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For fans of Sadie and The Cheerleaders comes an all new thriller about a boy who turns up dead under suspicious circumstances and the one girl who may be the key to solving the mystery of his untimely death. For Ivy, summer means roller-coaster season, spinning cotton candy at the Fabuland amusement park, and hanging out with her best friend, Morgan. But this summer is diff For fans of Sadie and The Cheerleaders comes an all new thriller about a boy who turns up dead under suspicious circumstances and the one girl who may be the key to solving the mystery of his untimely death. For Ivy, summer means roller-coaster season, spinning cotton candy at the Fabuland amusement park, and hanging out with her best friend, Morgan. But this summer is different. One morning, Morgan finds a dead body. It's their former classmate and coworker Ethan. To make matters worse, Morgan is taken to a hospital psych ward only days later, and she's not saying much--not even to Ivy. The police claim that Ethan simply took a bad fall, but Ivy isn't convinced and realizes it's up to her to get answers. What she finds is unsettling--it's clear that some people aren't being honest about Ethan's last night at Fabuland. Including Morgan. And the more secrets Ivy uncovers, the closer she gets to unraveling dark truths that will change her life forever.


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For fans of Sadie and The Cheerleaders comes an all new thriller about a boy who turns up dead under suspicious circumstances and the one girl who may be the key to solving the mystery of his untimely death. For Ivy, summer means roller-coaster season, spinning cotton candy at the Fabuland amusement park, and hanging out with her best friend, Morgan. But this summer is diff For fans of Sadie and The Cheerleaders comes an all new thriller about a boy who turns up dead under suspicious circumstances and the one girl who may be the key to solving the mystery of his untimely death. For Ivy, summer means roller-coaster season, spinning cotton candy at the Fabuland amusement park, and hanging out with her best friend, Morgan. But this summer is different. One morning, Morgan finds a dead body. It's their former classmate and coworker Ethan. To make matters worse, Morgan is taken to a hospital psych ward only days later, and she's not saying much--not even to Ivy. The police claim that Ethan simply took a bad fall, but Ivy isn't convinced and realizes it's up to her to get answers. What she finds is unsettling--it's clear that some people aren't being honest about Ethan's last night at Fabuland. Including Morgan. And the more secrets Ivy uncovers, the closer she gets to unraveling dark truths that will change her life forever.

30 review for All the Pretty Things

  1. 4 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    Well, I want to name my reads with Bryan Adams’ “So far so good”album but unfortunately I name them with my favorite U2 song and “I still haven’t found what I’m looking for” This book seemed like a promising mystery. One young boy, Ethan who is also staff member, suffering from Down Syndrome found dead at an amusement park by his coworker Morgan. After the incident, Ivy, our heroine, daughter of park’s owner, returns back from her holiday at NC and she finds out her friend climbed and hid herself Well, I want to name my reads with Bryan Adams’ “So far so good”album but unfortunately I name them with my favorite U2 song and “I still haven’t found what I’m looking for” This book seemed like a promising mystery. One young boy, Ethan who is also staff member, suffering from Down Syndrome found dead at an amusement park by his coworker Morgan. After the incident, Ivy, our heroine, daughter of park’s owner, returns back from her holiday at NC and she finds out her friend climbed and hid herself at one of the rides, psychologically in bad shape, telling Ivy some mysterious words made us thing there is something supernatural about Ethan’s dying. Then they took her to the psychiatric ward. So I start to think something so big, twisty, shocking will come out about Ethan’s death. Aliens? Serial killers? A cult? Wow amusement park massacre! Or Ethan’s soul will come back and haunt the people at the park!!! So the story turned into Haunting at Hill Amusement Park kind of horrific and bleak combination. Nope! No! Nada! It cannot be! Because we’re tricked! There is no big mystery or something spooky about this story! We may understand who is the bad guy from the third chapter. He’s carrying a big shiny signboard above his head pointing at him! I feel like Billie Eilish’s “ Bad Guy” starts playing in my head at each page the guy appears. Duh! And Ivy playing Nancy Drew, taking so much responsibility for her age, co-manages park at the same time, interrogating everyone about the mystery ( okay there’s no freaking mystery, let’s call it just “mys”: something trying to be creepy but answer is written in front of us! Actually it screams us from the first pages! Saying Hello! Please see me idiot! ) and everyone giving her spooky, weird answers, trying to do their best to be seen cool and more enigmatic! Come on guys please grow the hell up! So yes, so called twisty revelation comes at the end. So a group of underage kids act mysterious, talk in riddles and Ivy acts like she is Sheryl Holmes and so obvious, predictable bad guy (Oh boy, JERK word is already imprinted to his forehead and you still call it a big revelation!!) is caught. Yayyyy!!! The book finally finished! I couldn’t be so glad because my throat is so sore for screaming at Ivy: “Stupid! Stupid! Stupid!” So I gave my two stars and wanted to forget everything about this book! Let’s move to the other one! Special thanks to NetGalley and Random House Children’s - Delacorte Press for sharing this Arc copy in exchange my honest review. I wish I liked it more and could write a praising review. blog instagram facebook twitter

  2. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea Humphrey

    Well this is tough, because I loved the premise behind All the Pretty Things and it had some truly creepy moments, but the whodunnit is quite obvious from the early stages of the story. That, coupled with the stilted dialogue and dads who say "Ummm...?!" at the beginning of every sentence truly wore me down. I'm not the target audience for this book, so perhaps this is what the teens are into these days, and if it sounds interesting to you then I recommend trying this one out for yourself. *Many Well this is tough, because I loved the premise behind All the Pretty Things and it had some truly creepy moments, but the whodunnit is quite obvious from the early stages of the story. That, coupled with the stilted dialogue and dads who say "Ummm...?!" at the beginning of every sentence truly wore me down. I'm not the target audience for this book, so perhaps this is what the teens are into these days, and if it sounds interesting to you then I recommend trying this one out for yourself. *Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy via NetGalley.

