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Connie thought freshman year might suck. She never thought it'd be literal.

Bad dreams? No big deal. After all, Connie Perez is starting her first year in the prep school her mom runs. Anyone would be a little stressed, right? When she starts dreaming about strange creatures and places that don't make sense, she doesn't think much about it: there's other stuff on her mind.
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Published March 14th 2011 by Candlemark & Gleam
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Abigail
Fun and enjoyable.
Gmr
Mar 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: mid to older teens through adults
Recommended to Gmr by: Candlemark & Gleam
Consuela Perez, Connie for short, is about to embark on a grand adventure. She's standing at the precipice of what could be the start of a brand new life or a fall into the pits of utter despair for TONIGHT is the night before....her first day of ninth grade. O_O A time filled with excitement and those first steps into teen-dom for certain, but for Connie and the crew at Springden Academy, it's not as awkward as it could be. You see, Connie's Mom is the "head of the school" so she's been a "scho ...more
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Reviewed by Christin for Between the Covers

Hickey of the Beast is a quick, enjoyable read that redefines freshman year. Sure, there are the typical classes to deal with and cute boys to admire, but there's also something more, something...sinister.

As the head's kid, Connie has grown up at Springden, so starting high school there feels fairly natural. Even still, it's a new experience; so when the first nightmare happens, Connie doesn't think too much of it. But her brother is having nightmares a
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Christin (Portrait of a Book)
Hickey of the Beast is a quick, enjoyable read that redefines freshman year. Sure, there are the typical classes to deal with and cute boys to admire, but there's also something more, something...sinister.

As the head's kid, Connie has grown up at Springden, so starting high school there feels fairly natural. Even still, it's a new experience; so when the first nightmare happens, Connie doesn't think too much of it. But her brother is having nightmares as well. And each time Connie has the dream,
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Rebecca
Jun 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ya
Disclosure: I know both the author and the publisher of this book.

I read this book as a serial, which I suspect was not an ideal format for me personally, mostly because of my reading speed. I'm used to getting through books in a matter of days if not hours--it's weird and a little frustrating to have a book drag on for months. This, however, was a personal problem and not actually the book's fault.

The really delightful thing about this book is the voice. Connie is bright and funny, sarcastic b
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Shanon
Feb 11, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
My reviews can also be found at: http://escapingwithfiction.blogspot.com/

I need to go ahead and start off this review by saying that I probably would have given this book a higher rating had it been around for me to read when I was about 13 or 14 years of age. I can totally see my younger self liking this book just fine, but unfortunately I'm in my mid-twenties now and just couldn't quite get into Hickey of the Beast.

The premise of the book is actually pretty cool, but the execution of the plot
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Kai
Mar 04, 2011 rated it liked it
Originally posted at Amaterasu Reads

Hickey of the Beast is written as a sort of a letter to Connie's friend, Amanda. And boy was that a long letter.

Though I don't think that freshmen girls should be speaking like Connie does, I couldn't help but liking the fact that the entire story was written through her POV. She's got a very interesting life, if you ask me, filled with interesting opinions about anything and everything. I do think she's a fun character to read about! The way Connie has wr
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Jessica
Mar 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
Let me say, this book was a blast to read! A little bit teen life, a little bit monster killing, really who could ask for more? Add in a fantastic protagonist and her butt kicking friends, and you have a story that is sure to keep you reading! You might even giggle a bit.

Going in to Hickey of the Beast I wasn't really sure what to expect. This is a serial novel, which means that it is meant to be released in parts. However I got to read the whole thing straight through. Truth be told? I loved it
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Anna
Feb 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Connie has been looking forward to her freshman year and dreading it at the same time. After all, having her Mom as the principal of the prep school she'll be attending automatically singles her out as a faculty brat, not trustworthy. Then Connie starts having what seem to be psychic dreams. She sees girls getting sick and then next thing you know, in real life they're having breakdowns and leaving school. Connie doesn't take it seriously at first, but then she realizes that she might be the onl ...more
Christie
Mar 17, 2011 rated it liked it
Connie Perez is the daughter of Springden Academy’s headmistress. She is excited and nervous about making the transition from a faculty kid to an actual student. As the new school year progresses she finds herself plagued with nightmares involving a swarm of angry mosquitos. Coincidently her little brother is also having bad dreams. As the dreams evolve and students fall sick, Connie sets out to find answers with two of her closest friends.


