This has to be one of the best books I've read so far this year - I mean it has to be to pull me out of my reviewing/reading slump, right? I also thin...moreThis has to be one of the best books I've read so far this year - I mean it has to be to pull me out of my reviewing/reading slump, right? I also think I must be the last urban fantasy reader on the planet to start this series. If there IS anyone who hasn't read this, put your hand up and confess if it's on your TBR pile *silence*
So how do I review such a book? I'm just going to have to dive right in there and start talking about Bones. Oh. Sweet. Lord. He is the hottest freaking vampire hero I've read yet! Talk about having it all - a chiseled body, golden hair (I'm thinking Brad Pitt in Troy...but then I'm always thinking Brad Pitt in Troy), an accent, a territorial attitude, a wicked sense of humour and man enough to express his emotions to the woman he loves. *Sigh* Although the violence at the beginning did make me slightly uncomfortable, I knew he'd be an Anti-Hero of sorts.
Favourtie Line? Okay this one comes close but the other one's too raunchy to write on my blog:
'You're not a woman, you're the grim reaper with red hair!'
Which brings me to the kick-ass heroinne, Cat. Someone I know told me she makes Sookie look like a whinger and it was pretty much true. Not that I don't love Sookie, Cat just has a certain 'Come and get me,' attitude where Sookie is a little more fragile. Anyway, Cat's character is layered with well-developed emotional complexities that you just know it's going to take more than one book to unravel. I like that about her, it's like all the mystery of her personality isn't dissolved magically by the love of Bones...although he certainly steps her in the right direction (wouldn't be a good hero if he didn't!).
The action in this novel is steadily paced but once you reach page 250 the rocket boosters really go off and you fly through the rest of the book. It was so suspenseful that I even read it crossing the street (I looked for the green man first, promise.) I was thoroughly impressed at the way Jeaniene Frost didn't let her characters off lightly either...they created one hell of a mess in Halfway to the Grave and the author was going to make damn well sure they stuck around to clean it up in Book 2, thank you very much. And oh, don't I want to watch them clean it up. Man that makes me sound like a pervert...oh well. Maybe reading all this stuff has made me slightly peverted. All I can say is that I have been told to look forward to Chapter 32 of One Foot in the Grave...and look forward to it I shall!
If you're a fan of the series, I would love to hear from you. Do the rest of the books live up to this firecracker of a novel? Does the tension between Cat and Bones manage to sustain itself? I guess what I'm saying is should I just go ahead and read all three in a row now because I am SOOOO tempted. I definitely know I'll be going straight on to One Foot in the Grave.
BTW, I completely owe reading this novel to Teddyree's review on Royal Reviews a few months back. She planted the seed big time with that and after Queen of Happy Endings read and loved it too, I was SOLD.
This is one of the those books that someone *Alaine* has been bugging me to read for ages. Sadly, I ignored her for quite some time due to some negati...moreThis is one of the those books that someone *Alaine* has been bugging me to read for ages. Sadly, I ignored her for quite some time due to some negative reviews I'd read and the fact that the cover model looks like too much like Angelina Jolie not a teenage girl (shallow, I know).
Now that I've finished it, I really have to slap myself. WHY DID I WAIT SO LONG? These books are freaking amazing! Truly, so far this is the best YA series I've ever read. I am hooked and so far beyond hope of a cure it's not funny. The way the author wove the story together created such a powerful page-turning effect!
The story is about Rose and Lissa...I'm not sure I can really describe all the intricate workings of the world Richelle Mead has created without giving plot points away by accident. But to sum it up very basically, Lissa is a royal vampire and Rose is kind of like her bodyguard. They share a deep bond which allows Rose to feel Lissa's feelings and occasionally slip inside her head.
Rose is the opposite to how I was as a teenager. She's a kick-ass rebel and she can be downright intimidating. All that craziness, all that unpredictability just makes her all the more fun to read about. I didn't mind stepping into the skin of a wild thing...especially a wild thing with such a hot mentor (mmm Dimitri). Athough there are times reading Rose that you think 'What a bitch!' secretly, you want those characters to get what was coming to them anyway. You're kind of glad Rose has the guts to stick it to them! All in the name of friendship of course.
Richelle Mead deals with some pretty dark teenage issues but in a responsible way. I'm not sure this is something that a pre-teen should read but I guess it depends on their ability to deal with dark themes in books. This may be marketed at the teen market but I can assure you that this series has a large adult following too. I didn't find the teenage stuff in this novel overwhelming or off-putting in the least.
