Anne Bishop spins quite an elaborate new world in this book. Set in an alternate version of earth, there's enough similarity to make it familiar but i...moreAnne Bishop spins quite an elaborate new world in this book. Set in an alternate version of earth, there's enough similarity to make it familiar but it's the strange that hooks you in. When humans started to spread across the world they found that something/someone was already living there. The Others are strange and powerful and view the humans as smart meat. An uneasy truce has been established with the humans useful to the Others until they step out of line. Meg is on the run and finds herself in a Courtyard of the Others. She manages to get a job and stay there knowing that someone is looking for her. She's seen her own death but is finally starting to live as she gets to know the Others.
This book has the potential to be riddled with cliches that have been dogging (no pun intended) the shifter/werewolf/vampire paranormal genre. Somehow, Bishop sidesteps them all and manages to deliver a quite unique spin on the genre and manages to keep her supernaturals creepy and scary through the whole book. The plot moved a little slowly in the start as the world building took first place but once engrossed I had to know more about the world and about what was happening. There's enough in this book to keep someone reading and enough not said, in that typical show don't tell, that I need more of this world.
Bishop's dialogue is always tight and sassy in places and was something I thought may have been unique to Blood Jewels. It's not. Characters are witty without looking like they're comedians and "human" enough that they're not always making the right decisions but the ones they feel they need to make.
I can't wait for the second book in this series to come out. I look forward to it. I also wouldn't mind the chance to pick it up at Howling Good Reads. (less)
What an ending to the Sookie Stackhouse books! It's so bittersweet. I would read these as long as Harris wrote them but it is time. I would love an ep...moreWhat an ending to the Sookie Stackhouse books! It's so bittersweet. I would read these as long as Harris wrote them but it is time. I would love an epilogue or a wrap up on the universe. I still have so many questions about the characters but I'm happy.
I'm impressed that Harris took a step back to a smaller scale but still twisted and loaded plot. There was plenty to keep the book moving and plenty to look forward to. I did feel that a few characters were brought in just so we could see them one more time but you get that. I love this series. I love this ending.
I am glad that Sookie will be happy in the end. (less)
I started to read this book and then I realised that all the reasons I'd been holding on and reading the first two were gone. The bdsm was all but tra...moreI started to read this book and then I realised that all the reasons I'd been holding on and reading the first two were gone. The bdsm was all but traded in for a white picket fence and a superficial love affair built on his need to be loved and her need to feel needed. The one character that was messing with the two main characters was out of the plot, and the new antagonist was rubbish.
You just want to curl up with the mediocre toilet paper with a pretty cover?
I tried to read this. I wanted to find something redeeming. I didn't. I'd rather read Midnight Sun or whatever that twilight thing was from Edward's point of view. No. I'd rather not read either, but I had to think up something comparable.