Merilynn - Tamara Thorne

rating
(Sorority Trilogy, #2)
Horror


At exclusive, isolated Greenbriar University, within the elite Gamma Eta Pi sorority, is a secret society known as the Fata Morgana. Its members are the most powerful women on campus—and the deadliest. For this is a sisterhood of evil, a centuries-old coven, and every girl who pledges herself to their wicked decadence does so for life…or death… An Initiation Into Terror An old soul - that's what everyone calls dreamy, mystical Merilynn, Since childhood, she's had a sixth sense she can't explain, an ability to see things before they happen. Her psychic gifts tell her there's a tremendous darkness at work inside the shadowy walls of her sorority house - a feeling that intensifies when Malory Thomas invites her to become one with the Fata Morgana. Now, drawn into the ever-tightening, unnatural circle of its sisterhood, Merilynn's dreams grow more alarming night by night, showing maddening glimpses of an evil, timeless bond stretching back through centuries of blood, sacrifice and sexual magic. And soon Merilynn wonders whether this is a vision of the past ~ or a warning of very bad things to come.....


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 second segment, the primary focus is Merilynn. This novel uses several points of view, however, and while Merilynn remains the main character, much is heard of through the roommate of Eve, Kendra, Eve herself, Holly, Malory, and Brittany. Sam is shown some as well, and comes across well sketched. The plot has kicked off some, turning out more exciting than the first novel simply because more if happening, we’re more in the middle of several climaxes, and the stakes have been upped.

As before, the atmosphere is light, amusing, and enjoyable.

Merilynn doesn’t worry about fitting in quite as much as Eve. She dabbles in Wicca, has a type of psychic intuition, a curious nature, and knows how to stand up for herself when need be. She’s also less na├»ve than Eve, with a more intelligent attitude in handling situations. In short, she was a more enjoyable heroine to focus on than her blonde, cheerleading friend. Picollo, the talented professor from the first novel, is here again. His personality doesn’t loan much relevancy to the plot per se, only acts as an amusing distraction and example of Malory and Brittany’s ploys.

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.

Merilynn was a better book than Eve, digging deeper into the plot, showing more sides of the characters, and unfolding more complications. As with my previous review, I will mention the same thing: : it’s pretty light reading. Don’t go in expecting work heavy on psychology, motive, or sophistication. However, the second novel in the trilogy is a great sequel to the original, heightening the anticipation for the third.

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/

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