Slumber by Tamara Blake
Publication date: July 16th 2013
Publisher: Diversion Books
Number of pages: 192
Source: Ebook copy from the publisher via Netgalley
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.
Once upon a time, there was a very tired and exhausted reviewer, who had spent all day trying to get into the book she was reading. She wiped her brow and decided to take a look at her tbr pile which to her frustration, seemed to go on forever. Oh she sighed. How was she supposed to know what to read? Then – all of a sudden – a fairy godmother appeared! Reviewerella! She cried! Here’s what to read! Then, a picture of Slumber came to her mind in a vision!
Ok, so that may not be entirely true but hopefully you get the idea. A major reading slump rescued by a fantastic book. Fantastic you say? Fantastic how? Well, I loved the idea of the book. The first time I have EVER read a book about a girl poor to that level. I was pretty much hooked from the moment that I learnt that. Then – to top it all off – she was a cleaner too!
The characters were genuinely pretty great. We have a down to earth girl with a brain and her super duper cute little little sister. Now, when I say Shelley is cute, I MEAN cute. Then there’s Tam. The whole story I was kind of not sure whether to trust him and totally shared the main character Ruby’s opinion of him. But of course there was a creepy villain (who goes by the name of Violet). Tamara Blake pulled her off so well, Violet was creepy and fitted in with the story perfectly. However, Ruby did really start to annoy me, there is only so many times she can say how poor she is. At one stage it felt like it was every other sentence that mentioned how poor she was. Such great characters lead to some pretty emotional moments that were both heartbreaking and happy.
I was very surprised at what Tam, Violet and all the others at the house where Ruby was employed to clean really were. Having not read the synopsis in a LONG time I had completely forgotten some parts of it that really would have made it obvious. I almost recommend not refreshing your memory because sometimes that can improve how much you enjoy the story and this was one of those times. The twist at the end was pretty good and I really enjoyed it.
I really enjoyed Slumber and greatly anticipate reading more about Ruby. I would recommend Slumber to people who are looking for a book that’s a little different and enjoyable.
“You’ll be beautiful, rich and young forever. And…you can be with me” – Tam (55%)
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