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One for Sorrow

(The Magpie Society #1)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  7,264 ratings  ·  1,009 reviews
One for Sorrow takes place at Illumen Hall, an elite boarding school. It opens as tragedy strikes when the body of a student is discovered at their exclusive summer party - on her back is an elaborate tattoo of a magpie.
When new girl Audrey arrives the following term, running from her own secrets back home in America, she is thrown into solving the case. Despite her best e
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published October 29th 2020 by Penguin
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Samar Nasseri
Not sure who this book is for... It seems tailored to a young audience due to its very simple writing, but then there were swear words here and there.
The only somewhat likeable character is Audrey but she has such little character development throughout the story that she just becomes a boring stereotype.
The pace of the story is very weird, with almost nothing happening in the first half and then too much happening in the last 50 pages, making the ending feel very rushed and incomprehensible.
Nov 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Finished this within a day - absolutely LOVED it! I felt like I was right there with the characters and that ending...... OH MY GOD THAT ENDING 😲cliffhanger or WHAT!!?
Claude's Bookzone (semi hiatus)
3.5 Stars

CW: (view spoiler)

Well that was an enjoyable YA mystery.

I actually liked the characters and thought the story unfolded at an appropriate pace. The slow build up worked for me, as taking the time to build relationships and set the scene is an important part of building a readable series. I think the target audience will enjoy the slight twists and turns, with various character
Bee With a Book
Marketed as a YA mystery the story follows two girls Audrey and Ivy both attending a fancy boarding school in the UK called Illumen Hall, as they navigate the mystery of a student’s death during a party and surviving the everyday torture that is high school.

Audrey is new to the school and carries her own secrets, she is portrayed as superficial and the quintessential American stereotype, love of all things pretty and not too bright. Ivy on the other hand is extremely accomplished bordering on ob
Schizanthus Nerd
Audrey is the new girl at Illumen Hall, a prestigious boarding school a world away from her old life and the memories that haunt her. She’s sharing a room with Ivy, who doesn’t seem to want anything to do with her. It isn’t long before Audrey learns that Lola, one of Illumen Hall’s most popular girls, died recently.

The police have closed their case but there may be more to the story than meets the eye. While the students and staff are still comin
Oct 29, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Just when I thought Zoe Sugg had ghost written yet another book, reading this I actually believe she wrote it (co-wrote). Flat, lifeless, boring and repetitive, enough about the author. This book was not well crafted, not well thought out and certainly not proof read. SMH at Penguin for this one!
Lauren Parks
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Feb 05, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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The Story Girl
Feb 04, 2020 marked it as future-releases
Shelves: boarding-school
I was interested in reading this, but now I'm just very confused by this book. Is this not available in the US? It seems like it's only been published in the UK. No ebook available here, not even a regular copy of the book. I might just remove this from my tbr then, plus it seems like the author is a Youtube "star" and there was some controversy with her not acknowledging the ghost writer for her last series? Idk.

[previous update] For fans of Riverdale, Pretty Little Liars, and One Of Us Is Lyin
Lynnzie (lynnziebooks)
I could not put this book down. I was really drawn to the characters and the story. This was a nice quick, simple read.

This is a YA but it definitely could aim to a slightly younger audience. The story was a bit predictable at times and the simplicity of it took away from the overall mystery. It didn’t necessarily feel like an “edge of your seat” story since the characters weren’t focused on the mystery at a bunch of points. As an adult, I noticed things I would perceive as not likely to happen
Nov 17, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was either a hit or miss.

Depends on your preferences. We might differ.

Well there was supposed to be so much going on given the thickness of the book and of course since it was written by two authors, it should’ve given you more.

The stories.
Illumen Hall is an elite boarding school. Tragedy strikes when the body of a student is discovered at their exclusive summer party – on her back is an elaborate tattoo of a magpie.

When new girl Audrey arrives the following term, running from her own
Dec 03, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I didn’t realise who wrote this book until after I read it, and I wouldn’t have bought it if I’d realised. This was so bad, I had to dnf it.
Oct 29, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gelezen-2020
While I liked the idea of the book, the story didn't grab me like I hoped it would, apart from the ending, which ended disappointing for me.

The flow of the book just didn't work, almost 2/3 of the book was almost boring, hinting at things that didn't get revealed. Other things were so easily to figure out.

It's a shame because the story had so much potential and the writing was good.
Lydia Hephzibah
How Not to Write the First Book in a Series 101

There wasn't even enough plot for this book alone (seriously, what happened?? where did the plot go???) so I fail to see how it'll work as a series.

Also, the two POVs were so *identical* and interchangeable that there's no way two authors were involved in writing this.
Margarida Lopes
I've been following Zoe for more than 7 years so I wanted to read this. I didn't like the Girl Online series but I enjoyed this one much more. The writing is not impressive but it still is a page turner and there were a couple of twists at the end that I didn't predict (even though most of it I did). I will have to read the next one!
Karen Barber
Oct 05, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
One for Sorrow seems to be the first in a series set in an exclusive boarding school, where secrets are kept and nobody can be sure who to trust.
At Illumen Hall students are used to behaving in a certain way, and making the most of the privileges they are afforded. New girl Audrey is harbouring her own reasons for moving from America to attend the school, but she’s in no hurry to share her secrets. She’s required to share a room with one of the students who seems to be on the inside, Ivy.
The sum
Jan 15, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookbox-books
It's quite a miracle that I didn't end up reading this book BEFORE the buddy read with the Book Box Club girls started. The moment I unwrapped the book I already felt the need to read it, especially since every Amy McCulloch book I've read so far has been quite entertaining and enjoyable. However, I tested my patience and like a good girl I waited for this week to start reading. But once one member of the club raced ahead and finished today, I knew I wanted to follow.

