PLOT SPOILER! I do talk about key points in the story, so please be warned. Also OPINION ALERT! I know Team Eric vs. Team any other supe out there for...morePLOT SPOILER! I do talk about key points in the story, so please be warned. Also OPINION ALERT! I know Team Eric vs. Team any other supe out there for Sookie is a touchy touchy subject. But please just keep in mind, I am and will always be Team Eric! So if you aren't, I love you anyway :). But keep in mind, I am totally biased!
How do I begin! Like many of the other books in this series, it seemed it may be a slow start. Charlaine has a way of writing minute to minute then skipping ahead to hours at a time and then, Wham! In your face! But I have mostly enjoyed it - with one exception, Book 8, and that i still actually liked.
So I wasn't quite sure what would really happen with this book, except that I was hoping Victor would get what he deserved. The closer I got to the end, the more I thought it wasn't going to happen in this book. But I was glad to see there was deffinitely progress made with him. Yes, I am being vague there. :) Along the way though, Sookie finds out a lot about her family and her grandmother's past and just exactly how she became how she is. Plus some stuff that was going on with her and Eric for a while finally comes to the surface and it isn't so pretty to look at in the light of day! Just like a vamp out in the sun! Har har har! :).
It's funny to think in terms of reality when you are dealing with a story of fictional vampires. But the way Charlaine writes a relationship between her characters isn't a huge epic love story feel. It's a down to earth, mostly relateable version of love. And although craziness happens everywhere around Sookie, (ie. Elvis concerts for vamps! I HEART me some Bubba!) the way she acts is always very human. In my opinion, I don't ever see Sookie saying goodbye to the sun that she so loves and becoming a vampire. It's not in her version of reality. The issues that she and Eric fought over and talked about dealt with have always been her way of avoiding the future and trying to figure out what she wants tomorrow, and not just today.
With all that being said, I find a lot of Sookies "issues" with the vamp way of life, somewhat like what Eric called her at the end - hypocritical. Although I get her points every time (most every time anyway) she doesn't live her life the way she views herself and what kind of person she is. Don't get me wrong! I am all for seeing people like Sandra and Victor getting what they deserve. But she takes issues with all of the same things she sees in Eric as she is trying to figure out who she is in the mean time. Although I knew that Sookie's view of life (har har har!) was going to come between her and Eric (Shit or get off the pot, as they say) I always thought that she could stop seeing things as moral issues and learn to deal with things as they come. She is deffinitely a strong and proud woman - who is probably my favorite female character in fiction today - I just think she is rather lost right now. I struggle while I read the books of whether I want her to become more like Eric or whether I want her to stick up for what she believes is right. I will say, I hope that she can figure out who she is and be that person with Eric.
I will attempt to make this short and sweet. But sorry, I am a rambler!
We know that Sookie struggles with the fact that most of Eric's humanity is gone. As it would be with a Viking vampire as old as he is. But to me it seems that really isn't what her problems with their relationship are. That's just what's easy for her to deal with head on. She's upset and throws a morality issue in his face. But too me it seems like she is more upset with the fact that he is also very secretive and "old fashioned" and has idealistic ideas of what their relationship should be. He wants her to move in and she is hesitant for sure. But I think she is really just scared. Scared of being hurt by him and scared of maybe realizing she is more like Eric than she can admit right now. I am still trying to get my thoughts together on this, so I may update this part on some future date. But at last, I do home that Eric and Sookie work it all out. How they would though, doesn't seem to be in the cards for either of them.
With all of this conflict raging inside, I still give the book 5 stars because after 11 books, if it can make me care enough to keep reading, and to anticipate it coming out each time and still be able to surpise me and keep me up until the wee hours of the morning when I have to get up for work bright and early, (runon scentence anyone!) well I still love this series! I still love that I care so much about Sookie and Eric and all the rest. (less)
I think this is my favorite book of the series. The whole series is such a cool look at vampires and helps explain some of the myths that have circula...moreI think this is my favorite book of the series. The whole series is such a cool look at vampires and helps explain some of the myths that have circulated throughout the years. I love anything that ties into Christianity's idea of creation, or any other religion for that matter.
Melissa de la Cruz has a unique way of looking at the world while at the same time keeping her vampires young, smart and fabulously dressed. You can't go wrong with a well dressed vampire!
This story is a globe trotting adventure from start to finish and leaves you wanting more. There was some drag in the middle. The writing became a bit cheesey at points - which I don't remember experiencing in the other books at all. But that being said, I still ended up enjoying it more than the other 3 books before it. Hope you guys like it too!
First of all, let me just say, it takes a lot for me to give a 5 out of 5 on any book. So for me to have done so, you know I LOVED it!
I live for books...moreFirst of all, let me just say, it takes a lot for me to give a 5 out of 5 on any book. So for me to have done so, you know I LOVED it!
