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“Chelsea Ichaso has without a doubt written the breakout thriller of the year.” —DANA MELE, author of People Like Us A compulsively readable debut with a narrator who can’t be trusted, perfect for fans of Natasha Preston. When she was a child, Cassidy Pratt accidentally started a fire that killed her neighbor. She's pretty sure she didn't mean to do it, and she'd give anyth “Chelsea Ichaso has without a doubt written the breakout thriller of the year.” —DANA MELE, author of People Like Us A compulsively readable debut with a narrator who can’t be trusted, perfect for fans of Natasha Preston. When she was a child, Cassidy Pratt accidentally started a fire that killed her neighbor. She's pretty sure she didn't mean to do it, and she'd give anything to forget that awful day. But her town's bullies, particularly the cruel and beautiful Melody Davenport, have never let her live it down. In Melody's eyes, Cassidy is a murderer and always will be. Then Melody goes missing, and Cassidy thinks she may have information about what happened. She knows she should go to the cops, but she recently joked about how much she'd like to get rid of Melody. She even planned the perfect way to do it. And then she gets a chilling text from an unknown number: I’m so glad we’re in this together. Now it's up to Cassidy to figure out what's really going on before the truth behind Melody's disappearance sets the whole town ablaze. PRAISE FOR LITTLE CREEPING THINGS “Everyone's a suspect, and no one is safe, in this twisty debut from a compelling new voice in YA, Chelsea Ichaso. Don't miss it!” —KIT FRICK, author of See All the Stars, All Eyes on Us, and I Killed Zoe Spanos “Little Creeping Things is a stunning debut in every sense of the word. From the chilling opening pages to the jaw-dropping final reveal, the pacing is relentless, the twists dizzying. Cass is the best kind of unreliable narrator, delightfully acerbic and hopelessly sincere even when she isn't telling the truth. Chelsea Ichaso has without a doubt written the breakout thriller of the year.” —DANA MELE, author of People Like Us “Ichaso’s debut is a riveting whodunnit... a psychological thriller worthy of mystery aficionados.”—SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL “Little Creeping Things, with its cast of creepy and untrustworthy characters, will satisfy the appetites of all manner of mystery fans.”—BOOKLIST “The reveal…is both well earned and eerie.” —KIRKUS REVIEWS "[G]ripping twists and turns add suspense to this genre-solid whodunit and keep readers guessing until the very last page." —PUBLISHERS WEEKLY


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“Chelsea Ichaso has without a doubt written the breakout thriller of the year.” —DANA MELE, author of People Like Us A compulsively readable debut with a narrator who can’t be trusted, perfect for fans of Natasha Preston. When she was a child, Cassidy Pratt accidentally started a fire that killed her neighbor. She's pretty sure she didn't mean to do it, and she'd give anyth “Chelsea Ichaso has without a doubt written the breakout thriller of the year.” —DANA MELE, author of People Like Us A compulsively readable debut with a narrator who can’t be trusted, perfect for fans of Natasha Preston. When she was a child, Cassidy Pratt accidentally started a fire that killed her neighbor. She's pretty sure she didn't mean to do it, and she'd give anything to forget that awful day. But her town's bullies, particularly the cruel and beautiful Melody Davenport, have never let her live it down. In Melody's eyes, Cassidy is a murderer and always will be. Then Melody goes missing, and Cassidy thinks she may have information about what happened. She knows she should go to the cops, but she recently joked about how much she'd like to get rid of Melody. She even planned the perfect way to do it. And then she gets a chilling text from an unknown number: I’m so glad we’re in this together. Now it's up to Cassidy to figure out what's really going on before the truth behind Melody's disappearance sets the whole town ablaze. PRAISE FOR LITTLE CREEPING THINGS “Everyone's a suspect, and no one is safe, in this twisty debut from a compelling new voice in YA, Chelsea Ichaso. Don't miss it!” —KIT FRICK, author of See All the Stars, All Eyes on Us, and I Killed Zoe Spanos “Little Creeping Things is a stunning debut in every sense of the word. From the chilling opening pages to the jaw-dropping final reveal, the pacing is relentless, the twists dizzying. Cass is the best kind of unreliable narrator, delightfully acerbic and hopelessly sincere even when she isn't telling the truth. Chelsea Ichaso has without a doubt written the breakout thriller of the year.” —DANA MELE, author of People Like Us “Ichaso’s debut is a riveting whodunnit... a psychological thriller worthy of mystery aficionados.”—SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL “Little Creeping Things, with its cast of creepy and untrustworthy characters, will satisfy the appetites of all manner of mystery fans.”—BOOKLIST “The reveal…is both well earned and eerie.” —KIRKUS REVIEWS "[G]ripping twists and turns add suspense to this genre-solid whodunit and keep readers guessing until the very last page." —PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

30 review for Little Creeping Things

  1. 4 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    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 turn 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.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Debra

