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2.90  ·  Rating details ·  230 ratings  ·  90 reviews
Sabrina Sebastian's goal in life is to be an investigative reporter. For her first big story, she researches a popular website called Scream Site, where people post scary videos and compete for the most "screams." While Sabrina's friends and her sister, Faith, talk nonstop about the creepy viral videos, Sabrina just hopes that covering this trend will get her the ...more
Hardcover, 264 pages
Published August 1st 2018 by Capstone Editions
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I received this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.

Good grief, this was just absolute boring and urghghghhh. I had the hardest time staying awake and getting through this book. I kept hoping and praying that it would get better, but oh no it didn't. If anything it got more hilarious as the ending got closer, and boy it was anti-climatic as hell.

So, let's start with the blurb, aka who the hell wrote this?
Sabrina Sebastian's goal in life is to be an investigative reporter. True
Schizanthus Nerd
Aug 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Scream Site reminded me a little of the Point Horror books I loved as a kid, only with more introspection and fewer scares. I adored the front cover art and the blurb made it sound as though danger would be lurking around every corner.

While it was an okay read it felt like it was a victim of its own marketing in a way. It’s marketed (depending on where you look) towards readers between 12 and 15 years or 12 and 18 years. I think 12 would be towards the higher end of the age group that would
Aug 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Sabrina Sebastian dreams of being an investigative reporter. Right now she's a reporter for her school's paper, The Mount Clare High School Weekly, but she has her eyes set on a internship at the Daily Sun. A real reporting job! She wants to write an exciting story that will get her noticed. She decides to look into rumors surrounding a horror website, Scream Site. The site is sponsoring a contest to award a big prize to the maker of the video with the most likes and shares at the end of the ...more
Robin Bonne
A quick read. The writing seemed more juvenile fiction than young adult.
Fizah(Books tales by me)
Description of the book sounds different than the book. The story around Sabrina, 14 who is working on her story for the internship when she found out about Scream site and uncovered some horrible things behind it.

If I talk about story only story, the concept was good and interesting, the mystery was well kept and the pace was good, but writing style didn’t impress me after 50 pages I skim read it, and I am happy I did instead of DNFing it. I lost my counting how many times Sabrina’s name was
Claire (bookscoffeeandrepeat)
It could have been a good middle grade novel, except it was difficult for me to be interested in the story and its characters. For some reason, the plot kind of dragged. Then when the mystery was out, it seemed predictable and in a sense, less thrilling and exciting than what I had anticipated. I just didn't enjoy my reading experience for this one. I think this book just wasn't for me.

While I did read this novel because of the intriguing blurb, it just didn't delivered what it promised (in my
Noemie | allmybookthoughts
This was a perfect October read! I was spooked, but not overly scared. I loved the abandoned amusement park/horror/mystery elements to this story. It was lots of fun & perfect for the younger crowd!
Dec 29, 2018 rated it did not like it
I love the blue colour on the cover, but I don't really like the cover xD

Sabrina Sebastian's goal in life is to be an investigative reporter. For her first big story, she researches a popular website called Scream Site, where people post scary videos and compete for the most "screams." While Sabrina's friends and her sister, Faith, talk nonstop about the creepy viral videos, Sabrina just hopes that covering this trend will get her the internship she's wishing for. But as she digs
Faith Simon
May 09, 2018 rated it liked it
I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this title from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

From the synopsis, I was super excited to read this book, it looked promising, exciting and enthralling, and the overall concept struck me as original and just generally interesting. I'm not saying that this book was a total disappointment from what I had originally anticipated, but it sure didn't meet my expectations. Which is not the book's fault, really, that I made my own expectations based from
May 13, 2018 rated it did not like it
I came across this title on a list of must-reads of 2018. I read the blurb and was excited to receive an Advanced proof copy from Netgalley.

The story follows 14-year-old Sabrina whose passion is journalism. She is preparing an application for an internship at the local online paper, but to send in a convincing portfolio she is on the search for a compelling story.

