#TheWriteReads #UltimateBlogTour Review: You’ll Be the Death of Me by Karen M. McManus

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Another solid young adult mystery novel by Karen M. McManus.

Thank you so much to The Write Reads, Penguin, and Karen M. McManus, for allowing me to be part of this experience and also providing me with a complimentary eARC and media kit!

Purchase this book (affiliate link): Amazon

About the Author

Karen M. McManus is the #1 New York Times and international bestselling author of young adult thriller/mystery novels, including One of Us Is Lying, One of Us Is Next, Two Can Keep a Secret, and The Cousins. You’ll Be the Death of Me will be her next novel, publishing December 2021. Her work has been translated into more than 40 languages worldwide. Karen lives in Massachusetts and holds a master’s degree in Journalism from Northeastern University, which she mostly uses to draft fake news stories for her novels. For more information, visit www.karenmcmanus.com or @writerkmc on Twitter and Instagram.

Review

Book CWs

For a list of warnings, tropes, and representation for this book, check out its page on BookTriggerWarnings.com.

Premise

From the author of One of Us Is Lying comes a brand new addictive thriller.

Ivy, Mateo and Cal used to be close – best friends back in middle school.

Now all they have in common is a bad day. So for old time’s sake they skip school together – one last time.

But when the trio spot Brian ‘Boney’ Mahoney ditching class too, they follow him – right into a murder scene.

They all have a connection to the victim. And they’re ALL hiding something.

When their day of freedom turns deadly, it’s only a matter of time before the truth comes out . . .

It’s Ferris Bueller’s Day Off with murder, perfect for fans of One Of Us Is Lying and A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder. This explosive new thriller is impossible to put down.

Review (No Spoilers)

You’ll Be the Death of Me is another solid YA Mystery by Karen McManus. The story follows three ex-friends who decide to skip school on a whim and end up coming across the dead body of one of their classmates. With suspicions shrouding the three of them for being absent on this fateful day, they set out to uncover the truth behind what happened, all while trying to hide their own dark secrets.

I’ve read many books from Karen M. McManus (all of them possibly?) and I’m disappointed to say that while this was as readable and twisty as the rest of them, it was probably my least favorite of the group. In particular, I was terribly annoyed and disappointed by the ending. I’m not sure why mystery novels feel the need to leave things untied at the end when they are standalone novels (which I think this is). It’s possible that it’s a nod to the fact that real life isn’t so clean cut, but often it just makes me feel unsatisfied.

Something that I thought this novel handled well, however, was the miscommunication/unnecessary secrets trope. Typically this trope annoys me to no end, especially when teenagers in mystery novels often spend the entire novel not telling any adult for no good reason, but I thought McManus did a good job balancing this. Secrets were kept but for reasons that I found both believable and understandable. Relationships grew and fell apart naturally, though there were a few things at the end that I felt were a bit too convenient.

Overall, if you’re a plan of YA mystery novels like McManus’ previous books, Diana Urban, or Holly Jackson, I think this will be a fun ride for you. If you’d like to follow along with the rest of the tour, you can find the tour schedule here!


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Blog Tour Review: Christmas at Snowflake Lodge by CP Ward

Rating: 3 out of 5.

A cute and short holiday read.

Foreword

Thank you so much to Rachel at https://www.rachelsrandomresources.com/ and CP Ward for allowing me to be part of this experience and also providing me with a complimentary eBook and blog tour media kit!

About the Author

CP Ward is an author from the UK who currently lives and works in Japan. For more information, please visit http://www.amillionmilesfromanywhere.net/cp-ward.html

Social Media Link –https://www.facebook.com/groups/510678469409835

Review

Book CWs: For a list of content/trigger warnings, tropes, and representation for this book, check out its page on BookTriggerWarnings.com.

Premise

Plumber Jessica Lemond is determined not to follow in her parents footsteps by living off her famous grandfather’s fortune. However, when the old timer himself elopes to Scotland with suspicions over the recent death of his much younger third wife hanging over his head and a private detective on his tail, it is left to Jessica to follow and clear up the mess. Happy to escape from her nightmarish lodger Doreen, she heads to the remote Snowflake Lodge with her young trainee Kirsten in tow.

However, Snowflake Lodge – with its oddball staff and very dodgy plumbing – is not how it appears in the brochure. Among the beautiful Scottish scenery, and with more hot chocolate and mince pies than she can possibly handle, can Jessica find something she didn’t even know she was looking for?

Review (No Spoilers)

I’ve got another holiday book for you today! Look at how cute that cover is!

I read another Christmas-themed book by CP Ward last year, so I guess I’m starting a new tradition. You can find my review for Christmas at Marshmallow Cafe here.

As with many holiday chick-flick novels, Christmas at Snowflake Lodge is full of drama, laughter, and newfound relationships, both platonic and romantic. The story follows Jessica Lemond, an almost-30-year-old woman who travels to a place called Snowflake Lodge in attempt to find her estranged on-the-run grandfather and escape from her nightmare of a roommate. Cue shenanigans, drama, friendships, and romance.

