Thursday, March 26, 2009

Hottie by Jonathan Bernstein


Alison Cole’s got it all: She’s gorgeous, dating a steamy surfer boy, and has just been crowned Beverly Hills High Freshman Class President. Then during a special “symmetry” surgery, a lightning bolt zaps her, and Alison instantly transforms into Hottie—that is, a totally sizzling superhero with the power to shoot fire from her fingers!

Shunned as a Pyro-Freak, Alison must adopt dorky David Eels as her crime-fighting sidekick. Worse, she’s falling for the one guy who wants to “extinguish” her forever, Junior Class President of Cuteness— and wannabe firefighter—T. Hull. But she doesn’t realize that a supervillain’s lurking. . . .

Hottie was a fun, action-packed and funny book! I think my favorite thing was the author's way with words, the way he describes things, so funny. And he has a great talent for writing characters. From the girl that speaks with a fake French accent for fear of being overshadowed by her friend of the girl that looks like an anime character, there are some hilarious characters in this book. I have to say that I wish the main character Alison aka Hottie was a little less normal and had a few more quirks of her own, well besides her superpower of course! I also love that her best friend in the book is a total dork! And there is a great push pull between two love interests for Hottie, it's hard to tell who you want her to be with more!

At times Alison aka Hottie got a little too ditzy girl for me but overall you could tell she meant well and she had a pretty good mouth on her, especially when it came to talking back to her stepmother Carmen. Hottie is 14 but I think it would have made more sense to me if she was like 16 or something, seemed rather young for some of the things she was up to.

And as you know, I'm all about pop culture references so I love to see them. But they are also hard to do at the same time, you want to keep a book fresh and current but you also want it to last and work years down the road as well without it seeming dated. I'm not really sure where i'm going with this... but I thought this book had a good number, not like 2 but not like 200, it was a good balance.

One thing that made me stop and go HUH, was that Hottie's friends who had been there when she first noticed that flames came out of her fingers, didn't realize it was her who came in and acted as superhero later on in the book. Yes yes, she was wearing her superhero garb that time, but come on, how many girls shoot flames out of her fingers!

Overall a fun book that's a cross between some California fun and superhero antics! It seems like it might be the beginning of a series or at least a set of books so I can't wait to see where it goes and read more from this hilarious author!

Hottie will be released on April 2nd.

3/5 Stars

ARC received from publisher

*Random Side Note, the cover picture is not at all how I imagine Hottie to look.


  1. The cover is a little too silly for my taste, yes, but I liked your review!

  2. I'm not a big fan of this cover which is why I'm glad I have the cartoon cover ARC rather than this one.

    Great review! :)

  3. The cover totally turns me off but it doesn't sound as bad as the cover makes it look from your review. ;)

  4. Ok that sentence was awkward. I meant your review doesn't make it sound that bad! Haha, it's still early for me. :P

  5. Please LOOK past the cover! I think the story inside is worth the read!

  6. The cartoon ARC cover fits her much better. I was sad when I got the final.

  7. I like the ARC cover too. I'm still excited to read it though!

  8. sounds interesting, great review!
    i'm not sure I like that cover too much though.

  9. DYING to read this looks so cute, minus the cover...yikes.

  10. Thanks for the comments! Yeah read the book and imagine Hottie for yourself, much better that way!


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