The mashup lives on, even though many tertiary characters in von Ziegesar’s Gossip Girl reimagining do not. It’s a fun idea, and the author really goes for it, there’s exploding eyeballs and gore galore, but as a full-length novel it gets to be a bit much.

Serena’s back from boarding school — with a vengeance, literally. S is determined to win back Blair’s friendship, and if some have to die to make it happen, well, so be it. Blair, ever the competitor, joins in with a murderous rampage of her own. (POPPY, Oct., 320 pp., $10.99, PB, ISBN: 9780316192668, 16 & Up)
Reviewed by: 
Marie Bongiorno