Release Date: June 1st, 2012
Finished Date: October 21st, 2012
Source: For Review
Source: For Review
The Review: 3.5 stars!
After reading Kelly Oram’s new upcoming release V is for Virgin – which I really loved, I decided to try another one of her books; Serial Hottie and overall, I'm glad I did because I really enjoyed it.
Eleanor “Ellie” Westley, is a hockey obsessed teenage girl who has three boys for best friends known as the three J’s. It’s safe to say, Ellie is more of a tom-boy than a girl’s girl but that’s okay with her because she has no plans to date to act like a girl……well that is until her new neighbour moves into the house next door and guess what? He’s a totally hottie! Soon Ellie finds herself interested in make-up and dressing up and Seth has definitely noticed her. As Ellie and Seth get closer, she starts to notice weird things about him and when a two girls are murdered in her neighbourhood, Ellie thinks she’s found the killer…..Seth!
Serial Hottie is a fun story, one that is full of mystery and laugh out loud moments. I’m not a big fan of mystery novels but Kelly Oram really made me enjoy this book because she really keeps you guessing all the way through as to who is the killer. With all the evidence points to Seth, it was good watching Ellie try to unravel all his secrets because she's also trying to fight her attraction to him too. At one point I even thought I knew who the killer was, but I was pleasantly surprised to find out my guess was actually wrong – by a long shot! It’s not easy to work out who the killer is and I loved that about this book.
Ellie is a great character – one that’s a little rash but still she’s fun, independent and loveable. I loved her personality, it was great reading about her experiencing kissing, dressing up and hanging out with actual girls but then I loved her tom-boy side too. The girl that’s happy to rough and tumble with the boys in a fight and play hockey. She was a very well rounded character and she definitely appeals to everyone. I did think she over reacted sometimes but for a girl that’s not experienced a lot of stuff before, I think she handled it pretty well.
Now Seth, he’s a tough one. I loved him but he came on to Ellie very, very strong. I could see why Ellie had such a hard time to start with because it’s almost creepy. I can understand his problems due to his past and his personality disorder but it was a bit worrying at times. When he was being normal, sweet Seth, I loved him but when he was acting like a stalker, I didn’t like him all that much, but hey, he’s still hot and I did enjoy reading them work-out scenes.
And the secondary characters were fantastic. I loved the three J’s! I wish we had more time to get to know them. They were the ideal best friends and they were boys too which made is some much fun. Everytime I think of them all I hear is "Westleyyyy!" LOL. I even liked Ellie’s sister too – which was surprising because she and Ellie don’t have the best relationship to start with.
The storyline itself did drag a little at times but like I said earlier, it’s not predictable so the mystery keeps you turning the pages, so overall, it's a very good YA contemporary read and I can’t wait to read more by this author.
Thank you to Kelly Oram for giving me the opportunity to review this book.