Saturday, May 31, 2014

Review - Wicked Little Secrets by Kara Taylor

Hello all!

It's been a while since I posted, and I'm going to be changing things up a bit. This blog will continue to be solely focused on reviews or other book related topics, but I'm also going to maintain the class blog that I started in January for my knowledge management class. This really isn't a big change, all it means is when I blog about library school or other library issues it will be on that blog instead of this one. So feel free to check it out if you are interested or thinking about going to library school. I should have a new blog up by the end of today reflecting on what I've learned in the past year. Now on to the book discussion!

Today I'm talking about Wicked Little Secrets by Kara Taylor, which is the second in the Prep School Confidential series. 

More after the jump!
Summary from GoodReads: Anne Dowling becomes entangled in a web of secrets involving a missing student and a conspiracy at Wheatley Prep in this fast-paced, juicy follow-up to Prep School Confidential

Anne Dowling—a fresh, original, and funny new YA heroine whose knowing, irreverent voice will remind readers of Pretty Little Liars and Private—is back for her second semester at Wheatley Prep. Although things have settled (somewhat) since her roommate Isabella’s death, Anne's still kind of obsessed with the disappearance of Wheatley student Matthew Weaver thirty years ago, since she found a picture of him and his crewmates with the words “they killed him” scrawled on the back among Isabella’s things.

When Anne learns that her boyfriend Brent’s dad is one of the now-powerful Wheatley alumni who rowed crew with Matthew, and that the crew team continues to induct new members with a creepy-sounding ritual called “The Drop,” she knows further investigation could put her relationship with Brent in danger. Determined to discover the truth, she reaches out to Anthony, Isabella’s townie brother, who helps her delve deeper into the secrets in Wheatley’s past. Secrets someone would kill to keep hidden. As the school’s Spring Formal—and its notorious afterparty—approaches, Anne sees the perfect opportunity to do some off-campus digging into the lives of Wheatley’s VIPs in this thrilling, unputdownable read—but if she’s not careful, she’ll be the next student who never comes back.

Review: I loved Prep School Confidential, along with Game by Barry Lyga, it was my favorite YA mystery that I read in 2013. I don't know how it's possible, but I loved Wicked Little Secrets even more. I think because it seemed more fast paced, which makes sense because I already had the background of most of the characters from the first book, so the author could jump right on into the story. Also, a word about Anne. Writing snarky characters is the 'it' thing these days, especially in the YA realm, however sometimes authors attempt it and the characters just turn out annoying. Not so with Anne. In my opinion, her character is beautifully written, Anne is hilarious, whip smart, and tenacious but she also has flaws and knows it.

In addition to having a terrific main character, Wicked Little Secrets has an intriguing mystery that kept me speculating right up to the end. It picks up right where it left off at the end of Prep School Confidential, with Anne trying to figure out what happened to Matt Weaver and if her on again/off again boyfriend Brent's father had anything to do with his disappearance. In this book we learn more about the faculty and administration at Wheatley and just how powerful they and their alumni really are. I would highly recommend this book series to everyone, although I would definitely read it in order to get maximum enjoyment! The third (and final?) book in the Prep School Confidential Secrets, Deadly Little Sins is due out on August 5, 2014 so you have plenty of time between now and then to read the first two in the series. 

Stars: 5/5 Stars

Next Review: Don't Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski  

Here are the links to all three Prep School Confidential books & their super cute covers: 

 



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