Thursday, December 22, 2011
Slice of Cherry by Dia Reeves
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….
Any break from school is a chance for me to read the books I've had for ages but never got around to, and this winter vacation started with Slice of Cherry. It's criminal that I let it wait for so long, but what a way to start my reading for the break; it's nine kinds of twisted, and I loved every minute of it.
Dia Reeves's books are not for the faint of the heart or for those who do not appreciate all things strange, but if you're like me and delight in blood and mayhem,* her books are the best. The world of the Cordelle sisters is like all the best parts of Alice in Wonderland, Pan's Labyrinth, and Tim Burton mixed together but even better-- as in, the creatures and the girls' imaginations are absurdly creative, strange, dark, and just a bit magical. It often doesn't make sense how Kit and Fancy's world exists, or how the girls could get away with the crimes they commit, or how anyone could respond in the way they do to what's going on around them, but that's part of this book's charm. The lack of explanation of certain events and motivation just makes this book feel more like a nightmare come to life, in the best way possible. And, to be honest, I didn't really mind the lack of back story because I was too busy flipping pages to see what insanity the girls would be involved in next, because every time I thought things would calm down, they would instead get crazier.
With such a twisted storyline, there must be heroines to match, and Slice of Cherry totally delivers in that regard. It's hard to decide whether or not Kit or Fancy is the crazier sister, which is one of my favorite things about this book. Every time I thought I figured out who was the "worse" girl and who was more sympathetic, the girls would take actions that totally flipped my perception of each of them, constantly keeping me on my toes to see whether each girl would descend further into madness or return to normalcy. I felt the same way about each of their love interests; although I disliked the focus on the romance that sometimes prevailed, because I liked the mayhem so much more, I did appreciate the ever-changing information given about the boys that turned both the plot and my views of them upside down.
Slice of Cherry is surely not for everyone, but those who appreciate it (like me!) will love it for the imaginative, nightmarish, twisted tale it tells.
*There's really no way to say that without sounding creepy.
Book details: Simon Pulse/Paperback/$9.99