Six Little Secrets
The newest fast-paced YA thriller novella from Katlyn DuncanSome secrets can never stay hidden for long…Six teenagers meet in Saturday detention: a brain, a beauty, a cheerleader, a rebel, a recluse and the new girl.But someone is watching. Someone has made sure that they are all in the same room at the same time. Someone knows that each of them is hiding a terrible secret……and by the end of detention, everyone will know the truth.

Six Little Secrets Details

TitleSix Little Secrets
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseNov 24th, 2017
PublisherHQ Digital
Rating
GenreContemporary, Thriller, Young Adult, Novella, Teen

Six Little Secrets Review

  • Nazanin
    January 1, 1970
    3.75 StarsZoe, Cece, Quentin, Jackie, Teddy and Holly are classmates. On one Saturday, they’re all gathered for their detentions for what each of them did (or did not)! Their task is to create the chain from the promises (a project of their Student Council to pledge no to drink). When they were working on their tasks, they hear a voice said from the intercom:"The six of you were selected to be here today because you are all hiding something. A secret. One that eats you up inside each day. I’m he 3.75 StarsZoe, Cece, Quentin, Jackie, Teddy and Holly are classmates. On one Saturday, they’re all gathered for their detentions for what each of them did (or did not)! Their task is to create the chain from the promises (a project of their Student Council to pledge no to drink). When they were working on their tasks, they hear a voice said from the intercom:"The six of you were selected to be here today because you are all hiding something. A secret. One that eats you up inside each day. I’m here to set you free … Today you will all learn that each decision you make affects the world around you. You will each complete a task. One that has to be completed by you alone … The choice is yours."So what they did that made someone so mad?! What’s that they don’t know themselves about it?! what are their secrets?! Could they choose the right choice?! If they don’t choose the right thing what’s their punishment?!Well, this story was a fact-paced thriller. I enjoyed it but I had a big problem; some of the punishments were really harsh and they were dangerous for them! They are kids, they’re in high school! And that thing was really circumstantial, I mean you can’t blame someone for doing them! And I know some of the habits were really dangerous but you can’t punish someone like that! Told in multiple POV, 3rd person. It’s a standalone novella and you can read it in one seat.Thanks to Katlyn Duncan, Netgalley and HQ Digital for the advanced digital copy in exchange an honest review.
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  • Carrie
    January 1, 1970
    Some secrets can never stay hidden for long…Six teenagers meet in Saturday detention: a brain, a beauty, a cheerleader, a rebel, a recluse and the new girl.But someone is watching. Someone has made sure that they are all in the same room at the same time. Someone knows that each of them is hiding a terrible secret……and by the end of detention, everyone will know the truth.Who could read the synopsis on this one and not immediately think that this would be an ominous take on the iconic John Hughe Some secrets can never stay hidden for long…Six teenagers meet in Saturday detention: a brain, a beauty, a cheerleader, a rebel, a recluse and the new girl.But someone is watching. Someone has made sure that they are all in the same room at the same time. Someone knows that each of them is hiding a terrible secret……and by the end of detention, everyone will know the truth.Who could read the synopsis on this one and not immediately think that this would be an ominous take on the iconic John Hughes film The Breakfast Club? Being one of my favorite films of the eighties I couldn't resist picking this one up just to see what the author would do to give the story a creepy twist. While it's not without it's faults it did turn into one that I enjoyed reading just because it really is a remake of The Breakfast Club. The story has taken Saturday detention that we all know from the movie and turned it into an elaborate revenge plot so while you are reminded of a classic film there is a whole new story to enjoy here. Whoever has set up the kids in detention has them doing tasks to keep their secrets hidden and by the end everything tied together quite nicely.Now my biggest complaint about this book is going to simply be one that most will probably have with it being a short read, it simply lacked the depth that being longer would have given the story. The book is very fast paced as it moves through the story but without more depth it lacked making the characters stand out and be what their descriptions are listed as - a brain, a beauty, a cheerleader, a rebel, a recluse and the new girl. Overall though I think it was worth the read and would rate this one at 3.5 stars. I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.wordpress....
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  • mells_view
    January 1, 1970
    If Pretty Little Liars and The Breakfast Club had a baby, then you would have Six Little Secrets.Six students who fit YA and high school fiction stereotypes to a t, are forced together in detention one Saturday. Even though none of them realize it they are all connected. What starts off as a busy work task of stapling “alcohol free” promise chains, turns into so much more. When someone starts to mess with them by doling out less than delightful tasks meant to punish them and expose their deepest If Pretty Little Liars and The Breakfast Club had a baby, then you would have Six Little Secrets.Six students who fit YA and high school fiction stereotypes to a t, are forced together in detention one Saturday. Even though none of them realize it they are all connected. What starts off as a busy work task of stapling “alcohol free” promise chains, turns into so much more. When someone starts to mess with them by doling out less than delightful tasks meant to punish them and expose their deepest secret they all band together to solve the mystery of WHO is messing with them, and why.Six Little Secrets was good. Even though each character fit a stereotype their secrets were still pretty surprising. I guessed a couple of them, but the others kept me guessing. I think the author does a good job giving clues, but putting red herrings in there as well to keep the reader on their toes. Do I think this story was super original... hmm... I’d maybe give it a five out of ten in that department, BUT it was definitely a page turner. Every new task that was unveiled made me want to know more. I needed to know who was messing with these people, and the answer is a pretty darn good one if you ask me.All in all a pretty good ya suspense.*ARC provided by NetGalley.*https://instagram.com/p/BarXJ2agHBt/^check out a fan edit I made on Instagram!
