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Slumber (English Edition) di [Blake, Tamara]
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Once upon a time, Ruby believed in magic…

When Ruby volunteers to take her mother's housecleaning shift at the gothic Cottingley Heights mansion, she thinks it's going to be business as usual. Clean out the fridge, scrub toilets, nothing too unusual. But nothing could prepare her for the decadent squalor she finds within. Rich people with more money than sense trashing their beautiful clothes and home just because they can. After the handsome Tam discovers her cleaning up after him and his rich friends, Ruby has never felt more like a character from her sister’s book of fairy tales.

Tam sees beyond Ruby’s job and ratty clothes, and sweeps her off her feet, treating her like a real princess, but Ruby is sure this beautiful boy is too good to be true. And as one tragedy after another befalls Ruby and her family, Ruby painfully learns that magic is all too real, and it always comes with a price.

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  • Formato: Formato Kindle
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  • Lunghezza stampa: 192
  • Editore: Diversion Books (3 dicembre 2013)
  • Venduto da: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Lingua: Inglese
  • ASIN: B00DY5KOX6
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HASH(0x9b500dbc) su 5 stelle Awesome! 16 luglio 2013
Di Emily S. - Pubblicato su
Formato: Formato Kindle
The captivating cover drew me in and I knew that this wasn't just another magic based book.

It is a thousand things more and then some.

Slumber is not just a story of magical beings, it is a story of family and the lengths we will go to protect the ones we love.

Ruby is one of the strongest characters I have come across in a while and I absolutely loved her resolve. Her family came first every step of the way (yes, even above the sexy, mysterious creature known was Tam), and I always appreciate that in anyone!

In the beginning, Tam was great. Nice, yet I suspected something was up his sleeve. We see that something isn't quite right with him. Vampire? Wizard?

But he isn't either of those, folks. He is something worse.

Fairy. Fae.

And once I saw that one word, all my hope for this book vanished and I prayed that it wouldn't turn out like so many of the other Fae books I have read.

It isn't. It's so much better.

These fairies, Tam's crew, are some of the sickest, most vile versions of fairies that I've read about and I'm pretty sure I hate the bastards. They don't give a shit about anyone else, especially humans, and just waste as much as they want. Material values. A life of luxury with no morals.

But as Ruby gets dragged into their world with a few slips here and there, she ultimately comes out with her standards in check.

And I love that shit.

Her family is sweet and had me choking up at more than one part.

I love the way Tamara Blake entwined Ruby's life with Tam's. It is perfectly thought out and I couldn't have asked for a better ending.
HASH(0x9b500e10) su 5 stelle Dark and Chilling 8 settembre 2013
Di Ramblings on Readings - Pubblicato su
Formato: Formato Kindle
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 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!
HASH(0x9b503270) su 5 stelle An unexpectedly satisfying read! 2 settembre 2013
Di Charlotte - Pubblicato su
Formato: Formato Kindle
If I have to describe this book in one word, it would be CRAZY! Crazy as hell for totally blowing me off my seat leaving me breathless from one rollercoaster ride. I know it's exaggerated but that's what I felt after reading this book. And to think that when I first requested this from Netgalley, I really didn't have high hopes for it. I didn't know the author and the title wasn't that great. The reason why I selected it because the summary had the word magic in it and everyone knows that I'm a sucker for books that particularly talk about magic or anything weird.

And I am glad to announce that this book did more than justice to my reason of selecting it from the countless titles in Netgalley. I loved it and I can't wait for the sequel to come out if this book is planned to become a series. An urban fantasy at its best, Slumber follows the story of a 17-year old, fatherless girl named Ruby. Ruby and her family were poor; her mother doing shitty jobs to make ends meet while her adorable sister, Shelley has learned to make the best of things out of the worst. And Ruby, despite her big dreams of being an actress in the Big Apple, chose to forgo all that and took a lowly job as housecleaner in one of the biggest mansions in their area. It is there that she met Tam, a mysterious guy shrouded by a perplexing history of combined danger and magic. And if Ruby isn't careful, she might as well find herself on the brink of demise.

Enough with that dramatic summary, friends. Let's get on with the review. As I've said earlier, this is one Crazy book. The first chapters give us a background of Ruby and her family's life then slowly, crazy things began to unfold when she went to Cottingley Heights to do some housecleaning works. And by golly, that's where the madness started. From the bizarre manor to the wild parties and to the callous residents themselves, everything was unnerving. Slumber is rich with darkness and gory scenes especially that Tam and the other residents of Cottingley Heights were revealed to be faeries, ancient magical beings who chose to live with humans. And instead of being the stereotype version, these faeries are capable of toying with humans and killing them after. They glorify on violence, deception, and enslaving humans with their magical powers. And their idea of fun is hideous and hair raising. Tamara Blake's faeries may be likened to that of the faeries in Mortal Instruments. Yeah, they're very similar if I think of it but then, Tamara had gone out of her way to put these faeries into a different light making them a product of your worst nightmare.

And Ruby was an exceptional person to be the one dealing with these nasty beings. She's strong willed, very compassionate, has no-nonsense attitude, and her devotion towards her family is outstanding. Yes, she might have desires for the good life but she chose to endure the hardships that come her way for the sake of keeping her family from falling apart. And though she was attracted to Tam and had nearly fallen for him badly, she still came through for her family at the end. She didn't let her craziness over Tam deflect her from her priorities. And I salute her for that.