    This YA is a solid thriller that has a couple of twists and turns along the way. It has a little bit of everything you see in a YA book - teen angst, teen romance, mystery, a secret spot in the woods, bullies, small-town setting, etc. Cassidy Pratt was told that when she was a child, she started a fire that killed her neighbor. She has no memories for that day but her town; especially the town bullies remembers. When one of her biggest tormentors, Melody goes missing, Cassidy believes she has som This YA is a solid thriller that has a couple of twists and turns along the way. It has a little bit of everything you see in a YA book - teen angst, teen romance, mystery, a secret spot in the woods, bullies, small-town setting, etc. Cassidy Pratt was told that when she was a child, she started a fire that killed her neighbor. She has no memories for that day but her town; especially the town bullies remembers. When one of her biggest tormentors, Melody goes missing, Cassidy believes she has some information. She heard Melody before she went missing but is fearful because she planned how to get rid of Melody. Then she gets a text which reads: I’m so glad we’re in this together. What happened to Melody? Who is to blame? Is someone setting Cassidy up? Did Cassidy really want to get rid of Melody or was her plan just for fun? Who knows about Cassidy's plan? Is Cassidy an unreliable character? Will the truth only add more sticks to the fire? I found this book to be a solid 3 star read. The beginning and end were strong. The middle lagged a little for me. Overall, an enjoyable YA book. I had an inkling who the culprit would be...will you? Thank you to Sourcebooks Fire and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All the thoughts and opinions are my own.

  3. 4 out of 5

    ReadAlongWithSue

    A good healthy 3🌟from me. Creepy enough to keep my interest, although it’s a YA book and I’m (cough cough) a lot older! A lot of YA thrillers have been pretty mediocre lately for me, and although this slightly lagged in the middle it was a string start and very good climax. The characters were relatable, old and young could experience any of what goes on. That cover. That cover though! Freaked me out!

  4. 5 out of 5

    C.G. Drews

    In a word, this was...addictive. I flew through it and kind of didn't realise I'd read for an hour and half the book was gone already?! The writing is easy to be absorbed in and it felt easy to fall into rhythm with Cassidy Pratt's voice. I'm a big contemporary lover and it had a lot of normal contemporary aspects (highschool! cute best friend crushes! sibling relationships! let's get milkshakes and plan murder!...okay maybe not the last one but still). Plus it, of course, had a murder mystery t In a word, this was...addictive. I flew through it and kind of didn't realise I'd read for an hour and half the book was gone already?! The writing is easy to be absorbed in and it felt easy to fall into rhythm with Cassidy Pratt's voice. I'm a big contemporary lover and it had a lot of normal contemporary aspects (highschool! cute best friend crushes! sibling relationships! let's get milkshakes and plan murder!...okay maybe not the last one but still). Plus it, of course, had a murder mystery that Cassidy feels compelled to play detective for. Why? Because 1) she might have heard the victim's last moments and been too afraid to speak out. And 2) she might have accidentally planned the murder. Thrilling And Chilling The mystery had so many red herrings and left a complicated knot of clues to untangled. The suspect options were kind of slim though, so I admit I guessed right a few chapters in. But then I had to get to the end and see if I was right, so I don't think the predictability lessened the enjoyment. Cassidy losing her mind and freaking out as the mystery and clues got worse, the threats started, and her own flashbacks from her traumatic past messed with her, all made the story super compelling. Little Bit o' Romance Too Like, okay, but I am a sucker for best-friends-to-lovers romance and ahhh I really didn't know if this would work out! Gideon has always been there for Cas, but then she starts lying and he can't take it. He is the softest™ and I really adored him. There's also unlikely friendships, Cas has a close relationship with her older brother Asher, and there's a few maybe-crushes who turn out to be maybe-villains. Small Town Drama It has the small-town setting with slack cops. Forests and gossipy highschools. Tight knit communities and whispering and pointed fingers. I really love this kind of setting! Is Little Creeping Things a little creepy? yessss. I do recommend this one! It's also a good gateway book if you haven't read many YA thrillers, because it's intense but it also has everyday quiet moments and great friendships.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Cortney LaScola - The Bookworm Myrtle Beach

    The synopsis (and that cover!) made this book sound so cool... unfortunately, it was pretty mediocre. I didn't particularly like or care about any of the characters. I feel like too much of the book was about how angsty the main character was, as opposed to actually building the suspense and both mysteries. It all just fell flat for me.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    Little Creeping Things by Chelsea Ichaso is a young adult thriller with an unreliable narrator. This one would be for the fans of did she or didn’t she or one in which you just don’t know who to trust. Cassidy Pratt is now a teenager but when she was little she had been saved from a fire that she herself had started. That moment in Cassidy’s life was forever marked in tragedy as another child died which in turn has made Cassidy an outcast among her peers. One of the popular girls that constantly t Little Creeping Things by Chelsea Ichaso is a young adult thriller with an unreliable narrator. This one would be for the fans of did she or didn’t she or one in which you just don’t know who to trust. Cassidy Pratt is now a teenager but when she was little she had been saved from a fire that she herself had started. That moment in Cassidy’s life was forever marked in tragedy as another child died which in turn has made Cassidy an outcast among her peers. One of the popular girls that constantly teases Cassidy is Melody Davenport. One day while Cassidy is in her favorite hiding spot she overhears what she believes is someone murdering Melody but Cassidy can’t go to the police since what she heard sounds exactly like her own ideas for a perfect murder of her mean girl nemesis. Little Creeping Things not only has an unreliable narrator but one that is still struggling to overcome her past which adds to the tension. The tone is rather eerie as the book gets going but I would warn it can be a little teen angsty towards the middle with some romance drama thrown in. However I still enjoyed the story and thought the ending was solid to go well with the tense beginning. I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley. For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.com/