I really can't wait to go onto the next book! I'm hoping to have them all read before I get to meet Richelle Mead later this year! (less)
One Sentence Summary: Can Dr Lillian Chance and ex-cop Cooper Sullivan outwit a crazed serial killer to save Lil's Wildlife Refuge and reignite the pa...moreOne Sentence Summary: Can Dr Lillian Chance and ex-cop Cooper Sullivan outwit a crazed serial killer to save Lil's Wildlife Refuge and reignite the passionate flame of first love?
Favourite Quote: "Loving you made a man out of me," he said when he let her go. "It's the man who came back for you." (Page 374)
My Review: Being an Aussie who lives half an hour from the beach and has ridden a horse only once in her lifetime; I loved this Nora Roberts novel! There is just something about the American Wilderness - so different to the Aussie outback or rainforest - that I found so appealing. Combined with the wildlife refuge element and all the talk about big cats and I was sucked in. I fell in love with the setting and premise of this novel before I fell in love with the characters (although that didn't take long either!) I wanted to book a plane ticket so I could see the South Dakota night sky for real.
Although I've read a couple of other reviews who haven't favoured the characters of this book, I have to tell you honestly that I really loved the main characters and their chemistry. Cooper's a typical bossy alpha male (no complaints here) and Lil is an intelligent, likeable female lead who gives just as good as she gets. Surprisingly, even the jilted childhood sweethearts storyline worked for me and the suspense element really heightens the romantic tension.
The suspense element of this novel wasn't nightmare-inducing however it certainly was enough to keep me flipping pages quickly. I tend to think of Nora Roberts romantic suspense as crime novels for chickens (like me). If it weren't for the absolute guarantee that both the hero and the heroine are going to live and have their happily ever after, I don't think my poor nerves could cope with the serial killers and other assorted nasties she writes about. So if you're a seasoned suspense reader you may not be phased by this part of the plot; if you're like me, you may find yourself biting your nails on more than one occasion.
Apart from wanting to read the talked-about wedding, I really can't think of anything I'd like to change about this book. I loved it from start to finish - it was just what I needed. Fans of Angel's Falls and Nora Roberts's other romantic suspense novels will enjoy this read!
I read this book whilst recovering from gettiing my wisdom teeth removed - it was the perfect distraction! It was sweet and sugary and had me sighing...moreI read this book whilst recovering from gettiing my wisdom teeth removed - it was the perfect distraction! It was sweet and sugary and had me sighing and crying too many times to count. And that's not the pain meds talking.
I honestly can't remember the last time I read a romance that was so romantic.
And I promise to write a much better review in a couple of days.
In the meantime, if you're thinking about getting this one, you should totally do it. It's my feel good book of the year so far!(less)
This would be the first romance novel I've read that begins with the hero doing his darndest to end the heroine's life. It's probably the only attempt...moreThis would be the first romance novel I've read that begins with the hero doing his darndest to end the heroine's life. It's probably the only attempted-murder scene that's had me laughing out loud too! But then again, I would expect nothing less from Mary Janice Davidson. She is just insanely funny. I have this mental image of her sitting in her office writing, having a big belly laugh as her characters run off at the mouth yet again. Man, if I was Mary Janice Davidson I would be in constant delightful hysterics about how funny I am.
The basic story behind this 200 page novel is that Derik, a werewolf from the Wyndham pack is sent to kill Sara before she destroys the world (FYI, although she doesn't know it, Sara is a supposed evil socreress and the reincarnation of Morgan Le Fay). What ensues is pretty much the story of Sara and Derik falling in love (and Sara calling Derik a dumbass frequently). The plot plays second-fiddle to the romance here and I think that just made it easier to read.
I haven't read any of the other Wyndham were novels but considering the backstory was very minimal, it didn't really seem to matter. However the characters that were introduced were interesting enough that I'd be happy to continue reading about them.
My only critcism here would be that I felt the conflict wrapped up a little too fast. It's probably a pretty good sign though when the only bad point is that I wanted to read more of the characters and story.
This is the perfect book to read when you've got a few hours to kill and not much energy to expend. Highly recommended to fans of Undead and Unwed - a definite guilty pleasure!
Wow! I think this has now become my favourite urban fantasy series!!! Not since Twilight have I read a series that has had me thinking about the chara...moreWow! I think this has now become my favourite urban fantasy series!!! Not since Twilight have I read a series that has had me thinking about the characters so obsessively I've dreamt about them. Karen refers to her fans as 'Moning Maniacs'...well I guess I'm one now too.
