The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

*Spoilers Ahead*

At a party thrown by her parents, Evelyn Hardcastle will be killed – again. She’s been murdered hundreds of times, and each day, Aiden Bishop is too late to save her. The only way to break this cycle is to identify Evelyn’s killer. But every time the day begins again, Aiden wakes in the body of a different guest. And someone is desperate to stop him ever escaping Blackheath…

This book was really hard for me to get into for some reason. I picked it up and put it down I think half a dozen times and I had never even gone past 20 pages. I finally decided to push through and it wasn’t until around the 100 page mark exactly that I started to become invested in Aiden and what was actually happening at Blackheath.

I was a bit indifferent to Aiden’s character a the start of the book. We definitely learn more about his as the book progresses and we figure out his motivations for why he is at Blackheath. We get no real sense of who he is though because he is continuously influenced by his hosts. Had we maybe got to see some flashbacks to before he entered and what he was feeling at that time and then come back to the present maybe I would of gained more of an insight into how much he’s changed.

I never really trusted Anna. Just the way she was always around right when Aiden needed her and how the plague doctor kept telling him that she is going to betray him. And then when we find out who she really is I can’t see why Aiden would be adamant that she has changed. I just feel like we aren’t shown enough of her character to make that distinction, but then again we didn’t know her before either. The same can be said for Daniel, I knew he was too good to be true right from when he exposes himself to himself. He was just that little too sure of himself and the decisions that Aiden was going to make even though he hasn’t made them yet.

Multiple timelines and POVs can get a tad confusing for me and it’s hard to keep track of all the characters and who is a host and who isn’t. I have to say as he switches from each host and the days start ticking down the level of urgency felt throughout the plot kept rising. I had no idea at any point in time what was actually going to happen, I had my suspicions but at every twist I was definitely surprised!

⭐️3/5 stars Unique, confusing and intricate!!

Tome Topple Round 15 TBR

Round 15 of the Tome Topple Readathon which is hosted by Thoughts on Tomes started yesterday and I didn’t realise but I figured this was the perfect time to try and tackle some of the longer books on my TBR in the next couple of weeks!

My Tome Topple TBR for round 15 is:

Tome with a movie adaptation – Midnight Sun by Stephanie Meyer

Tome in a genre you don’t usually read – The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

A sequel tome – The Blinding Knife by Brent Weeks

Tome you started in another round – The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

Read 1 tome – The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie

Tome with the most pages – Heart of Flames by Nicki Pau Preto

Tome in a series you haven’t read in a while – Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson

Spooky tome – Empire of the Vampire by Jay Kristoff

Tome by a BIPOC author – The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter

Books I’ve been avoiding

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is a freebie and I thought I would take this opportunity to make myself a little more accountable by listing 10 books on my physical TBR currently that I have been definitely avoiding! This was a prompt a couple of years ago that I did and it’s still prevalent today as there are some books that even though I want to read just skip over for others.

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Shorefall by Robert Jackson Bennett

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare

The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter

The Blinding Knife by Brent Weeks

Queen of Volts by Amanda Foody

These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling

The Sword of Destiny by Andrezj Sapakowski

Heart of Flames by Nicki Pau Preto

5 Books I Want to Read Update

Back in January I posted about 5  books I really wanted to read in 2021 and now that we are halfway through the year I thought I would post an update! At this stage I’ve only read 1 out of 5 of the books so I really have to get cracking if I want to complete them all. 

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

This was a wonderful introduction to this trilogy and I can see now why so many people love this book. The writing was descriptive and the world building was immaculate. All of the characters were distinctive and diverse and the way the storylines merged was masterful. I am kicking myself for putting off reading this book for so long and I am happy to have finally completed it. I have a feeling I am going to be continuing on very soon!

My Rating:  ⭐️4/5 stars

The other four books I still need to read are:

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Tome Topple Round 14 TBR

It’s time for another round of the Tome Topple Readathon which is hosted by Thoughts on Tomes from Booktube, for her announcement video click HERE! This is kind of a tentative TBR and hopefully I will be able to get through a lot of long books in the upcoming weeks!

My TBR for Tome Topple Round 14 is:

Tome on TBR the longest & Tome in a genre you don’t usually read – The Seven 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

Tome You Started in another Round – The Blinding Knife by Brent Weeks

Tome in a series you haven’t read in a while – Shadowcaster by Cinda Williams Chima

Read 1 tome – The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

Seasonally coloured tome – Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare

Tome with the most pages – Heart of Flames by Nicki Pau Preto

Tome by a BIPOC author – The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter