I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Wickedpedia by Chris Van Etten
Genres: Horror, YA
Published by Scholastic Press Pages: 224
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It's the return of Point Horror for the Internet generation! Don't open the door. Don't answer your phone. And whatever you do, DON'T turn on your computer. . . .
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.
Since it is October I am going to try and fit in as many horror novel as I can get during this month. I have been needing to review Wickedpedia for a while now and this gives the motivation I needed to get it done.
It starts out a bit slow but once the killings begin it starts to pick up and ended up being an okay horror novel. I was a little impressed that for a YA horror it was slightly gory compared to the other YA I have read. Kudos to the author. In all retrospects it reminded me of a B rated horror film especially the ending.
Wickedpedia goes just like one of those cheesy teen horror flicks that even though you know it’s going to be bad you still watch it. You have Cole who is really self absorbed. To me he comes off as someone who is a nobody but yet thinks everything revolves around himself. He girl friend left him for a dumb jock. She is also going up against him for valedictorian. He is so broody about wanting to get Winnie back and it drives his friend Gavin crazy. Gavin is a bit of a trickster and not all the type a friends you would think a very smart kid would have.
Gavin is rubbing off on Cole a bit when he gets really mad one night at Winnie and Josh and some others. He makes these wickopedia pages about them for fun trying to run Josh to get Winnie back. Then for fun he decides to put on their how they died. It was an innocent joke to just get back at Josh and Winnie but things go horrible wrong.
Wickedpedia though slow at first quickly grabs my attention with the first murder. It was interesting to see the different ways that the murders happen and how they line up with the wickopedia deaths. There are couple of suspects that I kept going back and forth between until I was pretty sure I knew who the killer was. I didn’t find it to be very scary but there was a little bit of a gore factor that might make some squeamish.
I think the description of this book makes it seem like it should be a little bit different of a read, so don’t go exactly by the blurb.
I really thought it was going somewhere until the ending happened and then I sat there and stared at my kindle screen. I thought to myself, “that is it, really. That is how it’s going to end.” It has an ending right out of one of those cheesy horror flicks that leaves you going WTF.
Overall, if you are into those cheesy but fun horror flicks that are on the Syfy channel then I think you will enjoy this book. It was an easy read and it kept me entertained.