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ari

    Blog | Instagram | Twitter Thank you NetGalley and Sourcebooks Fire for this ARC. All thoughts and opinions are mine. This novel has a solid premise. It might have been meant to be full of twists and turns, a heaping amount of mounting evidence, and a few leads to whoever might have been responsible for Melody's disappearance. The reality, however, is most of a novel full of teenage angst and a lead that spends most of her time either blaming herself for this disappearance, stressing over the loss Blog | Instagram | Twitter Thank you NetGalley and Sourcebooks Fire for this ARC. All thoughts and opinions are mine. This novel has a solid premise. It might have been meant to be full of twists and turns, a heaping amount of mounting evidence, and a few leads to whoever might have been responsible for Melody's disappearance. The reality, however, is most of a novel full of teenage angst and a lead that spends most of her time either blaming herself for this disappearance, stressing over the loss of a friend who she is so obviously actually in love with, and not a lot of sleuthing happening save for a few random bursts here and there. Cass is not the most likable of leads. She's rather unpleasant, actually. She's selfish; she might berate herself with guilt after the fact, but she's very much okay with pushing others down a few pegs; and she impulsively jumps to conclusions that are incredibly detrimental to other people. She spends most of the novel rushing from one suspect to the other, while dragging poor Gideon around—best friend sidekick and the only good person in this story aside from poor Emily, sister to one of the wrongfully accused people—until the guy appropriately tired of her antics. And you would think that someone who gets bullied—which only adds another ingredient to the angsty feel of this tale—would attempt to rise above doing it to others, but rather deplorably, she instead turns around and does the same thing to someone else. After Cass has gone around to blaming Brandon, her brother Asher's friend, for Melody's fatality, she sets her eyes on Seth. Seth, the loner that everyone thinks is a stalker of girls after a rumor was started by Cassidy . So it baffles me that Cass then goes after Seth as the culprit in this story because he's creepy and a stalker and therefore, so very obviously, the “bad guy”...even though she herself was the one who started this rumor! The reasoning to this path that the novel takes and sticks to for quite a while makes no sense to me. And just before we find out who the actual criminal is, Cass, of course, goes on and hysterically accuses yet another person due to the gut instinct that has been leading her so clearly up to this point. I wasn't expecting the big reveal, which was at least one good thing to this book, even if I found the reasoning for “bad guy” to do what he did very weak—albeit psychotic, so at least he fits the bill. But after the insufferable long time that it took for this to build, while having to read through pages upon pages of Cassidy's anxiety and teenage moping because she was losing her Giddy—and fairly so, mind you, since she has no backbone and fed into her fear rather than attempt to do the right thing—the mystery was completely lost for me in this one.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    My thanks to Sourcebooks, the author Chelsea Ichaso, and Netgalley. This isn't my usual kind of book. I kind of had a clue from the beginning about what was up. Still, I really liked this book. A lot, really! The fire girl was my type of gal..at that age! I also had a best friend named David, and he loved me no matter what! This book was also a palate cleanser for me. I have found that I am in love with YA books. This was a good one. I don't read crap. At least my definition of crap! This is a go My thanks to Sourcebooks, the author Chelsea Ichaso, and Netgalley. This isn't my usual kind of book. I kind of had a clue from the beginning about what was up. Still, I really liked this book. A lot, really! The fire girl was my type of gal..at that age! I also had a best friend named David, and he loved me no matter what! This book was also a palate cleanser for me. I have found that I am in love with YA books. This was a good one. I don't read crap. At least my definition of crap! This is a good and decent story. I found I was a bit anxious about the 2 main characters. I refuse to say more, because I caught on quickly. Other's may or not. It's still a good book.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Dianne

