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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 internshi 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 into the truth behind the website, she begins to suspect that these aren't only aspiring actors and videographers at work. Some clips seem a little too real. And when Faith goes missing, Sabrina must race against time to save her sister from becoming the next video "star."


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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 internshi 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 into the truth behind the website, she begins to suspect that these aren't only aspiring actors and videographers at work. Some clips seem a little too real. And when Faith goes missing, Sabrina must race against time to save her sister from becoming the next video "star."

30 review for Scream Site

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mehsi

    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 Fo 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 For her first big story, she researches a popular website called Scream Site, where people post scary videos and compete for the most "screams." Semi-true, actually she is doing it for an internship. She has written numerous stories already, and is now looking for something that will entice the boss of that paper for an internship. 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. Wrong. Sabrina has only one friend and she doesn't care that much about the site, she only knows about it from an article (and that article spurred Sabrina to investigate). Her sister did watch the videos, and also later uploads one, but to say she talks about it? No. But as she digs into the truth behind the website, she begins to suspect that these aren't only aspiring actors and videographers at work. Some clips seem a little too real. Actually she knows this from the start. When she first checks out the videos. And when Faith goes missing, Sabrina must race against time to save her sister from becoming the next video "star." Hahaahahahahaha, you know this doesn't happen until page 223, aka almost 85%? Yep, SPOILER ALERT. Now we have that blurb out of the way, the blurb that enticed me to read this book, let's go to the book. Say hello to Sabrina, a girl dedicated to becoming a great writer. To win an internship she has to write a big article, and she chooses a site called the Scream Site. There are various exciting rumours floating around about the site, ranging from murder to stalkers. As she continues investigating (and sticking her nose where it doesn't belong) she gets further and further entangled. Not to say it was very exciting, as this girl just keeps on going on and on about the same things. She is pretty gung-ho about Asher (such a rookie mistake to just keep one suspect), even though I thought Asher was pretty cute and sweet and he really didn't scream KILLER or KIDNAPPER. Plus I loved how she didn't care that people warned her that it may be a bad idea to actually do this, and how it took her to page 204 before she realised that maybe this is a bad idea. Then again, she turns around instantly a few pages later and just goes right ahead to investigate. She also makes various other mistakes that could have gotten her into real danger.. (view spoiler)[well if there was any danger. (hide spoiler)] Sure it was admirable that this girl kept on going and was dedicated to find those missing girls, but sometimes you just have to let it go, especially if you are 14 years old. But you can also see what happens when the police don't take you seriously (then again, that is to be expected, it is something so cliche). But I guess I would also be a bit hesitant to believe a 14-year old girl who just comes with some random evidence. But as I said, we later on see what happens due to this lack of faith. Oh, and don't worry (view spoiler)[the police will say sorry, as they always do. (hide spoiler)] Also given that Asher knew Sabrina's name, I was actually hoping for something blooming between them. The ending was highly anti-climatic. Like really, I wasn't sure if I should be laughing, rolling around laughing, rolling my eyes, or fall asleep. Maybe I could do a mixture of it. Boy, I had expected some tension, some excitement, but instead I guess I could have expected given how sleepy/bland the whole book was. I had a laugh at Evelyn when she tried to get her friend to stop investigating. First she talks about safety, and the next moment she talks about how Sabrina would get unpopular due to this. This girl needs to set her priorities straight. There are a few moments of tension, but they quickly die away, and frankly I was done with this book on page 50, and at page 101 I was wondering how the hell I should continue this book. Plus these, Sabrina says that her dad was very convincing on the whole: "You should be wary of who you chat with/and be careful on the internet." Yet Sabrina's sister just hooks up with some dude on the internet. And yes, I believe she may have known him, but really, I can also tell someone on the internet that I am x or y, it is so easy. So I was kind of rolling my eyes that she would be that stupid. This could have been so exciting, this had all the potential (based on the blurb) for a terrific, exciting, creepy book. Amusement parks (especially abandoned ones) make for a terrific horror scene. Add to the mix kidnapping and maybe murder and it is perfection. Sad to see those terrific settings and subjects go to waste in this book. NOT recommended. Not at all. I would kindly ask to have this book renamed to Yawn Site. And I am sure I could point out a few more things, but frankly I want to delete this book and get on with another, hopefully better, book. Review first posted at https://twirlingbookprincess.com/

