I just finished rereading this book, I'm rereading the later books in the series to get ready for #13. I admit I've gotten myself confused between the...moreI just finished rereading this book, I'm rereading the later books in the series to get ready for #13. I admit I've gotten myself confused between the books & the show True Blood, so I wanted to get my facts straight. Rereading this reminded me how far off the show is from the books - good as they both are!
So this books tells a lot about Sookie's family history, including some truths about her parents, and her brother learns the truth & begins to grow up a bit, too. I don't particular care for Jason, in either the show or the book, so I was happy to see he has a minor part to play in the book.
I remembered almost right away the ending to the book, and I was anxiously not looking forward to it, hoping that if I didn't actually read it, it wouldn't actually happen - and of course, I did read the ending & of course, things happened the same way I had remembered ;/.
So... what did I love and hate about the book?
This one is much darker - and I love the Sookie books because they arent dark, but honestly, it was nice to read all the same. Life isn't perfect, it's messy, and once again Sookie's life gets crazy messy all at once. Some of the scenes are abrupt, but there's a lot happening in this book & you definitely get the feeling that a lot of this book, if not all of this book, is setting you up for the next couple of books. I actually find that a big negative with any book - I don't like books/episodes that seem to serve as a commercial for the next one - but I love Sookie so much and think Harris just does such a wonderful job that I really don't mind at all.(less)
Like the first book in the series, this book has been reviewed a bunch of times & I don't have anything new to add, so I won't write a lengthy rev...moreLike the first book in the series, this book has been reviewed a bunch of times & I don't have anything new to add, so I won't write a lengthy review. I read this book immediately after watching the movie & reading the first book in the series & loved it as much as I loved the first one. I couldn't believe my eyes as I read the book & watched the story unfold, & when it was over I sobbed because I had to wait to get the next book to read.(less)
I love the Outlander series, and like everyone else, was eagerly waiting for this one to come out & as always, Gabaldon doesn't disappoint. As alw...moreI love the Outlander series, and like everyone else, was eagerly waiting for this one to come out & as always, Gabaldon doesn't disappoint. As always, there are scenes I wish I had more of, and scenes I wish I had less of, but you just have to love Jamie & Claire's love affair, especially now that they are getting older. It's still unrealistic, this perfect love of theirs where one never really fights or gets mad, but that's why it's fiction. The last couple of books dragged for me a bit, but overall I liked the pacing and the plot of this book more. (less)
**spoiler alert** 2010 review -- I'm not really sure how to write a review for this book. I greatly loved it, and read it in only a couple of sittings...more**spoiler alert** 2010 review -- I'm not really sure how to write a review for this book. I greatly loved it, and read it in only a couple of sittings. I enjoyed the fact that we learn a lot about various family relationships throughout the book. I greatly loved the fact that Alexei Romanov is a vampire, and I definitely agree with Harris that he'd be crazier than a loon.
The book is very slow moving, not a lot happens. I feel as if this book is a transition book, setting the scene for what happens next. Harris does a fabulous job of reminding readers what happened in past books, without getting too repetitive like some other vampire series I won't mention.
But... that whole relationship with Eric. It really drove me nuts, how normal Harris was writing their marriage. All the honeys and other terms of endearment, to me were just fake. And Claude being nice just seemed so out of character.
All of those negatives aside, however, it's still a wonderful book, a fast read, and I'm definitely left wanting to read the next book in the series.
2013 review -- Not much to add, really. Still enjoyed it, read pretty fast like the first time. Still love the fact that Alexei Romanov is a vampire, but have more more feelings about him this time around. Surprised I didn't write more about how evil, sick, and twisted he is - and how sad it all it.
I didn't find her relationship with Eric nuts this time - parts still felt a little fake, but it seemed a little more "real" this time around.(less)
I loved this book, and actually have a copy of it in the original French, which is how I first read it. I greatly enjoyed rereading the book, and actu...moreI loved this book, and actually have a copy of it in the original French, which is how I first read it. I greatly enjoyed rereading the book, and actually got alot more out of it as an adult, though I often had to wonder just how the author came up with some of his ideas, and why this is classified as a children's book (other than the photos, of course).(less)