    My rating: 3.5 Stars Thanks to a deadly accident when she was just a child, the town bully never let her forget the nightmare she survived, never failed to let her know she was blamed, but when Melody went missing, Cassidy knew she could help find her. The only problem, she also had joked about the perfect way to get rid of Melody, herself and someone may have acted on it. LITTLE CREEPING THINGS by Chelsea Ichaso has a heroine who isn’t easily likable, doesn’t seem to want to make real friends and My rating: 3.5 Stars Thanks to a deadly accident when she was just a child, the town bully never let her forget the nightmare she survived, never failed to let her know she was blamed, but when Melody went missing, Cassidy knew she could help find her. The only problem, she also had joked about the perfect way to get rid of Melody, herself and someone may have acted on it. LITTLE CREEPING THINGS by Chelsea Ichaso has a heroine who isn’t easily likable, doesn’t seem to want to make real friends and lives in her own dark world. Written for teen readers, who may understand the politics of school hierarchy, whether they tolerate it or not, there is lots of angst and darkness without that sense of “fresh” in the story line or a tremendous amount of depth in the characters. One HUGE thing Chelsea Ichaso did get very right was the turmoil. Hang on for some great twists that readers will never see coming! Geared for teens. I received a complimentary ARC edition from Sourcebooks Fire! This is my honest and voluntary review. Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire (June 2, 2020) Publication Date: June 2, 2020 Genre: YA Suspense Print Length: 336 pages Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble For Reviews, Giveaways, Fabulous Book News, follow: http://tometender.blogspot.com

  10. 4 out of 5

    Reading Reindeer

    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 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.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Dana Mele

    Apparently I never updated my review, but my opinion is above :) Breakneck pace, twists around every corner, and a delightfully unreliable narrator who I rooted for from the first sentence. Enjoyed this one so much, and I've read it several times now! Really a treat for thriller lovers. This is a fabulous debut, not to be missed.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kristie

    I enjoyed this book, but I didn't love it. I felt like it had potential to be really great, but just slightly missed the mark. I found myself annoyed at the main character's decision making, though she is a teenager so maybe on some level it's more realistic. She generally doesn't know what she thinks or believes and changes her mind a lot. I also was bothered by some of the reactions of other characters. Their relationships seem to come and go. I found the story to be interesting, except I knew I enjoyed this book, but I didn't love it. I felt like it had potential to be really great, but just slightly missed the mark. I found myself annoyed at the main character's decision making, though she is a teenager so maybe on some level it's more realistic. She generally doesn't know what she thinks or believes and changes her mind a lot. I also was bothered by some of the reactions of other characters. Their relationships seem to come and go. I found the story to be interesting, except I knew who the 'bad guy' very early on. There was really only one person it could be if you paused to think about it. I'm glad the author went with this person though, as I would have been really disappointed if she had tried to add a twist and make someone else the perpetrator. There are a couple of things that happen towards the end that don't really make sense and some that are never fully explained. I wish that part was worked out a bit better. I don't think I'm really the target audience for this book. It seemed to me that a younger audience may appreciate it more. The main characters were all teenagers and their relationships and thoughts fit that age group. Also, having read many mystery/thriller books made it fairly easy to see where the story was ultimately going. Overall, this was a solid debut and I would recommend it to a younger audience that enjoys the genre. Thank you to NetGalley and Sourcebooks Fire for providing me with a free electronic copy in exchange for an honest review.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kat

    #LittleCreepingThings #YA2020 A must read debut that will give you the freebie jeebies. If you love suspense then this book is for you!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Tricia

    I'm not going to lie, I struggled to get through this one. I don't really have a problem with unreliable or unlikable narrators but when they whine all throughout and are constantly seeing everything through their self serving pity-me glasses, that's where I tend to draw the line. I've LOVED books with a narratives from villains, from characters I didn't like one bit. I wish this could have been the case here but it just wasn't. The plot could have at least helped the story along but honestly I'm not going to lie, I struggled to get through this one. I don't really have a problem with unreliable or unlikable narrators but when they whine all throughout and are constantly seeing everything through their self serving pity-me glasses, that's where I tend to draw the line. I've LOVED books with a narratives from villains, from characters I didn't like one bit. I wish this could have been the case here but it just wasn't. The plot could have at least helped the story along but honestly I found it to also be lacking. To me it was kinda like everything was rather one dimensional, the characters, the plot, and the mystery. The synopsis offered things I don't think the story ever delivered on. The big reveal at the end felt somehow predictable and easy, which was WEIRD because the one thing I can think of that I guess you could say is positive is that I didn't figure it out till right before. But once it was revealed it felt like OF COURSE and only because no one should guess that for any other reason than it would seem the least likely and you were just supposed to accept it in the end for nothing more than because sometimes people are just evil or crazy or whatever. It felt very simplified. Give me a breadcrumb or two along the way. I love to be surprised don't get me wrong, but it cheapens it to me when you did nothing along the way to give even miniscule clues or make it understandable how you got there or why things ended this way until literally right before, and even that is shakey at best. Maybe the fact that I'm reading such an emotionally complex grand series as well right now didn't help. This just felt incredibly immature and unsatisfying to me. If major teen angst is your bag, or maybe you want to dip a toe in a light mystery, you might enjoy this one. To be honest I felt like the Scooby-Doo gang solved more indepth cases, but to each his own. I received an arc of this book from Sourcebooks Fire via Netgalley and this is my honest review.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea Ichaso

