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It's the return of Point Horror for the Internet generation! Don't open the door. Don't answer your phone. And whatever you do, DON'T turn on your computer. . . . Cole and Greg love playing practical jokes through Wikipedia. They edit key articles and watch their classmates crash and burn giving oral reports on historical figures like Genghis Khan, the first female astronau It's the return of Point Horror for the Internet generation! Don't open the door. Don't answer your phone. And whatever you do, DON'T turn on your computer. . . . Cole and Greg love playing practical jokes through Wikipedia. They edit key articles and watch their classmates crash and burn giving oral reports on historical figures like Genghis Khan, the first female astronaut on Jupiter. So after the star soccer player steals Cole's girlfriend, the boys take their revenge by creating a Wikipedia page for him, an entry full of outlandish information including details about his bizarre death on the soccer field. It's all in good fun, until the soccer player is killed in a freak accident . . . just as Cole and Greg predicted. The uneasy boys vow to leave Wikipedia alone but someone continues to edit articles about classmates dying in gruesome ways . . . and those entries start to come true as well. To his horror, Cole soon discovers that someone has created a Wikipedia page for him, and included a date of death. He has one week to figure out who's behind the murders, or else he's set to meet a pretty grisly end.


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It's the return of Point Horror for the Internet generation! Don't open the door. Don't answer your phone. And whatever you do, DON'T turn on your computer. . . . Cole and Greg love playing practical jokes through Wikipedia. They edit key articles and watch their classmates crash and burn giving oral reports on historical figures like Genghis Khan, the first female astronau It's the return of Point Horror for the Internet generation! Don't open the door. Don't answer your phone. And whatever you do, DON'T turn on your computer. . . . Cole and Greg love playing practical jokes through Wikipedia. They edit key articles and watch their classmates crash and burn giving oral reports on historical figures like Genghis Khan, the first female astronaut on Jupiter. So after the star soccer player steals Cole's girlfriend, the boys take their revenge by creating a Wikipedia page for him, an entry full of outlandish information including details about his bizarre death on the soccer field. It's all in good fun, until the soccer player is killed in a freak accident . . . just as Cole and Greg predicted. The uneasy boys vow to leave Wikipedia alone but someone continues to edit articles about classmates dying in gruesome ways . . . and those entries start to come true as well. To his horror, Cole soon discovers that someone has created a Wikipedia page for him, and included a date of death. He has one week to figure out who's behind the murders, or else he's set to meet a pretty grisly end.

30 review for Wickedpedia

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mehsi

    Just a warning to all: This book is not really good for those who are squeamish or can't handle gore. There are a few parts that are really gore. I was really looking forward to this book, sadly it was just not meant to be. Things wrong: *The blurb is a lie. A lot doesn't happen in the book. Which is really a shame, the blurb (and also the cover) were things that got me to want to read this book. I do hope this gets fixed for the official book, otherwise I fear more people will be angry/not amused. Just a warning to all: This book is not really good for those who are squeamish or can't handle gore. There are a few parts that are really gore. I was really looking forward to this book, sadly it was just not meant to be. Things wrong: *The blurb is a lie. A lot doesn't happen in the book. Which is really a shame, the blurb (and also the cover) were things that got me to want to read this book. I do hope this gets fixed for the official book, otherwise I fear more people will be angry/not amused. *For quite a bit of the book I was confused as to how old the characters were. Most of them act like 13/14, while apparently they were around 17/18 and in the last class of High School. Cole is even worse, at times he acts like a 13 year old, but at other times (with his cooking and such) he acts like he is 60+ years old. It was all confusing. *The gore, it was overdone, and just horrible. It was like the writer just felt like the deaths needed to be as gore as possible. Not all deaths were shown, there is one that we don't get to read about directly until someone finds that person. That was a bit weird and also distracting. Not that I wanted to read about it, but I would like some consistency, either everything is shown, or nothing. Not everything and then leave 1 out. *The ending, it was absolutely crap. There is a big thing happening and then it is over, just like that. Nothing on what happens after all that, nothing on what happens to Cole, nothing on anything, and that pisses me off, I already had to drag myself through the book, and then to find out the book ends like that. *The perp or the murderer. My guess was right, I already knew who it was since practically the first murder/first event. I was kind of hoping, just a little bit, that I was wrong. Sadly it was not. My second guess also was right, and well, blurgh. *The idea. While it sounded nice at first it just reminded me too much of Death Note, only instead of a book, it is the internet. That was truly a shame, I had hoped for a twist, but it was just exactly like Death Note. *A big part of the book was just boring teen drama. I don't mind a bit of teen drama, but this was just horrible. *Again the characters, Andrea, was just the most horrendous character. She was a total bitch, trying to set up everyone and then acting like she is all so innocent and boo hoo. There was 1 thing that I liked and that was the cover. All in all, not a book I would recommend, unless you don't mind predictability, teen drama, deaths in gruesome details, boring ideas. Review first posted at http://twirlingbookprincess.com/

  2. 4 out of 5

    Dania

    I feel cheated. When I first read the 'description' of this book written on a book club catalog that I got from my brother's school, I was excited and I instantly knew I had to buy it. It somehow reminds me of the currently-hyped-about movie, Unfriended. But hell, was I lied to, the 'description' is nothing like I imagined the story to be like. After reading the whole thing I must say that it is quite disappointing. The storyline is too absurd in my opinion. I found myself saying "What?!" through I feel cheated. When I first read the 'description' of this book written on a book club catalog that I got from my brother's school, I was excited and I instantly knew I had to buy it. It somehow reminds me of the currently-hyped-about movie, Unfriended. But hell, was I lied to, the 'description' is nothing like I imagined the story to be like. After reading the whole thing I must say that it is quite disappointing. The storyline is too absurd in my opinion. I found myself saying "What?!" throughout the book, all the way to the ending. And I hate books with horrible endings. The only thing that is perhaps okay-ish in this book is its gruesome content. Well it's excessive, to be honest, but hey, at least there's something in the book that actually pierced my heart! Definitely not a recommendation, needless to say. Unless you're curious and wouldn't mind wasting your money to see for yourself how violent this book is.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Abbie