  3. 4 out of 5

    megs_bookrack

    **2.5-stars** Going into All the Pretty Things, I had some reservations. I had heard some mixed reviews and wasn't quite sure what sort of experience I would have. Unfortunately, not great, although I've had worse. First off, the synopsis describes this book as an 'all new thriller about a boy who turns up dead under suspicious circumstances.' So, obviously, going in, I am expecting a Thriller or Mystery. I would not classify this as a Thriller, nor a Mystery, and the death of the boy, which wasn't **2.5-stars** Going into All the Pretty Things, I had some reservations. I had heard some mixed reviews and wasn't quite sure what sort of experience I would have. Unfortunately, not great, although I've had worse. First off, the synopsis describes this book as an 'all new thriller about a boy who turns up dead under suspicious circumstances.' So, obviously, going in, I am expecting a Thriller or Mystery. I would not classify this as a Thriller, nor a Mystery, and the death of the boy, which wasn't even the most significant part of the plot, in my opinion, didn't seem that suspicious. Certainly not so much so, that a girl not even involved in the incident, would make it her life's mission to investigate. Okay, I think I am getting too far ahead of myself. Let's go back. High Schooler, Ivy, spends her summers working at her Dad's amusement park, Fabuland, in rural New Hampshire. She mainly makes cotton candy, but sometimes helps out with other positions as well. It's her home away from home, as dramatic as it can sometimes be. After taking some time off to visit relatives with her Mom, she returns to find the park in chaos. While she was away, one of the park's employees, Ethan, died. Her best friend, Morgan, discovered his body. Morgan, apparently distraught from her discovery, gets drunk one night and climbs to the top of the ferris wheel. Authorities, fearing she may try to take her own life, contact Ivy and have her go to the top of the wheel to talk Morgan down. Plausible? Morgan promptly gets sent to a psychiatric ward, where she refuses to speak further about the causes for her distress. Ivy then begins an investigation into the death of Ethan. There were some moments of interest for me within this story. I wouldn't necessarily say this was a bad book, it's not. For me, it just seemed poorly planned out; like it couldn't decide what kind of story it was trying to be. This is really, if you look at the actual biggest issue in the book, which I would not say is the death of poor Ethan, a hard-hitting YA Contemporary. Why it would try to be spun as a murder mystery is beyond me. The more I think about it, the more I am turned off by the whole thing. There were some fairly serious issues touched upon in this book, disturbing issues that weren't examined after the fact and in my opinion, not handled well. Yeah, that's really all I have to say. Sorry I can't provide more clarification. I certainly do not want to spoil anything for people who want to pick this one up. Let me be clear, just because this book wasn't for me, I know there are readers out there that will enjoy this a lot. Unfortunately, that just wasn't for me. Thank you so much to the publisher, Delacorte Press, for providing me with a copy of this to read and review. Although this wasn't necessarily the story for me, I still greatly appreciate the opportunity!

  4. 5 out of 5

    JenacideByBibliophile

    Actual Rating - 2.5 Stars Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by the publisher, Random House Children’s, via Netgalley for an honest review. Wow. I mean… … …what the actual f**k? There were about a dozen different ways I saw this story going, but the way it DID go? Wow. This lovely little tale is told by Ivy, the daughter of the owner of the Fabuland amusement park. After her grandparents had successfully opened multiple chains of their popular doughnut shop, her father decided to think bigger and pur Actual Rating - 2.5 Stars Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by the publisher, Random House Children’s, via Netgalley for an honest review. Wow. I mean… … …what the actual f**k? There were about a dozen different ways I saw this story going, but the way it DID go? Wow. This lovely little tale is told by Ivy, the daughter of the owner of the Fabuland amusement park. After her grandparents had successfully opened multiple chains of their popular doughnut shop, her father decided to think bigger and purchased Fabuland. Now Ivy works every summer at the park in the cotton candy booth, surrounded by smells of fried food and the screams of terrified and joyous park-goers zipping by on roller coasters. It is usually always a summer to remember, and this summer is no different. While out of town with her mother, Ivy gets a call that a well-known young man and Fabuland employee, Ethan, had been found dead. The police suspect that he had fallen off the train trestle in a nearby park on his walk home, but when Ivy’s best friend Morgan alludes that something more shocking may have happened, Ivy begins digging for answers. [image error] Who doesn’t love an amusement park and a little murder, right? The smell of freshly popped kettle corn, fried dough, and colorful cotton candy mixed with elated screaming from a roller-coaster drowning out the real screams of someone being killed?! *Drip. Drip. Drip.* Is that rain I feel coming down?! Nope! It’s the blood draining from a body! No. … That’s not how this story goes at all. “Sometimes I wonder if you’re scared of the wrong things.” All the Pretty Things was NOTHING like I expected. Even more than halfway through the book I was assuming it was going to turn out one way, and then it veered off the tracks and plummeted into a crowd of chaos and epicly wretched confessions. I wasn’t blindsided per se, I was just…left completely speechless. But even after I sat there in my super uncomfortable chair with my mouth a little agape from shock, and slightly hinged to the side from disgust, I knew I was going to have trouble expressing my feelings on this one. *Sigh* Here goes. Ivy is seventeen. She seems chill, seems responsible, and seems patient as hell with a dad like that. But that’s pretty much all I know about her. Yeah, no s**t. That’s about it. Sure, I knew her parents were divorced, and that her brother didn’t come back from college that summer to work at Fabuland, like he normally did. And okay yes, I also knew her best friend Morgan was the one who found Ethan’s body in the park (YUH–IKES). But apart from that, the girl really doesn’t have much of a personality or any scheme of emotions other than blasé and MORE BLASÉ. I’m almost offended on Kristen Stewart’s behalf for me even putting this Kristen Stewart gif in here, as if I’m assuming Kristen Stewart has no personality. … Which I’m not… I just really needed a gif of a girl in a carnival. But the point is this: Ivy is a little bit dull, and honestly, it’s okay that she is for most of the book. But by the time that shocking ending came around, I NEEDED the girl to give me SOMETHING! But instead, she had BARELY. ANY. REACTION. to what had just happened. All I got was a little bit of shocked realization, her going to get closure from a friend, and a confirmation of some past childhood memories from her even more under-developed mother. Suffice it to say, the characters in this book are about as interesting as cardboard. They are developed just enough to be passable in a story, but you never make a connection to anyone or end up caring about their well-being. There’s no substance, no feeling and no emotion. But what I really need to talk about, is Ivy’s father. “I always knew you wanted to stay small. Just a small person, I guess.” The guy is a jackass and had me cringing five pages in. He is written in such an awkward way that doesn’t seem at all intentional, and every time he had a “scene” my face smooshed itself up into this formation of disgust, annoyance and perma-confusion. It was like the author was trying to make him cool and witty, but was failing miserably at it. He’s just that type of person that has so many personalities but can’t seem to pick one to run with. And I kid you not, the entire page of notes I have written for this book is all about her dad and my feelings on him from beginning till end, and that’s all! Here, let me show you: Ivy’s dad is legit f***ing creepy and disgusting. He just drooled over a twenty-year-olds ass…nice. He is super annoying and all over the place. He legit just called his employee a dumbass. Twice. So. Much. Crude. S**t. Okay this guys is seriously so f***ing creepy, I can’t stand him. What an asshat. His offhand comments are so random and weird, it makes me super uncomfortable. IS THIS GUY EVEN A PERSON?!? Oh. Look. I know this review probably doesn’t make a lick of sense to you, but don’t worry. I don’t even know what I just read. Which is upsetting, because it’s not like this is a horrible book by any means. It was just…strange. The characters felt thrown together, the premise was not even the actual premise because it was just a cloak and dagger show for what the real premise was, and the ending didn’t give me enough clarity or leave me feeling like it was securely tied up. I think the only thing that saved this book for me was that it was set in an amusement park, and I was so curious to figure out how Ethan died. But at least there were some good quotes. “It had been here from this perspective the whole time – creaking away in the background, behind all the good-natured screaming. I’d always heard it, humming along in the distance, day in and day out. I was just afraid to open my eyes and look.”