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  • Gill
    January 1, 1970
    I thought the description of this book sounded familiar when I first read it and then I realised it is basically the exact same plot as One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus. Only that book does it a lot better in my opinion.The story is so cliched and predictable that verges on annoying. I guessed who the manipulator (or whatever you want to call them) was within the first few moments of dialogue between them all, so there weren't any surprises for me. The big reveal just made me roll my eyes I thought the description of this book sounded familiar when I first read it and then I realised it is basically the exact same plot as One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus. Only that book does it a lot better in my opinion.The story is so cliched and predictable that verges on annoying. I guessed who the manipulator (or whatever you want to call them) was within the first few moments of dialogue between them all, so there weren't any surprises for me. The big reveal just made me roll my eyes instead.The little tasks they had to start started off interesting but then they got more and more ridiculous as it went on. The whole storyline was just too far fetched.We only got to know the characters on a superficial level so I didn't really care about what happened to any of them. Overall, I found this book massively disappointing.
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  • Amber (Books of Amber)
    January 1, 1970
    Six Little Secrets started off interesting. The first couple of chapters were decent when it came to setting up the book and intriguing me, but after that it all fell apart. I felt like the novella was too short (I realise there's a reason it's called a NOVELLA, but whatever) for this kind of story. There wasn't enough time to set up each of the characters, and I really didn't care about any of them. When the reveal came, I wasn't shocked, because I didn't really care.I was pretty bored after th Six Little Secrets started off interesting. The first couple of chapters were decent when it came to setting up the book and intriguing me, but after that it all fell apart. I felt like the novella was too short (I realise there's a reason it's called a NOVELLA, but whatever) for this kind of story. There wasn't enough time to set up each of the characters, and I really didn't care about any of them. When the reveal came, I wasn't shocked, because I didn't really care.I was pretty bored after the first two or three chapters, to be honest. Also, this book is pretty much One of Us is Lying all over again, except OOUIL does everything better.
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  • Lauren
    January 1, 1970
    Note: I received an ARC copy of this via Netgalley. This in no way influences my opinion.I stumbled across this book whilst looking through titles on Netgalley. The cover and blurb immediately drew me in and I had to know what was going to happen. Unfortunately, I was hugely disappointed with this book and I found it relatively predictable.The biggest issue within this book for me was the characters. They are completely superficial and there is no depth created – we see short snippets of the cha Note: I received an ARC copy of this via Netgalley. This in no way influences my opinion.I stumbled across this book whilst looking through titles on Netgalley. The cover and blurb immediately drew me in and I had to know what was going to happen. Unfortunately, I was hugely disappointed with this book and I found it relatively predictable.The biggest issue within this book for me was the characters. They are completely superficial and there is no depth created – we see short snippets of the characters a few days earlier (what ultimately lands them in detention) and we find out the secrets they didn’t want everyone to know. However, other than that, we don’t really delve into the lives of the characters; there is no connection created between the characters and the readers and it makes the book difficult to read because I didn’t really care about them enough to not want them to get hurt etc.The secrets they didn’t want everyone to know were also pretty cliche to the genre. It was nothing mind blowing and they were all pretty predictable. I was expecting something that would have really shocked me and it never came. The reasoning behind what someone was doing to the characters during detention was also uninteresting and cliche. I feel like a better reason could have been thought out than what was given.The book didn’t have enough time to develop any aspect of it – plot wise or with the characters. We see a couple of the punishments and then the reason was suddenly told by the perpetrator and then… nothing. Suddenly our characters, who previously had NOTHING in common, were suddenly all best friends and walking down the school hallway together? The relationship between the characters never developed during the events to warrant them suddenly being connected to each other. There was no consequences for the perpetrator, either, they just suddenly disappear – which is completely unrealistic. No social media, no online print, not anywhere to be found anywhere even though we eventually find out their real name…The author also skimmed over the issue of Teacher/student relationships without actually delving into the the societal issues and the consequences that it has on the student as well as the teacher – along with the school and the community itself. It is a problem that we face in todays society and it was gleaned over without enough of an explanation or representation. The other issues from the other students should have also been represented in a much more in depth and personal way to really show the issues and the consequences of those – whether they be the issues the characters themselves face or the effect they have on the society within the book.All in all, I was pretty disappointed with this book. The characters were superficial at best and the issues were not represented properly to show the consequences for the characters involved, along with the community as a whole. I was expecting a lot more from this book and it just didn’t deliver. I gave this book 1/5 stars.
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  • Manon
    January 1, 1970
    I was provided an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Six Little Secrets is about six teenagers during detention after having been framed into being there. They’re trapped by an anonymous voice claiming to know each of their secret and that if they don’t comply to their give, missions, the secrets will be revealed.I mostly enjoyed this book. The intrigued was pretty good even though it felt like I had already read similar books before.The characters were pretty clichéd but I could I was provided an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Six Little Secrets is about six teenagers during detention after having been framed into being there. They’re trapped by an anonymous voice claiming to know each of their secret and that if they don’t comply to their give, missions, the secrets will be revealed.I mostly enjoyed this book. The intrigued was pretty good even though it felt like I had already read similar books before.The characters were pretty clichéd but I could tell it was on purpose.Still, I liked the characters and found myself rooting for them pretty quickly…I related to some of the characters and wanted to shake others.The main twist was interesting.All in all, an enjoyable novella.