Despite the short length (around 250 pages), I think the book suffered a bit from trying to do too much at once. There were multiple plot elements including roommate drama, parent drama, workplace drama, detective drama, and romance drama. The inclusion of all of these things in one story sometimes made me feel like I was being mentally tossed around a bit. Certain characters seemed to be exaggerated caricatures at times, and I think this was just for the sake of fitting these multiple plots together. I think if some of these elements were split into two or three different books, it would have flowed much better and have made for a bunch of great holiday novels/novellas.

Regardless, there were a lot of things I enjoyed about this book. The main character annoyed me in the beginning, but she grew on me as the story progressed. At the end of the book, she even delivers a very strong message to the readers about working hard and philanthropy, which I appreciated very much. Several of the side characters were extremely lovable and endearing. I would definitely enjoy reading more about some of the staff members at Snowflake Lodge. It seems like they would have some very intriguing stories to tell. There is little romance in the novel, but I did enjoy the small pieces that were sprinkled throughout. And though I had to suspend my belief a few times in this book, it pulled quite a few laughs out of me. A book that can make me laugh is always a winner.

If you’re interested in hearing more about Christmas at Snowflake Lodge, you can follow along with the tour below. If you’d like to purchase it, you can find it here!


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You’ll Be the Death of Me by Karen M. McManus: Tour Schedule

Hello everyone and welcome to my blog!

TheWriteReads‘ tour for You’ll Be the Death of Me by Karen M. McManus starts very soon! To help you all follow along with the tour, I’ll be listing the tour schedule below (using the reviewer’s Twitter username) along with links to where you should be able to find the posts on that day.

If you’re interested in subscribing to TheWriteReads’ mailing list for information on future tours, click here!

I look forward to reading everyone’s thoughts! You’ll Be the Death of Me releases on November 30! Pre-order your copies today!

Blog Tour Review: The Art of Running Away by Sabrina Kleckner

Rating: 4 out of 5.

An MG book that is both inclusive and incredibly valuable for teaching children (and adults) about allyship.

Thank you so much to TBR and Beyond and Sabrina Kleckner for allowing me to be part of this experience and also providing me with a complimentary ARC and media kit!

Book Information

Genre: MG Contemporary
Publishing Date: November 16, 2021

Twelve-year-old Maisie is an artist. When she’s in front of her sketchbook or apprenticing at Glenna’s Portraits, the family-run art shop her grandmother started, the world makes sense. She doesn’t think about Calum, her brother who mysteriously left home and cut ties with her family six years ago, or her parents’ insistence that she “broaden her horizons” and try something new—something that isn’t art.

But when Glenna’s Portraits falls on hard times, Maisie’s plan to take over the shop when she’s older and become a lifelong artist starts to crumble. In desperation to make things right, Maisie runs away to London to reconnect with her adult brother, hoping he might be the key to saving the shop. But as Maisie learns about her family’s past from Calum, she starts to rethink everything she’s ever known. Maisie must decide not only if saving her family’s art shop is worth it, but if she can forgive her parents for the mistakes they’ve made.

Content and Trigger Warnings

For a list of warnings, tropes, and representation for this book, check out its page on BookTriggerWarnings.com.

About the Author

Sabrina Kleckner is the author of THE ART OF RUNNING AWAY, a middle grade contemporary novel about family and identity. She began writing at the age of twelve, and is grateful to not be debuting with the angsty assassin book she toiled over in her teens. When she is not writing, she can be found teaching ESL or gushing about her three cats to anyone who will listen.

Review (no spoilers)

If you’d like to follow along with the rest of the tour, you can find the tour schedule here.

The last tour that I did for TBR and Beyond was for The Night When No One Had Sex by Kalena Miller, an inclusive LGBTQ young adult novel that included some wonderful coming-of-age stories as well as many educational/moral takeaways. This week, we have The Art of Running Away which is incredibly similar in theme to The Night When No One Had Sex, just for a younger audience.

This MG novel follows the story of 12 year old Maisie, a young girl whose parents ship her off to live with an aunt whom she’s never met before. When her estranged/runaway brother shows up at her aunt’s house and offers her a chance to finally get to know him after 6 long years of silence, Maisie decides to join him and his roommates in their London flat for the summer. What follows is a heartfelt and enlightening coming-of-age story where Maisie not only learns how to be a better person to her family and friends, but also what it means to be an ally.

Though this book is written for a younger audience, I enjoyed it quite a lot. While it definitely presents itself as an MG novel, there are many lessons that readers of any age will learn from in this book. At times it can come off as a little preachy, but the messages provided through this novel are invaluable. It highlights important issues about homophobia, harmful inaction/action, allyship, trust, and respect.

One of the things this book doesn’t shy away from (and I think that made it all the more powerful) was the idea that real life is not clean cut. The relationships in this book are messy. There are times where they’re uplifting and loving, and there are times where they’re toxic and traumatizing. Parents often try to shield their children from these raw depictions of real life, but children experience these dynamics every single day. We shouldn’t pretend they don’t exist. That type of apathy serves no one.

The Art of Running Away is a powerful MG contemporary that I would definitely recommend to anyone who is interested in reading it. It comes out tomorrow, so don’t forget to grab your copy!