Friday, July 21, 2017

Review: Little Monsters by Kara Thomas

Title: Little Monsters
Author: Kara Thomas
Series: Stand Alone
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: July 25, 2017
Source: Publisher

I read Kara Thomas' other book The Darkest Corners and was completely blown away (check out my review for it HERE) so I knew I had to read Little Monsters.

But I was afraid.

I was afraid I was hyping it up too much in my mind and that I was going to end up being bitterly disappointed in what I found between the covers of the book.  I was afraid that there was no waqy that Kara Thomas could live up to my very high expectations that I know have of her thanks to The Darkest Corners.

Eventually I did manage to put my fears aside and read the book (how else would I be writing this review...I am the queen of the obvious right now I guess..) and OMG.

In Little Monsters we have our cast of characters with our main one being Kacey.  Kacey is a bit newer to her tiny town.  However, she has made friends with a couple of other girls - Bailey and Jade - and they have been more or less inseparable.  Then one day, for reasons Kacey isn't quite sure of, her friends have cut her out.  She is expecting them to force her to go to a party she doesn't really want to go to, but they never call or come to pick her up.

Did she do something at their failed sceance the night before to make them mad?  Was it because her little sister ended up tagging along?  She cannot help, but wonder what it is she did and they aren't telling her.  But Kasey doesn't get to ask them because Bailey never gets home from that party....instead she goes missing.

Then things unravel.  Things are learned about the truth of each of the girls involved.  And it really is just a mess.

An incredible well plotted out mess.  Kara Thomas is a master at twisting her plot this way and that.  You never quite know where she is going to take her story.  For awhile she will cause you to think A, and then something happens and you are thinking B....  And then all of a sudden you are on D....and back to A.  It is intense and wonderful and such a fantastic ride the whole way through!

Honestly, I am still kinda tripped out by a bit in the end.  And I really hope Kara revisits these characters at some point.  I think she could really have another story in there some where for us.  Maybe not with Kacey as the focal point, but I wouldn't mind it at all.

Filled with amazing plot twists that will keep you on your toes, Kara Thomas delivers us a fantastic second novel.  She has proven to me that she is not a one trick pony and I anxiously await her next book!

My Rating
5 Stars

This review is based on an eARC provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are mine and mine alone.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Blog Tour: The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter by Theodora Goss

Title: The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter
Author: Theodora Goss
Series: Stand Alone
Publisher: Saga Press
Publication Date: June 20, 2017
Source: Publisher

When I heard about The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter I must admit that my mind was totally blown.  It just sounded so good!

Why did it sound good?  Well you see, The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter ties together quite a few classics.   There is Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Island of Dr. Moreau, Frankenstein, Rappaccini's Daughter, and Sherlock Holmes as the main story tie ins.  However, as you read through the story you will find even more!  Theodora Goss is a genius!  Putting all these stories together?  Pure brilliance.

This story isn't about the main characters of those stories though.  Aside from Sherlock Holmes and Watson being in The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter, characters it revolves around are the daughters of the villains from the other mentioned stories.

In this story we start off with Mary.  Mary is the daughter of Dr. Jekyll.  She has just lost her mother and her father died when she was 7.  She has little to no money left and doesn't quite know what to do.  Then she remembers that years ago Mr. Hyde was wanted for a murder and never captured.  She sets off to try to find Mr. Hyde so that she can claim the reward money so that she won't have to worry so much.

And from there the story goes!  And it goes so well!  It is so fun and exciting!

I must say that I don't really feel like Sherlock Holmes and Watson were really themselves, but Theodora Gloss is not their creator.  She did give it an admirable shot though.

As far as for all the daughters?  I liked them all well enough.  I didn't like Diana all that much though. I personally felt like her character wasn't quite as well done as the rest of them.  She was too predictable in her behaviors and responses.  But then maybe that means she was really well done considering who her father is!

Also, this book is written kind of like we are reading it as it is being written.  Ever so occasionally dialogue between the characters pops up between bits of the story.  They are either squabbling, pointing out that something was missed/wrong, or stressing the point of something just told to us.  Sometimes I found this to be pretty interesting and a really neat way to get to know the characters a little better while other times I found it confusing or annoying.  It definitely was a different way to write it though.

All in all, I really enjoyed The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter and hope for more adventures!

My Rating
4.5 Stars

This review is based on an eARC provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All thoughts are mine and mine alone.

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