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Bliss Hardcover – Large Print, September 1, 2008
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Sandy was somewhat developed, but it didn't feel like Sarah was developed well. Throughout the book Sarah was the popular girl who couldn't be bothered by others. Near the end, Myracle tries to change that; by that point, I was already feeling the book was in need of serious editing. Bliss was a great character and her story at the commune was one that could have been a book on its own as well. I felt like readers were hit over the head with this odd ghost story, when the book could have just as well been as creepy being about a girl coming from a hippie commune and following her as she navigates a consumer driven culture in the racist south. I mean, one of the major characters had a father who was in the Klan and that really didn't come in to play at all until the end.
It’s 1969. Bliss is a 14 year old who has jaust been left at her rich grandmother’s home by her hippie parents, after growing up in a commune. She is enrolled in the prestigious Crestview Academy and soon begins making friends. One of her new friends is Sandy, a loner who has always been picked on. Around this time, Bliss starts hearing a frightening “blood voice” every time she nears the building Hamilton Hall. Someone seems to be speaking to her. Sandy is also growing increasingly stranger and making Bliss grow very uncomfortable. Bliss soon realizes the voice is likely connected to the suicide that occurred in Hamilton Hall many years before (no, this is not a spoiler, this is revealed very early on). Bliss realizes she has a special “power,” and though fascinated by the occult, she is beginning to grow very scared.
The book is also interspliced by really creepy journal entries by another character, also interested in the occult and the “blood voice.” The story also references the Vietnam War and the Charles Manson case quite a bit, as both were occurring at the time this story took place.
This is certainly unlike any other book I have ever read. It’s creepy and disturbing without going too far.Read more ›
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Really good book. It's a bit boring for part of the beginning but, does pick up gradually. Very intense. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Anonymous
Actually, I first got this book from the library when I was about twelve and when after reading the first few pages, I got bored and moved on to the next book I had. Read morePublished 14 months ago by shorty
Let me start by saying, this is a good book up until the climax. The setting was interesting, and Myracle did an excellent job adding in real historical events and portraying the... Read morePublished 21 months ago by JesusGirlMarie
A satisfyingly creepy read that left me feeling scared a good thirty minutes after I finished it. I'll admit the ending is a little weak, but from other reviews I learned it's... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Carolina West
Until I got close to the end, this was maybe one of the best books I have ever read. The plot was interesting, the characters were dynamic, Mitchell and Bliss were lovable, and... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Grace
Addicting and riveting. But beware: this is not an easy, predictable ending.
It's so intelligent... a fantastic YA thriller.
I did not really like the plot of the book, I felt bored sometimes...
However the Amazon delivering is the best!
The character of Bliss is different and engaging, the daughter of hippies facing culture shock in the upper white middle class of her grandmother's Atlanta. Read morePublished on July 23, 2013 by Sirinita520