Review: One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

I subscribed to Book Box Club a few months ago, and the very first book I received was One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus. It was the featured volume in their “Schoolroom Scandals” box. To be honest, I probably wouldn’t have picked it up if I hadn’t been sent it, but I enjoyed it very much!

Before I get too far into it, though, here is the synopsis from Amazon…

32887579Five students go to detention. Only four leave alive. For fans of Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars, this is the perfect high school thriller.

Yale hopeful Bronwyn has never publicly broken a rule.

Sports star Cooper only knows what he’s doing in the baseball diamond.

Bad body Nate is one misstep away from a life of crime.

Prom queen Addy is holding together the cracks in her perfect life.

And outsider Simon, creator of the notorious gossip app at Bayview High, won’t ever talk about any of them again.

He dies 24 hours before he could post their deepest secrets online. Investigators conclude it’s no accident. All of them are suspects.

Everyone has secrets, right?

What really matters is how far you’ll go to protect them.

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Throwback Thursday 4/2/2016

So, I have to ask you. Do you like mystery? Do you like a clever 15-19-year old female protagonist? Do you love English history, especially surrounding the Great War? DO YOU LOVE SHERLOCK HOLMES?! If you like any of these things, then you’ll want to read on.

This week, for my Throwback Thursday pick, I have chosen The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King.

Okay, so this is not an outright YA book, but hear me out. I first laid my hands on this book when I was 15, and the only reason I did was that a fanfiction I was reading kept alluding to it (Riley’s Pawn to Queen, a Harry Potter classic). I believe it was first published in 1994, so it is a definite throwback.

beekeepFirst, the synopsis from Amazon:

  1. The great detective Sherlock Holmes is retired and quietly engaged in the study of honey bees when a young woman literally stumbles into him on the Sussex Downs. Fifteen years old, gawky, egotistical, and recently orphaned, the young Mary Russell displays an intellect to impress even Sherlock Holmes – and match him wit for wit. Under his reluctant tutelage, this very modern twentieth-century woman proves a deft protégée and a fitting partner for the Victorian detective. In their first case together, they must track down a kidnapped American senator’s daughter and confront a truly cunning adversary – a bomber who has set trip-wires for the sleuths and who will stop at nothing to end their partnership.

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