  5. 4 out of 5

    Alexa

    This one is a bit of a slow burn, for fans of "slice of life" YA contemporary who like messy characters and bits of suspense. I was drawn in initially by the "set at a small town amusement park" angle, which indeed is the book's strong suit. Fabuland felt so real, and I love all the weird quirks of the world. Even though it starts off with a death of one of the park's employees, the book isn't a typical "someone died and I must investigate!" thriller because Ivy's drive is to get to the bottom of This one is a bit of a slow burn, for fans of "slice of life" YA contemporary who like messy characters and bits of suspense. I was drawn in initially by the "set at a small town amusement park" angle, which indeed is the book's strong suit. Fabuland felt so real, and I love all the weird quirks of the world. Even though it starts off with a death of one of the park's employees, the book isn't a typical "someone died and I must investigate!" thriller because Ivy's drive is to get to the bottom of things on behalf of her friend Morgan, who found the body but is out of commission, mental health wise, for most of the book. That plus the entanglement of Ivy's dad owning the amusement park and that conflict of interest (daughter of owner snooping around colored a lot of her interactions), gave the first half an oblique, slow burn quality. Ultimately this isn't a thriller that's a straight-forward whodunit. It's more of a "how messed up are all these relationships and what is everyone hiding" book. Once the book got going and all the threads started coming together, I was all-in. I loved all the complicated emotional entanglements, and even though Ivy was frustrating at times in how passive she was, her emotional arc felt organic and was fascinating. That said, LORD, was Ivy passive sometimes! It was all in the service of character, but there were moments where she just rolled over and took people's abuse. I was definitely on her side in those scenes, and wanted to see her stand up for herself, but she didn't. Her character arc ultimately feels earned, though I do think she'll frustrate some readers.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Wendi Lee

    Ivy comes back from vacation to find her small town in turmoil. An acquaintance and fellow Fabuland co-worker has died, and Ivy's best friend, Morgan, had the misfortune of finding his body. Even worse, Morgan has barricaded herself on one of Fabuland's rides after hours, and is refusing to get down. It's up to Ivy to get Morgan down from the ride, and then solve the mystery of what really happened to their co-worker, Ethan. The atmosphere in this mystery is exactly right. Fabuland (which happen Ivy comes back from vacation to find her small town in turmoil. An acquaintance and fellow Fabuland co-worker has died, and Ivy's best friend, Morgan, had the misfortune of finding his body. Even worse, Morgan has barricaded herself on one of Fabuland's rides after hours, and is refusing to get down. It's up to Ivy to get Morgan down from the ride, and then solve the mystery of what really happened to their co-worker, Ethan. The atmosphere in this mystery is exactly right. Fabuland (which happens to be owned by Ivy's father) is sparkly and filled with families during the day, but beyond the surface feels creepy as heck. Her own family also feels unstable, with Ivy's parents divorced and her brother staying far away during his first college summer. Ivy pinballs between her parents' houses, clutching memories of happier times. Digging through the events leading to Ethan's death means interviewing co-workers and acquaintances, and even getting her long-distance brother involved. Ivy's psyche as she works her way through what happened is fascinating. I only wish the novel kept going - but hey, I'd be happy with a sequel!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Maggie [storme reads a lot]

    The setting of the story is awesome, and it works well. This entire book is pretty much set in Fabuland Amusement park. I would have loved this story even more if the creepy factor was what I anticipated, but it still worked since most of the scenes were set in the park. So, the whole mystery solving this was kind of lame. I enjoy Nancy Drew and all of those things, but this was pretty bad. I thought it was rather silly, and I did not enjoy this part of the story at all. Also, it seems like the v The setting of the story is awesome, and it works well. This entire book is pretty much set in Fabuland Amusement park. I would have loved this story even more if the creepy factor was what I anticipated, but it still worked since most of the scenes were set in the park. So, the whole mystery solving this was kind of lame. I enjoy Nancy Drew and all of those things, but this was pretty bad. I thought it was rather silly, and I did not enjoy this part of the story at all. Also, it seems like the victim was more on the spectrum for autism than suffering from DS. There was also a scene of drinking and driving, which should not be encouraged with teens. This sends the wrong message to me. This could have been good if it had just been about a creepy amusement park. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and Delacorte for review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Elaine

