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Little Creeping Things

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Wow! LITTLE CREEPING THINGS is a totally engrossing mystery which gripped me from Page One. Yes, it's YA, but let me tell you,  Cass, Gideon, and others deal with issues many adults would fear to take on. The author ramps up the psychological input throughout, and continues to also view it sociologically (peer constraints,  public opinion,  family favoritism), and there was not a boring moment to be found. 

In addition was the "CLUE" type of scrolling through villain possibilities: Is it--? Or is it--? Or no it must be--? You get the point. Not a "locked room," but very Agatha Christie-ish nonetheless.  So glad I chose to read this.
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Cassidy Pratt is a victim of bullying, enduring lifelong torment, as a result of an accidental fire she started in her playhouse as a child. Cassidy's older brother pulled both girls from the flames, but Cassidy was the only survivor. The beautiful and popular Melody Davenport is her primary tormenter, a cousin of the young girl that was killed. Wishing for her torment to end, she jokingly plots the murder of Melody writing down the perfect plan in her notebook. One afternoon Cassidy hears what appears to be Melody being murdered but nobody believes her until Melody goes's up to Cassidy to discover the killer before she becomes the primary suspect. 

Little Creeping Things is a debut YA thriller from author Chelsea Ichaso. Cassidy's character is an unreliable witness both to the childhood tragedy that brands her "fire girl" and "cousin killer" but also the disappearance of her tormentor Melody. Cassidy, certain that Melody was murdered, decides to engage in some amateur sleuthing to find the killer. Cassidy runs around blaming almost everyone she comes in contact with of being a murderer, based on little to no evidence, making her appear unhinged even to her best friend and brother. As she searches for the killer she begins to experience memories about the childhood fire which don't match up with how everyone said the events occurred. The novel was pretty predictable, at least for me, and it wasn't much of a surprise when the killer is identified. I could not relate to the main character and found her very unlikeable but the novel was well written and entertaining. Overall this was a quick and easy read and isn't graphically violent in nature making it suitable for even the younger YA readers.
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Loved this book! It was such an engaging read, sucking me right in and keeping me guessing the whole time. I really liked Cass and found her very intriguing as an unreliable narrator (my favorite!). I’d absolutely recommend to fans of Holly Jackson.
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This was a compulsive read for me. The story seemed to flow and it was easy to lose track of time. We get interesting morsels that kept me flying through the pages. I couldn't wait to discover exactly what happened, not only to Melody but with the fire all those years ago as well. I liked the twists and turns. Great cover! I was not disappointed with this young adult novel!
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I’ve been needing to read a YA Thriller and this cover is very enticing! Dolls can be quite creepy. There were definitely great things about this book but there were a couple things that were confusing or I didn’t understand.

Cassidy is not very popular at school thanks to mean girl Melody. Her life has been ruined since the day Melody’s cousin died in a fire and Cassidy was to blame. This one incident has made Cass unreliable because she can’t remember the events of that day and no one wants to believe her when it comes to Melody’s disappearance.

I liked Cass as a character. Unreliable characters make for an intriguing plot because everything is wishy washy and she starts looking crazy.

This is definitely more plot driven since a lot of the characters are there to move it along. I was okay with this minus for the killer. I didn’t expect them because there wasn’t much about them or why until the very end. Don’t get me wrong, I love to be surprised but I still don’t understand why they would do it.

There is a relationship blooming between Cass and another character. It was fine. There is a lot of drama, not just because of the murder, between them but I liked their ending.

Overall, it was a good thriller and kept me engaged until the end.
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This is definitely a read I chose mostly because of the creepy cover, but I was pleasantly surprised by how good it turned out to be. It was gripping from the start but like all thrillers it dragged a bit throughout. I thought it would follow the plot most thriller/mysteries do but the ending actually caught me off guard. It was fun and fast paced and I’m intrigued by the author and what she writes next.
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Interesting plot but a wee bit predictable.  I felt like the story went by too fast as well. I feel as if overall, it could have been better if there was more time in the book.
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I had high hopes for this book, which was one of my most highly anticipated mysteries of the year. Unfortunately, I didn't enjoy Little Creeping Things as much as I thought I would. I really liked the subplot of Cass not knowing what really happened when her playhouse caught on fire and killed her friend, but I did think that the author would delve deeper into what happened, rather than Cass just realizing who had done it. 
I also didn't like any of the characters. The fight between Cass and Gideon at the beginning seemed so silly and unnecessary, as well as many of the other characters' desire to hide things from others. The amount of secret dating and almost-dating seemed unnecessary and unrealistic, even for high schoolers.
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I really hated the writing style and the pace of this book.  I knew by the first chapter that I was in trouble - the writing was so immature.  I just could not get into this one and did not finish
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When she was a child, Cassidy Pratt caused a fire that killed her neighbor and almost herself. Or did she? Because she remembers nothing about the incident except what's she been told. Years later, she remains a social outcast in her small town, bullied by her classmates, especially Melody Davenport.

