Thursday, February 7, 2013

[Review: Serial Hottie by Kelly Oram]

"Serial Hottie"
Author: Kelly Oram
Pages: 374
Genre: YA Contemporary 
Date Published: July 10th, 2012
Publisher: Bluefields
Format Read: Purchased eBook


Hockey-obsessed tomboy Eleanor Westley has never been the object of a guy's affection before. So when the hottest boy she's ever seen moves in across the street and starts treating her like she's the center of his universe, naturally she's going to be a little skeptical. But everything starts to make sense when girls who look just like Ellie start dying all around the city. Obviously the new guy is the killer, and of course he only likes her because he wants to slice her into tiny pieces. Right? The more Ellie gets to know Seth the more she's convinced he's a psychopathic killer. Problem is, he's the sweetest psychopathic killer she's ever met. Not to mention he's brutally hot. No matter how hard she tries, she can't help but fall for him. Will Ellie find true love, or will her summer of firsts turn out to be a summer of lasts? 

 My Thoughts:

Ok, I just have to get this out of the way first! I really really liked Kelly Oram's writing style. That's why I'm bummed that I could only give this book a 3 star rating! "Serial Hottie" started off strong, with great characters and an even better guessing game. It had that bit of "what's gonna happen next" that kept you glued to the book and yet I just couldn't commit to the whole story. I honestly wish that wasn't the case, but it is.

The concept of the book is priceless. Girl who doesn't fully realize she is one, with a slew of guy friends, falls for the hot new neighbor boy and then thinks he's serial killer. I can get on board with that, but it was more the actual situations between Ellie and Seth that irritated me. For awhile I was willing to jump on the train of the crazy things that were happening in the book, but after awhile I just couldn't believe it anymore. Then I tried to look at it as a super campy novel and by the end I just didn't get why those two were even attracted to each other. I think if the relationship would have been even a little more realistic, I would have given this book a much higher rating.

Cause guys, Kelly Oram totally threw me for a loop as she made you try to find the serial killer who is hunting down red heads, and I couldn't be more pleased with that! I won't tell you much more about it because if you read the novel I don't want to be the one to spoil it for you, but the suspense was completely well crafted and I couldn't get enough of it. It almost had the feeling of an old 90s slasher/teen horror flick and I like those kind of things.

And even though I had a hard time believe Ellie and Seth's relationship, her relationships with the other males in the book were spot and laugh out loud funny. And the sister thing with Ellie and Angela was so much fun to watch and was really genuine and real.

So, even though I couldn't entirely jump on board the "Serial Hottie" train, the parts that I liked, no loved, still stand out to me and make me really enjoy Kelly Oram's writing! I know that this won't be the last book of hers that I read.


1 comment:

Sapir V said...

I love good suspense books!! I am so glad you enjoyed this one (:
Cool review (:
I'm a new follower :D

Sapir @ Diary of a Wimpy Teen Girl