A couple of years ago I bought a paperback at a thrift store called Eve. It was the first in the Sorority Trilogy. I was on a horror kick at the time and thought the cover looked good. I also liked the plot description. An evil Sorority, whose leaders are witches of so me kind wreak havoc on the campus of Greenbriar University. I was never about to find books two and three in the trilogy until I found them recently as new additions in the library, so now I've reread Eve and am currently reading Merilynn. This series is hilarious. It is horror and total cheese, much like a Friday the 13th movie. Don't read this book thinking it is going to be some mind-blowing, life-altering piece of literature. Don't read it thinking it is even going to be a good horror novel like Dean Koontz, for example. Just read it for the totally, over-the-top, trashy fun that it is. It is so easy to get caught up in these books because they are set around Halloween, in a secluded university that you picture in your mind as being the perfect looking place to go to school. There's a not of neat stuff about Green Man folklore in here, too, so if you WANT to, you can learn something while reading, but I really didn't want to this time. I just wanted to laugh and enjoy the book.
We meet Eve, Merilynn and Sam as eight year olds at a summer cheerleading camp led by the Gamma Sisters of Greenbriar University. There are lots of legends and myths surrounding the university and the nearby lake and island. A ghost town apparently exists under the lake- it was flooded due to wealthy folks' greed. Then there is the story of Holly who was murdered and haunts the Gamma house. And the Forest Knight or Green Man who is a trickster dude and messes with people in general. The three girls have heard parts of these stories around the campfire from counselors and Merilynn and Sam are anxious to investigate. Merilynn believes the stories and wants to see ghosts. Sam wants to become a serious journalist and wants to prove the stories wrong. Eve is just a scared and shy, but sweet little girl, along for the trip in a stolen row boat, over the haunted lake and to the Island. The girls do encounter something on the island that stays with them and maybe draws them back to Greenbriar and Gamma house when they enter college, years later. In Eve, we follow Eve from her first day at college and her reunion with Sam and Merilynn. We also meet the evil sisters who mess with magick and men WAY too much. What fun!
What's Going On Here?
There are SO MANY wonderful book review blogs out there and I can't compete with them, that is for sure. So this is not a book review blog. This is just a way for me to organize what I have read so that I can be better at matching the right book to the right person. The blog title comes from the brilliant mind of the most talented woman who ever lived, Ms. Judy Garland. The full quote is, "Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of someone else." That is what I hope to do here and in ever aspect of my life.