    None of the characters in this were likable, and I didn't feel anything for them when they died. I was quite bored of this one from the very start unfortunately, and it got worse as the story progressed. I kept on thinking "when is someone going to get killed?" throughout the beginning, but when it did finally happen at 27%, I didn't find it to be worth the wait. It was rubbish, and so were the other deaths. Overall, A boring read. I'm glad it's over. None of the characters in this were likable, and I didn't feel anything for them when they died. I was quite bored of this one from the very start unfortunately, and it got worse as the story progressed. I kept on thinking "when is someone going to get killed?" throughout the beginning, but when it did finally happen at 27%, I didn't find it to be worth the wait. It was rubbish, and so were the other deaths. Overall, A boring read. I'm glad it's over.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Carina

    The book was overall well-written and was a good thriller. A little predictable at some point, but maybe to others it won't be. It was creative and certainly a page turner. The book was overall well-written and was a good thriller. A little predictable at some point, but maybe to others it won't be. It was creative and certainly a page turner.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    DNF at 36% This is one of the most asinine, contrived books I've ever read. It's almost too pulpy and airplane fiction-y to be worth talking about, but seriously, I have to give a brief couple of sentences to how the conflict is set up. Cole and Gavin are mad, and they want a way to take revenge on their classmates who have wronged them. So their solution is to make Wikipedia articles on them that say embarrassing things about them. I've been reviewing on GoodReads for years, and I'm rarely at a l DNF at 36% This is one of the most asinine, contrived books I've ever read. It's almost too pulpy and airplane fiction-y to be worth talking about, but seriously, I have to give a brief couple of sentences to how the conflict is set up. Cole and Gavin are mad, and they want a way to take revenge on their classmates who have wronged them. So their solution is to make Wikipedia articles on them that say embarrassing things about them. I've been reviewing on GoodReads for years, and I'm rarely at a loss for words. But I genuinely have no idea how to sum up how unbelievably ridiculous this is. I'm just gonna let that stand for itself. With a 3.33 rating average and one of the most unintentionally hilarious premises for a horror novel of all time, I probably don't have to do anything more to convince you not to read this atrocity.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Joy

    - - - 2.5 stars As you can probably tell already, I don't read horror. I tried my hand at it once and I just couldn't get through the book. And when I say horror, I mean like Stephen King style. It just doesn't grip me for some reason. Give me action any day! When this book arrived unsolicited, I was intrigued however. It seemed like the perfect Halloween read, so I've been holding off my review until now. Sorry if I get some facts wrong here and there ... I read this back in early September so - - - 2.5 stars As you can probably tell already, I don't read horror. I tried my hand at it once and I just couldn't get through the book. And when I say horror, I mean like Stephen King style. It just doesn't grip me for some reason. Give me action any day! When this book arrived unsolicited, I was intrigued however. It seemed like the perfect Halloween read, so I've been holding off my review until now. Sorry if I get some facts wrong here and there ... I read this back in early September so my memory is a little hazy. This book follows a boy named Cole, who is a shoo in for valedictorian. He's your typical smart guy who suddenly gets his heart broken by his girlfriend who dumped him for the jock. There is a lot of predictable high school drama that sets the scene at the beginning, but it soon gets interesting as Cole and his best friend Gavin decides to take revenge on the people who have wronged them at school. Their practical joke is pretty harmless at the beginning, when they decide to create Wikipedia pages of their classmates and make creative posts about their deaths. That is it was harmless until what they write starts coming true. The people that have wronged Cole soon starts dying in the gruesome ways described on their Wikipedia pages, and no matter how Cole edits the outcomes, the killer is unwilling to stop hunting down the victims. This book is definitely very descriptive and there are some pretty disgusting parts but I wouldn't really say it's scary overall. There are certainly some very creative ways that the killer goes about murdering the victims, so if you can't stomach gorey thrillers, then this is not the book for you. I found the concept of this story quite unique and it was executed well. I spent a long time trying to guess who the killer was and it wasn't predictable until 3/4 into the book. Then it suddenly changed drastically and became really obvious ... not really sure how I feel about that but it worked well enough. I can't say I liked any of the characters but I'm pretty sure that was intended. Cole was a good protagonist and it was interesting to follow him as his guilt in being linked to these murders slowly messed with his own psyche. The thing that annoyed me the most with this book was the ending. While I did manage to predict the killer, I found them to be over-the-top weird. It did add a bit of a thrill factor to it, but it just didn't seem plausible. I know it's intended to be an over-the-top kind of book so I guess I can't fault it too much for doing exactly that. Overall it was just not my kind of book. I enjoyed it enough but I probably wouldn't read it again. Thank you to Scholastic Australia for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review. 

