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Scared Little Rabbits

3.36  ·  Rating details ·  422 ratings  ·  134 reviews
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 the
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Published December 3rd 2019 by Sourcebooks Fire
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Sophie "Beware Of The Reader"
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 ca
Dec 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
"These games have gone on between us for too long already."

The synopsis of this book immediately drew me in, but it ended up being pretty misleading. It sounded like this was going to be a suspense novel about a missing student, but the student didn't even go missing until the last 100 pages (this book is 350+ pages). Scared Little Rabbits is a contemporary romance disguised as a thriller. I don't have a problem with contemporary romance, but I don't like being misled into picking up a book.

Dec 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
When I saw that A.V. Geiger wrote a new book, I had to read it. I loved the Follow Me Back books, full of open-mouthed twists and turns. Scared Little Rabbits is like that, too!

Even if I had difficulty believing in the student's disappearance for a bit, when everything unfolded, I was blindsided by all the twists (in a good way) to doubt it anymore. I was completely glued to the pages, wanting to know more and more until the end.

Many thanks to Sourcebook Fire for the complimentary e-copy of thi
A.V. Geiger
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps

Nora 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,
Melanie (TBR and Beyond)
Oh boy, where do I even start with this mess? I read and really enjoyed the author's first book, Follow Me Back.  It wasn't great writing or anything, but it was addicting and had a great twist at the end.  I was pretty excited to see she had a new book coming out, I actually pre-ordered Scared Little Rabbits and read it very shortly after it arrived. WHAT. A. HOT. MESS.  If you don't like rant reviews, then move along - this is not for you.

The basic premise is our main character, Nora goes to a
Nov 18, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: reviewed
"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. ...more
Carrie (brightbeautifulthings)
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 ap
Dec 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Thank you NetGalley and Sourcebooks Fire for a complimentary copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own.

Scared Little Rabbits
By: A.V. Geiger

*REVIEW* ⭐⭐⭐
I have always enjoyed mystery stories centered around prep schools. Scared Little Rabbits is that type of story, but the plot just didn't grab my attention like I expected it to. The story is intriguing but definitely on a more juvenile level. I do think young adult readers will enjoy this story because it's teen
Jordan Lynde
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 Sca
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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!
Nov 26, 2019 rated it liked it
**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 play
3.5 stars.
Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for this digital ARC in exchange for an honest review.
I don't read a huge amount of YA books anymore but there's something about A.V. Geiger that makes me come back. It might be a bit of a guilty pleasure but I enjoy her books because they're not overly sappy and she does write a good climax, even when the beginning of this book was just a tiny bit slow to start.
Nora is accepted into a summer program where she has to develop something new. When
Karen Barber
Jan 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Nora has yearned for her opportunity to get involved in the Winthrop Academy summer program. She has the opportunity to show her coding knowledge, but little does she know that this is going to be the kind of experience nobody could predict.
In spite of her lack of social presence, Nora finds herself caught up in new relationships. She develops a huge crush on a fellow student called Maddox and thinks the feeling might be mutual, but Maddox seems to have a complicated relationship with Eleanor Wi
The Story Girl
Jul 22, 2020 rated it it was ok
A girl gets accepted to a summer program and a coding competition at a prestigious academy, where she ends up collaborating on a virtual reality game called InstaLove. This book had such an interesting premise, but sadly, it failed to deliver. First of all, the plot synopsis makes you think this book is about a girl going missing and the main character being framed... but the girl doesn't even go missing until 72% of the way through, so that is entirely misleading. And really, up until that poin ...more
Mar 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
I was a little concerned when I started this one.

I was expecting a thriller. Instead it seemed like it was going to be angst and omg he’s hot and mean girls. If it seems that way to you, give it a minute. Once the author gets going, this becomes a tense and suspenseful thriller.

It soon becomes clear that most of the character are more complex than you expect…and most have some dark secrets.

There’s some fun text, cute crushes, and, yes, danger!

A very enjoyable, fast-paced read!
Shannon Rochester
Jan 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for my digital copy in exchange for an honest review.

This book was a little love story and a little crime thriller all rolled into one young adult novel. The main characters are Nora and Maddox and they meet at a summer "nerd" program at Winthrop Academy. Nora is an awkward girl who is still trying to grow into herself and Maddox is a boy who already has a girlfriend... Boy meets Girl, they fall in love very quickly and all Hell breaks loose. :) While it
Jan 05, 2022 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dropped
DNF'ed at 39 pages

I usually wouldn't review a book that I DNFed but this is the biggest case of a COMPLETE instalove troupe, with a pick me girl who's never "noticed", and feels completely written-by-a-14-year-old I have ever read in my life. I genuinely felt like I was reading some bad Dramione fanfiction again from 2010. If you don't mind those things, then by all means go for it. But I nearly ripped my hair out and barely got through three chapters.
Joann M
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Oct 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Review to come
Erin (erinevelynreads)
Nov 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley19
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started Scared Little Rabbits. It starts off as a thriller but quickly morphs into a teen drama filled with mean girls, outcasts, and cute boys.

Set at a summer program for tech geniuses, it follows teenage engineer Nora, as she navigates the social landscape of the program. There she meets Maddox, a seemingly bad boy, on the social media app known as InstaLove. Maddox, the former longtime boyfriend of program sweetheart and billionaire daughter Eleanor, is int
Jan 13, 2020 rated it liked it
I liked the technological details and the characters of Nora and Reese but I felt the book dragged in places.
Oct 13, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
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 pr ...more
Living My Best Book Life
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, thriller, arc, mystery, coding
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
Megan W. (pnwbookworm)
I had high hopes for this book and it started off strong but that soon devolved into typical high school stuff and I just didn't enjoy it. I adore YA thrillers, and the setting of a prestigious boarding school had me excited to read it. However the book wasn't really that thrilling. The plot is also extremely slow, nothing really happens until you are 70% through the book, if you make it that far. I also just didn't like any of the characters and by the time stuff started happening I just didn't ...more
Kajree Gautom
Mar 30, 2020 rated it did not like it
This blurb was super misleading, to say the least. A student goes missing but that doesn't even happen until the last 100 pages. Yikes. And the rabbits? Goodness, the relation of rabbits to the story and title just made me want to gag. Ugh.
The story was original, no doubt. It created an eerie setting that strived to show the effects of cyber bullying. Really good. But ultimately, the execution fell really short. The ending was rushed, abrupt. The twist was not a good one, though.
I loved the au
Kit Frick
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. ...more
iqra nadeem
Oct 26, 2022 rated it did not like it
Shelves: one-star
i did not like this book as you can tell from the one star. it was weak and istg the plot didn’t even start until page 250!!! cmon man 😔 but there was also some things about this book that were just plain annoying and didn’t make sense

-maddox : flat cardboard cutout of a character who’s only personality was calling the mc a rabbit and being controlled by his girlfriend

-nora : can’t stand up for herself and she barely did anything to prevent the tragedies of the plot. i also didn’t like how the e
Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you NetGalley and SOURCEBOOKS Fire for this digital copy in exchange for an honest review.

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 g
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A.V. Geiger writes contemporary young adult fiction. Her YA thrillers FOLLOW ME BACK and sequel TELL ME NO LIES are available now from Sourcebooks Fire. Her next book SCARED LITTLE RABBITS will release in December 2019. An epidemiologist by training, she has always enjoyed a professional life that combines both creativity and logic. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and two kids.

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