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Prudence Perry is a third-generation Ladybird Scout who must battle literal (and figurative) monsters and the weight of her legacy in this YA paranormal perfect for fans of Stranger Things and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Sixteen-year-old Prudence Perry is a legacy Ladybird Scout, born to a family of hunters sworn to protect humans from mulligrubs―interdimensional parasites w Prudence Perry is a third-generation Ladybird Scout who must battle literal (and figurative) monsters and the weight of her legacy in this YA paranormal perfect for fans of Stranger Things and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Sixteen-year-old Prudence Perry is a legacy Ladybird Scout, born to a family of hunters sworn to protect humans from mulligrubs―interdimensional parasites who feast on human emotions like sadness and anger. Masquerading as a prim and proper ladies' social organization, the Ladybirds brew poisons masked as teas and use knitting needles as daggers, at least until they graduate to axes and swords. Three years ago, Prue’s best friend was killed during a hunt, so she kissed the Scouts goodbye, preferring the company of her punkish friends lovingly dubbed the Criminal Element much to her mother and Tía Lo’s disappointment. However, unable to move on from her guilt and trauma, Prue devises a risky plan to infiltrate the Ladybirds in order to swipe the Tea of Forgetting, a restricted tincture laced with a powerful amnesia spell. But old monster-slaying habits die hard and Prue finds herself falling back into the fold, growing close with the junior scouts that she trains to fight the creatures she can’t face. When her town is hit with a mysterious wave of demons, Prue knows it’s time to confront the most powerful monster of all: her past.


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Prudence Perry is a third-generation Ladybird Scout who must battle literal (and figurative) monsters and the weight of her legacy in this YA paranormal perfect for fans of Stranger Things and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Sixteen-year-old Prudence Perry is a legacy Ladybird Scout, born to a family of hunters sworn to protect humans from mulligrubs―interdimensional parasites w Prudence Perry is a third-generation Ladybird Scout who must battle literal (and figurative) monsters and the weight of her legacy in this YA paranormal perfect for fans of Stranger Things and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Sixteen-year-old Prudence Perry is a legacy Ladybird Scout, born to a family of hunters sworn to protect humans from mulligrubs―interdimensional parasites who feast on human emotions like sadness and anger. Masquerading as a prim and proper ladies' social organization, the Ladybirds brew poisons masked as teas and use knitting needles as daggers, at least until they graduate to axes and swords. Three years ago, Prue’s best friend was killed during a hunt, so she kissed the Scouts goodbye, preferring the company of her punkish friends lovingly dubbed the Criminal Element much to her mother and Tía Lo’s disappointment. However, unable to move on from her guilt and trauma, Prue devises a risky plan to infiltrate the Ladybirds in order to swipe the Tea of Forgetting, a restricted tincture laced with a powerful amnesia spell. But old monster-slaying habits die hard and Prue finds herself falling back into the fold, growing close with the junior scouts that she trains to fight the creatures she can’t face. When her town is hit with a mysterious wave of demons, Prue knows it’s time to confront the most powerful monster of all: her past.

30 review for Scout's Honor

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lex Kent

    3.75 Stars. This was a fun and pretty entertaining read. When I saw this book, and read the blurb, I knew there was no way I could pass it up. I was a Girl Scout as a kid, and not a very good scout since I never made it out of Brownies, and I spent half the time being jealous of the Boy Scouts since there got to learn to make fire and get cool pocket knives to play with. So it wasn’t actually the scout thing drawing me in, but when you put “perfect for fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, in your 3.75 Stars. This was a fun and pretty entertaining read. When I saw this book, and read the blurb, I knew there was no way I could pass it up. I was a Girl Scout as a kid, and not a very good scout since I never made it out of Brownies, and I spent half the time being jealous of the Boy Scouts since there got to learn to make fire and get cool pocket knives to play with. So it wasn’t actually the scout thing drawing me in, but when you put “perfect for fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, in your book blurb, well you are basically promising to feed me human catnip. In the end, I don’t know if I really would compare this to Buffy but maybe a little more for fans of Astrid & Lilly Save the World. It has a bit of the same campy feel while also being a little more serious and creepy at times, but overall still entertaining. While I read a lot of LGBTQ+ books, I want to mention that I would not put that tag on this one. There is a mention of one, very side, character being a lesbian, but other than that there was no other sexuality talk except for some girls and boys pairing-up, like the main character who has a sweet boyfriend. There was some kissing but no sex scenes. This is YA and besides some monster killing violence, and some discussion of death and PTSD, I think this would be an appropriate book for libraries and a wide range of ages. I really liked the premise of the book. While I have read or seen some things similar, the premise fleshed out as a whole, felt different enough to easily grab my attention. I also liked how important the scouts were, and how great it seemed, yet the main character was really struggling and showing us a different side. I enjoyed the interesting monsters “grubs” and how they were different enough then the common vampires, demons, or ghosts that we are used to people hunting in books. The whole thing was quite fun and clever. While I enjoyed the book, I wasn’t really blown away. While there were a few funny lines, it felt like the story was missing some more humor or some good snarky comments. I also felt like the pace was a little too up and down for me. At times the story seemed to drag a little, or at least slowed down too much, other times the author purposely fast-forwarded things, which was smart, but I didn’t always like her choices. I found myself wishing some scenes that were longer were shorter and vice-versa. And finally, I thought some of the fighting ‘grub’ scenes were a little clunky. While some worked better than others, I could not always picture the fighting scenes I’m sure the way the author wanted to convey them and I sort of more made them up in my head as I read along. TLDR: A fun and campy YA read. The whole premise is smart, well done, and just different enough that it works even for readers that read a lot of monster hunting books. The main character and most of the side characters are quite likeable which added to my enjoyment of the book. I did have a few issues with pace and how certain scenes felt a little clunky. I needed better visuals during the fight scenes, and maybe a tad more overall excitement, and then this book might have gone from being enjoyable to an actual favorite of the year. I had a lot of fun with this read but it was just missing some little bits that stopped it from being great. A copy was given to me for a review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]

