I absolutely loved The Darkest Corners, so when I saw that Kara Thomas had a new book, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it! This book did not disappoint.
Little Monsters by Kara Thomas is an awesome young adult mystery/thriller with dark elements of deception, manipulation, distrust, and jealousy, but also upbeat elements of love and family.
Kara Thomas is such a skilled writer when it comes to YA Suspense and Mystery! I cannot wait to see what she does next!
My Thoughts on Little Monsters by Kara Thomas
This is another read that I highly recommend you go into as blind as possible. Because of that, I will hit some higher-level things below, but avoid discussing the plot or specifics.
I really love Kara’s writing style; it’s so easy to read, wonderfully organized, paced perfectly, and she grabs your attention right away. So, needless to say, this book totally captivated me!
While a few of the characters were incredibly unlikable, I thought they were balanced out really well with the likable characters. Each of the characters were all well developed, even though it took quite some time to really feel like you understood who each character really was. Of course, that was done on purpose to help add to the suspense!
The main storyline was occasionally broken up by selections from Bailey’s diary. This organization made the mystery element much stronger because you got to see two sides to the story, while also getting information about the past to help clarify the present.
While reading, I kept trying to guess at what had happened… but I never could have figured this one out!
My Favorite Passages from Little Monsters
And February. February is just the biggest asshole.
February makes you feel like you’ll never see the sun again.
Tonight, though: tonight is so clear you can count the stars like they’re diamonds.
I’d finally found a version of myself I could with – found a place where I didn’t feel like I had to escape.
But the night doesn’t like to give up secrets. And if Bailey disappeared into it, there might be no telling what happened to her.
The thing about growing up in a town like this is that some people catch boredom like a virus.
That was when I decided that all the ghost stories got it wrong: evil isn’t a spirit or monster or a ghost. It lives inside regular people, and it doesn’t know the difference between night and day.
My Final Thoughts on Little Monsters
If stories that center a bit around high school drama isn’t your cup of tea, you may want to skip this one.
However, if you don’t mind the drama, I would definitely recommend this book! I had SO much fun reading this, and would recommend it to fans of YA Mystery/Thrillers!
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What is your favorite YA Suspense novel?