Scared Little Rabbits
We stand in a tight cluster, high above the lake. One-by-one, we made our way up the narrow trail from the edge of campus. Now, we wait shoulder to shoulder behind the police tape. Nineteen summer students. All but one. When Nora gets accepted into her dream summer program at the prestigious Winthrop Academy, she jumps at the chance to put her coding skills to use. But then a fellow student goes missing—and the tech trail for the crime leads back to Nora. With no one else to trust, Nora must race to uncover the truth and clear her name...or she might be the next to disappear.

Scared Little Rabbits Details

TitleScared Little Rabbits
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseDec 3rd, 2019
PublisherSourcebooks Fire
ISBN-139781492648284
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Mystery, Thriller

Scared Little Rabbits Review

  • Sophie
    January 1, 1970
    4 stars This book goes crescendo with a last part that will have you grip the edge of your seat when the tension culminates and the mystery unravel. I read it till 2 AM in the morning as I was glued to the pages! Scared Little Rabbits is a YA mystery/crime happening in the span of three weeks at summer camp for geek the “Winthrop Academy Summer Maker Program”.Nora is your very socially awkward geeky teenager. She is genius at coding and worked hard to get that place on the Fair Maker summer camp 4 stars This book goes crescendo with a last part that will have you grip the edge of your seat when the tension culminates and the mystery unravel. I read it till 2 AM in the morning as I was glued to the pages! Scared Little Rabbits is a YA mystery/crime happening in the span of three weeks at summer camp for geek the “Winthrop Academy Summer Maker Program”.Nora is your very socially awkward geeky teenager. She is genius at coding and worked hard to get that place on the Fair Maker summer camp at the prestigious and private Winthrop Academy.She was a very endearing character. One that as a mom I wanted to encourage when she was always overlooked by her peers because she was on the very shy scale when confronted with her summer classmates.She felt transparent. She was the nerdy wallflower. The first scenes with Nora being talked about but not talked to, given a patronizing nickname like "Lowercase" was perfect to make us remember what it was being in high school when you were not members of the "school royalty" clique. “He never really saw me. Neither did those girls I passed back there. Are we sensing a theme yet? I don’t know why, but people tend to overlook me. I swear if I had a superpower, I know what it would be: invisibility.” She is the new kid at the Maker Program, a little fish in a sea of posh sharks and she stood out like a sore thumb! But Nora is brilliant at what she does! She lives for coding and robotics is her passion!   “I’m not the only girl on the planet who makes robotic landscaping equipment for fun, am I?”  Thanks to that gift she will soon be enrolled to give a hand on a “sure to win” project! She will work with "High and Mighty" controlling Eleanore Winthorp, "Single minded and focused driven" Reese and "Ubercute charmer" Maddox.They need her skills and the prospect of being on this advanced project is enough for Nora to mostly overlook the contempt she gets from Eleanor and Reese. It does not help either that Maddox seems to have taken a liking to Nora at the great fury of his Girlfriend... Eleanor!From the opening scene we know right from the start that a murder or a something terrible happened to a student. All students of the academy are gathered atop a cliff to witness the police retrieving something or someone from a lake down below. We brace ourselves as we know this whole story will lead to that moment and that killers are probably on the loose.But who did it? And why? I guessed who did it but late in the story. Nearly when we would have known anyway. A.V. Geiger did a great job erasing her trail and sending us on goose chase.Take Maddox for example. I never knew if he truly liked Nora or played a twisted game. Each time I thought he was a great guy I was thrown on a loop, doubting everything once more.Eleanor was also a mystery with her unsend and erased messages in the dropbox. You could see that she was hiding something but what? I never liked her conniving and blackmailing ways but maybe this was all an act and there was more to the true Eleanor? In this story I liked: -the concept of working on augmented reality project through the InstaLove app. I think it set the story in today's teenage life and interests. It also delivers some important messages about how you can lose yourself in a very addictive virtual world, perfect venue for shy and awkward teens. It's so much easier to interact hiding behind your augmented avatar. Nora 2.0.It also showed the dangers of such games if they are hacked or altered.- Nora. She was very relatable and felt “real”. A.V. Geiger took the time and care to flesh out her character is such way that you can’t help but think about the shy nerdy girl next door. I also loved her sarcasm that we got to enjoy when she was having her inner dialogs. Self-deprecating. "I actually sounded friendly there. Weird. I suppose that happens once in a while. In moments of high awkwardness, random words come out of my mouth—unpredictable, but occasionally friendly." -the other characters portrayed to confuse you and have you guessing at if they were friends or foe!-the mystery and the dramatic ending! My heart was beating frantically! I love grand finale!I want to thank Sourcebook Fire for gifting me this copy through Netgalley. It had no influence on my willing and always honest review. Have you read A.V. Gegeir's books? Do you love YA mysteries?  Thanks for reading!  Sophie Find me on:Wordpress: Beware Of The ReaderFacebook: Beware Of The Reader Facebook group : Beware Book Boyfriends Alert Instagram: @bewareofthereader Twitter: @BewareOffReader
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  • Krysti
    January 1, 1970
    Full of twists and turns and a cast of characters brimming with secrets, this YA thriller will keep readers on the edge of their seats from the second they crack the cover!I love a good boarding school mystery, and A.V. Geiger has set this one in such a fascinating setting. The school is full of technology that's believable yet absolutely enchanting. I wanted to enroll in Winthrop Academy right alongside Nora. The mystery was compelling from the very first page, and Geiger did a great job laying Full of twists and turns and a cast of characters brimming with secrets, this YA thriller will keep readers on the edge of their seats from the second they crack the cover!I love a good boarding school mystery, and A.V. Geiger has set this one in such a fascinating setting. The school is full of technology that's believable yet absolutely enchanting. I wanted to enroll in Winthrop Academy right alongside Nora. The mystery was compelling from the very first page, and Geiger did a great job laying the groundwork for the big twist, but at the same time, I still didn't see it coming. It was fast-paced and just so much fun!While Nora was incredibly likable and relateable, the rest of the cast was totally unreliable and hiding some big secrets, which made them fascinating to read about and added some fun layers to the mystery. Geiger wove the big reveals throughout the plot seamlessly and in a way that kept me glued to those pages. I'm so excited to see what she has up her sleeve for us next!
