Student Bodies (Poltergeeks, #2)
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 are 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.

Student Bodies (Poltergeeks, #2) Details

TitleStudent Bodies (Poltergeeks, #2)
Author
ReleaseAug 28th, 2016
PublisherBack Alley Books
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GenreYoung Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Fiction

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Student Bodies (Poltergeeks, #2) Review

  • Jeffrey
    January 1, 1970
    Without having picked up the first one in this series, I picked up "Student Bodies" to read via Net Galley because of the rocking cover. It was a very good decision.Sean Cummings has penned a fun rollicking novel about the further adventures and tribulations of Julie Richardson, a young witch, who has gained power as a Shadowcull, while being a student in high school. While not having issues with her abilities (which is the theme of many an urban fantasy) Julie is going through a lot Without having picked up the first one in this series, I picked up "Student Bodies" to read via Net Galley because of the rocking cover. It was a very good decision.Sean Cummings has penned a fun rollicking novel about the further adventures and tribulations of Julie Richardson, a young witch, who has gained power as a Shadowcull, while being a student in high school. While not having issues with her abilities (which is the theme of many an urban fantasy) Julie is going through a lot of teen angst. Her mother, a powerful witch in her own right, is dead set against Julie dating her boyfriend Marcus because he has no magic of his own. Julie has just learned that her dad is a ghost, who used to be a Shadowcull himself before he died. Meanwhile Julie and Marcus have witnessed a popular kid in school come under the attack of a powerful magic -- maggot like beasties are all over his body.It turns out the maggots are a sign of a powerful evil spell and are used to take over people and make them into zombie like creatures. The students can be used to power an even worse spell.It will take all of Julie's skills and the powerful magic of a local coven of witches and other magic users to combat the evilness.Cummings does a good job with keeping the story relevant to high school teen readers and keeping the action high and fast. I liked Julie but was not crazy about her relationship with Marcus in this volume. I think, without having read the first book, I could not connect with him as well. But for that disconnect, this young adult fantasy was really good.
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  • Nikki
    January 1, 1970
    Ouch. Wow, ouch. I got this from Netgalley a while ago -- that's the main reason I moved Poltergeeks up in the to read queue -- and had no idea it would stomp on my heart. I wouldn't have expected it from reading Poltergeeks, either: the first book is light and easy, with some drama and moments of worry, but nothing really dark or deeply affecting.For the first hundred pages or so (as my ereader counted it, anyway), this was going to get about the same vote from me. And then the fina Ouch. Wow, ouch. I got this from Netgalley a while ago -- that's the main reason I moved Poltergeeks up in the to read queue -- and had no idea it would stomp on my heart. I wouldn't have expected it from reading Poltergeeks, either: the first book is light and easy, with some drama and moments of worry, but nothing really dark or deeply affecting.For the first hundred pages or so (as my ereader counted it, anyway), this was going to get about the same vote from me. And then the final showdown. Wow. And the aftermath of it. Wow again. Now I need another book where all of this gets sorted out, stat. If I thought things went a little too smoothly in the first book, well... that ending at least made up for it.I know very little about Native Americans, so I'm just not going to comment on that aspect of the story, other than to say that it's pretty awesome there are Native American characters, who have their own power and an important role to play.
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  • Ben Babcock
    January 1, 1970
    So here I am, working my way through my honestly impressive backlog of ebooks from Angry Robot and Strange Chemistry. I have zero memory of Poltergeeks , the first book in this series from Sean Cummings, except maybe a vague impression that I liked it. Fortunately, Student Bodies makes it easy enough to dive into Julie Richardson’s life as a Shadowcull that I didn’t feel lost at all. Also, disclaimer: I read the first third of this book in a loud bar at around 1 am because the dancefloor was too crowded for me So here I am, working my way through my honestly impressive backlog of ebooks from Angry Robot and Strange Chemistry. I have zero memory of Poltergeeks , the first book in this series from Sean Cummings, except maybe a vague impression that I liked it. Fortunately, Student Bodies makes it easy enough to dive into Julie Richardson’s life as a Shadowcull that I didn’t feel lost at all. Also, disclaimer: I read the first third of this book in a loud bar at around 1 am because the dancefloor was too crowded for me to actually dance and that’s what you do when you’re DD while all your friends are busy drinking and trying to talk to boys even though it’s very loud in there.Julie Richardson is sixteen (?) and a Shadowcull, which means she’s the witch in charge of stopping badder witches from doing bad stuff. She’s also in high school (obvs) and now she has a boyfriend, and her dad is dead (he used to be the local Shadowcull) but he’s still around in ghost form, so hey, totally normal family dynamic, amirite? Just when Julie thinks things are calming down on the magic front, she and her boyfriend, Marcus, discover that someone is inflicting popular kids at school with Soul Worms, little magical buggies that suck out your soul and force you to do stuff you don’t like, up to and including suicide. As Julie and Marcus try to get to the bottom of this dark plot, they realize that this isn’t someone targeting just popular kids—an old and malevolent force is hoping to take out a whole lot more of the high school population, and she doesn’t really care who she has to kill to do it.This is a dark book. Like, it’s YA, but there’s profanity and a fair amount of highly serious situations in here. And by “it’s YA, but…” I’m not trying to say this stuff doesn’t belong in YA. It’s just not necessarily something I’m used to encountering. Julie and Marcus are dealing with some very adult situations and are responding pretty much the way I would expect mature teenagers to respond—as do the adults around them. If there’s one thing I can say about Cummings, it’s the way he doesn’t try to create contrived drama. Is Julie’s mom happy that Julie is dating a non-witch? No. And she expresses that. Yet she also recognizes that forbidding Julie from seeing Marcus would be a non-starter, so there’s that. The drama in this book comes from the good, ol’ fashioned application of dark magic. Good times were had by all!In my review of Poltergeeks, I critiqued the way that Julie seems almost too self-aware. Not sure if Cummings is better here or if I was just being overly-critical there; I didn’t pick up on that this time around. Cummings includes treatments of some serious issues, like high school bullying (and not to mention dealing with the deaths of peers) in a fairly sensitive way. The stuff Julie and (to some extent) Marcus go through is incredibly traumatizing, right up to and including the unfortunate but incredibly poignant and understandable outcome at the end of the book (more on that in a bit).Probably the best thing about this book, though, is just the excellent pacing. Cummings keeps the plot going, each event leading into the next, with just enough pauses to catch our characters’ breaths but never enough that the reader starts getting bored. There’s a good balance between intense, explosive action sequences and exposition, conversations, etc. Student Bodies definitely isn’t a boring book. Even though the plot is somewhat too straightforward at times (I mean, seriously—did anyone not suspect it was Willard and the creepy psychologist all along?), just the precision of its execution alone is enough to make up for that.As with Poltergeeks, I appreciate the Canadian setting of Calgary and all the references to Canadian winter, up to and including having to warm up a car long enough so the windows don’t frost up too badly. More notably, Student Bodies features Twyla Standingready, an Indigenous witch and member of the (real life) Tsuu T’ina Nation. It’s not my lane to comment on Cummings’ portrayal of magic mixed with Indigenous spiritual practices. All I can really say is that I’m glad he made the attempt and that it’s definitely better than some other stuff I’ve seen (but that doesn’t mean it’s not problematic).I’m more conflicted about the ending. I’m just not sure how to read Marcus breaking up with Julie. On the one hand, it feels a bit like the kind of contrived plot development you get in a series: these two people love each other, so of course they can’t be together, because then there would be no drama! That kind of decision always bothers me, because there is so much potential for conflict within a relationship. On the other hand, Marcus’ decision really does make sense given what he has been through. Maybe it’s just the abruptness? Like, he’s so constant and understanding throughout the whole novel. His tribulations during the climax are definitely traumatic enough to provoke this kind of reaction. It’s just very shocking—which I guess makes it all that easier to sympathize with Julie.Student Bodies is a far more layered, emotionally satisfying book than its description and the first chapter or so might imply. It’s a light read, in the sense that it is easy to read, but it is not a light read, in the sense that it has a lot of dark events to it. The plot is simple but the characters complex enough to keep me coming back for more, if a third book in this series ever emerges.
