eARC REVIEW: Little Monsters by Kara Thomas

little monstersTitle: Little Monsters

Author: Kara Thomas

Expected Publication Date: July 25, 2017

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Rating: ★★★★★/ 5 Stars

Genre: Thriller, Mystery, YA

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 Monster is a very well written suspense book that had dual point of views. Kacey as a main character was likeable and even the kind of character that made you very protective of. I won’t tell you who is the second point of view because it was a pleasant surprise.

Coming from a bad background with her single mom, Kacey has been staying with her biological father’s family, which seems a bit mismatched too since Ashley (Kacey’s step mom) has a son of her own, Andrew, from her first dead husband and has a daughter with Kacey’s dad named Lauren.

Living with the Markhams has been all that Kacey yearned for. A stable home, a loving family, although her father, the only tie she has to the family, is distant, Kacey does not let that hinder how safe she feels with them. Of course, moving from New York to Wisconsin, Kacey wants nothing more than friends and love.

That’s where she meets Bailey and Jade. The two welcome her into their duo of Nothing, a word they use to describe who they are to everyone else in the school. The dynamics between the girls was a hundred percent spot on. Jealousy and passive-aggressive behavior that got me worrying so much about Kacey.

The plot picks up when Bailey and Jade pick up Kacey to do a seance at a haunted farm. Peer pressure does not give Kacey much of a room to say no, but there’s a snag in Baily and Jade’s plan: her younger sister Lauren comes along. From there on, expect a very thrilling plot that revolves around the disappearance of one of the girls.

I am not a big thriller fan but this book held my attention from the very first thirty pages and it was really enjoyable to read. The family ties especially got my heart snagged. I enjoyed that Kacey was not a run-of-the-mill mean girl or meek girl, she sincerely wanted to appeal enough to people to be part of something. This is a sentiment I can relate to very much.

In the heart of this book you’ll find a lot of twists. At one point, I thought I figured it out but I didn’t. Although the ending felt a bit rushed and too much tell and very little show, it did not hinder my liking of the book overall. I think Thomas has a real talent of portraying friendships that are not without flaws between teenage girls.

If you’re thinking of reading a nicely paced thriller that’ll give you some Dangerous Girls vibes with less explicit sex scenes, pick up Little Monsters. It comes out soon!

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