Blog Tour Review: A Night to Die For by Lisa Schroeder

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Thrilling and captivating throughout, but the finale wasn’t what I expected.

Thank you so much to TBR and Beyond Tours and Lisa Schroeder for allowing me to be part of this experience and also providing me with a complimentary ARC and media kit!

Book Information

Genre: Young Adult Horror
Publishing Date: March 1, 2022

The Night Of meets Carrie when a boy finds a girl’s body in the ditch on prom night…and becomes the primary suspect in her murder.

All Mario wants is one normal night before he graduates. He’s spent most of high school riding solo and gaming with his only friend, Lucas. But when his mom asks him to take Elana Dexter to the prom as a favor to her father, his mother’s boss, he figures this might be his chance to be less of a loner.

Only, the night takes a turn quickly. First, Mario gets crowned Prom King alongside the school’s it-girl, Maribelle Starr. Which is weird enough. But what’s weirder is that when they put the crown on his head, hundreds of worms slither out of it and all over Mario. Just when Mario thought the night couldn’t get any worse, he sees something on the side of the road while driving Elana home. That something is Prom Queen Maribelle Starr—murdered and left for dead.

All Mario wanted was to go to prom…but somehow, he ended up in hell.

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Content and Trigger Warnings

For a list of warnings, tropes, and representation for this book, check out its page on BookTriggerWarnings.com.

About the Author

Once upon a time, Lisa Schroeder wanted to join Encyclopedia Brown on his fun adventures. Since that didn’t work out, she decided to be an author instead. Lisa’s written over twenty books for kids and teens including the popular verse novels for teens I HEART YOU, YOU HAUNT ME and CHASING BROOKLYN, and her most recent YA novels, THE BRIDGE FROM ME TO YOU and ALL WE HAVE IS NOW. She’s also the author of the middle grade novels IT’S RAINING CUPCAKES, MY SECRET GUIDE TO PARIS, SEE YOU ON A STARRY NIGHT and WISH ON ALL THE STARS. Her books have been translated into foreign languages and have been selected for state reading lists. Lisa is a native Oregonian and lives with her family outside of Portland.

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Review (no spoilers)

If you’d like to follow along with the rest of the tour, you can find the tour schedule here.

Let me start off this review by saying I’m super confused about the book’s blurb. A majority of it is accurate, but the book is not a romance nor a horror. I have no idea why it’s tagged like that, because it is 100% a classic YA murder mystery/thriller novel (think Karen M. McManus, Diana Urban, etc.)

Now that I’ve got that out of the way, let’s talk about the book!

A Night to Die For is sure to pull you in with its intriguing premise and its eye-catching cover. I know that’s the main reason why I signed up for this tour! The book starts off with a boy named Mario (who happened to be prom king) finding the prom queen’s dead body in a ditch. Being the easiest–and maybe even the most suspicious–suspect, he’s quickly arrested while the police attempt to gather incriminating evidence. We then follow several characters (points of view change per chapter) as the events unfold.

Something that I really enjoyed that this novel did was the fact that it included adult POVs in the narrative. Often, mystery/thrillers like these only follow the POVs of the teenagers involved, and I felt like the addition of multiple adults (including parents and police) was a nice addition. I also really enjoyed the fact that each chapter was short, making the book feel even more fast-paced and suspenseful.

Unfortunately, this is where I have to explain why I rated it 3 starts. I was really enjoying the book for the first half (if not more). Around that point, I began to get a bit annoyed with the characters for keeping unnecessary secrets from each other and the police, and just overall being really sketch. Then I got to the 90% point and the plot kind of fell apart for me. I am used to authors making a small portion of the plot reliant on characters being shortsighted and foolish, but there was just too much of that in this one to make it believable for me.

If you’re into YA thriller/mystery novels, this is definitely one worth looking at if characters keeping secrets isn’t something that bother you too much. I know I tend to get annoyed with teenagers more often than other reviewers, so if you’re interested in this, definitely check it out as well as other reviews on this tour!

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