Friday, September 26, 2014

Book Review #486 - Wickedpedia (Point Horror) by Chris van Etten


Cole and Greg love playing practical jokes through Wikipedia. They edit key articles and watch their classmates crash and burn giving oral reports on historical figures like Genghis Khan, the first female astronaut on Jupiter. So after the star soccer player steals Cole's girlfriend, the boys take their revenge by creating a Wikipedia page for him, an entry full of outlandish information including details about his bizarre death on the soccer field.

It's all in good fun, until the soccer player is killed in a freak accident . . . just as Cole and Greg predicted. The uneasy boys vow to leave Wikipedia alone but someone continues to edit articles about classmates dying in gruesome ways . . . and those entries start to come true as well.

To his horror, Cole soon discovers that someone has created a Wikipedia page for him, and included a date of death. He has one week to figure out who's behind the murders, or else he's set to meet a pretty grisly end.

My Rating: 3/5

I received this book for review from Scholastic Australia.

I found this to be a pretty slow read. This was not necessarily a negative thing - it just took me longer to read than I had expected.

This book reminded me heavily of the Goosebumps books from my childhood.

Throughout the book I kept thinking of how well this book would work as a Pretty Little Liars type drama so I wasn't surprised when I read the author biography and discovered the author is also a television writer.

The writing style was a little choppy. The main issue was the execution. There were just small details that needed more tying together.

Overall, I found this book to be unique, entertaining and thrilling. Horror is definitely a genre I need to read more of.

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