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.
About the Author:
Kathleen Bolton is a professional writer and editor. Currently, she is a contracted writer to Working Partners, Ltd
. Her projects include Confessions of a First Daughter
, a YA series about the misadventures of the U.S. President’s teen-aged daughter, and Secrets of a First Daughter
, both published by HarperCollins Teen, under the pen name Cassidy Calloway. Her current project, Slumber
, under the pen name Tamara Blake, released July of 2013 and is a dark suspense fantasy novel for teens. She is the co-founder of Writer Unboxed
, one of the foremost online communities for writers of fiction.
I always know when I’ve loved a book – it doesn’t last more than 3 days and Slumber was one of those books. I thoroughly enjoyed it and really liked the Cinderella style character of Scarlet. I can’t say too much about the plot for fear of ruining the twists, but it really does keep you hooked.
From a writer’s perspective, it was clearly well written. The whole thing effortlessly flowed and it had the perfect mix for YA – not too adult but also not too patronizingly child-like either. It tackles some pretty evil issues and there is one scene in particular that is darkly disturbing – needless to say, I loved it!
The front cover is beautiful and it gives you a good idea of what Scarlet looks like. It’s kind of an odd visual – but when you read the book, this makes perfect sense – just weird enough to be interesting.
I’m so glad I read this book and would give it 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to an older YA audience and adults alike.