The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

by Stuart Turton
Published on:  September 18, 2018
5-stars

7 deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is what has been accurately described as an Agatha Christie mystery with Downton Abbey and Quantum Leap all rolled into one.  I had the pleasure of listening to this book on audio and seriously loved every single moment.  It is easily one of the most clever and well thought-out books I’ve ever read.  My mind is blown just thinking about what it must have taken to create the timeline alone for the entire narrative.  On top of that I can’t even begin to imagine how much time, effort, diligence, and patience it took to plot out every single plot point without making a huge misstep.  By the end of the novel no stone was left unturned and there was no lingering unanswered question that I could smugly say “you missed this one little thing…”

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How to Catch a Bogle

(City of Orphans/Bogle #1) by Catherine Jinks, Sarah Watts (Illustrations)
Published on:  September 3, 2013
4-stars-1

Set in Victorian England, How to Catch a Bogle tells the story of 10-year old Birdie McAdams who is an apprentice to Alfred the Bogler. A bogle is a monster that hides in dark places and eats unsuspecting children. Birdie’s job as an apprentice is to sing songs that lure the bogles out from their hiding places in time for Alfred to kill it.

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Sanyare: The Last Descendant

The Sanyare Chronicles by Megan Haskell
Published on:  February 16, 2015
4-stars-1

Sanyare

“With a deep breath, Rie left the pretensions of the High Court and its glittering throng behind her.” – Sanyare: The Last Descendant, Megan Haskell

In Sanyare: The Last Descendant, Rie, a human messenger for the elven High Court is on a routine delivery job when she is attacked by two Shadow Realm assassins. Since contact with blood sidhe is forbidden, she finds that she must travel to the Shadow Realm to discover the identity of the traitor who sent the assassins and clear her name.

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