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  • Christopher Nelson
    January 1, 1970
    STUDENT BODIES, Growing up at volume elevenAfter POLTERGEEKS, it was obvious that Julie Richardson’s career as a Shadowcull was only just beginning. So with Sean Cumming’s sequel, STUDENT BODIES, it was no surprise that he would step up the heat with Julie’s new role as a Special Ops spell blaster. What was shocking, however, was the high level of action and character development that came with this new story. Where POLTERGEEKS introduced the concept of modern teens discovering love STUDENT BODIES, Growing up at volume elevenAfter POLTERGEEKS, it was obvious that Julie Richardson’s career as a Shadowcull was only just beginning. So with Sean Cumming’s sequel, STUDENT BODIES, it was no surprise that he would step up the heat with Julie’s new role as a Special Ops spell blaster. What was shocking, however, was the high level of action and character development that came with this new story. Where POLTERGEEKS introduced the concept of modern teens discovering love and fighting supernatural forces on a high school campus, STUDENT BODIES takes us through the full spectrum of emotional growth while turning all of Calgary into a battlefield of monsters and magic. The story opens with an intense train station scene, and trust me, this isn’t Platform 9 ¾ of J.K. Rowlings’ Kings Cross Station. Mr Cummings pushes his supernatural creep factor to volume eleven and never lets up. And there are plenty of twists and turns along the way. From car chases to Native American spirit armies, the action is non-stop, vividly imagined, and raging up to the emotionally charged finale.Themes of bullying, diversity, and tolerance reflect very real issues that teenagers face daily and add value without coming across as preachy, as do the more personal issues of mother-daughter chemistry (glitter and nitro) and the sacrifices of love. On a side note, the magic systems themselves are intriguing in that they are derived from actual lore and belief, bound in principles that keep the supernatural from being an end-all answer to every dilemma. In other words, Julie can’t just “hexus” her way out of a broken heart. She has to work at it. The setting and voice are rendered in modern terms, replete with cellphone and Facebook details, though I did have a problem with the language. While it is very realistic— and toned down compared to the sweet things, teens actually say—I have a personal preference against F-word usage by a book’s protagonist. It’s the Catholic schoolgirl in me. Hey, don’t judge me. On another note and more importantly, there is an outstanding balance of narrative and dialogue, which keeps the story flowing along at a speed to match the action. Saving the best for last, what sold me on five-stars is without a doubt the character development. When I first heard Sean Cummings was writing a sequel, I had a little apprehension in regards to Julie. She came into the world with her kick ass attitude and a heart on fire, but would she sustain that in the next book? More importantly, would she grow? After I finished STUDENT BODIES, I went back and re-read the opening to POLTERGEEKS just to be sure. The answer is yes. Little Julie Richardson is definitely growing up with a vengeance. And not just Julie. Her boyfriend and mother also see major character growth across the course of the story. And after the emotionally-charged ending, I can’t wait for the next book! I definitely recommend STUDENT BODIES for the YA reader, and while it may not be as fulfilling to read it as a standalone novel, it is written strongly enough that it can be enjoyed without reading POLTERGEEKS first. But why would you do that? Just read both. HEXUS!
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  • Rachael
    January 1, 1970
    Review: Student Bodies by Sean Cummings I have this thing with sequels. Either I loved the first book and the second book, or I loved the first book and thought the second book was just... meh. STUDENT BODIES, though, is one of those cases that the sequel really surprised me - in a good way!One of the reasons POLTERGEEKS didn't make it into my absolute favorites list was because it seemed to... happy, I suppose, for me. That's alright with me - after all, I still enjoyed the plot - but it's not Review: Student Bodies by Sean Cummings I have this thing with sequels. Either I loved the first book and the second book, or I loved the first book and thought the second book was just... meh. STUDENT BODIES, though, is one of those cases that the sequel really surprised me - in a good way!One of the reasons POLTERGEEKS didn't make it into my absolute favorites list was because it seemed to... happy, I suppose, for me. That's alright with me - after all, I still enjoyed the plot - but it's not my absolute favorite because it's still your classic hero story, with your brave heroine, sidekicks and mostly-happily-ever-after. Again, nothing particularly wrong with that. But not exactly too original or dark either, which is why the first book was something I'd still recommend to middle grade readers.What I liked about STUDENT BODIES, though, is that it really goes into darker and more "mature" subjects. You still have that fantastical spell chanting and potion making - just more things that I thought made it more of a YA novel. In case you couldn't tell from the blurb, Julie now has a boyfriend, Marcus, and has to deal with how to balance that with her duties as a Shadowcull and her parent. While I'm sure none of us have her powers, I'm sure we could all relate to Julie's frustration at times, which I didn't see in the last book. Other than that, there are heavier themes about bullying, though that still seemed a bit middle-grade to me (think: wedgies and dumpsters).On that note, I'm still in love with Julie's voice! It has just the right amount of sass and smarts in it, and just a bit of teenage angst for realistic-ness. On the other hand, she’s still the bad-ass, magic-wielding heroine. Cumming’s balance of the two was great, and I really enjoyed her character! Other than Julie, my favorite part of the book was Twyla! They’re quite different characters, but at the same time, they’re also very similar in their drive to investigate. I loved how they worked together as a team, so hopefully we see more of them in the next book! At the same time, though, I also felt that Marcus’s character wasn’t as enjoyable. Maybe it’s because of the romance, or because of Twyla’s addition, but I didn’t really feel his pull as much. Nonetheless, STUDENT BODIES is a fun and quick sequel that I’d easily recommend! In fact, even if you felt like POLTERGEEKS was a bit too happy or juvenile, I still feel as if STUDENT BODIES is an improvement from the first. Otherwise, fans of the series or urban fantasy magic definitely should check this series out! (:* A free review copy of this book was provided for the blog tour. This did not affect my opinion of the book.Pre-review:What an.... interesting title. Can't wait to see what comes next though!
