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Posted July 22, 2013
When I decided to read 'Slumber' I didn't expect it to take me to a place I never suspected to go. I thought I'd just be reading a run-of-the-mill novel that was both contemporary and fantasy in flavor, not something that took on the edge of the surreal. But, there was something about this book that made it dwell in my thoughts hours after I finished reading it. That gave it the edge of 'unforgettable'. I never expected the story, or the characters, to affect me so profoundly. 'Slumber' took my breath away. Of course, taking into account that this was based on a kind of fairy-tale retelling, along with some other mythical creatures, it would be easy. I adore books like these.
It starts off with Ruby. This character had issues that so many others may have. A mother who moved away from an abusive relationship and now struggles to keep a roof over her and her children's head. But I that's where the similarities end as far as the normal. This mother is drawn into a malicious web that only Ruby can get her out of with a little help from a friend. Ruby was just a typical teenager - minding her own business and trying to help her mother when she was drawn into a world she had never dreamed of joining. Ruby was likable, and I grew attached to her, so I felt myself struggling along with her on her perilous journey.
The characters were such a big part of the whole book. What I adored more than anything else was the way the characters were written. There were Fae characters, but forget Tinkerbell. These Fae were written the way of legends. When I did research on them some time ago I found out they were meant to be some form of demon and they were. They were hedonistic, even vile, in the way they acted. Even the hero, Tam, had that dark edge of carelessness against the human race - even though he does sweep Ruby off her feet. I really don't want to say anything else, because I really feel I'm going to give the plot away and I don't want to do that.
I just found the book to be pure magic. I won't say the writing was deeply profound, like some other books I've read, but it certainly held a fair amount of charm and appeal. The writing wasn't flat, which can be a killer for books. The pace of the story was lovely. There was always something going on so if a person was looking for an action-packed novel, then this one is certainly worth reading, even if you may not feel the same way I do. There's a realistic edge to it as well.
My last thought I had when I finished 'Slumber' was that I hoped like crazy that there was going to be a sequel, because it had an open ending.
Anyway, I would recommend 'Slumber' to anyone who likes reasonably dark paranormal romance, particularly including faeries.
Book review done by Sandy at Magical Manuscripts
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Posted September 17, 2013
So far its novel in plot, if not in length. A horror story about a girl who finds herself living an old fashioned fairytale, apparently a variation of the red shoes tale, with a necklace instead of the ballet shoes. While the story is interesting, I would never chosen to pay $4 for 184 pages with a cliffhanger ending. Would rather have paid a normal $7.99 and got a full book with a decent ending, and then been happy to continue on to the next book. Ugh. I dont generally think offering the first, shorter book in the series is a scam, just a decent business model. But.... seriously, this one is too short for the money. It should be free, or like $0.99 at the most. I'm not even interested in taking the next hour to finish the book...other reviews have already said its a pretty steep cliffhanger ending. Save your cash until they offer this series as a full set sold all together.
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Posted July 16, 2013
The Darker Side of Happily Ever After
For all of those that have a soft spot for the classic fairy tale retellings, Slumber by Tamara Blake takes on a darker spin on the classics. Blake's beautifully horrific and intoxicating tale is refreshing in the sea of the all-too-friendly, fluffy fairy tales. She does an excellent job portraying the mystical side as something more trecherous and really does show that everything comes at a cost. This is definitely deeper than a light beach read, but certainly one that should not be missed. Blake's writing style will lure you in and have you guessing until the very end and then hungry for more! While we don't know if there are plans for a sequel to Slumber, we certainly hope there is!
Slumber, the ebook, is available July 16th 2013 by Diversion Books. Grab your copy today and see if a happily ever after is in Ruby's future...
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Posted October 9, 2013
Not only the plot is pathetic.... But you can't even figure out what the author is trying to achieve. And way too brutal and nasty....
Just wasted my time.
Posted September 7, 2013
Dark and Chilling Fairy Tales
So I, like many reviews I have read, assumed this would be your run-of-the-mill fairy tale retelling. Fortunately, I was VERY wrong. I’ll agree with other reviewers that this book is weird. But it’s definitely not the weirdest thing I’ve ever read.
I really liked Ruby. She was a tough girl; she didn’t complain about her horrible situation, she sucked it up and dealt with it. And did her situation get HORRIBLE.
I mean, literally anything that could have gone wrong for her happened. It was miserable. And Tam. I didn’t really like him until the last chapter. Because he was totally playing her the whole time and she knew it! But it made for a different relationship than most YA books nowadays, so that was refreshing. I mean, sure, he had the whole sexy adorable charming smooth talker rich thing going for him, but I didn’t trust him one bit through the entire book.
Those antagonists…they were CREEPY. Sadistic. Hedonistic. All in all a pretty terrible crowd. They murdered people, had orgies, drank until they were completely wasted, did drugs, and did all manner of other bizarre and dangerous things. They set the tone for the book, meaning this book is DARK.
I was pleased with Ruby’s reaction to this creepster group. She was completely horrified. As she should have been.
I really would have just turned to complete and utter denial. She literally steps into a nightmare. There’s really no other word for it. Which was an AWESOME conflict. The stakes were so high, she was literally suffocating (no, literally. She was actually suffocating).
Ruby’s main concern was taking care of her ailing mom and her younger sister. I liked that there was a big focus on her being the caretaker, because as a 17 year, that’s an impossible situation, which added a nice layer of conflict outside of the fantasy conflict.
All in all, this book was creepy, dark, and all around AWESOME. With a terribly infuriating cliffhanger of an ending, I am anxiously awaiting the sequel. Highly recommended for fans of fairy tale retellings, paranormal and fantasy novels!
Posted October 12, 2013
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Posted October 6, 2013
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