The Cheerleaders: Book Review

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30969755Title: The Cheerleaders
Author: Kara Thomas
Genre: YA Mystery/Thriller
Synopsis:There are no more cheerleaders in the town of Sunnybrook.

First there was the car accident—two girls gone after hitting a tree on a rainy night. Not long after, the murders happened. Those two girls were killed by the man next door. The police shot him, so no one will ever know why he did it. Monica’s sister was the last cheerleader to die. After her suicide, Sunnybrook High disbanded the cheer squad. No one wanted to be reminded of the girls they lost.

That was five years ago. Now the faculty and students at Sunnybrook High want to remember the lost cheerleaders. But for Monica, it’s not that easy. She just wants to forget. Only, Monica’s world is starting to unravel. There are the letters in her stepdad’s desk, an unearthed, years-old cell phone, a strange new friend at school. . . . Whatever happened five years ago isn’t over. Some people in town know more than they’re saying. And somehow Monica is at the center of it all.

There are no more cheerleaders in Sunnybrook, but that doesn’t mean anyone else is safe. ”
My Review:

Lately I have been getting into YA Mystery/Thrillers. They have been helping me take a break from Fantasy and I will definitely be adding them into the routine. Although this one wasn’t a top read for me, I still enjoyed it and had a hard time putting it down.

This book mostly follows the aftermath of the deaths of a whole group of cheerleaders that happened five years prior. Monica, the sister to one named Jen, is still not over the events that led up to it. There are also chapters from Jen’s point of view of that events that transpired. I am a sucker for multiple point of views and by the author adding in the one’s from Jen, it really added to understanding the events.

Monica is character that is quite relatable when it comes to her actions. Even though its been five years, she still has all these questions. I mean, I know I would. I think that is why I liked her so much. The other characters in the book are pretty minor but their are two that stick out the most, Jen and Ginny. Jen, for the reason I have already pointed out and Ginny because she isn’t well liked at her school and yet she is so willing to help Monica figure out what really happened.

When it came to the plot, what actually happened wasn’t what I was expecting. But, I do love surprises! The plot twists weren’t easily recognized and once one clue was given I just kept being entranced by the whole thing. It was a hard book to step away from.

Overall, I enjoyed this book and the writers writing. I will definitely be checking out more books by her!



Friday Favorites: Books Outside Your Usual Genre

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Hello, fellow bookworms!

Today’s post is a tag that was created by Something of the Book and she has a whole list of Friday Favorites to follow. They are awesome and it is a fun way to find new books with a twist and see how others have answered it!

I am one to always pick up Fantasy. It is my go-to genre and one that I don’t ever see myself not ever reading. There are times that I do venture out of my comfort and am surprised by the books I read. So here is my list of books that are outside of my usual genre!


1.) Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco Series

I have been obsessed with this series since I finished the first book. I am so excited for the third book but so sad this series is coming to an end!

2.) Wild Blue Wonder by Carlie Sorosiak

Here’s the thing, I tend to not like Contemporary. It’s a love/hate type of relationship. I did absolutely love this one and you should definitely check it out!

3.) Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson Series

If you didn’t see this one coming then you must not have me on Instagram, haha. I love this contemporary/mystery and can’t wait for the third book!

4.) Little Monsters by Kara Thomas

I read this one recently and absolutely loved it! Creepy at times but so good!

5.) The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas

Yes, another one by the same author! I have been getting into thrillers and hers are just wonderful and really help to get me out of my reading slumps.


May Wrap-Up

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monthlyreads.jpgHello, Lovely Readers!

It’s that time again for another monthly wrap-up. This month my reading wasn’t the greatest. I had a major reading slump and am slowly coming out of it. I didn’t finish all that I wanted to accomplish but such is life. I still read, right?

I did manage to at least read 9 books and 2 mangas.

Here are the titles, author and rating:


5 stars:
A Pack of Vows and Tears by Olivia Wildenstein
The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson

4 stars:
The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas
Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
Heartwood Box by Ann Aguirre
Warcross by Marie Lu
Seraph of the End Vol. 1 (Manga)

3 stars:
Wild Ones Vol. 1 (Manga)
Dragonslayer by Duncan M. Hamilton
The Tiger at Midnight by Swati Teerdhala

WWW Wednesday (5/29/19)

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Hello, My Lovely Bookworms!

This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and is now hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.

It consists of answering these three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

37531556.jpgCurrently Reading:

I am currently reading A Pack of Vows and Tears. I am behind when it comes to reviewing especially since I’ve needed a few mental health days.


30969755Recently Finished:

I recently finished The Cheerleaders. It wasn’t a favorite but I enjoyed all the plot twists and the characters that were in it!



40409247Reading Next:

I have quite a few books from the library that I need to read so I will mostly likely start with The Beast’s Heart.