Genre: Retellings

Monday, January 18, 2016

Blog Tour: Teen Frankenstein by Chandler Baker (High School Horror #1) Review and Guest Post

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I received this book for free from Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Blog Tour: Teen Frankenstein by Chandler Baker (High School Horror #1) Review and Guest PostTeen Frankenstein by Chandler Baker
Series: High School Horror #1
Published by Feiwel & Friends on January 12th 2016
Genres: Horror, Retellings, YA
Source: Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group
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High school meets classic horror in this groundbreaking new series.

It was a dark and stormy night when Tor Frankenstein accidentally hit someone with her car. And killed him. But all is not lost--Tor, being the scientific genius she is, brings him back to life...

Thus begins a twisty, turn-y take on a familiar tale, set in the town of Hollow Pines, Texas, where high school is truly horrifying.



Hello everyone!! I am happy to be participating in the blog tour for this book. Right when I read the synopsis, I knew that I had to read the book. So I will be doing my review and I have a great guest post with a real life high school horror story from Charlotte Huang, a friend of the author who is also an author.

To start, I really liked the characters. They were great. Especially Tor and her best friend Owen. They really were what pulled me into the story. I did enjoy this book, but had to ignore all of the things that just didn’t make sense to me. As with all things fiction, not everything has to make sense or be logical right? I can’t go into all the little things that bothered me without major spoilers, but one thing is that this kid is able to even start school. And yes, it’s mentioned that he shouldn’t be able to start, but then that’s that. There are a lot of little things like that throughout that just stood out to me. Besides that, I really did enjoy the book.

Tor is the MC. She is super smart. Obviously if she is able to bring someone back from the dead using science, but anyways. I really liked her. She is very focused on her science projects and experiments. Since her dad died and her mom is pretty much a shell most of the time, she has a lot of time to use the storm cellar as her lab. She’s a good friend most of the time too, and I really loved seeing how she changed through the book. How she was with other people and how much she learned that science can’t explain. Besides that, Adam seems to be fitting in well and end up in with the popular crowd. Of course that means Tor has to hang around too, which is all sorts of entertaining. She’s not exactly the social butterfly.

Adam is the boy that she brings back to life. Unfortunately, things don’t go quite as smoothly as she would have liked and he has no memory. At all. The only way that she can keep an eye on him is to enroll him in her school. Surprisingly, it works for the most part. He is a bit odd to others, but they still really like him. He’s also apparently some kind of football superstar so that makes him instantly one of the cool kids. Of course since Tor is the first person he saw when he was brought back, he has a crazy attachment to her. It’s kind of cute actually. Imagining this big guy acting like a toddler and just wanting to please Tor like she is his mother. The thing is, as time passes and more experiments happen, he starts to remember things. And he also seems a bit off and possibly dangerous at times. The real person underneath is a different person than Tor has created.

This was a really fun book to read. I really liked the scientific part of it all, but most of all the character development. The story itself had a lot of convenient things that were looked over. I suppose for the sake of story progression, some of it had to be that way. I loved the idea of this revived dude going to school and trying to fit in, I also wanted to know his real story and who he was before he died and lost all of the memory of who he was. Oh, and I almost forgot. There is a great murder mystery as well. Some of it is gruesome, but awesome. This book isn’t something that is going to give you nightmares, but it is a bit creepy at times. I look forward to seeing what comes next in the High School Horror series.

Guest Post by Charlotte Huang

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My High School Horror Story

When I was a junior, I had a serious crush on a senior boy. He was artistic, wore

black Converse high tops, played guitar in a band, and yeah .  . .  All that. We had

some friends in common but definitely were not in the same crowd. He dated a lot

while I was a professional crush-haver, often relegated to the little sister

role—amusing, but not quite datable.

One day, his familiar gray car rolled to a stop next to me while I was walking down

my street. He said he was bored, just out for a drive, and invited me to join. I wasn’t

wearing shoes and hadn’t told my parents I’d be gone for any length of time but did

that stop me from jumping into his car? No it did not. I was delirious with


We drove across town to visit his best friend, whom I’d never officially met. I

followed my crush out of the car and had ventured no more than three steps before I

felt my foot sink into some thick and oozy substance. I looked down and almost

passed out on the spot. I had just stepped in a pile of fresh, steaming dog poop.


The boys turned to see why I wasn’t following them into the house. I was literally

speechless. All I could do was blink. My crush came over to inspect the situation.

“Oh. Whoops,” was all he said. I wanted to die. While I continued to stand there, he

disappeared around the side of the house and then returned with a garden hose,

which he very gallantly used to spray off my foot. The best friend, with whom I’d

exchanged exactly one word, brought me a towel.

Even after I was cleaned up, I was too mortified to attempt being social. I stayed

mute until my crush finally said that he should probably take me home.

I mean, how do you recover from something like that? You don’t. So the drive back

was filled with more silence. I wished with my entire being to never see him again.

Somehow, the story does have a happy ending because we started dating that

summer. Maybe because we both had enough sense to pretend this incident never

Charlotte Huang is the author of For the Record.

About the Author

Chandler Baker_biopic (2)Chandler Baker got her start ghostwriting novels for teens and tweens, including installments in a book series that has sold more than 1 million copies. She grew up in Florida, went to college at the University of Pennsylvania and studied law at the University of Texas. She now lives in Austin with her husband. Although she loves spinning tales with a touch of horror, she is a much bigger scaredy-cat than her stories would lead you to believe.

Don’t Forget to check out the other stops on the blog tour!!

Full Blog Tour Schedule
Fierce Reads
12-Jan Good Books and Good Wine
13-Jan Jana’s Book List
14-Jan Booki Emoji
15-Jan Sci Fi Chick
16-Jan Novel Novice
17-Jan Word Spelunking
18-Jan XPresso Reads
19-Jan Working for the Mandroid
20-Jan Katie’s Book Blog

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Review: Macbeth #killingit by William Shakepeare and Courtney Carbone

Posted by on 12/02/2015 • 3 Comments

I know that I have already review a few of these books, well actually all of them so far, and they are getting harder to review. I can only say how fun they are so many times. Macbeth is one of stories that I really enjoyed reading back in the day when I was in school, so I really liked getting to read it in this format. What’s even better is that the Macbeth movie comes out Friday. Yup, that’s right, December 4th and it looks pretty good. I can’t wait to see it. So, if you haven’t read Macbeth, you should check out the movie, then pick up this book when it comes out in January to see how entertaining reading in this format makes a dark story.

Review: A Midsummer Night #nofilter by William Shakespeare and Brett Wright

Posted by on 11/25/2015 • 1 Comment

Every time I have read one of these books I can’t help but smile. They are great fun!! I have actually never read A Midsummer Night’s Dream. I have read little bits, but never the whole thing. Of course, I knew what the story was about, but reading it in this way made it so much fun. Once again, I have to say that these books are amazing because they make learning about these stories entertaining, and in my case, want to read the real thing.

Text and social media are such prominent things today that this is such a great way to write a book. Especially books that some may find boring otherwise. Or have trouble understanding the language since we all know that Shakespeare can be a…

Giveaway: A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston

Giveaway: A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston

Posted by on 09/15/2015 • 3 Comments

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Review: Spinning Starlight by R.C. Lewis

Review: Spinning Starlight by R.C. Lewis

Posted by on 08/19/2015 • 9 Comments

I am honestly quite conflicted with this book.

While I appreciated this was a retelling of an under-the-radar fairy tale (come on, we have had enough of Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, Little Mermaid retellings!), this book left me feeling a little underwhelmed. I kind of expected a lot because even though I had some problems with Stitching Snow, the author does know how to write a story. With a cover like that, with a premise like that (oh-em-gee, eight older brothers?! Sign me up, s’il te plaît!), surely after a year, and with a writer like R.C. Lewis, surely this book will knock other retellings out of the water?! Unfortunately, instead of feeling enamored with it, I just feel a bit… deflated.

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Review: A Whole New World by Liz Braswell

Review: A Whole New World by Liz Braswell

Posted by on 07/31/2015 • 19 Comments

What a disappointment this book turned out to be.

You know, when I requested for this book, I did it because I was really, really expecting a Disney movie retelling (wait, is that even allowed? Isn’t there supposed to be some copyright thingy about modifying a well-known commercial masterpiece into something else? Can some lawyer clarify this for me, please?!) that would literally bring me a whole new world. You see, there is something that books can do better than movies – one of them is characterization. With a book, you can get into the deepest psyche of the characters and really get to know them in a more personal and intimate level; we’ll be able to know more why they feel a certain why or how their feeling or other…

Review: SRSLY Hamlet by William Shakespeare and Courtney Carbone

Review: SRSLY Hamlet by William Shakespeare and Courtney Carbone

Posted by on 06/30/2015 • 6 Comments

This book was all sorts of fun!! Another book from the OMG Shakespeare line and it’s full of OMG’s WTF’s and tons of emoji’s to make the story interesting. Like the previous book I reviewed, YOLO Juliet, it’s not a replacement for this classic, but a fun way to get people interested who might not be to begin with. I vaguely remember reading Hamlet in high school and I liked it well enough, but this made me want to pick it up and read it again. This tells the story well enough, though not completely. It’s a good start for those who don’t get Shakespeare, or find the writing hard to follow. I mean, it really is like another language. But so is this. A language that is modernized in…

Review: YOLO Juliet by William Shakespeare and Brett Wright

Review: YOLO Juliet by William Shakespeare and Brett Wright

Posted by on 06/23/2015 • 5 Comments

I admit, I loved reading the original Romeo and Juliet in school, but I know that for some people it isn’t something they enjoyed. I think that this was a fun way to get people interested in the basics of the story in a modern way. I thought the group texts and messages were entertaining. I especially loved all the emojis in it. I do have to say though, this is not a replacement for the original, but it was fun to read.

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