Review: The Mistletoe Murder and Other Stories

Title: The Mistletoe Murder and Other Stories 
Author: P.D. James
Genre: Mystery, Short Stories
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Source: Library
Format: Ebook
Release Date: October 4, 2016
Rating: ★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

As the acknowledged ‘Queen of Crime’ P.D. James was frequently commissioned by newspapers and magazines to write a special short story for Christmas. Four of the very best of these have been rescued from the archives and are published together for the first time. P.D. James’s sparkling prose illuminates each of these perfectly formed stories, making them ideal reading for the darkest days of the year. While she delights in the secrets that lurk beneath the surface at enforced family gatherings, her Christmas stories also provide enjoyable puzzles to keep the reader guessing. 

From the title story about a strained country house gathering on Christmas Eve, another about an illicit affair that ends in murder, and two cases for James’s poet-detective Adam Dalgliesh — each treats the reader to James’s masterfully atmospheric story-telling, always with the lure of a mystery to be solved.

Review:

This is a festive collection of murder mysteries. This is the second collection of P.D. James stories that I’ve read, and I find her stories a little disappointing. I find that many of her stories don’t end in justice being served. That was the case in some of these stories.

I didn’t like the ending of The Mistletoe Murder, because I thought it was too obvious. The Boxdale Inheritance was very complicated, and I think it would have been better as a full novel because there were so many characters. The Twelve Clues of Christmas was anticlimactic, even though it was about an unusually, staged suicide on Christmas. I liked A Very Commonplace Murder the best because it was unpredictable, and I couldn’t guess the ending.

If you like P.D. James, I’m sure you will love this collection. However, it didn’t work for me.

What to read next:

Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James

Cover Her Face (Adam Dalgliesh #1) by P.D. James

Have you read The Mistletoe Murder and Other Stories? What did you think of it?

Owlcrate Unboxing – September 2018

It’s time for my September 2018 Owlcrate Unboxing! I know it’s a few months late, but this fall was a very busy time for me. I still wanted to share these goodies with you all!

I love these “Crows Club Fingerless Gloves!” They make me feel like I’m part of the Crows Club from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo.

I love this mug, with images from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, including dementors and the Knight’s bus!

This really cute nail polish advertises the new book, Grim Lovelies by Megan Sheperd. I love the metallic colour.

This piece of art by Kristy Carter Art is inspired by Lila Bard from the A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab.

This “Nemesis” pack of bath salts is inspired by the Diabolic boy S.J. Kincaid.

I love this lip balm! It’s apple-spearmint flavour, which is so unique but so good!

And finally, the book is Mirage by Somaiya Daud! I can’t wait to read it!

The October theme is Lost in the Bookstore! 

Did you get this Owlcrate box? What did you think of it?

Stacking the Shelves – December 15

This is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and Reading Reality. Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

I received 2 books from Penguin Random House Canada:

The Dark Days Deceit (Lady Helen #3) by Alison Goodman

Rick Mercer Final Report by Rick Mercer

Thank you Penguin Random House Canada for sending me these books this week! 

What books did you get this week?

Review: P.S. I Still Love You

Title: P.S. I Still Love You (To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before #2) 
Author: Jenny Han
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Source: Purchased
Format: Paperback
Release Date: May 26, 2015
Rating: ★★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter.
She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever.
When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?

In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Timesbestseller To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of what makes it so amazing. 

Review:

I loved this sequel to To All The Boys I Loved Before.

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book. Since the whole story of the letters being sent out was completed in the first book, I didn’t know what else was going to happen. There was lots of drama and some love triangles in this story.

I found the last third of the story really emotional. I don’t want to spoil what happens, but I’ll say that there were a lot of confused romantic feelings in that part of the book. It made me feel so emotional, which surprised me. I think these feelings demonstrate that the story is very realistic.

I enjoyed this book, and I’m curious to see what happens next!

What to read next:

Always and Forever Lara Jean (To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before #3) by Jenny Han

The Summer I Turned Pretty (Summer #1) by Jenny Han

Have you read P.S. I Still Love You? What did you think of it?

Bookish Naughty or Nice Tag

Thank you to Meghan at Meghan’s Whimsical Explorations & Reviews for tagging me!  