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kristin (Blood,Sweat and Books)

    I, like many, grew up reading the Point Horror books from Scholastic. I have fond memories of staying up late into the night reading books by R.L. Stine, Caroline B. Cooney, and Diane Hoh just to name a few. Naturally, when I heard that Scholastic was bringing back the Point Horror books I was excited. When I heard of Wickedpedia, I knew it was one I'd definitely have to read. Unfortunately, while the idea for Wickedpedia was intriguing, it failed to capture the essence of Point Horror fiction f I, like many, grew up reading the Point Horror books from Scholastic. I have fond memories of staying up late into the night reading books by R.L. Stine, Caroline B. Cooney, and Diane Hoh just to name a few. Naturally, when I heard that Scholastic was bringing back the Point Horror books I was excited. When I heard of Wickedpedia, I knew it was one I'd definitely have to read. Unfortunately, while the idea for Wickedpedia was intriguing, it failed to capture the essence of Point Horror fiction for me. Here's what I found to be the problem with Wickedpedia, it was way too predictable, too safe and once the threads came together (which was fairly early on) I was left with very little to do but go through the motions reading until the end of the story. I think, however, my biggest issue with Wickedpedia was Cole and his obsession with his ex-girlfriend. I saw nothing redeemable in Winnie as a person and that made it really hard to understand why Cole was struggling so much with losing her. If Winnie had been a decent person and genuinely broken up with Cole because the relationship wasn't right for her at that time, OK, maybe but it's made pretty clear early on she used him as little more than a placeholder until someone else better came along. Personally, I just can't get behind someone like that. Now one thing I did actually like about Wickedpedia was the use of Wikipedia as kind of the glue that held the story together. The entries were quite funny even if they were foreshadowing how people were going to die. If anyone has ever read Wikipedia you know anyone can edit pages, that's sort of the whole point of the site. So the fact a killer was using it as a way to communicate who would live and die was sort of terrifyingly brilliant. Final Thoughts Wickedpedia could've easily been Point Horror's saving grace and ushered in an entirely new generation to the genre but that simply can't happen if you aren't able to outwit your readers and you solely rely on following the pattern of the books of this type that came before you. However, despite it's faults, I'm still happy to have read Wickedpedia even if just for the nostalgia factor. Could it have been better? Sure. Would I read Wickedpedia again? Eh, maybe. I didn't hate it so never say never. So, I guess that begs the question, Would I recommend Wickedpedia? Yes, however, unless you collect Point Horror specifically, I'd suggest borrowing from a friend or library before purchasing. With that being said, I'll be rating Wickedpedia by Chris Van Etten ★★★. *Copy reviewed provided by publisher. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated in an which way for providing them. Review originally published @Blood,Sweat and Books

  8. 5 out of 5

    Elise

    Ahhh, Wickedpedia. Oh, how you pulled me in with your beautiful cover and show stopping blurb, and oh how you crashed and burned. I guess in all honesty I'd give this 2.5 stars, but since I don't seem to have that option, I'll just be nice and give it three stars. Wickedpedia is a short book that focuses on two high school students, and the murder of their peers. Cole, soon to be valedictorian, amazing cook, perfect life. Perfect until his girlfriend, Winnie, dumps him for Josh, the school's star Ahhh, Wickedpedia. Oh, how you pulled me in with your beautiful cover and show stopping blurb, and oh how you crashed and burned. I guess in all honesty I'd give this 2.5 stars, but since I don't seem to have that option, I'll just be nice and give it three stars. Wickedpedia is a short book that focuses on two high school students, and the murder of their peers. Cole, soon to be valedictorian, amazing cook, perfect life. Perfect until his girlfriend, Winnie, dumps him for Josh, the school's star soccer player. Ever since the breakup Cole's goal had been to get her back. (He shoots, he scores!!! Well... not really.) His best friend Gavin is a slacker, and one day, they both decide they've had it with Josh and his friends. What do they do? Well, they write an article on Wikipedia and make up a strange death for the group. Whatever though. It's totally everything the blurb said it would be! (NOT) Dude, the blurb isn't supposed to lie. Like what do they think this is? You don't lie in the blurb, you just don't! Anyways, I think that my favorite character was Cole, even though he's kinda pathetic. He stays strong throughout the book, even though he's still going after a girl who obviously doesn't want him back. Gotta give him credit for what he does though. Oh, and by the way guys, I ship Cole and Lila even though she annoyed the hell out of me during the book. <3 The characters didn't seem 100% real, but I thought that everything seemed pretty okay. The only things that made this book even slightly enjoyable for me were the killings. It really did keep me guessing. After awhile I'd kind of settled on a character I thought might be the killer, and I was wrong. (To be honest, the true killer was way to obvious the be the killer. They need to mix things up more.) Yeah, this book sucked, but it was still my favorite book I've read all year. READ IT GUYS! I feel like most people would like it. Unless you don't like blood. And guts. And the occasional bit of drool. Anyways, I really do suggest it even though I kinda made it sound bad. It's all up to you guys though. Here's me, just tryin' to help. Thanks for reading!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Zachary Robbins

