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The Magpie Society (The Magpie Society, #1)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  2,236 ratings  ·  404 reviews
Quand une des élèves de la prestigieuse Illumen Hall boarding school est retrouvée morte, une mystérieuse pie tatouée dans le dos, Audrey et Ivy, deux pensionnaires que tout oppose, découvrent un secret terrifiant caché au cœur de leur école à l'apparence si... parfaite. ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published October 29th 2020 by La Martinière Jeunesse
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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!!?
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
Claude's Bookzone
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
Luke PiskyBooks
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!
Feb 05, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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The Story Girl
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
Oct 17, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to love this book more, but it felt so flat for me and I really didn’t like it all. I found the characters irritating & they were all so boring . The whole story felt like a mix of One of us is lying and a good girls guide to murder which is nice because I like both of them but it felt way to similar. I also had trouble with some of the text in my arc on kindle most of the words were shortened and I’m not sure if this is just me but it through me off, Aswell the mystery and who done it ...more
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
Lynnzie Allen
Nov 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
Sara (A Gingerly Review)
3.5 stars

I was excited to read this one. I wanted to love it more than I did. It wasn't the best thing ever, but it wasn't the worst. There were times when the story drug on and I was bored, and other times I was captivated. I wish the author could have found a better balance.
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
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
Lauren Parks
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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?
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
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
Molly Thompson
Jan 26, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021
Easy to read and left me wanting to read the second book, very much enjoyed it though! Would say it's probably aimed at a younger (school/sixthform audience) but still a good read none the less! ...more
Chloe Devlin
Nov 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is brilliant! 🙌 Great story that hooks you in and you can't put the book down you have to keep reading to know what happens next. Nice short chapters which I think helps to keep your interest in the story. Love all the characters and the plot. I honestly can't wait for the next book in the series I hope it isn't to long I need to know what happens next! ...more
Abbie Naylor
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Alex Clement
Dec 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I pre-ordered this book back when I first heard it was being released as I’m a bit of a fan of Zoe Sugg aka Zoella. I’m really glad she collaborated with Amy on this as I loved the two different voices and the at they wrote a certain person’s perspective - Zoe wrote Ivy and Amy wrote Audrey. Halfway through I did feel a bit underwhelmed by the storyline as it felt a bit slow and like it wasn’t going anywhere. But I’m glad I stuck with it because HOLY SHIT that ending!!! (I may have screamed at m ...more
Sep 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5/5 **rounded up for GR**

“Dolores in Spanish means sorrow. One for sorrow.”


Okay, where to start? I hadn’t realised how this book would pan out. I love a good whodunnit it though so here are my thoughts.

Audrey is the American new girl in a British private boarding school. She’s rich and on the first day meets Ivy, her roommate. Her first meeting with Ivy doesn’t go so well and then she hears about the infamous but dead Lola, who lived in the room she’s currently boarding a
Nov 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 rounded up.

Good start to a series. At times the writing and the plot was a bit choppy, but overall I enjoyed it. It was a nice, easy read. I’ll definitely continue with the series.
Dec 04, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Zoe Elizabeth Sugg is an English fashion and beauty guru and internet personality. She is best known by her fans and viewers on YouTube as Zoella. She has a secondary channel, MoreZoella, which is primarily for her vlogs. She has collaborated with a myriad of other Youtubers as well as appeared in numerous magazines and won a Teen Choice Award. ...more

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