reasons why I didn’t rate this book any lower.🥰


“Of course I worry too much,” Nate said. “But I’m usually right. The people who worry are always right. That’s how that works.”


^He’s right xD.

Nate is like Stevie’s Watson. (I only know this guy because of my Sherlock obsessed sister) Her partner in crime. Really can’t wait to see the other adventures they have together.🧐

It was probably just me, but I felt like not much really happened…..? Like only towards the end was when things started to pick up, although I understand that this mystery is supposed to be solved after 3 books, but still…….it felt a little dragged out in the beginning imo.🤷‍♀️

Ahhh but the ending was really shocking. I was actually scared. I could almost imagine that I was in the middle of that scene. And when they found out that Ellie escaped………OMGG
I GOT SO FREAKED OUT. SHE’S SO GONNA WANT REVENGE AGAINST STEVIE.😨😓.

This note was the creepiest of all: So many of Truly Devious said actually happened to people.

And this is only the beginning………..

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Ryan Hunter (Grover Beach Team, #2) by Piper Shelly | Review

Ryan Hunter by Piper Shelly

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Awwww that ending was so sweet.🥺🥰

That, my friends, was definitely a better ending than the previous book.👌
So glad I decided to read this AND it was from Ryan Hunter’s POV.😍 That guy really knows how to make a girl love him.

Ryan Hunter was basically the same story as Play With me except there were some added parts that we weren’t in the first book and all of it was told through Ryan’s POV. The ending especially left everything complete—definitely not sudden at all.

I noticed something while reading a certain scene:



“Our fridge was stocked with things that tasted better than Corona, and I didn’t like the thought of her getting tipsy at my party, anyway.”



^Woah, I did not know Corona was a drink???? Could this mean something…….?👀

Reading all of Ryan’s thoughts got me feeling bad for him many times throughout the book. I’m glad things worked out for him in the end. I definitely liked this a lot more than the first that was told through Liza’s POV—although, I sometimes did skim some of the parts that were exactly the same as Play With Me. That couldn’t be helped though.🤷‍♀️

Anyways, I kind of only read these two books because my GR challenge needed help and I have a feeling I won’t be finishing it at the rate I’m going.

I know that if push comes to shove……..my last resort will be:
Mangas😱😅




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Play With Me (Grover Beach Team #1) by Piper Shelly | Review

Play With Me by Piper Shelly

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Actual Rating: ⭐⭐⭐.5

My GR challenge was in desperate need of help, soooo I used this quick read.🙈

Liza Matthews has always been in love with her best friend, Tony, but he’s never really noticed or if he has, he’s not doing anything about it. She finally decides that maybe joining the soccer team (which he’s on) will get Tony’s attention. Everything changes though after a party at Ryan Hunter’s………..😱

I knew going into this that it’d be really short, but I was still surprised—especially with the ending.
It was pretty……abrupt. It’s not really much of an ending, although I’ve read reviews for the 2nd book which shows Ryan’s POV and there’s more of an ending there, so I’ll definitely read that soon.

Oh and something else: one scene in the story was super unrealistic—it was actually funny how unbelievable it was.🤣 Ryan and Tony are both yelling at each other with a lot of punching in the middle of the night INSIDE Liza’s room while her mom is asleep in the same HOUSE. I don’t know about you, but my parents would definitely wake up from that—they wake up from a CUP falling onto the floor so a bunch of yelling and fighting would with no doubt awaken them.😂

Ahhhh oh well, it’s fiction.🤷‍♀️

Well, Play With Me was a cute and light read. I just wish that it was longer and we could’ve seen maybe more development with the MC and other characters….? I liked the characters and all (especially Ryan🤩), but I would’ve liked to know more about them.😢

Can’t wait to see Ryan’s POV!


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Chasing Lucky by Jenn Bennett | Review

Chasing Lucky by Jenn Bennett

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I’m starting to think that maybe Jenn Bennett’s books are just not for me.😪

Also why did this feel like the longest book I’ve ever read?🤔

So many loved Chasing Lucky, so I’m sorry to say that it was kind of a pain to read this. Around like halfway through the book, I really wanted to give up on it and mark it as DNF.
But I decided to push my way through thinking that maybe it’d get better.