    So in the beginning Cole just lost his girlfriend (Winnie) to the soccer star Josh, and Cole is trying to get her back. So he tries to find a way to set Josh up to make Winnie not like him. so when he found a way to set up Josh, Josh got put second string on the team. Then Cole and Gavin made a Wikipedia account and say false stuff about people that they don't like, just messing around they said that whoever they were talking about would die and then some how it would come true. And the person So in the beginning Cole just lost his girlfriend (Winnie) to the soccer star Josh, and Cole is trying to get her back. So he tries to find a way to set Josh up to make Winnie not like him. so when he found a way to set up Josh, Josh got put second string on the team. Then Cole and Gavin made a Wikipedia account and say false stuff about people that they don't like, just messing around they said that whoever they were talking about would die and then some how it would come true. And the person would die the way they predicted, coincident or not. But they dont think so. Then Cole ends up getting hacked and some one was posting death dates of people and then the person would kill them, then when Cole was looking at his account he saw that his ex-girlfriend Winnie was on the list. So Cole has to try to save her and find out who hacked his account and who is murdering the people. I think Cole was the character who changes the most in the book in the beginning he was just a flat out jerk, well not really a jerk he was kinda a trump he says what he feels like saying. Then as the book goes on and as he experiences things through the story he starts to become a lot nicer and he acts more under control, he's not a jerk. Somethings I Like/Dislike about the book is I like how the author talks to the reader and you can really understand the characters personality really easy. But what I dislike about the book is how gory it is, I didn't expect t it to be so gory and gross when it gets in to detail I want to puke in some parts of the book. But WARNING: HUGE PLOT TWIST IN THE END that I did NOT expect. I don't think I would tell a friend to read this book cause it's a gruesome and love type book, and that is not really what I like so if thats your type of book, go on ahead.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    Cole is upset over his breakup with Winnie, especially since she dumped him for dumb, soccer playing Josh AND is now doing better in GPA than he is. Cole's best friend, Gavin, commiserates with him, and the two pull a prank on Josh, editing a Wikipedia page on serial killers so that Josh gets incorrect information and fails his project, thereby disqualifying himself for soccer. Cole and Gavin get the bright idea to make Wikipedia pages for their classmates and teachers, having them meet vague de Cole is upset over his breakup with Winnie, especially since she dumped him for dumb, soccer playing Josh AND is now doing better in GPA than he is. Cole's best friend, Gavin, commiserates with him, and the two pull a prank on Josh, editing a Wikipedia page on serial killers so that Josh gets incorrect information and fails his project, thereby disqualifying himself for soccer. Cole and Gavin get the bright idea to make Wikipedia pages for their classmates and teachers, having them meet vague deaths, but when a soccer player is actually killed in a very gruesome way that matches the Wikipedia entry (which says he dies of a swelled head; he is murdered by someone inserting an air pump into his neck, which causes him to die of a stroke. Very graphic.), and then a teacher is killed with red pens, Cole starts to panic. Another classmate is blinded by tampered with prescription eye drops, and the killings continue. When Cole finds his own Wikipedia page, he must figure out who is doing the killing before he comes to his own horrible end. Strengths: Van Etten is a very clever writer. The first few chapters of the book had me snortling at the witty turns of phrase (From page 9 of the E ARC "Often Gavin displayed proof that the so-called fun had been had. Examples included: a neck brace, shaved eyebrows, or the dental impression of an alpaca on his butt."). He also writes very graphically gruesome deaths. Weaknesses: Too gruesome for me. I can't stomach human-on-human violence. I was hoping this would take some fantastic turn and become R.L. Stine-like (Revenge of the Lawn Gnomes, say), but it didn't. The ending was a bit odd, and the book description includes things that did not appear in the ARC that I had. I just don't see how death is amusing. Just don't.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Mandy

    There are a few different covers out there for Wickedpedia, and each one creepier than the last. It had the promise of a real Goosebumps-style thriller and the perfect fall read, but it wasn’t mean to be. From the get go, I wasn’t enthused about any of the characters. Cole and his friends are seniors in high school, so around 17/18, but from their conversations, they could be in middle school. They’re all incredibly whiny and melodramatic and causing fights over nothing. The storyline itself sta There are a few different covers out there for Wickedpedia, and each one creepier than the last. It had the promise of a real Goosebumps-style thriller and the perfect fall read, but it wasn’t mean to be. From the get go, I wasn’t enthused about any of the characters. Cole and his friends are seniors in high school, so around 17/18, but from their conversations, they could be in middle school. They’re all incredibly whiny and melodramatic and causing fights over nothing. The storyline itself started out strong enough. The novel followed a lot of the conventions of a typical mystery novel with red herrings and false clues, but it quickly fell to the far side of the line with off-color puns and incredibly graphic and gory death scenes. The writing got a little off as well, featuring lines like, “He kept on walking until he was home, his shame trotting alongside him like a stray dog he’d made the mistake of feeding once, now bonded to him for life”. One character speaks German for two or three chapters with no translation or indication of what she’s saying. What started out as an intriguing modern-day horror plot, quickly deteriorated into pure testosterone-driven fantasy. Students are bursting into classrooms in the middle of the day to start fights, police officers on duty are distracted from the job by the aroma of coffee, and nerds seek revenge for getting dissed by a girl they feel entitled to. Too many plot holes, including a forced ending. I barely finished this one.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Marissa

    I thought this book was amazing!!!!!! This book was about two guys named Gavin and Cole. Cole's ex-girlfriend Winnie dumped him for the star soccer player, Josh. Cole and Gavin discover wikipedia pages about people that go to their school. After school, a guy named Scott from the soccer team goes to the soccer field and hears someone talking to him. So when he walks to the edge of the woods and then turns around someone runs up to him and wraps him up in a soccer goal, and drags him into the boy I thought this book was amazing!!!!!! This book was about two guys named Gavin and Cole. Cole's ex-girlfriend Winnie dumped him for the star soccer player, Josh. Cole and Gavin discover wikipedia pages about people that go to their school. After school, a guy named Scott from the soccer team goes to the soccer field and hears someone talking to him. So when he walks to the edge of the woods and then turns around someone runs up to him and wraps him up in a soccer goal, and drags him into the boys locker room. Then later on in the story someone gets to school early and finds a teacher named Mr. Drick. Mr. Drick gave Josh a bad grade so he gets mad. Later on in the story Cole goes over to Winnie's house and discovers Winnie dead. While Cole is at Winnie's house Josh shows up and thinks that Cole killed Winnie, so Josh gets in a fight with Cole and they end up both going out the window and they landed on the ground. When they wake up, they wind up at the hospital and Cole can walk but Josh is in a full body cast. Cole then discovers a Wikipedia page about him, he then knows that he is next. I recommend this book to anyone who loves a scary book.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Easton Adams

