LITTLE MONSTERS Author Interview and Giveaway!


We’re officially kicking off the blog tour for Little Monsters today, and it’s such a pleasure to have author Kara Thomas here on the blog to tell us a little bit more about this captivating new thriller!

About the Book

Little MonstersqTitle: LITTLE MONSTERS

Author: Kara Thomas

Pub. Date: July 25, 2017

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Pages: 336

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

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For fans of Pretty Little Liars, Little Monsters is a new psychological thriller, from the author of The Darkest Corners, about appearances versus reality and the power of manipulation amongst teenage girls.

Kacey is the new girl in Broken Falls. When she moved in with her father, she stepped into a brand-new life. A life with a stepbrother, a stepmother, and strangest of all, an adoring younger half sister.
Kacey’s new life is eerily charming compared with the wild highs and lows of the old one she lived with her volatile mother. And everyone is so nice in Broken Falls—she’s even been welcomed into a tight new circle of friends. Bailey and Jade invite her to do everything with them.
Which is why it’s so odd when they start acting distant. And when they don’t invite her to the biggest party of the year, it doesn’t exactly feel like an accident.
But Kacey will never be able to ask, because Bailey never makes it home from that party. Suddenly, Broken Falls doesn’t seem so welcoming after all—especially once everyone starts looking to the new girl for answers.
Kacey is about to learn some very important lessons: Sometimes appearances can be deceiving. Sometimes when you’re the new girl, you shouldn’t trust anyone.

Interview with Kara Thomas

Little Monsters is one of, if not the, the most gripping YA thriller I’ve read this year. How do approach plotting this type of book, so that the conclusion comes as such a surprise to readers?

Thank you so much! I always plot my books backwards—I know what the resolution is, even if I don’t know exactly how the characters are going to get there. Sometimes the end will evolve as I’m writing, if I’m finding that the twists and turns don’t really hold up and I’m afraid the reader won’t be surprised. The most important thing to me about endings is that they don’t remind the reader of something they’ve already read.

I think Broken Falls was just the perfect setting for this novel. What do you think it is about small towns that make for such perfect settings for mystery/thriller novels?

I’m always drawn to small town settings, because I think there’s something really scary and claustrophobic about the idea that the killer is someone the main character knows.

There are some pretty intense, and sometimes dark, scenes in this book. Were any of them difficult for you to write?

Getting into Bailey’s head for some of her journal entries was difficult. Without spoilers, I can say that her mind goes to a scary, dark place, and I knew that a lot of readers would find her very unlikable. I had to get over making her “likable” for the sake of staying true to the intensity of the emotions she was feeling at that point in the story.

I absolutely loved the urban legend that you incorporated into this story. Do you have any favorite urban legends that you drew inspiration from?

I’ve always been obsessed with urban legends! I basically grew up on Slender Man was definitely part of the inspiration for the Red Woman in Little Monsters. I’m so horrified and drawn to how that legend has taken shape over the Internet.

What are some YA novels that you would recommend to readers who are fans of Little Monsters?

When I Am Through With You by Stephanie Kuehn and Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig. Also anything by Courtney Summers, especially Some Girls Are and All The Rage.

About Kara

Kara Thomas Author Photo

Kara is the author of the critically acclaimed THE DARKEST CORNERS. Her new book, LITTLE MONSTERS, is coming July 25th from Random House/Delacorte. She’s written for everything from her high school newspaper to Warner Brothers Television. You can find her on Long Island, bingeing on true crime podcasts and TV shows.

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Enter the Giveaway

3 winners will receive a finished copy of LITTLE MONSTERS, US Only.


Follow the Blog Tour!

Thanks so much to Rockstar Book Tours for hosting this tour! Be sure to check out their website here as well as the other amazing posts on this tour!

Week One:

8/14/2017- YAandWine– Interview

8/15/2017- The Best Books Ever Review

8/16/2017- BookHounds YA– Guest Post

8/17/2017- Tales of the Ravenous Reader– Review

8/18/2017- adventures of a book junkie– Interview

Week Two:

8/21/2017- Portrait of a Book– Review

8/22/2017- Such a Novel Idea– Guest Post

8/23/2017- YA Books Central– Interview

8/24/2017- Feed Your Fiction Addiction– Review

8/25/2017- Home of a Book Lover– Review

Have you had a chance to pick up Little Monsters just yet? What are some of your favorite YA thrillers?

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62 thoughts on “LITTLE MONSTERS Author Interview and Giveaway!

  1. Kristy Petree says:

    Sounds great! I love YA thrillers. I just recently read Last Seen Leaving and I actually have this author’s book The Darkest Corners (so I guess I need to get on that!). Thanks for hosting!

    • KrystiYAandWine says:

      Thanks so much! I loved this book as well. I loved seeing that darkness as well honestly. She is a darkly fascinating character.

  2. Cezanne says:

    I am excited to read Little Monsters, it sounds so good. I love Kara’s recs. I have Last Seen Leaving on my kindle. I loved All The Rage that book was fantastic.

  3. Danielle Hammelef says:

    I agree about small towns–it does heighten the tension when every one knows everyone and could be the suspect. I also need to know my endings first and work backward when plotting. sometimes I have to change things or get to know my characters better and new ideas find me.

