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Monday, April 4, 2011

[The Teen Book Scene Blog Tour] Review: Hickey of the Beast by Isabel Kunkle

A serialized novel.

I have to admit I haven't read a book in serialized format, and that's one of the things that made me want to read the book. Sadly, I got this in an e-book format, and in full, so the experience isn't the same as when it's serialized.

Title: Hickey of the Beast by Isabel Kunkle
Pages: 302
Release Date: March 2011
Published by: Candlemark & Gleam
Source: Tour / Teen Book Scene
Buy: Candlemark & Gleam

Summary (from Goodreads):

Connie thought freshman year might suck. She never thought it’d be literal.

Bad dreams? No big deal. After all, Connie Perez is starting her first year in the prep school her mom runs. Anyone would be a little stressed, right? When she starts dreaming about strange creatures and places that don’t make sense, she doesn’t think much about it: there’s other stuff on her mind. Then she starts noticing that the people she dreams about get sick right afterwards.

Then everything gets weird.

There’s something bad on the campus of Springden Academy. Something that feeds on students and warps their minds. And, as Connie and her friends try to figure out what’s going on, it starts to look like she’s the only one who can stop it.

Freshman year was hard enough without having to fight evil after class.
Hickey of the Beast is written as a sort of a letter to Connie's friend, Amanda. And boy was that a long letter.

Though I don't think that freshmen girls should be speaking like Connie does, I couldn't help but liking the fact that the entire story was written through her POV. She's got a very interesting life, if you ask me, filled with interesting opinions about anything and everything. I do think she's a fun character to read about! The way Connie has written that letter for Amanda made me feel as if she was speaking to me in a personal, funny way.

Being the daughter of the person in charge of everything, the principal, made Connie's freshman year in Springden interesting (and awkward, mostly), but it took a deadly turn when someone started doing something to the students. And no, it's not human. Then Connie realizes that maybe she's the only one who can stop it before all 300 students of Springden dies.

Connie, Autumn and Jenny are like the Charlie's Angels in Springden. They hunt incubus after school, and the way they do it is really entertaining, especially with all the misfortunes that always manage to befall on Connie. They're quirky, and a bunch of fun people who made Hickey of the Beast's story lively and entertaining.

The story was predictable, even dragging at times, but I guess it could have been a little more mysterious had I read this when it was published as a "serial novel", revealing pieces of the story chapter by chapter, like waiting an anticipating for TV show episodes to air every week. I do think that the way Hickey of the Beast was written and will be best enjoyed using that method.

Cute, fun and normal. I wouldn't say that this book is stellar, but it's not a total waste of time to read. Give it a try, you might like it!

My rating

Content (plot, story flow, character):

Okay: Liked, but The Goddess demands more!

Book Cover:

Yes - The Goddess Approves!


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