Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Book Review: Slice of Cherry by Dia Reeves

Photo taken from Goodreads
Book Info
Title:  Slice of Cherry
Author:  Dia Reeves
Publisher:  Simon Pulse
Language: English
Format:  Hardcover
Pages:  512 pages
ISBN - 13:  978-1416986201
Source:  Purchased, Fully Booked


From 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…"

First of all, this book is not a part of a series.  This is another Twisted novel by Dia Reeves, in which Bleeding Violet was the first Twisted book.  That's where the connection ends. Reading this book was like reading a psychotic's version of Alice in Wonderland.  It was definitely crazier than the first book.

Slice of Cherry by Dia Reeves stood out against other books with its unique premise.  You rarely see protagonists acting like the bad guys.  Most books that feature a 'villainous' main character mostly show their inner kindness, but this book, with its sticky-sweet but deadly heroes refused to strike a balance between the good and the bad, and just told the story as is, the brutal truth unsettling but fascinating.  Kit and Fancy Cordelle were sisters whose murderous tendencies they let shine through when Fancy discovers a door that will let them hide every evidence of their crimes.  However, they only kill the 'bad guys' and try to help in improving their community, as opposed to the merciless and inconceivable rampage their father, the Bonesaw Killer, enjoyed that led to his imprisonment and imminent execution.

I know that comparing this to Bleeding Violet is unfair as they are two different books.  But it is strikingly clear that what made Bleeding Violet such an awesome read was because of its characters.  On the other hand, Slice of Cherry in my opinion will be distinguished by its plot.  

Fancy and Kit were not as strong characters as Hannah from Bleeding Violet was.  Fancy was too whiny and though most of the story was seen through her point of view, I disagreed a lot with her and cannot get into her.  Usually, I absorb the points of view of characters whose thoughts are mirrored in the narration.  In her case, I had difficulty doing that and got irritated with her actions more than once.  Kit was a bit too lukewarm.  The more interesting character among them for me was Ilan.  He provided much of the humor, and this sense of wholeness that was not too felt from the other characters, especially the sisters.  Gabriel, on the other hand, was just too flat.

Character problems aside, the premise was very intriguing.  It was like reading the Dexter series by Jeffrey Lindsey, only younger, girlier, and more twisted.  The plot was what attracted me to this book in the first place and although I did not agree much with every character, I was still mesmerized by the flow of the story.  The strange occurrences, the 'door,' it made me admire Ms. Reeves more as I delved more into her imagination.  And although her main aim is to just tell a good story, I think she managed to leave a few lessons along the way without the reader consciously noticing.  

You know the best part of the book that I liked?  It's the cover.  It totally speaks to me and looks exactly as what I thought about this book.  It really spoke volumes about the ingenuity of this book and the strange, unique, but fantastic story contained within.

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1 comment:

  1. I really like your blog its so cute!:D

    But this is the first actual review I've read on this book, besides that I've seen it a Barnes and Noble bookshelf.
    The cover looks a little creepy and plus I don't like cherries. Now after reading your review I'm might have to consider borrowing it from the library!
    Awesome review and happy reading!(:

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