Meet Kathleen BoltonKathleen Bolton is a professional writer and editor. 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. Kathleen lives with her husband and daughter in upstate New York. Visit her AuthorTracker webpage at HarperCollins Publishing, or Goodreads for more.
About the Book
"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." -Goodreads
Slumber was a very fast and easy read. I picked this book up and was able to read it in just one sitting. The summary and plot intrigued me from the start. Ruby lives in a trailer park and when her mom becomes ill Ruby must take over her mom's cleaning job at Cottingley Heights mansion. From that point on Ruby begins to spend more and more time with Tam and his friends, who she meets while cleaning. I was really drawn into the story because of the psychology and mystery of why all of Tam's friends party and do other mean-spirited things. The plot was unique to me, I just wish that the plot could have been more in depth and didn't skip around so much. If this book was just a little bit longer I think I would have enjoyed it even more.
That being said, one of the big factors that made me want to keep reading was the characters and all of their interesting personalities. Ruby was so enjoyable to read from because she was well-rounded and her character is very developed throughout the story. Tam was a realistic guy, and I really liked how he was rude sometimes because, let's face it, guys are jerks a lot.
The ending was very good. I really did like it, but it seemed to come a little too fast and soon for me. I did really enjoy getting the opportunity to read this book and to experience this wonderfully drawn out world that Bolton created. My only real complaint was that it was too short for my liking, but that also made this book really fast and easy to read. I definitely look forward to seeing more of this author in the future.
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