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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Book Review: Slice of Cherry by Dia Reeves

Slice of Cherry by Dia Reeves
Reading Level: Young Adult
Release Date: Available Now
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages: 512
Source: Received from publicist for honest review

Summary: 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: After finishing Slice of Cherry, it took me a few days to digest it. It was necessary for me to pull my thoughts together before I wrote this review. I finally concluded that Slice of Cherry's gory and murderous aspects contributed a grade of gritty excellence. While, the out of this world deliverance was just plain weird. Don't get me wrong, I love twisted stories, I just found this one to have a lot of "what the hell just happened" moments even after all the hilarious elements. Now, I immensely enjoyed getting to know the mentally deranged sisters. I mean these girls were on a different wavelength than most people. Kit started out as a bubbly character with killing spree tendencies. In contrast, Fancy's time revolved around preventing Kit from following in her father's footsteps which simmered her urges. I don't necessarily blame them for acting this way since their father was after all Portero's bonesaw killer.

As time went on, I was curiously intrigued in the sister's mindset change. Also, the boy interests presented with the Turner brothers helped spice up the lack of romance. As for the town, I didn't quite grasp the meaning behind all the monsters creeping around. I hoped for an in depth explanation, instead I was left with an undeveloped description. Throughout Slice of Cherry, Kit and Fancy searched for a door that opened up into a whimsical world. I loved Dia's imagination behind this place filled with wondrous aspects. All in all, the concept's originality was definitely there. However, it just didn't live up to my presumed expectations. Since everyone's perception is different, I do recommend you give this one a try. Distorted YA books don't come along often so I am excited to see where Dia's creativity leads us next.

My Rating: (3.5)
Author's Info:

Dia Reeves is a librarian and lives in a suburb of Dallas, TX. Her family, however, grew up in East Texas and has inspired her with many tales of the area. Bleeding Violet is her first novel.

For more info on Dia, visit her sites:


Alison said...

This sounds interesting, in ways both good and way. It's nice to have an out-there book once in awhile, but only if it makes you think rather than laugh or roll your eyes. This sounds like it walks right on that line.

Savannah said...

Great review:) This book was just a shocker for me. But I liked it!

Danna said...

I'm actually really excited to read this, thanks for the review! I am quite a bit nervous on the rolling of the eye parts...

Cleverly Inked said...

The cover alone is freaky to me. Sounds good though

Adriana said...

Have you read Bleeding Violet? It tells you a lot about Portero and of all the monsters and strangeness going on. I'm really looking forward to Slice of Cherry. I should be getting my copy tomorrow.

Dia Reeves definitely has a unique creative mind. Not sure if all that strangeness is for everyone though. I can't wait to finally read it.

Lena said...

Thanks for the honest review, Eleni! I wasn't a huge fan of Bleeding Violet, but think I'll still give Slice of Cherry a try. The plot sounds interesting. The "what the hell" moments sound interesting and frustrating, hahaha.

I'm glad you enjoyed Dia's imagination. :)

Jana said...

Did you read Bleeding Violet, I guess it was the first book to introduce Portero. I tried Slice of Cherry but wasn't quite in the mood for such twistiness during Christmas break. I think I am going to try Bleeding Violet though because I do think Dia is a great writer.

Eleni @ La Femme Readers said...

Thank you all for your lovely comments. I haven't read Bleeding Violet, maybe I should since it'll help me understand Portero better. :)

CarlyB said...

I'm just ridiculously excited about this one and my copy should arrive TOMORROW! Thanks for such an insightful review :) x

Jessica (Confessions of a Bookaholic) said...

Great review! I actually just got this one today so I was wondering how it was. I haven't read Bleeding Violet yet either and I've heard some mixed things about that one.

Lauren said...

Great review! I read this one a couple of weeks ago, and I have to agree with you on a lot of things you mentioned in your review. I liked it but it didn't live up to a lot of my expectations. I thought it would be drop-dead fantastic but it just wasn't. Though, I will give Dia props for the originality, and because of that I'll probably be picking up her future books, as well as her first one. And who knows maybe I'll appreciate this one more if I read Bleeding Violet.

Alex Bennett said...

I'm definitely going to be reading my copy soon! Great review, Eleni!

Anonymous said...

Eck! This sounds really creepy...I want to read it..but I think I should read Bleeding V first. Thanks for the review!!

Kelly aka yllektra(I Work For Books) said...

Oh this sounds delightfully sinister! XD
Kinda reminda me of Dexter and I love Dexter!
I will be definitely giving it a try!

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