Sisters Esme, Katy, and Ronnie are smart, talented, and gorgeous, and better yet . . . all three are witches. They have high school wired until the arrival of two new students. The first is Norman, who is almost eight feet tall and appears to be constructed of bolts and mismatched body parts. Despite his intimidating looks, Esme finds herself strangely almost romantically drawn to both his oversized brain and oversized heart.The second new arrival is Zack, an impossibly handsome late transfer from the UK who has the girls at school instantly mesmerized. Soon even sensible Esme has forgotten Norman, and all three sisters are in a flat-out hex war to win Zack. But while the magic is flying, only Norman seems to notice that students who wander off alone with Zack end up with crushed bones and memory loss. Or worse, missing entirely.HEARTS & OTHER BODY PARTS is a wickedly addictive novel about love, monsters, and loyalty. And oh yeah, a Japanese corpse-eating demon cat.
|Product dimensions:||5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.40(d)|
|Age Range:||14 - 18 Years|
About the Author
Ira Bloom makes his literary debut with Hearts & Other Body Parts. Previously, Ira was a teacher of junior high English, ESL, and Japanese for the Los Angeles Unified School District. Ira and his wife currently operate a fashion and vintage kimono business, and he is something of an expert on Japanese textiles. Ira lives in Northern California with his family and an assortment of furry beasts. None have proven to be demons . . . yet.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This was a cute story. I really enjoyed the talking demon cat Esme. Esme was a very sarcastic feline and he was a deep thinker. What he had to say a lot of the time had a great deal of truth in it, sometime more truth than what others wanted to hear. The relationship of the three sisters, the Wiccans, was creative and entertaining. I was hoping that they could work as a team, that their inner circle could be strengthened as the novel continued but when the girls met the boys, my hopes began to fade. Each of the girls saw someone different when they met Norm and Zack and this reaction told me more each of their characters. I don’t believe this novel is for everyone as I can see how some individuals might see this novel as childish and silly. A talking cat, casting spells, a vampire and a large strange looking boy are not normal items you find in a novel. I found the novel funny and enjoyable.
“Hearts” is funny, macabre, witty, well written and has a wicked innocence that makes it a very enjoyable read. The characters are easily identifiable as individuals we all know or knew and nearly all of us have had a demon cat in our lives, at one time or another. Our demon cats may not have eaten our faces but we know they would have if they could have. If you have a teenager who likes to read things other than text messages or if you just wish to escape into your high school soul for a few hours, I suggest you pick up this very creative publication.
I absolutely loved this book! I found it witty, sharp, and laugh out loud hilarious on several occasions. I thought Norm had an amazing sense of humor and just overall personality, the sisters hexes were hilarious at times, Kasha's dry wit made me chuckle, and I wanted to strange every woman in this tiny town. So overall I would say, a good time was had by all! It was such a lighthearted read but also had times of violence that I thought was a nice change of pace. I mean...this book has witches, vampires, and a teenage boy resembling something like Frankenstein's creation...what's not to love? When you mix all of that supernatural wonderfulness with teen angst, you're bound to get a hilarious and dangerous combination. I couldn't put this book down but I also didn't want it to end too quickly. I can't wait for more to come from Ira Bloom!
1.5 stars? I was all over this book. I loved the synopsis and the cover and couldn't wait to read it. Sadly, I found it a bit lacking. I couldn't quite get comfortable with the narration. It follows a few people, but they all sounded the same. The only difference is that Zack had an accent and used British slang. All three of the sisters were described only by their attributes. Veronica was only beautiful, Katy was only clever, Esme was only level headed. They couldn't all be those things. Plot wise, there were full pages of info dump-y material and I didn't find anything to root for. I was intrigued enough to keep reading, but I'm not entirely sure why I did. **Huge thanks to Scholastic and Edelweiss for providing the arc free of charge**