Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Reading on a Theme: Boarding School Thrillers

Coming at you with more books that would be perfect for any October TBR. I love a good boarding school setting, and there are so many great boarding school books out there. You've got your fantasy-style boarding school books, your historical boarding school books, and, of course, contemporary boarding school books. With so many options to choose from, I wanted to narrow the field a little for this post. Let's face it, a boarding school is a great setting for a thriller, and thrillers are perfect for October.

Academy Absconditi:
When November Adley's former-CIA agent father suddenly ships her off to boarding school, November knows something must be really wrong. She's surprised to find her new school is a secret training ground and even more deadly than the outside world. Killing November by Adriana Mather has a bit of a locked-door mystery element to it, and I enjoyed not knowing who to trust. The classes are pretty extreme with some life-threatening tests, so danger is never far away. The long-established rival families reminded me of The Conspiracy of Us, so, if you enjoyed that series, definitely check out this one. Killing November was out March 29, 2109. Review copy from NetGalley.

Ellingham Academy:
Stevie Bell is off to Ellingham Academy, a private boarding school that only accepts geniuses for self-directed study. Stevie's area of interest is criminology. She's come to Ellingham to solve a decades old mystery that took place on its grounds and involves its founder. The only real clue to the unsolved case is a note signed by Truly Devious. Truly Devious is a fun YA mystery. I love the quirky boarding school setting, with all the students' very specific interests. I also really like the back and forth between the present day and the 1930s mystery. This book is the first in a series, and it ends with a monster of a cliff hanger, but, thankfully the next book in Maureen Johnson's trilogy, The Vanishing Stair, is already out. 

Innovations Academy:
Mena is a student at an elite all-girl boarding school, Innovations Academy. There, she and the other girls are trained to be perfect young ladies. But all is not right at this school, where the students receive harsh punishments for stepping out of line and are trained to never think for themselves. Girls With Sharp Sticks is so creepy. Set in a very near future that is a little too close for comfort, this book is a true horror story for any young feminist. As with all thrillers, I don't want to give too much away. Just know that Suzanne Young will lead you through some truly twisted paths. Also, I'm kind of obsessed with this perfect cover. I'm adding the sequel to my TBR. Girls With Sharp Sticks was out March 19, 2019.

Bates Academy:
Kay Donovan and her friends are the queens of their East Coast boarding school. They are also the ones to discover fellow-student Jessica Lane's body floating in the lake. Kay doesn't want to be anywhere near the polices' radar, and, when an anonymous fellow student begins blackmailing her, she'll do anything to keep her secrets safe, including exposing all of her friends' dirty laundry. People Like Us is full of unlikable characters, which is a great set-up for a thriller. As a reader, you have no idea who to trust or if Kay is even a reliable narrator. I'd love to see more drama from Kay and her friends. Dana Mele's debut is a solid YA thriller. 

Blackbrook Academy:
When a storm hits Blackbrook Academy, an elite boarding school on the Maine coast, a small group of students are stranded in one of the school's dorms. The next morning their headmaster is found dead in the conservatory. Stranded, with no idea when help will arrive, the students have to face the fact that they are most likely bunking down with a murderer. In the Hall with the Knife by Diana Peterfreund is the first in a trilogy inspired by the classic board game, Clue. I really loved all the Clue references, from the character names, to the subtle nods to all the murder weapons, to all the aptly named rooms of Tudor House. In the Hall with the Knife is out October 8, 2019. Review copy from NetGalley.


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