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  • Paula Phillips
    January 1, 1970
    Remember the 80's movie The Breakfast Club? Of course, you do, it's a teen classic. Well lately, it seems that a common theme amongst new YA novels is The Breakfast Club with a Mystery spin. I have read three books so far with this theme. Six Little Secrets was the second one. In this book, it is Saturday Detention time, and six teens each from a different clique are all in today's session. During the detention, something dark happens and turns out the six are there for a reason, they all are hi Remember the 80's movie The Breakfast Club? Of course, you do, it's a teen classic. Well lately, it seems that a common theme amongst new YA novels is The Breakfast Club with a Mystery spin. I have read three books so far with this theme. Six Little Secrets was the second one. In this book, it is Saturday Detention time, and six teens each from a different clique are all in today's session. During the detention, something dark happens and turns out the six are there for a reason, they all are hiding dark secrets, and if they don't follow the instructions given to them and reveal their secrets, then they will be facing the consequences. Who is doing this to them and why? Six Little Secrets was a fast-paced novella though I would consider it more a novel as novellas are short and quick. I have to admit I liked the twist for who the sixth person was as I didn't see that coming. Six Little Secrets is The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars and perfect for YA Mystery lovers.
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  • Amy's Book Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    ***Thanks to NetGalley for providing a complimentary copy of SIX LITTLE SECRETS by Katlyn Duncan in exchange for my honest review.***GRADE: B-3.5 STARSTake The Breakfast Club. Add in six secrets. Sprinkle with blackmail and you’ve got SIX LITTLE SECRETS. Two boys and four girls land in detention for various misdeeds. Make that three girls, Zoe is present voluntarily to avoid her home. Each is given a task to complete by a certain time, if not the consequences is secret disclosure.I finished SIX ***Thanks to NetGalley for providing a complimentary copy of SIX LITTLE SECRETS by Katlyn Duncan in exchange for my honest review.***GRADE: B-3.5 STARSTake The Breakfast Club. Add in six secrets. Sprinkle with blackmail and you’ve got SIX LITTLE SECRETS. Two boys and four girls land in detention for various misdeeds. Make that three girls, Zoe is present voluntarily to avoid her home. Each is given a task to complete by a certain time, if not the consequences is secret disclosure.I finished SIX LITTLE SECRETS in a few hours in one sitting enjoying every minute of this fast paced mystery. Although some of the characters were cliché, the plot mattered more than the individuals. The somewhat corny ending satisfied my questions.While SIX LITTLE SECRETS is probably not a book I will reread, I recommend it.
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  • teleri llinos
    January 1, 1970
    "The five of them were bound forever by one boy. May he finally rest in peace."This book was annoying. That's literally the best word for it. It's a super cliche and it's clearly inspired by The Breakfast Club and it was rather embarrassing reading a cheap, horror knock-off, however, I did get sucked in reading it. But it wasn't that good. At the begin, the plot seemed fun and I enjoyed reading the little tasks they had, but then it got boring.I didn't suspect Holly/Megan, although I did suspect "The five of them were bound forever by one boy. May he finally rest in peace."This book was annoying. That's literally the best word for it. It's a super cliche and it's clearly inspired by The Breakfast Club and it was rather embarrassing reading a cheap, horror knock-off, however, I did get sucked in reading it. But it wasn't that good. At the begin, the plot seemed fun and I enjoyed reading the little tasks they had, but then it got boring.I didn't suspect Holly/Megan, although I did suspect Victor so I get half a point to be fair. The reasoning was really far-fetched, like I've had bad days but never have I been forced out of the closet, then robbed, then not been allowed a free bus ride home, then have two guys not give me spare change, then be given second degree burns on my hands and be blinded by an explosion before being blasted into the road (or was it walked into the road?) and then got run over all in one day. It's way over exaggerated, I think the author should have chosen one topic and had the kids share the secret because reading all that was so extra and totally unbelievable.When it came to Zoe and Mr Curtis I was yelling, I wasn't expecting a student teacher romance, and when I did click onto that, I didn't think Zoe was dating the teacher, I expected something much more exciting in all honesty. After everything, I felt like her secret was a letdown, she was a victim, yet throughout the whole book, I had a picture of something much more bigger than dating a teacher. I wanted something better.I had a problem with the author using the word 'madder' in the sentence "He looked madder than she'd ever seen." And I don't know if it's correct, but I really think the editor, or maybe the author, should have changed that as it's such an ugly word. It sounds so messy and I hate the word. I've just discovered I have a new pet peeve apparently because there are so many other words they could have used but instead, they use madder. How gross.
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  • Mara
    January 1, 1970
    Obviously a takeoff on One of Us Is Lying, but nowhere near as good.
  • Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    Some secrets can never stay hidden for long…Six teenagers meet in Saturday detention: a brain, a beauty, a cheerleader, a rebel, a recluse and the new girl.But someone is watching. Someone has made sure that they are all in the same room at the same time. Someone knows that each of them is hiding a terrible secret……and by the end of detention, everyone will know the truth.My thoughts3.5 The Breakfast club all over again but with a twist to it, and that's all I have to say about , each of the six Some secrets can never stay hidden for long…Six teenagers meet in Saturday detention: a brain, a beauty, a cheerleader, a rebel, a recluse and the new girl.But someone is watching. Someone has made sure that they are all in the same room at the same time. Someone knows that each of them is hiding a terrible secret……and by the end of detention, everyone will know the truth.My thoughts3.5 The Breakfast club all over again but with a twist to it, and that's all I have to say about , each of the six students and the teacher all have a dark secret that links them together but how, to find out you have to read the book.Its an ok read ,but slow from beginning to the end.And it's one of those books that shows no matter how hard you try to keep a secret ,they all ways come out, like I said it's ok,but other books that follow that same line have been done way better. None of the characters are very remember to tell you the truth. With that said I would like to think NetGalley for giving me a chance at reading and reviewing .