And then Melody goes missing--and all eyes are on Cass. And while she might have information that could lead to the killer, she's hesitant to go to them, in part because she joked about killing Melody too. Now Cassidy has to figure out the truth before everything turns to ashes...

This is a pretty solid YA debut. It's the first I've read in the recent lineup of teen murder mysteries and I appreciate that I didn't immediately guess who the "bad guy" was. Author Chelsea Ichaso does a nice job in building the mystery and suspense. The writing is also solid and it's a quick read.

I didn't really feel connected to any of the characters, though. Cass is hard to follow because she's so all over the place, and many of the secondary characters weren't fleshed out enough to really care about any of them. And as another reviewer pointed out, I also felt a little let down by the killer--it's never really discussed why this person is the way he/she (I don't want to give away the gender and narrow down/spoil) is. Because this person is seriously bad, and we're never really let in on the how/why.

Overall, a good YA thriller that I'd recommend for fans of the genre.
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I enjoyed reading this book. It had a good story to it. I liked the variety of characters in it. It is my first book read by this author. I hope to read more books by this author.
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OMG! Look at the disturbing cover with that terrifying doll! Some people scare of clowns and I really irritate to look at porcelain dolls! ( Of course Annabelle series didn’t help me to form a lovely relationship with them!)

So this haunted cover intrigued me even though a few last YA thrillers I’ve read a little disappointed me. And here is the interesting thing: Normally I start reading a thriller with promising beginning but at the end I lose my interest and if I don’t like it outcome, it turns into a Switzerland- let’s meet in the middle three stars reading. But this book really surprised me.  It hooked me at the beginning but I started to lose my interest in the middle and I started to think it turned into angsty teen romance (our heroine is in love with her childhood sweetheart but he starts rejecting her and dating with someone’s else and our heroine starts dating with his tutor blabla) and I thought the ending was so predictable but I couldn’t be so wrong with a surprising twist the author successfully pulled out the rug from under my feet and I sat on my ass with a dazzled look on my face. Wow! I didn’t see it coming! That was great. So promising 3 starred reading turned into 4 starred, surprising, psychological, fast paced one sit reading! Well done and well played!

Without giving any crucial spoiler, I’ll talk about the characters and the plot:

The story starts at the volleyball match: her teammates shouts at Cassidy a.k.a firegirl ( because when she was only 6, she got involved in fire accident which resulted with death of her friend, also her evil nemesis Melody Davenport’s cousin) to concentrate on the game. But Cassidy starts to see hallucinations that one of her teammates on fire. And she has a panic attack, leaving the school with her longtime best friend and crush Gideon. They’re besties since they were 10 and shared a special kiss but then Gideon acted like nothing happened and Cassidy was too proud not to come clean about her feelings. Her parents already treat her with kid gloves because of her traumatic incident when she was kid. ( After the fire she got involved, she spent her time at the hospital, forgetting everything about that haunted day.) Especially her brother Asher, who saved her from the fire is over protective, watching her every move.

  But Cassidy still tries to adapt in school life, bullied by Melody Davenport who still calls her “fire girl”, has no intention to make her forget about the past. Cassidy still questions herself if she has started the fire intentionally. Could she be a cold blooded killer?

  She and Gideon meets at the woods at their Hobbit nest they’ve build when they were little. They hear Melody’s branded laugh, talking with somebody. At the same time, Gideon leaves Cassidy alone for getting phone reception and Cassidy resumes listening Melody from her hiding place (she doesn’t leave because she doesn’t want to face her nemesis) but when Melody’s laughter turns into cry for help, she gets panic  she has to do something but when she gets out, Melody is nowhere to be seen.

