Saturday, 1 August 2015

Blog Tour: Confessions of a Queen B* (The Queen B* #1) by Crista McHugh

As part of the Confessions of a Queen B* Blog Tour run by Xpresso Book Tours, I reviewed Confessions of a Queen B*, the first novel in The Queen B* series written by Crista McHugh. There is also a giveaway. Enter below for the chance to win a signed copy of Confessions of a Queen B* and a $25 gift card to the vendor of the winner's choice. The giveaway ends on August 6th.
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Now to the review:

Title: Confessions of a Queen B*
Author: Crista McHugh
My rating: 4.25 hearts
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Release date: July 28th, 2015
Publisher: Crista McHugh
Summary: 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. (summary from Goodreads)

My thoughts: Confessions of a Queen B* is the first one in a series about Alexis Wyndham, who is 17 years old. Her parents are divorced, her mother is barely ever home, her father has a record of sleeping with his assistant(s), and her little sister is on the cheerleading squad. In other words, her family is pretty messed up.
   Alexis is pretty aware of injustice in her high school, and strives to help the people who gets bullied by posting things about the bullies on her blog, The Eastlines Spy. This has made her feared, and people don’t want to make her angry, so they try to avoid her as much as possible, which is why she only has two friends, Richard and Morgan.
   Alexis has some trust issues, and doesn’t very easily let people in, so she is naturally suspicious of Brett, the star quarterback. When they are given an assignment they have to do together, she is determined to just get through the two weeks and then never speak to him again. But it’s not that easy, considering her growing attraction for him. And he might not be as stereotypical as she originally thought.
   Alexis is very hung up on stereotypes, and has made it her mission to stop the “popular kids” from bullying the less popular kids at school. Although I think it’s good that she doesn’t give in to them, like a lot of kids do these days (including me), because it’s too hard to stand up to them, I think she takes it a little too far. Instead of bringing it to adults, she takes the matter in her own hands and posts things about them on her blog, which, in my eyes, don’t really make her much better than them.
   I don’t hate Alexis. Sure, she’s not perfect, in fact, there are plenty of things she could work on to be a better person, but then again, no one is perfect in reality, so I don’t mind. In fact, I like characters with flaws, and she had plenty. The best thing about it was that she actually understood that, after a while, and understood she had to work on it. I’m sure that in the following books, she will grow even more and become a much better person.
   Then we have Brett Pederson, the jock Alexis has to work with. To the whole school, he seems perfect. Even Alexis can’t find anything bad about him, which says something. He’s the only one, except Richard and Morgan, who isn’t scared off by her attitude. Instead, he wants to get to know her. He sees beyond the act. And smells good.
   The chemistry between Brett and Alexis is crazy. McHugh really creates this tension that has the reader wanting to know what will happen next. I was amazed at how real she made it seem. I could recognize some of Alexis’s feelings and reactions.
   And it was humorous. I laughed through a big part of the book, and I loved the conversation between Brett and Alexis. It never disappointed.
   At times, the plot could get pretty boring, but the conversations made it better.
   I was a little surprised with the ending, so it wasn’t too obvious, which is unusual. I’m usually pretty good at predicting what will happen next. The only minus about the ending was that it kind of felt like it could end there. I’m happy there will be a sequel, and will obviously read it, but the ending really felt like an ending. Everything wasn’t perfect, sure, but it could’ve worked as a stand-alone with that ending (still happy there’ll be more, though. I really want to know more!).
   Otherwise, I must say I was really impressed with it. I didn’t have that high expectations of it, I expected maybe 3 stars or something, but I was happily surprised. It was so much more (and better) than I’d expected.
   Confessions of a Queen B* was definitely a good start, and I’m looking forward to continue reading about Alexis and Brett, although I’m happy I don’t live Alexis’s life – it’s way too exciting!

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  1. This one is new to me but I'm definitely interested in the concept behind it, especially since Alexis has a blog, haha. She sounds like a character I could relate to but you're right,posting about the stuff that happens at her school doesn't seem like the best solution. Thanks for sharing! :)

    1. It's definitely worth reading! And I could relate to Alexis, even though she's nothing like me, haha :)


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