Slice of Cherryby Published 04 Jan 2011
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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.
"Slice of Cherry" Reviews
Favourite Quote "But what if the monsters come?"
"Fancy." Kit looked away from the drama to stare at her sisters, surprised. "We are the monsters."
Slice of Cherry is DIFFERENT. Did I like it? Yes. Did it scare the crap out of me? Yes? It twisted? YES!
The world of Portero is hands down the strangest the world I have ever read. The description of this world is amazing. Dia Reeves writing is fast moving, unpredictable and engrossing. However even though I did enjoy this, quite a few times I was thinking is Reeves crazy. For me, sometimes the scenes were a little too weird and gruesome. That might be because I am not the biggest fan of horror and can't even watch a scary movie without having nightmares for weeks. So I am warning you this book isn't for the faint at heart.
I did however love the characters Fancy and Kit. They are two sisters you wouldn't want to cross. Both original, interesting and a little bit wicked. Fancy though was my favourite, maybe because she wasn't as scary as Kit.
Overall, if you loved Bleeding Violets or are fan of horror or ever wanted to know what a killer or should I say killers are thinking, than I think you will love this.
Thank you to my friend Tina for sharing her copy with me. It was an intriguing read even if it scared me to death. ~grabs book out of freezer and runs to post this to Teccc~
I didn't expect to laugh so much reading a book about the teen daughters of a serial killer. What a treat! I know there are people out there who will only be horrified by the plot and not amused, but believe me, if they're not laughing, they just didn't get the jokes.
Fancy and her older sister, Kit, live in Portero, a place not your average American town. Careless residents and ignorant visitors are routinely devoured by any number of monsters, their bloody remains left scattered in the street. As Kit says, "Who hasn't come across a stray head at some point?" Fancy and Kit are the socially ostracized daughters of the Bonesaw Killer, who's on death row. They seem to have inherited his lust for blood. In the first two pages Kit stabs an intruder to their home. She and Fancy drag him down into their father's cellar and torture him for amusement. Later their reputations begin to improve when they turn their killing talents to the truly deserving. Desperate people write letters pleading for the girls to get rid of troublesome foes, and the girls are only too happy to oblige. Fancy's other great gift (other than murder) is her ability to use reflective surfaces to see far distances. She visits her father on death row using this method. In addition she has the ability to take herself and others into a place of her own creation, the Happy Place. There she can make anything she imagines actually happen. Of course the things Fancy imagines are often violent and bloody, which only makes the moniker "The Happy Place" funnier and funnier as the book goes on, especially since it's the place she and Kit use to get rid of the bodies that begin to pile up.
Fancy thinks she only needs Kit and her mother, Madda. (Madda has no idea her daughters are engaging in multiple murders and the girls fight to keep her in the dark.) Everything's fine until Kit develops a crush on an unbalanced boy who just happens to be the son of the Bonesaw Killer's last victim. ("We know who you are," said Kit cheerfully. "Our dad killed your dad.") Fancy assumes the relationship is doomed, but to her dismay Kit and Gabe get hot and heavy,turning Fancy into the anguished third wheel. Then Gabe's older brother, Ilan, expresses interest in Fancy, his crush complicated by the fact that Fancy is actively plotting to kill Gabe. Fancy doesn't want to be with Ilan because she doesn't want to grow up. She still dresses like a little girl and she's fighting adolescence tooth and nail--and with knives, murder and mayhem, of course. In large part, this book is about growing pains, sisterhood, and accepting the inevitability of change. The relationship between Fancy and Kit is one of the best and most unusual (yet very recognizable) portraits of sisterhood I have ever read.
The violence is extreme, though it's stated in such a straightforward manner that it's really quite funny. Yes, there's blood and guts, eviscerations and stabbings, and even a scene in which hogs devour a man's body. But these things are not described in great detail, just stated matter-of-factly, the way things happen in Portero. There's also much discussion of sex and many sexual jokes (most of which Fancy doesn't get since she's determined to hold on to her childlike innocence in that realm.) Violence, sex, monsters and murder--many people would cry that this is not a book for teens. It is for teens. Probably older ones. Probably not the Twilight crowd. But it's for teens because it's also about growing up, finding first romance, and figuring out who you are and who you want to be. I loved this book and I'm happy to find out there is a companion novel, Bleeding Violet, which was published first.