    8. “Wikedpedia,” by Chris Van Etten, was a very jacked up novel. First Cole and his best friend Gavin are introduced, and we can already tell that they are the main characters. To describe them they are both computer nerds/ techy kids. They love to go on wikipedia and edit main pages for fun and make fun of people. Later in the story, a student on the soccer team steals Coles “girl” and Cole and his friend gavin decide to get back at him by making a wikipedia page about him, stating that he dies 8. “Wikedpedia,” by Chris Van Etten, was a very jacked up novel. First Cole and his best friend Gavin are introduced, and we can already tell that they are the main characters. To describe them they are both computer nerds/ techy kids. They love to go on wikipedia and edit main pages for fun and make fun of people. Later in the story, a student on the soccer team steals Coles “girl” and Cole and his friend gavin decide to get back at him by making a wikipedia page about him, stating that he dies in a tragic soccer accident. To their surprise, the kid ends up dying the same way as he was predicted to, and furthermore, even more children keep being killed. As for my thoughts on the book, it was horrible. It was psychotic because of all the kids being killed through the internet, and it was stupid because the characters were poorly developed, and the storyline and plot make no sense and because of that it was hard to write a goodreads honestly. The theme I believe to be, is to have good internet safety, which I strongly believe in, but the way it was played out was horrid. I will never read this book ever again.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    Bleh. That's the best I can say. I think what may have annoyed me most is that the description on the back of the book was not accurate. Who does that? It's almost as if the description was written before the book itself. The plot had holes. The characters were not well developed. The saving grace of this book, for this middle school librarian, was that the lesson of Wikipedia not being a reliable source (for middle school kids) is reinforced by reading this thing. That is the only reason I am g Bleh. That's the best I can say. I think what may have annoyed me most is that the description on the back of the book was not accurate. Who does that? It's almost as if the description was written before the book itself. The plot had holes. The characters were not well developed. The saving grace of this book, for this middle school librarian, was that the lesson of Wikipedia not being a reliable source (for middle school kids) is reinforced by reading this thing. That is the only reason I am giving it two stars instead of one.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Yee

    I didn't think this book was the best choice for me. There was too much violence and none of it made sense. Even at the end, the murders were not explained very well and left me a little confused. Also, the characters that were killed weren't very likable, so I had a hard time sympathizing with their deaths. I didn't think this book was the best choice for me. There was too much violence and none of it made sense. Even at the end, the murders were not explained very well and left me a little confused. Also, the characters that were killed weren't very likable, so I had a hard time sympathizing with their deaths.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Orchid

    Yeah, I'm just annoyed from the very beginning by the writing style and characters. Cutting this one free and moving on. Yeah, I'm just annoyed from the very beginning by the writing style and characters. Cutting this one free and moving on.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Ryan W

    It is a great book. Lot of suspense. Point HORROR

  18. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    Another Point Horror reboot that doesn’t quite hit the mark. This wasn’t published long enough ago to really escape the women’s movement of “it’s really not okay for boys to get so butthurt over being dumped for them to go out and get revenge on their ex” so anything creepy about people starting to get killed in the same way Cole wrote their fake Wikipedia entry gets drowned out by that. It’s just skeevy and my made skin crawl, that level of entitlement to Winnie that Cole felt justified in doin Another Point Horror reboot that doesn’t quite hit the mark. This wasn’t published long enough ago to really escape the women’s movement of “it’s really not okay for boys to get so butthurt over being dumped for them to go out and get revenge on their ex” so anything creepy about people starting to get killed in the same way Cole wrote their fake Wikipedia entry gets drowned out by that. It’s just skeevy and my made skin crawl, that level of entitlement to Winnie that Cole felt justified in doing this creepy thing to not only his ex but other classmates he didn’t like. And then the whole students dying thing. It’s one of those tropes that’s getting to be a bit too real for the market and it’s more of a turnoff than anything truly scary. And it’s fairly obvious who the murderer is from pretty early on. I won’t give names, but students killing students is way too real of a headline and too disruptive to my suspension of disbelief. Mainly because I can believe it. But let’s say this was written pre-Columbine but the internet was still a widely used thing. It’s definitely an RL Stine type of concept that Cole seemingly predicts the deaths of his classmates by writing out fake bios for them. And they’re pretty creative deaths at that. Definitely Stine level of creativity. But the motive behind the murders was reasons. No real driving force there and what little explanation is provided falls flat. It’s written okay and at the very least it doesn’t pander technology to a target market that already knows how to use it (I’m looking at you, FOLLOWERS). But this wasn’t written in 1994. It was written in 2014, well into the reality that is school today. While #metoo wasn’t a thing just yet, there was pushback on male entitlement over women and this level of revenge wouldn’t have been tolerated and as a motivating factor precipitating the entire story it just screams skeevy and makes me not want to read it. Out of all of the Point Horror reboots I’ve read I do think WICKEDPEDIA is the best, but that’s to ignore the current social climate and the world, really, and read it in a vacuum, which is practically impossible to do. So Van Etten tried, but the book’s ultimately tone deaf. 2

