Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Little Monsters by Kara Thomas - review

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Kacey is the new girl in Broken Falls. When she moved in with her father, she stepped into a brand-new life. A life with a stepbrother, a stepmother, and strangest of all, an adoring younger half sister.

Kacey’s new life is eerily charming compared with the wild highs and lows of the old one she lived with her volatile mother. And everyone is so nice in Broken Falls—she’s even been welcomed into a tight new circle of friends. Bailey and Jade invite her to do everything with them.

Which is why it’s so odd when they start acting distant. And when they don’t invite her to the biggest party of the year, it doesn’t exactly feel like an accident.

But Kacey will never be able to ask, because Bailey never makes it home from that party. Suddenly, Broken Falls doesn’t seem so welcoming after all—especially once everyone starts looking to the new girl for answers.

Kacey is about to learn some very important lessons: Sometimes appearances can be deceiving. Sometimes when you’re the new girl, you shouldn’t trust anyone. (Publishers blurb)

I received this book on Netgalley in exchange for an open and honest review.

This was a fast-paced book that didn't take me long to read at all. I wanted to know what happened to Bailey and was intrigued to piece the clues together.

I really liked the structure of this book, with the majority of the story told from Kacey's viewpoint and diary entries that illuminated the motives of another character. Seeing the events from different perspectives enhanced the experience of trying to solve the mystery. 

The pacing had a good balance of tension, scary scenes and lighter moments. A couple of plot elements disappointed me, but overall plotting was a real strength of the book and I found it hard to predict what was going to happen!

I liked the fact that the book explored Kacey's relationship with her step-siblings, as I haven't seen this in many YAs that I've read recently. 

I found this a tense, enjoyable read that kept me guessing.

If you liked the sound of this, now try Lying about Last Summer by Sue Wallman, which I reviewed here or Cruel Summer by Juno Dawson, which I reviewed here

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