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All the Pretty Things

3.11  ·  Rating details ·  63 ratings  ·  47 reviews
For fans of Sadie and The Cheerleaders comes an all new thriller about a boy who turns up dead under suspicious circumstances and the one girl who may be the key to solving the mystery of his untimely death.

For Ivy, summer means roller-coaster season, spinning cotton candy at the Fabuland amusement park, and hanging out with her best friend, Morgan. But this summer is
Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Expected publication: March 17th 2020 by Delacorte Press
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Well, I want to name my reads with Bryan Adams’ “So far so good”album but unfortunately I name them with my favorite U2 song and “I still haven’t found what I’m looking for”

This book seemed like a promising mystery. One young boy, Ethan who is also staff member, suffering from Down Syndrome found dead at an amusement park by his coworker Morgan.

After the incident, Ivy, our heroine, daughter of park’s owner, returns back from her holiday at NC and she finds out her friend climbed and hid herself
ARC received!!

Thank you so much, Delacorte Press. I look forward to seeing what this one is all about!
Wendi Lee
Ivy comes back from vacation to find her small town in turmoil. An acquaintance and fellow Fabuland co-worker has died, and Ivy's best friend, Morgan, had the misfortune of finding his body. Even worse, Morgan has barricaded herself on one of Fabuland's rides after hours, and is refusing to get down.

It's up to Ivy to get Morgan down from the ride, and then solve the mystery of what really happened to their co-worker, Ethan.

The atmosphere in this mystery is exactly right. Fabuland (which
Feb 15, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to NetGalley for a Kindle ARC of All The Pretty Things.

I was intrigued by the premise (and the cover! Can I say how much I love this cover?) and excited when my request was approved.

But, then my excitement waned.

This isn't so much a thriller than it is about a young woman struggling to come to terms with the harsh realities of her life and family.

* Minor spoilers ahead *

When a young, mentally disabled man who works at her dad's amusement park is found dead, Ivy plays Columbo and
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
***Thank you to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of ALL THE PRETTY THINGS by Emily Arsenault in exchange for my honest review.***

When Ivy’s best friend Morgan finds the body of a special needs young man, the teen ends up in a psych hospital leaving Ivy a cryptic message about Ethan’s death. Ivy, determined to help her friend and solve the mystery, questions her coworkers at Fabuland, the her father’s amusement park.

Ivy is a good kid, hard working, dedicated to her father, loyal
Dec 14, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
It seems I side with the majority in saying that this wasn't what it proclaimed to be. After reading the summary, the reader expects this to be a mystery set in an amusement park, and the story is that to a small degree. What the summary leaves out is everything else. How Ivy spends the whole book asking fellow amusement park workers questions regarding Ethan's death. How much time is dedicated to Ivy working at Fabuland and thinking. How there is never a mystery like the synopsis claims. The ...more
Thank you to Netgalley and Random House Children’s for e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.

This was...not good. This supposed “ya thriller” is missing any and all thrills, which is a bummer. The premise was good, I loved the setting and the beginning was strong. But then 90% passed with just the MC, Ivy, going around and asking other characters what happened on one fateful night. Absolutely nothing of any significance happens until the very end. And even then, it’s not exciting or surprising
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange of an honest review.

TW: death, overdose, sexual harassment and assault, suicide thoughts

Ivy Cork is the daughter of the owner of Fabuland, the amusement park in her city and during summer she usually takes care of the spinning cotton candy machine and she hangs out with her best friend Morgan. But when Morgan finds one of their former classmate and coworker, Ethan, dead, everything changes and Morgan has a mental breakdown, refusing to talk to Ivy.
Merlin Bookworm
Oct 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was good. Sad and not what I expected when I picked it up. I called the part about her dad though.
Brenna Clark
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you so much to NetGalley for this ARC; it was one of the most thrilling mysteries I have read in a long time. I had the hardest time putting it down once I had started it-- all of the chapters ended in a question being answered but like a sapling, the intrigue just grew and grew until there were so many branches. Some branches might be questions that hit a dead end. Others bore fruit and continued the life of the story. The majority of them had this in common: even if one mystery seemed ...more
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Lindsay Montague
Death, sexual assault

This book suffers from false advertising. When reading the summary, you are led to believe this is a mystery thriller. And while there is a sort of mystery being unraveled, this reads much more like a familial drama. Our main character Ivy comes home from a week's vacation with her whole world upside down. One of her coworkers is dead and her best friend, Morgan, found the body. As Morgan is in no shape to answer any questions, Ivy takes it upon herself
Feb 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers
This one is a bit of a slow burn, for fans of "slice of life" YA contemporary who like messy characters and bits of suspense. I was drawn in initially by the "set at a small town amusement park" angle, which indeed is the book's strong suit. Fabuland felt so real, and I love all the weird quirks of the world.

Even though it starts off with a death of one of the park's employees, the book isn't a typical "someone died and I must investigate!" thriller because Ivy's drive is to get to the bottom of
Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This wasn't the book I expected it to be, and I'm okay with that.

I expected a murder mystery set in a small town amusement park, but instead, the focus of the mystery shifts from murder to the secrets hidden in Ivy's own family. I was honestly really impressed by how the author subtly wove in this shift - from the very beginning, I picked up a hint of this secondary plot (that soon took over), but then took the main character's non-reaction as an indication that I was over-reacting instead of
Kavanand (Reading for Two)
All the Pretty Things is a young adult mystery that held my attention, but never really grabbed me. It's the story of Ivy, a teenager who's investigating a mystery and coming to terms with her very dysfunctional family. Ivy gets involved in the mystery after her best friend finds a the dead body of a boy they knew and then (understandably) cracks up a bit.