  19. 4 out of 5

    Brianna Rojemann

    The book “Wickedpedia” is about two boys, Cole and Gavin, who just love to joke around. Cole’s girlfriend, Winnie, breaks up with him and starts dating the school’s star soccer player, Josh. Cole and Gavin come up with ways to get Winnie to break up with Josh, so Cole can win her back. They edit a wikipedia page on someone to prove to Winnie and everyone that he cheats. Josh gets busted and kicked off the soccer team. Winnie still stays with Josh. Cole and Gavin decide to create wikipedia pages The book “Wickedpedia” is about two boys, Cole and Gavin, who just love to joke around. Cole’s girlfriend, Winnie, breaks up with him and starts dating the school’s star soccer player, Josh. Cole and Gavin come up with ways to get Winnie to break up with Josh, so Cole can win her back. They edit a wikipedia page on someone to prove to Winnie and everyone that he cheats. Josh gets busted and kicked off the soccer team. Winnie still stays with Josh. Cole and Gavin decide to create wikipedia pages on Josh, Winnie, Andrea, Scott, and their teacher Mr. Drick. Andrea is Winnie’s best friend, and Scott is Josh’s best friend. They even include drastic deaths for all of them. It was all just fun and games, until they all started to die coincidentally. Cole and Gavin predicted this outcome. Cole now has a wikipedia page with a drastic death as well. He must find out who is killing them, before he is next.     One of the features I’d like to discuss is how the book was written. I could understand exactly what was going on. I think it was put together well. It had all the details for everything. The book had me wondering what was going to happen next all the way to the very end.       One other feature I want to talk about is the ending. I thought the ending of this book was good. I thought the events that led up to the ending were good. For the most part, it made sense. I was definitely shocked by the ending. I was not expecting what happened to happen.     Overall, I thought this was a good book. I personally don’t like reading, I get bored of it. This book kept me interested all the way to the very end. I would recommend this book. I would recommend this book to someone who likes to read horror stories or mysteries.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ben

    The book is in a high school setting with a couple main teen characters. The main characters in this book are Cole, Winnie, Gavin, Angela, and Josh. Cole is a high school student who wants to get his girlfriend back after they broke up. To do so he needs her to break up with her current boyfriend. The book is in the pov of cole so you see everything from him for most of the the book there is a couple changes but not a lot. There was a couple of out of order text to add suspense and mystery to the The book is in a high school setting with a couple main teen characters. The main characters in this book are Cole, Winnie, Gavin, Angela, and Josh. Cole is a high school student who wants to get his girlfriend back after they broke up. To do so he needs her to break up with her current boyfriend. The book is in the pov of cole so you see everything from him for most of the the book there is a couple changes but not a lot. There was a couple of out of order text to add suspense and mystery to the book. It does a good job at adding a tension on what going to happen exactly. There is a pacing change with the length of parts with certain moments. Really good mystery book well written. I thought the book was great not a hard read fun and enjoyable. It is pretty gorey at some parts of the book so don’t read if you don’t like that stuff. I love the plot it makes the book better then having a plot that would work but not the best. Overall a fun book really good for a halloween time story for teenagers well worth it.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Liz's Book Bucket List

    {Thank you Scholastic Inc. and Netgalley for providing this in return for an honest review} So when I read the synopsis of this book, I really wanted to get my hands on it because it sounded like it could be somewhat like the horror films in the 90’s, which I absolutely loved. Although the premise of this book is really cool, the execution was not so great. There were a lot more things I disliked about this book than liked, which in the end, made this a not so enjoyable read. The first problem I {Thank you Scholastic Inc. and Netgalley for providing this in return for an honest review} So when I read the synopsis of this book, I really wanted to get my hands on it because it sounded like it could be somewhat like the horror films in the 90’s, which I absolutely loved. Although the premise of this book is really cool, the execution was not so great. There were a lot more things I disliked about this book than liked, which in the end, made this a not so enjoyable read. The first problem I have with the book is actually the thing that drew me into reading it, the synopsis. After finishing the book, I feel like the synopsis is misleading. The synopsis makes it sound like the two main characters, Cole and Greg (?), were pranking a lot of their classmates through Wikipedia, however, they only pranked one person and I would call it more like revenge. I also have no idea why the synopsis mentions changing the Wikipedia page for Genghis Khan because that was not the Wikipedia page that was changed and that historical figure was not even mentioned in the book. Also, there was no death on the soccer field. Another big problem with the synopsis is the fact that it says that the two main characters are Cole and Greg, when in the book the main characters are Cole and Gavin, which is why I added a question mark above. I know that I received this as an ARC, so things will change, but I checked the synopsis on Netgalley, Goodreads, Amazon, and Barnes and Nobel to find that the synopsis was the same on all and had not been changed and the book is already published and available to the public. I wish the book would have been a little more like the synopsis than it actually was. I also did not enjoy the writing in this book. I found it dull, generic, and confusing at times, which is disappointing since this book is full of mystery and character deaths, but was still unable to keep my attention. I liked that Van Etten included a lot of technology in this book to make it more relevant for teens today, but at times I felt that it was distracting and was thrown in just so it could be included. I thought that the messenger conversations worked a lot better than the Tweets, but I never really found myself enjoying either. However, I did like that the killings were written in the killer’s voice, but the killer was still kept a mystery. I also felt like this book lacked a lot of depth and description. I felt like there was a lack in describing the characters and the setting. I did not know what the characters looked like, what their history was, or much about their relationships with each other. I think this book consistently just skimmed across the top and never delved any deeper into a more complex mystery. The one aspect of this book that did have a lot of description was the killings, which I did not find particularly gruesome, but I would also say the scenes warrant a PG-13 rating. It is hard for me to pin point what age of readers this book is directed too since the plot is so simplistic, I would say middle grade kids, but then the killings, gore, and ages of the characters seems like it is written for 15-18 year olds. I really liked the idea of the plot of this book. I liked the Wikipedia aspect of this book and that the deaths were predicted on the character’s pages. I think that if the writing was better, I would have really liked the pacing of this book. I felt like it jumped right into the action and several characters met their end by the middle of the book. However, I enjoyed the second half of the book so much more than the first half. The second half of the book focused on finding who the killer was and I felt the writing was better. The mystery was interesting, but this book was really predictable. Within the first half of the book, I had already correctly guessed the killer. However, I did miss some aspects of the ending and the motive. I did like the end of the book and felt like it was really fast paced. I also liked how it ended, leaving the readers to guess what happens next. I also didn’t enjoy the characters because I found them dull and lacking character development. I really did not like Cole, the main character, because he had no personality and lacked common knowledge when it came to his decision making skills. I did really like Gavin (or Greg if I go by the synopsis), Winnie, and Josh. I really liked the witty dialogue from Gavin and he was really the saving grace of this book. I enjoyed the parts he was in and he really kept me wanting the finish the book. Winnie and Josh were also great characters that brought more drama and dimension to the characters. I did have an issue with the character Lila because I felt like she was just thrown into the book and really served no purpose. I also did not like that there was a little romance in this book. Cole and Winnie were ex-boyfriend/girlfriend, which I did like, but the fact that there was a budding romance between Cole and Lila was really weird. I did not feel any chemistry between the two characters and I felt like it did not belong. It was awkward when Cole would randomly mention that he could like Lila, but nothing really ever happened. I feel like both the romance with Lila and the character of Lila should have been left out of the book altogether. Overall, I had a lot of problems with this book and there were significantly more things I disliked than liked. Although I did enjoy the second half of the book more than the first, it was not enough to save this book from only getting a two star rating. I feel like there are better mystery/horror books for teens/young adults than this one. Personally, I would not recommend this book unless you are a new reader and in your early teens.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Molly H.

