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3.66  ·  Rating details ·  271 ratings  ·  76 reviews
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
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Hardcover, 342 pages
Published March 28th 2017 by Scholastic Press
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jv poore
Fast-paced and fabulously fun, Hearts & Other Body Parts is a freaky fusion of folklore that completely rocks my socks. Fantasy, science-fiction and a bit of magic combine to capture, then carry you along the remarkable ride. With the emphasis on “science”, some of this fiction feels frighteningly plausible.

The three sisters that center the story are quintessential siblings in the best ways possible. Unique enough for interesting exchanges, their common ground allows them to create a formid
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Jennifer Sommersby
Oct 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Universal monsters -- like you've never seen them before. I was both awed and intimidated reading this book, when I wasn't howling at the humor. Bloom knows a lot about a lot of stuff, and the depth of character and plot reflects this delightfully. Hearts & Other Body Parts will be one of those rare specimens I will actually read *again* -- there's just so much going on, all of it fun. Being a closet romantic, I had high hopes for Esme and Norm ... no spoilers here ... but with a cat like Ka ...more
Ja
Apr 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the books I read about in a recommendation of new releases and was immediately excited about. It just sounded like something fun. Witches, a monstrously big guy whose smart and good hearted, a cute guy with a suspicious sun allergy who may or may not be disappearing girls and a talking demon cat. I was in.

It’s a cartoonish kind of world making me think of Buffy. Esme and her two sisters get into a small witch war throwing spells at one another to help them get the attention of th
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Elisquared
Hearts & Other Body Parts may seem on the outside to be a serious supernatural tale, but crack open the pages and you have a humorous mash-up (dare I say, a monster mash) of classic horror creatures set in the scariest place of all: high school.

Witches, vampires, and Franklin Norman Stein (also known as Frank N. Stein...get it?) come together to form one crazy journey through the trials of the heart, and the trials of attempted murder. Now, that may sound like the serious supernatural tale,
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Sarah
Apr 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
I loved the entire dynamic between witches, vampires, and Norman the human frankenstein creation. It was a completely reimagined story and I enjoyed it from the start. I wish there had been a little more Norman in the story, but I really enjoyed it. Perfect for those looking for a new vampire or witch story.
Gerard Villegas
This definitely rates high in my 'bad books' category especially after reading the premise of movie monster tropes from a group of witches, Frankenstein's monster, a vampire and even a demon cat which easily could be a B-film straight to video plot or something you'd find on the SyFy channel next to Sharknado or Dinocroc vs. Supergator (it's real movie, look it up). Imagine me reading this campy, craptastic YA book that combines all the fanfiction elements of a Boris Karloff movie mixed with the ...more
Lj Ducharme
Apr 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
YA monters with a new take. Lots of funny moments. Great first time out. I can't wait to see what Mr. Bloom writes next.
Stacee
Mar 05, 2017 rated it did not like it
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 wis
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Allison
Apr 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book! It was fast paced, and an easy enjoyable read. It's hard to find a great young adult book these days that isn't filled with foul language and sex. This book fits the mark. It has an interesting plot, and characters young adults can relate to.
♫ gabi ♫
Jan 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
(OFFICIAL REVIEW THAT I HAVE EVER DONE ON MY ACCOUNT! SO PLEASE READ) 4.5***

Where do I begin? I wasn't quite sure what I was getting into other than it was a YA Fantasy novel about witches. I'm normally not into books like that but I think this novel might've changed that.

It started off with a lot happening. The characters just weren't fully connected to each other or the story. But around 70 pages in things started making more sense. Plus near the end, everything just fell right into place like
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Susan
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was either going to be really good or really bad. Thankfully it was awesome and I had a ton of fun reading it! It was much more clever than I was anticipating and really funny. The story was so creative and totally flipped the usual vampire tale on it's head. I loved the three witchy sisters and their dynamic. I loved Norman the monstrous new boy in school. Most of all I loved Kasha who needs no description. As a cat lover/servant who opens the cans I found him to be a very believable ...more
Farren
After DNF'ing two books in one week, I'd like to say "it's not you, it's me." But I kind of think it's a little bit about you though...