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  • A.V. Geiger
    January 1, 1970
    Hello there! If you’d like to see the content notes for this book, I’m posting them here (behind the spoiler tag for those who prefer not to see them).(view spoiler)[Heights, falling, drowning, murder, weapon violence (not gun-related), blackmail, bullying, mention of hazing, mention of depression, and mention of suicide. (hide spoiler)]
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  • Carrie (brightbeautifulthings)
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free e-ARC through NetGalley from the publishers at Sourcebooks Fire. Trigger warnings: death, violence, injury, threats.Nora is thrilled to be accepted to a prestigious summer program at Winthrop Academy, where she plans to put her coding skills to use on an awesome project for the annual Maker’s Fair. Before long, she’s pulled into an existing group that’s working on a sure winner: a set of virtual reality visors that will allow students to play one of the campus’s most popular I received a free e-ARC through NetGalley from the publishers at Sourcebooks Fire. Trigger warnings: death, violence, injury, threats.Nora is thrilled to be accepted to a prestigious summer program at Winthrop Academy, where she plans to put her coding skills to use on an awesome project for the annual Maker’s Fair. Before long, she’s pulled into an existing group that’s working on a sure winner: a set of virtual reality visors that will allow students to play one of the campus’s most popular apps, InstaLove, without their phones. When Nora spots a dangerous flaw in the program and another student goes missing, the technology trail leads to her–and she may be accused of murder.I have a fondness for the YA thriller genre that I can’t shake. Set it at an elite school, add some pretentious teenagers, and throw in a murder or two, and I’m bound to pick it up. There’s something comforting about the familiar setup, no matter how many times I’ve read it. Scared Little Rabbits fits easily into that category without really setting itself apart. It’s exactly what I expected and not a bit more, and that’s fine. Sometimes, that’s all I want from a book. If there’s anything slightly unique about it, it’s all the fun coding references among the characters; I always enjoy reading about people who are smarter on a subject than I am.In this case, the romance is a lot heavier than the thrills. The novel spends a lot of time establishing Nora’s relationship with Maddox, which is (as advertised) InstaLove-ish and utterly unremarkable. Nora is the smart, quiet girl who’s never had a relationship; Maddox is the charming, handsome guy with secrets, who’s apparently way out of her league but likes her anyway. (It doesn’t actually say she’s “not like other girls”, but it’s sort of implied.) I liked Nora well enough but tired of him quickly, particularly in his repeated references to Nora as a “scared little rabbit” or some other juvenilizing rabbit comparison. Put your visor on and walk off a cliff, please. As probably the third most developed character, Maddox’s ex-girlfriend, Eleanor, is utterly baffling; between her features in Nora and Maddox’s chapters and her online journal entries, she seems like two completely different characters, which is never really reconciled on page. I guess we’ll never know the real Eleanor.As far as murder mystery thrills go, it’s slow to kick in. No one goes missing until 70% of the way in and, unfortunately, there’s very little mystery to be had. The plot has moved so glacially that every reveal is painfully obvious, from what happened to the missing student to who Eleanor has been plotting with behind the scenes. There are no surprises, and any thrills to be had happen in a single scene, which ups the body count rather abruptly for a book with only one previous death. Ah, well. I knew what I was getting into. It’s nice escapism, but I doubt I’ll remember much about it a year from now.I review regularly at brightbeautifulthings.tumblr.com.