One of the things that makes this series so exciting to read is that there are no real 'good guys'. As a reader, who are we to root for? Who are we to trust? I know who I want to trust (*cough* Barrons), who I want to believe in (*cough* Barrons) but the author deliberately does not give me enough hard evidence to decide whether this is unfounded or naive. Every time you think you have it figured it out, the game changes again. Nobody's motivations were revealed and readers are kept excruciatingly on the edge of their seats trying to work them out. MacKayla aside, out of all these players, who really will use the Sinsar Dubh (pronounced she-sa doo)for good instead of evil? Will anyone be able to save the world from the Unseelie? This is a solid, well-crafted plot that will have you eagerly turning pages.
However the tension created by the plotline is nothing compared to the tension between Mac and Barrons. Talk about a sexual inferno! Part of me wished this was a full-blown romance novel just so I could read 100 pages of those two tearing the clothes off each other. Moning has referred to this series as a whole as a romantic urban fantasy and has indicated that MacKayla will get her happily ever after. However, it's probably a fair way off yet because at this stage, Barrons hasn't even admitted how he feels about Mac. Instead, he uses anger and sexuality to mask his feelings for her:
His hand was on my throat, and he was crushing me back with his body into the cold steel beam behind me. 'Yes, I have loved, Ms Lane, and although it is none of your business, I have lost. Many things. And no, I am not like any other player in this game and I will never be like V'lane, and I get a hard-on a great deal more often than occasionally.' He leaned fully against me and I gasped. 'Sometimes, it's over a spoiled little girl, not a woman at all. And yes I trashed the bookstore when I couldn't find you. You'll have to choose a new bedroom, too. And I'm sorry your pretty little world got screwed up, but, everybody does and you go on. It's how you go on that defines you. Page 193
And then other times, he plainly shows that he cares but stops short of verbalising it:
His face was in my neck and he was breathing hard. Was he grieving me? Already? Would he miss me? Had I, in some tiny way, come to matter to this enigmatic, hard, brilliant, obsessed man? I realised he'd come to matter to me. Good or evil, right or wrong, he mattered to me...
He raised his head. His face was all harsh planes and angles in the torchlight, his expression bleak. His eyes were dark windows on a bottomless abyss.
'I'm sorry, Mac.'
'Not your...fault,' I managed to get out.
'My fault in more ways than you could possibly know, woman.'
Woman, he called me. I'd grown up in his eyes. I wondered what he'd think of me soon.
This guy must have some serious history, be seriously damaged to not sweep MacKayla off her feet. Instead I get the picture he's holding her at arms length to protect her, to stop her emotions from making her vulnerable. I swear if he doesn't turn out to be the good guy, I will cry. Loudly. If he does turn out to be the good guy, he might just end up being my favourite hero of all-time.
Bloodfever works so well as a follow-up novel because it asks as many questions as it answers and propels the reader through the pages at break-neck speed. Readers of Darkfever will be left wanting, begging, craving more. So my only advice here is to make sure you've got book 3, Faefever, lined up and ready to go!
The best part of all of this is that you can try out the Darkfever series for free via an audio podcast. I think most urban fantasy fans would be sucked in after listening to just two chapters of this. Check out the link here. What have you got to lose?
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Slave to Sensationwas one of the first books I read in 2009 and is still my favourite read so far this year. I was busting to learn more about Nalini...moreSlave to Sensationwas one of the first books I read in 2009 and is still my favourite read so far this year. I was busting to learn more about Nalini Singh's Psy-Changeling world and be swept off my feet by all new love stories so I dived into Visions of Heat.
The novel centres on Faith Nightstar, an F-Psy who is being exploited for her accurate visions of the future. Her visions cause her to be so sensitive she has had very minimal contact with other people and is overwhelmed by the sensation of touch. That is, until she meets Vaughn, a changeling who makes it his mission to introduce Faith to all the sensations she's been deprived of.
Lovers of paranormal romance and urban fantasy are sure to be impressed by Singh's power to create a compelling novel that puts you on the edge of your seat from page 1. This book was wrought with all kinds of tension and anticipation - sexual and otherwise - to propel the reader quickly and satisfyingly through its pages.