Hickey of the Beast is told in the format of a letter fr
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Traci
I would love to give this book a rating of 3.5 out of 5 instead of just a three. Sadly, we don't have that ability.

Anyway, I admit, I think the title of this book is really, really cheesy. However, the title really makes sense and is a perfectly fitting title for the book, so it's pretty easy to look past that really. Even if it is a little cheesy.

We follow Connie, daughter of a boarding school headmistress and a few of her friends on campus. Connie is writing a very, long letter to her friend
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Lexie
Mar 17, 2011 rated it liked it
Well I know I said I couldn't say anything about the serial format, but I think I can safely say it would have made for an interesting reading experience. Each chapter is about 10-15pages long and told in a friendly conversational way. It felt almost like receiving letters from a friend, which is rather what Kunkel was going for. It can make things feel a little limited, we're getting everything from Connie's perspective and view. Obviously in First Person POV this is always the case, but due to ...more
Lisa  K
Apr 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
What a fun book! Hickey of the Beast is an interesting look into a young freshman’s life: boys, homework, evil monsters… Huh? In this super fresh and cute young adult book Kunkle pulls off a combination that could have easily fallen flat. Luckily, everything here works perfectly! We have our bright and determined protagonist, Connie, who was beautifully written. Her personality really came alive and I would have loved to have a friend like her! And every bad ass monster killing teen needs side k ...more
Shanella
When I picked up Hickey of the Beast by Isabel Kunkle, I was surprised at just how engaging it was. Isabel Kunkle’s protagonist, Connie, is spunky and lovable and I found myself rooting for her through the entire story.

Connie is the headmistress’s daughter and has a lot to live up to. Knowing that most of the staff and the upperclassmen knew her in her young and awkward days was the biggest of her worries until the strange dreams started; dreams that seem to come true.

While a fun read, the wri
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Robin Tidwell
Jun 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Connie thought freshman year might suck. She never thought it'd be literal.

“Bad dreams? No big deal. After all, Connie Perez is starting her first year in the prep school her mom runs. Anyone would be a little stressed, right? When she starts dreaming about strange creatures and places that don't make sense, she doesn't think much about it: there's other stuff on her mind. Then she starts noticing that the people she dreams about get sick right afterwards.

“Then everything gets weird.”

Wow! This
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Jasmyn
Connie seems like just another boarding school girl and life is normal until one night she has a dream about a bunch of insects attacking a girl. She thinks it's just another nightmare until the same girl turns up very sick and has to leave for the hospital. As the dreams continue, Connie realizes that something is very wrong, something is hunting her fellow students. Since she is the only one that seems to be having the dreams she decides to track it down and try to stop it.

I really liked Conni
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Emily
Feb 29, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: z1-2012-read
That should be 3.5 stars for this book. :)
When I saw the title of this book, I giggled. I thought that this would be a quick read, and for some readers it will be. Early on, I had a hard time getting past the stream-of-consciousness of the main character Connie. Thankfully this seemed to diminish as the book progressed. I have mixed emotions about this book. I enjoyed some of the humor in the book and the plot was a new twist for paranormal stories, but I can't say that I loved it. It will be in
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Stevie Carroll
Aug 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
So far I've only read this in its serialised form, and that had me anxiously waiting for midday on Tuesday each week. Told in the form of one long letter from Connie to her friend Amanda, this was just delightful for the sheer sense of teenagerness that it encapsulated. I had an idea what the solution would be from early on, and I was partially proved right, but the jouney was the thing with this story. I just wish it could have been longer.
Donna Huber
It was ok. For younger YA probably. I would let my niece read it, except for the use of the F word. Read my full review at Girl Who Reads. ...more
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