Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Book Review: Deadly Little Sins

Deadly Little Sins (Prep School Confidential, #3)Author: Kara Taylor
Publication Date: August 5, 2014
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Series: Prep School Confidential # 3

In Kara Taylor's Deadly Little Sins, Anne Dowling investigates a mysterious disappearance in this fast-paced, twisty conclusion to the Prep School Confidential series.

It’s August and Anne is back in New York City for the summer, but she can’t escape the memories of the terrible things that happened at the Wheatley School last spring— and the possibility of being expelled looming over her. When an unexpected— and suspicious— turn of events gets Anne sent back to Wheatley, she’s determined to figure out what happened to her favorite teacher and only adult ally at the school: Ms. Cross.

After a shocking, gruesome murder with connections to the Wheatley School occurs, Anne is convinced there’s more to Ms. Cross’s sudden disappearance, and that her favorite teacher is in danger. But after an ugly breakup with Brent and a new, inexplicable distance between her and Anthony, Anne isn’t sure who she can trust. And even worse, someone at Wheatley knows the truth about what happened to Ms. Cross— someone who will stop at nothing to keep Anne from learning the truth in this engrossing, unputdownable read.

Maybe it’s because the only thing that scares me more than the thought of being kicked out of Wheatley is going back there.

And I believe in that moment that maybe there’s enough good waiting for me in Wheatley to block out the bad.

“That’s why you may notice several changes around campus this year.” Yeah, I think. Like a disturbing trend involving teachers going missing.

In the final installment in this series, our heroine, Anne, seems to get herself into even more trouble than ever before. She very nearly gets herself killed and then finds herself chasing down a mystery that involves drug activity and identity theft. I have been an extremely devoted fan to this series and all of these books have been amazing; however, this final installment lacked a little luster for me. I still loved the book, but the others had just a little more sparkle than this one. It felt a little rushed and some of the things Anne discovered rendered me speechless. The criminal activity was a little darker in this book, and the murder twist was a bit gory when described. However, I am still a huge fan and I hope that Kara Taylor will write a spin off series from this one!

Once again we have Anne Dowling, who for the love of everything sweet and precious in the world cannot keep herself out of harm’s way. Her relationships are a little more complicated in this book, and it was nice to see an author not afraid to stay away from a love triangle or any of that mushy gushy love stuff. This story was all about Anne finding her way, realizing who was meant to be in her life and who was obviously not, and of course for Anne to discover some much needed answers once and for all. I still love Anne’s witty attitude and her drive and determination. She has made a wonderful heroine and I hope Taylor is not finished with her yet. Hint hint, Kara Taylor!

Wheatley Preparatory School has been a wonderfully creepy and eerie setting for the duration of this series, and in this book we find out more secrets that have been buried within Wheatley’s walls. A lot of the characters that we met in the beginning we have come to find are actually corrupt and some of them are downright evil. This book put a nice twist on things, but I wouldn’t read it right before bed! Anne discovers a plot even more sinister than the last in this wrap up to an overall amazing and unputdownable series of books!

***A free copy of this book was provided to me by the publishers at St. Martin’s Griffin in exchange for my honest review***

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