    Thank you to NetGalley for a Kindle ARC of All The Pretty Things. I was intrigued by the premise (and the cover! Can I say how much I love this cover?) and excited when my request was approved. But, then my excitement waned. This isn't so much a thriller than it is about a young woman struggling to come to terms with the harsh realities of her life and family. * Minor spoilers ahead * When a young, mentally disabled man who works at her dad's amusement park is found dead, Ivy plays Columbo and Thank you to NetGalley for a Kindle ARC of All The Pretty Things. I was intrigued by the premise (and the cover! Can I say how much I love this cover?) and excited when my request was approved. But, then my excitement waned. This isn't so much a thriller than it is about a young woman struggling to come to terms with the harsh realities of her life and family. * Minor spoilers ahead * When a young, mentally disabled man who works at her dad's amusement park is found dead, Ivy plays Columbo and tries to find out what happened. To make matters worse, her BFF Morgan, was the one who discovered her body. As Ivy interviews the staff and classmates, she doesn't realize she is on the road to discovering painful truths about her own family, and what that may cost her. Ivy as a character was okay, though she was only 17, at times, her thoughts and actions were painfully immature, or maybe I'm officially too old for YA books. The writing was fine, but the story was uneven, disjointed, as if the author wasn't sure what she was trying to say. Is she referring to #MeToo when she brings up sexual harassment and predatory behavior in the workplace? Is the book about domestic drama and family relations, in that we see only what we want to see? The fact that Ivy's dad was a major skeez was hard to stomach, but perhaps that was the author's intention, to demonstrate how we turn a blind eye to so many things, especially when it concerns those closest to us. I was hoping for a mystery to solve, a suspenseful story, or spooky, and though there are dark themes here including sexual violence, All the Pretty Things wasn't for me.

  9. 4 out of 5

    PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps

    ***Thank you to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of ALL THE PRETTY THINGS by Emily Arsenault in exchange for my honest review.*** When Ivy’s best friend Morgan finds the body of a special needs young man, the teen ends up in a psych hospital leaving Ivy a cryptic message about Ethan’s death. Ivy, determined to help her friend and solve the mystery, questions her coworkers at Fabuland, the her father’s amusement park. Ivy is a good kid, hard working, dedicated to her father, loyal t ***Thank you to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of ALL THE PRETTY THINGS by Emily Arsenault in exchange for my honest review.*** When Ivy’s best friend Morgan finds the body of a special needs young man, the teen ends up in a psych hospital leaving Ivy a cryptic message about Ethan’s death. Ivy, determined to help her friend and solve the mystery, questions her coworkers at Fabuland, the her father’s amusement park. Ivy is a good kid, hard working, dedicated to her father, loyal to her friends. She’s more adult than her father, who’s a bit of a sexist pig and makes comments like, “it looks like tits, but not in a bad way.” Ivy knows how inappropriate her dad behaves, but I don’t think she truly understands the hows and whys and the impact of such behavior on others. As good a friend as she is to Morgan, Ivy doesn’t always appreciate the impact she has on others, particularly when she’s startled with information later in the story. I had an inkling where ALL THE PRETTY THINGS was headed, but that in no way lessened my enjoyment of this important, topical story. I also had questions as to why Ivy didn’t communicate with her mom more and why her mother, knowing what she did, didn’t check in with Ivy more often. They had a good relationship. You can’t go wrong with a mystery set in an amusement. ALL THE PRETTY THINGS is a book I will reread.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lost in Book Land

    Hello! It's a new week! I am losing track of my days a little bit but it is a new week and I am hoping for some exciting things this week. I am reading a lot of books right now and playing a lot of video games (mostly animal crossing but my husband and I just finished playing Horizon Zero Dawn the other night). I have also been watching a lot of television and movies (I watched Onward the weekend it hit Disney Plus with my husband, and I loved it, I also just finished watching Cheer on Netflix an Hello! It's a new week! I am losing track of my days a little bit but it is a new week and I am hoping for some exciting things this week. I am reading a lot of books right now and playing a lot of video games (mostly animal crossing but my husband and I just finished playing Horizon Zero Dawn the other night). I have also been watching a lot of television and movies (I watched Onward the weekend it hit Disney Plus with my husband, and I loved it, I also just finished watching Cheer on Netflix and I have no idea why I was sleeping on that one because I loved it). In the midst of intaking all of this stuff, I also picked up All the Pretty Things, I was really wanting a good mystery, thriller story and I felt unfulfilled after my last mystery/thriller read, so I was hoping this one would be what I was looking for. SPOILERS AHEAD Fabuland is a smalltown amusement park, where Ivy works in the summer to help her dad out (the owner of the park). Being the daughter of the owner can be a bit tough sometimes (like no one at the park really trusts you with secrets) but it's still a good life. Every summer Ivy spends one week with her mother at her grandparents house out of state (Ivy's parents are divorced however, they still live in the same town). While Ivy was away at her grandparent's house this summer some big stuff happened, first of all, her best friend Morgan (who also works at the park during the summer) found the dead body of Ethan (another park worker with special needs) on her walk to walk one morning. Then when Ivy is on her way home, she learns that her best friend Morgan is now missing. By the time Ivy arrives back in town, they have found Morgan but she is at the top of the Ferris wheel and refusing to come down. Once Morgan is down she is in the hospital, from there Ivy learns that there is so much more to Ethan's death than she heard while she way away. Ivy wants to help Morgan so she decides she is going to figure out what happened to Ethan on his last night at the park and on that walk home. I loved this story! At first a was a little unsure, I had been burned so recently by another book that was supposed to be a mystery/thriller but definitely turned out not to be. It took me a minute to get into the plot, I honestly expected the plot to be Morgan missing but when it turned out to be Ethan's last night at the park and his walk home in combination with what happened while Ivy was away, I got very interested. I loved the twists and turns this story took and definitely did not foresee the ending coming at all. I highly recommend this book and I am giving this five stars on Goodreads. **Thank you so much to the publisher for the E-ARC

  11. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea

    I was really exited to read this. Unfortunately, it was another disappointing "thriller. It was pretty obvious just three chapters in that the dad was a creep. I still don't understand how the main character didn't notice or just pretended it wasn't a problem. She also seemed emotionless throughout the whole book and I don't get why, considering what her friend was going through. Nothing much happened and the writing felt really stilted and the dialogue was cringey.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Carrie (brightbeautifulthings)

    I received a free e-ARC through NetGalley from the publishers at Random House/Delacorte Press. Ivy has always been the boss’s daughter, first at her father’s doughnut chain, and now at Fabuland, an amusement park full of roller coasters, cotton candy, and princess parades. Everything changes one summer when her best friend, Morgan, discovers a body and ends up in the psych ward the next day. Everyone is convinced that Ethan fell from the bridge on his way home from Fabuland, but Morgan and Ivy a I received a free e-ARC through NetGalley from the publishers at Random House/Delacorte Press. Ivy has always been the boss’s daughter, first at her father’s doughnut chain, and now at Fabuland, an amusement park full of roller coasters, cotton candy, and princess parades. Everything changes one summer when her best friend, Morgan, discovers a body and ends up in the psych ward the next day. Everyone is convinced that Ethan fell from the bridge on his way home from Fabuland, but Morgan and Ivy aren’t so sure. Ivy is convinced that finding answers will help her friend, but the more she learns about Ethan’s last night at Fabuland, the more she realizes that everyone has secrets, and most things are secret for a reason. Trigger warnings: death, suicide attempt, severe illness, sexual assault, physical/emotional abuse, slut-shaming, mental illness, trauma, grief. I don’t like to give low ratings to books, but this doesn’t have a lot going for it. I’m not even sure All The Pretty Things should be marketed as a YA thriller, since it lacks anything in the way of thrills, and there’s very little mystery to be had. Most of the plot consists of Ivy walking around and talking to people, and the progress of her amateur investigation is glacial. (Never once does she think, “Maybe I should go to the police with this information.”) It’s also obvious pretty early on that there’s only one person with the motivation to commit a murder or cover one up, which takes all the punch out of the ending. What the book really does, rather than create a compelling murder mystery (if there’s even been a murder, which isn’t clear), is strip away the sugar-coating of Ivy’s life and force her to see the more gritty, adult world in which she actually lives. Sadly, that life is not particularly noteworthy. Everyone has secrets, and none of them are interesting. Ivy’s character development is fair. Over the course of the novel, she realizes that, like a child, she’s been willfully ignorant of some pretty important things, and she takes steps to change that. As a character, we don’t know her that well outside her role as “the boss’s daughter”. (Though she despairs that people think of her that way, there just isn’t much else.) She’s her dad’s Girl Friday, and she overlooks most of his bad behavior. I’m trying to think of a word for Mr. Cork that’s less strong than “abhorrent”, but nothing comes to mind. In short, he’s a creep, and it’s clear from the beginning that you wouldn’t want to be alone in a room with him if you were a girl. Though Ivy insists that he makes things fun and larger than life, I was never able to see it. He’s an abuser with no sense of boundaries. And that’s pretty much it for main characters. I’m a sucker for carnival/amusement park settings, but even that couldn’t save it. I review regularly at brightbeautifulthings.tumblr.com.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    ALL THE PRETTY THINGS tries to be this intense mystery, like it shows in the blurb. But it really does fall flat. The build-up to the big reveal is rather lackluster. Instead of tension it provides uncomfortable awkwardness as Ivy tries to find answers in all the wrong, and obtuse, ways. And the secondary plotline isn’t surprising, leaving me going ‘duh’ at the end of the book. And being generally skeeved out on behalf of Morgan. Ivy comes across as rather wooden and lacking her own personality. ALL THE PRETTY THINGS tries to be this intense mystery, like it shows in the blurb. But it really does fall flat. The build-up to the big reveal is rather lackluster. Instead of tension it provides uncomfortable awkwardness as Ivy tries to find answers in all the wrong, and obtuse, ways. And the secondary plotline isn’t surprising, leaving me going ‘duh’ at the end of the book. And being generally skeeved out on behalf of Morgan. Ivy comes across as rather wooden and lacking her own personality. Thing is, she doesn’t much develop one by the end of the book. In fact, I don’t see her having gone through much of a character arc at all. The big reveal for her came at the very end, not allowing her to really adjust to the information. While I don’t begrudge her the time it took for her to come to a very hard conclusion (I’m trying not to spoil here, it’s not easy), I feel like if she had to grapple with that over the course of the book it would have given her something to adjust to. As it was, the overall mystery definitely didn’t provide that, so Ivy flatlined throughout the course of the book. As for the main mystery, it wasn’t much of a mystery. The big reveal on that was rather ‘. . . oh.’ It’s sad, but it’s not much of a mystery. It’s actually only a mystery because Ivy forced the issue and really hurt people in the process. And her only reprimand for doing that, over and over again, was her being cowed, hiding behind her hair, and teeing up to do it all over again. So she learned nothing and just kept intruding in peoples’ lives to the point of it being difficult and awkward to read. It was uncomfortable, and not in a ‘getting out of my own comfort zone’ kind of way. Ivy was just an intrusive character who didn’t know when to cut it tf out. The only thing that kept me reading was wanting to find out why Morgan was pushing Ivy away. I had it guessed somewhere between 1/3 and 1/2-way into the book and I ended up being right there. Blech. Can’t say I blame her. What I didn’t like was the way she coddled Ivy at the end. Maybe it’s just me. I’ve been in a very similar situation as Morgan and it brought up some uncomfortable feelings and while I’d like to think I could understand Ivy’s reluctance to accept what was going on, I certainly wouldn’t be like it’s okay, let me make you breakfast. No. But coddling Ivy is a regular thing throughout this book, not just by Morgan. It’s something Ivy recognizes and just kind of brushes off, as if the act of recognizing she gets special treatment is enough. There’s just way more not going for ALL THE PRETTY THINGS than there is going for it. Setting something at an amusement park or a carnival is a total shoo-in for me. I’m a sucker for it. But even that came off lackluster in this story. There was just no heart here. At all. I would have much rather been in Morgan’s or Winnie’s head than Ivy’s. In the brief instances they were on the page they showed a ton more personality than Ivy did over the course of the entire book. And the thriller part wasn’t all that thrilling. Or shocking. It was just meh. 2

