Friday, 14 March 2014

Prep School Confidential (Prep School Confidential #1) by Kara Taylor

Prep School Confidential (Prep School Confidential, #1)
Blurb (From Goodreads):
In this breathtaking debut that reads like Gossip Girl crossed with Twin Peaks, a Queen Bee at a blue-blooded New England prep school stumbles into a murder mystery.

Anne Dowling practically runs her exclusive academy on New York’s Upper East Side—that is, until she accidentally burns part of it down and gets sent to a prestigious boarding school outside of Boston. Determined to make it back to New York, Anne couldn't care less about making friends at the preppy Wheatley School. That is, until her roommate Isabella’s body is found in the woods behind the school.

When everyone else is oddly silent, Anne becomes determined to uncover the truth no matter how many rules she has to break to do it. With the help of Isabella’s twin brother Anthony, and a cute classmate named Brent, Anne discovers that Isabella wasn’t quite the innocent nerdy girl she pretended to be. But someone will do anything to stop Anne’s snooping in this fast-paced, unputdownable read—even if it means framing her for Isabella’s murder.


Prep School Confidential by Kara Taylor

My rating: 3.38 of 5 stars


Prep School Confidential (Prep School Confidential, #1)(Source: I received a copy of this book as a gift – Thanks Abbie!)
It totally wasn’t Anne’s fault that her school nearly burned down; just because she was holding the lighter that doesn’t mean that it wasn’t an accident!
Unfortunately though, the school doesn’t quite see it that way, and Anne goes from ruling the school, to be sent to boarding school in Boston.
When her new roommate ends up dead, and it looks like the school are covering up the identity of the killer, Anne then feels like it’s up to her to make sure justice is served.
Who killed Isabella? And why are the school hiding a killer?


This was a good YA murder/mystery story, and I didn’t guess the identity of the killer.

I liked Anne, although I did think she may be needed to have back up plans in place for when things went wrong. She did take some risks in her investigations, but managed to keep out of trouble most of the time. I liked how much she obviously cared about her roommate, and how she wanted to find out the identity of the killer, even if it wouldn’t benefit her personally.

The storyline in this was pretty good, although once Anne got investigating; it did seem that a lot of people wanted Isabella dead! I couldn’t quite decide who I thought it was that had killed her, and we didn’t find out for certain until really late in the book.
There were quite a few twists and turns, and some of the things that came out where really quite shocking! There are definitely a lot of hidden secrets at this school!
There was some romance, but I wasn’t the biggest fan of the love triangle. I could totally see it coming, and I didn’t really think it added that much to the story.
The ending was pretty good, although Anne certainly put herself in danger at that point! There were several things that weren’t resolved though, and we also got a bit of a cliff-hanger.
Overall; good YA murder-mystery,
7.25 out of 10.


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