*ARC Review* In the Hall with the Knife by Diana Peterfreund

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Title: In the Hall with the Knife

Author: Diana Peterfreund

Publisher: Amulet Books

Release Date: October 8, 2019

Page Count: 304 pages

Genres: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller

Summary:

A murderer could be around every corner in this thrilling YA trilogy based on the board game CLUE! 

When a storm strikes at Blackbrook Academy, an elite prep school nestled in the woods of Maine, a motley crew of students—including Beth “Peacock” Picach, Orchid McKee, Vaughn Green, Sam “Mustard” Maestor, Finn Plum, and Scarlet Mistry—are left stranded on campus with their headmaster. Hours later, his body is found in the conservatory and it’s very clear his death was no accident. With this group of students who are all hiding something, nothing is as it seems, and everyone has a motive for murder. Fans of the CLUE board game and cult classic film will delight in Diana Peterfreund’s modern reimagining of the brand, its characters, and the dark, magnificent old mansion with secrets hidden within its walls.

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My Review

In the Hall with the Knife is a Clue mystery fans will love filled with thrilling dialogue and intrigue. This first book is loaded with Easter eggs from the original movie and game and multiple mysteries outside of a murder. This book is not just about solving a murder: it’s also about determining who everyone can trust when everyone has something to hide.

I thought Peterfreund did a great job staying true to the movie and boardgame while also adding her own personal twists to the story. You get the original characters but here’s a twist: they’re teenagers at an elite boarding school who have to solve a murder with no real murder solving skills. But that easily proves difficult when all of them start to suspect one another. Orchid has a potentially deadly past she’s trying to keep buried. Peacock has a secret that could ruin her life and career. Vaughn is living a double life – and no one suspects that he is. Mustard just transferred to this boarding school with a reason he’s not quite ready to reveal. Plum is the golden boy, but being the golden boy comes at a cost. And Scarlet will do anything to succeed at this school – even go to drastic means to come out on top. And then someone turns up dead – someone that each of them has a motive for murdering. But the question is – who really murdered someone?

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One of my favorite aspects about this book is how Peterfreund revealed something about each character in each of their chapters. Each chapter is a different perspective, and every time something is revealed about that specific character. Some of the secrets I guessed but some I did not see coming. But I thought it was brilliant to reveal a secret in each chapter (and not all of them were outright revealed, some you had to read between the lines or put two and two together). It’s like tiny puzzle pieces fitting together over the length of this novel to create an almost complete puzzle. And with how the story ends, I’m suspecting even more character secrets will be revealed in the next book.

There are multiple point of views, as each of the main Clue characters has a voice, but I thought the chapters and voices really flowed well together. Though there isn’t quite a ton of romance, this first book sets the stage for potential romances between some characters in the next two books (and I’m rooting for two in particular!). It was great to see the characters start to rely on one another and trust their instincts and also develop some key life skills that they wouldn’t be able to learn in a classroom.

Overall, I thought this was a great book perfect for mystery genre fans and teens that are looking for a way to experience a classic board game in a new way. The killer was slightly easy to guess, but I still thought this was a fun and thrilling mystery read and I cannot wait to read the sequel. In the Hall with the Knife comes out next Tuesday, but you can preorder this fun book now!

My rating: 3.5 stars out of 5 stars

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It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? 2/18/19

It’s Monday again, President’s Day, and the Library I work at is open. But here’s what I plan on reading this week.

What are you reading this week?

The Raven’s Tale- Cat Winters

38101643     Seventeen-year-old Edgar Poe counts down the days until he can escape his foster family—the wealthy Allans of Richmond, Virginia. He hungers for his upcoming life as a student at the prestigious new university, almost as much as he longs to marry his beloved Elmira Royster. However, on the brink of his departure, all his plans go awry when a macabre Muse named Lenore appears to him. Muses are frightful creatures that lead Artists down a path of ruin and disgrace, and no respectable person could possibly understand or accept them. But Lenore steps out of the shadows with one request: “Let them see me!”

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We Set The Dark on Fire- Tehlor Kay Mejia

At the Medio School for Girls, distinguished young women are trained for one of two 37868569roles in their polarized society. Depending on her specialization, a graduate will one day run a husband’s household or raise his children, but both are promised a life of comfort and luxury, far from the frequent political uprisings of the lower class. Daniela Vargas is the school’s top student, but her bright future depends upon no one discovering her darkest secret—that her pedigree is a lie. Her parents sacrificed everything to obtain forged identification papers so Dani could rise above her station. Now that her marriage to an important politico’s son is fast approaching, she must keep the truth hidden or be sent back to the fringes of society, where famine and poverty rule supreme.

