Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Tuesday Review Day!

Over the past few months, I've been in a bit of a reading rut. I either can't get into the book I pick up or it takes me forever to finish one that finally, manages to hold me. This past week, I've figured out the reason: my attention is always itching to do something else and now I know what it is - blogging! However, therein lies the problem, I can't blog if I don't read. My reviews are too far between because I spend all my free time blogging! And it's not because I feel like I have to blog but because I enjoy researching books to share with you guys so much! Yet, the reality is that I need to spend more time reading. So, that's what I plan to do. So on that note - a review!

Slice of Cherry (Portero, #2)
Written by: Dia Reeves
Publication date: January 4, 2011 by Simon Pulse
Released in Hardcover, ebook and Kindle
512 pages

4 stars

Synopsis: (Goodreads) Kit and Fancy Cordelle are sisters of the best kind: best friends, best confidantes, and best accomplices. The daughters of the infamous Bonesaw Killer, Kit and Fancy are used to feeling like outsiders, and that’s just the way they like it. But in Portero, where the weird and wild run rampant, the Cordelle sisters are hardly the oddest or most dangerous creatures around.

It’s no surprise when Kit and Fancy start to give in to their deepest desire—the desire to kill. What starts as a fascination with slicing open and stitching up quickly spirals into a gratifying murder spree. Of course, the sisters aren’t killing just anyone, only the people who truly deserve it. But the girls have learned from the mistakes of their father, and know that a shred of evidence could get them caught. So when Fancy stumbles upon a mysterious and invisible doorway to another world, she opens a door to endless possibilities…

My Review:  Dia Reeves is so twisted in a very awesome way. Writing in the mind frame of two young sisters that are very much like their serial killer father, had my mouth open the whole time I read this book. All I could think was, "Wow."

I'm not sure why, but the sisters were hard to picture. For my own sake, I had to visualize them in my own image and adjust when necessary. And I have to be honest, I hate their names. All of them. Madda? What? What's a Madda? Kit, Fancy, Guthrie, Ilan. I'm telling you, if this wasn't the sequel to a favorite book, I would never read this just based on the names. It's a little weird how Dia Reeves writes. There is no narrator yet you follow only one person. In this book we follow Fancy Cordelle, youngest daughter of the infamous Bonesaw Killer. She and her sister Kit are nuts that didn't fall far from the crazy tree! Fancy however seems to be content living a life of killing without being caught while Kit wants to pull away from her overbearing sister. The sisters love each other immensely, they are inseparable but when Kit falls for a boy, Fancy turns into the Red Queen - off with his head! Literally. Fancy has a twisted view of the world and people - neither of them are real to her. She refers to people as being plastic, as if they were just toys for her to play with as she pleases.

Fancy, Kit, Gabriel and Ilan are all so strange in the way they love each other. Gabriel and Ilan are brothers and they start dating the Cordelle sisters (Kit with Gabriel and Fancy with Ilan). They all see the ugly within each other yet love each other anyway. I don't know if that is a testament to their love or to how crazy they all are.

I thought the events in the book would lead up to some big thing but it didn't really. Just one crazy thing happening after another. The book was very laid back, and easy read in my opinion. There were plenty of twists and turns and secrets to be discovered!

All the talk about the doors in Portero brought me right back to Bleeding Violet and when Wyatt and Hanna made their cameo I was so happy to see they are still in love and Hanna is still wearing purple! I was afraid she would adjust and start wearing black like every other Porterene.

Overall: If you are in love with the world of Portero that Reeves has created, then you will love this book. The characters take you on wild adventures without ever really going anywhere. It was extremely entertaining - a real page turner because there was just no telling where the story was going to go. As much as I enjoyed this book, as I write this review, I cannot recall anything fantastic about it in general.

Who Should Read This: You definitely have to read Bleeding Violet before this book; you just wouldn't understand it or appreciate the craziness of Slice of Cherry if you don't.

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