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YA, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, 505 pages, Simon Pulse
- Series: companion to Bleeding Violet
- Pub date: January 4th 2011
- Disclosure: Bought a copy. Yay!
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.The Long...
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….
I don't know why I put off reading this book for so long. I think I was terrified it wouldn't live up to the gorgeously f**ked up promise of Reeves' debut, Bleeding Violet. I think, in a way, I was almost more terrified it would, because while Reeves is working on a third book, neither title nor release date have been announced, and I wasn't sure I could bear the wait.
I'm still not sure I can bear the wait, because--unsurprisingly in hindsight--Slice of Cherry was even better than Bleeding Violet, and I can't wait to explore more of Reeves' wickedly lovely world.
It takes guts to write about a couple of sweet-and-on-the-verge-of-sexy sisters that also happen to be serial killers and make them sympathetic, and indeed, we are as often horrified by Kit and Fancy as we are surprised and delighted. But as with schizophrenic Hanna of Bleeding Violet, Reeves has proven herself exceptionally talented at creating anti-heroines we love to be creeped out by.
The most interesting thing about Slice of Cherry for me was its unabashed lack of any real plot. Unlike most horror--especially YA horror--driven by ticking time bombs and plot so thick you could stand a spoon in it, Reeves rests the heft (and at 505 pages, there is a lot of heft) of the novel on her characters and the quirky mythology of Portero. For me, it's a more satisfying kind of horror: the story has a venus flytrap quality to it, blooming slow and sweet, and while it might not keep readers flying through the pages, it's captivating in its own way.
It's also very definitely for older teens and adult readers, as the gore is exactly as nauseating (and nauseatingly riveting) as the blurb would suggest. It's one of the first books I'd hand to an adult who thinks YA is just for kids, as its exploration of violence, sex, and the intimate connections between the two is as complex and interesting as any I've read.
Excluding pulp series, YA horror is exceptionally hard to come by, and when I read one this good I'm even more confused as to why. Slice of Cherry pushes the envelope in all the right ways, and proves that Bleeding Violet wasn't just a fluke--Dia Reeves really is in it for the long haul, and I can't wait for book three!
...and the Short:
Gory, sexy, slow, and sweet--Slice of Cherry has it all, and establishes Dia Reeves as one of the most exciting YA authors out there. I want more!
The Final Word: Loved it.