  2. 4 out of 5

    Schizanthus

    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 enj 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 enjoy this book most. I can trace a lot of the problems I had with this book back to its blurb. We’re told very clearly that Faith, Sabrina’s sister, goes missing so I assumed this would happen fairly early in the story and then we’d spend the rest of the book chasing down clues to try to save her before its too late. As a result of this (wrong) assumption each time I read Faith’s name I was looking for clues and getting ready to learn of her disappearance and potential demise. Then I got bored waiting for the inevitable. By the time it finally happens I was already 85% of the way through the book and I don’t think I’ll be so happy to learn that someone may have been kidnapped ever again. It’s difficult to know what spoiler territory looks like in a book whose blurb is possibly the biggest spoiler of all so let’s just say there are potential spoilers in my review. Consider yourself warned. Sabrina is a 14 year old wannabe investigative journalist. She like super wants to apply for a summer internship at a newspaper. If that last sentence annoyed you then this is probably not the book for you. People are “super busy”, things are “super creepy” or “super weird”, and “it was super illegal”. “He, like, volunteers” and is “like the nicest guy in the entire school”. Why does our main character, who loves documentaries and romantic comedies, decide to investigate a website hosted by horror movie makers? Because she hasn’t come up with a good lead for her internship application and her best (and possibly only) friend thinks it’s a good idea. After watching one video and suitably freaking herself out Sabrina decides there’s more to the story and continues her own personal scare fest for the rest of the book. Sabrina scares herself when the lights suddenly go out in her home a couple of times but as it’s already established early on that this happens all the time I never expected any jump scares to come as a result of rooms plunging into darkness. Besides the too much information blurb I found myself questioning too many elements to really enjoy much of the read. With her sister missing and this website being pretty much her only clue I doubt that Lupe would have handed over her sister’s login information to a 14 year old investigative journalist wannabe she’d just met. I would have thought that a horror video competition would encourage originality but most of the videos seem to be of girls being chased through the woods. “Everyone shot their videos in the woods.” We hear about “creepy nursery rhyme recitations” but the vagueness of this detracts from any potential creepiness. If Evelyn (Sabrina’s best and maybe only friend) was so concerned about Sabrina’s safety while meeting some random person from the internet then why didn’t she go with her? Originally I thought I might like Evelyn with her dyed streak in her hair and somewhat rebellious attitude. I was wrong. “I care about popularity, and I need you to pull it together, Sabrina. We are perfectly positioned to be in the mid-tier of cool next year, which means we will at least be popular enough to get invited to the good parties. But that’s not going to happen if you keep up with running around like this.” When it seems as though Sabrina is in actual danger she lies to her mother. I spent most of the book wondering why Sabrina didn’t tell her mother what she was investigating and then I found out. Sabrina finally tells her Mum and she’s not believed. Okay, question answered. I wasn’t sure why Sabrina didn’t try to warn her sister that she feared she’d be the next victim. Even with the adults of the world in collective disbelief and the risk of not being believed by Faith either, I still would have been warning her to be “super” careful. Do sophomores and seniors have classes together? They do in this book. I found it odd that Sabrina didn’t know that the guy her best friend had a crush on last summer is the same guy she has a crush on now; the one she gushes over in the coffee shop in the first chapter. The page after this confusion Evelyn seems to get confused about why Sabrina would be mentioning her uncle in relation to the missing girl. You know, the only uncle that’s mentioned in the book; the police detective. I doubt detective uncle would be revealing details of an open case to his 14 year old niece. It was also fairly convenient that both times his niece dropped by the police station Uncle John just so happened to be working and sitting at his desk. While I loved the front cover image and it’s part of the reason why I wanted to read this book in the first place there’s no mention in the entire book of a ferris wheel. Funland “featured go karts, an arcade, and mini-golf”. I had really hoped for a clichéd but fun final scene atop the ferris wheel or on some other unseen but amusement type ride. I was quite disappointed in the big reveal and the explanation that followed. I came across plenty of typos but as I read an ARC I expect/hope they would have been corrected prior to publication. There was a fair bit of time spent recounting information the characters and reader already know. There were also some sentences that didn’t exactly fit well with what followed, e.g., “Sabrina didn’t sleep at all that night.” The rest of the paragraph talks about her waking up from nightmares. Thank you very much to NetGalley and Capstone for the opportunity to read this book. Had the blurb not given away too much I expect I would have enjoyed it more.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Juli

    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 yea 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 year. But, rumors are circulating that girls who have posted popular videos to the site are disappearing. Sabrina starts researching the site and the rumors and discovers the stories might just be true. The whole thing might just revolve around the sponsors of Scream Site, a closed amusement park and a Scream Site user, Shady99. When she starts looking deeper into the disappearances, she starts receiving threats. Her perfect news story might just be a bit more dangerous than she thought! The premise for this story makes for a great YA horror story. Horror video site gone horribly wrong. And for the first 2/3 of the book, I was completely engrossed in the plot. But....the ending fell flat for me. I felt the ending was rushed and a bit too convenient....a "safe'' ending? While it is important to remember the audience a book is written for, I think the end for this one was a bit too childish.....like an old Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys ending. Too soft. I was waiting for a horrific finish......and I didn't get it. But, I enjoyed the story up to that point. My son, who is a YouTube fanatic, would like this book. I think he would have the same comments about the ending that I did though. I liked this book enough to read more by this author. The story was engaging and interesting. My only problem with it was the ending. I wanted more of a Scream from Scream Site. Justina Ireland has written several other YA books including Dread Nation and Vengeance Bound. Dread Nation sound so interesting! A zombie story set back in the Civil War era....definitely added to my TBR list! **I voluntarily read a review copy of this book from Capstone via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.**