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  • ⚡ana
    January 1, 1970
    I've received and e-arc from YAbound Book Tours in exchange of an honest review.Source : Let me Be Fictional Julie Richarson just started her love life. There are loads of things for her to grasp, even her very own existence. The past month just changed everything for her. Julie found the truth about herself and her duties. She is not an ordinary witch now. She is now following her father's steps and has become a Shadowcull. Julie just figured out her feeling towards Marcus and surpr I've received and e-arc from YAbound Book Tours in exchange of an honest review.Source : Let me Be Fictional Julie Richarson just started her love life. There are loads of things for her to grasp, even her very own existence. The past month just changed everything for her. Julie found the truth about herself and her duties. She is not an ordinary witch now. She is now following her father's steps and has become a Shadowcull. Julie just figured out her feeling towards Marcus and surprisingly Marcus was also into her. Her mom doesn't approve her love life that much and she thinks it would divert her attention from her duties. Something Dark and strong is luring the city. As she went out to watch movie with Marcus in cinema, things didn't work as they have planned. They saw their class mate(Mike Olsen) standing in the between the railway track and didn't showed any sign of movement since the last fifteen minutes. Julie sensed malice around Mike and when she scanned through her band, she wanted to vomit at the sight. Mike was covered in larvae and she sensed black magic behind all this. After saving Mike on that night by Soul Worms, Julie and Marcus saw the death of Travis(another famous class fellow) and he was also possessed by Soul Worms. A black mage is possessing all the students on Crescent Ridge High School and turning them into hollow men. Everyone is freaked out after the death of Travis Butler and now the relationship between Julie and Marcus is also on the stake. Julie teams up with the white witch coven for the first time, but the mage's forces are so strong as it is so many years old. Even the witches are in the danger zone now.......No one is SAFE! I loved the Student Bodies as I've loved the Poltergeeks. It is a joyful read. It unravels so many new things and the story went upside down. The thing which I liked about the series is the Julie's bravery and that she is head strong. I love books with the strong protagonist character and the author created Julie's character very well. It is not too perfect and not too dumb. So, Julie also has her flaws and she knows it. Marcus is a real gentleman. He is always there to support Julie and even risked his life. I love his character although he is an infamous, nerd guy but he is a honest and caring guy. The story is such well plotted and linked together. The relationship between Julie and her mom is something to which most of us can relate to. It is a bitter-sweet relationship, both do adore love and adore one another, but are head strong to confess and express their feelings on each other's face. I loved Student Bodies so much and it was so far better than the previous one in the series. I can't wait to read the next book and find out what would happen next as the story took a new path. 100% RECOMMENDED! And I assure you that you'll love it.
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  • Liviania
    January 1, 1970
    I haven't read POLTERGEEKS, but I decided to read STUDENT BODIES anyway. There's a nice summary at the beginning and the adventure is self contained, so I didn't feel lost. The basics: Julie Richardson is a witch, her boyfriend Marcus is not magic, and Julie's mother is still trying to teach Julie everything that goes with her special powers (inherited from her deceased father).The only thing confusing was how Julie and Marcus ended up dating. Marcus used to be seriously bullied, and I haven't read POLTERGEEKS, but I decided to read STUDENT BODIES anyway. There's a nice summary at the beginning and the adventure is self contained, so I didn't feel lost. The basics: Julie Richardson is a witch, her boyfriend Marcus is not magic, and Julie's mother is still trying to teach Julie everything that goes with her special powers (inherited from her deceased father).The only thing confusing was how Julie and Marcus ended up dating. Marcus used to be seriously bullied, and Julie unfortunately doesn't come off as some one who gives much thought to her classmates who get bullied. The real problem in their relationship is that Julie's mom wants them to break it off since it puts Marcus in danger. Everyone concludes that she's right despite the fact that Marcus is never in any more danger than every student at the local high school.Julie and Marcus narrowly safe one popular kid from death, and then another dies due to dark magic. If they don't work fast, the entire student body might perish. Luckily they have a new ally, Twyla Standingready. I'm not going to touch whether Sean Cummings' portrayal of First Nations people is authentic or not. I did like that Twyla is on an equal level with Julie and that they save each other at different points in the story. I didn't like that Julie kept pointing out that Twyla was Native and questioning her motives for helping. Twyla explains how she uses her magic with words such as "protect" and "balance," not "let a bunch of teenagers get slaughtered when I could help."STUDENT BODIES will appeal to fans of witchy action. There are several magical battles, including a grand mal fight at the end. Cummings' world of witches is quite detailed, and the explanations flow organically since Julie is not yet a master of her craft. The characters felt a little distant to me, however; Marcus and Julie never build quite enough sizzle to make me care about their possibly forbidden romance. But the action is decent, and I like that the book emphasizes standing up for kids getting bullied.
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  • Jade Walker
    January 1, 1970
    Student Bodies takes all of the things that I loved about Poltergeeks and takes it up a level, Julie and Marcus are back and this time the stakes are much higher and the creep is taken up a notch. The action picks up pretty quickly and the high stakes keep the pace high from there until the finish, then Cummings finishes the book with a gripping climax that will leave you with no fingernails and a sad ending that will have you screaming at the characters.I really liked the addition o Student Bodies takes all of the things that I loved about Poltergeeks and takes it up a level, Julie and Marcus are back and this time the stakes are much higher and the creep is taken up a notch. The action picks up pretty quickly and the high stakes keep the pace high from there until the finish, then Cummings finishes the book with a gripping climax that will leave you with no fingernails and a sad ending that will have you screaming at the characters.I really liked the addition of a new character and Twyla, an aboriginal practitioner of 'ancient magic' really gave this book something new. Our two heroines make the perfect investigators, being put in some scary positions that had me absolutely terrified for them. I loved Twyla and Julie as a team and I'm looking forward to reading more of that in the next book.The only thing that was a bit of a let-down for me, it was the romance. I'm really glad that Sean Cummings writes romance so differently, probably because he's a man so it takes a bit of a backseat and I appreciate that. The thing is, I really enjoyed the romance in Poltergeeks because Marcus and Julie were friends that were just beginning to see each other as something new, so I would have liked a bit more of the friendship side to come out, I kind of see the pair as a Ron and Hermione pairing, rather than a Bella and Edward type of thing. Am I making sense? I really hope so! Also, Julie refers to Marcus as 'the object of my affection' at least twice. It kind of made me cringe. I don't know if fifteen year old girls actually think of their boyfriends using phrases like that... I mean, I don't think I did, but I was fifteen five years ago, I can't remember what my thoughts were like back then.Still, the 'flaws' that I found in this book were only little things that barely bothered me, so I can't fault it too much. I think this is such a fun series, with paranormal aspects that I love but without all of the darkness. This is definitely a step up from Poltergeeks!Overall Rating: A-
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  • Beth Kemp
    January 1, 1970
    Great follow-up to Poltergeeks: more sass, more action, more magic! I greatly enjoyed Poltergeeks, the first in this series and would absolutely recommend this title if you did too. If you haven’t read it yet, stop here – this review has spoilers for that title (but not for Student Bodies).The characters are again the key strength here for me: Sean Cummings really does know how to create realistic characters who interact and react in ways that we can easily relate to, even while they Great follow-up to Poltergeeks: more sass, more action, more magic! I greatly enjoyed Poltergeeks, the first in this series and would absolutely recommend this title if you did too. If you haven’t read it yet, stop here – this review has spoilers for that title (but not for Student Bodies).The characters are again the key strength here for me: Sean Cummings really does know how to create realistic characters who interact and react in ways that we can easily relate to, even while they’re involved in a full-on urban fantasy plots involving witches, evil spells and coven politics (yes, that is what I meant). It’s clear from the tone of the writing and the emotional realism here that Sean is expert in understanding people, and that really is the heart of this successful series, I think. Yes, there’s a cracking plot with plenty of action and some fabulously original ideas (look out for the ultra-creepy soul worms!), but none of that would work as well without the undercurrent of realism lent by the strongly-constructed characters.As a development from Poltergeeks, this novel is brilliant. There is a complete story here, whilst the world-building and overall story arc is developed, so it doesn’t have that flat feel that some ‘second/middle of a series’ books can. Julie’s knowledge and understanding of her own powers and the magical world generally expand here, taking us along with her. Her relationship with Marcus has evolved since the start of the first book and this is a major subplot now, as her mother worries about his involvement in Julie’s life as a witch. It’s clear that there is more to learn about witchcraft generally, and about Julie’s family history and her powers specifically (but not to the point where you feel like stuff is being artificially kept back for the next book), so I’m looking forward to the next instalment.Overall, I’d absolutely recommend this as a strong urban fantasy which is a perfect example of how to continue a series.
