Student Bodies by Sean Cummings
Published by Strange Chemistry
Whoever said being a teenage witch would be easy? For fifteen-year-old Julie Richardson and the city’s resident protector from supernatural evil, the Left Hand Path doesn't give a damn if you've found true love for the first time in your life. There’s someone lurking the halls of Crescent Ridge High School with enough malice to unleash an epidemic of Soul Worms – supernatural larvae that feed on the very fabric of a victim’s humanity.
After witnessing the death of one of the most popular kids at school, Julie and über genius boyfriend Marcus are in a race against time to find out who is behind the attacks. All the evidence points to a horrifying plot at the City Weir during the Winter Solstice; the place where icy waters of the Bow River and a thunderous spillway will mean the deaths of more than a hundred of Julie’s classmates.
If she has any hope of saving their lives, she’ll need a little help from a coven of white witches and an Aboriginal mage whose snarky attitude is matched only by her magical prowess.
Another quick review from me today.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book as much as the first instalment and cannot wait for the final book in the series to make its way into my grubby little hands.
For those who haven't read this series yet do hunt down the first book Poltergeeks. The series follows the story of 15 year old witch Julie and her adventures as she battles through all the normal teenage day to day stuff alongside trying to save the world. Think Buffy meets Sabrina the teenage witch and you are part way there.
I love the voice of the main character Julie entirely. She is sassy and cool and love her one liners and her outlook on life. I love that she argues with her mum and worries about all the normal stuff yet has a real heart of gold underneath it all. I love seeing the relationships she develops around her from that with her mother to those with her friends and boyfriend. I think if I had to put my finger on it I really just love the fact that the main character, her family and the story as a whole is just that little bit different and that for me stands it apart from much of the books on the YA market at the moment.
For me what I particularly liked about this book was that it didn't feel like a run of the mill second in a series book. I have had a huge problem of late with books that are second in a series to the point where I have given up entirely on several series because quite frankly I was bored rigid. What I loved about this was that it felt like a story in its own right whilst building on a world previous set up. It was as action packed as the first one along with the introduction of a few new and awesome characters and came to a nice ending which was satisfying whilst leaving enough plot strands open (in a non cliff hangery way) for book three.
A brilliantly engaging read and a fabulous example of how a second in the series book should be done.
You'll love this if you love
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Sabrina the teenage witch