  4. 5 out of 5

    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 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 opinion). The book did not meet my expectations. At the same time, I just didn't care for its characters. I don't know if it was because I'm too old to be reading middle grade, or the characters just weren't interesting to me. Even if this was the case, there was just something in this book that didn't seem too bad. I thought the writing was atmospheric and the author did deliver what I think is the message of the book or the lesson of the story, since this is a middle grade novel after all. **Huge thanks to the publisher at Netgalley for providing access to this book in exchange for an honest review

  5. 4 out of 5

    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 us 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 used it was irritating, some other things were so repeated like how little is sabrina she is just a kid…and after her father died before his father died, I couldn’t say why it was so important to clear it again and again…Sabrina’s mother is irritating, how a mother can’t believe her daughter….The ending was too quick and could be better…Most of the people were silly and heartless. I don’t get when every character is named in the book even if it gets a little part in the story…I am not a fan of naming every character.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kayla

    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 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 I appreciated that. I don't read a lot of Young Adult Thrillers so it was definitely something new and foreign to me. I did not like our Main Character, she was very Mary Sue in the worst possible way. She mentions of how she works for the school newspaper and how she is scared of horror movies and how her life is perfect in every way and how sweet and innocent she is but to be honest it did fit well in with the story. Overall it was a great book and if you are interested in reading it, Scream Site hits shelves on the 1st August.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Noemie

    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!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Faith Simon

    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 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 what I'd read in the synopsis. But I just generally didn't care for the execution of the story. I thought the pacing was good, it just took until the very last 30 pages for the mystery to be solved, and the climax was very rushed. At the end, the mystery is solved, yet it all happens in only 30 pages, we don't get any redemption or meaningful conclusion, it's just "yay it's all done now time to go back to normal life and forget all about it." Not to mention that the ending was really anti-climactic, the entire book was building up to this very moment, and it just felt… disappointing. Surprise readers, it's not at all what you thought it was, it's way more boring than what you were led to believe. Also, I would have liked to further examine what happened to Asher and the other guy who had his pictures used, how are they holding up? We don't know, because the story ends on such a rushed note, dialogue happens and then we read a quick montage of Sabrina getting adults saying "I should have listened to you" and that's it. I just really did not like how rushed the ending was, it felt like all this buildup in the story was essentially for absolutely nothing. There is a point in the story where the narration begins recapping information and events, like what you'd see in an installment of a series, a quick recap from what occurred in the last installment. Except, this is just one book, I've been reading and have been keeping track of what's happened this entire novel, so why the random recap as though there was some sort of break in between the story? I also thought it was a bit unrealistic that a fourteen-year-old girl was finding evidence of a crime going on within this website, in plain sight if you were invested enough, a few weeks after girls have gone missing. If this mystery really was a conspiracy everyone was talking about, some person on the internet would have already made those connections way sooner if the community really was invested in the conspiracy as the novel states. This being said, I did really enjoy the pacing of this novel, I think the slow reveal of information and the various dilemmas Sabrina faces on the way were paced well where I wasn't too bored, and the story didn't feel rushed, like it was just good pacing, at least until the end. I just feel as though the pacing of the book was all but thrown off at the end, like everything that happened built up to an ending that didn't have very much payoff in regards to the majority of the book. But regardless, I think this book was a worthy mystery novel, with some character dynamic development sprinkled in. If you're looking for a quick, compelling mystery novel that isn't about death and isn't very graphic, especially if you're a younger reader, I think this would be the book for you.

