Thursday, June 9, 2011

Review: Slice Of Cherry by Dia Reeves

Slice Of Cherry by Dia Reeves

Series: Portero (#2)
Pages: 512
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Published: January 4th, 2011
IBSN: 9781416986201

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…

[Synopsis by Goodreads]

I really liked Dia Reeves' first book, Bleeding Violet. While it was gory and violent, it felt almost justified in the world it was set in, and was counteracted by the romance and character development.

Slice Of Cherry was violent, too, but not justified like it was in Bleeding Violent. Our main characters, sisters Kit and Fancy, were obsessed with killing people, usually in creative and sickening ways. They didn't even need a reason to abduct and torture people, and those aren't the kind of characters I'm going to connect with, let alone like. Especially Fancy, who felt like an overgrown and clingy child.

Plus, I didn't buy into the notion that psychopathic tendencies could be inherited. I don't think that the children of The Bonesaw Killer have to be or will be killers as well.

The romance between either sisters and their boyfriends felt incredibly unrealistic. The dialogue between the couples just felt awkward in some instances to me. For instance, I think telling your significant other that you want to cut them open and kiss them all over their insides as well is crossing the line.

I was really disappointed by Slice Of Cherry. I thought this companion novel to Bleeding Violet could flesh out the world better and give a insider perspective to Portero, but I heard almost nothing about how the town worked and the characters were annoying as well as messed up.

I give Slice Of Cherry a 2 out of 5.