You'll learn beautiful and surprising things about the Net Mind and the Psy Council. You'll wonder how the Psy-Changeling story will ultimately end. Will there be an all-out war? Will the Psy be liberated from Silence? The best part of these books is that you don't just care about the main characters, you are drawn so far into the story that you actually care deeply about the fate of the very world they live in. What an amazing storyteller!
I can say with confidence that because of this series, Nalini Singh is one of my favourite authors. Classifying Twilight as YA, I don't think I've read a paranormal romance that rivals this series.
Five stars all the way and a definite potential re-read.
Some of my favourite quotes are a little too naughty to post but here's an excerpt:
'So I could be mated to someone who could choose not to be my mate?' A nightmare idea. Mating was a one-shot deal. The link usually involved a conscious decision at some point by the female, which made Vaughn and Faith's link very unusual. But no matter how it had come into being, once made, even death couldn't break it. No one mated twice. They might find a lover but the hole in them would never be fixed. Never. "I need to run."
But though he ran himself to exhaustion, his beast could find no comfort in an act that had always before meant freedom. Because he was chained, tied on the deepest level to a woman who just might destroy him.
This is my first Robin McKinley book and I'm sorry to say that it'll probably be my last. I know she has a large fan-base and I know that she is criti...moreThis is my first Robin McKinley book and I'm sorry to say that it'll probably be my last. I know she has a large fan-base and I know that she is critically acclaimed but I just couldn't get into her writing. Even if Neil Gaiman says it's 'Pretty much perfect.'
The whole novel is written like one giant info-dump with barely any dialogue or interaction between characters. It's made up mostly of the character's internal reflections and while she's certainly quirky, I didn't find Sunshine endearing. I never felt like I managed to care enough about the story to get past the fact that the author continually made up words, had purposefully terrible grammar and had no chapters. Call me boring, call me backwards but maybe this novel is just too unconventional for me?
The other thing was that I really liked Constantine and I felt he was barely even in the novel. What was with that? It felt like McKinley was constantly holding out on me. I didn't really care so much about SOF or any of the other sub-plots. I wanted more of Con and I never got it. I really felt that if there had been more interaction between Constantine and Sunshine, I would've enjoyed this much more.
Judging by other reviews, if you're a McKinley fan, you'll probably enjoy this novel. I just think I missed the point!(less)
Have you ever read a book where you've loved one half of it and then felt completely lost for the second half? Unfortunately that was me with Gene of...moreHave you ever read a book where you've loved one half of it and then felt completely lost for the second half? Unfortunately that was me with Gene of Isis. And I'm not completely sure it's Traci Harding's fault either.
This book is divided into three sections set in three separate times: 13th Century France, 19th Century England and modern day Australia. An interesting combination but it works for variety! The novel begins with the story of Lady Ashlee (19th Century England) and follows her troubles as a child who can see and talk to spirits. Reading about her struggle to make sense of what she sees and her refusal to identify herself as abnormal is truly gut-wrenching. I was on the edge of my seat with horror and suspense when she is committed to a mental hospital at a young age after embarrassing her high-flying parents with her 'gift'.
Likewise, I continued to fly through the pages as she embarks on psychic training and has her debut in society. About 200 pages into this novel I was describing it as part-fantasy, part-historical, part-romance - the perfect combination!
Unfortunately, I got lost somewhere along the way. And it happened to be round about the time the author introduced the modern day character and began talking about the Holy Grail and the secret bloodline of Mary Magdalene.
It's not that this story line doesn't interest me, or even that it offends me. It's actually quite the opposite. I am a major ignoramus when it comes to Biblical studies and Christian history. So for me, the links between Bible stories and this book were really unclear. I just didn't really get it. I got the Da Vinci Code and all the connections but I really failed here. I felt like I was doing a paint-by-numbers but without the numbers....
Harding's writing style is really quite easy to read and she does a wonderful job of keeping up the suspense over a 600 page novel. So if you do have better knowledge than I do about religious history and are not easily offended by some pretty radical twists on religion then you may find you really enjoy this novel. It is quite clear that it is highly researched and thought-out.
