Sunday, December 30, 2012

Book Review: Bad Hair Day by Carrie Harris

Bad Hair Day
By Carrie Harris 
Release Date: November 13, 2012
Source: Publisher
Summary: Senior year is positively hair-raising.

Kate Grable is geeked out to shadow the county medical examiner as part of her school’s pre-med program. Except when he’s arrested for murder, she’s left with the bodies. And when Kate’s brother Jonah stumbles upon a dead gamer girl, she realizes that the zombie epidemic she cured last fall was only the beginning of the weirdness taking over her town. Someone’s murdering kids—something really hairy. And strong. Possibly with claws.

Is it werewolf awesomeness like Jonah and his dorktastic friends think? Kate’s supposed to be a butt-kicking zombie killing genius...but if she can’t figure out who’s behind the freakish attacks, the victims—or what’s left of them—are going to keep piling up.

It’s scary. It’s twisted. It’s sick. It’s high school.

Review: I haven't heard of this series by Carrie Harris, so I haven't read the first book Bad Taste In Boys. When this book showed up on my doorstep for review, I thought I'd give it a try! I like werewolves and murder mysteries, so I was excited to see what Kate Grable had in store for me. 

Kate is definitely not your average teenager; she cured the zombie virus in the first book and has been accepted into the FDA (Future Doctors of America), where she has the chance to be a medical examiner's assistant. Most people would be freaked out about the last part, but Kate couldn't be more excited. But when he's arrested for murder and people keep on popping up dead, all with traces of stray pieces of hair and the strange ability to heal very quickly, Kate knows something is up and she's determined to get to the bottom of it. 

While the story was likable enough, I had a hard time connecting with Kate. She was constantly complaining that she had no idea how to be in a relationship whenever she had to make a decision regarding her boyfriend Aaron, and everything medical related just seemed too easy for her. She had her own lab, carried around sample tubes and scalpels, and could successfully perform an operation in a dark alley. I don't know about you, but that just seems a bit too far fetched for a teenager to be able to do. Maybe I would have connected with her more if I had read the first book where she was introduced and the reader got to know her properly, but jumping into this book I didn't really find myself liking her. 

There were some slow parts in the story and I think that the whole werewolf concept could have been better executed than it had. So overall, this book was just okay. I didn't love it, but I didn't hate it. If you have nothing else to read and your a paranormal fan, I'd say give this a shot. Otherwise, I'd pass for a more engaging, fast paced book. 


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