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay

    It seems I side with the majority in saying that this wasn't what it proclaimed to be. After reading the summary, the reader expects this to be a mystery set in an amusement park, and the story is that to a small degree. What the summary leaves out is everything else. How Ivy spends the whole book asking fellow amusement park workers questions regarding Ethan's death. How much time is dedicated to Ivy working at Fabuland and thinking. How there is never a mystery like the synopsis claims. The au It seems I side with the majority in saying that this wasn't what it proclaimed to be. After reading the summary, the reader expects this to be a mystery set in an amusement park, and the story is that to a small degree. What the summary leaves out is everything else. How Ivy spends the whole book asking fellow amusement park workers questions regarding Ethan's death. How much time is dedicated to Ivy working at Fabuland and thinking. How there is never a mystery like the synopsis claims. The author attempted to build suspense with multiple characters speaking in riddles to Ivy, but the secrets fell flat upon their reveal. The twist was easy to see from the first chapter since this character's words and actions screamed "look at me! i'm acting and talking inappropriate!" and so the reveal wasn't a reveal. The lack of suspense and mystery was instead filled with Ivy's train of thought and characters speaking in code to not reveal anything to Ivy. The pros of this book were the amusement park setting, how it took place in New Hampshire, and Ivy's dedication to her best friend even though Morgan shut her out during the whole book. Thank you NetGalley for an ARC.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Morgan (youarethelibrarian)

    Seriously, Goodreads, where are the half stars? I would rate this one 4.5 stars. This book was not what I was expecting, but in the best possible way. There is a mystery, and yet it isn't the focal point of the novel despite the main character thinking it is for most of the book. In the end, though, Ivy comes to terms with something she has turned a blind eye on for far too long. The book also did not end like I was expecting, however the ambiguity of what happens after the book's pages end is m Seriously, Goodreads, where are the half stars? I would rate this one 4.5 stars. This book was not what I was expecting, but in the best possible way. There is a mystery, and yet it isn't the focal point of the novel despite the main character thinking it is for most of the book. In the end, though, Ivy comes to terms with something she has turned a blind eye on for far too long. The book also did not end like I was expecting, however the ambiguity of what happens after the book's pages end is more realistic than the way a lot of mystery novels play out. I really liked this. The setting, the characters, and most of all Ivy searching for truth without realizing what she will dig up. All the Pretty Things is realistic and haunting because of that. *I received an eARC from Netgalley and the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own.*

  16. 4 out of 5

    Yesha- Books Teacup and Reviews

    *** Note: I received e-copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to PRHGlobal for free copy. *** All the Pretty Things was YA small town mystery that revolved around Fabuland amusement park, Ethan’s death and reason behind Morgan’s silence. It was about workplace harassment, health risks at amusement park, motivated perception and ignorance. Mystery behind Morgan’s state was clear. I could figure out what might have happened to her. Within fe *** Note: I received e-copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to PRHGlobal for free copy. *** All the Pretty Things was YA small town mystery that revolved around Fabuland amusement park, Ethan’s death and reason behind Morgan’s silence. It was about workplace harassment, health risks at amusement park, motivated perception and ignorance. Mystery behind Morgan’s state was clear. I could figure out what might have happened to her. Within few chapters I also could see who might have caused her distress. As for Ethan’s death that was tricky in first half but easy to figure in second half. Best part of the book was setting. climax was perfect. Loved Ivy’s development and the way she accepted her ignorance and took right step at the end. End was perfect. It wasn’t exactly thriller. Characters were interesting but not in depth. Dialogues were not good. All conversations started with huh, uh-huh, umm…! It really made conversations dull. Overall, All the Pretty Things was simple and quick read with had great setting and interesting plot but predictable and not exactly a thriller. If you want an easy mystery, love amusement park and mystery in it with a little creepy feel, go ahead. Read full review on my book blog by following this link - https://booksteacupnreviews.com/2020/...

  17. 5 out of 5

    dumplin’

    i’m gonna be real i skimmed this but in my defense i was like ten chapters in and bored out of my mf mind

  18. 4 out of 5

    thi

    1/5 - casually triple checked that this was supposed to be a thriller because there’s nothing thrilling about it - barely anything happens - Skip this

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lu

    I received this book from NetGalley in exchange of an honest review. TW: death, overdose, sexual harassment and assault, suicide thoughts Ivy Cork is the daughter of the owner of Fabuland, the amusement park in her city and during summer she usually takes care of the spinning cotton candy machine and she hangs out with her best friend Morgan. But when Morgan finds one of their former classmate and coworker, Ethan, dead, everything changes and Morgan has a mental breakdown, refusing to talk to Ivy. I received this book from NetGalley in exchange of an honest review. TW: death, overdose, sexual harassment and assault, suicide thoughts Ivy Cork is the daughter of the owner of Fabuland, the amusement park in her city and during summer she usually takes care of the spinning cotton candy machine and she hangs out with her best friend Morgan. But when Morgan finds one of their former classmate and coworker, Ethan, dead, everything changes and Morgan has a mental breakdown, refusing to talk to Ivy. So Ivy decides to understand what exactly happened the night Ethan died and why Morgan (besides finding his body) is so upset she wouldn't talk to her. Set in the amusement park, the reader follows Ivy while she talks with her coworkers, trying to piece what happened, who saw Ethan last, how was the boy, trying to solve the mystery surrounding his death, getting herself involved into a investigation that will uncover ugly truths about people she loves. All the pretty things, told in first person, is a dark thriller, beautifully written and plotted, an intricate mystery that led the reader to read the book at once, because he/she feels the need to know what happened to Ethan, to Morgan, to Ivy. Through Ivy's eyes, we get to see her relationships with her parents and brother, with her friend Morgan, with her coworkers, thinking about her role in her father's "empire" and job. Asking questions, discovering relationships and secrets, Ivy is a brilliant main character, curious, inquisitive and ready to do anything to understand the situation, even when it will hurt her. Skillfully, bits are revealed through each "interview" Ivy makes, leading her and the reader to piece everything together, or at least to try to, until the shocking and brilliant ending.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Joanna Bennett