Slice of Cherry won't be every reader's slice of pie, but it was definitely mine.
You know how when you stab people, it's like plugging into them? You feel their hearts beating; you feel their blood flowing. You see their struggle for life, and in that moment they start to seem real and like windup toys.
I did not like this book as much as I'd hoped I would, but it was never difficult to read, in fact I tore through it. The chapters are fairly short, the prose is simple without being overtly so, but with some lovely turns of phrase and pieces of imagery here and there. There's some interesting coming-of-age stuff here that gets a little creepy later on with all the teenagers having sex stuff, but overall this was a quick, easy read that was unique enough to stand out in a sea of dystopian ya novels. As I read it I kept thinking, this is what would happen if Francesca Lia Block had a bad trip on shrooms.
But I am well, well past my "I'm just so ~fascinated~ by serial killers!" phase that I feel everybody who's even slightly weird goes through, and that made sympathizing with the two leads often very difficult. It gets a little easier later on when the girls start targeting people who have, at least, done something wrong, and mostly leave innocent people alone (mostly). (I'm not super enamoured with the Hannibal #eattherude thing either.) I'm just not sure about the message this book is sending about violent revenge, specifically how it's handled later in the case of incestuous sexual abuse.
The truth of the matter is: there is no such thing as emotional catharsis. Screaming and breaking crockery only makes you angrier. Sobbing and listening to sad music only makes you sadder. And I don't think torturing and/or killing your abuser heals any emotional wounds; it wouldn't for me, and certainly not in such an immediate and complete way as it seems to do for the characters in this book. Then again, it's just a book, and a book about a relationship between two sisters as they grow up, and not a novel exploring the complicated healing processes of abuse survivors, so... I mean, I knew what I signed up for, and faulting this book for being a little one-dimensional in that regard is like getting pissed that Carrie wasn't an accurate portrayal of bullying.
I saw other reviewers complaining about the worldbuilding in this, or rather the lack of it, but I didn't mind it so much because the non-explanation felt like a deliberate choice rather than a lack of thought. Portero is a mysterious town somewhere in Texas that people from the surrounding towns don't necessarily believe even exists, because the townspeople are so strange and insular and hardly anyone ever leaves. Monsters are a fact of life — and not the fun, sexy kind, but the disfigured, flesh-eating kind that burst out of the ground and wreck entire city blocks with such regularity that everyone in town just kind of shrugs and moves on. Strange things happen and people in Portero take it for granted that that's just The Way Things Are.
There are definitely different kinds of worldbuilding; for instance there's the Tolkien, where every little detail is meticulously plotted out in advance, including long studies on trivial details intended to flesh out the world even more and make it seem real. The sub-class of this is the Rowling, where the author does this kind of world-building on the fly, and usually ends up writing themselves in a corner they have to Deus Ex Machina their way out of; it seldom stands up to scrutiny. (I am not a Harry Potter fan, and I hate the worldbuilding.) Then there's the Jargon. We've all read these books, where worldbuilding is reduced to a Series of Random and usually capitalised Nouns that are often not very Well Defined. Everything has a specific stupid name for it, and the concepts in those books are usually the same as real life, just swapped out with different terminology. I can pick out a dozen of these on my shelves.
Then there's books like Slice of Cherry, which offer almost no explanation for the ways in which the book's world clearly differs from ours; things just are, and it works. It works because Reeves doesn't bog the book down trying to over-explain the magic away with pseudoscience that would just eliminate your suspension of disbelief. It doesn't matter why the monsters are there. It doesn't matter how Fancy and Kit are able to go into a magic otherworld through a kinetoscope which they can trap people in. They just can, and now let's move on and discuss something more interesting than minutiae, please.
Overall, this is a really imaginative and solid effort that never bored me or left me skimming pages as other books lately have. The romance is weird enough to be tolerable. There's a Mystery that is genuinely a mystery and not the author just withholding information and artificially dragging the plot out, only to reveal it all at the last minute. It is admittedly quite satisfying to see two teenage girls unrepentantly murder a rapist. I'm definitely checking out this author's other works.
