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.
Debut novelist Bloom combines classic monster story tropes and characters with a modern high school setting in this clever if uneven comedy. Esme, Katy, and Ronnie Silver hail from a long line of witches, but their sisterly bond is broken when two very different boys enter their lives. The first is Franklin Norman Stein (yes, Frank N. Stein), who goes by Norm; a highly intelligent boy with acromegaly and various cancers, Norm has been reassembled in true Frankensteinian fashion after being cryogenically frozen by his genius father. The second boy is Zack Kallas, a vampire in search of new blood. All three Silver sisters fall for Zack, jealousy overtakes them, and they set about sabotaging each other's chances with him via hexes and spells. Little do they realize that winning Zack's heart means becoming lunch for Zack and his master, the Ancient One. Though the setup in this monster mashup is as slow as Norm's shuffling gait, the story picks up as tongue-in-cheek humor and sharp-edged dialogue create spiky interactions among Bloom's supernatural teenage cast. Ages 14 up.
A Perfect Romance Horror
This book will make you laugh hard and sigh with content at the romance between the Witch and the "Monster", with an unexpected twist.