Sunday, April 17, 2011

Book Review: Hickey of the Beast

Media Type: Book
Title: Hickey of the Beast
Author: Isabel Kunkle
Publisher: Candlewick Gleam
Pages: Serial Novel
Release Date: March 2011
Source: Publisher/TBS
Intended Reading Group:
Young Adult

Content Screening:
Nothing to report!

HDB Rating:
4 Keys to My Heart

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.
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Let me say, this book was a blast to read! A little bit teen life, a little bit monster killing, really who could ask for more? Add in a fantastic protagonist and her butt kicking friends, and you have a story that is sure to keep you reading! You might even giggle a bit.

Going in to Hickey of the Beast I wasn't really sure what to expect. This is a serial novel, which means that it is meant to be released in parts. However I got to read the whole thing straight through. Truth be told? I loved it so much but I really kind of wish I would've had the serial novel experience! See Isabel Kunkle has written a hilarious and character driven story, that comes straight from Connie's mind. I would've loved the cliff hangers as I waited anxiously for the next installment!

That being said, and I've already mentioned it, I really liked this book! Connie is fiery and bold, and her friends all compliment her perfectly. Being inside her head and hearing her chat up a storm is a little daunting at first, but after a while you get to love the way that Connie is so open! If you were looking for a realistic take on how teenagers talk to one another, look no further. Connie's stream  of consciousness is unrelentingly candid, and at times it's so hilarious! I remember having conversations just like these when I was younger. Ah, the good old days. If only I had some monsters to slay as well.

Long story short, this is one fantastic story! As I said I think the serial novel aspect of it is really great and I highly recommend you try it out. Connie is great, her sidekicks are amazing, and the storyline is the perfect mix of teen drama, monster butt kicking, and total snark. In other words, pure perfection. Give Hickey of the Beast a try! I guarantee you'll find something to love.

FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion.


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