I enjoyed Book Two of the Sookie Stackhouse series much more than Book One. I found myself smiling pretty much throughout the entire book, and especia...moreI enjoyed Book Two of the Sookie Stackhouse series much more than Book One. I found myself smiling pretty much throughout the entire book, and especially during the orgy scene. The thought of Eric in pink Lycra makes me laugh.
Naturally, I'm comparing the books with the TV series, and I'm honestly surprised at the differences between the two. I love True Blood and wasn't sure what to think when I started reading the first book. This is mainly because the books are told from Sookie's perspective and there aren't as many story lines running parallel to her relationship with the vampires.
I've also enjoyed learning about Sookie's relationship with Eric, which is much better explained in the books. Eric doesn't seem nearly as evil in the books as he does on the show. Then again, I'm only on Book Two, so things could change. More on that later!
The only thing that I find mildly annoying with the books is that Sookie seems a bit more dependent on the vampires than she does in the series. What's up with the vampires constantly carrying her around? It reminds me a bit of Edward and Bella in the Twilight series.
The Sookie Stackhouse series are a light and entertaining read and they're perfect for vacation or for long distance travel. It's not often that I would choose between a television series and a series of books, but in this case, True Blood wins hands-down.(less)
This is the third book of the Sookie Stackhouse series and I'm finding that reading these books compares to eating a bag of Lays potato chips. I bet y...moreThis is the third book of the Sookie Stackhouse series and I'm finding that reading these books compares to eating a bag of Lays potato chips. I bet you can't read just one!
Though this book series can in no way be called good literature, I've greatly enjoyed just being able to sit back and get lost in Sookie's supernatural world. I sped through book three on my Kindle in a day while waiting for various appointments throughout the day to come and go.
Alcide the werewolf enters Sookie's life when Bill is taken hostage by Lorena. As Sookie and Alcide work together to find Bill, Sookie discovers that her feelings for Bill are slightly overshadowed by her growing interest in Alcide and her odd relationship with Eric. (less)
I'm somewhere between a 3 and 4 on Dead to the World. I really liked where Eric's character is going in this book. Harris did a great job with charact...moreI'm somewhere between a 3 and 4 on Dead to the World. I really liked where Eric's character is going in this book. Harris did a great job with character development and I hope she's able to weave together a convincing new personality for Eric that's somewhere between the old Eric and the new Eric.
I would've liked to see more of a story develop with Hallow's coven, but I also realize there was a lot going on in the book with Eric's amnesia, Jason going missing and Hallow's coven wreaking havoc over the city of Bon Temps. All in all, I thought it was a great read. I'm looking forward to reading more about Jason's expeditions as a were-panther and I'm still holding out hope for Sookie and Alcide, even if her relationship with Eric is as hot as Brangelina. (less)
M'eh. I realize that Charlaine Harris is building tension and creating drama through all of Sookie's run-ins and injuries with the supernatural world,...moreM'eh. I realize that Charlaine Harris is building tension and creating drama through all of Sookie's run-ins and injuries with the supernatural world, but seriously, how many times has Sookie broken her ribs or her nose or had her neck bruised beyond belief? This is starting to wear on me a bit. Can't Harris write a story-line where she kicks ass for once instead of having her ass kicked?
Book #5 didn't entertain me as much as Harris' previous books. There was too much going on with the vampires, the werewolves, the were-panthers and the fairies. It's time to bring it back to the fold, Charlaine.
Where do I begin? Definitely Dead has a great storyline and it's interesting to see Sookie's character evolve as we learn more about her and her past....moreWhere do I begin? Definitely Dead has a great storyline and it's interesting to see Sookie's character evolve as we learn more about her and her past. She's more jaded in this novel and more than a little judgmental. It seems like she's becoming more cold-blooded as time goes by.
I really liked looking into Hadley's past, but I was definitely put off by the fact that Charlaine Harris seemed to pick Hadley's story up from NOWHERE. I honestly thought I'd missed something and was scrambling around on the Internet looking up book synopses and wondering how I could've missed such a vital piece of information. I mean, seriously, who the hell drops a half finished story like that into a novel and expects people to pick up on it? Apparently, Charlaine Harris does. An FYI would've been nice. Note to readers: Make sure you read Harris' short story Bite so you know what's going on before you start Definitely Dead.