    Not me positively LOSING MY SHIT upon realizing we're being blessed with another paranormal YA story from the incredible author who gave us Undead Girl Gang 🆘🆘🆘 (also this cover is the most precious) Not me positively LOSING MY SHIT upon realizing we're being blessed with another paranormal YA story from the incredible author who gave us Undead Girl Gang 🆘🆘🆘 (also this cover is the most precious)

  3. 4 out of 5

    ⛅ Saniya (sunnysidereviews) ⛅

    I heard diverse YA paranormal and came running here. I can't wait for this!! I heard diverse YA paranormal and came running here. I can't wait for this!!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Starr ❇✌❇

    4.2 *Review to come*

  5. 4 out of 5

    J

    adding a 5 star review pre-release because someone apparently gave this a negative one before this is even out. gotta counterbalance.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jay G

    Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer... *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review* Prudence Perry is a Ladybird Scout, taking after her mother. The Ladybirds are a secret society who fight mulligrubs, intergalactic parasites who are created from and feed off human emotions. If fed enough, they turn carnivorous and feed off the humans themselves. After an attack that ends in the death o Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer... *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review* Prudence Perry is a Ladybird Scout, taking after her mother. The Ladybirds are a secret society who fight mulligrubs, intergalactic parasites who are created from and feed off human emotions. If fed enough, they turn carnivorous and feed off the humans themselves. After an attack that ends in the death of her best friend, Prudence quit the Ladybirds and was diagnosed with PTSD and anxiety. When she is asked by her mother to train three new recruits of the Ladybirds, Prudence reluctantly agrees. I was initially drawn to this book because I was a girl scout as a child, so I thought the concept of this book sounded really fun! The idea of different monster grubs feeding on different human emotions was an interesting concept, and I was intrigued to see how it was going to play out in the end. Unfortunately, I just found this book to be very average in my opinion and a bit sloppily executed. There wasn't anything about it that made it jump out to me, I didn't love it, but I also didn't hate it. I did enjoy how different each mulligrub was, and learning more about how each one came into existence. I like how this explored family obligations and parental expectations as well. I also liked getting to know that "babybirds" and their unique personalities. They were super supportive of one another, and I really enjoyed their growing friendships with one another. I really disliked Prudence's mother, as well as her Aunt, they made me so angry on multiple occasions with the way they treated Prudence, especially in regard to her trauma. They actively went against what her therapist suggested and basically tried to reinforce the idea that everything was in Prudence's head, all while belittling and embarrassing her any chance they got. Will say that I adore this cover though.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Rigel

    An overall fun and original story! I think the idea that powerful emotions summon certain types of interdimensional monsters to be very interesting and this storyline has a lot of promise if Anderson decides to continue on with this series. I'm interested to see where the characters will go in their lives, especially Prudence. Prudence is the only character to go through any development which is kind of disappointing since other characters had a lot of promise. Prudence is said to have been diagn An overall fun and original story! I think the idea that powerful emotions summon certain types of interdimensional monsters to be very interesting and this storyline has a lot of promise if Anderson decides to continue on with this series. I'm interested to see where the characters will go in their lives, especially Prudence. Prudence is the only character to go through any development which is kind of disappointing since other characters had a lot of promise. Prudence is said to have been diagnosed with PTSD but shows little to no symptoms (which is good I guess because she's maybe recovering?) and is only referenced when Prudence is being bullied by other scouts for quitting after a traumatic event. This bullying over a mental illness is never unpacked, so we're just left with the impression that it's acceptable to do so and there is little to no repercussion for it. Not the best message to send. It features a diverse cast of characters race and body-type wise, but is lacking in LGBTQ+ rep despite being shelved as LGBT. The only thing I can think of is that a minor side-character is briefly mentioned as being queer... but it's only alluded to once and plays zero part in the story. That being said, if you were hoping to find some LGBTQ+ content in this book you'll be sorely disappointed. ((Also Anderson had this weird obsession with spit? Like she would describe the character's spit when it really wasn't needed and had nothing to do with the story. I may already find saliva gross, but I really think the detail with which Anderson talks about saliva to be wholly unnecessary.))

