I can't believe this saga has finally come to an end. I had a bit of a roller-coaster ride with this series, but I'm so glad that it ended on a really strong, high note for me.
The Holmes/Watson relationship was a quirky one from jump, and I applaud Cavallaro's ability to have it evolve and grow. I LOVED that this novel focused on mishaps and murder in the theater department of Oxford's summer program; a setting tailor-made for this girl.
The story-telling in this installment was fresh, yet continued where we had left off. It didn't go schmaltzy (which I feared it might), and gave readers an ending that felt earned.
Now can Leander get a spin-off series? :)
It's a delight to return to the world that Dhonielle Clayton initially created in THE BELLES. We rejoin Camille in her efforts to overthrow Sophia, and find her sisters who have been scattered around the land. We meet the delightful anarchic anti-beauty regiment women, The Iron Ladies, who join Camille in striving to reunite the Belles, and stop Sophia whatever the cost.
I'm thrilled by the proliferation of females in these novels, and their unification against all odds. There is a power to Camille that is exciting, and I felt that even more in this sequel. Clayton's lush language fills every corner of every page, and I could have easily read another 100 pages of her writing.
As with THE BELLES, I applaud Clayton taking on the issues of beauty, female competition, and the lengths women will go to in order to look "ideal." I think this should be required reading for teenagers and young women alike.
YES to this gothic modern mystery. Gothic is always a buzzword for me, and this novel did not disappoint. Set in the competitive world of academia, Clare's colleague is murdered, and the killer might be closer than she thinks. She resorts to confiding in her diary, but is that safe?
Strong incorporation of literary references, spooky atmosphere, and a page-turning whodunit makes this novel a worthy read. I appreciated Elly Griffiths' ability to draw in the reader with multiple POVs; I got a well-rounded experience of the happenings at the school, and police departments.
I got MAGPIE MURDER mixed with THE MOONSTONE vibes from this novel. A strong addition to the canon of gothic mysteries for a new age.
I finished this book a few days ago, and can't stop thinking about it. The mark of a successful read.
I received this book from OwlCrate, and if I hadn't I'm not sure that I would have picked it up. Very glad I did.
Astrid Scholte has crafted superbly realized women in this novel, both the various (soon to be dead) queens, and Keralie, our protagonist. Living life as a thief and grifter, Keralie suddenly finds herself with knowledge about the upcoming murders of the rulers of Quadara, and must save her land.
I was fully immersed in Scholte's writing, and couldn't stop reading to find out what was going to happen. There was indeed a twist that I did not see coming, and it ramped up the book in a really exciting way.
I highly recommend this YA novel for fans of mysteries, fantasy reads and strong heroines. Girl. Power.