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REVIEW: Dead Jealous by Sharon Jones

I’ve wanted to read Dead Jealous ever since I read the first reviews when it was released and everybody seemed to love it. Having not read many murder mystery type novels, I pushed it to the back of my brain until, in the summer, I decided that I was going to have to buy it and find out just how amazing it was.

When Poppy Sinclair finds a dead body at the bottom of a lake, and after a previous trauma in another lake too, Poppy takes it upon herself to investigate after police dismiss it as an accident. But Poppy knows that it was murder and she’s going to prove it, even if it costs her own life.

It was so easy to get to know Poppy and there was never the awkward stage you get with some books where you end up thinking, ‘Do I really care about this character?’ Poppy was determined and motivated and I loved reading about her. I want to see more characters in YA like her who don’t sit and do nothing and mope about their lives, but instead learn stuff and are relatable. I wanted to read about Poppy more and more and I really missed her when the novel ended.

I really loved the plot and I was always kept on my toes, guessing what would happen next. I really didn’t expect the ending and I was left reeling and wanting more, more, more! Seriously, I don’t think I’m going to be able to wait until the next instalment is released because I want it right away!

The novel is set at a pagan festival which I loved because I know a lot about paganism and so I loved reading about the festivals and customs and traditions that were all written really well and were brought to life in an easily understandable way.

The mystery part was written really well, with red herrings that caught me out, and an ending that left me speechless. I did not see that coming! There were lots of twists and there was never a boring moment.

With characters that you’ll instantly fall in love with and a plotline that any author wishes they could write, I can’t recommend Dead Jealous highly enough.

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Stacking the Shelves (15)- The Review Book Edition


Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks! It is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.

I didn’t post a book haul last week so this is my haul for the past fortnight.


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The Elites by Natasha Ngan- I pre-ordered this one months ago and am so happy to finally receive it! The cover is gorgeous and it looks great alongside my other UKYA books.

Review Books

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The Killing Woods by Lucy Christopher- I received a gorgeous finished copy of this so now I have an ARC and this one. Thank you, Chicken House!

United We Spy by Ally Carter- I was so pleased to receive this one and you can read my review here. Thank you, Orchard!

Memory by Christoph Marzi- This one sounds a lot different to anything I’ve read before and I’m really intrigued. Thank you, Orchard!

Antigoddess by Kendare Blake- I love Greek mythology so think this is the book for me. Thank you, Orchard!

Dead Jealous by Sharon Jones- I can’t wait to read this one. It looks so good! Thank you, Orchard!

Cross My Heart by Carmen Reid- I am a HUGE fan of Carmen Reid’s books so can’t wait to start this one. Thank you, Random House!

Fearsome Dreamer by Laure Eve- Squee! Squee! Squee! I am SO excited to read this and will be doing so as soon as possible. Thank you, Hot Key!


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Every Day by David Levithan- This one sounds amazing and I love the idea. I’m hoping to read it very soon. Thank you, Egmont!


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After I posted my book addict post last week, Fiona from Eventide Reads tweeted me to say she had found these two in a charity shop and I had the biggest freak out ever. It’s my favourite series and I’m collecting all the editions so I’ve got nearly all of them now. Thank you, Fiona!

What did you get this week? 

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August Wrap Up (2013)

August has been a really good month for me. I’ve been off school for the month and have got lots of reading done. In one week, I even read eight books! Wow! I’m trying another format for this months wrap up post so I would love to hear your feedback.

This month I’ve read:


The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon; The Elites by Natasha Ngan; The Duff by Kody Keplinger; The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa; The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa; Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire; The Distance Between Us by Kasie West; Losing It by Cora Carmack; Faking It by Cora Carmack; The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle; All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill; The Weight of Water by Sarah Crossan; Keeping Her by Cora Carmack; All the Truth That’s in Me by Julie Berry; Shadowhunter’s Guide: City of Bones by Mimi O’Connor; Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend by Louise Rozett; Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein; Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein; United We Spy by Ally Carter.

..That’s nineteen books in total!

Next month I’m hoping to read:

The Killing Woods by Lucy Christopher which looks fab! The cover is absolutely gorgeous, too.

Night School by C.J. Daugherty because I need to read more UKYA.

Dead Jealous by Sharon Jones for the same as above.

Things happening in September:

The second UKYA chat is planned for Friday 13th September at 6:30 PM BST. I’d love to see you all there! Anyone can join in, you don’t have to be a blogger. Authors, bloggers and readers come along for a chat! I have a lot of fun things planned.


I’m busy planning the UKYA author blog tour in November and lots of other upcoming UKYA events. Very exciting!

Best books of August:

1. Losing It by Cora Carmack

2. Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

3. The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon


How was your month? Let me know below!