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  • Sherri Lewis
    January 1, 1970
    *** I received an advanced copy from Net Galley in exchange for my honest reviewA cheerleader, a troublemaker, a fashionista wannabe, a guy who is seemingly perfect, the new girl.......this sounds like it could be the beginning of a joke, or maybe an 80's John Hughes movie. Instead, this eclectic group is all taking detention together on Saturday morning. What starts as a morning filled with barbed insults and snappy retorts turns into a game of revenge where everyone loses and someone unknown i *** I received an advanced copy from Net Galley in exchange for my honest reviewA cheerleader, a troublemaker, a fashionista wannabe, a guy who is seemingly perfect, the new girl.......this sounds like it could be the beginning of a joke, or maybe an 80's John Hughes movie. Instead, this eclectic group is all taking detention together on Saturday morning. What starts as a morning filled with barbed insults and snappy retorts turns into a game of revenge where everyone loses and someone unknown is calling the shots.This was really enjoyable and kept me engrossed. I felt the ending was a little rushed, but other than that I thought it was an excellent read. I would definitely recommend it.
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  • Susan Angela Wallace
    January 1, 1970
    Six little secrets by katlyn duncan.Six teenagers meet in Saturday detention: a brain, a beauty, a cheerleader, a rebel, a recluse and the new girl.But someone is watching. Someone has made sure that they are all in the same room at the same time. Someone knows that each of them is hiding a terrible secret……and by the end of detention, everyone will know the truth.This was a really good read. A twister of a read. What a rollercoaster. Didn't see that coming. 4*. Netgalley and hq digital.
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  • Sue Holmes
    January 1, 1970
    * Review copy received from publisherThis is not the first book published this year with the same plot. A collection of stereotypical students in detention and the revealing of their secrets. I have just recently read One of Us is Lying so I found the storyline unoriginal and predictable.
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  • Britt
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC copy of Six Little Secrets from NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewOkay, so...I'm not quite sure what I just read. I guess I'll start this review off by saying that I really, really hope the copy I received was just a draft and not the final product because there were several spelling and grammar issues. The biggest and by far the most frequent was that words were often split down the middle (li ke th is)—I tried counting, but quickly lost track. The manuscript was also I received an ARC copy of Six Little Secrets from NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewOkay, so...I'm not quite sure what I just read. I guess I'll start this review off by saying that I really, really hope the copy I received was just a draft and not the final product because there were several spelling and grammar issues. The biggest and by far the most frequent was that words were often split down the middle (li ke th is)—I tried counting, but quickly lost track. The manuscript was also filled with several awkward paragraphs and choppy sentences, including dialogue that was not separated onto different lines.Now that I've got that out of the way, it's time to move onto the plot. Six Little Secrets had an interesting premise and I'm always down for an interesting mystery. It was quite obviously inspired by The Breakfast Club and perhaps (though I haven't read it yet) One of Us is Lying. Six students are brought to detention because they all have secrets that connect them to a terrible event. The cover and summary (which, unlike the book itself, was not littered with errors) definitely drew me in...but I was quickly let down.I will give the author credit that the characters were interesting (albeit carbon copies of those in The Breakfast Club) and the tasks they had to complete were, to my knowledge, fairly unique. But as far as descriptive detail goes, Katlyn Duncan hardly scratches the surface. According to Goodreads this is not the author's debut so I can only hope that her other books are not like this...because major plot points are skimmed over and the entire book reads like a first draft. It is a fairly short novel (140 pages according to Goodreads) and a lot of readers LIKE short novels, but I personally think more length—as in, more detail, more fleshing out—could've seriously done this book some justice. Would it have been a five star? No because, like I said, there were still several errors and the characters, though interesting, were not unique in their personalities (their backstories, yes). But I think it could've at least raised my rating to a 3-star or *maybe* even a 4-star depending on what was done.As for how things play out, I will admit that I was not expecting Zoe's secret, so I will give Katlyn Duncan props for that. However, I was able to predict that (view spoiler)[it was an inside job (hide spoiler)] so the end did not shock me much. I also feel like Katlyn Duncan skimmed over a lot of major details to make her scenes seem more 'convenient'—like (view spoiler)[Holly/Megan disappearing from the room (hide spoiler)] for instance. It left me, as a reader, feeling pretty confused and it's lazy writing, in my opinion.All in all, this book was a pretty major disappointment and I can see from the other reviews rolling in (as of the date of this review) that I'm not the only one who thinks so. Like I said before, I have no idea what the author's other books are like so I'm going to hope for her sake that this one was merely a flop, or maybe she just sent out a draft, while her others might be decent. Might be wishful thinking on my part, but I'm choosing to give the author and her writing the benefit of the doubt. Thank you again, to the publisher and NetGalley, for allowing me to read this book.That is all.
