But Mayberry is poor preparation for Crestview Academy, an elite school where the tensions of the present and the dark secrets of the past threaten to simmer into violence. Then I have to skip ahead I loved the characters, the setting was vivid, and the suspense kept me on the edge of my seat. I especially loved the quotes from the period Andy Griffith Show, the Charles Manson trial, etc inserted before each chapter.
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Bliss has been raised on a commune, but when her parents decide to dodge the draft, they leave her with her grandmother in Atlanta. There are some unresolved questions at the end of the book, some of which add to the horror of the novel. There is violence here, including a young student whose father is in the KKK, but she loves a black teen, cruelty to animals, blood needed for sacrifice. This is a long book, and it did take me a while to get into it and figure out where it was going.
It had an emotional ending. I was disappointed with the end of the book. I really did not like the ending. I think it needs some changes. The concept has merit, but I found it lacking in depth, particularly where the main plot is concerned.
The supernatural aspect seemed almost a separate add-in. The main character was very likable. She felt very mature and I think that was appropriate, because her parents were made out to seem immature; especially since they abandoned her with her grandmother. Everyone seems to have a problem with the ending. I, however, really liked the ending. It seemed realistic to me, if you can say that about a horror novel like this one.
Another thing I really liked was the layout of the book. The chapters were very short, which made the pages go by very quickly, and there were quotes from popular media of the time, since it was set in , and diary entries from a mysterious S.
The book was also set about the backdrop of the Manson murders, which I thought was very appropriate. Overall, I really enjoyed Bliss. It was one of those books that I felt very satisfied with when it was finished. But I would definitely recommend this to any YA horror fans. While Bliss may be different, she quickly learns that she likes the kind of life her fellow students lead, the kind of life she never had the opportunity to have.
She wears make-up for the first time. She attends classes with other kids her age. She makes friends. She gets a boyfriend. She attends a school dance. Sandy wants people to worship her, to understand her.
And Bliss finds herself in the middle of this bloodlust. Myracle writes an interesting story that links to the American events of Her writing is amazing; the reader feels happy and terrified right along with the protagonist. This story is sure to capture readers, although the ending does not have quite the touch of finality that most stories do.
But actually this book was quite good. Bliss is such an intriguing character and a great mix of naive and knowledgable with a core of inner strength that you can see growing within her throughout the book. There were a lot of "duh how could you not see that? It made up for predictablity. And while it was predictable it was a different take on the typical new girl at school story. And the fact that the story is set in puts just enough of a historical twist to keep the pages turning with an almost frenzy.
The format of the book is exceptional; it quickly attracts readers. Not a typical Myracle novel, it is nice to see her break away from the norm. She pulls it off spectacularly, with great narration, fresh and complicated new characters, and plenty of those lovely plot twists we love so very much!
I loved how this was your typical YA story The blurring of genre lines was done seamlessly and perfectly. While I had some issues with the ending and I really think the better ending would have been the less tragic one, I can see why Myracle did decide to write it as she did.
I highly recommend this book--many people somehow think "supernatural? Pshh, must be a lame Twilight rip-off! It is a mix betweeen a coming of age novel and John Saul that I think teen will really enjoy. Off the commune, things look and smell different but she is often able to influence others in her compelling desire to remain kind and understanding towards others. The ghost story caught my attention and the blood voice really creeped me out. The ending, however, was a serious let down A very good read.
Lauren Myracle brings her keen understanding of teen dynamics to a hypnotic horror story of twisted friendship. When Blisss hippie parents leave the commune and dump her at the home of her aloof grandmother in a tony Atlanta neighborhood, its like being set down on an alien planet. But Mayberry is poor preparation for Crestview Academy, an elite school where the tensions of the present and the dark secrets of the past threaten to simmer into violence. Openhearted Bliss desperately wants new friends, making her the perfect prey of a troubled girl whose obsession with a long-ago death puts Bliss, and anyone shes kind to, in mortal danger. Lauren Myracle has taken the ubiquitous friendship novel to a new, dark place. When Bliss s hippie parents leave the commune and dump her at the home of her aloof grandmother in a tony Atlanta neighborhood, it s like being set down on an alien planet. Openhearted Bliss desperately wants new friends, making her the perfect prey of a troubled girl whose obsession with a long-ago death puts Bliss, and anyone she s kind to, in mortal danger.
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Product Description Lauren Myracle brings her keen understanding of teen dynamics to a hypnotic horror story of twisted friendship. But Mayberry is poor preparation for Crestview Academy, an elite school where the tensions of the present and the dark secrets of the past threaten to simmer into violence. It had good momentum through out, good action, some fairly interesting creepy moments. However, and this is just my own preference here, I hated the ending. There was no resolution. The student population turns a blind eye to her past behavior and she suddenly reigns supreme. Further, no one seems to be mentioning that this book seems to tell the story behind the "bitches" in the earlier novel Rhymes with Witches.
She was born in Brevard, North Carolina , and is the oldest of three sisters and has three older brothers. Her middle-grade novel, Eleven , came out , and Twelve came out in Thirteen was released in March She recently also came out with the book Thirteen Plus One in She also wrote Rhymes with Witches and Bliss, which came out in , is its prequel. She also has a book entitled How to Be Bad with E.
The Internet Girls series trilogy? I did try to read the first book and couldnt get past the first page. Then I tried one of her full length novels, Rhymes With Witches, and while the premise intrigued me, the novel felt like a countdown to self-implode by the last page. Which, I mean, it did. The resolution left me pretty devoid of emotion.