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  • Jordan Lynde
    January 1, 1970
    Did I read this book in one sitting? Yes. Did I stay up too late reading it? Also yes. If I had to choose a book to read over and over and over again would it be this one? Yes. I think we see how this review is going. READ IT. A.V. Geiger is a fantastic author. If you haven't read her other series, Follow Me Back and Tell Me No Lies, this might be new to you. Also if you haven't read those books, go read them, because the plot twists are incredible and of course the story and narrative rival Did I read this book in one sitting? Yes. Did I stay up too late reading it? Also yes. If I had to choose a book to read over and over and over again would it be this one? Yes. I think we see how this review is going. READ IT. A.V. Geiger is a fantastic author. If you haven't read her other series, Follow Me Back and Tell Me No Lies, this might be new to you. Also if you haven't read those books, go read them, because the plot twists are incredible and of course the story and narrative rival Scared Little Rabbits. As expected of this author.The book is a great twenty-first century YA who-done-it with a great female lead who is brilliant and just a great all-around character. She feels like she could be your best friend... or even you! The characters around her are just as great, but mysterious, so you're always guessing. Which is the best part of these kinds of books! It has a thrilling and, to me, a unique plot that meshes well with today's teenagers. I'm far from one, but I enjoy reading about them. People of all ages will love this book.And as always.... the ending..... SCREAMS. That's how I felt about the FMB ending. It carries on to this. I think I was sweating. No. I knew I was lol.
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  • Ramsha S
    January 1, 1970
    A.V. Geiger is one of my most favourite writers out there. Her writing style, plot, characters and suspense keeps you up all night, you can't put the book down till you know all the answers. Read her book Follow Me Back and Tell Me No Lies, and now this one. Satisfying read. She's a remarkable writer, no doubt!
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  • Yolanda
    January 1, 1970
    **Review will be posted on my blog http://pastmidnight.home.blog on November 20, 2019**Thank you to Sourcebooks Fire and NetGalley for giving me a chance to read this eARC.Nora is a sixteen year old, coder who is accepted to a three weeks long summer program at Winthrop Academy. She’s a bit awkward in social situations and has trouble making friends. Nora has downloaded an app called InstaLove which is supposed to hook her up with someone special. Right away she runs into a fellow InstaLove **Review will be posted on my blog http://pastmidnight.home.blog on November 20, 2019**Thank you to Sourcebooks Fire and NetGalley for giving me a chance to read this eARC.Nora is a sixteen year old, coder who is accepted to a three weeks long summer program at Winthrop Academy. She’s a bit awkward in social situations and has trouble making friends. Nora has downloaded an app called InstaLove which is supposed to hook her up with someone special. Right away she runs into a fellow InstaLove player, Maddox, at Winthrop that she categorizes him as an InstaCrush in the game. But all is not what it seems at Winthrop and she doesn’t know who she can trust. Is Maddox really into her? Or is he still with his ex-girlfriend Eleanor who basically rules the school (but I mean, her parents own it)? Is Nora just a Scared Little Rabbit?What I Liked:*The story starts off with a mysterious incident which gives it a slightly dark vibe. We get a dual perspective from Nora and Maddox but also journal entries from Eleanor (Maddox’s ex). I was mistrustful of Maddox, and everyone else that Nora encountered at Winthrop Academy. I definitely enjoyed the suspense. The reveal in the end included lots of action, so that was my favorite part of the book.*The coding and technology information in this book is pretty legit. I think it’s fascinating that the story revolved around a dating app that uses augmented reality. As a mild gamer (like SO mild, my son and hubby are the gamers), and one who tried Pokemon Go (not my thing), having a dating app like that kind of scares me but can I see that being a reality for my kids, in their future? Oh for sure! My son’s VR games make me dizzy, so I don’t think I’d be someone who would want to wear a visor all the time to check out some potential hookup haha. But I can see the appeal for future generations I suppose. It’s obvious the author knows her coding and tech knowledge. 👏🏼*I liked seeing these characters, a lot of them girls 🙌🏼, so adept and confident at their coding skills. These girls at this summer program are smart, techy, innovative, okay most of them were mean girls or just weren’t nice to Nora (which sucked) but I do like that these girls were good at what they do. Maddox also was good looking AND smart, so that was good.Things That Made Me Go Hmmm:~I guess it was obvious in the first chapters that this was going to be an insta-love story when it introduced Nora playing a game called InstaLove! 😂 So…if you aren’t into books with insta-love, this book is clearly one to stay clear of. It’s a three week summer program but Nora falls fast and hard for Maddox so fast. I felt bad for her at times, because clearly his situation was “complicated” with his ex-girlfriend who was Queen Bee on campus. That being said, I thought okay…it’s a crush, she’s sixteen, but…she was in LOVE and telling her parents that she needed to BE with Maddox and he was coming to visit her by the end of the story. 😳~Speaking of the ending…I thought it was abrupt. We barely get to know anyone’s parents in this book, but all of a sudden there is Nora and her mom having a scene at the end! It felt awkward.~Nora’s nickname given by the girls in the summer program got of my nerves. I understand it’s a “mean girls” type of story, but seriously, having them call her Lowercase, including Maddox, like really? That’s the guy who falling hard for? No. 🙄Final Thoughts:Overall, I thought the story was fairly enjoyable especially when it came to the suspense and mystery aspect but it fell short for me in the romance department since I didn’t feel like Nora and Maddox’s connection was that deep. If you like a suspense story about technology and don’t mind some insta-love, then you might enjoy this one.