  9. 4 out of 5

    BookishGeek

    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's Scream Site. Rating:  How I'd Describe This Book to a Friend 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 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's Scream Site. Rating:  How I'd Describe This Book to a Friend 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 her overprotective nurse mom who is always working long hours and an older sister named Faith who plays the traditional role of "older sister" and can't stand 95% of what Sabrina does, we have a fairly bog standard recipe for impending doom. Honorable mention goes to Sabrina's best friend Evelyn, who bucks all gender norms and stereotypes of her Asian upbringing and spends all of her free time when not working at her grandparents' grocery store dying her hair, eating pizza, and trying to figure out how to get the school's requisite hottie - Asher - to notice her. Evelyn is a force to be reckoned with, and I appreciated her a lot. Trouble begins when Sabrina decides to investigate this website that has recently popped up called Scream Site - a popular YouTube clone run by two famous horror film director brothers. Contestants upload homebrewed scary movies and short films - they are then rated, and presumably at some point the directors will take notice of who actually has a modicum of talent, and invite this person to come work with them. In an attempt to get into a prestigious journalism camp, Sabrina is eager to write an expose more intriguing than one questioning the composition of the taco meat at school - but then she hears a spicy rumor: girls are going missing. Girls that were once number one on the Scream Site board. Well, that beats the hell out of the taco meat paper ... It takes off from there, Sabrina desperately trying to unravel the truth as it becomes more and more obvious to her that something is really going wrong here - unfortunately for her, she's a young kid and nobody really believes her. She races against time to try to put a stop to these kidnappings, and to bring these girls home. The Bottom Line I enjoyed this book. To its credit, I had no idea what the hell the answer was until near the end, and when it came out it was 50% "oh, what?!" and 50% "... seriously?" - it felt a bit hamfisted in its wrapping the story up in a neat little bow. If we didn't find out on the back summary panel that Sabrina's sister Faith was going to be kidnapped, that might have come as quite a shock to us and made it even more enjoyable! I actually did not read the summary panel, so I didn't know Faith was going to be taken from her family - that was a jolt I think that I needed, and if I had read the summary I wouldn't have received said jolt. Sabrina's family is diverse and loving, if flawed. I enjoyed seeing a young woman of color as a main character in a book that does not focus solely on race - it's merely a backdrop, a conversation piece. Overall, Ireland's ride through Scream Site is an enjoyable one, and if you can suspend disbelief for its near-300 page jaunt, it is one worth taking. (I received this ARC via NetGalley, but this in no way shapes my opinions and ratings).

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ruthsic

    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 ca 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 cases close to home, and because the police (which includes her uncle) not taking the disappearances seriously because they think them to be adult runaways, she feels she needs to see the investigation through, even if it seems like her life is also being threatened. For a novel that is supposed to be a thriller, and with a name like that, the writing doesn't lend to much dramatic tension or evoking a sense of dread, except for maybe like one scene in the start of the book (when there wasn't even a real threat, just her nerves!). For the most part, it circles around Sabrina wondering if she should go forward with an increasingly dangerous investigation (she is only 14 so this is valid), and lying to the people worried about her looking into such a thing and endangering herself (also valid, because she is 14!) which means there is some sneaking around, a couple of library trips (which is weird because she has an internet connection and laptop at home), and a risky trip to an abandoned amusement park. Sabrina is convinced the videos posted on the horror site are real, while others are trying to convince her that it is only fake, as it should be. And so it goes over and over with her friend, her English teacher (who I had my eye on), her suspect Asher (thankfully there isn't a romantic arc with him) and her uncle (who learns a lesson in never dismissing evidence just because it came from a teenager). Additionally, I felt this book lacked any sort of characterization or character development. It is pretty short, so it makes for a fast read, but it loses any meaningful characterization in lieu of making a high-stakes thrilling plot (which, I feel, it failed at). The story itself is good, which is a saving grace, but combined with the non-existent characterization and the lack of an atmosphere where you would feel worried about your protagonist, it doesn't make for an entertaining read. The twist at the ending was good, but also felt rushed when it involved Faith, as it felt like a way to give a personal level of involvement to Sabrina (that she was trying to create throughout the book). Verdict: good story, but no thrills. Doesn't deliver on the promise of a good mystery novel. Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review from Capstone, via Netgalley.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Teenreadsdotcom

    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 S 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 Sabrina researches the local disappearances of young Scream Site stars for the school newspaper and to land her dream internship, Sabrina quickly realizes she is in over her head. Her search for the missing young women leads Sabrina down a dangerous path, becoming more disturbing after her older sister, Faith, goes missing… Ireland’s SCREAM SITE will capture the attention of teens looking for a compelling mystery that is entertaining, realistic and not too scary. Although the novel focuses upon Sabrina’s investigation into the missing Scream Site stars, Ireland does not lose the emotion behind a high schooler’s motivations --- Sabrina, despite her eagerness to solve the mystery, remains grounded in her relationships with her family and friends. Readers will root for Sabrina and her dedication to her reporting work, despite the backlash she receives from her family, her best friend, Evelyn, and the mysterious figure threatening her investigation. The emphasis upon high school politics and Evelyn’s concern with her popularity also grounds the novel in Sabrina’s age. Sabrina’s refusal to allow her social status to stop her from investigating the most popular boy in school, Asher, and his connection to the disappearances will encourage readers’ loyalty to Sabrina. Still, Ireland shies away from tackling the emotional connection between Sabrina’s father’s death and Sabrina’s desire to investigate the mystery. Although her dad’s death is mentioned early within the plot, the detail does not heighten the action of the mystery or the reader’s connection to Sabrina. Instead, this unexamined detail pulls attention away from the unfolding mystery, sometimes dampening the thrilling aspect of the novel. Readers will savor Ireland’s creepy descriptions of the danger Sabrina faces as she ventures deeper into the mystery. In all, young fans of thrillers will find SCREAM SITE a satisfying read for the end of summer. Reviewed by Janine Chouinard

  12. 4 out of 5

    Bethany

    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 read 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 read. The writing level definitely feels like it's on the younger end and it gets a bit didactic about the the importance of internet safety with things like identity theft and stalking. But overall it was an interesting, slightly creepy if ultimately tame story. Sabrina sometimes does some stupid things in her investigation, but to be fair, the adults in her life seem very quick to attribute everything to her overactive imagination and grief over the death of her father. The family dynamics (widowed mom who works all the time, distant older sister) felt realistic, if sad. Some of the plot points were a bit convenient, and couple of things with the ending didn't quite make sense, but overall I think this could be a good mystery-thriller introduction for a young teen. I agreed to review an early copy of this book via NetGalley.