Well…….turns out that it did get a little better, but I was still bored. I skimmed some parts too because at that point I just wanted to finish the book.😅

The story begins with Josie and her mother just arriving in the town, Beauty. It’s been years since they were last there and her mother isn’t really happy about the move. It’s temporary until they can get enough money to move to Florida, although that’s what her mother thinks………..

Josie really wants to move out and live with her father—who happens to be one of the best photographers around. The only way she’d be able to go live with him is if she’s able to catch his attention with her own photography skills. Josie knows that living in Beauty is only temporary, so she has no plans of getting attached to anyone or anything, but all that changes once she comes across her former best friend…………
Lucky.

It wasn’t that Chasing Lucky was bad (it’s just me who didn’t like it). I kind of just couldn’t care about the MC, Josie, and her problems. I didn’t care much for any of the characters except I really did hate Adrian Summers.👿 That guy really annoyed me to the point where I was surprised that nobody had punched him in the face yet. Haha but maybe that’s just me and I wanted to see some violence. (This is what happens when I read too many action shows/books😅)

It’s sad, but all I felt after I finished the book was relief that it was over.😣

I may or may not try Jenn Bennett’s books one day. Only time will tell……….🧐

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Good Girl, Bad Blood by Holly Jackson | Review

Good Girl, Bad Blood by Holly Jackson

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars


Actual Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5

Tell me it didn’t just end like that………right?😰

You’ve actually gotta be kidding me.🤬😤😫
Like ending Good Girl, Bad Blood like that and then expecting me to WAIT until 2021??!!!

As of now I am going to announce that I really hate seeing the digits 2021. Come next year, I’ll love it but until then……..I absolutely despise seeing that year. (Haha well maybe I should be glad the release date isn’t 2022—->that would be intended torture)

Better yet, lemme just steal the nearest time machine and go to a future where all the next book is already released.

AHHHhhhhHHHHhhhhh I CAN’T DEAL WITH ALL THIS. SO MANY UNANSWERED QUESTIONS.
EVEN THE LAST SENTENCE FREAKED ME OUT!!!! HOW IS THAT EVEN POSSIBLE??!!!

The story picked up a few weeks after A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder. The day after the memorial of Sal and Andie is when new trouble starts—Connor Reynold’s older brother, Jamie, has gone missing and the police aren’t doing anything about it because he’s an adult & that behavior is not unusual for him. Sooooo even though Pip before promised to never go back into Detective Mode, she’s going to have to break that promise to save Jamie—though this time, she says she’ll be ‘more careful’. Oh and also during the book, the trial for Max Hastings (How I despise him) is going on to prove whether he’s guilty or not, but I mean it’s super obvious what verdict should be.😠

I love how Pip created her own podcast named after the title of the first book, AGGGTM. And Ravi was the one who came up with it.🤣

‘OK . . .’ He chewed his lip and it made Pip’s stomach tighten. ‘So, something murder, or kill or dead. And you are Pip, who’s a student and a girl who’s good at . . . oh shit,’ he said suddenly, eyes widening. ‘I’ve got it!’
‘What?’ she said.
‘I’ve literally got it,’ he said, far too pleased with himself. ‘What is it?’
‘A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder.’
‘Noooo.’ Pip shook her head. ‘That’s bad, way too try- hard.’

Of course Pip didn’t like it, but she relented with the name anyways.😁😂

Speaking of Pip & Ravi, their relationship was the best. Though Ravi didn’t appear as much as he did in the first book (’cause he had to attend Max’s trial), he was super supportive whenever he was around Pip. Especially since Pip still had some trauma from the first book and was having a hard time dealing with what happened in Andie Bell’s case. Ravi always tried to be there for her and not decide things for her. He understood her and never tried to be controlling.
To sum it all up —-> Ravi is the sweetest🥺🥰

And while Pip is trying to understand herself and all that’s happened the past few months, Charlie (the new neighbor) gives like one of the best speeches I’ve ever heard that really helped Pip:

‘Oh, justice exists,’ Charlie said, looking up at the rain. ‘Maybe not the kind that happens in police stations and courtrooms, but it does exist. And when you really think about it, those words – good and bad, right and wrong – they don’t really matter in the real world. Who gets to decide what they mean: those people who just got it wrong and let Max walk free? No,’ he shook his head. ‘I think we all get to decide what good and bad and right and wrong mean to us, not what we’re told to accept. You did nothing wrong. Don’t beat yourself up for other people’s mistakes.’
Okay now that I’ve said that I don’t think I can go on without giving away any spoilers soooo…….