  8. 4 out of 5

    ♡ calliope ♡

    dnf i cant do this anymore

  9. 4 out of 5

    Renata

    This is a really fun concept that was perhaps a tiny bit clunky in execution but honestly if the premise sounds cool to you I would recommend checking out the book (when it's out). This is a really fun concept that was perhaps a tiny bit clunky in execution but honestly if the premise sounds cool to you I would recommend checking out the book (when it's out).

  10. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    Thank you to Netgalley and Macmillan Audio for an ALC of this book. Prudence is a legacy Ladybird Scout, but it's not all just teaparties and pink uniforms. The Ladybirds are actually a secret society hunting interdimensional parasites that feed on human emotion-and sometimes just humans. After witnessing the death of her best friend, Prudence left the Ladybirds, but she is forced to train new recruits by her mother, and discovers secrets about her old group that she will have to expose. This was Thank you to Netgalley and Macmillan Audio for an ALC of this book. Prudence is a legacy Ladybird Scout, but it's not all just teaparties and pink uniforms. The Ladybirds are actually a secret society hunting interdimensional parasites that feed on human emotion-and sometimes just humans. After witnessing the death of her best friend, Prudence left the Ladybirds, but she is forced to train new recruits by her mother, and discovers secrets about her old group that she will have to expose. This was pure fun! I seriously love the premise and really enjoyed Prudence and her friends and family. The narration is so good! Frankie Corzo is one of my all time favorite audiobook narrators and I was not disappointed this time! I think this struck a good balance between fun and kooky and weird, but also dealing with some serious topics. It battles some interesting themes surrounding familial expectations and secrecy, as well as dealing with Prudence's PTSD. I enjoyed this one a lot! Content Warnings Graphic: Gore, Violence, Death, and Child death Moderate: Panic attacks/disorders and Bullying

  11. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    4 Stars Note: I was provided with an ARC by the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions here are my own. Was this book perfectly executed? No. Was it campy and fun? Yes, absolutely. It's not a serious book, but it's a fun book. And it touches on a lot that similar books don't address--like the PTSD and/or other trauma and anxiety disorders that would result from, you know, fighting monsters as a young child. Monster-fighting kids are all in good fun, but these ki 4 Stars Note: I was provided with an ARC by the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions here are my own. Was this book perfectly executed? No. Was it campy and fun? Yes, absolutely. It's not a serious book, but it's a fun book. And it touches on a lot that similar books don't address--like the PTSD and/or other trauma and anxiety disorders that would result from, you know, fighting monsters as a young child. Monster-fighting kids are all in good fun, but these kids also likely have a lot of baggage. I really loved the critical eye this book cast on family legacy and/or parental expectation that is too high or too inflexible--all while offering a great cast of characters who grow together, have fun together, and are just great friends for each other. That's nice and refreshing. I like it. It wasn't perfect, but I liked it. My full review will be available at Gateway Reviews on April 15, 2022.

  12. 5 out of 5

    B

    This is set in a world with interdimensional parasites that feast on human emotions. There are only a few people (young girls mostly) with the sight who can vanquish them under the guise of "Ladybirds scouts" who pretend to be Girlscouts, essentially. Prudence, our MC, experienced a deeply traumatic event where she and her best friend were attacked by one of these parasites while training, which ended in her best friend dying. And this is where we start the book; a year or so out from the trauma This is set in a world with interdimensional parasites that feast on human emotions. There are only a few people (young girls mostly) with the sight who can vanquish them under the guise of "Ladybirds scouts" who pretend to be Girlscouts, essentially. Prudence, our MC, experienced a deeply traumatic event where she and her best friend were attacked by one of these parasites while training, which ended in her best friend dying. And this is where we start the book; a year or so out from the trauma, with Prudence refusing to be involved with the Ladybirds anymore, much to the very verbal disappointment of her mother. I was a bit torn with this book because I loved the idea of it so much, but was disappointed in the execution. Buffy the Vampire Slayer with the acknowledgment of PTSD is basically what I dream of anytime I rewatch the series, but this wasn't quite what I was hoping for in regard to that. I liked the characters but overall it was missing something that made me love it. I was hoping for a book that had more focus on what Buffy messed up on, which was putting too much responsibility on little girls and not explicitly talking about why it's wrong. The end didn't really address this, or the fact that the mom was basically abusive to Prudence when dealing with PTSD, even against her therapist's wishes. I love that therapy and PTSD are mentioned, and I love that Prudence chooses to remove herself from the scouts. Buuuuut that's pretty much all I enjoyed re: Buffy with PTSD. Prudence's mom is a really horrible character that basically never gets acknowledged. She forces Prudence to go back into the scouts regardless of her feelings on it and regardless of what Prudence's THERAPIST has to say on the matter. I was just really disappointed that the mom's actions are never addressed as more than what Prudence is experiencing and how it's further traumatizing her, and it's never settled at the end of the book, essentially. What I did like was the world-building, the suspense, and the plot in general. This was a pretty unique idea and I enjoyed how it was executed, even though I do wish there was more detail in the fight scenes with the parasites and a bit more in general to those aspects of the world and story. I also thought the added relationship of Prudence and Kyle was just fluff that wasn't necessary and was very cheesy. ("The way his blue eyes sparkle just for me, I'm overwhelmed with remembrances"....not even sure what this means.) 2/5 stars rounded up for a unique idea and for some characters who I loved (SASHA).