I'm in my thirties right now
Dec 31, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay wow so I didn’t expect to like this book at all especially when I said I absolutely hated the writing style. But that’s literally the only thing that I hated and the writing style got SO much better by the second half of the book!

So, the story itself was so much fun to read about and the stuff that happened are quite well thought I was entertained reading about this! I guess I do have a thing for mystery thrillers and I thoroughly enjoy them! I’m also really impressed by the fact that Zoe
Aug 02, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rewiewed
first thoughts : I LOVED the setting, I want to read books like this moreeee


my review:

"Qui voit une pie voit ses peines ; qui en voit deux voit ses joies."
Zoe Sugg, The Magpie Society #1

trigger warning: Mental health, discussion of suicide, discussion of inappropriate teacher student relationship. (13+ readers)

english version:
I didn’t particularly expect to like this book. It intrigued me by its summary and the atmosphere that seemed to be reflected. And if it wasn’t perfect, I still reall
Nov 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Magpie Society is a YA mystery book that took place in an elite British Boarding School known as Illumen Hall. At the beginning of this book, the readers will be mystified by the discovery of the body of a female student by the beach. It happened on the day when all the students were busy enjoying their most awaiting legendary party which was celebrated as a final memory to bid farewell before the start of the summer. The loud music was blasted out from the stereo, students were all dressed ...more
Klara Gonciarz
first and foremost, the whole idea of a book based on a nursery rhyme (especially this particular one) mixed with a secret academic society is quite extraordinary and thrilling; it is such a clever move to divide the volumes based on the lines as the authors did. what is more, the illustration cover and the overall graphic design were truthfully taken on another level.
when it comes to the plot itself: it is remarkable that authors mentioned some tough subjects (the excerpt at the end regarding
Aug 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I always loved Zoe Sugg's books, there is just something really catchy about her writing style. One for Sorrow has that same catch... but maybe... even more (perhaps it is Amy McCulloch)? I could not stop reading it, and if I had enough time, I would've read it in less than a day.
It really is a very nice story, I loved the story background: the past of both girls, but also Illumen Hall and how it's described... it gave me Harry Potter vibes, minus the magic.

About the characters, I LOVED Ivy fr
Nov 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-for-review
The Magpie Society: One for Sorrow is the first collaborative book from authors Zoe Sugg and Amy McCulloch. Both authors with their own published collections have come together to create this brilliant new novel set in the UK. Audrey, a proper American out of her element comes to Illumen Hall and and meets her roommate Ivy, intense and standoffish with something to hide. However, Audrey is also hiding something and running from her past back home where she has left her friends and boyfriend behi ...more
Feb 15, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
What was the point of this? It read like the first half of the first draft of a book- half of it was completely pointless and the book ended so abruptly that I genuinely thought the ebook was missing pages.

I don’t even know why I’m giving it two stars, except I didn’t hate it with the fire of a thousand suns.

Seriously, though, what in the hell was this?
Amy Buckle / Amy's Bookshelf
I love reading murder mysteries and thrillers so I was excited to be sent a proof copy of The Magpie Society ahead of its release on the 29th October. The Magpie Society is set in Illumen Hall, an English boarding school with a mysterious history and a grand interior to match its elite standards. When American, Audrey, enrols there after moving to the UK for a fresh start, she’s intimidated by its grandeur, but more worryingly, she quickly learns that the summer before she started one of the stu ...more
Rozanne Visagie
*Disclaimer: I was kindly gifted a copy of this book by Penguin Random House SA in exchange for an honest review.

'Because whatever else you do at this school you don't want to cross the magpies.'

One for Sorrow is the first book in The Magpie Society series and what a read! The book starts off with the students of Illumen Hall having their end-of-term beach party but the party soon ended when one of the popular students' was found dead. Lola... her name echoed on everyone's lips. With such a chi
Paula  Phillips
I was drawn to this book for several reasons as Zoe Sugg was one of the authors listed. I had previously read her series Girl Online which was hyperfiction based loosely on herself and her rise as a viral Youtuber. The second thing that grabbed me was the mystery aspect of the story as I love my YA mysteries and thrillers and last but not least - the setting of an elite boarding school. The book starts at an exclusive school party that bans all social media and one of the students Lola is found ...more
Mar 23, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So it's definitely not a book you would read for the writing, I found some of the pop references very tiresome - but it was actually a very gripping story, and of course I still have no idea what happened to Lola so looks like I'm gonna be getting book two 🙃 probably pushing it for a 4, but Zoe's my fave so what can you do. ...more
For me , this book is quite slow at first for a mystery/thriller book. Only after chapter 30, the storyline started to become more mysterious. I like the character development between Audrey and Ivy friendship . And how they become close to solve the secret. What more interesting , I just knew that the Audrey chapter been written by Amy McCulloch and Ivy chapter been written by Zoe Sugg. Seriously ,those two blended nicely. I don’t like Clover character as she is seemingly annoying for me . 😂. A ...more
Zoë ☆
What kind of ending is that??? 🙈
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Zoe Elizabeth Sugg also known by her YouTube name Zoella, is an English vlogger, businesswoman and author. Sugg began posting videos to her YouTube channel in 2009, which went on to amass over 10 million subscribers.

In 2014, Sugg signed a three-book deal with Penguin Books, and her debut novel, Girl Online, was published in November 2014, breaking the record for highest first-week sales of a firs

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