Monday, July 30, 2018

Review: The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas

Title: The Cheerleaders
Author: Kara Thomas
Series: Stand Alone
Genre: YA Mystery
Published By: Delacorte (July 31, 2018)
Source: ARC Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review.)
My Rating: 4 Stars!


Book Description:
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.









I read a lot of mysteries and I also happen to read a fair amount of young adult and when you combine the two, I'll be honest, it doesn't always work. But once in a while it does and in the case of The Cheerleaders, I think it's safe to say that is did, indeed work. 

It kept me on edge constantly guessing how all these girls died and if they were murdered, ever single one of them, all in different horrible ways. And if they were, they why, and most importantly, who was responsible?

This is one of those reads where you never quite know what is happening. Not as in, where is the plot going but more as in, where they murdered? Was it a tragic accident, or was it something more? Who is the bad guy here if there even is one?

Back and forth I would flip between if they were or weren't and I loved it. I love that I didn't guess every single thing (like I normally do) after only the first few chapters. I like that this kept me on edge and wondering. That doesn't always happen, in fact it happens very little, even in adult mysteries. 

Definitely a page turner that I enjoyed right up until the very twisty end.




*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*

36 comments:

  1. I love when a mystery keeps you guessing.

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  2. Yay! I'm so excited that you liked this, Ali! I've enjoyed a few books by this author, so this one is on my radar. I love that it kept you guessing!
    Wonderful review! :)

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    1. Thanks so much Nick! This was my first book by her but I want to try more now. :D

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  3. This looks good Ali and I am always up for a little horror and mystery :)

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    1. Hard to resist those genres. ;) At least for me.

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  4. I love a good mystery. Sounds awesome!

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  5. I am so interested in this one! I love a good YA mystery. And a page turner is always what I am looking for. Great review!

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    1. Thanks Grace and I hope you end up liking it as well.

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  6. Glad to hear you liked this one. I loved this author's previous two books.

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. I need to try another one of her's, any recommendations?

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  7. Oh I need to read this! I love it when a mystery or thriller keeps me guessing- especially a YA one! THis sounds awesome.

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  8. Totally sold me on it. Because yeah, that's a rare thing in YA mysteries.

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    1. It is and some things I saw coming but definitely not all of them. The protagonist is a little hard to like though so, you know, be aware of that. ;)

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  9. It's rare not to figure out most of a mystery adult or YA so that's a plus right there.Glad it was a good one for you Ali!

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  10. nice review Kindlemom, thanks for sharing. I agree that YA and mystery doesn't always mesh glad this one did for you

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    1. Yep and thanks, I'm glad it worked out as well. :D

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  11. I loved another book by the author so I'm curious about this one as well

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    1. I really do need to pick up one of her others.

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  12. Mysteries are fun especially when you can't guess where the story is going.

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  13. Great to hear this had awesome suspense, I keep hearing great things about it.
    Awesome Review!
    Tori @ In Tori Lex

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  14. Have you read RL Steins Fear Street Cheerleader arc? I love that one and I don't think this has a paranormal element but if it's somewhat like Stein's then I'm all for this.

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    1. No paranormal element in this at all but I have read R.L. Stein before, I think you will like this one too.

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  15. Love it when it keeps ya guessing and not quite sure how it all is gonna work out.

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    1. Me too, so much nicer when that happens.

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  16. I agree, mystery and YA don't always end up all that good. I find a lot of them disappointing. Glad to hear this was a win. It sounds like something I'd enjoy. I can't imagine having so many cheerleaders dying! In real life there'd be an uproar. I'm going to see if they have this one in audio. Wonderful review! :)

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    1. Thanks Rachel, I hope they have it for you!

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  17. I'm so happy you said it wasn't easy to figure out! I was looking forward to this one, but like you said... it doesn't always work in YA. Now I'm even more excited to read this one! I love that you mentally went back and forth between murder and not... !!!

    𑁋 Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear?

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