A special thank you goes out to Entangled Teen for allowing me to read this early! All thoughts and opinions are my own.
expected publication: january 2
What a fantastic first book of the new year. A murder mystery reminiscent of Scream Queens and Pretty Little Liars (the book series, not the TV show. We don’t talk about the TV show). I was HOOKED from the first chapter. Completely blown away!
What made this book extra creepy was chapters from the killer in between chapters from the MC, Penelope. It added that extra level of scary and it completely threw me off everytime I thought I guessed who the killer was. Those chapters were what really gave this book all my stars.
This book reminded me of Scream Queens and Pretty Little Liars, like I mentioned above. Confession time: I’ve only seen the first half hour of the first episode of Scream Queens. Monica Murphy did mention in her acknowledgments that she got inspiration for this book from Scream Queens and I totally see it because of the mean girl trope. However, I much prefer this book over that show. And prefer you all get nervous about the mean girl trope, let me tell you, it was a different spin on it. I won’t say how but it was really well done.
Penelope is a much more likable MC than those two and their MCs I mentioned above. She had a lot of growth in a short of amount of time, which is always a plus. But she still acted like a teenager, with her mood swings and attitude. But she was still kind and caring, under her facade of being a mean girl. I also liked the relationship between Cass and Penelope. It was adorable and there times I wanted to hit them in the head because well….they were being teenagers. I digress. They have worked their way into my heart.
Truly this was a GREAT start to 2018. I am going to find more books by this author and put this one on my Amazon wishlist. It was just that good! I hope my 2018 is filled with more books like this. So, in conclusion, if you are looking for thrillers set in a high school setting, this is the book for you!
ps- isn’t that cover just gorgeous!