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  • Joann M
    January 1, 1970
    I really didn't get into the story until about 70% and at that point nothing surprising happened the ending fell flat and unfortunately this book just wasn't for me.I think if you like the slow burn thriller/mystery you will enjoy this, so check it out for yourself.My thanks to NetGalley, the author and publisher for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    Review to come
  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    This is a quick, fun book that was easy to fly through. While I did mostly enjoy myself it was a bit of a mixed bag of awesome and not so great. Let’s start with an aspect of the story that I feel is very positive and that is the representation of teen girls. The tech/coding aspect is something I haven’t come across very often, especially featuring girls. And these girls are amazing! I bow down to their skills. It’s nice to see smart, young women valued for their brains and depicted in such a This is a quick, fun book that was easy to fly through. While I did mostly enjoy myself it was a bit of a mixed bag of awesome and not so great. Let’s start with an aspect of the story that I feel is very positive and that is the representation of teen girls. The tech/coding aspect is something I haven’t come across very often, especially featuring girls. And these girls are amazing! I bow down to their skills. It’s nice to see smart, young women valued for their brains and depicted in such a progressive way. They are still judgy, backstabbing, and bitchy but I can attest that that is pretty much the truth in real life. It would have been unrealistic if they all got along and were nice to each other and a boring story too. But don’t worry, the mean girls provide all the drama you would expect.The one aspect of this book that I didn’t like was the main character, Nora. I’m rather sick of that overused YA trope of the super clumsy, plain nerd who has faced only rejection from boys and has never been kissed and yet the handsome, most popular boy in school is instantly smitten with her, and (mild spoiler alert) within two weeks they are madly in love. It was terribly annoying and I rolled my eyes so much it hurt. That said, in the end I did quite enjoy this book. It had its positive side with an interesting, unique plot and a ton of suspense. If you can look past the cringe-worthy romance this one is worth a read!Thank you to Sourcebooks Fire for providing an Electronic Advance Reader Copy via NetGalley for review.
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  • Living My Best Book Life
    January 1, 1970
    I stayed up all night just to finish Scared Little Rabbits and it was SO GOOD. I have always enjoyed reading YA books and when I read the synopsis for this book, I knew I had to read it. I was shocked at all the twists and turns, I loved the strong female lead, and it was captivating from beginning to end.The story follows Nora as she is starting a new journey in her life. She got accepted into a summer program because of her outstanding coding skills. She starts at Winthrop Academy, she is both I stayed up all night just to finish Scared Little Rabbits and it was SO GOOD. I have always enjoyed reading YA books and when I read the synopsis for this book, I knew I had to read it. I was shocked at all the twists and turns, I loved the strong female lead, and it was captivating from beginning to end.The story follows Nora as she is starting a new journey in her life. She got accepted into a summer program because of her outstanding coding skills. She starts at Winthrop Academy, she is both nervous and excited. Nervous because she has always been the awkward girl but hopes she can be different here. And she is excited to put her skills to good use. She learns pretty quickly who the 'popular kids' are and to her surprise, they have interacted with her. This academy is full of smart individuals and there is an app that only just about everyone in the school is using. It's called InstaLove. This one app is the catalyst for so much.InstaLove helps Nora come out of her shell but it also causes so much pain. The app is the reason a girl at the school is missing. I loved everything about this book. It had mystery, romance, suspense, and keep me guessing until the very end.I give Scared Little Rabbits 5 stars. It was a genius YA novel about a girl realizing that she doesn't need an app to give her the confidence she already has. It's my favorite YA book of the year!!
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  • Elsa Munoz
    January 1, 1970
    My first time reading something from this author and WOW! She definitely blew me away! It's a gritty thrilled mixed with dashes of adorable romance! Nora is sort of an introvert who's most comfortable whenever she's at her computer coding and honestly I instantly connected with. I may not be a tech geek but I'm definitely an introvert who feels more comfortable with her books and it was refreshing to see Nora have this internal monologue where she was constantly berating herself...and really who My first time reading something from this author and WOW! She definitely blew me away! It's a gritty thrilled mixed with dashes of adorable romance! Nora is sort of an introvert who's most comfortable whenever she's at her computer coding and honestly I instantly connected with. I may not be a tech geek but I'm definitely an introvert who feels more comfortable with her books and it was refreshing to see Nora have this internal monologue where she was constantly berating herself...and really who doesn't do that on a daily basis? xD There was plenty of mystery and the part where it all came to light was a nail-biting moment! Nora found her inner strength to save herself and that was amazing! I'm giving it a 4.5 stars because...I think the end was a bit off? Not sure how to explain without spoilers but Nora could have worded her response a bit differently to her mom whenever her mom asked about Maddox. All in all it was a great book! I loved it! Also: Maddox is the love interest here and I adored him!!!!! He's a sweet, funny guy but has some secrets that need be handled with care but he comes through at the end and I'm happy with his ending.
