Finally this is the Charliane Harris I have been waiting for! This series seems to have hit its stride with the third book, An Ice Cold Grave. HarperFinally this is the Charliane Harris I have been waiting for! This series seems to have hit its stride with the third book, An Ice Cold Grave. Harper and Tolliver are called to Doraville where a serial murderer has left a string of young boys as victims. As always it's up to our reluctant heroine to solve the mystery of the boys' deaths.
Compared to the previous two books which seemed formulaic and had almost identical plot elements, in An Ice Cold Grave we finally a solid mystery that keeps you guessing until the very end.
Harper and Tolliver are more fleshed out and their relationship more nuanced. I was really happy to see their relationship become much more interesting and complicated while not getting lost in the plot. I had been uncertain if I should continue with this series but after this book I will definitely be back for more....more
This was a totally hilarious and different take on vampires and I loved it.
Jody is an insurance clerk who is turned into a vampire on her way home froThis was a totally hilarious and different take on vampires and I loved it.
Jody is an insurance clerk who is turned into a vampire on her way home from work. While trying to adjust to her new found abilities, she meets Tommy, an awkward aspiring writer from Incontinence Indiana who is determined to make it in the big City--or as his father says, starve in the big city. With Jody's "maker" hot on their tails and a string of mysterious murders threatening their very existence, Jody and Tommy's romance is challenging to say the least.
I am a sucker (excuse the pun) for any vampire-related fiction and Blood Sucking Fiends did not disappoint. Moore's humor is irreverent and raunchy and the cast of characters is completely absurd, but somehow the romance between Jody and Tommy still manages to be very sweet. If you love vampires and funny books this is the novel for you. Even better, if you love sweet but not overly sentimental romances then Blood Sucking Fiends is a true gem....more
Still a little bit slow, but better than book one in the series. Despite the repetitive plotline Harper seemed more fleshed out, more of a person in hStill a little bit slow, but better than book one in the series. Despite the repetitive plotline Harper seemed more fleshed out, more of a person in her own right. Even better, her relationship with Tolliver took another interesting turn. Good enough read to keep me coming back for more....more
Charley and Johnny have some wonderful interaction, lots of innuendo and UST but unfortunately I can only give this three stars because of a confusedCharley and Johnny have some wonderful interaction, lots of innuendo and UST but unfortunately I can only give this three stars because of a confused and confusing plot. Characters enter and exit with no explanation and since the author has crafted a fantasy world, there's lots of terminology and organizational structure to figure out. Those things aren't presented badly but the confusing plot makes it doubly hard to figure them out. I am going to keep reading this for the slash potential but I'm honestly surprised that this is the same author who produced Peacemaker. ...more
What an odd strangely disturbing book. Gideon Mack is a minister who doesn't believe in God. One day he falls into a ravine where he claims to have meWhat an odd strangely disturbing book. Gideon Mack is a minister who doesn't believe in God. One day he falls into a ravine where he claims to have met the Devil. That single encounter changes his life forever.
I picked up The Testament of Gideon Mack because the premise seemed interesting, but the book didn't quite meet my expectations. Firstly, at 400 pages, this is a slow ponderous read in many places. Overall I enjoyed it but it had very high and very low points. The length is a serious issue--or maybe the "literariness" of it is. I could tell from the narrative voice, the structure and the many allusions to Sir Walter Scott that it was perhaps supposed to mirror a certain type of 19th century novel. However, I picked this up as a casual read and I often found the rambling style tedious. I wanted Robertson to start off with Gideon's encounter with the Devil. Instead, he first takes us through 200 pages of Gideon's story from boyhood to marriage to his life as a minister.
We learn about Gideon's strict upbringing by his father who was also a minister and about his timid mother. What emerges is a picture of a peculiarly weak man. I could not decide if Gideon lacked conviction and passion, if he was a coward, or if he was simply happy to just settle. Nothing ever seemed worth fighting for. Furthermore, while the idea of an atheistic minister is a little odd, 200 pages was just too much to have to read through to get what was ultimately not a very interesting backstory.
Throughout the novel, Gideon torments himself with the idea that he's a charlatan but this seemed pointless to me. What does it matter what you believe if your actions are consistent with a minister's? It is the acts that take precedent over words. There's no such thing as a person who does no ministerial duties but claims to be a minister "in his heart". Again, another strike against the tormented wishy-washy Gideon.
Then there is the encounter with the Devil. This is the one area where I think The Testament of Gideon Mack shines. Gideon's portrayal of the Devil is frightening not because he's scary but because he's not. Gideon's relationship with the Devil is almost romantic, a curious mirror image of the brotherly love usually associated with Christ. It raises a number of questions that Robertson holds masterfully in tension. Where was God in all of this for example?
I found it hard to believe that he'd simply forgotten about us as the Devil claims. Do good and evil not define themselves in opposition? So if God was missing, to me it only suggested that he and the Devil were one and the same. It's a disturbing picture in the context of the furtive, unpredictable and immature character the Devil plays in this book. Another more disappointing interpretation of course is simply that as an atheist, Gideon is being deceived by the Devil and has met the end predicted for him by the likes of Peter McMurray.
I think Robertson is telling a subtler story than this and he carefully weaves together enough contradictory pieces to make the meaning of Gideon Mack's encounter really unanswerable. That is the saving grace of The Testament of Gideon Mack and what in the end makes it memorable....more
This book was such a surprise. When I first glanced at it, it seemed very chick lit-esque, which usually isn't my kind of thing. But, it was $3.00 inThis book was such a surprise. When I first glanced at it, it seemed very chick lit-esque, which usually isn't my kind of thing. But, it was $3.00 in the sale pile at Borders and when I flipped through it, the dialogue seemed funny and snappy. I thought "oh what the hell" and went for it. I'm so glad I did.
Midnight Brunch is actually the sequel to Acosta's first book, Happy Hour at Castle Dracula (which I now want to get my hands on). Our heroine, Milagro de Los Santos is dating a vampire--except vampirism in this world is a genetic disorder that causes blood cravings, super healing abilities and sensitivity to sun. There are no sharp fangs and a judicious application of sunblock is all the vampires need to stay healthy and happy.
We learn that Milagro accidentally became infected with the disorder in the previous novel and not only has she survived the infection (which is a very rare occurrence) but she's gained some special abilities as well. Needless to say, these abilities attract the attention of the wrong kind of vampires and Milagro must fight to stay out of their clutches.
This was such a breezy enjoyable read. Milagro is a funny sassy protagonist and the plot is transparent but not thin. You can guess what's coming a mile off but it's the cast of characters and the humor that really fuel the novel. Sure Milagro falls into traps that might as well have danger signs written all over them, but she does so more out of her sense of adventure than actual ditziness. She never becomes a weepy heroine and so even if the bad guys are obvious, it's easy to forgive. You'll find yourself chuckling with her along the way even as you hope that she really does find true happiness....more