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  16. 5 out of 5

    Madeline Dyer

    I read an early copy of this book and it's so tense and chilling. Really well written and great characters!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Stacee

    2.5 stars Unreliable narrators are my favorite and I was so excited for this premise. I sort of liked Cassidy? She means well, but jumps to conclusions and spends the entire book accusing various people of being the murderer. There are a lot of mean girls and one or two characters who deserve to be hugged. {Emily and Gideon, I’m looking at you.} Plot wise, it was okay. Cassidy’s inner monologue of guilt did get repetitive and the constant sneaking around didn’t add the tension I was expecting. Mos 2.5 stars Unreliable narrators are my favorite and I was so excited for this premise. I sort of liked Cassidy? She means well, but jumps to conclusions and spends the entire book accusing various people of being the murderer. There are a lot of mean girls and one or two characters who deserve to be hugged. {Emily and Gideon, I’m looking at you.} Plot wise, it was okay. Cassidy’s inner monologue of guilt did get repetitive and the constant sneaking around didn’t add the tension I was expecting. Most disappointing was the reveal and so-called explanation, all of which was wrapped up in 2-3 pages. Overall, it had a lot of potential, but sadly, this story was forgettable. **Huge thanks to Sourcebooks Fire for providing the arc free of charge**

  18. 4 out of 5

    Tara Tsai

    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.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Maureen

    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 pub 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.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Gayatri Saikia | per_fictionist

    An addictive and chilling YA thriller that I obviously enjoyed a lot because well, I am a sucker for YA mysteries and when there is a high school setting in it haaah considered the deal sealed! First, of all the cover is GORGEOUSLY CREEPY and I APPRECIATE IT A LOT. THANK YOU. Cassidy Pratt, known as the fire girl is most often the talk of the school for an incident that happen in her childhood and well years later she finds herself haunted by her past and in the midst of another terrifying incid An addictive and chilling YA thriller that I obviously enjoyed a lot because well, I am a sucker for YA mysteries and when there is a high school setting in it haaah considered the deal sealed! First, of all the cover is GORGEOUSLY CREEPY and I APPRECIATE IT A LOT. THANK YOU. Cassidy Pratt, known as the fire girl is most often the talk of the school for an incident that happen in her childhood and well years later she finds herself haunted by her past and in the midst of another terrifying incident that she thinks unintentionally caused. The disappearance of Melody Davenport, the bully who seems to not let go of the tainted incident and still publicly calls Cass the “fire girl”. Then she gets a text which reads: I’m so glad we’re in this together. Creepy stalker “A” like messages check! A missing girl check! A well plotted mystery check! Unreliable narrator check! Incriminating evidence against the protagonist check! Getting back to what I liked and didn’t like : I was definetly impressed by the writing as it kept me hooked to a point that I lost track of time. Cassidy’s character struggling through her trauma and the triggering events that were happening around her definitely had my whole attention and sympathy. I was quite intrigued by the plot and ofcourse the big reveal was what I was waiting for but it did kind leave me sad! Because, although I could connect the dots with everything that happened in the past and the present, I was certainly feeling positive about the said character,although I had my doubts. So, all in all I’d say LITTLE CREEPING THINGS was an absolute nail bitter and had me on the edge the whole time! A quick read and perfect weekend getaway if you are looking for a YA thriller to spice up your reading mood!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)

    First off, this cover! I love it... and I HATE dolls. I have an ever living fear of dolls. When I was a kid I decapitated all my barbies and threw their heads and bodies away in trash cans blocks away from each other. Not sure my parents letting me watch all those scary movies at such a young age was the greatest of ideas (but I'm oh so happy that they did!) So of course, this cover drew me right in. "I'm so glad we're in this together." BUT, man I expected something MUCH creepier out of this re First off, this cover! I love it... and I HATE dolls. I have an ever living fear of dolls. When I was a kid I decapitated all my barbies and threw their heads and bodies away in trash cans blocks away from each other. Not sure my parents letting me watch all those scary movies at such a young age was the greatest of ideas (but I'm oh so happy that they did!) So of course, this cover drew me right in. "I'm so glad we're in this together." BUT, man I expected something MUCH creepier out of this read! As a debut novel, I give lots of props to Ichaso. She has an absolute unreliable narrator, tons of red herrings and a puzzle of a mystery. I did have some issues. I would've liked some more background as to the why on a few things. I would've liked to have seen a little more depth in Melody's experiences. What I did really like though, was the ease of the read - I really had no clue as to who the killer was right up until the end and, like Melody, I was pulled in so many directions! Maybe it was her all along. Maybe it was this or that person! WHO IS CRAZY HERE? You'll have to read to find out. And when you're in a teenager's head, what really makes sense anyways? 😉 (But also, do high schoolers drink coffee now? I feel so old! 🤣) This author definitely has a lot of talent. I'll be keeping an eye out for her next book as I'm intrigued with what she'll be bringing us next and I can only see great things.

