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Saturday, June 27, 2015

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Review: Confessions of a Queen B* by Crista McHugh (Confession: Ella really loved this book)

Confessions of a Queen B* (The Queen B* #1)
Crista McHugh
Links: Amazon
Publication Date: July 28th 2014
Publisher: Crista McHugh
Reviewer: Ella

Alexis Wyndham is the other type of Queen B—the Queen Bitch.

After years of being the subject of ridicule, she revels in her ability to make the in-crowd cower via the exposés on her blog, The Eastline Spy. Now that she's carved out her place in the high school hierarchy, she uses her position to help the unpopular kids walking the hallways.

Saving a freshman from bullies? Check.
Swapping insults with the head cheerleader? Check.
Falling for the star quarterback? So not a part of her plan.

But when Brett offers to help her solve the mystery of who’s posting X-rated videos from the girls’ locker room, she’ll have to swallow her pride and learn to see past the high school stereotypes she’s never questioned—until now.
A Review copy provided by Publisher via Netgalley – thanks!

So I've gotta admit it: I was really worried about starting this book. It definitely looked like a hit or miss for me, but THANKFULLY, it was a definite hit!

I really loved Alexis, our MC. She reminded me a lot of Bianca from The DUFF which is a book I ADORED, so finding another Bianca related character made me happy. Alexis is snarky, slightly bitter and generally suspicious of the world and she's also the Queen Bitch of her high school. She digs up dirt on everything that's going around in her highschool and then posts it on her blog for the whole school to see. Everyone hates her, and she likes it that way. it was really refreshing to have a different type of heroine then the ones we see so often in YA.

I didn't much like Alexis' so called 'best friends'. Morgan the goth girl and Richard the gay boy felt a bit like cupboard cut outs and I didn't feel like they supported Alexis like a real friend does. Richard was better then Morgan and had better qualities, but I had absolutely no patience for Morgan, and I'm not sure why Alexis and Morgan were friends in the first place. Morgan was continually pressuring Alexis to 'lose the V-Card' and kept telling her if she 'got laid' she'd be stop being so uptight. A true friend doesn't pressure you to have sex and Morgan wasn't a true friend.

OMG CAN WE TALK ABOUT BRETT OUR LOVE INTEREST?! *flails* BRETT IS ALL KINDS OF ADORABLE AND CAN I JUST SAY I WANT MY OWN BRETT. NOW. AT ONCE. IMMEDIATELY. I loved how Brett showed Alexis she was actually a pretty cool person under her bitchy exterior and how he was just a really, really adorable person. Also, he totally rocks at being a Dad to a baby doll. JUST SAYING.

The romance was AWESOME. Alexis thinks she dislikes Brett but but then realises the she actually generally likes him and Brett is SO adorable and nice and I just shipped them so hard. The chemistry between them was not only hilarious but really, really, cute. Something I didn't like though, was that for a lot of the book Alexis thought Brett was with Summer, but still flirted with him and I thought that was wrong.

The few problems I had with Confessions of a Queen B* were few but there were a couple of things that bothered me. The slightly unsatisfactory ending which I felt was rather flat and to many loose twitchy loose ends were flapping around. I wanted Alexis and her younger sister Taylor to reconcile and start a better relationship with each other, but that didn't happen. I thought maybe Summer, Alexis' arch enemy and ex best friend might've gotten over over their hate of each other a little bit but that didn't happen either.

I didn't realise until I was looking up the book on Goodreads, that it's actually going to be a trilogy! On one hand I'm SO happy I'm going to be able to get my hands on more Alexis and Brett *grins* but on the other, I thought this book made a really good standalone so I'm a bit worried about where the series is going to go and if it'll be as good as this one. But still: MORE ALEXIS AND BRETT! AHHHHH!! And the second book is coming out this September! *happy dance*

Favourite Quote:
Ah. Children, the STD that keeps on living even after you're dead.
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Ella is a teenage girl that is completely and utterly mad and uses it to her advantage as much as possible. Wonderland Freak, Book Fanatic and Liquorice Eater Extraordinaire are just a few things that sum up her awesome and amazing personality. She overuses the word 'frabjous' and is more then a little convinced that she's secretly a fairy. She was once a coblogger at Bookwyrming Thoughts. You can find more of her madness over at her blog Once Upon a Bookish Time.