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  • Kirsty
    January 1, 1970
    Another quick review from me today. I thoroughly enjoyed this book as much as the first instalment and cannot wait for the final book in the series to make its way into my grubby little hands. For those who haven't read this series yet do hunt down the first book Poltergeeks. The series follows the story of 15 year old witch Julie and her adventures as she battles through all the normal teenage day to day stuff alongside trying to save the world. Think Buffy meets Sabrina the teenage witch and y Another quick review from me today. I thoroughly enjoyed this book as much as the first instalment and cannot wait for the final book in the series to make its way into my grubby little hands. For those who haven't read this series yet do hunt down the first book Poltergeeks. The series follows the story of 15 year old witch Julie and her adventures as she battles through all the normal teenage day to day stuff alongside trying to save the world. Think Buffy meets Sabrina the teenage witch and you are part way there. I love the voice of the main character Julie entirely. She is sassy and cool and love her one liners and her outlook on life. I love that she argues with her mum and worries about all the normal stuff yet has a real heart of gold underneath it all. I love seeing the relationships she develops around her from that with her mother to those with her friends and boyfriend. I think if I had to put my finger on it I really just love the fact that the main character, her family and the story as a whole is just that little bit different and that for me stands it apart from much of the books on the YA market at the moment. For me what I particularly liked about this book was that it didn't feel like a run of the mill second in a series book. I have had a huge problem of late with books that are second in a series to the point where I have given up entirely on several series because quite frankly I was bored rigid. What I loved about this was that it felt like a story in its own right whilst building on a world previous set up. It was as action packed as the first one along with the introduction of a few new and awesome characters and came to a nice ending which was satisfying whilst leaving enough plot strands open (in a non cliff hangery way) for book three. A brilliantly engaging read and a fabulous example of how a second in the series book should be done.
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  • Luna
    January 1, 1970
    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 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.
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  • Russell Sanderson
    January 1, 1970
    An excellent sequel to Poltergeeks, bringing forward the implications of Julie's discovery that she is a Shadowcull (a sort of magical enforcer) and how this affects both her and those around her. The story jogs along very quickly and has no trouble keeping you turning the pages (I read it over two evenings.) I particularly loved the introduction of Native American magic. This series started off with a very Buffy-esque (which I love) high school feel, but has quickly moved on to develop into a w An excellent sequel to Poltergeeks, bringing forward the implications of Julie's discovery that she is a Shadowcull (a sort of magical enforcer) and how this affects both her and those around her. The story jogs along very quickly and has no trouble keeping you turning the pages (I read it over two evenings.) I particularly loved the introduction of Native American magic. This series started off with a very Buffy-esque (which I love) high school feel, but has quickly moved on to develop into a world with its very own look, feel, history and magical rules. I love that it's based in Canada (where no books ever seem to be set - very refreshing) and I'm now totally invested in the characters and would love to know what happens next.Lastly - and I can't stress this enough - I loved the fact that this was a YA book with a female protagonist that showed NO sign of a love triangle. Thank God for a plot that doesn't revolve around who the main character's boyfriend will be. I very much hope there will be a third in the series.
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  • Jenny Schwartzberg
    January 1, 1970
    I read this as an eARC from NetGalley, taking the time to read the first book, Poltergeeks, first. This is not a standalone book. Both books are fun reads with 15-year-old teenagers, with all the emotional ups and downs of that age, fighting evil witches and spirits. They are fast, lively reads and I enjoyed them very much. Definitely recommended.Rated 4 stars.
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  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    Kick ass sequel to Poltergeeks - all the antes are upped!
  • Matt Gilliard
    January 1, 1970
    My experience with Young Adult fiction is pretty limited, and I typically read only the cultural phenomenon books like The Hunger Games and Harry Potter or works by authors I already enjoy, like Chuck Wendig or Dan Wells. However, I choose a few books from Angry Robot’s YA line, Strange Chemistry, as an experiment. Sean Cumming’s Student Bodies is the first of those. The star of Cumming’s tale is Julie Richardson, high school student and a witch with a surprising amount of magi My experience with Young Adult fiction is pretty limited, and I typically read only the cultural phenomenon books like The Hunger Games and Harry Potter or works by authors I already enjoy, like Chuck Wendig or Dan Wells. However, I choose a few books from Angry Robot’s YA line, Strange Chemistry, as an experiment. Sean Cumming’s Student Bodies is the first of those. The star of Cumming’s tale is Julie Richardson, high school student and a witch with a surprising amount of magical power. When Julie and her boyfriend, Marcus uncover a supernatural plot to murder students at their high school, they are quickly swept into battle with an ancient evil that could easily destroy their entire town. With a surprisingly diverse cast of allies, Julie and Marcus must uncover the source of the threat and eliminate it, before time runs out. I was a little disappointed when I realized that Student Bodies was the second installment in a series, with Poltergeekspreceding it. Cummings does an excellent job of making the story work without too much knowledge of what came before. There are plenty of references to the previous volume, but they convey the relevant information in such a way that it doesn’t hinder the pacing or confuse readers who come to the series in the middle, like I did. Julie Richardson is a fine choice of protagonist. She is a powerful witch but suffers from the same parental conflicts and concerns of the average high school student. She is capable, confident, and still surprisingly vulnerable and caring for someone of her age with such dread responsibilities. Her relationships with both her over protective mother and her devoted human boyfriend, Marcus, both ring true. I applaud the lack of the stereotypical love triangle here. It is nice to read about a protagonist who isn’t constantly waffling about where his/her affections lie. Julie’s relationship with her mother and Marcus lend the novel more depth than the loose world building and paint by numbers plot by half and the authenticity of Julie’s voice is the real selling point here. The world building is not unexpected, though I was pleased to find native magic represented so well, with the inclusion of the Standing Ready family. Both Twyla and her grandfather are excellent supporting characters that deserve further inclusion in the books that are all but insured to follow. Cummings does a good job of working within the established tropes of urban fantasy, deciding to focus on his well crafted characters. While the stage dressing may not be anything ground breaking Julie and Company more than make up for it. There is action a plenty in Student Bodies and Julie shows some inventive problem solving skills and unique uses for her mystical gifts, but I felt as if there could have been more tension. The stakes were high, but there wasn’t enough try-fail cycles to make me doubt for even a moment that our heroes would fail. While Cummings provides a credible threat, it never feels quite real. The consequences of the final battle however will have much more impact on Julie. And, I applaud the author for shaking up the status quo in this way. Student Bodies is an excellent example of Young Adult fantasy done right. It is populated with believable layered characters, action, and just enough social issues to make it relevant but not preachy. Fans of YA as a genre would be mistaken to let this title pass by unread.
