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Pip and Ravi are back and I love them so much. Pip grew so much in this one. I loved the multi media aspect of the novel. I loved the turns and surprises, i never for one minute had a thought about who had done it. I was constantly weighing people up in my head and that is great story telling. Not sure I would want to visit Little Kilton and run into Pip because that can't mean anything good. Loved it. Will probably read what ever Holly Jackson now writes.
This book had so much to live up to as A Good Girls Guide to Murder was brilliant and so loved. And you know what - Good Girl, Bad Blood is brilliant too! I could not wait to dive straight into this when I bought it and I stayed up late last night to finish it - I was hooked. I haven't had alot of luck with YA Fiction of late so these 2 books were a welcome surprise. I highly recommend this series, even if you don't read this genre.
We pick Pip up a few months after the events of A Good Girls Guide to Murder. The court case is happening and Pip has a hit podcast on her hands. But she is scarred, the case put her life and the lives of those close to her in danger. She vows to concentrate on school and not play detective again. That is until her friend begs for her help. Connors brother Jamie Reynolds has disappeared and the police are not making it a priority to try to find him. And so the investigation begins!
I love the inclusion of photos and maps in this story. All the added extras enhance the story. As with the first case, there is no shortage of theories and suspects. It is twisty and dangerous - and I loved it.
I just read that there is going to be another 2 books with Pip and friends and I am so excited for that!! Do yourself a favour and get acquainted with Pip. All the stars
If you're here then you've probably already read GGGTM, so I won't go into how good Holly Jackson is as a storyteller because you already know. *no spoilers for book 2. there will be book 1 spoilers*
The story picks up not long after the events of book 1, showing how our main characters are healing, or not, from what's happened. I appreciate that our main character Pip wasn't shown to be completely ok after everything that had happened. We are shown her suffering through grief from the death of Barney in book 1, and the after effects of being spiked and attacked by Becca.
We're given this new mystery almost immediately in the story, and through Pip and her friends investigation we're taken through many twists and turns, throughout being witness to Pips inner guilt, fear, and apprehension. We also see relationships and friendships between the characters built up, and some begin to crumble away due people's actions and attitudes.
Good Girl, Bad Blood included and worked with so many difficult and sensitive subjects, with the final revelation being based on something that would no doubt truly be controversial, with many people on many sides of the argument. The finale was truly heart breaking, and we left Pip without the ultimate happy ending.
I am so intrigued to see what book three will hold (please be a book three), I can't wait to read more about Pip, Ravi, and their little band of detectives.
After the brilliant A Good Girls Guide to Murder (which has one of the best YA of 2019) Pip is back with another page turning mystery. I was a little worried to see if this new instalment will live up to the first. I can say it does. This book follows straight from when the previous book left off where Pip has now shot to fame with her podcast sharing her first case to the world while also recording the events on the trail. However a new case presents itself one of her friends older brother (Jamie) has gone missing, the police are refusing to help, so its left to Pip to find him. However not all is what it seems with the brother acting strange in the weeks leading up to his disappearance which leads to a mystery girl who Jamie was talking to online. People are trying to hide there secrets however Pip is determined to discover the truth before its too late. The book has the same format as the first with narrative along with interview conversations and articles. I like how the author has developed Pip character. As with the first novel don't be put off the the word "girl" in the title all YA will enjoy is page turning thriller. The book will keep you on edge and guessing right to the very end with a great cliffhanger meaning that we will be seeing more from Pip in the future, I will be waiting patiently for the next instalment I highly recommend this novel.
