Jaime Reviews ~ The Foxglove Killings by Tara Kelly

By Tara Kelly
Published on September 1, 2015
Published by Entangled Teen
Source: Around the World ARC Tours
Gramps always said that when the crickets were quiet, something bad was coming. And the crickets have been as silent as the dead. It started with the murdered deer in the playground with the unmistakable purple of a foxglove in its mouth. But in the dying boondock town of Emerald Cove, life goes on.

I work at Gramps's diner, and the cakes―the entitled rich kids who vacation here―make our lives hell. My best friend, Alex Pace, is the one person who gets me. Only Alex has changed. He's almost like a stranger now. I can't figure it out...or why I'm having distinctly more-than-friend feelings for him. Ones I shouldn't be having.

Then one of the cakes disappears.

When she turns up murdered, a foxglove in her mouth, a rumor goes around that Alex was the last person seen with her—and everyone but me believes it. Well, everyone except my worst enemy, Jenika Shaw. When Alex goes missing, it's up to us to prove his innocence and uncover the true killer. But the truth will shatter everything I've ever known about myself — and Alex.

What did I spy, with my little readin eyes....

 Being a mystery novel and all that, I am going to go the mysterious route with my review for The Foxglove Killings... Wouldn't want to give anything away, now would I?! So, short and sweet and simple this go around y'all!

 I was a little hesitant to try this one, even though I loved the sound of it. YA Mystery stories are very hit or miss with me. I don't mind knowing early on the "whodunit", but I at least want to be entertained, even after figuring things out. And yes, I did figure things out with this one a little early on, but by George, I was entertained! Tara Kelly is great at keeping up the tense atmosphere, creating a setting that is dark and creepy. The very first scene in the book she starts building her story, and never once lets up. Not only is there great atmosphere, there are seriously in-depth and multi-dimensional characterizations. Those two things, settings and characters, are such important parts of the story for me, and Tara Kelly knocked it out of the park.

 Nova is a great study in contradictions. She is very layered, and the further I dove into the story, the deeper her layers seemed to be. Not just her, but every single character in this book. And there are quite a few that I would consider man players. Nova, who wants to be a detective one day. Smart and fierce, incredibly vulnerable and tough at the same time. I really liked her character, even though some of her actions baffled me at times. Having such well written characters helps you understand their actions even when those actions aren't your favorites. Another MC is Alex. Nova's best friend since they were little, and someone she might just be falling in love with. Talk about a head scratcher! He is a ball of anger, fury, despair, vulnerability, insecurities. I HATED some of the things that he did throughout the story, but I loved him just the same. As well as his little sister, Megan. She added a nice touch of little sisterness to the story. There are more characters that I could talk about all day..... Christian the hotheaded jerk whom I disliked immensely, Zack who was a big mess, Gaby the rich girl who was confusing always, Janika the rebel biyatch, Matt her best friend who just likes trouble, Brandon the cops son who was really nice.... So many great characters all packed into one story. Kudos to you, Ms. Kelly! I look forward to more from you!

 The Foxglove Killings was a great mystery, with a great plot. Nicely paced, not too fast and not too slow. So many aspects, so many views of the world. I really and truly enjoyed this story very much. The ending was very solid, and only added to the overall goodness of the story. So, yep! This book turned out to be a hit with me, and I am looking forward to seeing what this awesome author has planned next! I would highly recommend checking out The Foxglove Killings. Especially to those readers who love mysteries, great characters, and dark and dangerous settings! Be warned: There are some instances where language is used, as well as references to sex and other sexual implications. 

 Thank you so much to Around the World ARC Tours for sending me a copy of this book for review! Y'all rock, as usual! 

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