The Rules

  • Tag & link the person who tagged you.
  • Tag and link Jenniely’s post, for she’s love to read everyone’s answers!
  • Tick/cross off the ones you’ve done.
  • Tag another 10 people.
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Nice

✔️

Naughty

1. Received an ARC and not reviewed it  ✔️

2. Have less than 60% feedback rating on Netgalley ❌

3. Rated a book on Goodreads and promised a full review was to come on your blog (and never did) ❌

4. Folded down the page of a book ❌

5. Accidentally spilled on a book ❌

6. DNF a book this year ✔️

7. Bought a book purely because it was pretty with no intention of reading it  ✔️

8. Read whilst you were meant to be doing something else (like homework) ✔️

9. Skim read a book ✔️

10. Completely missed your Goodreads goal ❌

11. Borrowed a book and not returned it to the library ❌

12. Broke a book buying ban ❌

13. Started a review, left it for ages then forgot what the book was about ✔️

14. Wrote in a book you were reading ❌

15. Finished a book and not added it to your Goodreads ❌

16. Borrowed a book and not returned it to a friend ✔️

17. Dodged someone asking if they can borrow a book ❌

18. Broke the spine of someone else’s book ❌

19. Took the jacket off a book to protect it and ended up making it more damaged ❌

20. Sat on a book accidentally ✔️

Final Score: 8/20

Last year my score was  9/15, so I was naughty, but this year I’m nice!

Tags:

If you don’t want to do it or have already done it, no problem. If you do the tag, please tag me so I can see your answers!

First Lines Friday – December 14

This is a weekly meme hosted by Wandering Words, where you give the first few lines of a book to hook your readers before introducing the book.

Here are my first lines:

“Allie tightened her grip on her phone as she stepped out from behind the curtain and walked to the center of the stage. She looked out into the Fuller University Auditorium. The room was packed with people, and all but three of them were complete strangers.”

Do you recognize these first lines?

And the book is… Click’d by Tamara Ireland Stone.

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Goodreads synopsis:

Allie Navarro can’t wait to show her best friends the app she built at CodeGirls summer camp. CLICK’D pairs users based on common interests and sends them on a fun (and occasionally rule-breaking) scavenger hunt to find each other. And it’s a hit. By the second day of school, everyone is talking about CLICK’D.

Watching her app go viral is amazing. Leaderboards are filling up! Everyone’s making new friends. And with all the data Allie is collecting, she has an even better shot at beating her archenemy, Nathan, at the upcoming youth coding competition. But when Allie discovers a glitch that threatens to expose everyone’s secrets, she has to figure out how to make things right, even if that means sharing the computer lab with Nathan. Can Allie fix her app, stop it from doing any more damage, and win back the friends it hurt-all before she steps on stage to present CLICK’D to the judges?

New York Times best-selling author Tamara Ireland Stone combines friendship, coding, and lots of popcorn in her fun and empowering middle-grade debut.

Have you read Click’d? What did you think of it?

Review: DC Super Hero Girls Vol. 1: Finals Crisis

Title: DC Super Hero Girls Vol. 1: Finals Crisis
Author: Shea Fontana
Genre: Middle Grade, Graphic Novel
Publisher: DC Comics
Source: Library
Format: Ebook
Release Date: July 12, 2016
Rating: ★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Class is in session! Welcome to DC Super Hero High! 

It was the night before finals and the student body is hard at work… and nothing is going right! Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Harley Quinn, Batgirl and their friends are learning to become heroes, but no one knew the trials that awaited them. In the first original graphic novel from the DC Super Hero Girls line, meet the students of Superhero High School as they find out that fun, friendship and hard work are all parts of growing up! 

Review:

This is a great graphic novel. 

The girls have to complete their final exams in this book. However, a villain started capturing them, leading up to their exams. Each of the girls disappear, and it is up to one of their friends to come and save them. 

I loved how each of the super hero girls had their own section in the story. Some of the other novels just focus on one at a time, but each girl had her own part in this one. My favourite girl, Harley Quinn, even had her own special part at the end. 

This is a cute story for middle grade readers. 

What to read next:

DC Super Hero Girls Vol. 2: Hits and Myths by Shea Fontana

DC Super Hero Girls: Date with Disaster! by Shea Fontana

Have you read DC Super Hero Girls Vol. 1: Finals Crisis? What did you think of it?