  22. 5 out of 5

    PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps

    3.5 STARS The cover of LITTLE CREEPING THINGS is one of my all time favorites, even though it has very little to do with the story. At age seven, Cassidy accidentally starts a fire that kills her best friend. Ten years later she’s having psychotic visions about the day she can’t remember. Then her nemesis is killed in the exact way Cass fantasized and she’s determined to find the real killer, though danger lurks around every corner of her small town. Getting a feel for Cassidy was extremely diffic 3.5 STARS The cover of LITTLE CREEPING THINGS is one of my all time favorites, even though it has very little to do with the story. At age seven, Cassidy accidentally starts a fire that kills her best friend. Ten years later she’s having psychotic visions about the day she can’t remember. Then her nemesis is killed in the exact way Cass fantasized and she’s determined to find the real killer, though danger lurks around every corner of her small town. Getting a feel for Cassidy was extremely difficult. Is she an unreliable narrator due to mental illness or something more sinister. She lives life being rescued by her brother Asher and best friend Gideon, feeling like a victim. She is a victim of bullying and teasing, being called Fire Girl. This didn’t sit right with me, because although kids can be mean, most aren’t so mean to tease about something that happened as a seven-year-old. Cass didn’t have a lot of empathy for anyone other than herself and she wasn’t always kind. Gideon was also a special kind of clueless. He eventually blindly believed all her theories, even when she sounded clinically paranoid. I guessed the real culprit and motive early on, which didn’t bother me. LITTLE CREEPING THINGS is more mystery than thriller and requires frequent suspensions of belief. I wasn’t glued to my kindle screen, but I did enjoy the small town ambience, interesting characters and plot.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kris - My Novelesque Life

    RATING: 2 STARS 2020; Sourcebooks Fire Little Creeping Things has a creepy cool cover that drew me instantly to the novel. The summary was right up my alley with suspense and teenage drama. However, there was just too much petty selfish drama than fun drama. I am probably being a bit too generous with the two star rating for how I feel about this story and writing. I would HIGHLY recommend you read other reviews as this is just my opinion. Honestly, it was a difficult novel to get through. I had t RATING: 2 STARS 2020; Sourcebooks Fire Little Creeping Things has a creepy cool cover that drew me instantly to the novel. The summary was right up my alley with suspense and teenage drama. However, there was just too much petty selfish drama than fun drama. I am probably being a bit too generous with the two star rating for how I feel about this story and writing. I would HIGHLY recommend you read other reviews as this is just my opinion. Honestly, it was a difficult novel to get through. I had to skim through the middle to finish it. I found the main character, Cass just too annoying. She would jump to conclusions before even getting the facts, that soon you did not trust anything she was saying or even seeing. Cass would throw her friends and family under the bus as quick as she jumped to the conclusions. There was no suspense or even creepiness. There wasn't any motivation to the story, and the ending was just there. I think this is Ichaso's first novel, so I would try another book in the future. ***I received a complimentary copy of this ebook from the publisher through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.***

  24. 4 out of 5

    Mandy McHugh

    I haven't read much YA in the genre since my foray into Pretty Little Liars, but the cover and blurb for Little Creeping Things sold me. Cass is haunted by her past. Assuming the blame for a horrible fire that took the life of her best friend, scarred her brother, and almost killed her, Cass embraces the identity of Fire Girl, believing anyone who gets close to her is doomed to be burned. Unfortunately, she finds herself in a precarious situation when she overhears the murder of her sworn enemy. I haven't read much YA in the genre since my foray into Pretty Little Liars, but the cover and blurb for Little Creeping Things sold me. Cass is haunted by her past. Assuming the blame for a horrible fire that took the life of her best friend, scarred her brother, and almost killed her, Cass embraces the identity of Fire Girl, believing anyone who gets close to her is doomed to be burned. Unfortunately, she finds herself in a precarious situation when she overhears the murder of her sworn enemy. Spiraling deeper into the mystery and suspect pool, Cass must confront her demons to overcome her tormented history and solve the case before it's too late. Little Creeping Things was a wonderful blend of murder and mystery. As an MC, I really liked Cass. Her reflective nature and anxiety about the past was endearing. She never absolved herself from blame, and with the severity of the event, it made sense that something of that nature would follow her. A small town where everyone knew each other, it was interesting to see how the fire affected the rest of her life. From taunts to bullying, Ichaso did a superb job of structuring the plot so that the weight of responsibility she felt didn't seem hyperbolic or unwarranted. While I don't often care for romantic subplots, I found Cass' relationship with Gideon refreshing and adorable. Exploring the nuances of friendship, how childhood friendship can blossom into romantic entanglements, their friendship was never perfect or cut and dry. They fought, held differing opinions, attacked problems in two completely different ways, and yet when things got scary or difficult, their instincts were always to protect each other. I think the only thing that got repetitive was Cass' suspicion of literally every male character in the book at some point or other. She jumps from one to the next, producing "proof" for all of her rationale into why this person was *definitely* the killer. I wouldn't say she's an unreliable narrator, but you're supposed to question her ability to critically think about the information she's giving to us as the reader. I had to suspend some disbelief on this part, one because she's a teenager inserting herself into a murder investigation, and two, I didn't understand how she was so sure of everyone else's guilt; but, comparing it to a show like House or, yes, Pretty Little Liars, where all the wrong answers are exhausted before the truth comes to light, her approach to solving the mystery worked. I wasn't shocked by the ending, but I didn't dislike it either. Overall, I'd highly recommend this to anyone looking for a psychological YA thriller with a dash of romance thrown in. I really enjoyed this read. Big thanks to NetGalley and Sourcebooks for providing an arc in exchange for review consideration.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Cassie