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  • Erleen Alvarez
    January 1, 1970
    For more of my reviews, visit Books For YA!Student Bodies by Sean Cummings is an explosion of supernatural badassery at its finest! After surviving a life-or-death situation with the Witchfinder General in Poltergeek, Julie is back and she needs to defeat a more powerful and sinister enemy to save the entire population of her school including the one she loves.Julie and Marcus was supposed to have a movie date but instead, they spend their Saturday night saving a schoolmate fro For more of my reviews, visit Books For YA!Student Bodies by Sean Cummings is an explosion of supernatural badassery at its finest! After surviving a life-or-death situation with the Witchfinder General in Poltergeek, Julie is back and she needs to defeat a more powerful and sinister enemy to save the entire population of her school including the one she loves.Julie and Marcus was supposed to have a movie date but instead, they spend their Saturday night saving a schoolmate from killing himself. You see, he was possessed by a very evil spell know as Soul Worms. Once infected by this supernatural worms they will slowly eat their victim's essence until the person became an empty shell and become a mindless puppet to whomever cast the spell. Julie will discover that when his father gave her the title of being a Shadowcull, he wasn't only giving her a title or the responsibility to protect people from paranormal stuff, he was also giving her his unfinished business. Now, his father's past caught up with her and she's not sure if she can defeat it. So, with the help of new allies, Julie will face her most toughest enemy yet and prove to everyone that she's one powerful Shadowcull you wouldn't want to mess with.I read Poltergeek a year ago and I loved it. It was one of my favorite read of 2012 because it was jampacked with paranormal activity, awesome spell-vs-spell fight-scenes and hilarious and likable characters. Dull moments was nonexistent in that book. Multiply all of that by two and you will get Student Bodies. This book did not only exceeded my high expectations, it pulverizes it.I loved that Julie and Marcus were finally together. I mean, I will seriously throw a tantrum if they weren't. This two knew each other since they were toddlers and they became each others secret-keeper, supporter, and body guard. With the help of each other, they exorcised a lot of wayward souls and recently, defeated a Witchfinder General. They've been through a lot yet they survived it all. I know this might sound corny, but they were each others soulmates and if you read Poltergeek, you'll agree with me.But Julie's mother was worried about Julie and Marcus' new status and I totally got her concerns. Julie was not just a white witch anymore, she's a Shadowcull which means bigger risks and threats to everyone especially to Marcus who was a non-practitioner. But Julie, just like every teenager at her age, felt like her life was being controlled. She just wanted to experience normal teenage stuff and enjoy her first romantic relationship with Marcus. I understand and sympathized with her too. Both of them have a point and it's tearing me apart because as much as I love to see them together, I know that her mother was right. Anyway, there's a new addition to the gang and her name was Twyla. She's Native American and she's one badass kid. I'm itching to tell you why she's awesome but I can't because I might spoil it for you. You just have to believe me when I say that you should never underestimate her or her grandfather. They will easily kick your ass without even breaking a sweat, if you do. Overall, Student Bodies is a read you wouldn't want to miss. If you like witches, magic, and paranormal/supernatural stuff, with relatable characters and fast-paced action-packed story, then this is the book for you
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  • ⚡ana
    January 1, 1970
    Review: Student Bodies (Poltergeeks#2) by Sean Cummings  Read more: http://letmebefictional.blogspot.com/...     Julie Richarson just started her love life. There are loads of things for her to grasp, even her very own existence. The past month just changed everything for her. Julie found the truth about herself and her duties. She is not an ordinary witch now. She is now follo Review: Student Bodies (Poltergeeks#2) by Sean Cummings  Read more: http://letmebefictional.blogspot.com/...     Julie Richarson just started her love life. There are loads of things for her to grasp, even her very own existence. The past month just changed everything for her. Julie found the truth about herself and her duties. She is not an ordinary witch now. She is now following her father's steps and has become a Shadowcull. Julie figured out her feeling towards Marcus and surprisingly Marcus was also into her. Her mom doesn't approve her love life that much and she thinks it would divert her attention from her duties.     Something Dark and strong is luring the city. As she went out to watch movie with Marcus in cinema, things didn't work as they have planned. They saw their class mate(Mike Olsen) standing in the between the railway track and showed no sign of movement since the last fifteen minutes. Julie sensed malice around Mike and when she scanned through her band, she wanted to vomit at the sight. Mike was covered in larvae and she sensed black magic behind all this. After saving Mike on that night by Soul Worms, Julie and Marcus saw the death of Travis(another famous class fellow) and he was also possessed by Soul Worms.     A black mage is possessing all the students on Crescent Ridge High School and turning them into hollow men. Everyone is freaked out after the death of Travis Butler and now the relationship between Julie and Marcus is also on the stake. Julie teams up with the white witch coven for the first time, but the mage's forces are so strong as he is so many years old. Even the witches are in the danger zone now.......No one is SAFE!     I loved the Student Bodies as I've loved the Poltergeeks. It is a joyful read. It unravels so many new things and the story went upside down. The thing which I liked about the series is the Julie's bravery and that she is head strong. I love books with the strong protagonist and the author created Julie's character very well. It is not too perfect and not too dumb. So, Julie also has her flaws and she knows it.     Marcus is a real gentleman. He is always there to support Julie and even risked his life. I love his character although he is an infamous, nerd guy but he is honest and caring. The story is well plotted and linked together. The relationship between Julie and her mom is something to which most of us can relate to. It is a bitter-sweet relationship, both do adore love and adore one another, but are head strong to confess and express their feelings towards each other.     I loved Student Bodies so much and it was so far better than the previous one in the series. I can't wait to read the next book and find out what would happen next as the story took a new path. And I assure you that you'll enjoy it.  100% RECOMMENDED!  Overall     A fast paced ride through emotions. An urban fantasy setup which is plotted along paranormal lines in an amazing and freakishly awesome way.   
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  • Nina
    January 1, 1970
    YESSSSSSSSSS. I don't know what else you want me to say apart from that. I finished Poltergeeks and immediately wanted more from Julie and her wacky crew - which I luckily got, since I had this book on hand. Student Bodies was even better than its prequel; everything was kicked up a notch, and I was left in a whirlwind of even better fight scenes and a much improved plot!In Poltergeeks, the reader meets Julie, a teenage white witch. After saving her mother from the dangerous grasp of YESSSSSSSSSS. I don't know what else you want me to say apart from that. I finished Poltergeeks and immediately wanted more from Julie and her wacky crew - which I luckily got, since I had this book on hand. Student Bodies was even better than its prequel; everything was kicked up a notch, and I was left in a whirlwind of even better fight scenes and a much improved plot!In Poltergeeks, the reader meets Julie, a teenage white witch. After saving her mother from the dangerous grasp of a tricky frenemy, the gang set about trying to find out more about her father's death and what being a Shadowcull is all about. Immediately, Julie is thrust into picking up where her father left off, as teenagers at her school begin to be overtaken by transparent worms and lead, unconsciously, to their deaths. An enemy of her father's is now her enemy, and Julie must gather her forces together in as little time as possible, before the coven is overthrown.We had new characters - YAY! But what were their names? Twyla (good so far, good so far) Standingready...yeah. Do I even have to say anything more? That is the worst surname I have ever come across (aside from our good friend Tookie over in Modelland), and it did slightly put me off the character. However, I quickly jumped back onto the bandwagon, as she turned out to be just as awesome and badass as Julie was, if not more! Is it bad that I want a Twyla spin-off? I want a Twyla spin-off. And she was Indian too! Yes for racial diversity! I really hope we see more of her in future novels.Julie was just as great, and I loved the storyline Cummings concocted between her and Marcus. As much as I liked him, and as much as I know the paranormal genre isn't exactly realistic anyway, I loved it because of the fact that it did held elements of contemporary realism. If Julie's situation was real, that is the kind of thing that would happen, and I applaud the author for this.Student Bodies was repetitive. Great action sequences, a good, thick plot, but it did go around in circles for a little while, following the pattern of We-Is-Gonna-Do-That-Thing, Oh-Wait-We-Is-Distracted-From-Doing-That-Thing, Now-We-Is-Going-To-Do-That-Thing, Oh-Wait-Again. After a while, I did feel like yelling JUST KILL 'EM! KILL 'EM ALL! But unlike it would do with other books, the repetitiveness put me off reading the book - it kind of made me want to know more about what would happen when they finally did do 'that thing'.A lot of sequels suffer from SBS, otherwise known as Second Book Syndrome. Student Bodies is the exact opposite, as every last thing you can think of that was wrong with Poltergeeks is improved. Again, I am left wanting more - but unfortunately, this time I don't have the next book yet! But I will one day, and I honestly can't wait for it. If you love the paranormal genre, then give Poltergeeks and Student Bodies a go - it's a series to look out for.
