Little Monsters by Kara Thomas

Little Monsters

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.

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Ah high school girl drama. Don’t you miss it. Just when you think you are best friends with someone, they don’t invite you to the biggest party of the year. And then they end up missing and you end up questioning everything.

Little Monsters is a quick read that draws comparisons to Pretty Little Liars. I found that it was a bit darker than PLL with less drama. It also helped that the story was wrapped up in 1 novel as opposed to a 16 book series.

I liked the main character, Kacey, but couldn’t quite connect with her. She is starting anew – new family, new town, new friends. She seemed to connect with those around her, but never opening up to anyone and not trusting anyone.

I really enjoyed the end of the novel and didn’t see the ending coming. I was blaming everyone left, right and centre but never clued into the real killer. It was shocking!

3 calculators out of a potential 5. A surprising mystery novel with unlikable characters that I never warmed up to.

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The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas

Cheerleaders

There are no more cheerleaders in the town of Sunnybrook.

First there was the car accident—two girls gone after hitting a tree on a rainy night. Not long after, the murders happened. Those two girls were killed by the man next door. The police shot him, so no one will ever know why he did it. Monica’s sister was the last cheerleader to die. After her suicide, Sunnybrook High disbanded the cheer squad. No one wanted to be reminded of the girls they lost.

That was five years ago. Now the faculty and students at Sunnybrook High want to remember the lost cheerleaders. But for Monica, it’s not that easy. She just wants to forget. Only, Monica’s world is starting to unravel. There are the letters in her stepdad’s desk, an unearthed, years-old cell phone, a strange new friend at school. . . . Whatever happened five years ago isn’t over. Some people in town know more than they’re saying. And somehow Monica is at the center of it all.

There are no more cheerleaders in Sunnybrook, but that doesn’t mean anyone else is safe.

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There are no more cheerleaders in the town of Sunnybrook. What a creepy line! In 3 different events, all of the cheerleaders in Sunnybrook died causing the town to question those living around them.

The novel mostly focuses on Monica, who is the younger sister of Jennifer, one of the deceased cheerleaders. I liked Monica, but some of the things that she did drove me crazy! She wasn’t the smartest at times.

The ending completely surprised me. There was some parts that I liked, but others that I didn’t. I think the ending is part of the reason why I didn’t move the book up to a 4.

3 calculators out of a potential 5. It wasn’t perfect, but I liked it!

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