Little Monsters By Kara Thomas
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller, Contemporary,
Pages: 336 pages
Published: July 25th 2017
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Plot: 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.
I had been patiently waiting to read this book since the beginning of this year. I read The Darkest Corners By Kara and I absolutely loved it. So the moment I heard she was coming out with a new book this year I got very excited. She even ended up being a part of a Teen Thriller Festival at Books of Wonder that I ended up going to. There I got to pre-order Little Monsters. So I was really anticipating this release. Did it end up living up to my hype? Let’s find out.
I’m sad to say I was a little disappointed with this book. I did enjoy it overall and I do plan to buy Kara’s next book but I felt like something was missing from this book. I’m not sure what it was. I did feel this story was a bit slower. There would be times that I felt were suppose to be surprising but if you thought about what you were told you could figure it out. I wasn’t really shocked until the very end of the book.
I did feel the friendship aspect was relatable to an extent. I’ve been in friendships where it’s been only 3 girls and it can get interesting. It was never as intense as the friendship in this book. I do feel we can get territorial over our friends at times. This just ends up taking it to the extreme.
Another thing I enjoyed was the different perspectives. I really enjoyed our main character, Kacey. She’s the new girl in town and you can’t help but feel bad for her. You also get the perspective of Bailey, the girl who has gone missing. The only thing is her point of view is before she went missing. i didn’t like her at all. So it was fun being in the head of a character you really like and another character you dislike.
Lastly, I enjoyed that this story didn’t have a romance plot to it. I saw someone talking about this in their review and I didn’t even notice until they pointed it out. I do feel at times romance can be unnecessary at times. That isn’t talked about a lot.
Overall I thought this was a decent book. I got through it quickly. I didn’t love it like I thought I would but I enjoyed it overall. I did have a theory of what I thought happened. I was wrong about it so I am happy about that. I feel if you enjoy YA thrillers/mysteries you should give it a chance. I saw a lot of people really enjoyed this one.