I was rooting for Alcide or Eric, so it was a big disappointing to learn that Sookie has hooked up with Quinn. I like their story, though, and I'm looking forward to reading about a few more of their adventures before Sookie moves on. (less)
Sookie travels to the Vampire summit as Queen Sophie-Annie's telepath and ends up getting into all sorts of trouble. While she's there, she discovers...moreSookie travels to the Vampire summit as Queen Sophie-Annie's telepath and ends up getting into all sorts of trouble. While she's there, she discovers some interesting things about Quinn's past, attends the Queen's murder trial and reveals that all is not as it seems, she drinks Eric's blood again and becomes tied to him, finds a bomb, finds more bombs and then proceeds to help save the day when the hotel they are all staying at is attacked by the Fellowship of the Sun. There's never a dull moment in a Sookie Stackhouse novel! I loved all the action in drama in Book 7. There was almost too much going on, but it certainly made for a riveting read.
This isn't the sort of book I'd normally choose to read, but it was an Amazon freebie, the reviews were great and I just wanted to read something that...moreThis isn't the sort of book I'd normally choose to read, but it was an Amazon freebie, the reviews were great and I just wanted to read something that didn't require a lot of brain power. Simply put, Jenny Pox was a great read and I'd be interested in reading the rest of the books in this series if they're available as a Kindle download.
The story is about an eighteen year old girl who transfers the plague to anyone she comes into direct contact with. An early childhood incident with a local girl named Ashleigh means that Jenny has lived her entire life in isolation and constant ridicule. By the time she enters her senior year in high school, Jenny has resigned herself to a spinster lifestyle. Her only friend is a mongrel dog named Rocky. One day, while she is out running, Rocky is hit by a speeding car. Jenny flags down a passing car for help and discovers that another student at her high school has a similar afflication, only he has the power to heal others. Jenny and Seth become friends, but Seth is dating Jenny's arch-enemy Ashleigh, who has her own secret power. Will Jenny be able to break Ashleigh's terrible hold over Seth? You'll have to read it yourself to find out!(less)
I had to force myself to finish this book. I didn't enjoy it at all. I thought it was clumsily written and extremely predictable. The main character R...moreI had to force myself to finish this book. I didn't enjoy it at all. I thought it was clumsily written and extremely predictable. The main character Rae has just discovered that she is a bad-ass fairy, but she's a fairy that's caught in a love triangle and the book pretty much revolves around her running to and from her fairy boyfriend and the vampire boy she's in love with. It's like a cross between the Sookie Stackhouse novels and the Twilight novels. We really don't learn much about the characters other than what's on the surface. In fact, there isn't much character development at all, and that left me feeling ambivalent about what happened to them.
The story is also very confusing. The author rushed through most of it and left gaping holes in the text. For example, Rae is supposed to be guarding a magical amulet, and this is mentioned as an important part of the novel in the book synopsis, but the author doesn't really get into that part of the story until the last few chapters of the book.
Glamour is one of the worst books I've read all year, and that's saying something... I'm not hard to please when it comes to book.s
In Book Two, the Prologue is written as series of biblical writings to provide readers with a recap of...moreFantastic read. I just love this series so far!
In Book Two, the Prologue is written as series of biblical writings to provide readers with a recap of Book One. Cronin then launches into a series of story lines which all intersect towards the middle of the novel.
The Passage (Book One) weaves a tale of government cover-ups, the creation of a virus and how it was released. In The Twelve (Book Two), we learn about the devastation that was reaped upon the world once the virals escaped; we meet a number of new players that were only touched upon briefly in Book One, and we're also introduced to the Homeland, Director Guilder, and his facility for using vampire blood to achieve immortality.
Peter, Alicia, Amy, Michael, Sara, Hollis and Greer are all back, but they're scattered around the country. Wolgast has a hefty role to play in Book Two and we also see Amy complete her transformation.
