Review: Poor Little Dead Girls by Lizzie Friend

Book: Poor Little Dead Girls
Author: Lizzie Friend
Publish Date: December 18th, 2013
Published By: Merit Press
Genre: YA Mystery/Thriller
Book Link: Goodreads
Pre-Order Link: Amazon 
Synopsis (from Goodreads):
Is it a game? Or is it murder?

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

Disclaimer: I received an e-ARC of this from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

Initially when I first started reading this the word pretentious was hanging around in my head. However pretty quickly I got sucked into this world that reminded me a lot of a darker version of Dead Poets Society, a 1989 movie that I love so much.All the mystery and intrigue in this book kept me guessing until the very end.Now that is the very thing that I look for in a mystery book.

Sadie has lived with only her father since her mother’s suicide.All this time she has believed her father’s stories and explanations about her mother and her illness. After only a few months at Keating,everything she has been told turns on its head.She is forced to figure out the truth. What really happened to her mother? Did the secret society that lives in the underbelly of both Keating and its brother school Graff, have something to do with May Marlowe’s death?  And what does the mysterious Anna who was the most recent casualty of Keating, have to do with all of this.

I really loved Sadie. She was not like the other girls of Keating.She was an esteemed lacrosse player and unlike the majority of the Keating girls, she was anything but rich. I am sure that’s what attracted her to the secret society initially. The secret society allowed her to appear rich when the opposite was actually true.It also allowed her to feel as though she belonged somewhere which was important to her as she was initially feeling like she didn’t belong at Keating.

I knew there was something up with Thayer almost immediately.I knew that she was probably involved in this group and in the initiation ceremonies as well. Her “boyfriend” Finn was an asshole as was his father Teddy. It wasn’t until the end that we realize exactly how important these two characters actually were.

“Try that again and all you’ll be seeing is the tip of my kneecap in your Cranston family jewels.” -Sadie

Finn was quite handsy with every single girl he seemed to encounter. On multiple occasions he attempted to “get with Sadie” but Sadie never fell for it. I felt horrible for Thayer. She was stuck on this guy who clearly didn’t respect her or any other woman.Near the end,I began to realize that Finn’s reactions and behavior was a facade for what he was really going through.

I loved Jessica so much from the very beginning.I had a feeling that she was one of the good ones and I was so glad that she stuck by Sadie through it all. As for the twins, I knew that there was more to them than met the eye. I had thought for the longest time that they were a part of this secret society and it wasn’t until the end that I got my answer.

Brett and Olivia were two other characters that were moderately important to the storyline. Brett more so than Olivia. I actually wished we had gotten to see more of Olivia than we did.

I adored Jeremy,he was a good guy,who like Sadie, got caught up in all this secret society stuff. When he realized the dangers of it,instead of simply continuing with it with no regard for Sadie or himself,he banded with Sadie to stop the craziness.
Something that Jessica said during the second half of the book really stuck with me.

“Trust me,the more you get to know these people,the more you realize that they’re really not untouchable at all. They’re just as screwed up as the rest of us-they just have better costumes to wear” -Jessica

This book was awesome. It was a struggle to put it down at night as I always wanted to find out what happened next.The pacing was great,the editing and grammar could use a little work but the book itself does not come out until December so many of the capitalization and punctuation issues will be fixed I’m sure.It was creepy and thrilling and so many questions were not answered until the very end of the book which I really liked.

So this book is getting 5 stars from me. If you like YA thriller type books,then you definitely need to give this book a try. With that, I will leave you with one final quote from the book.

“Don’t let them take you into the basement.”

My A-Z Bookish Survey

I came across Jamie’s A-Z bookish survey and since I needed a post for today, I jumped at the chance to do my own A-Z bookish survey. It ended up being really fun and I loved doing it. So thanks to Jamie for the idea.

Author you’ve read the most books from: James Patterson. I used to have an entire bookshelf just for his books.I recently had to downsize, so I had to either get rid of or box up and put in the garage, most of his books.

Best Sequel Ever: I’m going to assume that this means I have to pick the second book in a series.In that case I have to go with Catching Fire.The second book in the Hunger Games trilogy was the strongest overall and it brought with it some awesome characters. Finnick & Johanna to start with.

Currently Reading: Burn (Book three in the Breathless trilogy) by Maya Banks. I got a signed ARC of it about a month ago and I finally have the time to read it.

Drink of Choice While Reading: Usually coffee but also these really awesome zero calorie Ice drinks. Flavored carbonated water.

E-reader or physical book: I love them both but lately I’ve fallen back in love with the smell of physical books.

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Dated in High School: This one is easy peasy, I gotta go with Ezra from Waiting for the Storm. Ezra was swoon-worthy and I kinda fell in love with him.

Glad You Gave This Book a Chance: Replica by Jenna Black. I got it from a blogger friend without even asking for it and I ended up absolutely loving it.

Hidden Gem Book: Poor Little Dead Girls. I requested this one on a whim from Netgalley. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it was freaking awesome.

Important Moment in Your Reading Life: When my mother bought me a set of the Anne of Green Gables series when I was ten.Ever since then,my love for reading has only grown.

Just Finished: Catching Liam by Sophia Bleu.

Kind of Books You Wont Read: Anything to do with religion or politics.

Longest Book You’ve Read: I’m pretty sure that Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is the longest book I’ve read.

Major Book Hangover Because of: I think I’m gonna have to go with Poor Little Dead Girls by Lizzie Friend. That book kept me guessing all the way through.

Number of Bookcases You Own: Well I recently had to downsize so instead of five bookcases I now have three.

One Book You’ve Read Multiple Times: Can I put in more than one answer? I’ve read the Potter series multiple times,I’ve read The Hunger Games & The Lord of the Rings trilogies multiple times.

Preferred Place to Read: Either in an antique chair given to my mom by a friend of hers or in my bed with pillows and blankets around me.

Quote that Inspires You:
“Trust me,the more you get to know these people,the more you realize that they’re really not untouchable at all. They are just as screwed up as the rest of us. They just have better costumes than the rest of us.” Jessica from Poor Little Dead Girls

I loved this quote. It reminded me that no one is perfect even if they appear to be perfect. It also reminded me that judging people based off of what you see in front of you may not be accurate.

Reading Regret: Lord of the Flies. Worst book I have ever read. I had to read that for a college class and I hated it.

Series you started and need to finish: None. I finish books that are in a series.

Three of your all time favorite books: I’m a Potterhead so they will all be from that amazing series. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Harry Potter and the Halfblood Prince and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

Unapologetic Fangirl for: Harry Potter.

Very Excited for This Release More Than All the Others: Either Allegiant (book 3 in the Divergent series) or Ignite Me (3rd book in the Shatter Me series)

Worst Bookish Habit: I don’t have any.

X Marks the Spot. Start at the left side of the bookshelf and pick the 27th book: Life After Theft by Aprilynne Pike

Your Latest Book Purchase: E-book of Catching Liam by Sophia Bleu.

Zzz-Snatcher book (the book that kept you up too late): Still Missing by Chevy Stevens
This was so much fun. Comment on the post and let me know if you identify with anything I said or if you did your own bookish survey.