The Magpie Society is a YA mystery novel written by Zoe Sugg and ‘Jinxed’ author Amy McCulloch.
First of all, I was really excited to read this book as I have previously loved some of Amy McCulloch’s other books and I will say I enjoyed reading it. I did find myself eagerly reading on but I will say I didn’t love how the book ended which kind of hindered the reading experience.
I liked the writing style and the switch between Ivy and Audrey viewpoint throughout the book. I feel it gave both characters depth and time to develop within the story. The use of the podcast transcripts is something I really liked, almost as if I was listening to it myself and allowing you to know exactly what the characters are reacting to. It was also interesting to learn after reading that the two authors were Audrey and Ivy in the sense that their viewpoints were written by one of the authors throughout.
I thought that a lot of the characters in the book are interesting and suited to a YA novel. The introduction of someone as new to the school as the readers are so we get to learn about the school through a character who has been there for years and one only a few weeks.
The book ended on a cliffhanger, which suggests a book will follow however I feel that the book itself didn’t answer any of the questions it set out. It was almost as if I read the full book for nothing. I like a cliffhanger but I felt like too much of the story resulted in this. For example, who the magpie Society is? This I can understand being a cliffhanger but the full premise of the story, what happened to Lola?, I feel that this should have been explained more. The book was leading up to this answer as we see Audrey and Ivy investigate and explore but we don’t learn anything else as it seemed to end right in the middle of a scene. In my opinion, I don’t think the book answered enough of its questions. Maybe if the second book was out already and I could have immediately read on it would have been ok, but I don’t think a book should rely on another that much even if it is a series.
Overall, I would say that I enjoyed the process of reading it and will likely read the second once released to find out all the answers from this book but I was left frustrated at the lack of resolution in this one. I would maybe recommend waiting for the second one to be released so you can find out more without the disappointment of waiting.
Many thanks, Caitlin Dermidy
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Jinxed by Amy McCulloch is a YA science-fiction book that centres around a world of engineering and coding. In this world there is a young girl named Lacey Chu whose dream is to become a companioneer for the tech company Moncha. This company created the BAKU, your very own robotic companion who replaces the role of your smart phone.
I found this book was really entertaining and exciting as you got the chance to learn about this world and about what happens with the BAKU. It is also exciting to see a book based upon engineering and coding with a female lead character. The character of Lacey is very likeable and realistic and I think would resonate with young female readers as she shows that you can achieve your dreams. Lacey is a talented engineer whose best friend is a talented coder who are exciting as it allows the book to promote strong female leads in a world once thought of as a male world.
This book mixes the world of new technology and inventions with teenage drama and friendships. I think this is also a reason as to why I liked this book as it blends the excitement of the BAKU battles and new school drama effortlessly. You see Lacey deal with making new and maintaining friendship whilst exploring this exciting and eventful new world.
The ending leaves questions as well as answers as it ends leaving us wonder what happens to Lacey and her BAKU. It ends on a cliffhanger which leads you to think there is potential for a blossoming series within this technology focused world. Overall I really enjoyed this book as it was entertaining and realistic with strong leads. It didn’t really feature any of the hard-hitting topics that I would usually read about which added some light relief to my reading experience.
I would highly recommend this book and feel that it was well-written, structures with good characters.
Many thanks, Caitlin x
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Augusts installment of the book box club has been released and I am excited to share its content with you. I love this idea as I have previously stated and I would really like to recommend this box.
This months box had the theme of Tech Tribes which I was really excited to see what this box contained.
Upon opening the box you are presented with the months leaflet sharing all the information on what is within the box.
This box had multiple bookish goodies that were related to the theme. It contained a BB8 magnetic bookmark by Rachel Norline Art on Etsy so you can keep your page in a fun way. It also had a pair of robot sock by Joe Cool to keep you cosy while you read. There is also a great Lunar Chronicles coaster to keep your new Invent the Future Mug on. The mug features artwork by Alicia Jo with the coaster by the box company, Book Box Club. There is also an Ada Lovelace sticker by Victorian Store.
A Jinx Necklace also by Book Box Club so you can keep your own Baku cat with you at all times. This is a great addition as it links to the features book.
Alongside these goodies and the features book there are also two bookmarks in order to keep your page. One with the book artwork and a special bookmark from C.K Robertson. An extract from Are we all Lemmings & Snowflakes by Holly Bourne is found within the box as well as an exclusive 4 chapter sampler of Colour Me In by Lydia Ruffles.
The featured book in this months box is Jinxed by Amy McCulloch. This book is based upon engineer Lacey Chu and her discovery of Jinx, a high-spec, high-maintenance robot cat Baku which helps her dreams seem possible once again. Bakus are state of the art robotic animals that function as a smartphone whilst being the perfect pet.
Again, I would highly recommend this service and I hope you enjoyed this months Book Box Club unboxing !
Many thanks, Caitlin x
(PS please feel free if you are subscribed to Book Box Club or have ever read the featured book ‘Jinxed’ )