Friday, March 18, 2011
Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 512 pages
Publisher: Simon Pulse (January 4, 2011)
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…
I am a big fan of Dia Reeves. Valerie and I had the pleasure of meeting her last May and she's a wonderful person and an incredibly talented storyteller. BLEEDING VIOLET is one of my favorite books, so when I found out she was writing another story set in the same town (Portero--it's a character all it's own) with two murderous teen girls, I was ecstatic. I had extremely high expectations for this book, and it met every one of them.
This one wasn't about Portero quite as much as BV, because in BV the main character was new to the town. The Cordelle sisters are natives. They're totally used to seeing headless corpses in the middle of the street, or benches soaked in blood. The characters (Fancy is my fave) are unique and interesting. The plot is twisted and fun, assuming you don't mind murder. The cover is gorgeous. I really can't say enough about this book.
I realize it may not be for everyone because it is twisted and macabre, but if you're into that stuff (I won't tell) you will love it! I recommend reading BLEEDING VIOLET first, just because you'll understand the town better if you do and it won't be so weird when there's gore and monsters running a muck.