Posted in 2020, News, reviews

Review: The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas.

🩸Blurb: There are no more cheerleaders in the town of Sunnybrook.

First there was the car accident – two girls dead after hitting a tree on a rainy night.

Then the murders happened – 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’d 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.

Her world is starting to unravel. After she discovers the letters in her stepdad’s desk, unearths an ancient phone, and meets a strange new friend at school, Monica can’t just move on.

Whatever happened five years ago isn’t over. People know more than they’re letting on 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 Thoughts: Ok, I’m going straight in here. I’m split. I mean proper split. On one hand I really enjoyed the book. The plot was good, characters are well thought out and likeable. At times it’s extremely gripping and fast-paced. Overall everything you want in a book right? On the other hand, it didn’t go anywhere fast, I didn’t like that we were given narrative by both Monica and Jen, the Rayburn sisters. This taking us from the present to five years prior with Jen before her death. I honestly thought we would find out more by having Jen with us, but that wasn’t so. To me she was pretty pointless and I soon found myself wanting to skip her and carry on with Monica.

Here’s where it gets tricky. This is a book that any spoilers given would absolutely destroy your enjoyment in reading it. So it’s hard for me to say why I has an issue with a certain “victim”. I don’t know how laws work in the US but in England that book and it’s laws made no sense at all. And I know this is fiction and I shouldn’t let it upset me, but isn’t that what reading is all about? Let’s just say some victims or survivors as I would call them could get a bit or pretty pissed off with that. I know I did. See, very cryptic of me, but I needed to give my full reasons. I will discuss this with anyone who wants to go into with me though. My inbox is always open.

Overall, the book is good. It is one I would actually recommend to you. Like I said good plot, great characters, and the best part about it one fantastic twist that comes out of nowhere with an absolute bang!

⭐️⭐️⭐️

3/5

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🩸Book Details:

Title: The Cheerleaders.

Author: Kara Thomas.

Genre: YA/Teen & Young Adult.

Length: 384 Pages.

ASIN: B08CVNJ1T9

ISBN-10: 1529053528

ISBN-13: 9781529053524

Publisher: Macmillan.

Imprint: Macmillan Children’s Books.

Publication Date: 3rd September 2020.

🩸Author Details:

Kara Thomas has written for everything from her high school newspaper to Warner Bros. Television. She is a true-crime addict who lives on Long Island with her husband and rescue cat. She is the author of The Darkest Corners, Little Monsters, and The Cheerleaders. To learn more about Kara and her books, visit her at kara-thomas.com or follow @karatwrites on Twitter, @karathomaswrites on Instagram, goodreads and Facebook.

Posted in 2016, News, reviews

Book Review: Not if I See You First by Eric Lindstrom.

📚 Not if I See You First by Eric Lindstrom.

Source: e-proof courtesy of HarperCollin’s Children’s Books – Thank you! 

🔅Blurb:Parker Grant doesn’t need perfect vision to see right through you. That’s why she created the Rules: Don’t treat her any differently just because she’s blind, and never take advantage. There will be no second chances.

When Scott Kilpatrick, the boy who broke her heart, suddenly reappears at school, Parker knows there’s only one way to react – shun him so hard it hurts. She has enough to deal with already, like trying out for the track team, handing out tough-love advice to her painfully naive classmates, and giving herself gold stars for every day she hasn’t cried since her dad’s death. But avoiding her past quickly proves impossible, and the more Parker learns about what really happened – both with Scott, and her dad – the more she starts to question if things are always as they seem.


Not If I See You First illuminates those blind spots that we all have in life, whether visually impaired or not.

🔅Review: With the YA genre being so strong right now the standard I’m expecting is ridiculously high. This isn’t right because that means I’m judging books more harshly. However, saying that though, isn’t that what a reviewer does anyway? See, I’m confused.


So, Not If I See You First is a great book. Based upon the life of teenager Parker Grant, a fragile minded but extremely strong willed girl, with a fierce and loyal friend base and a collection of scarves to seriously be jealous of. Blind she may be, but that has and will never stop her from trying to achieve her goals in life.


Bitchy, quirky, heartbreaking and totally full of laughs. Not If I See You First is a book that can have you holding back the tears with a lump in your throat one minute and giggling at the hilarious Parker sarcasm the next. I liked it, it was good.

My only criticism would be that it was just a bit slow and the plot could have had a bit more depth and a lot more shock factor.

A recommendation regardless though.


⭐️⭐️⭐️


3/5 

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🔅Book Details:

Title: Not If I See You First.

Author: Eric Lindstrom.

Genre: YA & Teens.

Length: 321 Pages.

ASIN: B00YGD77W6

Publisher: HarperCollin’s Children’s Books.

Publication date: 31/12/15