The Amateurs by Sara Shepard Review



The Amateurs by Sara Shepard Review

Plot Outline

Aerin Kelly posts on a site called Case Not Closed a website for amateur sleuths as she wants help finding out what happened to her sister Helena who was murdered. Seneca sees this post and instantly wants to help as this was the case that got her interested in crime. A group of teens from the site along with Aerin try to discover what happened to Helena but the killer is watching them and does not want the case to be solved.

My Opinion

Sara Shepard is well known for the Pretty Little Liars and The Lying Game series so I know that she can write mysteries. This book instantly drew me and I ended up reading it quite quickly as I couldn’t put it down. The majority of the book was fast paced however there were some moments where the plot seemed to move quite slowly. I didn’t like the characters in this book as much as some of Sara’s other characters. I don’t know if that is because I have seen those characters portrayed on the screen so I feel more connected to them but there was something about the characters in this book that I didn’t quite connect with. The plot is quite unrealistic as it is unlikely that a group of teenagers would be able to solve a murder that the police were unable to solve but Sara’s other books aren’t realistic either so that didn’t bother me too much. There was a lot of action within the last 10% of this book and we saw a lot of twists. The ending left me very shocked as it was unexpected. I am really looking forward to the next book which is coming out in November. My only hope is that this will be a short series and not dragged out like the PLL series.

4 Stars

What did you think of this book?

Kirsty xoxo

Top 10 Tuesdays

Top 10 Tuesday: Books On My Fall TBR



Today’s Top 10 Tuesday is books that we want to read this fall. For this list, I have included books that I have had for quite a while and really need to read.

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare- I desperately need to read this as I have had it since it was released in May. I don’t know why I haven’t gotten round to it as I loved Lady Midnight. I think it may be the size that is putting me off but I really do need to read it.

Victoria by Daisy Goodwin

Victoria by Daisy Goodwin- I am currently watching the show on ITV and it is my favourite thing. I look forward to Sunday every week just so I can watch Victoria and Albert on screen. Daisy Goodwin wrote the show so I am very excited to read this book.

Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas

Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas- Yes I have still not read this book and I am now behind with this series as the 6th book has come out. I did start this but I couldn’t get into it so I put it down and I’ve never picked it up again but I do really want to read it.

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte- This is one of those classics that I feel that everyone has read so I really do want to get round to this one. I have been trying to read a classic each month but I haven’t been able to stick to it but this is very high on my list of classics that I want to read.

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr- I have wanted to read this for such a long time and now that I have a copy I don’t have an excuse not to read this book. I really enjoy WW2 fiction and I have heard so many good things about this so I hope it lives up to the hype.

the-scarecrow-queen by Melinda Salisbury

The Scarecrow Queen by Melinda Salisbury- This is the last book in The Sin Eater’s Daughter trilogy and I really want to see how this story gets wrapped up.

Three Sisters, Three Queens by Philippa Gregory

Three Sisters, Three Queens by Philippa Gregory- I am so behind with Philippa’s books and I really want to read all of her books as I own them all except her latest one. I love historical fiction particularly the Tudor period so I really need to read them.

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard- This book is very popular and I really want to see what the hype is about.

Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige

Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige- I love retellings so I am really interested to check this one out. It is a retelling of the Snow Queen and I have never read any retellings that are based on this story.

Far From The Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy

Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy- I recently watched the film when it was on BBC and now I really want to read the book. I enjoyed the film and I am hoping that I will like the book.

What books are on your fall TBR?

Kirsty xoxo


Library Book Haul #2

I recently joined my local library and I am loving it. I have always been a huge fan of libraries as it allows you to read books for free. This is great for me as I am really trying to cut back on my book buying. The library is a great resource as it has a huge range of books to choose from. This particular library seems to get a lot of the new releases in as well which is even better as these are the books that I am less likely to buy as I often buy second-hand books so it can take awhile for new releases to be available second hand. Today I thought I would share with you the books that I currently have out on loan.

Barefoot On The Wind

Barefoot on the Wind by Zoe Marriott- I picked up this book as it is a Beauty and the Beast retelling that is set in Japan. This sounds really interesting to me. This is a companion novel to another book that the author has written which is a Cinderella retelling set in the same world. The premise for this book sounds really interesting and I am a huge fan of retellings.

City of the Lost

City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong- I have read a number of Kelley Armstrong’s books but I have not read any of her mystery/thriller novels. I really want to see what her writing is like in this genre as I have only ever read fantasy from her. So far I am finding it a bit slow and I haven’t really got into it so I am hoping that it will get better.


Rituals by Kelley Armstrong- This is the 5th and final book in the Cainsville series. Whilst this series is not my favourite I am interested to see how the story will be wrapped up.

The Assassin's Curse

The Assassin’s Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke- I’ve seen this book a few times on Goodreads and it sounds like something I will enjoy so I decided to pick it up. It follows a girl who is supposed to marry a guy but she runs away and his family sends an assassin after her and a curse is unleashed. I am really looking forward to reading this one.

The False Prince

The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen- This book has been on my TBR for ages. In this book, orphans are being kidnapped so that they can impersonate a missing prince. I have heard a lot of good things about this book so I can’t wait to check it out.

The Grownup

The Grownup by Gillian Flynn- Gillian Flynn is the author of Gone Girl which I really enjoyed and this is a short story that she wrote. I have wanted to read this for ages but because of its length, I wasn’t prepared to purchase it so I am glad that I found it in the library.