I live for books like this. From the beginning I was hooked. Character development is a huge thing for me. Not only do I want characters that are interesting, but I want them relatable. Even in a fantasy where there is a lot of out of the ordinary things happening.
Let me start with Sam. Sam, Sam, dreamy, poetic, sensitive Sam. If you read my review of Vampire Diaries 1 and 2, you are probably thinking that I am totally going against the things I was complaining about Steffen, the main character. But let me just say Maggie Stiefvater made such a great leading man with Sam. He may love poetry and books and understand art, but he was not afraid to fight to the very end. That was the difference of why his character worked for me and Steffen of Vampire Diaries didn't. Maggie Stiefvater did something that as much as I love Twilight and her other writings, Stephenie Meyer couldn't. She made me fall in love with a warewolf!
Don't get me wrong, his character wasn't perfect. But I didn't care. The story was even better than the characters. But the characters enhanced the story, and totally suckered me in.
Grace, the female lead was also a great character. She was practically raising herself when Sam walked into her life. She was very independant and because of that made some mistakes, but still remained likable and believable. She was the yin to Sam's yang in every way. And they were perfect for each other.
There is so much romance in this book. Things that aren't supposed to be romantic still make you giddy like a school girl. I love when first love is written so well that it takes you back to yours. And this story certainly did just that.
I can't wait until the next one comes out. Wish I didn't have to wait so long!
If you haven't got my point yet, go buy this book now and read it! :D(less)
This is one of the best books of the series! I enjoyed this far more than the last book. From the story line with Jason to the conflicts with all of t...moreThis is one of the best books of the series! I enjoyed this far more than the last book. From the story line with Jason to the conflicts with all of the men in Sookie's life, the action never stopped! Can't wait to see what the next book is all about! Team Eric all the way!!!!!!(less)
I had the perfect review written but my interent went down and I lost the whole thing. So I will have to try to rewrite it on a later date. I will say...moreI had the perfect review written but my interent went down and I lost the whole thing. So I will have to try to rewrite it on a later date. I will say that I loved how the series teaches about human nature and how evil can disguise itself as something noble and rightous. It's so easy to see how people make the mistakes they do thinking they are just choices. But don't get me wrong. This series, and especially this last installment are full of demon butt kicking, beautiful males and so much more.(less)
This movie companion is really unique and fun. I loved all the tid bits Catherine included in this. The sketches, behind the scenes photos! Plus the s...moreThis movie companion is really unique and fun. I loved all the tid bits Catherine included in this. The sketches, behind the scenes photos! Plus the size being small gives it a personal and intimate feel. You feel like you are reading a diary. It's such a cool book. It made me want to get into the movie industry for just a minute. If you love the movie, this is a must own!!!(less)
Even though I refused to read too much of this book before I saw the movie, I loved it right away. It is full of beautify pictures of the scenery plus...moreEven though I refused to read too much of this book before I saw the movie, I loved it right away. It is full of beautify pictures of the scenery plus pictures of all the cast and sets. Then once I saw the movie and read it, I realized how much went into the movie. This is a detailed account of why certain places were chosen, about the cast, adapting the book into a movie, and much, much more. Go and get this if you haven't yet! You won't regret it!(less)
I am truely a fan of Roald Dahl. Although I read other books of his when I was a kid, I never read this one. So I was excited to read it this year. Th...moreI am truely a fan of Roald Dahl. Although I read other books of his when I was a kid, I never read this one. So I was excited to read it this year. The story is fun and entertaining all the way through. You cannot help but to love the hero of the story, Charlie, as we all know. I also enjoyed comparing this to the 2 movies that have been made based on the book. Surprisingly both were close to the book. This is a must own! Can't wait to read this to my daughter.(less)
**spoiler alert** I have read and listed to the Twilight Saga. Although I love the stories, I had a hard time with the narator. But luckily, since the...more**spoiler alert** I have read and listed to the Twilight Saga. Although I love the stories, I had a hard time with the narator. But luckily, since the story is soooo fantastic, I didn't worry about it too much and quickly fell into the story just by listening. And the further I got into it, the less the narator bothered me. Love audio books!!!!
Oh, and although I have read New Moon 5 times, I have only read it once all the way through. I can only read it right up until Edward leaves. Then I pick it back up when Bella jumps off the cliff. I just can't take Edward being gone :)(less)
I am listening to this audio book on my ipod but I still count it as reading it. I am about 3/4 of the way through so when I finish it, I will write m...moreI am listening to this audio book on my ipod but I still count it as reading it. I am about 3/4 of the way through so when I finish it, I will write my review :) ***********UPDATE************** Finished the book this morning. Love Stephanie's quirkiness and the fact that she doesn't ever go down without a fight. The characters of this series are so much fun that you can't help but love them. I am team Joe all the way!!!!(less)