    I read this book in 6th grade, and it launched me to read and watch more horror. It's about these two kids, Cole and Gavin, who play pranks on Wikipedia, editing the pages. After the star soccer player steals Cole's girlfriend Winnie, They make a page of him, complete with death date. Suddenly, on the date, the kid dies in the way they predicted. They decide to stop, but someone keeps adding pages, and people are dying. Suddenly, Cole sees his own page. This was a really good book, but if you do I read this book in 6th grade, and it launched me to read and watch more horror. It's about these two kids, Cole and Gavin, who play pranks on Wikipedia, editing the pages. After the star soccer player steals Cole's girlfriend Winnie, They make a page of him, complete with death date. Suddenly, on the date, the kid dies in the way they predicted. They decide to stop, but someone keeps adding pages, and people are dying. Suddenly, Cole sees his own page. This was a really good book, but if you don't like gore, don't read it.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Meredith

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. ....What just happened? It’s not like this book is bad, it’s actually really good, like the story, but WHY DID IT HAVE TO BE GAVIN? Out of everyone it could be, why Gavin? I actually kinda liked him until he turned out to be a full fledged killer. I also wasn’t a fan of he tweets. You have to read them backward, to understand the conversation. Oh well. All in all, his book was kinda good. Not as good as others, but it was okay.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Mara Teter

    l enjoyed this book because you want to put it down because it's terrifying but you can't because its so good its a good book for people who love horror and gore. if you get scared easily do not read. at first you think this is normal but then it turns creepy fast. l enjoyed this book because you want to put it down because it's terrifying but you can't because its so good its a good book for people who love horror and gore. if you get scared easily do not read. at first you think this is normal but then it turns creepy fast.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Verity Anderson

    My Raiting This book was a very exiting thriller. I would recommend it to anyone that enjoys school thrillers. Their wasn't a dull moment. My Raiting This book was a very exiting thriller. I would recommend it to anyone that enjoys school thrillers. Their wasn't a dull moment.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Bookismymiddlename

    great book. very gory tho

  27. 4 out of 5

    Joy Landers

    A 3 1/2 stars. Compelling story about taking revenge with no intent to do more harm than hurting feelings. But someone takes it literally and makes it come true

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Zonnefeld

    I had higher hopes for this book. It was a good idea but the plot just didn’t follow through.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Liliana

