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Preview — Wickedpedia by Chris Van Etten
Wickedpedia (Point Horror)
Cole and Gavin love playing practical jokes through Wikipedia. They edit key articles and watch their classmates crash and burn giving oral reports on historical figures like Genghis Khan, the first female astrona ...more
I read Wickedpedia after Followers, and definitely think it was better. And by "better", at least I mean I wasn't flinching at the intense weirdness or mistakes. This one is actually grisly. Blood everywhere, style. Horrible? Yes. Scary? Not really. Most of the deaths were i ...more
I was really looking forward to this book, sadly it was just not meant to be.
*The blurb is a lie. A lot doesn't happen in the book. Which is really a shame, the blurb (and also the cover) were things that got me to want to read this book. I do hope this gets fixed for the official book, otherwise I fear more people will be angry/not amused. ...more
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As you can probably tell already, I don't read horror. I tried my hand at it once and I just couldn't get through the book. And when I say horror, I mean like Stephen King style. It just doesn't grip me for some reason. Give me action any day!
When this book arrived unsolicited, I was intrigued however. It seemed like the perfect Halloween read, so I've been holding off my review until now. Sorry if I get some facts wrong here and there ... I read this back in early September so my...more
So I have to comment on two things first: I absolutely loathe the cover and the summary is flat-out wrong. It doesn't actually tell what happens in the book and gets key information completely wrong. Not really the best way to go about selling your book... As far as the plot goes, the concept is cool and put a new twist on the creepy death prediction subgenre. However, the actual execution of the idea was utterly off and really not very entertaining. The deaths were definit ...more
I will never look at Wikipedia the same again. Ever. Chris Van Etten has crafted twisty murder mystery that threw me a curve ball I didn't see coming at the very end. To quickly sum up the plot: in order to get revenge on Josh and a few other students, Cole and Greg create Wikipedia pages for said enemies, including how they died. Everything's fun and games until the deaths actually start to happen in real life...and nobody seems to know who the killer is ...more
Everyone knows that Wikipedia is awesome! If you need to get some information for a report, start with Wikipedia. And if your teacher isn't very tech savvy, you can even lift information straight from the site and into your paper.
When Cole catches his rival (and ex-girlfriend's current boyfriend), Josh, cheating, he decides to play a little prank and make sure that his ex can see what a cheater Josh is. By simply adding a few paragraphs to an entry on Amer ...more
It starts out a bit slow but once the killings begin it starts to pick up and ended up being an okay horror novel. I was a little impressed that for a YA horror it was slightly gory compared to the other YA I have read. Kudos to the author. In all retrospects it reminded me of a B rated horror film especially the ending.
What I thought about it.
Wickedpedia goes just like one of those cheesy teen horror flicks that even though you know it's going to be bad you still watch it. You ha ...more
When Winnie, Scott, Josh, Andrea, and Mr. Drick annoy Cole and Gavin, they have to get revenge. This revenge comes in one form. Wikipedia. With Gavin's help, Cole makes Wikipedia pages for the five including gruesome deaths. But when the predictions come true will he have the time to unmask the killer? Or will he meet the same fate as his enemies?
Van Etten creates an inte ...more
Cole is battling Winnie for valedictorian, and to make matters worse, Winnie is his ex-girlfriend. He hasn't truly gotten over their breakup, and he certainly isn't a fan of her new boyfriend and soccer star, Josh.
When Cole's friend Gavin suggests a way to embarrass a ...more
From the get go, I wasn’t enthused about any of the characters. Cole and his friends are seniors in high school, so around 17/18, but from their conversations, they could be in middle school. They’re all incredibly whiny and melodramatic and causing fights over nothing.
The storyline itself sta ...more
When I first read the 'description' of this book written on a book club catalog that I got from my brother's school, I was excited and I instantly knew I had to buy it. It somehow reminds me of the currently-hyped-about movie, Unfriended. But hell, was I lied to, the 'description' is nothing like I imagined the story to be like. After reading the whole thing I must say that it is quite disappointing. The storyline is too absurd in my opinion. I found myself saying "What?!" through ...more
Unfortunately, while the idea for Wickedpedia was intriguing, it failed to capture the essence of Point Horror fiction f ...more
R.L Stine was one of the first authors who really got me into reading when I was in middle school. Till this day I absolutely LOVE the Fear Street series! But besides his Fear Street books, I've also read some of his other books, including a couple of Point Horror ones. So this is what prompted me to request this book. I like Point Horror :) I like horror, period! The concept of Wickedpedia really intrigued me and it definitely sounded like something I might love. ...more
Oh, how you pulled me in with your beautiful cover and show stopping blurb, and oh how you crashed and burned.
I guess in all honesty I'd give this 2.5 stars, but since I don't seem to have that option, I'll just be nice and give it three stars.
Wickedpedia is a short book that focuses on two high school students, and the murder of their peers. Cole, soon to be valedictorian, amazing cook, perfect life. Perfect until his girlfriend, Winnie, dumps him for Josh, the school's star ...more
When you start reading this, it seems like a tame YA mystery. Don't be fooled. This is teen slasher fic territory. Wickedpedia is sharp as a well-honed knife. It's clever, modern, and yes, violent.
Now, I did figure out the villain in the story (sort of), but there were so many twists and turns that the author had me second guessing myself time and again. The story takes absolutely no prisoners and leaves you stunned over and over again.
Is it a popcorn read? Sure it is. But it' ...more
In this installment, Cole and his best friend Gavin create a few Wikipedia pages for their classmates that give brief bios including date and type of death as a joke. What happens when the deaths start to come true? Can Cole figure out who the killer i ...more
Originally, I was going to do this review on Halloween since it’s a Horror book and all. But then I read it and decided that it probably wasn’t worth the bother. Wickedpedia is about two friends who take on revenge by publishing Wikipedia pages about people they dislike. Do you see where the title comes from? Wickedpedia? It’s pretty funny but also rather lame. That pretty much sums up the whole book as well. I feel so crap for do ...more
So when I read the synopsis of this book, I really wanted to get my hands on it because it sounded like it could be somewhat like the horror films in the 90’s, which I absolutely loved. Although the premise of this book is really cool, the execution was not so great. There were a lot more things I disliked about this book than liked, which in the end, made this a not so enjoyable read.
The first problem I ...more
Okay, what is the deal with these new Point Horror books all having wrong summaries? This one wasn't completely off like the last one, but it did still mix up quite a few key details. The copy I got from the library, which I can't find on here, had a summary that was even more messed up. It was extremely annoying with the last book, but it's more of a minor quibble with this one.
Despite not being the exact plot I was expecting, I thought this was a really fun read. It was the definitio ...more
Cover on F14 book fair is much less graphic...boy's green eyes on a living face, mouth covered by digital text.
When bullying with social media goes wrong...and someone wants to use your mistake as a vendetta...
Not necessarily based upon misuse of social media, but rather a sadistic person misusing wickipedia...not to be interpreted as a book you might learn something from about dealing with bullies.
Another "Wow!!" One-session read: fans of twisted convolutions and unexpected chills will flock to this story, which has all a mystery lover could want. Even after decades of intense mystery reading, I was still kept on tenterhooks by the rocketing thrills of WICKEDPEDIA. I'm afraid to boot up.a computer!
I'm not sure whether the moral of this story is:
"Be cautious what you say/think/write" or "Trust no one." Think I'll go with the latter.