  13. 5 out of 5

    DJ

    Nothing particularly exciting about this book but nothing wrong with it either. It was a cute, quick read.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lestat

    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 'scary 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 'scary' videos and compete for a one-in-a-lifetime chance to go to Hollywood. There appears to be some kind of correlation between uploaders and missing girls, so Sabrina decides to investigate. She soon becomes embroiled in an apparent conspiracy that could lead to her sister's life being in danger. The book blurb sounded exciting and I couldn't wait to get into this. Trouble is, the blurb did not mention our protagonist was only 14. I expected a credible, suspenseful tale, instead, my eyes were assaulted by some of the poorest writing I have come across. The authors tells us everything... and repeats it ad nauseum. We are given the facts of the case as often as we come across a 'previously on' recap in a television show - that is, in every single chapter. The majority of the 266 pages of the book were mostly copy-pasted from earlier chapters. The central premise, so sensationally drawn out in the blurb, dwindles down to a little girl who no one will believe. Herein lies the biggest problem with the book's conceit - none of the adults believe Sabrina, and instead jump to a far-fetched assumption that suspends belief beyond stretching point. It was incredibly... for lack of a better word, stupid. There are several narrative problems that aggravate the reader. Spoilers ahead for the book: The website is about making the scariest video, but all the girls who participate are invariably the actors of said videos. How come? Why haven't they roped in their friends, who may do a better job and importantly, allow these 'aspiring filmmakers' to concentrate on making the film? The only videos that appear to be uploaded are of girls being chased. Is that a pre-requisite for the competition? In which case the author should have let us know. Also, that would make this competition very sexist, and investigating that angle would have made this book far more interesting. How is it possible that girls have gone missing for months, yet none of the cops investigate these or are, at the very least, alarmed enough to let people know. There's some page-long spiel about girls running away, but let's be honest, how many runaways can a small town have in the span of four months? It's obvious there haven't been that many runaways before, because none of the four 'runaways' Sabrina investigates are such, they are all part of the website scheme - internal logic suggests her Uncle John is the worst cop ever. The writer equates a film-maker with an actor, and it irritates the hell out of me. They are not the same thing, and while many people can do both, that doesn't mean everyone can. Also, the author evidently knows nothing about films, because the only videos she mentions are chase videos and... well, she doesn't go into detail about technique so I'm not sure how different they all could possibly be. The denouement is extremely rushed. The whole point of the entire book is to find out what happened to these girls. And, throughout, we are expecting Sabrina's sister Faith to get kidnapped, but that happens in the last 30 pages. Following which, the 'mystery' unravels. So, there was zero suspense. Also, the 'mystery' was such a let down. It felt like the author wanted to write one particular book, but then realised the PG rating being slapped on it, so changed tact partway through. This is like the film 'Game Night', except without the self-aware humour. Well done in maligning mental illness sufferers - in 2018 we certainly needed more of that. #Not. How can we possibly believe that Dan Parks, the villain, became so unhinged in the span of a year to suddenly go PG-rated Casanova from 'Kiss the Girls'. It doesn't take much to tip someone over, but they have to be on the cliff first. This is where characterisation would help, but the author eschews that for repetition. We know nothing about Parks, other than he made a convenient act 3 villain. Because the writer does not paint a substantial picture of who these people are and what this town is like, we simply do not care about the characters. The villain isn't the only one without characterisation - everyone suffers the same fate. They are all plot points that move the story along. There are many other niggling errors that make the entire reading experience terrible. Simple things like how a passionate lover of journalism conveniently doesn't know that two famous directors were going to shoot a film in her hometown and have set up an online website that is the talk of the town; or how a place she and her family used to visit all the time has been shut down, but neither Sabrina nor anyone in her vicinity doesn't knows about it; Sabrina knowing what kind of person Felicity (first victim) was like, when she doesn't know her; none of the characters checking Facebook or other social networks for information about the missing girls; why there are only missing girls? Much more, as well. End spoiler. Since this was a proof copy, it was rife with typos. I'm going to give it a pass for that, simply because I can't complain any more about the book. Weak writing combined with tedious repetitions and worse, no story structure, make this a pointless read. This is what happens when you rely on internet recommendations and blurbs - they lie. Can I read the book the blurb talks about, because this one isn't it.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    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 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 Sabrina is not a kid that would voluntarily visit or contribute to Scream Site. In fact, she's someone who watches the news instead of using social media, because her dad said social media could be dangerous... So, yeah. Personally, I didn't like this book. It just wasn't for me. The main character was not someone I could relate to or be invested in. In fact, she annoyed me pretty much all the time. Are these videos actually real and could people be disappearing? Oh, well I'll just investigate alone, as a 14 year old. Is there possibly something horrible happening in the woods of an abandoned theme park? Oh, well I'll just go investigate all by myself at night if my friends don't want to come with me. The plot kind of dragged. I was expecting some twists and turns and maybe some horror as well, but those never really came. The whole mystery was pretty much solved for the reader about halfway through. Sabrina just took a lot longer to figure it all out herself. I feel like there was a lot of "filling" in this story. I must've read a 100 times that Sabrina is doing her homework, or researching the website, or re-reading everything because she is just pretty much stuck in het investigation, or the fact that she doesn't have a story yet. Most of the times I felt like I didn't really need the information, but without it the story would probably be too short. I'm not sure if I'm just getting too old for these books (I'm pretty sure that's not the case) or if it is just all the tropes that got me. The whole "I'm just a kid and nobody believes me" and "my life is perfect, and I don't like horror and I'm a good girl" tropes just didn't do it for me. I kind of wished this was more like one of the Goosebumps novels from R.L. Stine, instead of a half myster/thriller/contemporary novel. I think there are a lot of kids who will like this, it just wasn't for me.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Maxine