Said pursuit leads her to Scream Site, a website set up by a couple of horror directors for aspiring directors to upload their
Jan 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Lauren AKA randomreader
There is no nice way I can express this: Awful.
Maybe I'm being so harsh because I'm low on sleep and didn't get my much needed coffee, but this book was such a disappointment.
The synopsis was so intriguing and sounded like the perfect Halloween read. I really expected something scary and gruesome. Instead I got a half hearted mystery chock full of blandness.

The writing right from the beginning was something I knew I would not be vibing with, but I wanted to push through to give this book a
Jul 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: black-authors
Scream Site is a fast-paced, kind of creepy mystery that tackles safety on the internet and would be appropriate for younger teens, say 12 or 13 years old. High school freshman Sabrina dreams of becoming an investigative journalist and needs the perfect article for her internship application. When she begins investigating the link between missing girls and website for amateur horror videos, things become a little too real and connected with her own life.

This was a quick and pretty enjoyable
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I got sent this book in exchange for a honest review, all my opinions are my own and thank you so much to the publishers for sending me this book!

This story follows Sabrina, who works for her high school's newspaper and she is encouraged to write her report on a new internet crazy website called Scream Site where people are posting scary videos in hopes of winning a competition hosted by a film director.

This a very dark thrilling mystery book and I really really enjoyed it! It was different and
Mar 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Take two parts Blair Witch Project, and mix it with one part "nobody believes me, I'm just a kid" trope; mix in a rocks glass, salt the rim, and what we have here is Justina Ireland'sScream Site.


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Our main star of this little mysterious ditty is Sabrina Sebastian, a high school freshman who wants more than anything in the world to become an investigative journalist. Sabrina lost her father almost a year ago, and is coping with that loss. Combined with
Scream Site is a thriller novel about a young aspiring journalist working to uncover the mystery behind disappearances of girls connected to a horror site. Sabrina is a high school freshman, and she is determined enough to apply for an internship program at a news outlet - but first she needs a really good article to show her skills with. On the suggestion of her friend, Evelyn, she starts looking into the rumors surrounding Scream Site, that there are girls who use it and disappear. With the ...more
Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Justina Ireland, author of YA fantasy novels such as VENGEANCE BOUND and PROMISE OF THE SHADOWS, enters the world of mystery with her new work SCREAM SITE. The novel follows high school freshman Sabrina Sebastian, a budding investigative reporter struggling with her father’s recent death.

Sabrina begins her research after she stumbles upon the creepy website Scream Site, which allows people to post seemingly fake horror videos. Some of the videos, however, seem a bit too real for comfort. After
Sep 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Nothing particularly exciting about this book but nothing wrong with it either. It was a cute, quick read.
Feb 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018-read
I expected quite a bit more creep factor in this one than I received, but I believe that may be due to it being marketed for young adults. It would definitely provide the chills for middle graders, so I am going to give it a middle three stars. I'm hoping copies find their ways into the hands of the group most likely to appreciate them,

This review is based upon a complimentary copy provided by the publisher in exchange for honest feedback.
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
Okay. I was prepared to really love this book. At around 50% of the way through the book, I was already planning the glowing review I would write of it. It was spooky, it had a pretty good, pretty original plot set up. And then... the last twenty, ten percent or so of the book happened, and all that went out the window.

Good grief. Where do I start.

I think there are definitely some good things about this book. First, I thought it was a solid premise it was built on. Aspiring reporter investigates
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
I received this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.

I wanted to read this book because the title, the cover and the blurb made it seem like this was going to be a pretty decent horror story, maybe a bit like the stories from R.L. Stine. Turns out, I was wrong.