What about Tam? I actually share a love-hate relationship with him. Most of the time, I can see his innate goodness but there are times that his faerie nature overcomes his good side and he acts all weird. But I think, Tamara did an excellent job in portraying him like this, like he was torn from doing good and from his true nature. And it makes Tam an even more interesting subject because you'd never know what he'd do in the succeeding sequel (which I hope there would be).
Apart from these two, almost all the characters of Slumber are loveable and hateful (not in a way that I hate them because they're flat). Ruby's mother and Shelley--Ruby's younger sister--are adorable. With them, I could really feel that heartwarming familial devotion that put me on the verge of tears.

Slumber's villain/s especially Violet is a revenge-crazed bitch and a total slut. And because of that, she's perfect to play the act. Even the background villains are an interesting bunch of characters.

Slumber also has strong points when it comes to mystery, horrific action scenes, and abhorent orgy parts that successfully made me nervous but that did not stop me from turning the pages like I can't get enough of it. And yet, despite that, this book is oozing with heart... the close-knit relationship between Ruby and her mother and her sister is a real gem to this dark book.

Overall, except for a few typos, Slumber is a perfect prelude to what I hope a magnificent series in the making! A must-read for Y/A lovers who likes extreme violence and grossness.
HASH(0x9b503630) su 5 stelle A Different Kind of Fae 9 agosto 2013
Di Tabby Hensley - Pubblicato su
Formato: Formato Kindle
What an odd book...
I'm almost at a loss for what to say about it. The whole book had this dreamlike quality to it. Not a bad read, but there were flaws.

Let me start with the good though:
The fae.--She let them be sadistic. Not just vain, beautiful creatures, but truly horrifying in that they just saw humans as something to play with and then discard as they saw fit. It just made me feel on edge during the whole book.

The setting.--The creepiness of Cottingley is palpable. From the moment Ruby sets foot in that house, you can just tell that something bad will happen. I loved all the vivid descriptions of the mansion.

Ruby.--She was a strong character that is very loyal to her family. She doesn't just fall in love and forget everything else. She's tempted with Tam's offer, but she stays true to her morals.

The cliffhanger.--Yes, even I can't believe I'm praising it. I usually detest cliffhangers. I just feel like each book should be contained with the possibility of more but don't leave me hanging. BUT with this one, it was so good. I wasn't expecting it and it set up for an interesting next book.

Now on to the not so good:
Tam.--I'm not really sure how to feel about him. I couldn't quite figure him out. Is he psychotic like the rest or is he actually a good guy in disguise? I'm still undecided.

The length of the book--While I think the pacing was pretty good in the beginning, somewhere close to the end, the book just started feeling rushed. I still like the ending but just wish Ruby's time spent with the fae would have been more fleshed out. It was a little vague before the whole hunt scene.

Overall, I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys fantasy and fae books. And I will be checking out any future books from this author.

*Thank you to Netgalley for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review*
HASH(0x9b503714) su 5 stelle A New Look at Paranormal... 27 luglio 2013
Di Karla L. - Pubblicato su
Formato: Formato Kindle
*I was provided with an advanced electronic copy of this book from the author and Diversion Books in return of an honest review. No monetary compensation was provided in this exchange.*

For a high school student, Ruby Benson has definitely lived the opposite of the good life. Already without a father, Ruby and her family live in a trailer park outside of New York City, spending each day struggling to get by and hoping to one day be accepted into NYU's drama program after she graduates. Ruby has always tried to help her mother with every opportunity that she gets, and she definitely doesn't shy away from the challenge of cleaning a mansion in Cottingley Heights for a couple of hours in place of her unexpectedly ill mother. It should have been easy. Clean for a couple hours, remain undetected, and collect the money that her family needs. Only it isn't.

At Cottingley Heights she meets Tam, a beautiful and rich boy who, for reasons unknown, becomes interested in Ruby. His friends at the mansion are either high, drunk, or rude beyond belief. But Tam is different. Tam is normal. Tam is kind and understanding and non-judgmental in the ways that his companions are not. So when Ruby finds herself agreeing to a permanent cleaning job at the mansion, things should have changed for the better. A steady job, a solid income, a beautiful boy; things change, but not for the better. When Ruby and her family become victim to tragedy after tragedy, she finds the events connected with Tam. Suddenly that innocent boy is not so innocent after all... And Ruby must find it within herself to discover the truth that has been in front of her all along, and somehow save the rest of her family in the process.

This was a fantastic quick read that approached the topic of love and family, with paranormal aspects that are so very different from the typical YA novel. It is the story of a teenage girl who is willing to go to the ends of the earth to protect her family, a story of love and loyalty and sacrifice that warmed my heart until the very last page. Ruby is one of the stronger characters that I have seen in a YA novel in a very long time. I loved her. I loved how real she was and how loyal and protective she is of the people that are close to her heart. Her priorities held true despite of Tam, and I was so glad to see that. Blake portrayed Tam's companions and world in a way that was horrifying and terrible, yet I was intrigued the whole time. I have always felt that many paranormal stories minimized the true nature of their characters for the sake of a romantic angle. But Blake doesn't follow that, and I really enjoyed that.

In Slumber, Tamara Blake tells the story of a girl who finds herself in the need to save and protect her family from types of people who should not even exist, all because she volunteered to work a shift when her mother was to ill to attend herself. On her journey, she sees terrible things. Death. Abuse. Maltreatment. She even loses sight of herself for a while. But her loyalty and willingness to protect the ones that she loves shows, even up to the very last page.

Tamara Blake has shared a terrifying world, one in which humans are used for sex, jokes, and hunting. But in this world, she creates the simple story of a teenage girl who's loyalty is tested and who's life is changed forever. And in Ruby, I see a character that each reader could find their own way to relate to. I definitely recommend Slumber to readers of young adult and paranormal books.
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