Today is my stop on the ultimate blog tour for Wicked Little Deeds by Kat Ellis, and I am excited to be sharing my review with you all.
From its creepy town mascot to the story of its cursed waterfall, Burden Falls is a small town dripping with superstition. Ava Thorn knows this well – since the horrific accident she witnessed a year ago, she’s been plagued by nightmares.
But when her school nemesis is brutally murdered and Ava is the primary suspect, she starts to wonder if the legends surrounding the town are more fact than fiction.
Whatever secrets Burden Falls is hiding, there’s a killer on the loose, and they have a vendetta against the Thorns…
I took part in the blog tour for Harrow Lake (REVIEW HERE) by Kat Ellis last year, and loved it, so I’ve been looking forward to Wicked Little Deeds for quite some time now, but also been a little nervous about whether I would enjoy it as much. When Dave announced the tour, I signed up immediately, and I’m so glad I did, because I ended up enjoying this even more than Harrow Lake!
From the very beginning, this book has you hooked! The possibility of a paranormal entity makes the storyline all the more exciting too. The initial death is such a shock, and from then onwards, you will not be able to put this book down. I certainly couldn’t! There are a lot of twists and turns to the story that I wasn’t expecting, and it kept me thinking. I love it when a book has me questioning myself and my theories, and Wicked Little Deeds does that from the very beginning, all the way until the big reveal. This book is extremely well written, and you could really visualise the surroundings and the area of Burden Falls. To me, the story gave off a strong Riverdale vibe (specifically Season 1 of Riverdale).
The characters were an interesting bunch, with a real mix of personalities. I could discuss the characters all day, but for the benefit of all of you reading this, I will keep it short and only mention 2 of the most important characters. Ava is a great protagonist, and I instantly took a liking to her. She has been through so much, and she’s trying so hard to appear strong, but really she’s struggling, and I can really relate to that on a personal level. She just can’t seem to catch a break! To top it off, she is then a prime suspect in murder cases, and is seeing things that aren’t there. I felt so sorry for her, and was routing for her to have a happy ending. Now let’s talk about Sadie… Sadie is definitely the most intriguing character in the story. Is she real? Is she not? The questions that drove me insane throughout the story. I was so desperate to know the truth about her, to know if she was just a local tale, or if there was some truth to the horror stories. This paranormal aspect of the story has you on the edge of your seat from the very beginning to the very last pages of the book.
As someone who reads a lot of thrillers and horrors, I often worry when reading YA thrillers and YA horrors that they will skip out on some of the horrible details, but I had no reason for concern with Wicked Little Deeds. The author certainly doesn’t hold back, some of the details are actually rather gruesome, and others send shivers right down your spine. This book isn’t for the faint hearted.
I would definitely say that Kat Ellis is pushing the boundary of YA with this one. It is brutal, creepy, and certainly has a psychological effect, and that’s exactly why I loved this book so much. It exceeded all of my expectations, and I can’t wait to see what else the author has in store for us in the future.
I give Wicked Little Deeds a 5 star rating!
About The Author:
Kat Ellis is a young adult author whose novels include Wicked Little Deeds/Burden Falls (August 2021), Harrow Lake (July 2020), Purge (September 2016), Breaker (May 2016), and Blackfin Sky (May 2014). She is a fan of all things horror and sci-fi, and a keen explorer of ruins, castles and cemeteries – all of which are plentiful in North Wales, where Kat lives with her husband.
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