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  • Tsana Dolichva
    January 1, 1970
    Student Bodies by Sean Cummings is the sequel to Poltergeeks, which I reviewed last year. Although this book picks up shortly after where Poltergeeks left off, the plot arcs are fairly independent of each other and so Student Bodies can definitely be read by itself. At worst, it has spoilers for the resolution of the previous book, but the good guys always winning isn't that surprising. This review does not contain any major spoilers that aren't in the blurb.In many ways, Student Bod Student Bodies by Sean Cummings is the sequel to Poltergeeks, which I reviewed last year. Although this book picks up shortly after where Poltergeeks left off, the plot arcs are fairly independent of each other and so Student Bodies can definitely be read by itself. At worst, it has spoilers for the resolution of the previous book, but the good guys always winning isn't that surprising. This review does not contain any major spoilers that aren't in the blurb.In many ways, Student Bodies was very similar in style to Poltergeeks. There were some various additions which set it apart, however. My favourite was the new character Twyla, a First Nations girl with comparable magical strength to Julie. She has sass, a grizzly bear and a kick-arse grandfather, all of which add to the excitement of the story.The other big change is that now Julie is dating Marcus, formerly her best friend. And from about half-way in I became thoroughly confused by their relationship. Not the fact that they have one, that made sense, but the way they seem to relate on various topics, particularly Julie, since she's the one whose head we're in. For example, at one point she tells Marcus to stay away so that bad guys don't kill him and then angsts about it as though she'd broken up with him. It was confusing because a) she hadn't broken up with him even though b) she'd considered doing so for his safety and this was a compromise. There was another incident near the end, which I won't spoil, that was also confusing. Teenagers!Also, on the topic of things that annoyed me, Julie and co worked out the evil witch's evil plan, which involved the good guys trying to stop her in a predictable way, and they still went ahead and did exactly what the evil witch was expecting them to do. I don't see how that was a clever strategy at all. But anyway.On a cheerier (sort of) note, one of the issues — as well as perceptions of First Nations people — tackled in the text is bullying. One of the students at Julie's school was bullied extensively and publicly on Facebook and in real life. It doesn't exactly deal with bullying in as much depth as it could, but that's mainly because it's busy dealing with the nefarious magic rearing its head. And it certainly doesn't trivialise bullying.Student Bodies is fast-paced and reasonably action-packed. It was a fun read and a little bit more serious than the previous book, Poltergeeks. Fans of the prequel should enjoy it and I don't think people new to the series will have difficulty picking it up. Although I didn't enjoy it as much as the first book, I'll still be keeping an eye out for any sequels that might come along.4 / 5 stars You can read more of my reviews on my blog.
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  • Daniel
    January 1, 1970
    This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 3.5 of 5 Somehow I've been getting in to the middle of series' lately. Student Bodies, by Sean Cummings, is the second book in a series, though I did not know that when I started reading (sometimes I find it more enjoyable to pick up a book and just start reading, rather than researching the book first, and I did not see anything on the cover to indicate that it was a 'second' book). I am very happy to report that this book stands alone as This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 3.5 of 5 Somehow I've been getting in to the middle of series' lately. Student Bodies, by Sean Cummings, is the second book in a series, though I did not know that when I started reading (sometimes I find it more enjoyable to pick up a book and just start reading, rather than researching the book first, and I did not see anything on the cover to indicate that it was a 'second' book). I am very happy to report that this book stands alone as an individual story but that you'll probably want to go read others after finishing this.Student Bodies is a YA book that should have a lot of appeal to the teen and tween readers who enjoy urban fantasy.In this book, teenager Julie Richardson is a young witch who has recently become part of the Shadowcull, an organization of witches. Julie's mother is also a witch (hence her own powers). In a number of books of this ilk that I've read recently, the youngsters is grasping at her own powers, but here Julie seems pretty comfortable, confident even, with her abilities, which is a really nice change.What does give Julie pause is school, and the fact that she has finally found 'true love.' But that means she has to defend her choice to have a boyfriend against the other witches because, she is warned, her true love will be used against her by the forces of evil. But Julie has confidence in her powers and her ability to ward off evil and protect her boyfriend. Ah, youth.Author Sean Cummings captures the cocky, confident teenager quite well, and it is so nice not to have another simpering, "I-can't-do-this" fop for a heroine. He moves the story along nicely, and we are as surprised as Julie to learn some secrets about her father, and face off against a powerful force as the book moves to its climax.This is precisely the sort of book that the more confident YA readers will enjoy ... those (usually female) who identified with Hermoine in that other YA series that was pretty popular.I hope that I can find more of Sean Cummings work in the future!Looking for a good book? Student Bodies is a powerful YA fantasy that should be devoured by younger readers. I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher, through Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Stephanie Ward
    January 1, 1970
    'Student Bodies' is the fun and exciting next installment in a young adult fantasy series that continues to follow amateur witch Julie Richardson and her best-friend-turned-boyfriend Marcus as they investigate the murder of one of their school's most popular students. It seems as if someone in their school is intent on unleashing the unpleasantness of an epidemic of Soul Worms - supernatural larvae that feeds off a victim's humanity. Now it's up to Julie and Marcus to once again solve the myster 'Student Bodies' is the fun and exciting next installment in a young adult fantasy series that continues to follow amateur witch Julie Richardson and her best-friend-turned-boyfriend Marcus as they investigate the murder of one of their school's most popular students. It seems as if someone in their school is intent on unleashing the unpleasantness of an epidemic of Soul Worms - supernatural larvae that feeds off a victim's humanity. Now it's up to Julie and Marcus to once again solve the mystery behind the attacks and save the day.This was a thrilling and quirky second book in a series that continues to fascinate me. I love any sort of fiction that deals with witches, so this book was right up my alley. The plot was really interesting with lots of twists and turns. I enjoyed trying to figure out who was behind everything before the characters did and the mystery aspect of the plot really gave it an extra depth that I loved. The characters continue to be great. Julie is a witty, smart, and somewhat typical teen that just happens to be a witch. Marcus, who has been Julie's best friend since forever has now morphed into her boyfriend - and I liked watching their relationship change from friendship to a little more. Marcus is a great complement to Julie's character because he's logical, realistic and down to earth. He definitely keeps Julie focused and doesn't let her do anything really crazy. The plot itself was really fun and thrilling - I loved how the author included other witches and covens in the book along with the Winter Solstice. I loved learning as much as I could about these characters, their history, and the history behind all the magical things in the book. The writing was well done with a fast pace and snappy dialogue. There are definitely other genres mixed into the book besides fantasy - there's mystery, action, adventure, paranormal, and some romance, which makes this a great crossover series for fans of varying genres. Highly recommended for fans of YA fantasy and those who enjoy a fun story with mystery and magic.Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Veronica of V's Reads
    January 1, 1970
    Now we're catching up with Julie and Marcus a few weeks later. They've just gotten un-grounded following capers from the last story and are dating. Julie's mom is as protective as ever, urging Julie in ways subtle and not-at-all-subtle to break things off with Marcus. Ultimately it comes down to a simple principle: Marcus isn't magical. Which means, despite his knowledge and his love for Julie, he's defenseless against other magic practicioners.Julie, of course, rebels against the th Now we're catching up with Julie and Marcus a few weeks later. They've just gotten un-grounded following capers from the last story and are dating. Julie's mom is as protective as ever, urging Julie in ways subtle and not-at-all-subtle to break things off with Marcus. Ultimately it comes down to a simple principle: Marcus isn't magical. Which means, despite his knowledge and his love for Julie, he's defenseless against other magic practicioners.Julie, of course, rebels against the thought. But when she sees the raw effects of dark magic on several of her classmates, she knows Mom's...right (Don't we all hate when that happens?!) Marcus isn't pleased but he respects Julie's pleas to simply stay out of danger.Good thing Julie has a new sidekick in this story! Or, should I say partner? Because anyone who can summon a spirit Grizzly to kick tail? Yeah, that's some fierce magic, my friends. First Nation mages, Twyla Standingready and her grandfather, are formidable allies in this quest against dark magic.The climax is heavy--and more than one white witch sacrifices everything to save Julie's schoolmates from death. Kind of a kick in the ass when Marcus is corrupted by the very evil Julie is hunting, though.I was so shocked at Marcus in the end. I mean, sure, it's no fun having a dark spirit turn your thoughts evil, but...but...come on, man!True love?Ring a freakin' bell??STUDENT BODIES wraps completely, so no cliffhangers...(except for that one part, where the kids nearly pull a lemming)...but anywho, only the emotional ties remain to be re-woven in a possible third installment.Again, this novel has a yellow light for cussing, but, hey, it ain't no thing but a chicken wing, baby. Kids cuss.Strong themes of tolerance and anti-bullying plot elements outweigh a stray F-bomb, IMHO. I'd recommend STUDENT BODIES to any reader who enjoys YA paranormal adventure or romance fiction.