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  • emmy
    January 1, 1970
    I am confident that the mystery/thriller aspect of this book is great, based on other reviews that I've read. Unfortunately, I couldn't get into this book. As someone with experience in the Maker community myself, this book felt unrealistic from the beginning and held to some unfortunate stereotypes - for example, the Socially Awkward Girl Coder. It was also very heterosexual from the outset, and I was not anticipating the romantic element playing such a big part. Unfortunately, this is not the I am confident that the mystery/thriller aspect of this book is great, based on other reviews that I've read. Unfortunately, I couldn't get into this book. As someone with experience in the Maker community myself, this book felt unrealistic from the beginning and held to some unfortunate stereotypes - for example, the Socially Awkward Girl Coder. It was also very heterosexual from the outset, and I was not anticipating the romantic element playing such a big part. Unfortunately, this is not the book for me.
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  • David
    January 1, 1970
    A suspenseful slow burn with a unique storyline and a satisfying payoff at the end. I enjoy how the author incorporates technology so seamlessly. I’m no coder here, but I had no problem following the technospeak and coding-related plot twists. Add in some virtual-reality romance and a whodunnit with a non-obvious conclusion, and we have a winner!
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  • Kit Frick
    January 1, 1970
    SO FUN! I tore through A. V. Geiger's SCARED LITTLE RABBITS. I loved the alt summer program setting and the InstaLove app. For those who like their thrillers shot through with a little romance, there's a lot to look forward to here! Best of all, I totally thought I had the twist all figured out--WRONG! The book's final act is action-packed and will definitely keep you on your toes.
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  • Tammy
    January 1, 1970
    Twists and turns in this unique mystery read. It is based around an app that is used by Nora and her fellow Winthrop Academy goers. It kept me interested and ended well. Story is steady paced.
  • Jenna
    January 1, 1970
    "Scared Little Rabbits" promises more thrills and intrigue than it delivers. Instead of the "And Then There Were None" delivery that was expected, the book is filled with uninspiring characters, minor plot twists, and a lackluster finale. Recommending a hard pass for purchase in any library.
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  • Zan
    January 1, 1970
    This was not really what I expected from A.V. Geiger. Follow Me Back is just crazy in building up confusion and suspense and generating insane theories and freaking out about what's going to happen next, but Scared Little Rabbits kind of fell short in that sense.I think what really ruined a lot of it for me was the characters. They weren't particularly likable or complex as a whole, and my dislike and dismissal of their thinking and actions kind of muted what was actually happening in terms of This was not really what I expected from A.V. Geiger. Follow Me Back is just crazy in building up confusion and suspense and generating insane theories and freaking out about what's going to happen next, but Scared Little Rabbits kind of fell short in that sense.I think what really ruined a lot of it for me was the characters. They weren't particularly likable or complex as a whole, and my dislike and dismissal of their thinking and actions kind of muted what was actually happening in terms of the plot.I'm also still kind of confused about the whole technology-basis of the book? It's really cool how it was supposed to be a new techy layer of existence, almost similar to Marie Lu's Warcross, and I like how it kind of explored how technology is still fundamentally sourced to people and human error, which is really easy to forget in the modern day. But biggest things are clarity and development, and I feel like the oversimplification of tech descriptions drew away from the complexity that should have been more present.Anyway, my lack of being enraptured by the characters extended to the plot, so while it was nice to be able and read how everything resolved, I didn't really feel like I had an opinion on the ending or actual plotline. Drama, drama, revelations, drama, drama, the end.Regardless, I really appreciate that I've been able to read Geiger's next book, as I've been following her for years, and continue to look forward to what comes next for her.Thank you Netgalley and Sourcebooks Fire for the access to this ARC <3
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  • Daniel Rose
    January 1, 1970
    I was lucky to get an ARC of Scared Little Rabbits! I absolutely loved Follow Me Back and Tell Me No Lies. Well, this was up there at the same caliber of suspense and great story telling! I highly recommend this book when it comes out December 3rd!