    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 d 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 disappearing in real life. After reading the publisher's blurb about Scream Site by author Justina Ireland, I thought it sounded interesting. I suspected that, as it was aimed at a young YA audience, there would be little gore but, hopefully, lots of suspense - the first was true but the second not so much. Not to say there was nothing going on here. The story is fairly creepy, enough to keep me reading although it also helped that it was a short easy read. But whenever it looked like it was heading towards even a little excitement, it seemed to back off - the possibility of something untoward happening was repeated, often several times, as if somehow repetition of possibility of frights or action could stand in for actual frights or action (hint - it doesn't). And the ending - well, let's just say it was a tad implausible even for a genre that thrives on implausibility. Still, I would imagine this lack of blood and frights makes it a safe read for a young audience so, although I would suggest anyone over the age of 13 might want to give it a pass, it might be a good summer read for pre-teens 10 -12. 2.5 Thanks to Netgalley and Capstone for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    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," had/h 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," had/has so much potential to be an amazing true YA genre thriller. I found this book to be boring, and hard to get through, it seemed as though they were saying the same things over and over again. Things seemed very implausible, like why wouldn't the teacher just let her write about the website, but instead acted like it was too dangerous without knowing what it really even entailed. Throughout the book, it felt like you knew everything that was going to happen, and you pretty much did. I felt like I read a lot about eating pizza and then bam last 30 pages the story climaxed and it was the end and that was that. I would recommend for a tween thriller... was the writing great, not really I felt like I was reading a story from a high school creative writing class, not a published author. Again wasn't the worst thing I have ever read, just wasn't what I expected, and could have been so much more.

  18. 5 out of 5

    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 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 chance. After all, there had to be something promising? Nope. I was wrong. It was so much telling rather than showing. Instead of showing a character's fear, Ireland told us how scared the character was. It was lots of information that the reader could figure out, but instead I was thrown all of these statements that I already knew, because I read the book. It felt so elementary and simplistic. I honestly wondered if I mistook this book for a middle grade. (I like middle grade, but when expecting a thriller, I'd rather not read it in middle grade style) The plot was also lackluster. There should have been more suspense and build, but in the end, I just didn't care when it came to the reveal. I wasn't shocked, and it felt so cliché. I could spill the tea even more, but instead I'm going to get my coffee, because that seems like a good way to spend my time instead of ranting.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Shivangi

    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 ke 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 keep reading it and mostly just skimmed through. The characters too fell flat for me, there wasn't really anything interesting about them that made me feel like I could relate to them or that got me hooked. The interactions between the characters felt like meh, it was all very bland. There were things that, for me at least, were very obvious but the character would spend quite some time pondering over them, analysing and explaining them, which got pretty annoying. Scream Site is branded as horror but honestly, there wasn't anything that scary about it - more of a thriller? That being said, this is just what I thought of the book. I do understand that it's meant for a younger age group so it might be more suited for them, might appeal more to them. But personally, I was not impressed.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Teri

    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 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 the reactions from Sabrina's family members over certain events are just a bit too unbelievable, and the wrap-up comes about quickly and has distinct 'Scooby-Doo' overtones.  All of this makes me feel like Scream Site is geared more toward middle grade, or at least the lower end of the YA spectrum. I felt like this book did an excellent job with warning teens not to trust everything they read on the internet, never giving out personal information to strangers, and the dangers of people misrepresenting themselves online.  You can never be sure who you're talking to.  I'd recommend this book for middle grade or lower age range YA readers, but doubt it would hold much appeal for the older YA crowd. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Becca Fowell