  13. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Mellen

    Thanks to Netgalley and Macmillan audio for the ARC of this! This was super fun, and I loved the messages that the book is sending about friendship, what it means to be a girl, and kicking monster butt. This was perfect for fans of the author’s other book Undead Girl Gang, or of Babysitter’s Coven and Buffy the Vampire Slayer (especially if you loved the Scoobies). I was not expecting the ending at all, but I think it was perfect. Do not listen to whoever is shelving this as a graphic novel, it Thanks to Netgalley and Macmillan audio for the ARC of this! This was super fun, and I loved the messages that the book is sending about friendship, what it means to be a girl, and kicking monster butt. This was perfect for fans of the author’s other book Undead Girl Gang, or of Babysitter’s Coven and Buffy the Vampire Slayer (especially if you loved the Scoobies). I was not expecting the ending at all, but I think it was perfect. Do not listen to whoever is shelving this as a graphic novel, it is not.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Crowinator

    Actual rating: 3.5 stars

  15. 4 out of 5

    Faith Simon

    3.5 stars. (CW: Death/gore, a super fuck-ton of braces-slurping, PTSD/anxiety symptoms/mentions). (I received this title from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This exchange does not impact the nature of my review overall). This is one of my favorite depictions of the pains of puberty and societal expectations on teenage girls all with a supernatural overtone. As someone who was a Girl Guide, and later a Pathfinder (division for 12-15yos), so many of the themes and quotes from the Ladybir 3.5 stars. (CW: Death/gore, a super fuck-ton of braces-slurping, PTSD/anxiety symptoms/mentions). (I received this title from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This exchange does not impact the nature of my review overall). This is one of my favorite depictions of the pains of puberty and societal expectations on teenage girls all with a supernatural overtone. As someone who was a Girl Guide, and later a Pathfinder (division for 12-15yos), so many of the themes and quotes from the Ladybird handbook and the story overall gave me so much wonderful nostalgia for that time in my life. The Ladybirds do so much more for the community than regular Girl Scouts, there are emotion-fed creatures lurking beneath our very noses, only those who ingest these creatures or drink the tea of seeing are able to bear witness to these horrendous creatures. Not everyone can see them, but everyone can be hurt by them. Hence brings the purpose of the Ladybird scouts, to decimate these creatures and keep their designated branches/territories safe. But what happens when those who vow to protect their community are quickly swept under the rug when hunting encounters go wrong? Here we meet Prudence Perry, annoyingly named after one of the main virtues listed in the Ladybird handbook, and definitely not apart of the Ladybird scouts when the story begins. Having recently quit the team after her best friend is killed by a grub, Prudence now suffers with severe anxiety and PTSD symptoms that her mom can do nothing about but speculate it isn't actually as serious as she makes it out to be. Between two different parental figures being scout leaders, Prudence has got a lot of internalized guilt and shame about quitting the team and for her symptoms, it's a great thing she has a wonderful cousin, a boyfriend, and a great friend group to keep her upright, including but not limited to a softly-named Sasha, badass and reckless, fondly nicknamed "the beast." Lovingly referring to the scouts in training as "babybirds," Prudence is made to train young new recruits in order to help the scouts curve a threatening new grub in town that's causing more trouble than just emotional outbursts. The relationship between the teenage Ladybirds and the pre-teen ones was so cute and nurturing, this was one of the best portrayals of girl bonding and the powers of friendship, humorous throughout all with a dreading undertone. I love a book soley about female bonding, sign me up. Listening to the audiobook was a lovely experience. This narrator was fantastic and her voice was light and breezy, expressionful and incredibly somber at sad notes in the story. She had a way of heightening her voice and lowering it quite pleasantly depending on characters. Her tone of voice was perfect for the humorous and sarcastic nature of the dialogue. But seriously, there's so many sentences towards slurping braces, I don't even know how to warn you adequately enough.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Hagenlocher