  She realizes that she has written a murder plan for Melody as a prank a few days earlier on her notebook and shares this with Asher’s best friend Brandon. Could Brandon conduct this murder plan literally? Because after Melody’s suspicious disappearance she gets a text message from unknown number tells her: he is great to be in this together! What the hell? Who is this? Did someone really kill Melody? And where is her notebook? Did someone try to pin her on the murder?

  Keep reading my friends, especially for the eerie, nail biter, smart final twist! I was entertaining, fast, action packed, debut YA thriller and so much better than my last reads! I’m looking forward to read Chelsea Ichaso’s upcoming works!

 Special thanks to NetGalley and Sourcebooks Fire for sharing this enjoyable ARC in exchange my honest review.
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I never noticed the cover when I requested this book.  Probably for the best, as I would never have chosen to receive an arc for a novel with a creeping child/doll on the cover.  Some people are afraid of clowns, I  shudder at creepy porcelain dolls.  And the word Creeping was in the title.  I also didn’t realise this was a YA novel.  So it seems unlikely I would ever have read this one, and that would have been a shame.  It’s really a suspenseful read with compelling young characters and I really wanted to see how it ended!
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DNF. Uninteresting and terribly written. Twists are ridiculous. Couldn’t finish and do not recommend.
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Just finished this book and AAAAAH! I was in such suspense trying to figure out what would happen by the end! The creepy atmosphere, the unreliable narrator, the hairs on my arms sticking up! A fantastic YA thriller that I'd highly suggest.
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In this YA mystery/suspense/thriller everyone is a suspect after the town mean-girl goes missing and later turns up dead. Filled with teen sleuths, angst and jealously, and lots of twists and turns, most teens will speed right through this one hoping they picked the whodunit.
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Little Creeping Things by Chelsea Ichaso is a psychotic and intriguing read, but in overall it’s just….not enough.

Cassidy, the main character, is heavily flawed. She constantly alternates between broken and on the verge of a breakdown, which means that the narrative (not the writing style, but Cassidy’s consciousness) tends to be messy and all over the place. On one hand, I think this is a solid reflection of her mental state and provides the story with more depth. On the other hand, it can be frustrating to read because she’s so obsessive and gets stuck on things that’s the opposite of what she should be focusing on at the moment. I got so annoyed a lot of times that I couldn’t keep myself properly submerged in the story and that took away some of the suspense that I should’ve felt while reading.

The other characters, though, aren’t as well written. This applies especially to  the more prominent secondary characters like Cassidy’s love interest and her brother. Her love interest is perhaps one of the better written ones as we can easily come up with reasons and understand why he does what he does, etc.. Her brother, however, is practically a ghost in the story although he’s present for a large part of it. The remaining side characters are very much two-dimensional and for me, this two-dimensionality is so strong that at one point when one of them did something out of character, it really felt out of character.

Other than that, the reveal on who the real murderer is pretty lackluster. Sure, I didn’t expected that person to be the killer (which is great since it’s no fun figuring things out early on), but…why? Why is that person the killer? Has that person always been like this? There needs to be more involvement from that person in the overall story for the reveal to have more impact because the lack of involvement has made this reveal feel very unexpected and not in the mind-blowing holy-shit-I-can’t-believe-this kind of way, but in the seriously-what-is-going-on kind of way.

All in all, Little Creeping Things is a good debut book. It has potential to be better and I think, with some fine-tuning, this potential can be achieved.

**This review will be fully published on my blog and Goodreads near the publication date.
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I love the creepy vibes of this novel, and how the  protagonist isn’t your average small town girl. Perfect for fans of pretty little liars!
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This was not a well written book. Very difficult to read and stay interested. The characters and plot were not interesting
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At age 7, Cassidy accidentally set a fire that killed her childhood friend. Through the years she has been forced to live with the tragedy. Her main source of comfort is her older brother Asher, who saved her from the fire and vows to keep her safe. When Cass masterminds a plan to kill her nemesis Melody, who then ends up dead, Cass and her best friend Gideon try to find the murderer. There are twists and turns and it’s a little far fetched, but still a good read. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me to be an early reader in exchange for my unbiased review.
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