Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Bliss by Lauren Myracle

With it's stately, ivy-covered buildings, Crestview Academy seems impossibly grand to newcomer Bliss, but full of promise too. It's here she hopes to make the sort of friends she never could growing up as the lone kid on a commune. With her crisp new uniform and manners gleaned from the wholesome TV shows her grandmother permits her to watch, Bliss feels ready for her new life at Crestview. Until she hears the voice.
Crestview holds secrets in its stones, ghostly hints of a long-ago death. Sensitive Bliss hears a voice that speaks of terrible things...and blood. Always blood. Her fellow students, with their sunny smiles and talk of makeup and dances, seem untouched by this darkness. Yet, as Bliss will learn, they too have secrets. When the simmering tensions of the present mingle with the dark secrets of the past, it is kindly Bliss who becomes the focus of a deadly struggle for power.
(Summary from jacket flap)

Man, I hate to be a party pooper, but I don't see what's so amazing about Bliss. Everyone's been freaking out about how great it is, and how it's Lauren Myracle's best work yet, and I just don't get it. It's not a terrible book, but it's definitely not mind-blowing. The main bad part was that it was slow. It took me forever to finish it! That's because the beginning was rather boring, as was...a lot of the book, I guess. The whole plot wasn't worked out well. The writing was a little choppy, the events unrealistic. Bliss was a good redeeming character, though. I liked her a lot, probably because the book was told from her perspective. She seemed like a very normal high school freshman. She kind of brought a sense of reality to the book, as did Sarah Lynn; I liked her character as well. I also liked how you got fed little elements of the story as the book went on to sort of keep you guessing. That part did work for me. Also, I had no idea what the Tate/LaBianca murders were, so it was neat to see that woven into the story, although it was also rather creepy. The quotes Lauren picked were good for that. I really just think that Bliss should've been thought out more. Looking back I can see so many open ends and aspects of the book that weren't expressed in very much detail. I wish we could have seen more of Liliana's story and more of the "voice". I might've liked it more if the book was a little more focused on the past. The short part where Aggie (is that her name?) told her story was really cool. We just didn't get much more background than that, which stunk. Also, I would've liked for there to be a little more focus on the racial struggles going on at Crestview. Mitchell and Lawrence were really interesting people and they were involved in that and they didn't get very much spotlight time. :( So I guess there were some good parts of the book. It did have its high points. But for me, it just didn't work. It was a little too far-fetched to be believable. And the ending was crap. I don't know if I have some reading issue because I'm contradicting basically every other review out there, but Bliss just wasn't that great. Sorry.

Read my Bits 'n Pieces interview with Lauren. She's a really interesting author!


  1. Awe, man now this one goes to the bottom of my TBR pile! I really thought this would be good, well at least my hopes won't be up now. Glad to know I am not the only one awake at 2am! Oh and I know you have checked out my blog and I was wondering if you wouldn't mind adding me to your blog roll. Thanks! Have a wonderful holiday!


  2. koriannespeaks.blogspot.com in case you didn't remember

  3. I guess I've never been sold on this book. I don't like creepy things though, I was starting to get concerned when everyone liked it and I didn't really want to read it (like maybe i was missing something really good) So thanks for your review, makes me feel better!

  4. I actually felt a lot like you about this one. Only I read it a lot faster (I think because I'd been without anything new to read for way too long). But the end of the plot wasn't very satisfactory, and as you said, it was choppy. I haven't read anything else by Lauren Myracle except for How to be Bad, which I did really like.

  5. I wasn't a fan of the ending either, but it makes sense to end it that way since Rhymes with Witches continues the story 35 years later. It needed to be an open-ended sort of story where nothing was resolved or else RWW wouldn't make any sense.

    Anyway, there's supposed to be a third book to this trilogy, so maybe that'll explain more whenever it's released.

    I still really enjoyed the book though. I thought she did a good job with the plot. Different strokes, different folks though.

  6. I was kind of like Alea, thinking maybe I should read it because everyone was so gah-gah over it. Now I don't feel bad for resisting the allure. ;)

  7. Korianne: Link going up ASAP. :)

    Ink Mage: I liked How To Be Bad as well, so I was surprised I didn't like this book as much!

    BookChic: OH. I didn't know RWW continued it...I'll definitely need to check that out! Thanks so much. :)

  8. That's disappointing to hear. Since a lot of people said it's a really good horror book, I thought I might look into it. Ah well, maybe next time. =)

  9. I was planning on starting this book next and was very very excited about it. I guess the reviews aren't always right.
    Would you mind adding me to your blog roll? Its bookworm0440.blogspot.com
    Thank you so much..happy holidays =]


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