Monday 10 October 2022

Book Review | The Magpie Society: Two For Joy by Zoe Sugg & Amy McCulloch | prettylittlewriter

Audrey and Ivy, determined to bring their fellow student Lola Radcliffe's killer to justice, find themselves in the middle of another mystery when a friend disappears in suspicious circumstances.

Their only clue is a mysterious card left by the enigmatic Magpie Society. With time running out and the police baffled, Audrey and Ivy must delve deeper than ever into the dark secrets that their school is hiding.

But someone is playing a deadly game. And to beat them, Audrey and Ivy have to start rewriting the rules...’

This has been another read that I’ve had an my TBR for almost a year now and I’ve only just managed to get round to reading it! As spooky season is nearly upon us, I thought it fit quite nicely in with my reads for the season!


I did enjoy this book, it was a very easy read with an interesting and gripping storyline that kept me wanting to read it as fast as I could to see how it ended! I did manage to guess who was behind the Magpie Society, so although it wasn’t a surprise to me, it was still a very interesting way to take it!


I will say however, that this novel didn’t seem as well thought out as the first book, and I didn’t enjoy it as much as I did the first. It felt very choppy and a little bit all over the place, and didn’t read seamlessly like the first novel. I’m unsure whether this is due to constraints by the authors as they were writing it during a pandemic (plus Zoe was pregnant at the time too), but it certainly wasn’t as good as the first in my opinion.


Throughout both novels I never liked the character of Ivy, and I did feel that the chapters written from her perspective were a little false due to how the novel ends (if you read it, you’ll understand what I mean by this), so I enjoyed Audrey’s chapters a lot more and was rooting for her and Teddy to get together!


I do feel that we missed out a little on going into more detail surrounding the Magpie Society itself, and what they did for the school in the past. We were introduced to characters that were involved in the society, and a few of their own secrets, but there was quite a lot more that they could have done with it.


I think if you want a nice easy read for the spooky season, then I would recommend this as it has a good twist at the end, but unfortunately, although I love the authors a lot (especially Zoe) this just wasn’t the best they could have put out.


3/5 stars

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