Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Review: Serial Hottie by Kelly Oram

 Source: Received an ebook from the author to participate in the blog tour and for an honest review.
Publisher: Bluefields
Release Date: July 10, 2012
Number of Pages: 374 (Paperback)

Blurb from Goodreads:
Ellie’s sweet sixteen is a summer of firsts. First car. First kiss. First boyfriend. First serial-killing stalker?

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. The 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?

I'm a huge fan of mysteries (as long as they aren't of the thriller variety ---that stuff is just too real for me :P), and Serial Hottie made me remember exactly why that is. I love to be enthralled in a story, and with mysteries, it's hard not to be. You're driven to figure out who's the killer; it keeps you on your toes, and it definitely keeps you reading. Serial Hottie definitely did that! Not only was it an amazing mystery, but the mystery was also perfectly balanced with romance and a touch of comedy. :D

Ellie was a fantastic main character. She was a tomboy, but throughout the book she came into herself. She realized that although she liked being friends with the boys and playing hockey and everything with them, she didn't have to let that stop her from being a bit more girly. It was incredibly interesting seeing Ellie go from a total tomboy to being finagled by her sister into dressing up to actually wanting to be more feminine...and when she found a balance that she was happy with, I was ecstatic for her. :) I also loved her developing relationship with her sister, and of course, her relationship with Seth...the neighbour across the street who she at one point believes is a serial killer. Now I won't tell you if she changes her mind, or when she convinces herself of all that, but I will tell you that hilarity ensues and so does some major awkward and awesomeness. :P

I loved the story itself. Kelly Oram did a fantastic job laying this whole story on the line. She unveils the mystery at a delectable pace, and keeps the reader guessing as to who the killer is. Is it actually Seth, the boy across the street? Or someone else entirely? Well...it's actually...come on? You didn't really think I'd tell you, did you? :P No, instead, I'm going to suggest that you get yourself a copy of Serial Hottie, and find out about the mystery yourself...and while you're trying to figure it out, you can enjoy Ellie's story. It's hilarious, at times very endearing...and most of all, it's endlessly entertaining and a thoroughly enjoyable read.

Once again, Kelly Oram has written a fantastic story, and just like I was with her first book, Being Jamie Baker, I was hooked on Serial Hottie, too. :) I'd recommend checking them both out if you like funny YA books with enjoyable main characters, and also if you like love interests that are unique and not at all typical. :)


Also, for a limited time, Serial Hottie is on sale on Amazon for Kindle and Barnes and Noble for Nook! Only $0.99!!! Hurry up and get it while it's hot! ;D Below are a couple links in case you want to get yourself a copy...and trust me, it's awesome, so you definitely want one. ;)

Purchase Links:
Amazon: US / Canada
Barnes and Noble

Have you read Serial Hottie yet?
Are you planning on reading it?
And are any of you fans of Kelly Oram's first book, Being Jamie Baker?


  1. Great review! I love the plot for this one and I really wanna check it out, I like a good mystery too, I agree with thrillers my heart can handle the suspense lol

    1. Thanks, Kristin. :) The plot is awesome. :D I hope you get the chance to read it soon. :) I know, I just can't do them. Plus, I'm not a fan of super realistic scary stuff. The weird unbelievable I can do, but not the ones that I think could happen. :P lol

  2. Hmm... maybe I will check this out .I like funny YA mysteries :)
    Nice review

    Krazyyme @ Young Readers

    1. Thanks! I hope that you check it out, and that you love it as much as I did. :)

  3. You had me at "serial killer." Lovely review. I will definitely be checking this out. The plot is just too funny and I can so see a teenage girl being torn between running away from the potential serial killer and risking life and limb because he's also really hot. And it sounds like the author does this in a way that doesn't make you want to strangle the stupid girl for getting herself into trouble.


    1. haha Thank you. :) Kelly Oram definitely pulled it off. I hope that you get the chance to read it soon and enjoy it! :D

  4. Great review! This is on my wishlist, maybe I'll head on over to B&N & get it for my nook. ;) This is the first review I've read on this, so I'm really glad you liked it! I like the comedy/mystery mix. :)

    1. Thanks, Randi. :) I definitely recommend that you do. I hope that it's a book that you love too. :D

  5. It's so funny, because I had major problems with Seth's character and the way it was written. Yet I can see why you enjoyed it, because I thought the framework of the story was really well done. My review should be up in the next couple of weeks. =)

    1. Awe, that kind of sucks that you had major problems with Seth's character and the way it was written. :( I appreciate hearing that you felt differently about the book. Even if we didn't agree, it's nice to hear other people's thoughts. I'll definitely have to check out your review and see what you thought then. :)


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