    Thank you, NetGalley and Sourcebooks Fire for an arc of this suspenseful page-turner by Chelsea Ichaso. Hooking me from Chapter One with nicknaming the main character and voice of the story "Fire Girl," I had a hard time putting this book down and stayed up way too late one evening too many to finish it. I regret nothing. Ichaso's portrayal of high school life, of the way a nickname and identity you perhaps never wanted nor asked for yourself can follow you around like a bad, reoccurring dream w Thank you, NetGalley and Sourcebooks Fire for an arc of this suspenseful page-turner by Chelsea Ichaso. Hooking me from Chapter One with nicknaming the main character and voice of the story "Fire Girl," I had a hard time putting this book down and stayed up way too late one evening too many to finish it. I regret nothing. Ichaso's portrayal of high school life, of the way a nickname and identity you perhaps never wanted nor asked for yourself can follow you around like a bad, reoccurring dream was exceptionally organic. All too often, YA stories and their points of view feel too old and out of touch for YA. This one fit the high school persona perfectly, and on that note, what really kept me reading was the almost-frustrating fact that I couldn't decide if I trusted Cassidy. Her compelling backstory coupled with her ease of lying to her oldest and dearest friend Giddy threw me for a loop more than once. Even at 90% through the novel, I wasn't entirely sure if I believed her, and I absolutely loved that element. Give me an unreliable narrator every time, please. A well-woven mystery with gut-tightening-read-with-many-lights-on moments, Little Creeping Things will appeal to fans of E. Lockhart, Gillian French, and Kara Thomas.

  26. 4 out of 5

    BunTheDestroyer

    **I received a free ARC from Netgalley for an honest review** I couldn't put this book down. It was a very enjoyable read and kept me hooked. As much as Cass and Gideon frustrated me sometimes, I realized that it was because they were making dumb mistakes and acting like teenagers...which they are! So, excellent characterization. Even characters we meet briefly (Emily, Melody, Laura) are pretty well fleshed-out. Cass made me smile and shake my head when she would go, "I found xyz and so ___ is gui **I received a free ARC from Netgalley for an honest review** I couldn't put this book down. It was a very enjoyable read and kept me hooked. As much as Cass and Gideon frustrated me sometimes, I realized that it was because they were making dumb mistakes and acting like teenagers...which they are! So, excellent characterization. Even characters we meet briefly (Emily, Melody, Laura) are pretty well fleshed-out. Cass made me smile and shake my head when she would go, "I found xyz and so ___ is guilty!!" and then next page, "I found xyz and now I'm SURE ____ is guilty!!" Which, for a teenage (I can't even say amateur, she isn't even that good) investigator, is on-point behavior. Cass frustrated me with her police avoidance. I understand she had a good reason, and I don't blame her, but after things kept piling up it was just stupid. I'm glad that books are realizing that police canNOT question a minor without an adult (preferably their parent) present. I was afraid this book would have the police doing that, but Cass' mom stepped in and I was relieved. Otherwise, all the parents seemed to be background characters - all I learned about Cass' dad is that he drinks wine. Gideon ALSO annoyed me. He treated Cass like dirt (don't even get me started on the Gracie thing) and then just showed up one day and she forgave him. Grrrrr!!! I felt like that wasn't a good enough resolution. Minus 1* for immediately figuring out the guilty party...too obvious. Although, perhaps I'm being too quick, because I think I kept reading on the off chance it WASN'T that person and I had to know who else it could be. So the book did keep me guessing. I'm not wild about the cover. I felt there should be more fire imagery and less doll imagery...considering Cass' whole basis as a character is based on a fire. Looking at the cover, I expected haunted dolls, so it doesn't really fit. Another good thing about this book is that it definitely doesn't read like a debut novel. I will absolutely read another by this author and I can't wait for a new one!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Kirkwood (Levac)