The only thing I really didn't like about The Twelve was that with the exception of Grey, we really don't learn much about the Twelve Virals. Why name the book after the Twelve virals when they only make an appearance towards the end of the novel? I also felt that Book Two wasn't as tightly written as Book One. It wandered a bit and I had to do a lot more guesswork, especially in regards to the storyline regarding Lila's appearances and with Wolgast's return.
Justin Cronin is a master storyteller, and there is still so much to come. Book Three is due out in two years, and it will be focused on the original viral Zero, a being that we really haven't learned much about in the past two novels. I'm also looking forward to seeing where Cronin takes us with Alicia's character.
A security breach within a top-secret U.S. military facility goes awry during a laboratory experiment designed to create the ultimate soldier. The vir...moreA security breach within a top-secret U.S. military facility goes awry during a laboratory experiment designed to create the ultimate soldier. The virus is given to twelve death-row inmates and one little girl, but things go wrong really fast and the army ends up unleashing legions of terror on the world, plunging civilization as we know it back into the Dark Ages. Six-year-old Amy escapes from the project with FBI agent Brad Wolgast, but most of the world's population is wiped out within a matter of months.
99 years later, we meet a group of survivors in The Colony. They believe they're the only humans left, but they soon discover that they're not when they encounter Amy on a supply run. It isn't long before they realize Amy isn't quite like them, and in fact, she holds the key to their past and their future.
Terrific storytelling, in-depth characters, and tons of action make this book one of the best books I've read in 2013 so far.
Michael Crichton meets Stephen King meets Max Brooks in this medical horror/vampire story about an ancient vampire named Sardu that makes his way to N...moreMichael Crichton meets Stephen King meets Max Brooks in this medical horror/vampire story about an ancient vampire named Sardu that makes his way to New York on a 777 Boeing. Sardu immediately starts infecting the population, turning his victims into horrific blood sucking monsters.
Throw your traditional ideas of vampires out the window, people. These blood suckers are strong, fast, and use powerful stingers to paralyze their prey, inject the host with bloodworms, and suck the life out of them.
The only complaint I have is that the story bounced around a lot. I wasn't able to keep all the characters straight, but after awhile it didn't matter since most of them died.
The main characters: Eph, Nora, Zack, Fet and Setrakian, are all strong characters, but there's nothing really drawing me to them. I love stories that really make you care about the characters, and The Strain isn't doing that for me just yet. There is enough horror and violence with the vampire attacks to keep my interest though, and by the end of the first book, I was starting to come around on the heroes of the story. This is a fast paced horror novel that will keep you up at night!
The second book in The Strain Trilogy finds our heroes in the midst of a vampiric virus that has spread throughout New York City. Eph Goodweather, hea...moreThe second book in The Strain Trilogy finds our heroes in the midst of a vampiric virus that has spread throughout New York City. Eph Goodweather, head of the CDC, has joined forces with Abraham Setrakian, Vasilly Fet and a number of other vampire hunters that are hoping to turn the tide against these monsters. Eph's ex-wife Kelly is one of the casualties of this war, and Eph is dealing with the stress of trying to keep his son Zack safe. Kelly will stop at nothing to turn young Zack into a vampire and bring him into the fold.
As the Master tightens his control over New York City, his Old World counterparts arrive and begin vying for control. Setrakian learns of their arrival within the city and arranges a meeting with them in hopes of gaining their support to find an ancient book that reveals the vampire's entire history. Whoever obtains the book can control how the war is waged.
As for my comments on Book Two:
I felt that the authors neglected to flesh out their characters properly in Book One. The non-stop action, gore and the excellent descriptions of the vampire's turning kept me hooked, but overall, the lack of character development was something that needed to be addressed in Book Two.
The authors still delivered on the action and violence in Book Two, but they really shone in developing the characters properly. I finally started identifying with the characters a bit more, and started caring about what would happen to them. All in all, Book Two was a great read. I enjoyed it a lot more than the first book in the series.
They also did a great job of recounting the Master's history and the history of the Ancient Ones. I'm giving them high marks for developing vampire lore, even if parts of it are taking from some of del Toro's movies!