    Thank you to NetGalley and Macmillan for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest feedback. Scout’s Honor is a delightfully campy story about belonging, legacy, and addressing trauma. Former Ladybird Scout Prudence Perry finds herself pulled back into her double life as a Ladybird after getting grounded. But Prie left the Ladybird’s for a good reason…they aren’t just your average scout troop. The Ladybirds are part society darlings, part inter dimensional grub hunters. And at the ripe Thank you to NetGalley and Macmillan for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest feedback. Scout’s Honor is a delightfully campy story about belonging, legacy, and addressing trauma. Former Ladybird Scout Prudence Perry finds herself pulled back into her double life as a Ladybird after getting grounded. But Prie left the Ladybird’s for a good reason…they aren’t just your average scout troop. The Ladybirds are part society darlings, part inter dimensional grub hunters. And at the ripe old age of 13, Prue witnessed a tragedy that left scars both visible and not. Unfortunately for her, Prue’s family is legacy status. AKA, Prue was literally born for this, and her mother isn’t going to let her get out of her “duties” lightly. And so, Prue finds herself training the newest Ladybird scouts, in a fast track no less. Scout’s Honor does a lot of things just right: an interesting and unique premise, social commentary that doesn’t feel too heavy-handed, female friendships, and the reality of living in a triggering world with PTSD. I particularly loved how Prue grows over the course of the books, and how we get to know the “babybirds,” as Prue calls her initiates. The world building is fairly complex, and the mechanics of mulligrubs could be a bit convoluted. A few times I did find myself noting things that seemed to be contradictory, only for them to later be fleshed out. Because of this, I didn’t find it to take away from the overall reading experience too much. The author also played with some interesting writing conventions, and sometimes the text would thurn into stanzas. It evoked a montage-like quality to the narrative that I enjoyed a lot, In the end I feel like my questions were answered, the characters had growth, and there’s been an awesome setup for a sequel. I really look forward to what’s next for Scout’s Honor! (Also, if this was adapted into a TV show and/or a graphic novel series, as a complement to the books, I would be ALL OVER IT.)

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Prior

    ⁣⁣ Audiobook Review⁣⁣ Title: Scout’s Honor⁣⁣ Author: Lily Anderson⁣⁣ Narrator: Frankie Corzo⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ 🅢🅤🅜🅜🅐🅡🅨⁣⁣ Sixteen-year-old Prudence Perry is a legacy Ladybird Scout, born to a family of hunters sworn to protect humans from mulligrubs—interdimensional parasites who feast on human emotions like sadness and anger. Masquerading as a prim and proper ladies' social organization, the Ladybirds brew poisons masked as teas and use knitting needles as daggers, at least until they graduate to axes and swords.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Audiobook Review⁣⁣ Title: Scout’s Honor⁣⁣ Author: Lily Anderson⁣⁣ Narrator: Frankie Corzo⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ 🅢🅤🅜🅜🅐🅡🅨⁣⁣ Sixteen-year-old Prudence Perry is a legacy Ladybird Scout, born to a family of hunters sworn to protect humans from mulligrubs—interdimensional parasites who feast on human emotions like sadness and anger. Masquerading as a prim and proper ladies' social organization, the Ladybirds brew poisons masked as teas and use knitting needles as daggers, at least until they graduate to axes and swords.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Three years ago, Prue’s best friend was killed during a hunt, so she kissed the Scouts goodbye, preferring the company of her punkish friends lovingly dubbed the Criminal Element much to her mother and Tía Lo’s disappointment. However, unable to move on from her guilt and trauma, Prue devises a risky plan to infiltrate the Ladybirds in order to swipe the Tea of Forgetting, a restricted tincture laced with a powerful amnesia spell.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ But old monster-slaying habits die hard and Prue finds herself falling back into the fold, growing close with the junior scouts that she trains to fight the creatures she can’t face. When her town is hit with a mysterious wave of demons, Prue knows it’s time to confront the most powerful monster of all: her past.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ 🅡🅔🅥🅘🅔🅦:⁣⁣ A Girl Scout like group that slays monsters, yes please! This book was so campy and fun, but also managed to deal with anxiety and PTSD. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a fun read. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ I received an ALC in exchange for an honest review