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  • Sharon
    January 1, 1970
    I want start out with how much I adore the covers of both Poltergeeks books! Okay, moving on...There are very few young adult books out there getting a lot of attention that don’t dwell on angsty romance. Sean Cummings is providing a different option for those who like mystery, action and teenager/parent angst that most of us deal with. This is a series boys and girls can enjoy. One problem parents face with the whole young adult genre is which ones are appropriate for 13ish teens vs I want start out with how much I adore the covers of both Poltergeeks books! Okay, moving on...There are very few young adult books out there getting a lot of attention that don’t dwell on angsty romance. Sean Cummings is providing a different option for those who like mystery, action and teenager/parent angst that most of us deal with. This is a series boys and girls can enjoy. One problem parents face with the whole young adult genre is which ones are appropriate for 13ish teens vs the 16ish teens. I feel like the writing in this series is geared for the 13ish crowd, but there is some language like the F-bomb. In reality this is exactly how this age group talks with each other (I would know, I have two of them ). Student Bodies is a darker book than the first one Poltergeeks, but with more fast paced page turning action. It deals heavily with the topic of bullying and there is a lot of magical violence against the students. I think it got a little preachy about bullying, but this is an emotional issue that so many young adults deal with and the author did a great job with it. Cumming’s has done a lot of research into magic of all types and it shows. Julie teams up with a young girl who uses a different kind of magic than her and her mother. One tied to the earth and very old. This makes Julie’s world bigger and she grows from the experience. The book focuses on relationships: mother/daughter, classmates, boyfriend/girlfriend. Julie, like most teens, is dealing with all these at once and sometimes she makes the wrong decisions, but she learns from her mistakes and tries to make things right.There was an unexpected turn of events I didn't see coming in Julie and Marcus’s relationship at the end of the book. I am looking forward to finding out how she deals with it.4 “Grizzly Bear” Sheephttp://www.ismellsheep.com/2013/09/bo...
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  • Liliana
    January 1, 1970
    Reviewed on Lili Lost in a BookI probably don't need to say this, but just to make it clear I LOVE WITCHES! They are my most favorite supernatural creature EVER! And you know what, I (for some reason) didn't think there would be a sequel to Poltergeeks because it wrapped things up so nicely. But I'm glad there was a sequel because I really liked it!Like the last one, this book was action-packed, just how I like it :) And not only that, there was also that little mystery as to what the heck Reviewed on Lili Lost in a BookI probably don't need to say this, but just to make it clear I LOVE WITCHES! They are my most favorite supernatural creature EVER! And you know what, I (for some reason) didn't think there would be a sequel to Poltergeeks because it wrapped things up so nicely. But I'm glad there was a sequel because I really liked it!Like the last one, this book was action-packed, just how I like it :) And not only that, there was also that little mystery as to what the heck is going on with Julie's classmates. I, for one, didn't have a clue as to what was going on with them, who was causing it, and they're motive...not until Julie figured it out, that is ;) So yes, I definitely liked the mystery behind Student Bodies.As I said, I love witches, and therefore loved all the crazy magical stuff that went on. Including our new magical friend Twyla, whose powers are beyond amazing!Julie is as fun and crazy as ever! And man, she and Marcus make such a cute couple and one heck of a supernatural busting team (or whatever you call it, lol)! And Twyla's addition to the team was just genius!Switching onto another note, that thing at the end... that thing that Marcus said... It shocked the crap out of me! I never expected it, and actually, I still don't know what to think of that unexpected twist.Another thing I loved about this book was that Julie's mom was actually involved in the magical craziness, as opposed to other YA books where the parental figures are nowhere to be found.Overall, I thought it was a great story and I highly recommend this series to those who love magic and a little paranormal romance and OhMyGods I cannot wait to see what will happen next! That cliffhanger-type ending is killing me!
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  • Serendipity Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    Originally published on www.serendipityreviews.co.ukThis book smashes the whole concept of Second Book Syndrome to smithereens! I really enjoyed the first book, Poltergeeks, but I really think Sean Cummings has taken Student Bodies to a whole new level. This book actually kicks butt!I LOVE JULIE! She has an amazing, original voice, brimming with sassiness and attitude. It’s like listening to a gobby teenager talking to you; she has some of the best snarky one liners I’ve ever read. It’s easy to believe that Originally published on www.serendipityreviews.co.ukThis book smashes the whole concept of Second Book Syndrome to smithereens! I really enjoyed the first book, Poltergeeks, but I really think Sean Cummings has taken Student Bodies to a whole new level. This book actually kicks butt!I LOVE JULIE! She has an amazing, original voice, brimming with sassiness and attitude. It’s like listening to a gobby teenager talking to you; she has some of the best snarky one liners I’ve ever read. It’s easy to believe that she is a normal teenager with magical powers. Another favourite character of mine is Betty the dog. Though I’m not very happy about events that occurred in the novel concerning this character…The humour in this book mixes seamlessly with the darker aspects of the story. The author can switch from one to the other without even have to crack his knuckles. I’d love to see Sean Cummings write a full on comical escapade, because I know it will have me falling off my seat with laughter. This book has a strong theme of bullying in it, especially focusing on the effects of cyber bullying, which fills our newspapers on a day to day basis. The author has managed to display the full effects of the intensity of the internet age, where the kids of today can never escape from the bullying that plagues them at school. I loved the involvement of the Inuits in this story and how shamanism walks hand in hand with witch craft. I found these intertwined created a magically explosive story. The story involves some vibrant new characters who really added depth to the plot. This book is even faster in pace than its predecessor, with a punch in the gut ending, that left me breathless. Tackling difficult current teenage issues, while cloaked in urban fantasy. A cracking good read. I can’t wait to find out what happens in the final book!
