ARC August — Wrap Up


The wonderful and awesome Octavia from Read Sleep Repeat is hosting a brilliant event in August – ARC August!  What does that mean? That means that throughout August, us participants will focus on reading all the ARCs we’ve got stored up — whether they be in print or ebook, from Netgalley or Edelweiss, upcoming or past.

So How’d I Do?

Well, surprise surprise I didn’t meet my goal.  I kept getting really interesting regular books that I just *had* to read.  But still, I did get a stack of ARCs read, so that is something.

ARC August Total = 12 books

Twelve out of the sixteen I was hoping for.  I did read 17 books total, so if I had stuck with ARCs, I would have made my goal.

Other Books I Read:

The Diviners ARC (about 50%) done

The Promise of Amazing (about 45%) done

SO, how did you do?



Poor Little Dead Girls — Book Review


The Deets

author: Lizzie Friend

released: December 18, 2013

format: e-book, hardcover, audiobook

pages: 288 pages

publisher: Merit Press

Read: August 12-14, 2013

Acquired: Netgalley

Book Pages:  •  •  Author’s Website  

Book Type: YA, mystery, thriller

The Down-low

Is it a game? Or is it murder?

The first time she’s blindfolded and “kidnapped,” Sadie, a brand-new star athlete at a posh boarding school, is terrified. Luckily, it’s all a prank designed to induct her into a powerful secret society that her mom belonged to at Keating Hall. The circle has it all – incredible connections; fabulous parties; and, of course, an in with the brother society’s gorgeous pledges. The instant popularity is enough to make Sadie forget about the little marks on her arm, creepy black robes, and an unfortunate incident that befell a girl on the team years ago. So the next time Sadie is gagged and kidnapped, she’s only slightly annoyed – even though she should be extremely terrified of what’s to come. (From

Why You Should Buy It

Poor Little Dead Girls starts with a ‘normal’ teenager who is thrown into the life of the rich and famous when she attends boarding school.  Part Gossip Girl, part conspiracy and secret society, this story will leave you reeling when you finally uncover all the truth.

My Thoughts

*I received this e-book in exchange for an honest review via Netgalley.*

This book was everything I was expecting and more.  Sadie is a normal, average teenager, who gets the opportunity to attend an elite boarding school on the East Coast.  Armed with a Lacrosse scholarship, Sadie is determined to use the experience to pave her way to college.  Like you would expect, Sadie is thrown into the world of the rich and famous, all while sitting in her jeans and messy hair ponytail.

I have to say on a personal note, I could never have the guts to go to a school like that.  Sadie knows she is going in as the ‘scholarship kid’, but she makes the best of it.  She has British royalty for roommates and rich, catty girls after her spot on the team.

Then, Sadie is tapped for a secret society.  The entire thing was obviously expected since it is in the synopsis, but the things that happen within the society are a bit shocking.  Having no frame of reference, I can’t say with all certainty that things were blown up for entertainment factor, but I can imagine things like this happening.

One thing that bothered me is the age group this book targets.  The material is dark and mature.  Now, I’m all about books with dark themes, but I think this could have happened in a college setting just as easily.  Do keep this in mind when shopping for your teenagers.

Overall, I really enjoyed the book and it did keep me on my toes, wondering what was going to happen next.  I found it an enjoyable read and think anyone who likes murder mysteries, books about rich girls and boys who do devious things behind closed doors, conspiracies, or boarding schools should definitely check this one out.