  • Erica
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC of this novel via NetGalley and Sourcebooks Fire in exchange for an honest review. Nora has never really fit in at school so when she gets accepted to Winthrop Academy's summer maker program, she thinks she will finally meet more people like her. Her dreams of spending the summer bunking with another nerdy girl discussing the latest Teen Hack programs quickly vanish, as she realizes Winthrop students are an elite mix of wealth and intelligence. Trying to make the most of it I received an ARC of this novel via NetGalley and Sourcebooks Fire in exchange for an honest review. Nora has never really fit in at school so when she gets accepted to Winthrop Academy's summer maker program, she thinks she will finally meet more people like her. Her dreams of spending the summer bunking with another nerdy girl discussing the latest Teen Hack programs quickly vanish, as she realizes Winthrop students are an elite mix of wealth and intelligence. Trying to make the most of it while away from her parents, Nora decides to try out the new InstaLove app, a Winthrop Academy brain child, which combines a location-based interactive social aspect with augmented reality. When Nora's InstaLove app connects her with Maddox it looks like her summer social life might be improving...that is until she discovers he is already in a relationship with the most popular girl at school Eleanor. Getting between Maddox and Eleanor makes Nora the school pariah...until Eleanor goes missing and all the evidence of her disappearance points to Nora. Nora will have to find out what happened to Eleanor and clear her name before she is the next one to vanish. Scared Little Rabbits is a fun YA mystery novel. The entire school is beta testing a new social media app which is like a combination of Pokémon Go and Instagram in which the players use augmented reality glasses to play. The characters are well written and the romance between Nora and Maddox is complicated but cute. The novel then turns to a whodunit when Eleanor disappears. Each of the characters has the technical knowledge to cover their tracks and everything points to Nora as the culprit. The novel's techie aspect offers a fresh take on the typically YA mystery and it’s a really fast, fun, enjoyable read...the perfect book to curl up with over a weekend.
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    I was given an advanced reading copy in exchange for my honest review. Thanks to Netgalley for this opportunityI am always interested in reading books with smart, computer-savvy girls who don't need a male to save them. This book came close to being good but unfortunately, it had a few problems:1. Nora, the main character, was a brilliant coder but at the age of 16, had never kissed a boy or had a relationship with one. This seems so common these days. Why can't a brilliant female coder be I was given an advanced reading copy in exchange for my honest review. Thanks to Netgalley for this opportunityI am always interested in reading books with smart, computer-savvy girls who don't need a male to save them. This book came close to being good but unfortunately, it had a few problems:1. Nora, the main character, was a brilliant coder but at the age of 16, had never kissed a boy or had a relationship with one. This seems so common these days. Why can't a brilliant female coder be socially adept? Work a bit harder in developing your characters.2. Nora is a minor but was dumped in the middle of nowhere by her parents without them walking her to her room or asking to meet the adults supposedly supervising this summer intensive. Parents wouldn't do this to their college-aged children...3. There are very few adults around at any time. How have these people not been sued?4. It was too easy for the students to manipulate the cameras etc. to break the rules.The plot itself wasn't bad but the relationship between Nora and Maddox was superficial and boring, to be perfectly honest. I wouldn't recommend it.
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  • Olivia
    January 1, 1970
    SCARED LITTLE RABBITS follows Nora (aka Eleanor, Lowercase) as she sets out on a summer camp adventure that resulted in a missing person, as we know from the beginning of the book. We then backtrack to the start of the camp to meet the characters and find out what happened.Nora loves programming and so is very excited to be accepted into and attending the camp, which previously hosted Emerson and resulted in the creation of InstaLove, a game which combines instagram and pokemon go into an SCARED LITTLE RABBITS follows Nora (aka Eleanor, Lowercase) as she sets out on a summer camp adventure that resulted in a missing person, as we know from the beginning of the book. We then backtrack to the start of the camp to meet the characters and find out what happened.Nora loves programming and so is very excited to be accepted into and attending the camp, which previously hosted Emerson and resulted in the creation of InstaLove, a game which combines instagram and pokemon go into an interactive game where you score points for being social with other people. Nora is pretty intimidated by the others attending, especially since it seems like they have all been there before and she is the only new one.She immediately crushes on Maddox, whom she accidentally runs into, but it seems like he is in a relationship with Eleanor, who everyone says is the uppercase Eleanor and so they nickname her Lowercase as a result. However, Eleanor and Maddox's relationship is complex, considering the ways their families are connected and how often they fight. They break up, but then Eleanor says he has to continue to look like her boyfriend until the Maker Fair, an event which ends the camp where the inventions are examined and one is given a monetary prize.The other main character is Reese, who basically forces everyone to beta test the changes she is making to InstaLove by wearing augmented reality glasses all the time. The book is primarily about Nora navigating the social situations with a small amount of thriller/mystery at the end when the what and then where and who are revealed.I found the book a little difficult to push myself through, perhaps due to all the focus on Nora being awkward. The plot seemed to drag a bit due to that. I actually really enjoyed the ending sections, so I wish those had been scattered throughout to up the ante and take us back and forth with the thriller and day-to-day. I did like that we got some of Eleanor's perspective, but it would have been better to have it add a little more to the plot, it just seemed more like rambling (which is probably because it was basically her diary).In terms of the romance, it felt very instalove (not the app) where they are immediately so into each other without really getting to know each other. The story is told from Maddox and Nora's perspectives so the reader learns about each of them, but they do not have many heart-to-hearts, if any. I prefer to have the relationship built on more of that generally, and I had a hard time really seeing it/cheering for it.Overall, I really liked the ending, but found the lead up to not be a thrilleresque as I hoped. Please note that I received an ARC. All opinions are my own.