SPOILERS START HERE:
You have been warned……….

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STANLEY.😭😭😭
MAX.🤬🤬🤬
CHARLIE.😫😨🤯

THOSE 3 ARE THE ONES THAT KEEP ATTACKING MY THOUGHTS.
First of all…..STANLEY FORBES (aka Child Brunswick)😭😭😭
I’M SORRY STANLEY. I’M SO SORRY.😣😖 I’m sorry for EVER disliking you in the previous book. You just wanted a normal life after having your own father train you to assist him in murders EVEN THOUGH YOU WERE 10 YEARS OLD. He literally had the worst childhood and people hate him and blame him for something he did when he was a KID.

I mentioned hating Stanley and finding him suspicious BUT NO I WAS WRONG. THIS GUY DID NOT DESERVE
DEATH😭

HE DID NOT DESERVE TO BE SHOT TO DEATH BY SIX BULLETS.
I’M SO SORRY STANLEY.😭😭😭

WHY COULDN’T MAX FREAKING HASTINGS BE MURDERED??!! THIS GUY WAS CHARGED FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT/RAPE YET CAME OUT OF ALL OF THAT WITHOUT A SINGLE CHARGE.
ISTG THE JURY IN THIS BOOK IS STUPID. YOU LEGIT HAVE VICTIMS OF MAX AND A VIDEO TAPING OF HIM ADMITTING IT YET YOU STILL RELEASE HIM?!?!

^ Let that be ME doing that to MAX except replace the NEWSPAPER with a METAL BAT👿

If anyone should’ve died in this book, it should’ve been MAX HASTINGS.

Oh and remember how before the spoilers started, I was talking about how nice Charlie was?
Yeah, well turns out HE was the one behind all of this. (He didn’t have Jamie —>that was Stanley (long story), BUT Charlie started all of this and was the catfish -Layla Mead)
AND CHARLIE KILLED STANLEY. Although, I can understand why he was angry and killed Stanley (Charlie’s sister was one of the victims of the Brunswick murders) he still shoudn’t have killed Stanley. STANLEY WAS 10 WHEN ALL THESE MURDERS HAPPENED. IT WAS HIS FATHER’S FAULT, NOT STANLEY.
Still, I actually don’t hate Charlie.
Oh no, I have all that hate towards Max Freaking Hastings.🤬😡

And then you have the book ending with Pip being even more traumatized then before since she literally watched someone (Stanley) die right in front of her. Oh Pip.😖😓
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SPOILERS END HERE!!!

One more thing before I end this:
I’m like really, really, really pissed off at Ant and Lauren. They’re supposed to be Pip’s friends, but instead throughout the whole book you see them acting like complete jerks to the point where they think this whole investigation is a JOKE.👿 They didn’t even bother trying to help or anything—instead those two just kept gazing at each other, ignoring the whole world around them.
When Pip retaliated, I WAS CHEERING MY HEAD OFF (that sounds weird now that I think abt it😅). Even though she got suspended for 3 days, it was SO WORTH IT.
Oh and Pip spray painting and breaking the windows of Max’s house WAS A M A Z I N G.
I love this new Pip😍🤩

In the next book, I better be seeing the revenge I’m waiting for.🔥
LET’S GOOOO PIP

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A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson | Review

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


Me reading the last few chapters……….

This was bloody brilliant! (Hehe, see what I did there😏)

Seriously though, why haven’t I read this sooner?
Aye, I know the answer to that. ‘Twas me being hesitant and stupid. Fortunately, I changed that.😌

This is by far one of the BEST mystery books I’ve read this year. The suspense was killing me as I read and I was so tempted to go to the back of the book and see who the culprit was.😅😁 Thankfully, I was able to squelch this urge and read until the end without spoiling myself.
Mission Accomplished😎

I absolutely loved Pip and Ravi. These days the mystery books I read have partners in crime. It’s awesome with those two. Even when things got super dangerous and scary, they both still pushed on their investigation.

Ravi was super supportive and Pip is like one of the bravest and coolest MCs you can find. I mean, she spouts off random facts randomly and manages to get straight A’s all while trying to uncover a dangerous case.

