I am so thrilled that I have gotten the opportunity to participate on the street team for Little Monsters by Kara Thomas! This book truly is the perfect fix for fans going through withdrawals after the conclusion of Pretty Little Liars. I had so much fun reading it and can’t wait for it to hit bookshelves next week!
I paired Little Monsters with this Urban Legand Rosato di Barbera. While this book is not a fantasy/paranormal story, it includes an urban legend that absolutely gave me the willies and added an extra layer of mystery and intrigue to the story.
*All wine recommendations are for strictly for those of legal drinking age only.*
About Little Monsters
by Kara Thomas
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release Date: July 25, 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriler
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.
LITTLE MONSTERS is a riveting new YA thriller full of mystery, manipulation, and unexpected twists. I was absolutely enthralled by this story. It kept me up late reading, and then it kept me up late, because I was just too creeped out to sleep!
With a cast brimming with unreliable characters, including the narrator, I can certainly see where the PRETTY LITTLE LIARS comparison comes into play, though I do feel that Kacey was a much more likable protagonist than those characters. She has such genuine love and concern for her family, which made her relatable and likable despite the darkness she keeps hidden inside.
I loved all the red herrings scattered throughout this story. They certainly kept me guessing right up until the very end. I also really enjoyed the fact that while this is certainly not a paranormal or fantasy story, Broken Fall’s local urban legend does play a prominent and super creepy role in the story.
I had so much fun reading this book and definitely feel like it will be a hit amongst both YA and adult readers of the mystery/thriller genre.
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About the Author
From Kara Thomas’s Website
Kara is the author of the critically acclaimed THE DARKEST CORNERS. Her new book, LITTLE MONSTERS, is coming July 25th from Random House/Delacorte. She’s written for everything from her high school newspaper to Warner Brothers Television. You can find her on Long Island, bingeing on true crime podcasts and TV shows.
Will you be reading Little Monsters when it comes out next Tuesday? What is your favorite YA mystery/thriller?