Books by Jordan Weisman

PERSONAL EFFECTS by J.C. Hutchins
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 2009

"An interesting interactive marketing gimmick but a weak novel."
An amateurish horror-mystery with an interactive twist. Read full book review >
CATHY’S RING by Sean Stewart
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 2009

Plucky, impulsive, go-get-'em-girl Cathy Vickers and her immortal boyfriend Victor are back with a half-assed bang in the series's third and (let's hope) final installment. Fans know the recipe already, with the story taking the form of Cathy's journal, complete with drawings, real phone numbers and websites meant to heighten readers' experience. This time, however, the plot feels thinner on thrills and heavier on convenient twists. The story: Cathy and company vow to take down the evil Ancestor Lu, who plots to destroy her family. The drama: Cathy tests Vincent's love when she's caught making out with Denny, her trustworthy human sidekick and the protective brother of slutty, two-faced Jewel, who stole Cathy's purse in the second book. (Note: Jewel's ridiculous clown costume represents the novel's only high point.) The shortfall: Though many readers will be excited to read Cathy's further and final adventures, the first book in the series packed the biggest thrills. What sells this episode short are obviously contrived plotting and convenient, offstage action sequences that underwhelm the discoveries that result. Is the phenomenon over? Does anyone care? Meh. (Fiction. YA)Read full book review >
CATHY’S KEY by Sean Stewart
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 2008

In this sequel to 2006's multimedia New York Times bestseller, teen heroine Cathy Vickers returns only to have her diary and cell phone stolen. Confusion and mêlée ensue, and Cathy has to call on her immortal boyfriend Victor, her best friend Emma and Emma's goofy boyfriend Pete to help out. Throw in Victor's creepy dad, who's also immortal and has a crush on Cathy, half a dozen other offbeat immortals and a drugged-out plastic surgeon. Full of the same snarky, teenaged wordplay, off-kilter coincidences and eerie tension as the first installment, this offering will thrill its fan base. Though the plot on the printed page feels pieced together, readers can flesh the story out by calling the number on the cover and—if produced similarly to the first—examining the evidence packet that comes with it. (The first included websites that worked, artwork, musings and memorabilia.) Cathy is as lovable as ever, and her deadpan, smart-alecky voice and sketches should draw new readers to the series. Perfect for gaming fans, reluctant readers and manga enthusiasts. (Fiction. YA)Read full book review >