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Most Helpful Favorable Review

4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

CRAZY!!!

This book is gorey disturbing and down right creepy...i loved it!!!

posted by Owlmanafanatic16 on February 24, 2012

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Most Helpful Critical Review

6 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

Not recommended for ANY age

Teenager sisters who are genetically predisposed toward taking hostages, torture, dismemberment and multiple acts of murder just for the sheer "fun" of it is NOT something that should be part of a publishing house's "Children's Publishing" collection. Shame on you, Sim...
Teenager sisters who are genetically predisposed toward taking hostages, torture, dismemberment and multiple acts of murder just for the sheer "fun" of it is NOT something that should be part of a publishing house's "Children's Publishing" collection. Shame on you, Simon and Schuster!

I have been an open-minded, culturally liberal high school literature teacher for over 20 years and have NEVER felt so strongly that a book should be removed from young adults shelves. The shock one feels when reading contemporary media headlines about teenagers who burn a friend alive just for the fun of it or other such acts is somewhat akin to what I felt when I had finished this book. This is not a clever satire on today's violent teen tendencies. It is a book that celebrates vicious, murderous impulsivity...not only celebrates, but encourages acceptance of it! The protagonists are flat characters who experience very little change within the story, except to become more adept at their torture and murder techniques, find boys who like to do the same thing and (SPOILER) get their mom to eventually accept them "as they are". Even an attempt toward the end to justify the teens' actions by having them being to only murder those who "deserve it" is just too much, too little, too late.

One might ask why, if I hated it so much, did I finish this book? It almost made me sick to do it, but I finished it because I could not believe that a CHILDREN'S PUBLISHING branch of a major publisher would publish something that didn't have some kind of surprise twist at the end where redemption comes into play somewhere---but no such luck.

Were my school's library to promote this book in anyway, I would object. You should, too.

posted by mikialama on April 8, 2011

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  • Posted March 2, 2012

    I agree with Beverooni. Unfortunately, this book was not well-pl

    I agree with Beverooni. Unfortunately, this book was not well-planned or written. Characters were weak, inconsistent, and generally frustrating. I would also like to point out that this story, much like their immoral "pet" Frankenstein, is something torn up and stitched together like some kind of Frankenstein's monster. It has two entirely separate plots that do not go well together at all. I am not impressed. Either make this a realistic serial killer story or make it a faerie tale/monster story. You simply cannot get away with taking your immature girl characters to a fantasy place TO KILL PEOPLE.

    Anyway, SPOILER ALERTS FROM HERE ON OUT.
    I would like to applaud the effort of Dia for trying to get into the minds of young female killers. It's new and interesting. I do not applaud how sucky she made these characters. I was excited until Fancy turned out to be an unintelligent, moody brat and Kit ends up being a (pardon my language) very whorish fifteen year old girl. Dia romanticized murder and young teenage sex in this book. While I usually want to be like "Hey, be your own person," I'm not okay with how she tried to show girl power and sexual liberation. There is a good bit of implied rape and some pretty disturbing things from Gabriel, which are all blamed on SLEEPWALKING. Like are you kidding me? I have a best friend who sleepwalks. She doesn't try to rape and/or slit my throat. The ending was not done well, it stops in the middle of a random, anticlimactic scene. Speaking of which, there is no climax of this book. None. Honestly. And any interesting characters there are, like Cherry, show up for maybe a total of ten pages, never to be seen again.
    Dia, I think you had good intentions. But this book should not be read by anyone. It is terribly done. OKAY. END SPOILERS! All in all, don't waste your money. Please.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 22, 2011

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    Slice of Cherry -- or Slice of Lemon?

    I have to say this was probably my least favorite book of the year. I felt the plot was weak and the characters even weaker. I try not to be too critical whenever an author puts forth an effort to publish their works but I found very little about this book that was redeeming in any way. I did complete it but removed it from my nook without shelving it. Sorry, not my "slice of cherry."

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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