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Gretchen Torres
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Totally did not know what to expect for this one, but I needed a book that had rhyming words in the title for a challenge. So glad I picked this book. Very fun and creative.
Brittany
May 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Witty, funny, I laughed out loud at times! Witches, vampires, a play on Frankenstein and his creation, a demon cat. I just LOVED this book. I took my time reading it because I didn't want it to end! I was thoroughly entertained by this book and I look forward to more from Bloom.
Sharon Craft Viall
May 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Norman is a big kid almost 8 feet tall. He is not a very good looking boy and has bolts out the side of his head and has a limp. Esme, Katy and Ronni are witches. They keep that to themselves. Then a Vampire named Zake comes into play. They all go to to High School together. All the girls fall in love with Zake and no one knows he's a Vampire. Girl start to disappear and there is a Murders and a fire is set. The Sister's are always trying to one up each other so they can be the one that Zake wil ...more
Paul
Aug 31, 2017 marked it as unfinished
I made it halfway through the second chapter and decided this just wasn't for me. I didn't click with the style, I found the use of "attractive" as the only adjective to describe a female character off-putting, and in the end I was 30 pages in and couldn't have cared less what was happening. Maybe it got better; I hope it did! But life is too short for me to try to find out.
Tyrenny Hidy
May 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is a super creative mishmash of my favorite YA tropes. It does have a lot of heart though, and Esme is super relatable. Four solid stars for this one. One thing really bugged me though, is a typo not far into the book - we *peel* a banana, not *peal* a banana.
Carolyn
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book. It was immensely entertaining and a fast read - two things that I really like in a book!! I do not want to disclose too much of the plot (although others have done so) but suffice to it say that a common love interest pits three Wiccan sisters against each other. The protagonist, who is the eldest sister, fights very hard against powerful forces to clear her vision and be able to see love in its truest form, and to help her younger sisters do the same.

There is biting a
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Scott C
“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 ho
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Eden Grey
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Not 5 stars because it got kind of...lengthy and repetitive near the end, but I give Kasha 100/5 stars every day of the week. If anyone is considering reading this or is on the fence, please just read it for the demon cat Kasha.
Beth
Jun 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good. The beginning was a little rough, I'm not really crazy about sisters being mean to each other. But a good combo of Frankenstein and vampire. And witch. And demons. And the value of using your brain
Shea
Jun 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was really hesitant about reading this book. I kept going back-and-forth on whether or not I should pick it up, but I finally decided I was going to try it. I'm so glad I did! It was an out-of-the-box story and it kept me on my toes.
Megan Alabaugh
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I needed this so badly. A fun, summer escape read. This is paranormal romance along the lines of Hold Me Closer, Necromancer and Evil Librarian.
Jesse Nicholas
DNF' at 35%

Just not for me.
Barbara
Although I became a little bored after the demon entered the picture, I found the idea of three high school sisters lusting after the same guy rather promising. The fact that the object of their affections is a somewhat soft-hearted vampire, Zack, who has recently arrived from the United Kingdom with his equally-charming father, complicated things. All three sisters, Esme, Katy, and Veronica have talents of their own, and all three are witches with some skills in casting spells. When Zack immedi ...more
Kasandra
May 29, 2018 rated it did not like it
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Ewa-lotta Neander
Apr 08, 2017 rated it did not like it
DNF - boring, lame characters, idea cool but poorly executed.
Feleesia Cunningham
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Susan
Apr 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
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Annalise
Aug 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
The YA novel Hearts and other Body Parts by Ira Bloom was immensely satisfying for an urban fantasy lover such as myself to read. It featured vampires, witches, a take on Frankenstein’s monster, and, of course, the ever lovable, yet diabolically evil demon cat Kasha (so basically a normal cat). Yet, somehow, Ira Bloom managed to weave these characters into a complex and completely interrelated story with the dual morals of “Don’t trust the new kid who everyone is mysteriously falling in love wit ...more
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