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  • Katherine Paschal
    January 1, 1970
    Zoe enjoys her Saturday mornings in detention, not that she actually has detention, but it gives her a chance to escape her home situation. But this Saturday is unlike all the rest because she is not alone- instead there are five other teens present, the most random assortment of people. Instead of chance though, the group was brought together for a specific purpose- to be set free, even if they don't want to be. And some may not make it out of detention. I love the idea of Breakfast club styl Zoe​ enjoys her Saturday mornings in detention, not that she actually has detention, but it gives her a chance to escape her home situation. But this Saturday is unlike all the rest because she is not alone- instead there are five other teens present, the most random assortment of people. Instead of chance though, the group was brought together for a specific purpose- to be set free, even if they don't want to be. And some may not make it out of detention. ​I love the idea of Breakfast club style books, where a group of random kids is brought together against their will and they end up bonding somehow- be it romance or mystery, so I wanted to read this story when I first came across it. ​I usually don't like to read novellas as a general rule since I feel like I am missing out on either character or plot development, and to be honest I did not realize that this was a novella until I started to read and found that it was only 130ish pages. I have read another mystery, As You Lay Sleeping, by Katlyn and really enjoyed it so I jumped at the opportunity to read another book by her. This will be a fairly short review since I don't want to spoil anything (this is a mystery after all!) and the story itself was not super long.This book was narrated predominately by Zoe, the loner girl who enjoys her solitude by attending Saturday morning detentions, even though she has not received detention. Throughout the novella the other characters get a chapter here and there with their narration included to help create backstory and motivation. There appears to be no connection between the six teens, but as the story progresses, clues are dropped and lies are revealed, making for a twisty turny mystery that I kept guessing at. I really enjoy Katlyn's writing style and pacing, making for engaging flawed characters and surprising plot reveals. That being said, I would have liked this to be a longer, full length book with a little bit more emphasis on the character development, but that may just be for selfish reasons because Katlyn was able to deliver a complete read within the pages she produced. I enjoyed this fast little story and look forward to more from the author. I received this title for reviewing purposes.​
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  • Jesse Nicholas
    January 1, 1970
    SIX LITTLE SECRETS by Katlyn Duncan was a fast paced high school thriller. Six kids get tricked into detention where they are stalked and forced to play a game they never wanted to. If they passed their secrets stayed safe, but if they failed their pasts will come to haunt them.I really liked how quick it was, although it was what I found lacking too. All the characters were very unique and their pasts were all equally as troubling. Duncan did a good job with the characterizations.The whole plot SIX LITTLE SECRETS by Katlyn Duncan was a fast paced high school thriller. Six kids get tricked into detention where they are stalked and forced to play a game they never wanted to. If they passed their secrets stayed safe, but if they failed their pasts will come to haunt them.I really liked how quick it was, although it was what I found lacking too. All the characters were very unique and their pasts were all equally as troubling. Duncan did a good job with the characterizations.The whole plot was pretty intricate and I liked it. But on the other hand I wonder if it was really that realistic. I had trouble believing the big baddie would go to such lengths to do what they did. If you read it, you’ll know what I’m talking about! Sorry, no spoilers! Ha!Some of the punishments were interesting, and some were uncomfortable to read (Poor Cece). I kind of wish there was more deadly consequences. I feel like that would have had my interest piqued to the max.So though I wish it was longer, I still enjoyed it as a whole and would definitely recommend it if you’re looking for a quick YA thriller.
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  • Lindsay
    January 1, 1970
    You know how you’re watching a SyFy “horror” movie and the dialogue is random, the characters are ridiculous, and the plot is beyond terrible that it’s foolish? That’s this novella. I didn’t know this was a novella until I saw how short it was on my kindle so that mistake was on me. As for the rest of it, it was just so ludicrous that I easily could have passed on it, but I didn’t because it was so short and irrational to not finish.Six students from different cliques are all attending Saturday You know how you’re watching a SyFy “horror” movie and the dialogue is random, the characters are ridiculous, and the plot is beyond terrible that it’s foolish? That’s this novella. I didn’t know this was a novella until I saw how short it was on my kindle so that mistake was on me. As for the rest of it, it was just so ludicrous that I easily could have passed on it, but I didn’t because it was so short and irrational to not finish.Six students from different cliques are all attending Saturday detention. A gravelly voice comes over the intercom saying that they all are going to play a game, expose their deepest secrets, and to not leave the room or inform anyone. One by one, these students have their secrets outed as they play a twisted game and choosing the outcome they prefer.I couldn’t connect with any of the characters. The plot was ridiculous. The dialogue was ridiculous. How everything was enacted was ridiculous.I received an ARC of Six Little Secrets from NetGalley.
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  • Louisa
    January 1, 1970
    This was a fantastic story with a great mystery! They got focused on thinking that it was the who, but it was the why. Great read!
  • Beth
    January 1, 1970
    Needed more depth. Written as a novella, and supposed to take place over one day, but could have really benefited from being a longer book with more background and character development.