    eARC provided by publisher through NetGalley. All opinions are my own. When I saw the blurb for this and it said for fans of Sadie and The Cheerleaders, I was sold! Two books I really enjoyed so I wasn’t going to to pass up on the opportunity to request this. It did keep my interest throughout but it was lacking in a few areas. I’ll start off with the positives. The one thing I like about mysteries/thrillers is that you don’t have to connect with the characters. The book is mostly plot driven. Thi eARC provided by publisher through NetGalley. All opinions are my own. When I saw the blurb for this and it said for fans of Sadie and The Cheerleaders, I was sold! Two books I really enjoyed so I wasn’t going to to pass up on the opportunity to request this. It did keep my interest throughout but it was lacking in a few areas. I’ll start off with the positives. The one thing I like about mysteries/thrillers is that you don’t have to connect with the characters. The book is mostly plot driven. This book was engaging and I was quickly swept into the mystery surrounding Ethan’s death. I felt like Ivy who was trying to piece everything together. To be honest, I never saw the ending coming. I had suspicions of people it could be but the author does a great job of reverting your attention away. My biggest complaint would be that the premise feels different than what I had read. I guess I understand the title now after dwelling on it for a bit. I also felt that, besides most of the characters working there, the amusement park wasn’t as big in the book. I know others have felt the same so it isn’t just a me thing. The ending was fine. I’m not really sure how I feel about it. I think that it takes away from it being a thriller and the only mystery is the death which I can’t say much about because of spoilers. Other than that, the writing was great! The pacing was also nicely done. I will definitely be watching this author for more books.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Missy

    Book #20 read in 2020 OᐯᗴᖇᐯIᗴᗯ: Ivy’s family owns a neighborhood amusement park and she is her dad’s right-hand-girl. When her best Morgan finds the body of a classmate and coworker on the property, Ivy can’t be convinced that it was just an accident. So she sets off to find out what really happened and what everyone is hiding. ᗯᕼᗩT ᗯᗩᔕ ᘜᖇᗴᗩT: ◇ This went a completely different way than I expected. ◇ There were a lot of side-stories and secrets that didn’t lead to the ultimate answer as to what ha Book #20 read in 2020 OᐯᗴᖇᐯIᗴᗯ: Ivy’s family owns a neighborhood amusement park and she is her dad’s right-hand-girl. When her best Morgan finds the body of a classmate and coworker on the property, Ivy can’t be convinced that it was just an accident. So she sets off to find out what really happened and what everyone is hiding. ᗯᕼᗩT ᗯᗩᔕ ᘜᖇᗴᗩT: ◇ This went a completely different way than I expected. ◇ There were a lot of side-stories and secrets that didn’t lead to the ultimate answer as to what happened to the boy, but did add extra mystery to the story. ᗯᕼᗩT ᗯᗩᔕ ᗰIᔕᔕIᑎᘜ: ◇ Ivy’s investigative technique was as subtle as a sledgehammer. I’m surprised anyone told her anything at all with her awkward questioning. ◇ None of the characters were truly likable and quite a few were downright cringy. That made it hard to connect or even really care about the story. ᖇᗩTIᑎᘜ: ★★★1/2 Thank you to Random House and NetGalley for a digital ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Katlyn Ulinski

    ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for honest feedback. Rating: 3 This book is about a girl who investigates the death of a young boy, Ethan, who died near her dad's amusement park. She is also trying to figure out what's going on with her best friend Morgan, who's been acting weird and flaky lately. I enjoyed this book. It was very simple, quick, and well done. I really enjoyed the description of the park and it really felt like it could be a real park somewhere. It was vivid with ride descript ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for honest feedback. Rating: 3 This book is about a girl who investigates the death of a young boy, Ethan, who died near her dad's amusement park. She is also trying to figure out what's going on with her best friend Morgan, who's been acting weird and flaky lately. I enjoyed this book. It was very simple, quick, and well done. I really enjoyed the description of the park and it really felt like it could be a real park somewhere. It was vivid with ride descriptions and food descriptions. The story itself was kind of basic and I wished for more depth, but overall, it was a very enjoyable summer read. The other reason I would rate this 3 stars was just because I felt like the characters gave away some details too willingly and I wish it had been a little bit harder for the main character to investigate.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Cathy

