I’d like to thank Kara Thomas, Delacorte Press, and First In Line for providing me with this ARC in exchange for a free review.
Little Monsters (pub 25 July 2017)
By Kara Thomas
For fans of Pretty Little Liars, Little Monsters is a new psychological thriller, from the author of The Darkest Corners, about appearances versus reality and the power of manipulation amongst teenage girls.
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.
Right off the bat, I’d like to say the reason I was intrigued by this book was that it gave off Dangerous Girls (by Abigail Haas) vibes. I don’t think I was wrong about that!
I really enjoy these type of books, which sometimes YA authors are a bit scared to dive into for fear of going over the readers heads or getting too gruesome. I, however, LOVE reading about the flaws in human nature and the truth about who people can be when nobody is looking. The whole discussion about the dangers of manipulation in friendships and among teenage girls is really fascinating to me. And seriously, high schoolers can be VICIOUS.
My favorite part of the book was probably the changes in the friendship between Kacey, Bailey, and Jade. As someone who is a member of a three people best friend group, I understand the fear, jealously, and uncertainty that can spring up sometimes. I also understand the awkwardness that comes from the loss of one corner of the triangle. Thomas was AWESOME at showing that. She also kept the story from veering romance-centric, which is something many YA authors fail to do.
I was a tad worried that this book was going to drift into the supernatural and not really have a solution, but it didn’t let me down. The whole ghost story thing was a bit stereotypical, but still TERRIFYING at the same time.
The writing style kept me completely on edge and constantly intrigued. The pacing led me to finish the book in under 48 hours!
I don’t want to give anything away, but the ending was super surprising and looking back, the red herrings were SPECTACULAR and I fell for a lot of them.
Overall, this was probably one of my favorite reads this year! I also have Thomas’s All The Rage sitting on my shelf waiting to be read and I’m hoping to get around to it soon.
Would I recommend?
If you’re looking for a thrilling YA mystery, horror, or contemporary and you’re tired of the fluffy love stories or over complicated dystopian worlds