Name: Scarlet and Ivy: The Lost Twin
Author: Sophie Cleverly
An isolated boarding school harbouring a perfectly creepy secret. Twins Ivy and Scarlet have never been separated, until Scarlet receives a mysterious invitation to lonely Rookwood school. 6 months later, she is pronounced dead. No one outside the school knows what’s happened to her; but Ivy wants to discover the truth. So, she jumps at the opportunity when the terrifying Miss Fox asks her to take Scarlet’s place at the school… in more ways than one.
Ahhh this is my favourite MG series – Sophie Cleverly has certainly led up to her surname! The Lost Twin is the first of an ongoing series about a pair of twins at an elite boarding school. The mystery is highly engaging and I especially loved all the little details the author has given to the characters. Whilst, at some points, I felt that the plot was getting unrealistic, altogether it’s a very original book with a clever twist.
My favourite part was the theme of friends and enemies. Both twins encounter the same enemy at Rookwood, but Ivy also meets a really sweet girl and trustworthy girl called Ariadne who helps her throughout the series. Ariadne has a mysterious past that’s revealed as the books go along – she was thrown out of a boarding school before Rookwood. In The Lost Twin, Ivy can’t find any mention of her sister at Rookwood, but does find her diary hidden in her old room. We learn about Scarlet’s time at the school through extracts of that diary between chapters. Some of the pages have been stolen and Ivy spends the entire book trying to get them back, because Scarlet discovered the secret of Rookwood school and wrote it down on those pages. And then she disappeared without a trace…
The Scarlet and Ivy mysteries begin with The Lost Twin but there are five others out now with the sixth coming out this year. I’m very excited! Personally, I feel like the series doesn’t progress to be bette than the first one, but I enjoy them all the same. It feels a little like the author runs out of scenarios for her characters; but the first two or three are definitely worth reading and I would highly recommend them for fans of the ‘Murder Most Unladylike’ mysteries by Robin Stevens.
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