  • Holly Martin
    January 1, 1970
    Absolutely loved it
  • Taylor Fenner
    January 1, 1970
    Review Originally Posted On: Taylor Fenner's Bookish WorldSix Little Secrets is The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars. Gather six teenagers from different social groups in one room for a Saturday detention who have seemingly nothing in common, yet each is hiding something. Insert a mysterious voice over the PA system when the detention monitor leaves the room who tells them they are all there for a reason - because of the things they're hiding (broadcast in the style of Agatha Christie's Review Originally Posted On: Taylor Fenner's Bookish WorldSix Little Secrets is The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars. Gather six teenagers from different social groups in one room for a Saturday detention who have seemingly nothing in common, yet each is hiding something. Insert a mysterious voice over the PA system when the detention monitor leaves the room who tells them they are all there for a reason - because of the things they're hiding (broadcast in the style of Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None or Ten by Gretchen McNeil) and wait for the ensuing mayhem. Each one is given a task and should they refuse or fail the task there will be consequences. At first, they blow it off as a prank - until their unseen provocateur delivers the first consequence. Realizing it isn't a joke the six band together to complete their tasks even as the tasks and consequences become more serious. Why have these six been selected? What did they ever do to their attacker? Who is the person calling the shots and why? Either way, these six will be bound together by this day forever. At first, I didn't think I would like this book. I could identify it right away as being like The Breakfast Club and I was hoping there'd be some murder or something in this book (there was, just not in the way I expected). This book was fast-paced and relatively short so I easily found myself getting engrossed in the story and by the end, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked it. I genuinely did not know who the person behind it all was until it came out at the end and I was interested in finding out all of the character's secrets - although some of them were just kind of "meh" secrets. And even the person targeting them's motive seems a little shaky. These six inadvertently caused the event that set the instigator off but why did that person choose to get revenge in this way? Sure, the cops probably wouldn't have gone after the six for the event that was the catalyst but surely all of these secrets (at least the ones that were criminal) could have been turned over to the police. Overall, I liked this book much more than I expected to and found the ending satisfying which is the important part. I was emotionally invested in the characters enough that I wanted to see what happened to them and the plot was consistent and kept me going. Would I read this book again? Yes. Would I recommend it to a friend or another reader? Also yes. It was an enjoyable read and it's perfect for someone looking for a quick thriller.
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  • Dani St-Onge (Literary Lion)
    January 1, 1970
    Read more reviews at: http://literarylion.ca/Disclaimer: A free copy of this book was received through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.The Breakfast Club meets Saw in this high school thriller.There’s a lot going on in this novel, and unfortunately, it’s sort of a detriment to it. The mystery doesn’t really have enough foreshadowing for readers to work it out before the actual conclusion. There are six main characters, and none of them aside from Zoe get quite enough screen time to de Read more reviews at: http://literarylion.ca/Disclaimer: A free copy of this book was received through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.The Breakfast Club meets Saw in this high school thriller.There’s a lot going on in this novel, and unfortunately, it’s sort of a detriment to it. The mystery doesn’t really have enough foreshadowing for readers to work it out before the actual conclusion. There are six main characters, and none of them aside from Zoe get quite enough screen time to develop outside of their stereotype box, which is frustrating because that’s what The Breakfast Club was all about.The Saw portion also seems to fall apart. I’ll try to explain this without giving too much away but beware minor spoilers ahead. The kids are given tasks one by one and while at the beginning these are tasks which can be completed instead of a larger punishment halfway through the tasks become simply punishments. There’s little creativity or any way to accomplish a task at all.I was compelled to read this book. I even enjoyed it until I started thinking about it seriously. If you want a quick, fast-paced read that’ll hold your attention then this book is great. Until you examine it a little deeper and realize it has as much depth as a street puddle.This story is a page-turner, each moment is filled with suspense even if the mystery was made so vague that it has to be clearly explained at the end by the mysterious orchestrator. However, I can’t give it many points for originality. The characters are pretty cookie-cutter to The Breakfast Club and just teen tropes in general really. The plot is so-so, and again there aren’t enough hints about the perpetrator although Zoe’s secret is main painfully obvious.Let’s talk a little more about Zoe. She’s the lens through which we get to see much of the story. Each character is given a bit of POV, although they somehow avoid giving away too much about any of themselves. More on that later. Zoe just feels less than compelling. She has some concerning prejudices against other girls and it’s frustrating to have an internal monologue continuously go “I hope no one finds out my secret!!” while not mentioning the secret. It’s hard to effectively write a main character with a deep secret without revealing the secret because you have to hide a part of them from the reader. If Zoe had to be the main character, her secret being revealed would have given her a better personality. Instead for 90% of the book, she’s just mysterious.In a similar fashion although every character gets a POV they still manage to hide their big secrets and none of them even know their actual crimes. They also reveal frustratingly little about who they are. They reveal little snippets, like how two characters have a sibling that’s favoured over them, but avoid any actual development. The eventual romances feel forced because there is so little character to work with. Why would this character love that one? Because of some past thing that we as readers don’t get to know about? Okay makes perfect sense.Here’s what I discovered spending a Saturday with these characters in detention. There’s a brain, a cheerleader, a weirdo, a princess, a criminal and a girl they can all slut-shame. They don’t realize they’re all these things, they never really leave their box. They get a tiny punishment but then just sort of continuing about life how they were before. I hate to say this, but you cannot develop six compelling characters in this short of a novella while also having all this other stuff going on. Maybe this would have worked as a longer book.And the good news: There is a longer book with almost identical characters and a very similar premise. One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus. I would recommend if readers are interested in this sort of story they look there first instead.
