Tag Archive for YA Mysteries & Thrillers

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The Project by Courtney Summers

In bookish circles, Summers is known for destroying her readers. Her books have many difficult situations, and not gonna lie, it’s hard to see Bea and Lo go through the things that they go through. Some of the things that happen in The Project are absolutely devastating and horrifying. These are things that no one should ever have to go through. Yet, even as Summers takes her readers to some really dark places in The Project, there is a sense of hope at the end of it. It’s not the kind of thriller with a WTF moment at the end that makes you feel uncomfortable and unsure of how to feel. It is a story where characters go through some horrendous things. Yet there is a sense that those who make it to the other side have a chance to heal and have a hope of a full future, which isn’t the case in many other novels I’ve read before. Read more →

Interview with Monica Rodden

Interview with Monica Rodden, Author of Monsters Among Us

I reviewed Monsters Among Us by debut author, Monica Rodden. Today, this debut author is on YA Book Shelf to participate in an in-depth interview about her novel. We discuss everything from the marketing of her debut novel and what drew her to writing thrillers to the theme of sexual assault, her favourite Christmas bread recipe, publishing in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, and more. As I mentioned in the review, Monsters Among Us is a tough book to read, but it handles dark themes in a sensitive way, so if you love my interview with the author, I hope you pick up the novel as well. Read more →

Monsters Among Us by Monica Rodden

Monsters Among Us by Monica Rodden

The dedication to this novel hit me right in the feels. I don’t want to say anything more so it can have the same effect on anyone who does decide to pick it up, but just know that it’s the kind of dedication that will sing for survivors of sexual assault and those who know someone who was sexually assaulted. And with good reason. Read more →