  18. 5 out of 5

    Bobbie Bomber

    THIS BOOK IS NOT QUEER THIS BOOK IS NOT QUEER THIS BOOK IS NOT QUEER Calling this book LGBTQIA is like saying Allies deserve a letter and a flag. Okay so since I got that out let's get into why I hated this book so much. There isn't a single likeable character the way trauma is kind of just breezed over in this thing like our main character has PTSD and everybody just tells her to get over it and literally by the end she just kind of gets over it it was garbage none of the characters again are lik THIS BOOK IS NOT QUEER THIS BOOK IS NOT QUEER THIS BOOK IS NOT QUEER Calling this book LGBTQIA is like saying Allies deserve a letter and a flag. Okay so since I got that out let's get into why I hated this book so much. There isn't a single likeable character the way trauma is kind of just breezed over in this thing like our main character has PTSD and everybody just tells her to get over it and literally by the end she just kind of gets over it it was garbage none of the characters again are likeable like I can't even single character in this entire book that I even remotely cared about. The ladybirds which is like a Girl scout type of group is a cult it's even brought up at one point that it's a cult and it's like no it's a sisterhood no it's a cold this book was so toxic and by the end it was just like okay everything's fine I guess. The creatures were pretty cool I will say that but the way that they come into our world is through emotion and for some reason all of it supposed to be kept a secret when all of the problems would be solved with telling normal people about these emotional monsters so the normal everyday people can you know get therapy and not keep bringing the monsters into the universe I don't know this book was nothing but plot holes and I just really did not enjoy it in the least of it it's a very misleading cover and again IT IS NOT QUEER.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Mary Warren

    I really wish they had books like this when I was growing up. It is a fun fantasy YA about a group of girls who are basically slayers. There are these grubs that are basically energy suckers and this group of girls drinks a special tea that gives them the gift of sight for these grubs and they find them and kill them. The story and the world-building were very enjoyable, I enjoyed being swept away into this world. But we all know Fat Girls in Fiction so I have to touch on the fat representation, I really wish they had books like this when I was growing up. It is a fun fantasy YA about a group of girls who are basically slayers. There are these grubs that are basically energy suckers and this group of girls drinks a special tea that gives them the gift of sight for these grubs and they find them and kill them. The story and the world-building were very enjoyable, I enjoyed being swept away into this world. But we all know Fat Girls in Fiction so I have to touch on the fat representation, This is the second Lily Anderson book I have read with fat representation and I love how she does it. It is there both on the cover and in the story. You know the main character lives in a bigger body, but it is never anything in the story she has to overcome. She just gets to be a kick-ass fat girl saving the world. She had love. She had problems, but none of them have anything to do with her size. If I had stories like this growing up it would have meant so much to me. Representation gives you permission to see yourself in stories that you would never have allowed yourself to be in. That is why I love this book and will recommend it to others.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Bridgette

    Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for an egalley. This is the exact type of camp and horror that I love. If the concept doesn't appeal to you, then you probably won't enjoy it, but if the idea of a secret monster slaying Girl Scout sound even a little bit like fun, you're gonna love this. Prudence quit being a Ladybird Scout years ago when she lost a friend in the field and now wants to leave Scouting forever by using the Tea of Forgetting to purge her memories, but she must be a Dame to buy Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for an egalley. This is the exact type of camp and horror that I love. If the concept doesn't appeal to you, then you probably won't enjoy it, but if the idea of a secret monster slaying Girl Scout sound even a little bit like fun, you're gonna love this. Prudence quit being a Ladybird Scout years ago when she lost a friend in the field and now wants to leave Scouting forever by using the Tea of Forgetting to purge her memories, but she must be a Dame to buy it from the Ladybird Merch store. Enter tutoring: to be a Dame all Prue has to do is enter the world she left behind and train three new Scouts. Saying anything else would be spoilers. I loved pretty much everything about this book, The monsters--mulligrubs--are super gross and terrible. Prue is a fantastic character, and I loved, loved, loved how she was naming and recognizing all the ways the Scouts and her formers friends were toxic and wondering if/how she could change that. The novel does a wonderful job of actually addressing mental illness in a fantasy world like this with on the page panic attacks and deftly handling Prue's PTSD. Plus, there's Anderson trademark humor punctured throughout that made everything so much better. A fantastic weird perfect for fan of Buffy, Stranger Things, comedy horror, and mental health.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Rivera

