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Cathy's Key

(Cathy Vickers Trilogy #2)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  1,877 ratings  ·  114 reviews

Cathy’s Book was literally a word-of-mouth success story, with over 120,000 copies of the groundbreaking, interactive teen novel in print. Perhaps less noticeable was the heart of the book: a good story well told. Now fans of Cathy Vickers will return to the exciting, unpredictable world that made the first book such a success. Cathy was your average high school student-do

Hardcover, 144 pages
Published May 5th 2008 by Running Pr Book Pub
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Dana Al-Basha دانة الباشا
[February 01, 2009] was an important date! I found this book and was introduced to one of my favorite series! The war of the immortals has just begun, all in order to stop death and time. It has been six months since Cathy received a card on her birthday from Victor asking her to wait for him and it might take two years for them to meet again.

I felt really sorry for Cathy and her horrible relationship with her mother (whom I feel sorry for as well), and the bad Jewel who I can't stand, who stole
Oct 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I was able to read in one sitting. I stayed up all night reading this. I didn't stop. I just read and read, didn't stop. It never once got boring, it was fast pace, and it felt like I was watching a movie. I'm not doing a review on the first book in the series, Cathy's Book, because I don't have it anymore and I don't remember much. At first, before reading this, I was worried that I wouldn't remember the storyline or wouldn't be able to follow along but the authors did a ...more
Alice Rachel
Jun 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 stars for originality and diversity!
Feb 20, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, 2015, series
Once again it was interesting and I love the drawing on the pages. The whole thing with her father was slightly disappointing just because of how he was, sighhh can't these people just be nice for once? Jewel was frustrating a lot of the time but also a great character.
Jun 11, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a sequel to Cathy's Notebook. This book was sooooo good. The sequel is about Cathy getting a note from this fortune teller who contacts her but then gets murdered by her boyfriends father who is creeping on her. She meets this girl who is a con artist and manages to steal almost everything important to her and kill someone and changes her look to look like Cathy named Jewel. Within all this drama she also found out a lot about her father. This book is really hard to explain if you d ...more
Jul 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This sequel is as interesting and funny as the previous one. There are still lot of little objects and drawings, even if less than the first book.
Here the writer introduce one of my favorite character of the trilogy: Jewel. And, also, I developed thanks to this book one of my greatest fears: the exchange of identity and the stealing of an it. Really, it scares me.
Anyway, I really liked this book
Bridget Mcloughlin
Nov 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Awesome writing, It was a really good page-turner
Ary89 - Romance e non solo
Libro carino, ma non adatto come mia lettura. Oramai sono cresciuta un po' troppo per poter apprezzare una lettura come questa. Meglio lasciare il libro a mia sorella e vedere cosa ne pensa lei. Molto carina l'idea di allegare al romanzo dei gadget riguardanti i vari luoghi visitati dalla protagonista.
Kath West
May 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The caliber of this book was equal to (or maybe even greater than) that of the first novel in the series, "Cathy's Book." I loved the new character additions of Jewel and Denny, and the story was interesting and fast-paced.
Oct 14, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Mit meinen Worten
Cathy reißt zu einer Wahrsagerin nach St. Louis, als sie die mysteriöse Jewel trifft. Folge daraus: Ihr Handy und ihr Zeichenblog sind weg, wobei ersteres noch zu einigen Schwierigkeiten führt. Während ihr Freund sich fröhlich testen lässt und in einem Labor für einen weiteren Unsterblichen arbeitet, damit dessen Tochter Cathy nicht an den Hals geht, hängt sich Victors Vater Tsao ihr wieder auf die Fersen - was soll sie nur tun?

Das Urteil
Das besondere an dem Buch sind natürlich
Jan 13, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Graphic Novel, Mystery, Urban Myths
In six months following Book 1, Cathy managed to graduate from high school and flunk from three jobs for three completely different reasons. The story begins with a spontaneous road trip out to the middle of no where to meet the Fortune Teller. Cathy gets a bizarre update and a thread of unease coils around her heart. On the bus trip back to good old CA, Cathy bonds with Jewel and learns to regret it with every cursed released breath.