I have to admit, I was hesitant to read this book as the first in the series A Good Girl's Guide to Murder was brilliant, but I didn't really see where the story could go from there. I was so pleasantly surprised, the author handled this transition perfectly and this second instalment was just as enthralling as the first. As someone who has pretty much aged out of the 'Young Adult' category I wasn't sure that these books would be for me, but honestly I absolutely loved them. The emotional maturity of the main characters really helps prevent the story becoming alienated from an older audience and quite frankly I was hooked from start to finish. This book could work as a stand alone, but I would definitely suggest checking out the first book before reading this one as it will give you a deeper appreciation for the characters and the sub-plots. *****
Loved A Good Girl's Guide to Murder, thought there was no way that Holly Jackson could deliver another book which was just as good, was proved wrong.
This is Young Adult fiction, with late teen protagonists, but it does not make it any less of a crime novel than those aimed at adults.
Holly Jackson is amazing at plotting her novels - this one went in a direction that I completely did not foresee. I genuinely thought I would not be surprised but I was so wrong because the ending just had me going 'wow, I did not see that coming'.
I absolutely love Pip, our fantastic lead character from book one. This time she is not writing her EPQ and trying to solve the unsolved mystery that has plagued her hometown for years. This time she is hosting her own podcast (so perfect that this character would be doing this...of course Pip is hosting a podcast). Her podcast is designed to follow the trial of one of the 'bad guys' from book one but along the way she is approached by a friend whose brother has gone missing. Pip cannot refuse a good mystery so here we go again.
This novel is so very real, the speech is authentic, the excerpts from text messages, emails, dating apps, Instagram and even photos are all absolutely fantastic devices to add depth to the novel. Holly Jackson, please never stop adding in these 'extras' as they work so well!
She doesn't shy away from dealing with real issues and not everything is a happily ever after (which is sad but a true reflection of real life).
I loved it so much I read it in just over a day, while also working full time from home!
I have been recommending this to absolutely everyone who will listen, and that includes my pupils who laughed at how excited I was when I finished!
Good Girl, Bad Blood was a highly anticipated novel to read and I bought it as soon as I finished the first novel of the trilogy, one I absolutely loved and which even made an appearance on my end of year list. Good Girl, Bad Blood is a great sequel to the this young adult mystery murder novel titled A Good Girls Guide to Murder which I reviewed in July last year, but of course the format (with transcripts, a map, in essence lots of visual embellishments) in which Jackson’s debut novel was written, was expected now so the surprising effect wasn’t really there this time. Not that I didn’t appreciate that she used the same techniques though, I love how attractive she made it look again!
In the previous novel Pip was looking for a murderer, believing the police came to the wrong conclusion, but this time she’s looking for a missing person, which meant her investigation is more about finding clues instead of suspects. She does go around interrogating several people again but I didn’t happen to feel the same thrill of sleuthing that I had in the first novel where I was more actively thinking along who the villain could be.
The author raised the bar so high with her first novel and while I heard some readers say this one’s even better, I’m not sure I feel the same way. Don’t get me wrong, Good Girl, Bad Blood is a ‘bloody good novel’ but the best one so far is undoubtedly still the first one for me (I have to admit, I often feel that way). There really is no shame holding this second place though because I still very much enjoyed seeing Pip in her element again, making lots of progress throughout the novel at a steady pace (she’s really a young Veronica Mars and she does it so well) and I can only think of two small things that I would have liked to have seen differently. The first is the fact that Ravi, Pip’s wingman in novel one is taking quite a backseat in this one, and I missed this voice of reason sometimes, not to mention his positive and warm personality, and the other thing is that this novel recaps literally everything that happened in the first novel, it goes on for several pages and while I enjoyed that it jogged my memory this way, I don’t think that readers who haven’t read the first novel will appreciate this because there is no point reading the first of the series after you read this one, so do take that into account if you’re interested in reading it.
Anyway to say I’m very excited to read book 3 of the series As Good As Dead is an understatement (I’ll have to wait till August/September at least though) because in this third story Pip has a stalker and there’s a man behind bars who is probably the wrong person and a real serial killer who’s running free. I’m trying to keep my expectations in check this time but it’s really hard with this series! So, if you’re used to reading detective stories but new to young adult, this is absolutely a great series to start with!