The Walls

The Walls by Hollie Overton- I read Baby Doll last year and when I heard that the author was bringing out a new book I knew that I had to check it out so I was very excited when I saw it in the library. This follows a woman who uses her knowledge of the justice system to try and get rid of her abusive partner. I am very intrigued by the plot and I can’t wait to read it.

The Winner's Curse

The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski- I have no idea what this book is about but I know that so many people love this series and it has been on my TBR for ages. I am looking forward to seeing if this book lives up to the hype.


Have you picked up any books from the library recently?

Kirsty xoxo

Top 10 Tuesdays

Top 10 Tuesday: Older Books That I Love


Today’s Top 10 Tuesday is dedicated to older books that we love. In a world where new books are released constantly, it can be easy to for some of our old favourites to be forgotten. For this post, I have selected books that are over 10 years old to talk about I have not included classics on this list because I don’t feel that I have read enough to create a top 10 list.

The Time Traveler's Wife

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger (originally published in 2003)- This is a love story between two characters. One of them has a condition which pulls them through time and they end up in different periods of time. This is an adult novel but I read it when I was quite young and I really loved it. I would love to revisit this now that I am older as I think I may be able to appreciate it even more now.


My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult  (originally published in 2004)- I may have read this last year but this story is still fresh in my mind. This book was such an emotional and powerful read and I think the story will stay with me for a long time.

The Book Thief

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak  (originally published in 2005)- I love WW2 fiction and this is one of the best-written books that I have read from this genre. The narrator is Death which makes the story very unique and powerful.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon  (originally published in 2003)- This book follows Christopher who has autism as he tries to discover who murdered his neighbour’s dog. This is such a well-written book and gives a realistic insight into what it can be like for people who are autistic. The play is also incredible.

The Giver

The Giver by Lois Lowry  (originally published in 1993)- I loved this book and the world that Lois Lowry created. I enjoyed the writing and I thought that it was quite a thought provoking novel.


Holes by Louis Sachar  (originally published in 1998)- I read this book at school in my English class when I started secondary school. I loved this book so much and I had no idea that it is nearly 20 years old.

Confessions of Shopaholic

Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella  (originally published in 2000)- I am a huge fan of Sophie Kinsella’s books and she has written so many. For me, the Shopaholic series stands out as I can relate to Becky although my shopping addiction is nowhere near as bad as hers as I am not in debt but I definitely buy things that I don’t need.


Journey To The River Sea

Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson  (originally published in 2001)- This is another book that I read when I was younger. This was a favourite of mine for a really long time. I also loved the cover and I remember reading it a couple of times because I loved it so much.

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne  (originally published in 2006)- This is another WW2 novel which follows two children who form an unlikely friendship which has devastating consequences. This story will always stay with me due to the very emotional ending but this story really highlights the power of friendship.

Why the Whales Came

Why the Whales Came by Michael Morpurgo  (originally published in 2003)- I read this book at the end of primary school just before starting secondary school as we did a project on it. I really enjoyed this book and I used to read Michael Morpurgo’s all the time but haven’t read any for years.

What books were on your list?

Kirsty xoxo

New Releases

September Releases 2017

I really want to get back into blogging since starting a full-time job I have really struggled to find time to read and blog but now that I have settled into my job I have built up a routine and I have been able to read more. I want to get back into blogging as it is something that I really enjoy. Today I thought I would share with you the September releases that I am excited about. I am trying not to buy a lot of new books at the moment but I have joined my local library which gets a lot of new books in so hopefully they will get some of these books in.

Tower of Dawn Final Cover

Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas– I am still a book behind with this series as I am yet to read Empire of Storms but I am still excited for this book. This book is told from Chaol’s POV and was originally going to be a novella but Sarah turned it into a full novel. I am a little bit disappointed by the cover as it doesn’t really fit with the other books I am still interested in checking this out. – 5th September

Genuine Fraud

Genuine Fraud by E Lockhart- We Were Liars is an extremely popular book but it wasn’t to my taste but this book sounds really interesting. This is a mystery book that follows two characters who become really close friends. I don’t know too much about the plot but it sounds interesting and I am intrigued by the cover. – 5th September

The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding

The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken– I really enjoyed Alexandra’s writing in the Passenger duology and I am interested to try more from her. In this book, Prosper discovers that he has a demon inside of him and he has got to break a curse. This is a middle-grade novel which is a genre I don’t usually read but this book sounds interesting and the cover is stunning. – 5th September


Warcross by Marie Lu- Warcross is a game and when the main character hacks into the game she thinks she will be in trouble but is instead hired to uncover a security issue. I have heard this book being compared to Ready Player One which I really enjoyed so I am very interested to check this one out. 12th September


Little Fires Everywhere

Little Fire Everywhere by Celeste Ng- Firstly the cover of this book is gorgeous. Secondly, this sounds like my sort of book as it takes place in a suburb where all of the characters have secrets. I really enjoy reading this sort of thing so I can’t wait to check it out. -12th September

There's Someone Inside Your House

There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins- I have read Stephanie’s other novels and I am interested to read this one as she ventures into a new genre. This is marketed as a YA version of Scream which is a completely different genre to her usual contemporary novels. I can’t wait to see what this is like. -26th September

What books are you excited for this month?

Kirsty xoxo