    • KrystiYAandWine says:

      Exactly! It makes for such a great setting. I didn’t realize that you were a writer. That’s great. What genre do you write?

    • KrystiYAandWine says:

      It’s a really fun book! So I think when I comment on your blog posts, it might be going to your spam folder, but I am commenting. ☺️

      • Darque Dreamer Reads says:

        I think I have been getting them all. Are there any I haven’t acknowledged? I have had a few notifications from other people not show up. I was talking to someone yesterday about the problem. Seems like WP has a glitch they need to fix.

      • KrystiYAandWine says:

        Oh, good. I thought there were some that weren’t posting when I commented, but I can’t remember which ones they were now honestly. WP is driving me nuts with this spam thing. I always forget to check my spam folder and then feel so bad when I get to it.

      • Darque Dreamer Reads says:

        Where is the spam folder? I didn’t know we had one. It is driving me nuts knowing I have to spend more time trying to hunt down potential missed comments. I don’t want anyone to think I am ignoring them 🙁

      • KrystiYAandWine says:

        I think you may have found it already! Sorry for the delayed response! It’s been a crazy week!

      • Darque Dreamer Reads says:

        I did. I had to rescue you a few times. What is up with it! I had 17 pages of true spam and about 5 comments that weren’t. There is a clear difference between the real blogs and the fake ones so I don’t know how they get mistaken.

        I hope the rest of your week gets better!! <3

      • KrystiYAandWine says:

        Well, thanks for rescuing me! The majority of my spam is spam too, so I’m glad it’s there kind of. I don’t know. I feel awful when I miss comments. It does seem like there should be an easy way to make that not happen, but what do I know? Thank you!

      • KrystiYAandWine says:

        Me too! I’m hearing a lot of people complaining about it, so maybe they’ll start listening.

      • KrystiYAandWine says:

        I’ve found a chat option but not a feedback option. When I’ve chatted they just say there isn’t anything wrong in the settings, so IDK.

      • Darque Dreamer Reads says:

        Also, I have been thinking. As someone who is of age of course. It might be fun toward the end of the year to start a monthly or bi-monthly post on my blog where I take a book you have read that is on my tbr and buy the wine you suggest and make a post about it and link back to you. What do you think?

      • KrystiYAandWine says:

        Hahaha! Oh my goodness! I would LOVE that so much! Then you can tell me if you would pair anything else with it too. We can chat wine and books…more. 🙂

      • Darque Dreamer Reads says:

        Yes!! I am glad you love the idea! I will be finishing up ARCs this month and having a little fun with the book quest, and then I will begin making plans and we can chat about it! <3

      • Darque Dreamer Reads says:

        Ooh, girl!! I just looked through all my posts in the past month and found several comments I was not notified about.. I think I have responded to yours though so maybe check and see if you are missing those notifications. WordPress needs to fix this!! How can we know when we have a comment if we aren’t notified. Ugh!

      • KrystiYAandWine says:

        I’m having the same problem! And I feel bad, but I don’t know what to do about it. I’ve messaged WP about it before, but they said they couldn’t find any problems, so IDK.

    • KrystiYAandWine says:

      It’s such a great thriller. I hope you enjoy it! I really want to read her previous books as well!

  4. kozbisa says:

    I loved Thomas’ last book. It offered twists and turns up until the very end, and I have only heard great things about this book. Looking forward to reading it.

    • KrystiYAandWine says:

      That’s what I’ve been hearing today! I loved this one and really need to read her other books now!

    • KrystiYAandWine says:

      It really is a fascinating book. It kept me guessing for sure. I do love that cover as well. 🙂

  5. LairOfBooks says:

    Little Monsters is on my list of books to p/u ASAP lol, I’m so glad to have read your interview with the author Krysti. It’s interesting how she plots her books backwards, it actually makes sense. Also love how she aims to not be predictable. I’m actually finishing up reading When I Am Through With You, one of her recommendations & loving it. Looking forward to reading this one soon 😉

    • KrystiYAandWine says:

      I think you’d really like this one, Lilly! It’s so well done. I love hearing more about author’s writing processes, so it was really fun learning how Kara plots her books. Backwards definitely makes sense for a mystery novel. I haven’t read the books she recommended yet, but I definitely want to!

      • LairOfBooks says:

        Ohmygosh Krysti!!!!!!!!!! 😱😱😱😱 I finished that book she recommended “When I am Through With You” & I was friggin FLOORED!!! Didn’t see it coming, it was just dark and the characters so messed up…I can see why she recommended it now 😂 but yes, I also enjoy learning about each author’s writing process, it makes my time with their book just feel more personal ☺️💕

      • KrystiYAandWine says:

        Oh, awesome! I so need to read that book now! Thanks for telling me, Lilly! <3<3<3

      • KrystiYAandWine says:

        I can never get reviews done at work. I always say I’m going to, and it never happens. Did you have any luck?

      • LairOfBooks says:

        Lol, I have those type of days as well but Fridays are typically more lax and so I usually post 1 up or a Friday Reads. I did manage to post up a review today since everyone was focused on a all day baby shower 😂😂😂 I didn’t get to blog hop though so that I’m leaving for this wknd 😉

      • KrystiYAandWine says:

        Oh, nice! That sounds like a pretty chill Friday, which would be nice. Way to get those reviews done, Lilly! I need to catch up on a couple tomorrow.

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