Little Monsters by Kara Thomas
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.
It’s been a while that a book has kept me up until the wee hours of the morning just because I am determined to find out what in the book hell is going on with it. It’s also been a very long while that a book has me literally running to my room at the end of the night because monsters are everywhere and it’s the wee hours of the morning (thanks there, book). This book is literally the perfect Halloween read, and it was finally the creepy, spooky book I was looking for to read this month.
I’ve read previous books by Kara Thomas before, and it really seems that she gets better with each and every book. Her writing style was fantastic in this one, and I loved the way that she separated Kacey’s and Bailey’s voice. She also made everything feel so dark, desolate, and like this really was straight out of a horror movie. The atmosphere she created of a small town in the middle of a harsh winter, full of legends of murderous ghosts and backstabbing townspeople – well, I was hooked. I truly felt I was in this town with Kacey, and I loved it.
Having read YA thrillers for a while now, I used to the whole unreliable narrator thing. Literally, I just read one sentence of the book now and go, oh, hello, unreliable narrator, you’re a thing now. However, Thomas took it in a different approach. I totally thought certain things would be cliche (shady dark past for our narrator, etc, etc), but even if they were cliche, Thomas made them her own and it never became cliche at all. It felt brand new, and the mystery remained unsolved for me. Lately, I’ve been guessing the killer in every mystery I read, but I had some major doubt on who actually did it in this one. At some point, I just stopped guessing and let the story take me on the journey it was supposed to.
I also really did like Kacey as a narrator. It was so interesting to be in her mind, especially when she starts realizing that the townspeople were starting to turn on her. She is a complex character, and it is amazing to see how she has changed as a person. I was fully invested in her, and the rest of the characterization for the book was nicely done as well. Thomas also showed a lot of growth in characters – good and bad – and it truly brilliant to see it unravel overtime.
Thomas always does a marvelous job of making forget that I usually need a ship in a book. I didn’t care if people got together or not because I was so engrossed in the mystery that I had to keep reading.
Overall, this was a wonderful read that had me on the edge of my seat, guessing until the very end, and running quickly away from the darkness. Even though there are mentions of my favorite ghosties, it was the humans that frightened me a bit more in this story. I think it was missing a little something from making it a favorite, but it still such a solid five crown read. You’re definitely going to want to pick this up for the Halloween season! Five crowns and a Tiana rating!