On her graduation night, Dani seems to be in the clear, despite the surprises that unfold. But nothing prepares her for all the difficult choices she must make, especially when she is asked to spy for a resistance group desperately fighting to bring equality to Medio. Will Dani cling to the privilege her parents fought to win for her, or to give up everything she’s strived for in pursuit of a free Medio—and a chance at a forbidden love?

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Fear of Missing Out- Kate McGovern

39863193     Everyone has a fear of missing out on something–a party, a basketball game, a hangout after school. But what if it’s life that you’ll be missing out on?

When Astrid learns that her cancer has returned, she hears about a radical technology called cryopreservation that may allow her to have her body frozen until a future time when–and if–a cure is available. With her boyfriend, Mohit, and her best friend, Chloe, Astrid goes on a road trip in search of that possibility. To see if it’s real. To see if it’s worth it. For fear of missing out on everything.

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Happy Reading!

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*First Line Friday* Stain- A.G. Howard

Happy Friday!

Are you guys as excited as I am that the weekend is a few hours away? I can’t wait!!

This week I decided to go with a book that we are all dying to read. I was lucky enough to receive an arc of this very book yesterday! The book is Stain by A.G. Howard. Once you see the cover and read the synopsis, you’ll be hooked!

Happy reading!

 

34842208   A high-fantasy gothic fairytale inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s The Princess and the Pea.

Once upon a nightmare, her fairy tale begins…

After Lyra—a princess incapable of speech or sound—is cast out of her kingdom of daylight by her wicked aunt, a witch saves her life, steals her memories, and raises her in an enchanted forest … disguised as a boy known only as Stain. Meanwhile, in Lyra’s rival kingdom, the prince of thorns and night is dying, and the only way for him to break his curse is to wed the princess of daylight, for she is his true equal. As Lyra rediscovers her identity, an impostor princess prepares to steal her betrothed prince and her crown. To win back her kingdom, save the prince, and make peace with the land of the night, Lyra must be loud enough to be heard without a voice, and strong enough to pass a series of tests—ultimately proving she’s everything a traditional princess is not.

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“In one enchanted telling of old, a prince desperately seeks a princess to wed and rule by his side…. But when his destiny arrives upon the castle steps, she fails to look the part of royalty, being drenched and forlorn after facing a cloudburst on her journey.”

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That’s what he/she said Thursday 😉

We are going to try a new meme for Thursday.

You know that Book Boy/girlfriend that you absolutely adore? Well now is your chance to gush about him/her more. We will be posting a quote from that book that will make everyone fall in love too.

Today’s book is Bookish Boyfriends by Tiffany Schmidt.

There was one character in the book that was an absolute shit but I couldn’t help but love. Monroe was the almost perfect boyfriend with a side of crazy. He swept you off your feet but also made you cringe.

“I hope you’re missing me as much as I’m missing you. These roses are almost as pretty as your face. I can’t stop thinking about kissing you. Really can’t wait to do it again.”

*Arc Review* Bookish Boyfriends- Tiffany Schmidt

“Too bad book boyfriends gave paper cuts when you tried to snuggle.”

We have all been in this position where we fall in love and swoon over the dreamy man/woman in a book. You just imagine their arms wrapped around you on the toughest of days and they will make it all better. Sigh!

This book is for all of us who ever had a crush on a book character and wasn’t ashamed of it. I’m totally not ashamed to admit that I have may a few bookish men in my life that I wish was real. *cough* Prince Cardan *cough* *cough*

I don’t think I have ever had this much fun while reading a book. It took all the things we love about books and put it into another book. I’m still swooning!

At first, I thought that the title was very misleading. I was reading and then I had to read some more just to make sure that my eyes weren’t deceiving me. But we eventually get there and it’s a huge sigh of relief. I’m not and never will be a fan of Shakespeare. There is nothing about his books that interest me. They are dull but Monroe has a way of changing your mind…. well just for this part of the story.

The characters, the plot, the setting, everything about this had my heart screaming for more. It was adorkable. The twist, the turns, the ups, and the downs had me fascinated. The romance was a tad bit rocky but it never overpowered the story as a whole.

I must admit Monroe was someone I should have despised, but he wound up being the rule breaker with those dangerous eyes that make us all swoon. He needs his own book!

Book lovers will rejoice at the story that unfolds through these pages. Just try not to fall in too deep!

Thank you, Amulet Books!