    I really loved this book and couldn’t put it down once I started reading it. 16 yr old Prudence Perry is a third generation Ladybird Scout who mission is to protect humans from mulligrubs which are interdimensional parasites that manifest and feed on human emotions like sadness and anger and the society masquerades as a prim and proper ladies organization all white gloves and tea drinking. Prudence quit the ladybirds 3 years ago when her best friend was killed during a hunt if front of her and t I really loved this book and couldn’t put it down once I started reading it. 16 yr old Prudence Perry is a third generation Ladybird Scout who mission is to protect humans from mulligrubs which are interdimensional parasites that manifest and feed on human emotions like sadness and anger and the society masquerades as a prim and proper ladies organization all white gloves and tea drinking. Prudence quit the ladybirds 3 years ago when her best friend was killed during a hunt if front of her and the rest of her troop and she has had PTSD and Anxiety ever since and just can’t stomach going back in the field. Unable to deal with seeing the mulligrubs anymore she is trying to get her hands on some Tea of Forgetting which will make her forget she can see any of grubs anymore and forgot about all she learned about them too. She just wants a normal life with her boyfriend Kyle and her group of friends nicknamed the Criminal Element but when she is coerced into training her cousin and Kyles little sister Kelsey she finds herself falling back into old habits. She realizes that how the girls are trained isn’t great and the competition that fostered even within a group with the national leaderboard where you register points for every kill you do the bigger the more points and if you stay on top you can get a scholarship to college. Prue also realizes that her trauma isn’t going to go away if she forgets about the grubs that it will still be there she just won’t be able to see what you she should be fighting. This was so great and so reminiscent of Buffy and the whole chosen one ideology especially with it only being the girls that are the ones pressured to fight the grubs if a boy manifests with the sight in the legacy families they don’t have any obligation to do anything with that talent. Thanks to Macmillan Children’s Group and Netgalley for the complimentary copy of this book in e-book form. All opinions in this review are my own.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Bridget

    This is a fantastic read with an ending that left me extremely satisfied and bumped my rating up a star. The characters are amazing-incredibly well drawn, and imperfectly teenagery in a super realistic way. With mystery, romance, and monster slaying gore, it's a great choice for summer, and I'll definitely be booktalking it to our teens. Could possibly pair it with Squad by Maggie Tokuda-Hall for a graphic novel/regular novel book club read. I'd recommend this to readers who like stuff like Buff This is a fantastic read with an ending that left me extremely satisfied and bumped my rating up a star. The characters are amazing-incredibly well drawn, and imperfectly teenagery in a super realistic way. With mystery, romance, and monster slaying gore, it's a great choice for summer, and I'll definitely be booktalking it to our teens. Could possibly pair it with Squad by Maggie Tokuda-Hall for a graphic novel/regular novel book club read. I'd recommend this to readers who like stuff like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Stranger Things, or Lumberjanes, but it's also completely its own wonderful story. Content warnings for (view spoiler)[gore and panic attacks. (hide spoiler)] I received an eARC from NetGalley and the publisher for review.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Amber

    Overall, another paranormal smash hit from Lily Anderson. Spoiler-free Review: https://amberinoface.wordpress.com/20... I received an ecopy of this book through Netgalley; however, my opinions are my own. Overall, another paranormal smash hit from Lily Anderson. Spoiler-free Review: https://amberinoface.wordpress.com/20... I received an ecopy of this book through Netgalley; however, my opinions are my own.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ross

    I thought I would have liked this book, but I loved it!!!!!!!!!!! it was so good the characters, the imagery and even the storyline, all perfect

  25. 5 out of 5

    Alexx Burris

    absolutely living for the Buffy Girl Scout vibes.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Carla A

    Genuinely fun read and yes there may be some problematic bits but if it was say a teen comedy no one would ever pick it apart like that.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Venessa

    2.5 “Don’t hump the grubs,” Sasha says. “Noted.” The betrayal of knowing that my mother will always, always choose what is best for the scouts over what is best for me. The only decent adult in this book was her father. Sad. The last scene in the cemetery was the only part of the book I loved. Majority of this book was not really interesting. The plot felt like it wasn't moving for more than 60% of this book. I expected this to be a lot more action packed but it wasn't. A lot of the jokes f 2.5 “Don’t hump the grubs,” Sasha says. “Noted.” The betrayal of knowing that my mother will always, always choose what is best for the scouts over what is best for me. The only decent adult in this book was her father. Sad. The last scene in the cemetery was the only part of the book I loved. Majority of this book was not really interesting. The plot felt like it wasn't moving for more than 60% of this book. I expected this to be a lot more action packed but it wasn't. A lot of the jokes fell flat for me and it felt like nothing was happening while I reading until the end. It was a huge let down for me. This was a great idea for a book but it was missing a lot of action, danger and risks. There weren't any high stakes at all.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mandy

    3.5/5 Not as pop culture-full as Anderson's previous novels, but I like how this book treated PTSD and personal agency. Check out my full review at Forever Young Adult. 3.5/5 Not as pop culture-full as Anderson's previous novels, but I like how this book treated PTSD and personal agency. Check out my full review at Forever Young Adult.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Amy Harteveld

