Hearts & Other Body Parts
Author: Ira Bloom
Publication Date: March 28th, 2017
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
Synopsis: A novel of love and monsters.
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.
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When I first read the synopsis for Hearts & Bother Body Parts by Ira Bloom, for whatever reason I kind of expected to get this really serious, science fiction-ish story, but after reading the first few chapters, I got something totally different and unexpected.
What I got when I read this was a delightful little novel that was not all that serious but more light-hearted in nature and fun. I love fun books – sometimes I feel like I don’t read enough of them, especially when I keep reading contemporaries all the time. This definitely isn’t a contemporary, but it really falls into the fantasy and magic genres. This book was incredibly different from anything else that I’ve read, and oh so much fun. I guess the hint should have been “Japanese corpse-eating demon cat” from the synopsis (not to mention that the cat also kind of talks – like I said, this is a fun book).
While I was a little bit worried about how the Wiccan religion was going to be portrayed in this book (most books I’ve read that feature other religions, especially Pagan religions, do so in an uninformed manner (or just as bad, use Wicca, witchcraft, and Paganism in a mocking way to entertain others without knowing a darn thing about the actual religions, which I always find kind of a bummer), but I was pretty impressed. Every now and again it was a little cringe worthy, as Wiccans tend to frown upon things such as “hexing,” but I got over it because the overall story was fun, and I’m not the kind of person who is going to hate on a book because of small issues. I mean, don’t get me wrong, some of the things that happen in this book had me smiling and shaking my head, but it’s a fun book meant to entertain, so hey, no complaints from me in that department.
The characters in this book were also super fun – at first I was a little overwhelmed by how fast they were introduced, and I kind of felt like I’d never be able to tell the three sisters apart, but after a while of reading I really got to pick up on their individual personalities and found myself truly enjoying reading about them, as well as Norman, who was…well…Frankenstein’s monster in teenage high school boy form.
Honestly, if you are looking for something that’s both fun and entertaining, and a little light (great for a read after all the heavier books you’ve been reading!), this is a great one to choose. It’s interesting and you won’t want to put it down while reading.
Note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
About the Author
I grew up in Annapolis Maryland. My mother is an artist and my father was a judge on the Maryland Court of Special Appeals.
I studied English Literature at the University of Maryland, College Park. I also have some background in Eastern religions. After college I moved to Japan, where I taught ESL. I married a beautiful Japanese woman named Yasuko, moved to LA and taught junior high school English, ESL, and Japanese for the Los Angeles Unified School district. I am conversational in Japanese, but by no means consider myself fluent. After serving my debt to society in LA Unified, I went into the fashion business with my wife, who is a very talented fashion designer and is likely to read this, so I can’t say enough good things about her. We eventually branched into the vintage kimono business. I probably know more about Japanese textiles than any straight white man you’re likely to
encounter. I’ve been writing humor for FUNNY TIMES since 2010. I currently live in West Sonoma County with my family and an assortment of furry beasts.
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