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  • Melanie
    January 1, 1970
    I pride myself in being honest with my reviews, whether the book was gifted or something I purchased myself. This book was gifted to me from NetGalley although it was on my radar prior to seeing it there. With a synopsis that starts, 'Six teenagers meet in Saturday detention: a brain, a beauty, a cheerleader, a rebel, a recluse and the new girl.' how can you not think of the Breakfast Club? That iconic cult film that still rates as one of my favourite JH films of all time and yes I am old enough I pride myself in being honest with my reviews, whether the book was gifted or something I purchased myself. This book was gifted to me from NetGalley although it was on my radar prior to seeing it there. With a synopsis that starts, 'Six teenagers meet in Saturday detention: a brain, a beauty, a cheerleader, a rebel, a recluse and the new girl.' how can you not think of the Breakfast Club? That iconic cult film that still rates as one of my favourite JH films of all time and yes I am old enough to remember its release (Yes that old). I love a YA mystery and I really thought that Six Little Secrets was going to be one of those top 10 books for me this year, but unfortunately it wasn't. In fact this was a DNF at 62%. With books that are gifted to me I do my damnedest to finish them, but there were a few things I wasn't enjoying and I just didn't feel invested to finish it.My first issue was the voices. Too many times I read these YA books and they don't hit the mark with the voices of the characters. Granted I like in the UK which I know sometimes even with the US they may use words I'll question but 'get' as its the norm in a different country. I do however have 3 teen daughters and a son who's not far off either. Listening to the voices of the characters at times I felt I was listening to older adults. Then it would flip and they would sound like teens again. I just didn't feel it stuck at all, one or the others but not both. I didn't really like the characters at all and they felt so cliche. Almost like it was trying to be TBC (The breakfast club) and failing. If the characters had of been made their own selves and not some copies again I think I may have enjoyed it more. Another issue with this book was more my issue than the books, the sheer amount of characters. With not really feeling any warmth to any of them I didn't get to know them. The book is short and even the little I read I wanted more about them - again if I'd had this I may have finished it. I hate laying down faults with a book in a review, especially a book I didn't finish. I'm sure Katlyn (Author) worked extremely hard on this book putting a lot of herself into it and this is not something I could do. However book reviews are personal and I ask you to bare this in mind when looking at any review. Just because I did not like a book does not mean you will not. If this book is revised in the future I may give it another go, but as it stands this is a DNF for me - 2 stars.
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  • Mehsi
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review!6 students (Q, Holly, Jackie, Teddy, Zoe, Cece), 1 detention, many secrets!Before I started this I was a bit worried, I already read one Detention + Secrets + Punishments book earlier this year, and I thought this may be the same. But thankfully it isn't! Though it did turn into something I wasn't amused with. But I will discuss that in a bit. While we at times switch over to the other characters (past/now), Zoe is the main char I received this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review!6 students (Q, Holly, Jackie, Teddy, Zoe, Cece), 1 detention, many secrets!Before I started this I was a bit worried, I already read one Detention + Secrets + Punishments book earlier this year, and I thought this may be the same. But thankfully it isn't! Though it did turn into something I wasn't amused with. But I will discuss that in a bit. While we at times switch over to the other characters (past/now), Zoe is the main character in this story. She is looking forward to a nice quiet Saturday in the library, but sadly for her there are now 5 other kids joining her. I knew her secret instantly. Call it a girl's intuition or maybe the author wrote it to be very easy to figure out. I was kind of curious if her secret would come out, just like the other characters secrets came out one by one. I have to say I didn't really care about any of the characters. This may sound mean, but they just didn't stand out for me. They were just players in the story acting out their roles. I also quickly figured out the whodunnit, there were just too many hints to it. And I was delighted that I was right!The secrets/the punishments/the games they were exciting (if that is the right word for it) and over-the-top. Even though I didn't particularly care for the characters, no one deserves the punishments these characters got. :( They got from bad to worse with each punishment, and I was kind of worried what would happen to the next character.Though the book gets one less star for one big reason: it reminded me of the pile of poo that was Thirteen Reasons Why. It was just so much that book, especially when the culprit and their reasons were revealed. (view spoiler)[One person is out for revenge, and well.. the reasons why? With the exception of two of them were all pretty much whut? Why? What kind of bull is this? Such a shame. Really, if you want to exact revenge at least go to the people who have something to do with it directly. :| Especially the last person standing, Zoe, was just such a non-reason. It wasn't about HER but about her boyfriend. *sighs* (hide spoiler)]All in all, it was still a great book and I flew through it. Before I knew it the book was over. The ending was pretty OK, a bit of a letdown though.Review first posted at https://twirlingbookprincess.com/
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  • Brittany
    January 1, 1970
    *I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*I appreciated the fact that this book was a quick read because I was able to knock it out pretty quickly but I think that it needed more time and pages in order to make it a fully finished book. There wasn't enough depth in order for the me to feel the full weight of the story. I know that it was supposed to be a thriller but it ended up looking like a someone was pulling dangerous pranks on the students in t *I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*I appreciated the fact that this book was a quick read because I was able to knock it out pretty quickly but I think that it needed more time and pages in order to make it a fully finished book. There wasn't enough depth in order for the me to feel the full weight of the story. I know that it was supposed to be a thriller but it ended up looking like a someone was pulling dangerous pranks on the students in the detention. The reveal of why the person is putting the kids through the trials so to speak is serious but it ended up feeling silly. I was disappointed because it made the book feel like a joke and I couldn't help but not take any of the characters seriously. I will say that the book was able to keep my attention throughout even with all the improvements that I feel needed to be made.I thought that it was interesting that the author did flashbacks for each character and they each got to explain what brought them to detention in their point of view. Each of their points of view let the reader see what their personality was like and where they fell in the social hierarchy at the high school. I'm still not sure why the author chose Zoe to be the point of view that the reader sees for the majority of the book. I did think that she was the most likeable character in the book because the rest of the kids were awful. Well...that isn't entirely true. I did like Teddy but he made some bad decisions so it made him a bit less likeable. This book reminded me of a more messed up Breakfast Club if anyone is a fan of John Hughes movies. Each clique was represented in detention and none of them wanted to listen to the teacher in charge no matter how cool he was trying to be. https://fictionedtodeath.blogspot.com...
