The Sorority Trilogy focuses on three girls, (Eve, Merilyn, and Samantha) who were friends as children, but have now grown, lost contact, and are about to be reunited at Greenbriar University.
In this first segment, the primary focus is Eve, a naïve girl eager to fit in and make a name for herself amongst the popular crowd. Her ticket is cheerleading, and she soon becomes accepted in the sorority’s squad; her delights are plentiful, until the truth slaps her in the face.
The plot isn’t complex at all it’s a simple story that’s not that hard to figure out as you go along with it. However, it never claims to be something it isn’t. I suspect Thorne purposely weaved the series to turn out this way, providing what she did pure, light fun.
Thorn whips up a light and fun atmosphere that makes great reading for the series.
To me Eve is as sweet as apple pie, with a little too much sugar sprinkled on top. She’s also the most eager to fit ‘in’, and be accepted. Because of how the story progresses, there is not as much build up in her character; as a result, she seems a little more one-dimensional than the other two. But she IS acceptable because she’s likeable, and the story around her remains more interesting than what’s in her head. Professor Timothy Piccolo is there for much amusement. Malory Thomas, bitchy president of the sorority, is convincingly twisted and shallow. Brittany comes off as cute but with secrets of her own, and also a bit too smug to like.
Every trilogy or series has events occurring in installments, but the pace had to be kept up with to ensure the novel remains interesting. Thorne accomplishes this with a clever opening (all three girls at Applehead Lake in better years), and then continues to climb from there.
Thorne writes with a style heavy on the humor. Her vocabulary is simple, with the sentences easy to comprehend. As a result, the series would be well suited for people of all ages.
Eve is a great start to a fun trilogy. The opening grabbed my attention, the plot continued on an enjoyable path, ending with a cliffhanger of sorts. After finishing Eve I was anxious to grab the second, which is what a trilogy should set out to do.
That’s not saying this novel is perfect, however. As mentioned before, it’s pretty light reading. Don’t go in expecting work heavy on psychology, motive, or sophistication. Also, due to Eve's character and the others not being around as much, I couldn't give this one more than a three. However, the novel can be read quickly, digested easily, with the flavor turning out pleasurable enough to be worth it.
Note: I was fortunate enough to meet Tamara and speak with her in a scheduled chat at horror-web. As a result of this chat I was the winner of the series, and Tamara mailed out the books with autographs and personal messages in EACH. She was also kind enough to enclose three bookmarks, as well answer any personal email I sent her. Definitely a fine lady here (and her sense of humor in life is just as strong as in the books!)
Visit Tamara Thorne’s official website here at http://www.tamarathorne.com/