Scream Site is a YA (maybe more middle grade) mystery about a website called Scream Site, on which people (but mostly teens) can post their "scary" videos with a chance to win their very own horror movie. Our main character
Jul 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Fourteen-year-old Sabrina is a high school freshman and an aspiring journalist. When a local paper offers a summer internship, she is determined to apply but she needs something a little more substantial than her usual high school fluff pieces. When her best friend tells her about a popular website called Scream Site on which people can upload their own homemade horror videos, she knows she's found her story especially after hearing rumours about some of the girls who were seen in these videos ...more
May 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
After reading Justina Ireland's YA, Dread Nation, which has a solid amount of scare, I was ecstatic to pick up her latest MG, Scream Site. There has been a micro-trend of horror MG lately, and this is absolutely up my alley.

Sabrina Sebastian dreams of being an investigative reporter and knows the right internship can help her become one. While she struggles to pick just the right story for her application, her best friend suggests she write about the Scream Site disappearances. Scream Site is a
Rae Lin
Jun 11, 2019 rated it liked it
I have some things to say about this book:

Scream Site reads like an Internet Creepypasta. It has that feel of a horror story written on r/Creepypasta on Reddit. An alleged psychopath who uses the titular Scream Site social media page to kidnap girls and use them in his videos?

Sounds like something I’ve read before.

But I’ll get on to it!

• The sense of atmospheric tension. This book did keep me on the edge of my seat but that only happened when I was at least 50% in.

• The plot. This
Jun 27, 2018 rated it liked it
I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this title from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

The first thing I would like to say about this book is that I was really confused at first, thinking I was reading a YA, but it read more like a middle grade book. The age range for this book is more like 11-13 year olds. Which was a little disappointing because the premise of the book, with there being a website with girls going missing, and the videos of them showing up on the "scream site,"
Aug 31, 2018 rated it did not like it
First of all, thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for sending me this book to review.

Okay, so… this book did not work for me. At all. The whole thing felt so lagging, I was not the least bit motivated to read. I found the storyline to drag quite a bit on things that weren't necessarily relevant to the basic plot - which, I have to say, was very intriguing but it somehow failed to deliver. I literally picked it up after more than a month of starting and even then I had to force myself to
Jun 17, 2018 rated it liked it
This is categorized as a YA novel on NetGalley, but I have to wonder if that was a mistake, because it reads very much like a middle grade book. Fourteen-year-old protagonist Sabrina is a likable main character. She's very goal-oriented, and her tenacity and love of her family are admirable. Best friend Evelyn is a hoot, and steals nearly every scene.

The mystery is intriguing, but requires a massive suspension of disbelief from the reader. The details overlooked by investigating detectives and
May 06, 2019 rated it liked it

I had high hopes for this since I had enjoyed Ireland's writing in Dread Nation, but while the writing is still good, this book just doesn't stand out from the crowd. Also it's very young for YA novel, this would be suitable for middle grades as well, 6+.

It's more Scooby Doo comedy than suspense/horror, there are a few creepy moments, but nothing that had me on the edge of my seat. The story centers on main character Sabrina and her attempts to solve the disappearances of girls that seem
Becca Fowell
May 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
Firstly, I would like to thank the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC for this book.

I really liked the sound of this book when I saw it available for request on NetGalley and I was really glad I got given this book to read. Unfortunately, I found the book quite hard to read in the sense that I wasn't hooked at any point of the story, it was pretty predictable and very anti-climatic. I feel like the whole thing is very rushed, especially towards the end when Sabrina's sister
Amanda Caravello
Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: net-galley, reviewed
Scream Site is a mystery story that revolves around the main character, Sabrina, and her quest to discover the truth behind the creepy website Scream Site and what happened to the girls disappearing after using it. There is some sleuthing done on Sabrina's part to help aid her in her investigation. The character is 14 years old and appears as such, she makes some rather bad decisions that put her in danger. I think the clues throughout the novel helped propel it forward as well as all of the ...more
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Justina Ireland is the New York Times bestselling author of Dread Nation (Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins), the middle-grade novel Star Wars, Flight of the Falcon: Lando’s Luck and Spark of the Resistance, a Star Wars Story (Lucasfilm Books), the fantasy young adult novels Vengeance Bound and Promise of Shadows (both Simon and Schuster), and Scream Site (Capstone Editions), a middle-grade thriller. ...more
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