There were things I liked about the book. it's set mostly in a small-town amusement park. Ivy's father owns the park and she's working there
Jenna R
**I was provided an electronic ARC from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for honest review.**

Emily Arsenault's second YA novel, All the Pretty Things, is part slice of life, part mystery, and part hard-hitting contemporary. Readers follow Ivy Cork whose father owns a doughnut franchise and amusement park. When a local kid shows up dead, things just don't seem quite right and Ivy takes it upon herself to investigate his death.This book does mention mental health struggles and sexual
Feb 18, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
**My thanks to the publisher for providing me with this ARC in exchange for an honest review. **

All the Pretty Things is a YA mystery set in a small town who's teenagers flock for their summer jobs to a carnival ground called Fabuland. Our protagonist, Ivy Cork, is the daughter of the owner and is considered to be one of his most valuable assets(as opposed to just his kid). When Ethan, the cousin of Ivy's best friend Morgan is found dead, and Morgan withdraws into herself, Ivy is drawn to the
Feb 13, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of ALL THE PRETTY THINGS by Emily Arsenault in exchange for my honest review

This book seemed like a promising mystery. One boy, Ethan who is also staff member, suffering from Down Syndrome found dead at an amusement park by his coworker Morgan. Ivy daughter of the owner and friend to Morgan, tries to figure out how and why Ethan died. Ivy was very insensitive to the other people in Ethan's life the way she dug around for answers. I
Dec 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ivy Cork is the daughter of an amusement park owner. Recently one of the park employees was found dead, and Ivy's best friend seems to have had a mental break because of the situation. Ivy starts asking questions and discovering things about people that she probably didn't want to know. All of the pieces in the puzzle come together in the end.

I was hesitant to like Ivy because she wasn't very tactful when asking the questions she needed to ask, and her lack of tact was getting her into hot water
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I wouldn't quite agree with the blurbs or synopsis of what this book is meant to be. I expected a full fledged mystery set in an amusement park with lots of twists and turns. What I got was... a whole book with Ivy questioning everyone about the death of Ethan, the twist revealed in the beginning of the book and just a general lack of thriller. I was a huge fan of Sadie and The Cheerleaders and I do not feel like this book was in that category at all nor did it live up to those books. Maybe ...more
Margarita (margaritathedrink)
I am stuck in between my rating so i am going with 3.5 stars

This book was not as dark as Sadie but still on that level, it dealt with death/loss and sexual assault/harrassment.
and i also never want to read the word Sprinkles ever again.


Ivy is the main character and comes home from a trip to her best friend Morgan in another state of mind. Morgan had recently found a coworker Ethan who had down syndrome dead leaving questions unanswered and her in a state of mind that Ivy was trying to
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me to review this book.

I wanted to like this book. It's billed as a mystery, but in actuality it's a halfhearted attempt to tackle a completely different, very serious issue.

Ivy returns home from vacation to discover that her best friend has found the body of a local boy. His death is mysterious, and finding him has messed with Morgan's mind. Ivy sets out to find out what really happened to Ethan, in order to help her Morgan recover. Sounds
Chelsea Humphrey
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was ok
Well this is tough, because I loved the premise behind All the Pretty Things and it had some truly creepy moments, but the whodunnit is quite obvious from the early stages of the story. That, coupled with the stilted dialogue and dads who say "Ummm...?!" at the beginning of every sentence truly wore me down. I'm not the target audience for this book, so perhaps this is what the teens are into these days, and if it sounds interesting to you then I recommend trying this one out for yourself.

Jan 18, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me an E-arc copy of All the Pretty Things.
I am not sure if I liked or disliked this book. I enjoyed certain aspects of the plot while I had a huge issue with the mental health depiction of Ivy. I don't want to get "preachy", but we want to encourage mental health awareness and at times I felt like the actions in this book were stereotypical judgements. As a parent and youth librarian who works with mental health challenged kids, I am not sure
Jan 29, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Copy provided by the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

All The Pretty Things is a fast paced thrill ride. I read this fairly quickly so it was definitely interesting but I just felt the ending fell flat. We had a ton of build up for this big reveal and then book end. Theres minimal fallout for parties involved. I wish it would have had an epilogue or something. I feel like the last 100 pages were very rushed. However I did enjoy this book just wish there was a little more
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I had high hopes for this book and was enthralled by the mystery of who dun it right away. And that's where my interest stopped. It's written at a very low level for YA- I'd recommend middle grades if not for the dark matter and themes. The "twists" were expected and not at all fulfilling. It was a really good premise, I wanted to like it more but it just left a sour taste in my mind. I didn't care for the procedure of "I must ask this person. Now this person. Now this person...." ad nauseam.
Johnna Whetstone
This was a well written, intense story once you got to the end. Many heartbreaking moments within, even though the author lays them out so that you don’t know exactly what they’ll be. Well written, character development was amazing, and it was important when you got the full story the author was conveying! Definitely worth the read, but prepare yourself for some tears, shocks, and chills!
Will make sure I buzz up on all the different platforms!
Julia Black
When I first started reading this book I thought it was gonna some great mystery but it wasnt. This book was just kinda meh. I just kinda wanted it to be over to be honest. I kinda figured as much about the bad guy because of how they would act. I mean he was really weird. The characters just gave basic answers to Ivy's questions just to try to keep a mystery but not really. It felt like everything was trying way too hard.

Thanks to Netgalley for my copy to read and review.
Azzurra Nox
The premise of the book was very promising. However, from the 10% mark onwards, it was obvious how slow this book was gonna be. Not to mention that the killer in the book is pretty obvious cause he's a creep. This was such a miss when it could've been so good.
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