Thursday, January 20, 2011

Slice of Cherry by Dia Reeves

Summary/Cover Image from Publisher's Website:

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….

Review:

Ever since I first heard about this book I've been dying to read it for many reasons. One is the fact that I've heard Dia Reeves' books are brilliant, and another is the fact that the premise of this sounded unique and and really interesting. I mean, daughters of the infamous Bonesaw Killer who also have a thing for killing? Now that is something you don't see a lot of. Sadly enough, Slice of Cherry wasn't nearly as great as I thought it would be. Don't get me wrong, I liked it a lot but I also felt underwhelmed and a bit bored at times- two things I near once thought I would feel with this.

In Kit and Fancy Cordelle's opinion, it's hard being the daughters of Portero's Bonesaw Killer. For one, people judge you just because of your parent, and two, you have a strange attraction towards torturing and killing people, especially when they break into your house. Though, while Kit and Fancy may have to face those type of problems, at least they have each other, as well as their mother. But when Kit and Fancy get a little too into murder and torture, will they be able to stop each other before they ruin not only their bond but everything they've worked for?

Lets begin with Kit and Fancy. They were without a doubt one of the most interesting parts about Slice of Cherry because not only is their strong and well-crafted bond something that I found to be fascinating but I also loved seeing just how far they would go for one another before reaching a complete breaking point. Their need to kill was also intriguing and very disturbing. Adding to this, I enjoyed the add-on of Ilan and Gabriel, the two love interests and the sons of one of their father's victims, because both were just like Kit and Fancy, crazy yet strangely alluring to read about.

Moving on, as I've said before the premise of this book is awesome and I expected awesome from it, but as it turns out, it wasn't nearly as awesome as I expected. For one, I felt that this book was way to long in some parts and that if edited down a bit, it would have been perfection, but instead I just felt bored. And all the action scenes weren't nearly as action-packed as I thought they could have been, leaving me to feel underwhelmed. Though, I do give props to Dia for creating a really great and descriptive world in this with Portero, as well as well-developed characters.

In all, while Slice of Cherry isn't my favorite book ever, I still found it to be rewarding in several areas such as characters and world-building. So, if you love books with a great premise and characters and are willing to deal with several boring parts, then you'll love this book, especially if you enjoyed Dia Reeves other book. I also would like to add that I'm in the minority with only liking this; in most of the other reviews I've read for this the reviewers have LOVED it.
And the biggest question: Will I be reading more by Dia? I'm definitely willing to give her books another chance.

Grade: B-

Slice of Cherry is now out!

Source: Simon and Schuster's Galley Grab program

5 comments:

  1. I'm sorry you didn't LOVE it! I really liked the weirdness of Bleeding Violet so I'm anxious to read this one. Thanks for the honest review.

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  2. Oh, this is from the author of Bleeding Violet? Interesting. I really have to read that book.

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  3. Thanks for the honest review. I have this book. I wasn't really a fan of Bleeding Violet, to be honest. Hmm, maybe I should bump this one down my list. :P

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  4. Thanks for the review. I totally liked her Bleeding Violet book and am very excited to read this one. Perhaps I will lower my expectations slightly, though.

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  5. i always get a more happy mental image when i see the cover/title, despite the blood... and the summary... well. anyways, thanks for the review, i do like the idea of weird characters, i haven't read Bleeding Violet but i've heard good stuff! Honestly, i like this premise more though :p great review!

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