Stephanie MorrillBlink / 2017 / HardcoverOur Price$13.494.5 out of 5 stars for The Lost Girl of Astor Street. View reviews of this product. 6 Reviews
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Amy CVAAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5The Lost Girl of Astor StreetApril 14, 2017Amy CVAAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Chicago, Illinois on May 12, 1924, is where The Lost Girl of Astor Street begins. Two eighteen year old girls, Piper and Lydia have been best friends since childhood. Lydia has a secretive mysterious illness and suddenly disappears. Piper is determined to solve the mystery of where her best friend has gone. She finally convinces a detective, Mariano, to help her. This adventure takes her on a journey she never imagined.
I liked The Lost of Astor Street. The mystery and suspense was good at times and I did not feel the story was predictable. There were some parts of the book that I felt were rather slow but it picked back up to where I did not want to put it down. I was completely taken off guard of how it all ended. I felt like the ending had a cliffhanger and hope this is only the beginning of the series.
I would give this book four stars and recommend it.
I received this book from the author and was not required to write a review. This review is 100% my own honest opinion
KavRCanadaGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Nancy Drew meets Veronica Mars in the 1920sApril 10, 2017KavRCanadaGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Nancy Drew meets Veronica Mars in this astounding Young Adult Mystery that can certainly be enjoyed by readers who have passed their teen years.
Love the mix of historical (roaring twenties in Chicago) and mystery. And I'm actually surprising myself by saying I also loved the first person, present tense point of view which is usually my least favourite POV. But it works here, catapulting the reader into Piper's heart and mind as she navigates a complicated web of intrigue and secrets.
I love her spunk! And her fierce loyalty and dogged determination. She just doesn't quit, much to the exasperation (and reluctant admiration) of a certain young police detective. But Piper's stubbornness leads to danger as she exposes secrets and follows clues that lead her into the seedy side of town. And if the heart-stopping suspense doesn't keep you frantically turning pages, the sweet romance certainly will. Praying this is the first of many cases for this new, intrepid female detective.
Lucy5 Stars Out Of 5A Debut Written like a Pro!February 7, 2017LucyQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book is action-packed. I read it in one day, which used to be normal for me but is now a bit of a rare occasion. First of all, this book takes place in the roaring 20s in Chicago. That alone has me intrigued. It features an girl who strains against the constraints of the expectations for woman at that time. While clich, I didnt mind it.
As usual, Stephanie Morrill succeeded to draw me in with her excellent writing and enticing characters.This was Stephanie Morrills first attempt at historical fiction and mystery and I think she did wonderfully. The fast-paced plot kept me guessing until the very end. Each character was so complex and the world around them felt very real.
I loved the exploration of the various mafias and the dark underbelly of a beloved American city. I think that, at least for me, mafias are rarely explored in YA and this definitely made the story stand out among the many books Ive read.
The romance in this was very sweet and very shippable. While it seemed strange that two of the major female characters both had two men keen on them, I am glad it didnt turn into a full blown love triangle.
This story was so twisty and every time I thought I knew how it would end Stephanie Morrill would throw a curveball my way. The relationships were all so complex, and you never really knew who to trust. Stephanie Morrill was born to write this kind of story and that showed in the complexity and originality of her story and her concise lyrical prose. She definitely knew what she was doing and I cant wait to see what she does next.
Sexual kissing, mentions of prostitutes, brothels, and affairs. Innuendos.
Cussing implied, once or twice (ex. he muttered an expletive)
Violence violence death, psychologically messed up person
Drinking/drugs some mild drinking
EmilyAnne284 Stars Out Of 5Great YA MysteryFebruary 7, 2017EmilyAnne28Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Piper and Lydia have been best friends for yearsattending the same schools, living next door to each other, talking about their crushes, and sharing their secrets. But when Lydia disappears, Piper is determined to do whatever it takes to find her and bring her home safely. Piper has several suspects in mind, but that handsome detective doesnt want her to help him search. Of course, when it concerns her best friends life, Piper isnt willing to let anyone or anything stop her.
Its been a while since Ive read a YA mystery, something about speculative fiction and romance being the top subdivisions in that genre. But The Lost Girl of Astor Street is one of the best. From the blossoming romance to the rich historical background, Stephanie Morrills newest book is truly fantastic. It kept me guessing the whole time, taking a number of unexpected turns. It dropped clues the entire time, but I could not decipher what they meant until the very end. The internal growth that Piper underwent throughout the story changed her from a girl to a woman, able to contemplate and understand the complexity of humanity much better. The setting, of Chicago in the 1920s, was very well developed, adding enough detail to put the reader directly into the time period without losing them to the differing customs and jargon. Pipers romance was very sweet, with all of the normal ups and downs, and the other relationships in the story, both romantic and non-romantic, were also portrayed will with great development.
The story became a little slow in the middle, right after one of those dramatic plot twists. I wasnt sure where the story would go from that point forward, but the author did a good job of pulling me back in with the new hints and unsolved mysteries.
I recommend The Lost Girl of Astor Street to readers of YA, mystery, sweet romance, and historical fiction.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley. All opinions are entirely my own.
aschae92Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A must-readFebruary 6, 2017aschae92Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Q: What do you get when you mix a strong female protagonist, the Roaring 20s, and the Chicago mafia scene?
A: The Lost Girl of Astor Street, a story that will immerse you in the world of Piper Sail as she tries to solve the mystery of what happened to her best friend. Hold onto your cloche its a wild ride.
The 1920s are fascinating. Flappers, jazz, speakeasies, and the likes of Al Capone all color this time period. And thats where youll find Piper Sail, a tenacious eighteen-year-old determined to find answers to all of the secrets swirling around her.
Stephanie Morrill brings Pipers world to life through vivid description and a keen eye for historical detail. The story grabs you and wont let go, but the setting of 1924 Chicago both the glamorous and the gritty is enough to keep you reading. Even the dialogue is reflective of the time period.
The characters are unique and well-developed, and the plot will keep you guessing as you try to solve the mystery alongside Piper.
Lost Girl gives readers a perfect blend of suspense, humor, and romance throughout the story, which is realistic yet doesnt include any iffy language or content.
Im a big fan of all of Morrills books, but she outdoes herself with this one. Its become one of my favorites, and I highly recommend it. I hope this isnt the last we hear from Piper Sail!