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Little Monsters by Kara Thomas | ARC Review

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Tittle: Little Monsters

Author: Kara Thomas

Series: N/A

Publication date: July 25th, 2017

Pages: 336

Genre: Contemporary, YA, Mystery/Thriller

My ranting: 🌟🌟🌟.5

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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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“Evil isn’t a spirit or a monster or a ghost. It lives inside regular people, and it doesn’t kno the difference between night and day.”

I honestly don’t know where to start with this book! It was one of my most anticipated reads of this year and I was lucky enough to get an ARC. And oh God, it was really dark. I didn’t expect it to turn out the way it did.

I was so scared when I started this book because my brilliant mind decided to forget the synopsis, and so when I decided to finally pick it up I though “Oh shit this is going to be a horror novel”. I’m a chicken guys. I’d love to read horror at some point in my life but not right now, and specially not at night. So I was glad when I saw it was only a mystery/thriller. And you’d probably be asking: “why just didn’t you look at the genre before picking it up?”, and you’d be SO right.

“People disappear all the time.” Andrew shrugged. “Most of the time the’re dead. Sad but true.”

Now something I really love about this type of book is that once you get into the story, you devour it! I love mysteries because of that. And this case was no different: even though at the beginning I was a little confused about the characters and everything, it was so freaking addicting I wanted to keep reading it to know what would happen next.

It was overall a very fast, quick and enjoyable read. And I’m telling you I was in a mayor reading slump where it took me forever to finish a book. And I read this in one sitting.

“What kind of girl doesn’t cry when their friend goes missing?”

Now let’s talk about the characters, shall we? Because I had my ups and downs with most of them. At the beginning I wasn’t so fond of any of them, and I have no explanation why. I was reading it and the characters were okay but they didn’t surprise me of made me love them like in some other stories. I found Kacey a very unreliable reader, despite not having a reason to think that. But the things she though, did.. made me think that. It is true that once the story was more set she grew on me a bit more.

Who I found quite interesting and it was odd but good to read from was Bailey. Even though the main POV in this story is Kacey, we know a bit more about Bailey because of her journal entries (I believe there were four chapters but STILL). I got to know more about her and everything and I really loved… her mind. That’s all I’m going to say because I want to keep this review spoiler free but OH HOLY AVOCADO she was a character!

One thing I actually loved is that there is no romance in the book. Like, at all. And I hardly ever see that in YA. And I think she did a right thing because otherwise it would be like any other YA mystery/romance. So extra kudos to that.

“But that’s the problem with letting someone slowly chip away at your walls- when you let too much of yourself out, there’s no way to get it back.”

My main problem was with the ending. I had two main theories about what happened and everything and I turned out to be right (I’m not saying it was predictable by any means but if you’ve read my reviews you’ll know that I ALWAYS guess who the murdered is before it actually happens). The thing I didn’t like was that the explanation was so rushed that I felt I needed a little bit more. It didn’t give much details on why the murdered kill Bailey and I kinda wanted to know??? And also the epilogue was unnecessary in my opinion. It didn’t add more to the story (just one important thing) and I would have loved to read a chapter from other POV.

Thanks to the publisher for giving me an ARC of this book. This, however, doesn’t change my thoughts or opinion about it.

*PS: I’ll probably upgrade my ranting half a star because the more I think about it the more I like some things I didn’t right after finishing it. Maybe.*

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