Two Mysteries! or Agatha Christie is Queen.

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd and Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Hercule Poirot, #4)Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot, #10)

Rating

4.5/5 for both

Goodreads Descriptions

Roger Ackroyd was a man who knew too much.

He knew the woman he loved had poisoned her first husband. He knew someone was blackmailing her ― and now he knew she had taken her own life with a drug overdose.

Soon the evening post would let him know who the mystery blackmailer was. But Ackroyd was dead before he’d finished reading it ― stabbed through the neck where he sat in his study…

“The murderer is with us – on the train now…”

Just after midnight, the famous Orient Express is stopped in its tracks by a snowdrift. By morning, the millionaire Samuel Ratchett lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. One of his fellow passengers must be the murderer.

Isolated by the storm and with a killer in their midst, detective Hercule Poirot must find the killer amongst a dozen of the dead man’s enemies, before the murderer decides to strike again…

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Not Every Girl by Jane McGarry – Review

Not Every Girl by Jane McGarry

Not Every Girl

Rating

3.5/5

I received a copy of this ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Goodreads Description

 Olivia Davenport’s plan is destined to fail.

She is going through with it anyway, of course. After all, it is the chance of a lifetime. The unreasonable rules of others should not stand in her way.

In her small kingdom of Stewartsland, Olivia trains with the squires and harbors a secret dream. She longs to become a knight under the command of the Master-of–Arms, who just happens to be her father. He has indulged her passion so far, but they both know a simple fact – girls may not attain knighthood. Dismayed by the constant discouragement of her ambitions, she makes an impetuous decision to disguise herself as a boy in order to sneak on a mission. The consequences are not at all what she anticipated.

When her deception is revealed, she is sent home in disgrace; however, an unexpected turn of events puts her at the center of a dangerous plot against the King. The ensuing adventure finds her grappling with mercenaries and outlaws, yet these pale in comparison to her newly awakened emotions. She finds not only her life at risk, but also her heart, when the aloof Prince Liam begins to affect her in ways she never thought possible. In the end, it is her courage and unique spirit which must guide her through the challenges she encounters both physical and emotional.

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Top Ten Books That Would Be On My Syllabus If I Taught Underrated Series 101- August 25

Top Ten Books That Would Be On My Syllabus If You Taught Underrated Series 101

(examples: YA fantasy 101, feminist literature 101, magic in YA 101, classic YA lit 101, world-building 101)

Department 19

Department 19

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Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell – ARC Review

Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell

Mechanica

Rating

3.5/5

I received a copy of this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Goodreads Description

Nicolette’s awful stepsisters call her “Mechanica” to demean her, but the nickname fits: she learned to be an inventor at her mother’s knee. Her mom is gone now, though, and the Steps have turned her into a servant in her own home.

But on her sixteenth birthday, Nicolette discovers a secret workshop in the cellar and begins to dare to imagine a new life for herself. Could the mysterious books and tools hidden there—and the mechanical menagerie, led by a tiny metal horse named Jules—be the key to escaping her dreary existence? With a technological exposition and royal ball on the horizon, the timing might just be perfect for Nicolette to earn her freedom at last.

Gorgeous prose and themes of social justice and family shine in this richly imagined Cinderella retelling about an indomitable inventor who finds her prince . . . but realizes she doesn’t want a fairy tale happy ending after all.

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The Essence of Aptitude by Esha Bajaj – Review

The Essence of Aptitude (The Corpus Chronicles #1) by Esha Bajaj

The Essence of Aptitude (The Corpus Chronicles, #1)

Rating

3/5

I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Goodreads Description

The Great Empire of Corpus thrives by the hand of a system that monitors their citizens from birth. Their inclination towards logic is calculated into a finite number that is branded onto their wrists on their ranking day at the age of sixteen, and they are separated into one of six colored categories.
Juliet and Gwendolyn Fenn spend the beginning of their lives bound back by the Grey status of their parents, residing at the utmost bottom of the hierarchy. On ranking day, agents of a mysterious unranked sect, the Conscience, snatch Juliet from her home. They take her to the Cerebrum, the capitol of the land and the dwelling place of the Metallic ranks, Bronze, Silver, and Gold. Once there, Juliet is informed that she has not only been ranked as a Gold, but as the First, and will be groomed to be the crowned ruler of the nation.
Gwendolyn, ranked into Blue, only one step higher from her origins, soon becomes sick with resentment as the depths of her sister’s arrogance come to light. She decides to take matters into her own hands and joins the Fracture, an insurgent group lead by the notorious Tyus Zraa, who’s true colors Gwendolyn fails to discover until she is in too deep to turn around

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*IMPORTANT* Help Me Raise Funds for St. Jude’s ♥

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Hey guys! My store, The Limited – Fair Oaks, and I are participating in the St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer in Washington D.C. this September! I would be so appreciative if you would click the link below and help us reach our goal of $1000. Every dollar counts, no donation is too small.

I give thanks for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

I give thanks for the fact that a place like St. Jude exists to treat the sickest of the sick kids and give hope to parents around the world.

I give thanks for the researchers working day and night at St. Jude to help find a cure to end childhood cancer.

I give thanks for the healthy kids in my life and this is why I want to give to those who are not.

That’s why I am participating in the St. Jude Give thanks. Walk. and why I need your support to help me reach my fundraising goal.

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Top Ten Authors I’ve Read The Most Books From – August 11

Top Ten Authors I’ve Read The Most Books From

I am so glad Goodreads has a tab for this! Made this list easy 🙂

“Carolyn Keene” – 64 Books

For Nancy Drew, the writers used the pseudonym Carolyn Keene to assure anonymity of the creator. Mildred Wirt Benson was a member of the Stratemeyer Syndicate, a team of ghostwriters whose work included the Nancy Drew series.

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Mildred’s Resistance by Katie Cross – ARC Review

Mildred’s Resistance by Katie Cross

Mildred's Resistance (The Network Series, #3)

Rating

4/5

I received a copy of this ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Goodreads Description

Absolute Power Corrupts Even the Best of Friends.

Mildred Graeme is a witch that knows what it’s like to fail. She loathes small talk, struggles with magic, and grew up wretchedly poor. What’s easy for her best friend Evelyn, a wealthy, powerful socialite, is difficult for Mildred.

The two lifelong friends reunite at Chatham Castle where they fight together for the dream of a better world. Mildred wants to save the Network from political elitism, while Evelyn encourages it. When Evelyn gains power and threatens to obliterate the Network, Mildred realizes that she must overcome her fear of failure to save the lives of those she loves, even if it means betraying her best friend.

Mildred’s Resistance is the prequel to The Network Series and a gripping tale of intrigue, betrayal, and unexpected romance that defies all odds to rise above the ghosts of failure.

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