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  • PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 STARSNora arrives for a three week coding camp, hoping to break free from her nerdy, awkward persona. She immediately falls for Maddox, whose girlfriend Eleanor is as mean as she is wealthy. They team up to improve the popular INSTAlove virtual reality app with potentially deadly consequences for at lease one of them.Runaway like SCARED LITTLE RABBITS comes from a command choice on the virtual reality game, referring to choices Nora makes at the beginning of the game. Being an older reader, 3.5 STARSNora arrives for a three week coding camp, hoping to break free from her nerdy, awkward persona. She immediately falls for Maddox, whose girlfriend Eleanor is as mean as she is wealthy. They team up to improve the popular INSTAlove virtual reality app with potentially deadly consequences for at lease one of them.Runaway like SCARED LITTLE RABBITS comes from a command choice on the virtual reality game, referring to choices Nora makes at the beginning of the game. Being an older reader, I have only a vague understanding of virtual reality (VR), so I needed a good portion of the story to truly understand how the game operated. I assume young adults have the experience I lacked. Other than wondering the draw to the game, I enjoyed the plot and A.V. Geiger’s writing was able to overlook the tropes I usually avoid. INSTAlove, the name of the app is what happened when Nora and Maddox saw each other, each began making choices with potential future consequences. I hated that Nora was almost ready to throw everything away for a guy she didn’t know. She was smart and goal-oriented, sure, she longed to kiss a boy, but I would have preferred to see her act less like a boy-crazed young girl. I wondered why she was so willing to trust Maddox when everything about him seemed untrustworthy. I thought he was probably a good guy under the shadiness, but I didn’t know for sure.Nora’s low self-esteem was evident in her inner dialogue, adding to her authenticity. Told in Nora’s and Maddox’s points of view and Eleanor’s online journal the story unfolds in ways I hadn’t imagined but made perfect sense. Eleanor seemed straight out of central character casting, a gorgeous, controlling, mean, rich bitch, very little to see beneath the exterior.If Geiger wasn’t such a compelling writer, I’d likely not enjoyed this book at all, but she has a way of pulling me in and not letting go until after I’m finished. That’s why I preorder her books.
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  • Katelyn Spedden
    January 1, 1970
    *I received a free ARC of this novel from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*It was SO GOOD. This novel reminds me a lot of Time Bomb by Joelle Charbonneau and Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson. It’s all about kids at a school during a summer program when something goes wrong. The entire thing is so well written that it keeps you guessing from start to finish and you’re invested in all of the characters what happens to them. It also has InstaLove which seems like an app that I would have *I received a free ARC of this novel from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*It was SO GOOD. This novel reminds me a lot of Time Bomb by Joelle Charbonneau and Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson. It’s all about kids at a school during a summer program when something goes wrong. The entire thing is so well written that it keeps you guessing from start to finish and you’re invested in all of the characters what happens to them. It also has InstaLove which seems like an app that I would have loved on my phone (even now). Creating something all your own the way that A.V Geiger does can’t be easy but the app sounds so well thought out as if they could have created it if they just got the code right.** BEWARE THERE BE SPOILERS AHEAD**The author keeps you guessing and does such a good job at misdirection that I was convinced I knew it would be Emerson in the end when ‘M’ came up on Eleanor’s visor only to change my mind when no one could find Miranda. It had to be her! She was clearly the one that changed the permitters and that’s why no one could find her. Nope. It was Emerson and I was so convinced by the misdirection that I stopped believing it was him until it was literally written out that he got the quest request.I loved everything about this novel and I couldn’t put it down and finished it in a day because It was so good and I needed to know what was going to happen. I would totally recommend it.
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  • Myron Brown
    January 1, 1970
    Nora was looking forward to participating in the Winthrop Summer Maker Program. After the body of one of the participants is found in a lake some students believe she is responsible. How could Nora convince others of her innocence when the other participants never liked her? After a prologue which teases the disappearance of that student, the novel goes back to Nora’s first day in the program where she meets and immediately becomes infatuated with Maddox. What follows is a bunch of chapters Nora was looking forward to participating in the Winthrop Summer Maker Program. After the body of one of the participants is found in a lake some students believe she is responsible. How could Nora convince others of her innocence when the other participants never liked her? After a prologue which teases the disappearance of that student, the novel goes back to Nora’s first day in the program where she meets and immediately becomes infatuated with Maddox. What follows is a bunch of chapters about life in the program. The student doesn’t disappear until more than halfway into the book. The teens in this book feel like an adult’s idea of how a teen speaks and acts. Speaking of adults, where are they? Nothing in this book would have happened if there was any type of adult supervision. Considering the book entirely takes place during a summer session at a school, the lack of adult oversight is unrealistic. The entire book feels artificial from the characters to the plot to the dialogue. It doesn’t help that most of the novel consists of poorly done teen drama with a few chapters turning into a thriller without much thrills. There are a lot of smart YA mystery/thrillers like One of Us Is Lying and the Truly Devious series that provide both thrills and juicy teenage drama.Thanks Edelweiss+ for providing an ARC for this book.
