Page Count: 505
Overall Rating: 3.5 Stars
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've been pretty excited about this one for a bit now, because it seemed thoroughly demented. Which makes me sound crazy, but I like demented books. They're more interesting than some of the flowery "I am perfect" characters. I don't know. I kind of have something for twisted characters. They're interesting.
While, yes, this book is certainly twisted. Unfortunately, this is kind of one that focuses a whole lot on boys and how they're ruining everything for Fancy because Kit likes one. The summary mentions nothing about Ilan or Gabe, who both take up quite a lot of room in the book.
It kind of goes like this:
Kit and Fancy are really close. Like, seriously freaking close. Then Kit decides she really wants a boyfriend, and this ticks Fancy, who's kind of trying to stay a child, off. Every time Kit flirts with a boy, she either attempts to maim him or actually succeeds in doing so. Several chapters are taken up by how much Fancy hates Gabriel for dating her sister, because Fancy wants Kit to still be a little kid with her and be all innocent (yet she still wants to kill people, as well.).
This is that whole sisterly dependency that still bothers me. I just can't stand it. I don't have a sister, maybe that's why. Even so, it's a little annoying to have a character whose growth kind of relies on how much they can stop being clingy. Clingy characters are not fun.
I had really hoped this would be kind of horror movie-like. Murder spree doesn't entirely sum that up. I think there were five death scenes. I sound so demented, gosh. The death scenes were interesting though, because of Fancy and how she kills people.
I did like the ending, excluding the last few pages, even though it wasn't ever mentioned that it was what would drive the plot. Well, it drove some of it.
The writing style kind of teeters on the edge of annoying sometimes, mainly because of the superfluous use of "sophisticated" writing. Perhaps it's just me being annoyed with third person. I think third person could have its benefits, and this book had the elements to use it in a way that it wouldn't annoy me. I think if someone was going to have two characters and wanted to kind of show the insides of their heads (not like that, though. Even with this book, not like that.) without multiple POVs, then yeah, maybe that could help. That's kind of just preference, though. I'm sure that there are some of you out there who like third person more than first.
Even with all the things that bugged me, it wasn't a horrible book and maybe you'd like it. Check it out from your library before you buy it, maybe? I do warn you, though, there's some mature content in here. Cursing, gore, violence, so on. Not to mention there's also some, er, things Fancy walks in on, as well, so be prepared if you decide to read it.
Songs I listened to while reading:
(A little shout out to what Kit can do, if you've read the book.)
“When Fancy still didn't answer, he took her hand, and with his red paintbrush, he wrote 'please' into her palm.”