"I'm not innocent," said Fancy without thinking, moved by the shop owner's lurid confession. "Maybe that's why they hate us. For reminding them that innocence is just an illusion, and that if you scratch the surface, we're dark and maggoty all the way down to the bone. We're animals, and we're guilty — every one of us."
[Bilingual Review below]
Not for the faint of heart
I consider myself a lucky person. I’m an avid reader and if a book appeals to me directly, touches my heart, and the characters stay in my head for weeks after I’m done, I usually get in touch with the writer. I take my time and write an email to give them feedback and an explanation of how much that book meant to me and why.
This was the case with Dia Reeves. I loved her first book Bleeding Violet so much that I decided to write to her, explaining all the crazy random thoughts that came to mind while reading the story. Many wonder what I expect in return. Nothing, other than the satisfaction of knowing that the writer knows what her readers are thinking, that her words sparked something in me, made something change inside, made an impression.
Dia took me by surprise answering my email and since then I’ve been following her career very closely as a fan and admirer of the writer I would love to become someday. I said I was lucky before because I got to read one of the three galleys for Dia Reeves’s new book titled, Slice of Cherry. If you were a sucker for Bleeding Violet like me, this book is going to leave you speechless.
Slice of Cherry is not a sequel to Bleeding Violet. The common denominator is that both stories are set in Portero, which is the word for “doorman” in Spanish. Slice of Cherry is the story of the sisters Cordelle, Kit and Fancy. Portero is a really strange town where demons might attack around the block and outsiders (called transies) have little chance of survival in daily activities. There is another dark reason that the town casts the sisters aside. They are the daughters of the infamous Bone Saw Killer. The girls’ father was caught in the act and taken into custody.
For some really strange reason, the sisters feel drawn to the family legacy: the hunt for the victim, toying with them, seducing them into trust, getting “the job” done, enjoying it just as much as their father did. They thrive on their thirst for the kill, the sharpness of the knife, the intrigue of what’s inside, the secrets that come by the hand of death.
Kit and Fancy decide to satisfy their need for killing by all means. But the sisters don’t kill just anyone. Their target? The ones that truly deserve to die. How will they do it without getting caught like their father did? What will they do with the evidence?
While trying to find a solution to their problems, the sisters discover one of many family secrets: a window of opportunity that might make their darkest desires a reality,
Boys always get in the way. In this case, the Turner Brothers. Gabriel speaks his mind too much and turns violent without explanation. On the other hand, Ilan stares at Fancy like he is out on the hunt for her. Like he is her predator. Like he has a big secret. Does he know what the Cordelle Sisters are really doing in their father’s cellar?
Have you ever imagined what’s inside the mind of a serial killer? This is your chance to find out.
I loved Slice of Cherry for many reasons. Dia’s builds an intriguing world where it’s really hard to predict what will happen next. Everything is completely outside of the box and Portero is a Pandora’s box.
This book is not for the fainted-hearted or people who are skittish about blood, guts, dismemberment. The sisters “get their hands dirty” a lot, so beware.
I loved the sisters’ bond, which feels real and true. The way they go about finding their next victim, developing their plans are extremely well thought-out in a way that makes the plot intriguing and the kind of book you can’t get enough of. This book brings fantastic into fantasy.
Get ready for Slice of Cherry. Put it on your wishlist for January 2011, because it’s bound to be one of the most interesting and entertaining books you will read next
* (Spanish) *
Soy una de esas personas que a veces tiene muchisima suerte. Me considero una lectora ávida, y la mayoría de las veces, cuando conecto con una historia, toca mi corazón y me hace pensar en los personajes por semanas después de terminar el libro, trato de contactar al autor. Generalmente por correo electrónico, me tomo mi tiempo, explicando lo que significó leer el libro, la conección de las palabras del autor y los personajes, con mi dia a dia.
Este es el caso con Dia Reeves. Me encantó su primer libro, “Bleeding Violet” “Sangrando Violeta” tanto, que decidí escribirle, explicando todos los pensamientos locos al azar que invadieron mi mente al leer la historia. Muchas personas piensan, “hey”, “¿Por qué en el mundo hiciste eso?” “¿Qué esperás del autor?” Nada, excepto la satisfacción de saber que el escritor sabe lo que sus lector está pensando, que sus palabras provocaron algo nuevo en mí, hicieron una impresión.