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  • Tamara Morning
    January 1, 1970
    Title: Scared Little RabbitsAuthor: A.V. Geiger Genre: YA, suspenseRating: 4 out of 5Nora was thrilled to be chosen for the Maker Project: three weeks at the elite Winthrop Academy where she’ll have the chance to put her coding skills to use on the dazzling new project she’s sure she’ll have an idea for. But everyone seems to know each other already and have formed their groups, and Nora’s left on the fringes, watching.Until Maddox befriends her and they have a great idea for their project. But Title: Scared Little RabbitsAuthor: A.V. Geiger Genre: YA, suspenseRating: 4 out of 5Nora was thrilled to be chosen for the Maker Project: three weeks at the elite Winthrop Academy where she’ll have the chance to put her coding skills to use on the dazzling new project she’s sure she’ll have an idea for. But everyone seems to know each other already and have formed their groups, and Nora’s left on the fringes, watching.Until Maddox befriends her and they have a great idea for their project. But Maddox’s girlfriend is atop the hierarchy at the Maker Project and making her angry is the last thing Nora wants to do. Then someone winds up dead…and Nora is left wondering if anyone is who they say they are.I’m not a huge social media person, but I can see where the InstaLove App would be hugely popular, especially for wallflowers like Nora. I liked her well enough, even if her social awkwardness was sometimes a bit much. Surely she wasn’t really that naïve? I enjoyed this book for what it was and read it in one sitting, but nothing in it was completely unexpected (except maybe the scene with Nora and the pool). (Galley courtesy of Sourcebooks Fire via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.)More reviews at Tomorrow is Another Day
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  • Kat
    January 1, 1970
    When a girl's dream summer camp turns into a murder scene, her life hangs into balance. It's now up to her to clear her name and try to find the murderer before they find her.If you like summer camp / murder mysteries / YA high school characters, you will really enjoy this thriller.This story was a little up and down for me. I was hooked into the nerdy, tech-heavy vibes that the summer camp brought out, but some of the characters were not my favorites, especially the main male interest. Right When a girl's dream summer camp turns into a murder scene, her life hangs into balance. It's now up to her to clear her name and try to find the murderer before they find her. If you like summer camp / murder mysteries / YA high school characters, you will really enjoy this thriller. This story was a little up and down for me. I was hooked into the nerdy, tech-heavy vibes that the summer camp brought out, but some of the characters were not my favorites, especially the main male interest. Right away I could tell that his weird charm wasn't going to be enough for her, and I was hoping that she would connect with someone else. But in the end, the whole murder mystery portion of the book was what got me through to the end, and that first chapter had me hooked! I gave it a 3 out of 5 star rating. It was a great ending that left me satisfied. 
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  • Jenn
    January 1, 1970
    I received a digital ARC of this title from Edelweiss for an honest review.Nora is excited to be accepted into an elite summer program for Makers at Winthrop Academy. Her coding skills are through the roof, so if she could just find the right project, she'll be golden. The most promising project to come out of this program is called InstaLove, a phone app that her parents haven't let her download. But once she's at Winthrop, that's the first thing she does. Soon, she's involved in a project with I received a digital ARC of this title from Edelweiss for an honest review.Nora is excited to be accepted into an elite summer program for Makers at Winthrop Academy. Her coding skills are through the roof, so if she could just find the right project, she'll be golden. The most promising project to come out of this program is called InstaLove, a phone app that her parents haven't let her download. But once she's at Winthrop, that's the first thing she does. Soon, she's involved in a project with dreamy Maddox, his girlfriend, and the girlfriend's best friend. There's a lot going on behind the scenes that Nora just doesn't understand. What's left is a thrilling mix of romance, intrigue and suspense that will keep readers on the edge of their seats.The intrigue at the end was good. It was a very slow buildup though. Through the first part of the book, it just mostly felt like mean girl bitchiness and a very mopey protagonist. I didn't love this one, but it was fine.
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  • Deborah Hightower
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Edelweiss+ for an advanced digital ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. The title of this book grabbed my attention. I was ready for a book I could not put down but this book did not deliver. Nora is accepted into the summer Maker Program at Winthrop Academy. She partners up with Maddox to work on a project called InstaLove. The book seems to drag on about the relationship between Nora and Maddox. Although the end of the book is good and has some twists, the book is Thank you to Edelweiss+ for an advanced digital ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. The title of this book grabbed my attention. I was ready for a book I could not put down but this book did not deliver. Nora is accepted into the summer Maker Program at Winthrop Academy. She partners up with Maddox to work on a project called InstaLove. The book seems to drag on about the relationship between Nora and Maddox. Although the end of the book is good and has some twists, the book is slow moving until it reaches this point.
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  • Alicia Wilson
    January 1, 1970
    *I received a ARC from Netgalley and Sourcebooks Fire in exchange for an honest review*I did enjoy this, but after reading her first 2 books, it was just a tad disappointing. As her other books were very intriguing, this one just wasn't keeping my attention.I loved the concept of the InstaLove App that they were testing, and think it would be very interesting to give a try.A.V Geiger is a fantastic author and I can't wait to see what else she comes up with in the future.
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