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  • Nina (Death, Books, and Tea)
    January 1, 1970
    Review: Julie Richardson is now a Shadowcull, the city's protector from evil, and she's needed. Because, after one classmate almost dies and another one actually does, they discover there's a plot involving Soul Worms, turning the students of the high school into hollow shells of themselves. Julie teams up with Twyla, a practicioner of ancient, Aboriginal magic, in the battle to keep everyone safe.I really enjoyed Poltergeeks, and knew as soon as I finished it that i'd want to read the seq Review: Julie Richardson is now a Shadowcull, the city's protector from evil, and she's needed. Because, after one classmate almost dies and another one actually does, they discover there's a plot involving Soul Worms, turning the students of the high school into hollow shells of themselves. Julie teams up with Twyla, a practicioner of ancient, Aboriginal magic, in the battle to keep everyone safe.I really enjoyed Poltergeeks, and knew as soon as I finished it that i'd want to read the sequel.Very quickly, it's established that this is different to Poltergeeks. There's still a bit of Julie's trademark humour in the writing, but the subject (bullying, the whole depression aspect of the soul worms) and the general tone of the thing is a lot darker than Poltergeeks.Julie is still awesome. Marcus is pretty cool, and their relationship development was good. Twyla was really awesome (I think she might now be my favourite character), as were the Maven and Twyla's grandfather. Generally cool cast for Student Bodies.I love the fact that family is important in Student Bodies. Both the Julie/her mother and the Twyla/her grandfather relationships are developed and important, when most of the good relationships in YA are romantic.The inclusion of another magic system is great. It adds a good dose of diversity to the fantasy and YA selection of books, and it mixes in with the lore from Poltergeeks really well.Unexpected ending. Be prepared for sadness on two counts. Overall: Strength 4 tea to a darker, but still great, book in this series.
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  • Cheree Smith
    January 1, 1970
    Julie is back again and after witnessing the death of a popular kid at school she knows her job as a shadowcull is only beginning. Someone is unleashing soul worms on the students of Crescent Ridge High School and Julie (with the help of her boyfriend Marcus) needs to find out who is behind the malicious black magic before another student ends up dead. But to do so, she'll need to get help from a coven of witches, and quick.I was looking forward to reading the sequel to Poltergeeks a Julie is back again and after witnessing the death of a popular kid at school she knows her job as a shadowcull is only beginning. Someone is unleashing soul worms on the students of Crescent Ridge High School and Julie (with the help of her boyfriend Marcus) needs to find out who is behind the malicious black magic before another student ends up dead. But to do so, she'll need to get help from a coven of witches, and quick.I was looking forward to reading the sequel to Poltergeeks as soon as I heard Sean Cummings was releasing the second book, and I was not let down. Student Bodies was full of the sassy attitude of Julie and action-packed challenges that kept me wanting to turn the page and not stop reading.This time around Julie was faced with a whole new series of challenges with her new job of shadowcull and she's in a constant battle of trying to prove that she's capable to her mother and prove that she can be in a relationship with Marcus. This just makes Julie seem like a normal teenage girl, which is what makes her so interesting to read about. All the characters seem to grow with this instalment which is fantastic to see.The story opens to a thrilling train station scene and it does not slow down. There's plenty of suspense and action, with twists and turns to keep the reader guessing about who's behind the malicious magic. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who loves paranormal and ghost stories, and I'll be keeping my eyes out for more of Julie's stories.
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  • Hannah
    January 1, 1970
    I received an early copy of this book on Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. So I'll be honest.If you haven't read Poltergeeks, I'd definitely say go back and read that one first - it's a quick, fun read and lays the groundwork for things that happen in the sequel. It's not entirely necessary as there is an info-dumping prologue (and a smidge more in chapter one) which pretty much gives a plot summary of Poltergeeks. I admit I skimmed most of it, but that moment of info-dumpi I received an early copy of this book on Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. So I'll be honest.If you haven't read Poltergeeks, I'd definitely say go back and read that one first - it's a quick, fun read and lays the groundwork for things that happen in the sequel. It's not entirely necessary as there is an info-dumping prologue (and a smidge more in chapter one) which pretty much gives a plot summary of Poltergeeks. I admit I skimmed most of it, but that moment of info-dumping is my only major complaint.Things really kick up a notch in this as Julie is forced to fight for the lives of everyone she knows in the face of a powerful dark mage hell bent on killing hundreds of people. But I found the romantic subplot between Julie and Marcus more irritating that anything - if only because Julie kept umming and ahing over whether Marcus would be able to survive a relationship with her in the magical world, without talking to Marcus about it - but this was totally redeemed for me when the eventual choice was Marcus's, not anyone else deciding for him.In all this was fun read, much like its predecessor, but with a far darker tone and some really interesting new characters. Plus with all the tantalising hints dropped here and there I will definitely be getting the next book in this series!For a more detailed review check out my blog.
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  • Emma Adams
    January 1, 1970
    Poltergeeks and Student Bodies offer a fabulously entertaining new take on witches and poltergeists. Julie might be a witch’s daughter, but she’s not qualified to deal with a poltergeist which takes pleasure in throwing helpless old ladies around and destroying school property. A series of supernatural attacks seem to be targeting her family, and Julie and her best friend Marcus are in way over their heads. With her mother’s life now in the balance, Julie has to find a way to save her whilst fig Poltergeeks and Student Bodies offer a fabulously entertaining new take on witches and poltergeists. Julie might be a witch’s daughter, but she’s not qualified to deal with a poltergeist which takes pleasure in throwing helpless old ladies around and destroying school property. A series of supernatural attacks seem to be targeting her family, and Julie and her best friend Marcus are in way over their heads. With her mother’s life now in the balance, Julie has to find a way to save her whilst figuring out her heritage and who her enemy is.This is fast-paced and entertaining urban fantasy with its fair share of both comic and creepy moments, and the sequel is just as good as the first book. The characters are vibrant and leap off the pages, from the smart and snarky heroine, Julie, to her geeky and funny best friend Marcus, and their sidekick, a talking dog which actually hosts a spirit. I really like the way magic works in this book; the author takes familiar ideas like ghosts and spells and makes them his own. The constant laugh-out-loud humour in addition to the supernatural goings-on made this a one-sitting read. I’d recommend these books to anyone looking for a fast-paced and witty urban fantasy read packed with inventiveness and humour.
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  • Brenda
    January 1, 1970
    When I saw Student Bodies on Netgalley, all I remembered was that I had read the first book in the series, and figured I might as well read the second. I started reading it before coming to Goodreads to find that I did not, in fact, really like the first book. But I had already started, and it wasn't super long, so I figured I might as well just finish it.I liked this one even less than Poltergeeks. The writing seems like it's written for middle grade, at best, but the subject matter When I saw Student Bodies on Netgalley, all I remembered was that I had read the first book in the series, and figured I might as well read the second. I started reading it before coming to Goodreads to find that I did not, in fact, really like the first book. But I had already started, and it wasn't super long, so I figured I might as well just finish it.I liked this one even less than Poltergeeks. The writing seems like it's written for middle grade, at best, but the subject matter isn't middle grade. I hate to give an all bad review, so I will leave it at that. I'm sure there will be readers out there who will enjoy this, it just isn't for me. I will definitely not be continuing on with this series, which is pretty much what I said after the first book. Please don't let me forget again!
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