Book Review ♡ The Cousins by Karen M McManus

So it turns out that it wasn’t just a fluke – I’m actually over my book hangover and back into reading again. You have absolutely no idea how exciting this is because there seen to be a million books I want to read this year. Today I indulged in my mystery thriller obsession and opted for Karen M. McManus’ ‘The Cousins’. This was such a popular book last month/year and I remember there was a real buzz around it. Now I finally managed to get my hands on a copy, I wanted to see what the fuss was all about.


title ♡ cousins, the
author ♡ karen m. mcmanus
genre ♡ young adult; contem; mystery, thriller
pages ♡ 330
publisher ♡ delacorte; penguin
series ♡ standalone
release date ♡ 1 dec, 2020 (delacorte); 3 dec, 2020 (penguin)

goodreads ♡ amazon

Milly, Aubrey, and Jonah Story are cousins, but they barely know each another, and they’ve never even met their grandmother. Rich and reclusive, she disinherited their parents before they were born. So when they each receive a letter inviting them to work at her island resort for the summer, they’re surprised… and curious.

Their parents are all clear on one point—not going is not an option. This could be the opportunity to get back into Grandmother’s good graces. But when the cousins arrive on the island, it’s immediately clear that she has different plans for them. And the longer they stay, the more they realize how mysterious—and dark—their family’s past is.

The entire Story family has secrets. Whatever pulled them apart years ago isn’t over—and this summer, the cousins will learn everything.

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Book Review ♡ They All Fall Down by Roxanne St. Claire

I’ve said it before and I will continue to say it – I absolutely adore mystery and thriller novels. I love the chase of the plot; the intrigue of trying to work out what exactly is going on and the mystery behind the reasoning of it all. They All Fall Down was no different in this, although I do feel these books may get a little bit repetitive quite soon. Let’s get into the review!


title ♡ they all fall down
author ♡ roxanne st. claire
genre ♡ young adult; contemporary; mystery; thriller
pages ♡ 352
publisher ♡ delacorte
series ♡ standalone
release date ♡ 14 october, 2014 (delacorte)
goodreads ♡ amazon

Every year, the lives of ten girls at Vienna High are transformed.

All because of the list.

Kenzie Summerall can’t imagine how she’s been voted onto a list of the hottest girls in school, but when she lands at number five, her average life becomes dazzling. Doors open to the best parties, new friends surround her, the cutest jock in school is after her.

This is the power of the list. If you’re on it, your life changes.

If you’re on it this year? Your life ends.

The girls on the list have started to die, one by one. Is it a coincidence? A curse? Or is the list in the hands of a killer?

Time is running out for Kenzie, but she’s determined to uncover the deadly secret of the list…before her number’s up.

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Reading Challenge ♡ The 2020 A-Z Reading Challenge

I’ll admit that this year has kind-of run away from me. It feels like only yesterday when it was February and the UK was a few weeks away from entering it’s first lockdown. Now, on the fifth day of #Lockdown2.0, I’m getting ready for an intensive twenty-six day read-a-thon. I’ve handpicked all the books on my list and hopefully I will enjoy every single one.

The rules of the challenge are simple: one book for twenty-six days. Every day the title of the book I read has to begin with that specific letter of the alphabet. For example, day one will be a book beginning with ‘A’, day two will be a book beginning with ‘b’ and so on, until I reach the end of the alphabet! Books beginning with ‘A’ or ‘The’ (i.e; ‘A Christmas Carol’) will only count for the first letter of the second word (cont. ‘C’ for Christmas).

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