Dia me tomó por sorpresa contestando mi correo electrónico, y desde entonces he seguido su carrera de cerca, como una fan y admiradora, ella es definitivamente el tipo de escritora que me gustaría ser algún día.
Me considero suertuda, porque pude leer uno de los 3 de la galleys de su nuevo libro titulado “Slice of Cherry”.”Rebanada de Cereza” si adoraste “Bleeding Violeta”, como yo, este libro te va a dejar sin palabras.
“Slice of Cherry” no sigue la misma historia de “Bleeding Violeta.” ¿Cual es el común denominador de ambas historias? La ciudad Portero.
“Rebanada de Cereza” es la historia de las Hermanas Cordelle, Kit y Fancy. Portero es una ciudad muy extraña, donde demonios pueden atacarte en la calle y los de afuera (transies) tienen pocas posibilidad de supervivencia, en las actividades cotidianas.
Las hermanas son temidas en la ciudad por una razón en Particular.
Son las hijas del infame asesino de la sierra de hueso. El padre de las hermanas ha sido detenido por ser un asesino a sangre fría.
Por alguna razón muy oscura, las hermanas, se sienten atraídas al legado familiar.
La búsqueda de la víctima, seducirlos, ganar su confianza, la planificación del proximo ataque, asesinarlos, y lo disfrutan tanto como su padre hizo por años.
La sed de matar, la nitidez de la navaja, la intriga de lo que hay dentro del cuerpo, los secretos que vienen de la mano de la muerte, las empujan todos los dias en diferentes direcciones.
Kit y Fancy, deciden satisfacer su necesidad de matar por todos los medios. La prisa, la gratificación instantánea. Pero las hermanas no matan a cualquier persona. ¿Su objetivo? Los que realmente merecen morir. ¿El gran inconveniente? ¿Cómo hacerlo sin ser descubierto, como su papá lo hizo? ¿Como esconder la evidencia?
Tratando de encontrar una solución a su reserva las hermanas descubren uno de los secretos mas extraños de su familia. Una ventana de oportunidades que puede hacer los deseos más oscuros de las hermanas una realidad.
No me quiero olvidar de los hermanos. Gabriel dice lo que piensa sin filtros, y se vuelve violento, sin explicación. Por otra parte Ilan, mira de lujo, como si se fuera a la caza para ella. Al igual que él es su depredador. Al igual que él podría estar manteniendo un gran secreto, o que no sabe lo que las Hermanas Cordelle están haciendo en la bodega de su padre?
¿Alguna vez has imaginado lo que está en la mente de un asesino en serie? Esta es tu oportunidad para averiguarlo.
Me encantó “Rebanada de Cereza” por muchas razones. La forma en la que Dia construye la realidad en Portero es muy difícil predecir lo que ocurrirá en las próximas paginas. Portero es una caja de Pandora.
Este libro no es para gente no tienen estomago. Sangre, vísceras, desmembramiento y 101 maneras de matar a alguien, son partes de la historia. Te lo advierto, definitivamente no es para ti, si no te gusta leer asesinatos y no puedes soportar sangre a primera mano. Las hermanas “Se ensucian las manos” muchisimo, así que ten cuidado. Te estoy advirtiendo.
Me encantó la coneción entre las hermanas, se siente real y verdadera. Incluso el hecho de que son, asesinas, y la forma en que va sobre la planifican sus escapadas, las razones por las cuales cometen los asesinatos, y como lo hacen, sin tener que sufrir las consecuencias del crimen.
Prepárate para este libro y agregálo en tu lista de libros para enero de 2011. “Rebanada de Cereza” está destinado a ser uno de los libros más interesantes y entretenidos que leerás el año que viene…
Seriously, I get why a lot of people don't like Dia Reeves, she's creepy, you find yourself liking her characters even though they are psycho.... but I have to say I love them. I have a younger sister so she enjoyed listening to this too, it was eerie and weird and we all understand what Fancy is going through when Kit pulls away.
**The narrator is amazing, I plan to see what else she narrates. I want more Potero I WANT MORE!!!!!