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  • Leanne
    January 1, 1970
    I received this from netgalley in exchange for an honest reviewThe breakfast club meets Pretty Little Liars and Gossip Girl and that pretty much sums up this novel.Six students whom do not run in the same circle have detention together but someone is watching and knows all of their secrets, but what are the hiding?Will they play along with the rules given to them or risk having their secrets exposed? one things for sure, the truth will eventually come out.Now for what i thought of this novel,i f I received this from netgalley in exchange for an honest reviewThe breakfast club meets Pretty Little Liars and Gossip Girl and that pretty much sums up this novel.Six students whom do not run in the same circle have detention together but someone is watching and knows all of their secrets, but what are the hiding?Will they play along with the rules given to them or risk having their secrets exposed? one things for sure, the truth will eventually come out.Now for what i thought of this novel,i feel like this is something I've read before or at least heard of, i haven't read the novel one of us is lying but i do own itso i'm aware it's very similar plot of course i can't judge which one is better simply because i haven't read the other. Did i enjoy reading this? yes it was a fast read, given the fact it was a very short book i read it very quickly and was interested in getting to the end to see who was involved.Did i like the characters? I didn't feel particularly connected to them but they weren't unlikable either.When the big reveal happened i wasn't hugely surprised though it was interesting to see said person's reason for doing what they were doing and how these six people were actually connected.Now for what i thought was pretty stupid, Mr Curtis..the teacher whom the students believed was ablivous to what was actually going on, as if this would happen! one of the girls had to strip naked, one of the boys hands went on fire and the other got a reaction to lipstick that they had to place on their face so the fact the students would believe the teacher still wasn't aware something was going on in the room, that was really stupid. Would i read more by this author in the future? yeah i'd give another book ago
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  • Krutula
    January 1, 1970
    Trigger warning: self harm, harm to others, statutory rape Six Little Secrets is a short novella that has a Pretty Little Liars meets Breakfast Club-esque plotline. Simply, the story is that during detention, these teenagers start to get messages that blackmail them, as a punishment for something they did. The group covers the stereotypical cliques in high school - a cheerleader, a popular girl, a rich girl, a studious boy, a bad-boy type guy - and they all are paying for their actions.I would h Trigger warning: self harm, harm to others, statutory rape Six Little Secrets is a short novella that has a Pretty Little Liars meets Breakfast Club-esque plotline. Simply, the story is that during detention, these teenagers start to get messages that blackmail them, as a punishment for something they did. The group covers the stereotypical cliques in high school - a cheerleader, a popular girl, a rich girl, a studious boy, a bad-boy type guy - and they all are paying for their actions.I would have liked the fact that the story is pretty short and to the point, but the plot is riddled with holes. Even if you factor in the ending, the possibility of all those things happening and the perpetrator anticipating and preparing for their decisions seemed slim. Also, dude, the punishments did not fit the crimes. The things they were asked to do? Horrible! One was given a choice to self mutilate, another asked to publish nudes on the internet - keep in mind these things are being asked of underage people - which is not justifiable in any circumstance, let alone the flimsy far-fetched reasons for which they were tormented. It felt manufactured and just to justify the blackmail - and yet, after that, the characters think they deserved it. Heck, the only person who deserved it was the one engaging in pedophilia and according to me, they got off lightly compared to the other teens who at most can be blamed for selfishness. The good things about the book - the writing and the characters. Good character development for such a short novel, except for the blackmailer (that just seemed lazy). This book could have done better with the concept if it wasn't just out to shock. Conceptually, it would have been good but it failed to engage me.Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review from HQ Digital, via Netgalley.
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  • Kathleen Nichols
    January 1, 1970
    ***I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Readers Copy of this book*** I hadn't read anything from this author before but I'll be correcting that in the near future. Ms. Duncan creates an atmosphere with shades of "I know What You Did Last Summer, The Breakfast Club, or Pretty Little Liars" as other reviewers have noted in their reviews. I myself was reminded of the old movie/nursery rhyme "Ten Little Indians". It's about secrets and lies reveled about each of the Saturday detention group of student ***I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Readers Copy of this book*** I hadn't read anything from this author before but I'll be correcting that in the near future. Ms. Duncan creates an atmosphere with shades of "I know What You Did Last Summer, The Breakfast Club, or Pretty Little Liars" as other reviewers have noted in their reviews. I myself was reminded of the old movie/nursery rhyme "Ten Little Indians". It's about secrets and lies reveled about each of the Saturday detention group of students by an unknown individual for an unknown reason/purpose. These students don't know it but they are all connected to some past situation/deed. The book keeps you guessing as page by page, student by student their secrets and lies are reveled to all the other detainees. It makes you want to know what the purpose is for this cat-an-mouse game. What is going to happen when everything is laid bare? Is there something dangerous to this game? What do each of the "six little Indians" have to hide? Is one or more of the students going to have to face some terrible or deadly consequence for their words or actions? You'll have to read the book to get answers to these and more questions. This book would have benefited if it had been a full-length novel. It would have given the author a better chance to developed the characters and the plot. I'm sure that Ms. Duncan will have many more stories that will draw its reader into some intriguing world or situation.
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