    Rep: Puerto Rican American mc with PTSD and anxiety, Mexican American sc, queer Puerto Rican American sc, Black scs, poc scs, plus size characters The concept of this book is really cool. Girl Scouts who can see monsters that feed off emotions and are secretly trained to kill them. To outsiders, everyone who can’t see the monsters, the Ladybirds organization just looks like girl scouts. They are very prim and proper and help out in the community. They host tea parties, car washes and bake goods. P Rep: Puerto Rican American mc with PTSD and anxiety, Mexican American sc, queer Puerto Rican American sc, Black scs, poc scs, plus size characters The concept of this book is really cool. Girl Scouts who can see monsters that feed off emotions and are secretly trained to kill them. To outsiders, everyone who can’t see the monsters, the Ladybirds organization just looks like girl scouts. They are very prim and proper and help out in the community. They host tea parties, car washes and bake goods. Prudence’s friend was killed by a monster on a mission 3 years ago. Traumatized, she left the sisterhood. Now dealing with PTSD and anxiety, Pru just wants to live a normal life with her boy friend and friends without having to deal with killing monsters. Instead she gets into trouble and is stuck returning to the sisterhood to train 3 junior scouts. She devises a plan for herself to get the Tea of Forgetting, a drink that will cause amnesia, rendering her blind to the monsters around her. As she’s training her own girls, Prudence sees how her old friends are really not great people. They talk down to the baby birds and Pru, think they’re better than everyone and don’t treat people very well. Pru realizes she doesn’t want her or her baby bird to be like them. She tries to teach them better ways to be scouts, and doesn’t want them competing against each other. It was nice to see her forge her own path, not listening to everything the guidebook and her mom and tia tell her to do. As she said, there’s more than one way to be a Ladybird. Some things are worth changing. The mom and tia Lo were so annoying. They treat her like shit most of the time, talk down to her, treat her like a useless child, embarrass and belittle her. They force her into doing things without giving her a choice and just really pissed me off. I get they’re not happy she left the sisterhood, but witnessing your best friend die by monsters at 13 years old is pretty damn traumatizing. Cut her some slack. At least her dad backed her up a lot. Pru deals with her trauma throughout the whole book. She’s constantly worried about her friends, who can’t see monsters, and Babybirds, who are diving into this scary and dangerous world of monsters. She wants to protect them all, and most importantly, she doesn’t want to lose someone else. She has multiple panic attacks throughout the book but her boyfriend and friends are always there for her. Her mom, tia and fellow Ladybirds, not so much. I like that they mentioned how some of the Ladybird organization’s rules and traditions were transphobic, homophobic and misogynistic. They also don't care about the girl's mental health enough. It was mentioned that some of those rules got changed recently, and by the end of the book, more changes will hopefully be made. Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It deals with trauma and friendship very well and has a lot of action. It’s a cool world and I would definitely like to read a sequel, where we get to see what the organizations looks like in the future. I love the cover, it’s so pretty. And I enjoyed the narrator of the book, she did a good job. Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an audio ARC of this book.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Emma (littledollreads)

    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for a review. Title: Scout's Honor Author: Lily Anderson Rating: 4/5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Release Date: April 5, 2022 I am going to say that I enjoyed this book. It was not a new favorite but I definitely need up enjoying it overall. There were a couple of times, especially near the beginning, where I was just not getting into the story and the pacing felt off but once we entered into the later half things really started to fall into place and I was having a lot I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for a review. Title: Scout's Honor Author: Lily Anderson Rating: 4/5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Release Date: April 5, 2022 I am going to say that I enjoyed this book. It was not a new favorite but I definitely need up enjoying it overall. There were a couple of times, especially near the beginning, where I was just not getting into the story and the pacing felt off but once we entered into the later half things really started to fall into place and I was having a lot of fun. The premise is great and the characters were fun to hang out with. So for the general premise of this book imagine if the Girl Scouts were tasked with defending the world from monsters. I know it sounds awesome and I personally thought it was pretty cool. I loved the secret society aspect and the interpersonal relationships that developed from there. I was never a Girl Scout but I have done 4-H for 10 years and FCCLA for 6 so I still get the idea of dedicating so much of your life to service organizations. In premise this book is awesome and it only falls a little bit on the execution. I also want to give this book points for having a MC who really and truly looks like me. I have never up to this point found a book with a protagonist who looked like me so when I read her description, a very pale short girl of Puerto Rican descent, I was so happy. I cannot stress the importance of feeling represented in media enough so this is a great find. In a similar vein, I also loved the general vibes of this book with its focus on topics such as PTSD and anxiety. I do not in any way condone or appreciate the amount of underaged debauchery and engagement in the consumption of illegal substances, but not every character can be perfect and these things do make sense for the character. For my next tangent topic for this review, I would like to briefly gush over the cover. AHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!! I love the cover so much, it is just so much fun. I love things like this which at first glance appear all girly but are actually a little morbid and dangerous. That actually serves as a pretty good evaluation of the whole story. At first girly but in actuality, badass and dangerous. I could continue but I think that this is a pretty great evaluation of how much I enjoyed this book. I definitely recommend it for a certain type of person and if the premise intrigued you that is probably you. Additionally, if you want a book with similar vibes then I highly recommend Magic Mutant Nightmare Girl.

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