I'm not sure I'll continue with this series however I will definitely read more of the author's work. If this had been a story solely about Ashlee and hadn't involved the Holy Grail, I can imagine it really would've been one of my favourites. Traci Harding really is a brilliant writer. (less)
I would love to tell you that the first novel in Nalini Singh's new Guild-Hunter series was as enjoyable as the first novel in her Psy-Changelling ser...moreI would love to tell you that the first novel in Nalini Singh's new Guild-Hunter series was as enjoyable as the first novel in her Psy-Changelling series but unfortunately it wasn't for me. There were a few reasons I've given it the rating I have but most of them come down to personal choice and reading preferences. I have no doubt that there would be many readers with different taste to mine who will love this book. After all, Singh is a wonderful writer who creates a wonderful plot full of suspense. So please take my comments with a grain of salt and understand this isn't criticism directed at the book but more a matter of opinion.
The biggest thing for me in this novel was that I felt the main characters lacked a tenderness for one another that would indicate their feelings were more than sexual. I know that Raphael wasn't human and that being an archangel makes him more prone to cruelty but honestly, apart from his hot bod I don't really see why Elena fell for him. At times I think he borders more on asshole than alpha male. He doesn't have any of the inner-softness of Lucas and unfortunately I kind of felt he needed that. Emma Darcy once wrote that the most important thing in a romance novel is that the reader fall in love with the hero. I just don't think I got there with Raphael.
The other thing that turned me off was the extreme amount of gore and swearing. Body parts were strewn everywhere through this book - throats are slashed, hearts are ripped out of chests, eyeballs are gouged out. It really was enough to make me cringe in parts and read faster to escape the violence. I don't normally mind a bit of suspense, a bit of violence in a novel but this was akin to watching two people fall in love on the movie set of Saw. This may not bother some readers at all but it made my stomach do flip-flops. Also the swearing was a little much after a while. In those situations, I would probably drop the f-bomb fairly often too but as a reader, it was a little much.
I didn't really love the whole angels making vampires thing either. I understood it and by the end of the book I was used to it but I didn't really like that take on things.
Again, this is all personal preference. I really wanted to love this book but for the above reasons felt I couldn't connect with the story. I will definitely contine with reading the Psy-Changelling series as it seems more my style but I don't think I'll be reading anymore of the Guild Hunter novels.
I do have a feeling that The Empress of Good & Evil might like this book though! She may be able to give you a different spin on it. (less)
I have to admire the courage it took for Karen Harper to take something as small as a discrepancy on William Shakespeare's marriage certificate and cr...moreI have to admire the courage it took for Karen Harper to take something as small as a discrepancy on William Shakespeare's marriage certificate and create an entire novel from it. Although the idea that Shakespeare had a mistress is not a new one, it is a fantastic literary premise sure to draw attention and potentially, criticism.
There are plenty of areas in which this novel does deliver and can be commended. First of all would be the clever way Harper weaves lines of Shakespeare's sonnets and plays into witty dialogue between the two main characters. I found it terribly romantic when Will would whisper things to Anne like 'Parting is such sweet sorrow.' That part of the novel certainly lived up to my expectations.
The other thing you can't fault Harper on is her ability to recreate a time and place in history. Even though she's used pure speculation for the basis of her novel, the world in which these characters inhabit is very distinctly Elizabethan England and all the little details she weaves into the story really add to the authenticity. It is clear she did her research. There are two scenes - a birth scene and a plague scene - that are particularly haunting and remind you of what it really would've been like to live in these times.
However for all its strength and ambition, Mistress Shakespeare doesn't quite manage to be all that it could've been. To me, the biggest cause of this was the character of Anne Whately. Although I did enjoy aspects of her life, she just really puts up with way too much rubbish from William Shakespeare to appeal to me. Reading the journey of her life with her, I somehow failed to make any real emotional connection to Anne. I understand the duplicity of her feelings for William Shakespeare and her motivations as a character but to be really honest, she just didn't do it for me. Maybe I wanted her to be more modern? This is probably unfair as Harper was staying true to women of the time but even in historicals, I'm used to reading heroines who give as good as they get.
The other thing was that William Shakespeare wasn't portrayed in this novel to be as brilliant as I wanted him to be. I know that he was just a man but I really wanted to see something special in him and I just didn't get it. He didn't seem different or even really quirky. Just another man unable to give the woman he loves what she wants.
I know there are many fans of Karen Harper out there and not having read any of her other work, I'm unable to tell you how this novel compares. I can see from her writing and research that she is probably a brilliant author but unfortunately I found Mistress Shakespeare to be forgettable.
For the first 100 pages of this novel I was laughing out loud, shaking my head in disbelief and cringing at Becky's antics. By page 300 I was still la...moreFor the first 100 pages of this novel I was laughing out loud, shaking my head in disbelief and cringing at Becky's antics. By page 300 I was still laughing, shaking my head and cringing but with much less enthusiasm. It's just after a while, this character can get a little tedious.
