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.
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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.
What ever happened to Lawrenece? What about Bliss and Mitchell? The ending just left way too many loose threads hanging for my taste. She made some attempts, but there were too many loose ends, too many questions. The author did a great job of interweaving current events that were taking place in with the story line and at first I was interested in where the plot was going.
The characters she sketched at first were interesting and drew you into the story but then the book dragged on. I felt the book was a huge disappointment and let down, especially after reading reviews that said how wonderful it was.
By Sarah Woodard on Dec 31, Summary: Bliss was left with her grandmother, when her hippie parents ran off to Canada. She is now the new girl at Crestview Academy. She also has to change her lifestyle from living on a commune to the living in the city. Crestview Academy was a convent before it was a school.
School legend is that a girl named Liliana, jumped from the third store of the building. She sense that something is wrong with the school.
She meets a girl, Sandy that is obsessed with the past. Especially that of the suicide at Hamilton hall. Sandy also tries to justify the Manson Murders. Bliss also becomes friends with Sarah Lynn, a popular girl that Sandy hates for some reason.
As one of her friends goes deeper into the hole of evil, Bliss wants to save her, but she might lose someone else. My Review: This book is amazing. The layout is awesome. Each chapter is started by a quote with references to "The Andy Griffith Show," the Charles Manson murders and racial intolerance. Sometimes, there is a diary entry from another character that goes by S. The diary entries have blood splattered on them. I also really liked Bliss, she is a really sweet girl. She is quite innocent, which is perfect for a horror novel.
The plot was amazing. It seems as if there was a sequel planned that never came She meets Sarah Lynn, the aloof popular girl that everyone falls all over themselves for, and Sandy, a kind hearted outcast. Which one experiments on cats and is obsessed with the occult? Who should she trust? In addition to her social problems, the ghost of a girl who committed suicide keeps trying to lure her to a creepy room at her school. The plot of the story is framed by quotes from the Manson murder trials and the Andy Griffith show.
This may initially sound odd, but the quotes really capture the mood or theme of the chapter to follow. The juxtaposition of sociopathic murderers and the idealized society is very effective. The Manson murder trial quotes represent the mentality of the mysterious villain in the book. I really liked the view of society that was used. I was genuinely shocked when young girls started spewing racial slurs and stereotypes like it was acceptable.
There is an immediate kinship felt with Bliss. Overall, the book was compelling. The creepy journal entries with the plot and the different quotes made a very interesting form. This book is a good introduction in to the horror genre. My big problem with the book was that I was incredibly unsatisfied with the ending. The year is and after spending most of her life living on a commune, or wherever else her parents decided to hang their hats, Bliss is ill-prepared for conventional life in a big city.
Surely The Andy Griffith Show will tell her everything she needs to know about life in the "civilized" world of non-hippies, right? Unfortunately, the answer is no. Real life in Atlanta is nothing life fake life in Mayberry. The slang is different, unspoken rules make no sense, and the de facto racism is painful to watch--even as a bystander.
Is it a ghost? Can anyone else hear it? And, most troubling of all, why does the voice seem to be dripping blood with its every inflection? Bliss tries to set these troubling thoughts aside as she focuses on making new friends. But the closer Bliss gets to her new classmates the more entangled she becomes in both the politics ofCrestview and a more sinister campaign centered around the sinister voice from long ago.
It is also one of the suspected reasons behind the rather open-ended conclusion of Bliss. Right until the ending Bliss was fraught with tension. The title on the cover is written in blood over a seemingly innocent picture made sinister through the contrast. The interior design of the book is equally fright-inducing.
Chapters are separated with white-on-black text quotations from a variety of sources including The Andy Griffith Show and transcripts from the Charles Manson trials used to set the backdrop for the story.
Excerpts from a mysterious journal whose pages are covered with blood up the sinister factor even more. This is an interesting book in that it can appeal to a lot of people. If that appeals, or if you just want to see how a book can drip blood, Bliss might be worth a gander. On one hand, it was a very interesting portrayal of life during the early seventies. She was sweet and because she was so naive the background of the portrait she was in was that much more vivid.
There were black pages between chapters with quotes from The Andy Griffith Show, commercials of the time, and Charles Manson. They were one of the highlights of the book, in my opinion. I only wish that Myracle would have spent more time on the Tate-LaBianca murder trials because they were hideous and scary and would have made for a much more horrifying read.
However, she did not. She mentioned them fleetingly throughout the novel. The novel was not scary in the least bit. The "horror" aspect of it was gross and freaky but not scary. But man I really did hate her! I felt like I was right there with the characters. I was in love with Sarah Lynn just like the rest of the school seemed to be. I also think she developed her characters really well. I just think she should have spent more time developing the plot which was confusing sometimes and just could have been done better.
The ending was rushed and anti-climatic. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in a story about the early seventies, late sixties. I know I learned a lot reading this! I love Bliss, and her superficial friends make for a good read. Also, if you like weird, gross ghost stories, then this is for you, too!
Now living with her grandmother after her parents took off for Canada, Bliss is given the chance not only to live in a healthier environment, but also to attend school and make friends her own age.
But Bliss refuses to get sucked in, and makes friends with Sandy, the outcast. Bliss is happy maintaining balance between Sandy and her more popular friends, but then sinister occurrences begin to affect her. Bliss hears a voice that hungers for blood, and discovers that beneath the sunny facade her new friends and peers put up, dark secrets lurk. Foreboding, dark, and mysterious, Bliss is one chilling read that will keep you up at night.
Set in the heart of the counterculture movement, the difference of the times from life now offers a very interesting perspective to dark deeds going on. Myracle cleverly uses the Tate-LaBianca murder case as backdrop throughout the novel, which contributes to the air of unease and darkness of the book. Bliss herself is an admirable character--her discomfort at the shifting politics that goes hand in hand with her new social life make readers examine the way our own social structure is set up and the flaws within in, and then her struggles to retain her ideals are relatable and human.
L punctuate the plot and keep the sinister air to it. The feeling only builds as the supernatural elements take over the book and a startling twist is revealed with an unforgettable ending. Bliss is a perfectly creepy and frightening novel certainly not for the faint of heart. A contagiously creepy tale of high school horror By Teen Reads on Nov 19, High school freshman Bliss Inthemorningdew is completely unprepared for her new life.
Having been raised by her hippie parents on a commune, she has no concept of fashion, boys or dances.
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.
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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.
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.