Previously reviewed: Poltergeeks
Synopsis: Whoever said being a teenage witch would be easy? For fifteen-year-old Julie Richardson and the city’s resident protector from supernatural evil, the Left Hand Path doesn’t give a damn if you’ve found true love for the first time in your life. There’s someone lurking the halls of Crescent Ridge High School with enough malice to unleash an epidemic of Soul Worms – supernatural larvae that feed on the very fabric of a victim’s humanity.
After witnessing the death of one of the most popular kids at school, Julie and über genius boyfriend Marcus find themselves in a race against time to find out who is behind the attacks. All the evidence points to a horrifying plot at the City Weir during the Winter Solstice; the place where icy waters of the Bow River and a thunderous spillway will mean the deaths of more than a hundred of Julie’s classmates.
If she has any hope of saving their lives, she’ll need a little help from a coven of white witches and an Aboriginal mage whose snarky attitude is matched only by her magical prowess.
200words (or less) review: Let me get my main complaint out of the way first: There is not enough Betty. She was my favourite character in the previous book and she is hardly there apart from few scenes and the end. It’s a giant supernatural talking dog- why?
Now that’s of the way let me list all the good stuff. Student Bodies is a great second book, I actually enjoyed it more than Poltergeeks (despite my Betty complaint ;)). The new characters worked well, also Julie and Marcus’s struggles with their changing relationship status was convincing without being annoying.
Despite working part of the mystery early on, I didn’t expect Student Bodies to end the way it did. I really felt for Julie in the last few chapters and I have to know what happens next. Do not leave me hanging.
Bullying plays a big part in Student Bodies and I think Sean Cummings handled this really well. There is a risk of having a preachy feel well dealing with tough subject in books but that’s not the case here. In fact at one point Marcus says something that made me think “You so get it.” Well done.