    Reviewed on Lili Lost in a Book R.L Stine was one of the first authors who really got me into reading when I was in middle school. Till this day I absolutely LOVE the Fear Street series! But besides his Fear Street books, I've also read some of his other books, including a couple of Point Horror ones. So this is what prompted me to request this book. I like Point Horror :) I like horror, period! The concept of Wickedpedia really intrigued me and it definitely sounded like something I might love. Reviewed on Lili Lost in a Book R.L Stine was one of the first authors who really got me into reading when I was in middle school. Till this day I absolutely LOVE the Fear Street series! But besides his Fear Street books, I've also read some of his other books, including a couple of Point Horror ones. So this is what prompted me to request this book. I like Point Horror :) I like horror, period! The concept of Wickedpedia really intrigued me and it definitely sounded like something I might love. And I was right! It was pretty awesome! So, we have Cole and his best buddy Gavin just going about their lives... well, actually, Cole is still dealing with the break up with his ex-girlfriend Winnie. And I don't even think "dealing" is the right word! He is very upset that she dumped him for the jock Josh. So much so that he decides he wants to expose to Winnie the real Josh... In order to do this he goes on Wikipedia and tweaks some pages by adding the most ridiculous information ever! I'm talking breakfast cereal ridiculous! Honestly, it was the funniest thing ever and I could not believe Josh fell for it. But I didn't say he was very bright, now did I? ;) Anyway, this leads to that and Cole is more upset than ever, deciding to take the Wikipedia thing a couple steps further. As revenge, he (with the help of Gavin, of course) makes some fake Wikipedia pages for Winnie and Josh and a couple other people stating a couple things about them including some fake deaths. But then things get weird when people start dying just as Cole had written on their Wiki page! Dun, dun, DUN! Cole tries to delete the pages, but that doesn't seem to stop the killer. And said killer doesn't stop there either... he actually then goes after Cole as well! What started out as Cole's harmless prank against Josh turns into a race to save his own life... Will Cole be able to catch the killer before he claims another life? *cue more suspenseful music* I really liked Cole... most of the time. I mean, he is really easy to relate to, but at the same time I can totally see why Winnie dumped him for someone else: he is CLINGY! Good gods dude, give the girl some breathing room! And Gavin, oh my gods I LOVED him! I think out of all the character he was my favorite! He is just a lot of fun and such a funny kid! The girl Lila, or whatever her name was, I thought was interesting and quirky. Josh was a jerk-face and I didn't really care for Winnie all that much. The killer... I actually figured out who it was way before Cole put the pieces together. I've honestly become too good at playing the guessing game... R.L. Stine has taught me well ;) Anyway, I was very surprised to find out I was right and I almost started to cry because I didn't want the killer to be this person! I certainly could not wait to figure out what their motive was... and boy was it twisted! Speaking of twisted, this book is actually quite gory... Just throwing that out there in case you're not into that sort of stuff. Me, I actually used to not be able to handle it, but I'm a horror junkie so I sucked it up and now don't really mind it. Call me morbid, but I actually really liked it... Muahahaha! ;) Well, I should admit that yesterday I was watching Supernatural and these two people started eating each other (episode: My Bloody Valentine) and it was kinda graphic so I started cringing, big time! So yeah, I'm not totally evil and sometimes can not handle it completely ;) But I really don't mind it as long as it doesn't go too over the top. One thing that really threw me off about this book was the ending. It was very abrupt! I mean, we get to the climax, you know, the final big fight scene with the Bad Guy, and then... no resolution. I kept clicking the button on my Kindle to take me to the next page 'cause I was sure there was more--there had to be more! But... nothing. It just stopped there and I was left over here scratching my head going, "Um, what?" Some people would call this an open ending, but this open ending was WAY too open! But besides that weird (read: sort of disappointing) ending, it was a great read! It had an interesting concept that I've never read about before (yay!), plenty of suspense and mystery to keep you hooked, and witty writing to lighten things up (at least a little bit). If you are a horror fan like myself, I highly recommend this one! Be warned, the book's blurb is kind of misleading since things didn't actually happen like how it sates. That is why I included a little bit (because I was trying to avoid spoilers!) of a run down on what really happened.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Michelle (Pink Polka Dot Books)

    Cole and his best friend Gavin do not think too highly of soccer-star Josh. For one thing, Josh "stole" Cole's girlfriend Winnie, which they constantly rub in his face. To show the school (and Winnie) that Josh is a loser and a cheater, they mess with some Wikipedia pages, which Josh ends up repeating word for word in a history report. Not satisfied with just that though, Cole makes up Wikipedia pages for everyone he has beef with... complete with fake death details. But soon the fake parts of t Cole and his best friend Gavin do not think too highly of soccer-star Josh. For one thing, Josh "stole" Cole's girlfriend Winnie, which they constantly rub in his face. To show the school (and Winnie) that Josh is a loser and a cheater, they mess with some Wikipedia pages, which Josh ends up repeating word for word in a history report. Not satisfied with just that though, Cole makes up Wikipedia pages for everyone he has beef with... complete with fake death details. But soon the fake parts of the Wikipedia pages start coming true. One by one all the people Cole made pages for start dying exactly how he predicted they would. Now someone's written a page for Cole... and time is running out for him to figure this mystery out. My Thoughts: I really wanted to read this book because the blurb and cover sounded (and looked) so damn creepy and exciting. The idea of this book was really cool. These 2 boys wanted to get revenge on Cole's ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend, and to do that they manipulated some Wikipedia pages. It's like a nerd's dream scenario. I really liked reading about how they set up Josh through to the first few deaths.... then it kind of went downhill. Things in this book just kind of felt discontinuous. There were parts that just left me feeling like I missed picking up on something, but when I would go back to clarify, I couldn't come up with anything. Also the Red Herring in this book turned out to be a really odd character that I never understood or ever thought he was actually the killer. Also the ending just sort of rushed up on me and the actual killer turned out to be the person I thought it was from the beginning. That's always really disappointing in a mystery. You want to be shocked, and I really wished I could have been. The writing in this was pretty good though. I've seen some reviews with people who didn't like it... and towards the end of the book, the writing definitely went downhill, but in the beginning I found that it really drew me in. There were a few odd comparisons though... like this for example: "He couldn't remember them specifically. Just moments after regaining consciousness they were already vanishing, sucked out of sight like an unlucky animal swallowed in quicksand." That just struck me as weird to compare dreams you can't remember to animals being sucked into quicksand. There were quite a few instances of things like this... but at least the author was trying new things, I can't knock him for that. The last disappointing thing about this book was Lila. I honestly just wish she didn't exist. For me the book would have been better without her and didn't need her at all. She played no role except to confuse and annoy me. As a potential love interest, I wasn't feeling it, and as a "Gossip Girl", she kinda sucked (she didn't try to keep her identity secret at all). The best part of this book for me would be the main character Cole. I really liked his personality and the fact that he felt like a real person. I loved that he was sensitive and had a really big heart, and his cooking hobby was cool too. I didn't like so much how he was hung up on Winnie, who really wasn't a very likable character at all. It was confusing to me why he wanted her back when she had zero good or redeeming qualities. But other than poor choice in women, Cole worked as a main character for me. I would totally recommend this if it went through a few more revisions, but as is, I really don't think it was that good. It could be though!! There's SO much potential in it! OVERALL: A YA Mystery/Thriller with a lot of potential, but not a lot else going on. I enjoyed the main character and the initial story, but as the book went on it started to fall flat. I think if you are heavily into gore and horror, this could be a book for you, but I wouldn't necessarily recommend it. My Blog:

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