‘My name is Pip and I know many things. I know that typewriter is the longest word that can be made with just one row of the keyboard. I know that the Anglo-Zanzibar war was the shortest in history, lasting only thirty-eight minutes.’

Also, even though almost everyone in town hated Ravi because of what Sal ‘did’, he didn’t let that break him or change his belief that Sal wasn’t the one who murdered Andie. I love those two.🥰

Ohmygod and when Pip finally uncovered who the actual murderer was and what really happened to Andie…………………..

SPOILERS START HERE!!!!

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I NEVER IN A MILLION YEARS THOUGHT (view spoiler)[ELLIOT WARD WOULD BE THE MURDERER OF SAL AND BECCA BE THE MURDERER OF ANDIE?!?! (hide spoiler)] Totally didn’t expect that. Like I suspected everyone but them.😨
And, you know, the sad thing is that it doesn’t even feel like that much of a victory since (view spoiler)[it kinda just destroyed two families even more; Becca’s family already had Andie dead and Cara’s family already had their mother dead, but now……it’s even worse for them. Pretty sad, altho what Elliot and Bella did was still horrible. I feel more bad for Cara and Naomi.😢

MARK AND HOWIE TOTALLY GOT WHAT THEY DESERVED THOUGH. NEITHER DESERVE MY PITY👿 Mostly Mark, because he’s a big jerk and so deserves to be sent to prison FOR LIFE.

Oh and I really am super suspicious of Stanley (that journalist) and Daniel (that young cop). I feel like they had something to do with the Andie Bell case, but who knows…….🤔 (hide spoiler)]

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END OF SPOILERS!!!

Also, Pip’s family was just like super cool. The dad, Victor, especially was hilarious and seeing his scenes in the book were the best.🤣

Victor strolled over, wrapped his arm round her shoulders and squeezed. ‘Little Pipsy going to a house party.’
‘I know,’ Pip’s mum said, her smile wide and glistening. ‘With alcohol and boys.’
‘Yes.’ He let go and looked down at Pip, a serious expression on his face and his finger raised. ‘Pip, I want you to remember to be, at least, a little irresponsible.’
‘Right,’ Pip announced, grabbing her car keys and strolling to the front door. ‘We’re going now. Farewell, my backwards and abnormal parents.’
‘Fare thee well,’ Victor said dramatically, gripping on to the banister and reaching for the departing teenagers, like the house was a sinking ship and he the heroic captain going down with it.


I loved A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder so much.💕 This would actually be a fitting end, but I’m so happy Holly Jackson has blessed us with more of her books with Pip as the MC. I want more of The Adventures of Detective Pip and Ravi (Hmmm maybe Pavi or Rip—nope forget I ever mentioned that😬😂)

Note to self: DON’T EVER let me come up with ship names.

Note to others: If you haven’t, YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK.

Lia Carstairs ou—




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The Beginning

I‘ve finally done it. Finally got the courage to create my own blog. Right now, I’m really excited and nervous. I can’t wait to share my thoughts on what I love with all of you! And especially thanks to all who encouraged me to create a blog!

I’ve always enjoyed reading, but 3 years ago was when I really started to love it. I became so obsessed with all kinds of books that it came to the point where I was ‘grounded’ for reading too much (yes, I didn’t that was possible too😂). It was my sister who opened up the idea of me creating a blog, and for awhile I’ve held off on the idea because I was nervous.

However, from this day on, I, Lia Carstairs, have finally brought up the courage to start Chain of Novels.

Nowadays I mostly read young adult, fantasy, romance, and sci-fi novels. Recently, I’ve even grown to like some mystery novels. Though, I’m always up to try out some newer genres and see if I’ll like them!😁

I’ll be posting reviews of the books I read and every once in awhile (especially when I’m in a book slump) I’ll post some random discussions.

Oh and some of you might’ve noticed that Chain of Novels comes from Cassie Clare’s books, The Last Hours. She’s one of my favourite authors and Chain of Gold was absolutely A M A Z I N G!!! So of course, I wanted to do something related to her series.

Super excited to get know other book bloggers and meet new friends on Goodreads. Let me know in the comments what your favourite genres are OR if you’ve read CoG, which character you love!🧐