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Sep 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cathy's Key adds a lot more to the plot than the first book. It's a much more focused and linear story now, a lot less is focused on backstory and is instead dealing with the present story. I actually kind of feel like there's a gap between the two books. The ending of book #1 didn't really set up Tsao as Cathy's stalker but suddenly in book #2 we find out he's been messaging her and trying to make advances for a while--I feel like we ought to have started out with this so we got the full impact ...more
Jun 06, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cathy is back and she is as curious as ever! It's been six months since Cathy's seen her boyfriend Victor and she is completely clueless as to where their relationship stands. Out of desperation she sets off to St. Louis in order to meet the fortune teller whose name was sent to her months earlier in a mysterious package. After her meeting with the mysterious Auntie Joe, who claims that Cathy's father didn't really die of a heart attack but that he was murdered, Cathy is as confused as ever. On ...more
Nov 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review was one I wrote and posted on my profile sometime ago when Bookarmy existed. Great site.

Cathy’s Key is the second book of a trilogy, but without a doubt a book that can stand on its own with a really interesting and dynamic plot. Cathy’s Key offers us a highly interactive and visual story accompanied with illustrations and objects (“the evidence”) relevant to the story. That for sure, will be a favorite thing for many readers, as it was for me. This is a modern take on books characte
I absolutely loved the first book in this series so of course I needed to continue it when I realized that there were more. Cathy and Victor, and the rest of the gang, all return. This is one of those books where you're like yeah falling in love with an immortal sounds like a terrible idea and every character, Cathy and Victor included, agrees and tries to find a happier solution to the whole situation. Plus there is the awkward fact that Victor's dad is either going to try to date Cathy or kill ...more
Diamante Aragon
Aug 26, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I really enjoyed reading Cathy’s Key, by Jordan Weisman this book kept me popping right out of my seat. I read the first book (Cathy’s Book) in 7th grade and loved it. I guess the extra little clues that come with the book make it seem as if the story really happened to someone. (The torn up picture, napkin with a kiss on it, or even the birth certificate). In fact if you call the numbers on the book, you will come to find yourself leaving a message on Cathy’s recorder. In the first book we lear

Sydney Chan
Jan 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the preceding book Cathy finds out that her boyfriend, Victor, is immortal and he is sent to Ancestor Lu to be experimented on, Victor's father, Tsao, has a creepy crush on her, and she is trying to discover the truth about her father. In Cathy's Key, Cathy meets Jewel who takes her journal, belongings, and tries to steal her identity. Surprisingly, Jewel ends up saving her in the end. Cathy also learns the truth about her father.

I really liked this book because unlike many books in a series
May 01, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
According to a lot of people, Cathy's Key is far better than the first, Cathy's Book. However, I thought they were similar - neither one is better than the other.

Well, I did enjoy reading about Cathy's many employment failures. She keeps getting fired for various reasons and the reasons are absolutely hilarious. She just can't seem to keep her mouth shut!

There's also an introduction of a new character, Jewel, whom I didn't particularly like. She likes to steal things and then frame others and ac
Feb 06, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Suite de Cathy’s Book, Cathy’s Key nous apporte, comme son nom l’indique, les clés des mystères exposés dans le premier tome.
Jewel fait une entrée fracassante et amène son frère Denny dans la foulée. L’une sera une ennemie et l’autre un allié. A celà, on ajoute Pete, doué en informatique et on retrouve évidemment Emma.
Des personnage secondaires qui sont finalement mieux mis en avant et qui s’intègrent vraiment à l’histoire.
L’intrigue est cependant moins importante que dans le premier tome. Il n’
Elisa M.
Mar 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The extra star is for Auntie Joe and her hilarious will. I laughed so hard.
Emma, Pete and Denny are a great team.
Jennifer Wardrip

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I really liked CATHY'S KEY, much more so than CATHY'S BOOK. It takes place six months after Cathy found out that her boyfriend is immortal.