    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 goe 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 goes missing. However, I would like to say that even though I would not read this again and I only gave this 2 out of 5 stars, I didn't hate this book and there were a couple of things especially that I liked. I liked the plot itself of the book, I mean it's what made me request an ARC of it in the first place. I also liked how it teaches awareness of strangers on the internet, the girls in the book are pretty stupid when it comes to meeting up with people they've met online and they learn their lesson - I think that's a really good thing for younger readers of this book. This book is classed as Teens & YA, but after reading this I think this would be better categorised as Middle Grade.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sophie

    The concept of this book was really interesting (it was why I wanted to read it) but the story itself was just... Not that great. I couldn't really get into the story, or care for the main character. For most of the book, Sabrina is always thinking about writing her story for the newspaper even though she researches about missing girls. I know she's only 14 but a case of missing girls should be more important than the story it can be written about it after. And the whole thing doesn't really mak The concept of this book was really interesting (it was why I wanted to read it) but the story itself was just... Not that great. I couldn't really get into the story, or care for the main character. For most of the book, Sabrina is always thinking about writing her story for the newspaper even though she researches about missing girls. I know she's only 14 but a case of missing girls should be more important than the story it can be written about it after. And the whole thing doesn't really make sense. I mean, how wasn't the police investigating more? Even when Sabrina talked with her uncle, a cop, it just "oh well, thank you for telling me, nothing I can do about it". And when the menace around her gets very real, she doesn't tell anybody?? I didn't understand her. At all. The end felt rushed and it was kind of disappointing. But the thing I really liked in this book was Sabrina's relationship with her mom and sister. They're not the closest ever, but they're loving, and it shows.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Caravello

    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 det 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 details and new developments in her case. It wasn't cookie cutter and plain as new things kept popping up for her to work on. I wish there was more development on some of the minor characters. Sabrina's best friend had the best descriptions and image out of all of the them but Asher, who ends up as major key to the story, is lacking in his characterization. Overall, the mystery is an ok one as the end is a little hard to believe. I think it suits the age range that it was intended for and while be a good mystery. My copy was provided by NetGalley for an honest review

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lynndell

    Edge of your seat horror-mystery! Thanks to Capstone Press and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review Scream Site by Justina Ireland! The synopsis creeped me out and I started the book with jittery anticipation. Sabrina loves journalism and, as the story opens, she’s trying to figure out the best article to submit for a summer internship with the Daily Sun newspaper. Her friend, Evelyn, tells her about rumors surrounding the website called Scream Site, that’s holding a competition for s Edge of your seat horror-mystery! Thanks to Capstone Press and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review Scream Site by Justina Ireland! The synopsis creeped me out and I started the book with jittery anticipation. Sabrina loves journalism and, as the story opens, she’s trying to figure out the best article to submit for a summer internship with the Daily Sun newspaper. Her friend, Evelyn, tells her about rumors surrounding the website called Scream Site, that’s holding a competition for scariest video. The rumors involve missing young women and the possibility of murder or torture of these women. The more Sabrina investigates, the more danger she’s in and the more she’s threatened. No one seems to believe her concerns, not ever her detective uncle, so Sabrina takes the investigation into her own hands regardless of personal safety. Along with the mystery, online safety is focused on with helpful reminders for all of us. This edge of your seat horror-mystery kept me riveted and I read it straight through in a few hours, 4 stars.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Sabrina Sebastian wants a summer internship so she can be an investigative reporter. She is searching for a big story to win the summer internship. Sabrina is told by her sister to check out scream site on the Internet. It is known for spooky videos. As she investigates she becomes suspicious due to rumors of people disappearing. When her sister suddenly disappears, Sabrina lets others know about her suspicions but no one listens. Will she find her sister? This is a creepy whirlwind horror novel. Sabrina Sebastian wants a summer internship so she can be an investigative reporter. She is searching for a big story to win the summer internship. Sabrina is told by her sister to check out scream site on the Internet. It is known for spooky videos. As she investigates she becomes suspicious due to rumors of people disappearing. When her sister suddenly disappears, Sabrina lets others know about her suspicions but no one listens. Will she find her sister? This is a creepy whirlwind horror novel. It is an excellent horror novel. It is also part mystery. I enjoyed the horror novel as I liked the exploration of scarey videos being made. It was a mystery that intrigued me. Disclaimer: I received an arc of this book free from the author/publisher from Netgalley. I was not obliged to write a favorable review, or even any review at all. The opinions expressed are strictly my own.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Eboni

