Gossip Girl, Psycho Killer by Cecily von Ziegesar
Release Date – October 3, 2011
Publisher – Hachette Group/Poppy
Publisher Social Media - Twitter
Pages - 272 pages
My Rating- 7/10
**obtained from the publisher for an honest review**
Here is the Goodreads synopsis
Welcome to New York City's Upper East Side, where my friends and I live, go to school, play, and sleep-sometimes with each other. It's a luxe life, but someone's got to live it . . . until they die.
So begins Gossip Girl, Psycho Killer, a re-imagined and expanded slasher edition of the first groundbreaking Gossip Girl novel, featuring all new grisly scenes and over-the-top gore by #1 New York Times bestselling author Cecily von Ziegesar.
Just as in the original story, Serena returns from boarding school hoping to make amends with her BFF Blair Waldorf--things just haven't been the same since Nate Archibald came between them. But here's where our dark tale takes a turn: Serena decides that the only way for her to make things right with Blair is to eliminate Nate. If that means killing him, well, c'est la vie. Her attempted murder doesn't go unnoticed by Blair, however, who isn't about to let Serena kill whoever she wants-not when there's Cyrus Rose and Chuck Bass and Titi Coates and everyone else who's ever irritated Blair to get rid of first . . . .
American Psycho's Patrick Bateman has met his match in Manhattan's newest, most fabulous trendsetting serial killers, Blair Waldorf and Serena van der Woodsen.
When I was looking for a Halloween review I kept coming back to this cover. It’s eye catching and makes you pause. The contrast between the young, beautiful girls laughing and all that blood the covers them is a striking image.
If you can’t handle gore, this isn’t the book for you. However, if you enjoy your gore with a perfect wardrobe, lattes and French manicures this book was made for you.
When I read the back of the book and saw the following quotes I knew exactly what I was in for, and I couldn’t wait!
Delicious - Hannibal Lecter
I literally tore thorough this book - Freddy Krueger
The only thing I’m taking to summer camp - Jason
Gossip Girl Psycho Killer blends what fans of the books (and series) love about them with some highly tongue - in - cheek horror aspects. The murders are quite graphic, but they always have an “over the top” feel that keeps it campy and fun. The novel never takes itself too seriously and as a result provides a quick, entertaining read. The snappy dialogue, Upper East Side scheming and backstabbing (in this case literally) are all there.
The central plot to the story is very similar to the original first Gossip Girl book - Serena moves back to New York after taking off to go to boarding school. Instead of trying to get back into her best friend Blair’s good graces the usual way Serena decides killing is the answer. The differences in the book are mostly to add in the quite large body count, and a few choice phrases that up the campy factor.
What I liked most about the book was that it delivered exactly what you expected it to. The cover, the synopsis let you know exactly what to expect. I got a kick out of Blair and Serena trying to out do each other murder wise and both looking fabulous while doing it.
Cecily von Ziegesar’s writing is quite humorous to begin with, and it really shines in this type of story. She is able to turn your stomach one moment and laugh the next. If you’ve read her previous books you’ll be happy to know her writing style hasn’t changed.
Fans of Gossip Girl will get a kick out of this fun, gory read. Just be forward…you may never look at Blair or Serena (or a pair of high heel shoes) the same way again.