He is gone from her life, she has graduated from high school, and she is trying to find a job. She keeps being fired from her places of employment, which is a running gag in the story. She is now on a bus heading home from St. Louis. She has just seen a psychic immortal who told her to be wary of Tsao and a bomb
Apr 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: rebecca kellogg
Was looking for some DeLint at Barnes and Noble today and all they have are two of his books, the two i've read! he has so many!!! wtf!
But found this book. I picked it-as I often do-b/c i love the cover!!!
its actually a sequel, and the old man behind the counter couldn't figure out what the first book was and or if they had it! i'll try to get it online!!!

Read Kathy's book pretty quickly and only took a couple days to read through this one, a easy quick read. as in the first book loved the art &
Kevin Fanning
I finished this a few days ago, and have been spending the time since trying to dig into the online and phone-based aspects of the ARG. I love the idea of ARGs, and I like the idea of a book with added ARG-value, but I couldn't figure out any of the clues, and even with some hints and spoilers I still wasn't able to pick apart what we were supposedly after.

I definitely should have read Cathy's Book first, but I kind of liked being dropped into this story the way I was. I really liked the part o
Cathy's Key was quite a good book. While I felt it wasn't as interactive as it's predecessor Cathy's Book, but nonetheless it still contained an interactive element. Cathy's Key wasn't exactly what I had expected it to be but it was still pretty good. I felt that there was less mystery to it and more about Cathy's life.
I really like the character Cathy she is very different and a very refreshing person to read about. I felt sorry for her at some points but I have to admit Cathy is anything but o
Heaяts&Smiles_♰ .
This book is better that the first one it has more to it........

It all starts of with cathy finding out that she has an imortal boyfriend. how cool is that he's gonna live for ever, to bad Cathy isn't so between trying to have a good relationship with her bf, trying to not become her bf's fathers new love toy and getting her identity stolen Cathy is for a crazy ride. Plus she's out of high school with no job no idea what to do and every job her mom sets her up with she ends up getting f
Dec 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Surprisingly, I really liked this book. Cathy still cracked me and the added character of Denny was a nice turn in the story. (Though, I really hated his sister lol)
I got to see more of Victor (it's nice to see him actually showing he cares haha), which made him grow on me a little more. In the first book, I honestly didn't see what she liked about him so much.
His father's role reminded me more of how dramatic hispanic novellas can be lol, but hey, it could happen i guess
And the ending was a fu
Brittney. Break my heart why dont ya
I honestly bawled through the whole thing! It was one of my most favourite books ever. I bawled through the sad and happy parts. What killed me was at the end of the last book ,, the ending was soo perfect! And what got me THE END i bawled i couldnt beleive it was over!

I have read this series over and over i have never got bored. My favourite was that you could actually lisen to the convos on the web! I just found out theres a app for it to on ipods!

I lost the coin a year ago and was soo depres
Laurie Noel
Jun 12, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen-ya
Interactive books, sadly, never really took off. I was given this one as a gift and it was right up my alley. It's full of phone numbers you can actually call and clues and evidence you can piece together to enrich your reading experience. I loved the art throughout the pages.

The story wasn't quite strong enough to carry it, and I would have liked to see more of reader interaction either through more phone options or websites that could be "hacked" using clues in the book. Like how Rowling's pag
this was a better-written book than Cathy's Book, but it lost a lot of the cleverness of the first book, the details in the scribbles and notes, etc. it wasn't quite so mixed media as the first one, which kind of made me sad.

however, the ending is so clever, and i really love emma. i kind of wish there would be another book, but i think this is a good place to end, if they do end it here, which they seem to be doing. there are so many crazy twists that are both sad and heart-breaking, and cath
Sep 05, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Cathy's Sleutel is het 2e deel van de trilogie over Cathy haar leven. Net zoals deel 1 lees je weer Cathy haar dagboek, inclusief tekeningen en extra notities. Dit deel bevat ook "bewijsmateriaal" dat ze bij elkaar heeft gesprokkeld.

Net zoals deel 1 was ik nu ook weer enorme fan van de tekeningen in het boek. Ik vond de nieuwe personages tof. Ondanks dat ze niet allemaal even vriendelijk zijn.

Ik vond het een leuk verhaal om te lezen. Zeker een aanrader voor mensen die geen 'standaard' (lees: gew
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