    So...huh. The "mystery" of this book was glaringly obvious from the get go for me. So really I was just reading it to prove myself right, and was disappointed when I was. It wasn't mysterious enough for me. I also didn't connect to a single character, except maybe one. Who was dead for the whole book (and this isn't a spoiler, it states right at the beginning that they're dead). So, yeah. I usually like the occasional thriller, but this one was both trying too hard and not hard enough at the same t So...huh. The "mystery" of this book was glaringly obvious from the get go for me. So really I was just reading it to prove myself right, and was disappointed when I was. It wasn't mysterious enough for me. I also didn't connect to a single character, except maybe one. Who was dead for the whole book (and this isn't a spoiler, it states right at the beginning that they're dead). So, yeah. I usually like the occasional thriller, but this one was both trying too hard and not hard enough at the same time. It's not full blown thriller, but also isn't really anything else? I will say that I finished it quickly, so it did keep me reading. I just didn't enjoy the journey as much as I wish I had. *I received a digital ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    this honestly wasn’t the book i thought it was going to be. there could have been a lot that wasn’t in the book and it could have been a lot more suspenseful. i think i actually enjoyed about half of this book. half of it was boring and a lot of the protagonist just doing stuff. it also took me almost a week to read, so that could also affect my feelings for it. the beginning and the end were the best parts, in my opinion. there was too much with the amusement park, i think. with that said, the w this honestly wasn’t the book i thought it was going to be. there could have been a lot that wasn’t in the book and it could have been a lot more suspenseful. i think i actually enjoyed about half of this book. half of it was boring and a lot of the protagonist just doing stuff. it also took me almost a week to read, so that could also affect my feelings for it. the beginning and the end were the best parts, in my opinion. there was too much with the amusement park, i think. with that said, the writing was very good and i would definitely read the author again. it was easy to read and flowed very well. it was just not as much of a mystery as i’d been expecting.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Krissy

    This was a YA mystery/thriller novel. The main character, Ivy, starts asking around after an employee from Fabuland dies suddenly. Fabuland is an amusement park where she works, which is also owned by her dad. At first I wasn't very sure about this book. It was a little slow, and detached. Then suddenly I felt myself getting more into it. It was pretty obvious for me what was going on, but it was still a fairly enjoyable read. I have found myself gravitating farther away from YA, but those who t This was a YA mystery/thriller novel. The main character, Ivy, starts asking around after an employee from Fabuland dies suddenly. Fabuland is an amusement park where she works, which is also owned by her dad. At first I wasn't very sure about this book. It was a little slow, and detached. Then suddenly I felt myself getting more into it. It was pretty obvious for me what was going on, but it was still a fairly enjoyable read. I have found myself gravitating farther away from YA, but those who truly love this genre may enjoy this wholly.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Zoë ☆

    Wow this was a ride.... I didn't much care about the amusement park setting, but the mystery kept me reading! I wasn't disappointed but I also wasn't blown away by the reveal.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ellen McClure

    A good summer time mystery. Perfect to get you into reading groove.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Cassie

    Thank you to Netgalley and Random House Children’s for e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. This was...not good. This supposed “ya thriller” is missing any and all thrills, which is a bummer. The premise was good, I loved the setting and the beginning was strong. But then 90% passed with just the MC, Ivy, going around and asking other characters what happened on one fateful night. Absolutely nothing of any significance happens until the very end. And even then, it’s not exciting or surprising Thank you to Netgalley and Random House Children’s for e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. This was...not good. This supposed “ya thriller” is missing any and all thrills, which is a bummer. The premise was good, I loved the setting and the beginning was strong. But then 90% passed with just the MC, Ivy, going around and asking other characters what happened on one fateful night. Absolutely nothing of any significance happens until the very end. And even then, it’s not exciting or surprising in the least. There’s some heavy themes in here (like consent and sexual assault) but it felt out of place. This book doesn’t know what it wants to be. I didn’t particularly like Ivy, who could be quite dense and unsympathetic, which made this book tough since we are forced to read her thoughts the entire time. It was often repetitive and boring. I wish I had stopped reading it earlier, but I was convinced it would pick up and get better. I was so very wrong. It really shouldn’t be marketed as any kind of thriller, but it’s not really a standard contemporary either. It’s a very light mystery, with a dark coming of age contemporary theme, mixed together around an amusement park background.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Gayatri Saikia | per_fictionist

    I have no idea how to rate this one. Well I enjoyed reading it and the writing was really engrossing but I didn.t feel for any of the characters. A bit predictable and nothing out of the extraordinary but still I liked it !!!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sasha Zatz

    All the Pretty Things is an exciting, twisted and dark thriller about family and lies, set against the chilling background of a fun fair. The plot of this book was super intriguing! From the first few chapters, there was a lot of open ends and aspects that drew in my curiosity, making me want to know more! It’s written with a light style that keeps you reading. The slow build of tension was perfectly paced and super creepy. There’s a certain character that from about 50 or so pages in was sketch All the Pretty Things is an exciting, twisted and dark thriller about family and lies, set against the chilling background of a fun fair. The plot of this book was super intriguing! From the first few chapters, there was a lot of open ends and aspects that drew in my curiosity, making me want to know more! It’s written with a light style that keeps you reading. The slow build of tension was perfectly paced and super creepy. There’s a certain character that from about 50 or so pages in was sketchy and as a few things started to get revealed, I was getting properly scared, like shivers! As the plot moved on, I was questioning what I thought I knew or had assumed about the characters and the plot, I was constantly curious about what was going to happen and be revealed! The plot twists were amazing and interesting - the exciting, slow build of tension led up to a jaw dropping and heart wrenching reveal. The low-key unreliable narration was also a great aspect of the book, making the narrative slightly clouded and the reveals even more shocking. Ivy, our main character, was quite likeable at first, but for some of the middle of the book I found her a little dislikable, as some of her behaviours were annoying and seemed shallow, but as we found out more about her I can understand this and pity her. Ivy was a realistic character, overall she was likeable though there were moments she wasn’t, however, we do pity her. For first person POV I do feel some moments could have gone more into her emotions, but there were other moments that did so it was fine. I did feel the ending of the book was a little rushed, and needed to be a bit longer for proper closure and to show that Ivy had properly renounced a certain bad person. Just a chapter or two more with a few more details of the aftermath of the big reveal would have been great. The funfair background and sweltering heat of summer gave the book a real atmospheric feel, really adding to the tension and creepiness! It made the book feel more sinister, and I think it would make an amazing movie especially because of the way the atmosphere of the background could be transferred into wonderful cinematography!
Overall All the Pretty Things was a deeply enjoyable thriller full of plot twists and surprises, with some dark and twisted aspects - it was atmospheric, creepy and emotional and I gave it an overall of 4.5 stars!

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