The ​7 1⁄2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton – Review

Hello friends, and welcome to my review of The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton. I really liked this, but felt like it was a bit confusing in the beginning. I really wanted Aiden to get out, and maybe take Anna with him and was shocked by that ending.

Book: The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

Author: Stuart Turton

Rating: ★★★★☆

Summary: At a gala 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. Doomed to repeat the same day over and over, Aiden’s only escape is to solve Evelyn Hardcastle’s murder and conquer the shadows of an enemy he struggles to even comprehend–but nothing and no one are quite what they seem.


Quote: “How lost do you have to be to let the devil lead you home?”

*Original and Unique plot. I loved the idea of Blackheath. I loved the idea of putting Aiden in different bodies so he can experience the same day through multiple viewpoints which will help him solve the murder of Evelyn Hardcastle. It was unique, refreshing, and something I have not seen before, at all.

*Mystery. The mystery itself was intriguing and all the twists surprised me. However, I think the ending was a bit too grand? Or just, a bit excessive. The mystery was great, and I was in suspense for most of the story. Evelyn’s murder is a whole lot more intricate than it seems.

*Aiden Bishop. I honestly felt so so sorry for him. Blackheath seemed like a barbaric place that only served to make people lose their minds. However, Aiden took it in stride, and it was really amazing how he didn’t go crazy with all the clues, and all the secrets and horrors that he kept discovering. My head was bursting and I wasn’t even experiencing it in real life. Even though we know so little about him and who he really is as a person-besides the few glimpses we catch when he’s trying to control his hosts-he still seemed like a complete and great character.

*Eight Hosts. The way that the hosts influenced Aiden and his actions was really cool, and also how he personally tried to fight some of the urges his hosts felt. I thought that, at the end, he’d taken a bit of each of his hosts personalities with him which was good.


Quote: “Anger’s solid; it has weight. You can beat your fists against it. Pity’s a fog to become lost within.”

*Confusing. I was honestly really slow at getting a hang of the story. I was so confused for about the first 20% of the story while I tried to wrap my head around how the different hosts worked, and what the rules were. It also didn’t help being in Sebastian’s head, but it was still important and I liked it once I understood.


Quote: “Too little information and you’re blind, too much and you’re blinded.”

I really loved this, I would recommend it, and I hope you enjoy it if you read it! This was at first confusing, but it turned out to be a great historical mystery with a very unique and amazing plot. However, I couldn’t give this 5 stars because my confusion made me not like this story at the start.

One sentence summary: A unique historical mystery with a great main character.

Overall, 4 stars!!

★★★★☆

Have you read The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle? What did you think? Have you read a historical mystery similar to this one? Chat with me in the comments below!

Monthly Wrap-Up: July 2019

Happy Saturday my friends!! I hope you all are having a fantastic start to August. Today, I’ll be sharing my Monthly Wrap-Up post for July 2019.

July was meh. To be honest, I didn’t really want to blog, I didn’t post on time, I’m behind on two reviews, and I was really busy IRL. But I still posted when I got the chance, and I joined Top Five Tuesday for the first time which was great! I loved the A-Z book idea and you can find a link to the letters that I did, below. Let’s take a look at this meh month.

Books:

Covers are from Goodreads | Click on the titles to visit my reviews.

Key: * = Book for review | ^ = Review to come

So I read 6 books this month which is great, but I am behind by 5 books on my GR reading challenge which is bad. I really need to catch up and hopefully I’ll do that this month!

Trust Me I’m Lying by Mary Elizabeth Summer // Rating: ★★☆☆☆ One sentence summary: A disappointing read with a naive main character.

Keep You Close by Karen Cleveland // Rating: ★★★☆☆ One sentence summary: A quick thriller with okay characters.

Look For Me by Lisa Gardner // Rating: ★★★★★ One sentence summary: A great mystery with strong and amazing main characters.

*The Bridge of Little Jeremy by Indrajit Garai // Rating: ★★☆☆☆ One sentence summary: An okay contemporary novel with a passionate main character.

^Hell’s Corner by David Baldacci // Rating: ★★★★★ One sentence summary: An amazing political thriller with two spectacular main characters.

^The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton // Rating: ★★★★☆ One sentence summary: A confusing, but interesting and unique murder mystery.

DNF: I also DNF’d Captive Witness by Carolyn Keene. It was a bit dated, too cliche and unbelievable for me, which is sad considering I loved Nancy Drew as kid.

Total Number of Books Read This Month: 6

DNF: 1

Tags:

Okay, so I really can’t believe this but I have done only ONE tag all month! How…???

2019 Mid Year Freak-Out Tag (I tagged myself for this one!)

Here’s a link to the Top 5 Tuesday posts that I did:

K-O | P-T | U-Z

Great Posts From Around the Blog-O-Sphere:

5 Things No One Tells You About Blogging // ft. the real truth about what bloggers do!! by Olivia @ Purely Olivia

Beyond the Blurb | How Blogging Has Helped Me as a Reader by Siobhan @ Siobhan’s Novelties

Why You Should NEVER Compare Your Blogging Statistics with Others’ by Caitlin @ Caitlin Althea

Summer Blogger Promo Tour: Blogging Made Me More…Introverted? by Tiffany @ Read By Tiffany (Ok, so this wasn’t published in July, but I loved it and had to include it anyway!)

Anything Else?

Yes! I started a weekly meme called Let’s Talk Bookish which hopefully will encourage me and others to write more discussion posts (yes, I know, I posted this yesterday, August 2nd, but I shall sneak it on here anyway). You can learn more about that here. As you can guess, I didn’t do a discussion post this past month.

Also, school starts this coming Monday, and I’m not sure how easy it’ll be for me to blog and do my school work at the same time, so please bear with me if I don’t post regularly, or on time.

I also reached 1,000 comments/pingbacks, and I believe that is an achievement so HOORAY!! I’m also close to hitting the 150 followers mark so again, YAY!! Thank you guys so much for loving my blog, chatting with me so much, linking to me, and following 💚

That’s A Wrap!

In the end, I read 6 books, wrote 4 reviews, did 1 tag, and 0 discussion posts. 3 of the books I read were either 4 or 5 stars which is great, but sadly, I am behind on my reading challenge.

I did meet one of the goals I set in June, which was to read at least 6 books, but I think my content quality took a bit of a dip instead of a rise. I did discover some new blogs, thanks to May @ Forever and Everly hosting the 2019 Book Blogger Awards so that’s definitely a plus!

For August, my goals are to: post more often, but even if I don’t, I hope that my posts are great and not generic; do maybe 3 out of the 4 discussion topics for Let’s Talk Bookish (at least 2 though); and read 8 books.

And that’s it for this wrap-up! How was July for you? Did you get as much reading as you wanted done? Did you take part in the 2019 Book Blogger Awards? Ideas for discussion posts you’d like to share? Chat with me in the comments below!