    I was lucky to get my hands on an early review copy. I started this book at bedtime and had a hard time to put it down but I knew I had to get up in the morning. I really do think I could have read this book in one sitting. This is definitely a YA with the main character Cass a hard one to really like. Cass has been bullied most of her life so you would think she would go out of her way to be kind and build true friendships but instead it seems she does a lot of bulling herself - starting rumors I was lucky to get my hands on an early review copy. I started this book at bedtime and had a hard time to put it down but I knew I had to get up in the morning. I really do think I could have read this book in one sitting. This is definitely a YA with the main character Cass a hard one to really like. Cass has been bullied most of her life so you would think she would go out of her way to be kind and build true friendships but instead it seems she does a lot of bulling herself - starting rumors about classmates, being mean to others and leading on a boy who has a crush on her. Cass has no problem using Peter to make Gideon jealous, jumping to point fingers at one person or another to be the killer without really stopping to think if it really could be them. Though at one point I seriously thought she was right with one person. I think that the author did a good job at having the reader on the edge of their seat. I couldn't put this book down and read well into my bedtime. I would have liked to see a little more character development to get to feel a little closer to some of the characters. I did think the author did a good job of twists in the plot and the ending I didn't really think was going to unfold that way. I can't wait to see what Chelsea comes up with for her next book. A great debut! I give this book a 4.5 out of 5 stars. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kirsty

    I received a free digital copy of this book from the publishers via NetGalley. You can watch my video review here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cjef5... This is a YA thriller that follows our main character Cass who has led a tormented life. She has been the victim of bullying and generally treated poorly and unfairly by some girls in her school. She finds herself deserving of this treatment as she was involved in a fire which killed her then best friend back when she was a child. She makes no I received a free digital copy of this book from the publishers via NetGalley. You can watch my video review here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cjef5... This is a YA thriller that follows our main character Cass who has led a tormented life. She has been the victim of bullying and generally treated poorly and unfairly by some girls in her school. She finds herself deserving of this treatment as she was involved in a fire which killed her then best friend back when she was a child. She makes no secret of her hatred of these girls, and also the hatred of herself. She wishes the girls dead regularly, and this comes back to haunt her as one day she is out in the woods in a secret hideout with her best friend when she hears one of those girls and then hears her scream in terror. Cass straight away assumes the worst has happened, and indeed the reader later finds out this girl has been brutally murdered. This was a fun read, which was fast paced and easy to fly through. It had typical YA thriller vibes, which I personally quite enjoy for light reading. I will say, the downfall of this book is that it is surprisingly predictable. I guessed who the killer was, quite early on at that. I wasn't hundred percent sure, and the author did try and send the reader on various twists and turns off the scent, so if you are a beginner to the thriller genre, you may not guess correctly. For people who read a lot of thrillers though, I suspect you will find this a little too predictable. I didn't mind too much, as I did enjoy the overall journey. I liked the two main characters Cass, and her best friend Gideon. They were great to get to know and hang out with, though the teenage angst was strong! This was a fine read, a little above average for me, and other than being predictable it was a great time. If you haven't read many thrillers, or you just enjoy YA thrillers in general, I highly recommend you pick this one up.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Juli

    She never meant to kill anyone. She doesn't even remember setting the fire, or anything about that fateful day. But the town Cassidy Pratt lives in has never let her forget that the fire killed her neighbor. She is labeled a murderer, and has to live with it. When a local who bullies her about her past disappears, Cassidy's life is once again thrown into chaos. She had just joked about the perfect way to rid herself of Melody before the disappearance.... She can't go to the police. She will just She never meant to kill anyone. She doesn't even remember setting the fire, or anything about that fateful day. But the town Cassidy Pratt lives in has never let her forget that the fire killed her neighbor. She is labeled a murderer, and has to live with it. When a local who bullies her about her past disappears, Cassidy's life is once again thrown into chaos. She had just joked about the perfect way to rid herself of Melody before the disappearance.... She can't go to the police. She will just look guilty. And then there's the chilling text message she received. I'm glad we're in this together...... This book was an exciting and fun read. Nothing new here, but an enjoyable, suspenseful story nonetheless. The plot moves along at a perfect pace....revealing just a little bit of the truth at a time until the very end. Nicely done. Very atmospheric and creepy cool. Well written and entertaining. I look forward to more by this author. **I voluntarily read a review copy of this book from Sourcebooks. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.**

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Roberson

    Wow I really went back and forth on a rating for this, because there were times when I was hooked and loving it and times where I would be frustrated with it. Ultimately the fact that it really kept my attention and ended up shocking me completely at the end made me up my rating from a 3 star to a 4 star. Is it perfect? No. I think there were definitely some questionable actions by characters that were a bit unrealistic, but overall it was a good thriller. It also appears this is a debut novel, s Wow I really went back and forth on a rating for this, because there were times when I was hooked and loving it and times where I would be frustrated with it. Ultimately the fact that it really kept my attention and ended up shocking me completely at the end made me up my rating from a 3 star to a 4 star. Is it perfect? No. I think there were definitely some questionable actions by characters that were a bit unrealistic, but overall it was a good thriller. It also appears this is a debut novel, so I can let some of my character issues slide. I would definitely pick up another book by this author. Thank you to Netgalley and Sourcebooks for providing a copy of this book for me to review.

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