Mini Reviews: Secrets for the Mad, Party Girls Die In Pearls, Hunted

Posted October 21, 2017 by Ella in Reviews / 2 Comments

by Dodie Clark, Meagan Spooner, Plum Sykes
Published by Bloomsbury, Ebury Press, HarperTeen


Mini Reviews: Secrets for the Mad, Party Girls Die In Pearls, HuntedSecrets for the Mad: Obsessions, Confessions and Life Lessons by Dodie Clark
Published by Ebury Press on November 2nd 2017
Pages: 256

When I feel like I'm going mad I write.

A lot of my worst fears have come true; fears that felt so big I could barely hold them in my head. I was convinced that when they'd happen, the world would end.

But the world didn't end. In fact, it pushed on and demanded to keep spinning through all sorts of mayhem, and I got through it. And because I persisted, I learned lessons about how to be a stronger, kinder, better human - lessons you can only learn by going through these sorts of things.

This is for the people with minds that just don't stop; for those who feel everything seemingly a thousand times more than the people around them.

Here are some words I wrote.

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Pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed this book. I went into SECRETS FOR THE MAD skeptical and a little wary because as much as I love Dodie and her channels I have learnt the hard way when it comes to Youtubers writing books is that alot of the time their voice on screen doesn’t always channel itself as well in a book/on print.

This book however is a delight. It is true Dodie form straight through the book’s bones and brims over with her sweetness, personality, thoughts and feelings as well as everything else the book holds. She writes beautifully and every word comes across as thoughtful and sincere. I also thought it was incredibly brave of Dodie to write about some of the things she’s gone through and experienced in the past when she could’ve said nothing about them. It took alot of bravery to write about those things and I commend her for doing so.


Mini Reviews: Secrets for the Mad, Party Girls Die In Pearls, HuntedParty Girls Die in Pearls: An Oxford Girl Mystery by Plum Sykes
Published by Bloomsbury on June 1st 2017
Pages: 352

The New York Times bestselling author of Bergdorf Blondes takes us back to the decadent 1980s in this comic murder mystery.

Brideshead, bon-bons, cucumber sandwiches – and now a murder

Pimm’s, punting and ball gowns are de rigeur. Ursula Flowerbutton, a studious country girl, arrives for her first term anticipating nothing more sinister than days spent poring over history books – and, perhaps, an invitation to a ball. But when she discovers a ghastly crime, she is catapulted into a murder investigation.

Determined to unravel the case – and bag her first scoop for the famous student newspaper Cherwell – Ursula enlists the help of her fellow Fresher, the glamorous American Nancy Feingold. While navigating a whirl of black-tie parties and secret dining societies, the girls discover a surfeit of suspects. From broken-hearted boyfriends to snobby Sloanes, lovelorn librarians to dishy dons, none can be presumed innocent.

Clueless meets Agatha Christie in this wickedly funny tale of high society, low morals and a middle-class girl, the first book in Plum Sykes’s irresistible new series.

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The premise for this book is exciting but unfortunately the follow through disappoints. The writing is possibly the most boring I’ve ever read and was. so. damn. SLOW. The characters are also shallow and there was so much backstabbing. There was so much focus on the posh rich kids than there was on the actual murder mystery. Murder mystery felt seconded to the posh rich kids dramas. The ‘murderer’ was immediately obvious which just made the book even more disappointing.

Read if you enjoy immersing yourself in rich British universities in the ’80s where posh rich kids upon posh rich kids make sport out of backstabbing each other, Avoid if you’re looking a fast-paced exciting murder mystery where the twist and turns are endless and you never no what’s around the corner.


Mini Reviews: Secrets for the Mad, Party Girls Die In Pearls, HuntedHunted by Meagan Spooner
Published by HarperTeen on March 14th 2017
Pages: 384

Beauty knows the Beast’s forest in her bones—and in her blood. Though she grew up with the city’s highest aristocrats, far from her father’s old lodge, she knows that the forest holds secrets and that her father is the only hunter who’s ever come close to discovering them.

So when her father loses his fortune and moves Yeva and her sisters back to the outskirts of town, Yeva is secretly relieved. Out in the wilderness, there’s no pressure to make idle chatter with vapid baronessas…or to submit to marrying a wealthy gentleman. But Yeva’s father’s misfortune may have cost him his mind, and when he goes missing in the woods, Yeva sets her sights on one prey: the creature he’d been obsessively tracking just before his disappearance.

Deaf to her sisters’ protests, Yeva hunts this strange Beast back into his own territory—a cursed valley, a ruined castle, and a world of creatures that Yeva’s only heard about in fairy tales. A world that can bring her ruin or salvation. Who will survive: the Beauty, or the Beast?

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Oh, what a disappointment! Really thought I’d adore this one as it ticks all the boxes that I love to read about (Fairytales! Retellings! Magic! Beauty and the Beast! Fantasy! Russian Inspired!) and there was so much hype around this at the same time. Sadly, I think the hype did have a part in why I felt so let down after finishing HUNTED but the main reason I just couldn’t enjoy it was because I found it so BORING. I had to really, really push myself into finishing it as I found it so slow.

The writing style really threw me off as well – I was hoping it would be magical and addictive but instead it felt flat and cold. perhaps if the pace had been faster and more stuff had happened I would’ve enjoyed it more, but to me it just felt like an average Beauty and the Beast retelling where the MC seemed to be hurt and imprisoned somewhere freezing more than she was doing anything else. A miss not a hit for me.


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2 responses to “Mini Reviews: Secrets for the Mad, Party Girls Die In Pearls, Hunted

  1. Aw I’m sorry that you didn’t enjoy Hunted – I’ve heard such good things about it! It’s such a pity when a book doesn’t meet our expectations. <3

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