    This book wasn't bad, but I wouldn't consider it to be YA, more like Middle Grade. The novel had good mystery. Sabrina who wants to be an investigative journalist, needs a good story for her college applications. When her friend first suggest that she investigates the popular website called Scream Site, Sabrina is a bit hesitant. She believes the site is nothing more than a gimmick to help people get quick fame. But Sabrina later discovers that to be untrue when she realizes one of the girls fro This book wasn't bad, but I wouldn't consider it to be YA, more like Middle Grade. The novel had good mystery. Sabrina who wants to be an investigative journalist, needs a good story for her college applications. When her friend first suggest that she investigates the popular website called Scream Site, Sabrina is a bit hesitant. She believes the site is nothing more than a gimmick to help people get quick fame. But Sabrina later discovers that to be untrue when she realizes one of the girls from the Scream Site is actually missing. No one else seems to believe that something sinister is going on with the Scream Site except Sabrina and she is determined to get down to the bottom of it. But as she digs deeper,someone is watching her and is determined to stop her for discovering the truth about everyone's favorite horror site. Like I said,the plot was good and could have been a true YA if they would have made it more age appropriate for YA teens.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Brandi

    Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review. Positives: This title features a female protagonist of color which in no way ties into the plot of the novel, in other words, race is not an “issue.” The mystery is engaging and intriguing - it will keep readers turning the pages. Drawbacks: The answer to the mystery was a bit of a letdown, although admittedly I did not see it coming. Sabrina’s constant “I’m just a lowly freshman, what can I do?” diatr Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review. Positives: This title features a female protagonist of color which in no way ties into the plot of the novel, in other words, race is not an “issue.” The mystery is engaging and intriguing - it will keep readers turning the pages. Drawbacks: The answer to the mystery was a bit of a letdown, although admittedly I did not see it coming. Sabrina’s constant “I’m just a lowly freshman, what can I do?” diatribe is a little much. The way Sabrina’s mother and uncle totally dismiss her fears even after seeing legitimate evidence is difficult to believe. Other thoughts: This title, while following a genuinely creepy plot line, reads as if written for younger readers, which makes sense since the back pages suggest it for ages 12-15.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Yessica

    I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Boy howdy, that was... not good. It had potential. Sabrina needs a top notch story to write about for a journalism internship, so she decides to write about Scream Site, a YouTube for horror movies. She finds a chain of patterns that lead to missing girls, and she goes deeper until her sister ends up missing as well. This book is full of red herrings and has such an unsatisfying ending, I kept thinking “no, that can’t be it!” I I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Boy howdy, that was... not good. It had potential. Sabrina needs a top notch story to write about for a journalism internship, so she decides to write about Scream Site, a YouTube for horror movies. She finds a chain of patterns that lead to missing girls, and she goes deeper until her sister ends up missing as well. This book is full of red herrings and has such an unsatisfying ending, I kept thinking “no, that can’t be it!” It had such a good twist that legit made me yell “What?!” But that was quickly ruined by the rushed ending. Characters are introduced and dropped so quickly, you’ll forget they were even there. (I had forgotten who Asher was by the end...) There’s plenty of good horror or suspenseful novels out there, and, despite the promising premise, this is not one of them.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this title from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This book follows a young girl named Sabrina, who is working on her next big story to score an internship with a popular newspaper, as well as an article for her school newspaper. She stumbles across a website, Scream Site, where users post their home made videos to compete for money. After reading the synopsis, this book sounded very interesting and unique. I sped read through the first half of the I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this title from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This book follows a young girl named Sabrina, who is working on her next big story to score an internship with a popular newspaper, as well as an article for her school newspaper. She stumbles across a website, Scream Site, where users post their home made videos to compete for money. After reading the synopsis, this book sounded very interesting and unique. I sped read through the first half of the book, only to come to a screeching halt at the end. The ending to this story was rushed and messy. I would have like this book to be a true horror story; instead of the ending the way it was (I won't give away spoilers). I also was pretty unimpressed that it took so long for Sabrina to figure out where the missing girls were, despite having several clues. Also, the part of the English teacher/newspaper editor was weird and the book probably didn't need. Overall, while I did enjoy this read, I would probably not recommend it to friends.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Bailey Randolph

    I was granted an advanced copy of this book through NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own. This was a fun and easy read – I plowed through it in about a day. It was a fun concept, and the story definitely kept me interested, but it felt very young to me. The main character is supposed to be 14 years old, but I had a very difficult time picturing her as anything more than maybe 12. I think if you are looking for a quick, lighter read, this is definitely the book. It did have me intrigued, I was granted an advanced copy of this book through NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own. This was a fun and easy read – I plowed through it in about a day. It was a fun concept, and the story definitely kept me interested, but it felt very young to me. The main character is supposed to be 14 years old, but I had a very difficult time picturing her as anything more than maybe 12. I think if you are looking for a quick, lighter read, this is definitely the book. It did have me intrigued, and although I was a little disappointed with the conclusion of the book, I’m not unhappy that I read it.

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