The scary part is that as much as I hate shopping for clothes, I can see a little of myself in Becky. I certainly have the book-buying compulsion! That is part of the charm of this character though, in her craziness, in her extremities, she is still relatable to some degree. Although we don't want to BE Becky, we can admit quietly that we can sometimes be LIKE Becky.
Like me, you might spend a great deal of the book hoping for some miraculous cure to Becky's addiction. All I can say is, don't hold your breath. Shopping is seriously like crack to this woman!
This isn't the best book I've ever read but it was a lot of fun. I am really looking forward to the movie...I'm hoping it'll be a great chick-flicks to enjoy with friends.(less)
This is the kind of book that makes me want to taunt people in the 'Literature' section of Borders by pointing my judgemental finger at them and sayin...moreThis is the kind of book that makes me want to taunt people in the 'Literature' section of Borders by pointing my judgemental finger at them and saying 'My book's better than your book! Na na na na na na.' Granted that may not be the way to convert sceptics but me being handcuffed in a bookstore might put a spotlight on a genre Aussies should be proud to read.
Slave to Sensation embodies all that makes a Romance novel so utterly, gratuitously satisfying. It's intelligent, high-concept fiction coloured by the deep understanding of the emotions that make us all human and I can't sing its praises enough. Having said that, this is a paranormal romance and since we all have preferences, I'll gladly let you know why I loved it.
I haven't read very many paranormal romances but I was extraordinarily impressed with the Psy-net concept. It's fascinating, well-developed and creates more than enough guts to power the plot along at high speed. Even if you removed the romance element from this book, you would still have a concept interesting enough to create a science-fiction novel.
But after a few pages of the hero, you wouldn't want to remove the romance element of the story. Lucas really is quite divine. But then again, I always was a sucker for the alpha hero. And as the Alpha of a pack of changelings, Lucas is as possessive, sexual, dominant and masculine as they get.
Lucky Sasha gives as good as she gets. She is a heroine you find yourself slipping into the mind of easily. There were so many things about her that I loved but I don't want to give away any secrets. She is a character you gladly observe developing throughout the course of the novel.
The other thing that Romances novels tend to do really well is develop interesting minor characters. I will gladly read about any of the cast of the changeling-psy world...actually I don't think I'll be able to stop myself.
And yes, I whole-heartedly agree with the Empress...I want my own panther with skin-privileges ;-) (less)
Let's get one thing straight...Sookie Stackhouse is no Bella Swan. You may have read the myriad reviews that list the similarities between Charlaine H...moreLet's get one thing straight...Sookie Stackhouse is no Bella Swan. You may have read the myriad reviews that list the similarities between Charlaine Harris's novels and the Twilight Saga and I can assure you that most of them are true. Harris refers to her vampires 'glowing', Bill drinks synthetic blood, Sookie can read minds...the list goes on and on.
But after finishing this book, what I can assure you is that in so many ways these books are so completely different that they bear no comparison. The Sookie Stackhouse novels are fun and action-packed where Twilight is contemplative with a more restrained plot. Neither one is better...they're just different.
What I enjoyed so much about Dead Until Dark is the incredible, break-neck pace the plot moved along at. This was like watching a blockbuster movie and truly didn't take much more time than that to read. Harris threads the hooks of the story expertly. When you get to the end of a chapter, she'll write something to stop your heart dead in your chest. You literally HAVE to turn the page to find out more.
The other major strength of this novel is Sookie. She is one of the most fun characters. She's kooky, she's kick-ass and I loved being able to step right into her mind. I would've taken tough-stuff Sookie over Bella any day.
But Bill is not comparable to Edward. He's HOT and he oozes that sexy bad-guy image but I just don't know if I 100% believes he loves Sookie. I know his character is supposed to be stiff and uncommunicative but I did find it a challenge to warm to him as much as I have done with other romantic heroes. He doesn't really have the 'swoon factor' Edward does.
I will absolutely continue to read this series with great pleasure. I do want to know what happens with Sookie...I secretly hopes she shacks up with Sam. Is that too much to ask?
Readers should be warned that this novel is quite violent. It also discusses issues that some could find disturbing and upsetting (incest etc). For more conservative readers, please be aware there are multiple explicit love scenes.
I would certainly recommend this book to Twilight fans looking for an enjoyable vampire series.(less)