OMG!!! I’ve been waiting for this book for a year and now it’s finally out!!! It was sooooooo worth the wait!!! Such an amazi...moreReview from ZombieHazard.
OMG!!! I’ve been waiting for this book for a year and now it’s finally out!!! It was sooooooo worth the wait!!! Such an amazing book!!! It totally made up for the sh*t that was the previous one!!!
Naaaah I’m just kidding. I so much wished I’d say that after reading Dead Reckoning. But guess what? It sucked even more than Dead in the Family. It simply has no purpose of existence.
If I could just point out all my problems with this book I’d end up wasting all day writing about it so I’ll just mention the things I think are somewhat relevant. I simply hated it. I’m full of rage because I tried to trick myself into thinking the series will come back to its feet. Nah. The series is dead.
Anyways, here comes my complaining.
Was it just me or did the plot go on vacation to a sunny beach and left the book hanging around our poor shelves as useless as a pile of dirt? Why was this book totally useless for both the series and my poor raped mind? Also, why am I being bothered by Charlaine Harris' writing style? I mean yeah she makes you feel like you’re reading Sookie’s mind but I don’t know. It didn’t appeal to me. Sookie’s mind is too simple for me to like living in there…
I have to admit I started reading this because it’s been sitting on my shelf for a while and True Blood’s running on TV and I’m watching the show and kinda enjoying the season. Seems ok so far. But anyways, I said its time to finally read this. The previous book was a huge pile of sh*t. I really was hoping this one will be different. I can tell the series is going to hell book by book so I was curious to see how many books I have left until I totally give it up. Well guess what? I’m officially giving the series up after Dead Reckoning. So bye bye Sookie Stackhouse, it’s been fun but we must go our separate ways! So leave me the hell alone!!!
Excuse me for not wanting to read about Sookie cleaning her attic and selling her junk to an antique shop. I don’t give a sh*t about non-important characters or don’t know who’s baby or Sookie’s hair getting cut by an emo dude. I want a damn good story. I can’t believe this series ended up like this. I know I’m repeating myself but it’s just cruel. This shouldn’t even be printed out!!!
Sookie is turning out to be very annoying. Now I’m not saying it because she gets turned on by her cousins, or that everyone’s trying either to kill her or f*ck her. I mean isn’t it strange that so many dudes are after Sookie? Does this woman wear a special perfume that gets guys crazy over her? Is it her boobs that, I quote, should win the Miss America Tit Competition (WTF?!?! Nice going Bill)? Or maybe her milkshake brings all the boys to the yard, and they're like, it’s better than yours. I got bored with people trying to kill Sookie all the time. All the books are about her escaping God knows who because they want her dead for God knows what reason. I wish this book as about something more original.
Anyway, back to my point. Why is she annoying? Because she has a nice husband and she treats him like sh*t. Eric already has problems and she adds to them by cutting the bond. Why does she have to complicate things? Probably because their relationship is boring. Was it on purpose? Does Charlaine Harris actually plan to end Sookie and Eric’s “marriage”? I would have expected them to be team-mates, work together, be strong together, but what I see is coldness and boredom. I was excited, like everyone, that they hooked up, then shocked that they got married or whatever, and now they’re just normal dudes who do nothing and just occupy pages for the sake of what? Going on with the series even though it’s dead? Is the TV show making Mrs. Harris write the books just to get more money out of sales? Well yeah it’s a good strategy since fans will want inside scoop, but what about the rest of us? What about the people who actually liked the series and were expecting some good books and good stories to be out? Not good enough for the sale numbers maybe? I think the series should have ended with maximum book nine. At least it would have been a decent exit.
Question: are there any good things in this book?
I love Pam, she’s the coolest character in the book and also in the show. I have to mention Jessica also for the show, she’s interesting. Bellenos was great, it was a relief that he didn’t lust after Sookie. And Dermot wasn’t bad also.
That’s it with the good stuff.
As a summary for my reactions after reading the book I will present this rage comic:
I don’t know why this change in the Sookie Stackhouse series. Either Mrs. Harris got out of ideas, or maybe it’s True Blood messing with it, but nothing good is coming out anymore. I used to be crazy about the series and it’s kinda sad seeing it end up like trash. Oh well, there are better books out there which are actually worth my time.(less)
And here's where this series gets blah for me. I think I would have wanted Cat and Bones to have more obstacles in their relationship. More sexual ten...moreAnd here's where this series gets blah for me. I think I would have wanted Cat and Bones to have more obstacles in their relationship. More sexual tension. I think it all got wasted with them getting together so fast.
1st read: 16th - 18th Dec 2010 2nd read: 4th - 7th Jan 2014(less)
Knowing the characters throughout the previous books, it was easy to see the way they changed. Cat got mature; she finally opened up and accepted her...moreKnowing the characters throughout the previous books, it was easy to see the way they changed. Cat got mature; she finally opened up and accepted her feelings for Bones. She was awesome in the first book, then declined and now she’s at her peak again. I guess I can call her my favorite heroine so far.
Bones… oh boy… what more can I say about this guy? He was yum before, now he’s yum as hell… I just have a soft spot for him. He’s so damn sexy and brutal and yet the way he treats Cat is amazing. Couple of the year award, please!
The story was nice, plenty of funny moments, but also crazy action scenes and passionate love ones. It didn’t bore me AT ALL, which is great especially since these days when my patience is kinda thin (yes, painting saints does that to you). So I can tell you this, didn’t read this series yet? Get your arse moving and get it! It’s worth every minute of your time!
Now, I can give you some quotes that I totally loved! (blonde moment ftw)
Timmie gave Bones and me a speculative glance. “Before we go, I gotta know: If mind-reading abilities are real, there’s something else I wondered if fiction got right about vampires—” “Ask me if I sparkle and I’ll kill you where you stand,” Bones cut him off with utmost seriousness.
Marie's sharp gaze didn't leave mine. "The last time I saw you, you were still a half-breed. Tell me, Cat, how do you find being a full vampire?" "It's great," I said […] "I haven't missed getting my period even once, and hey, no more counting calories. What's not to love, right?"
"Your arrogance deserves its own zip code, Drac"
"My dear Reaper," Vlad said, still laughing. "Did you just check out our-" "No!" I interrupted at once, almost lunging toward the staircase. "I'm tired and still dazed from the Remnants and . . . fuck it, I'm taking a shower. I mean, not a cold shower, because I don't need that"-oh Jesus, I was only making this worse - "because I am cold already, and I need to get hot. I mean, warmer. Oh, just shut up!"
"No one can hide from death, no one, not even our kind. Death travels the world and passes through even the thickest walls we protect ourselves with”
*2013 edit This review is embarrassing. But I'll leave it here. It's good to see how much I've changed over the years... I'll be writing my current tho...more*2013 edit This review is embarrassing. But I'll leave it here. It's good to see how much I've changed over the years... I'll be writing my current thoughts in bold. Eh.
Wow… even now I’m short on words. This may be the best book, and I mean THE best book, I’ve ever read (No, it's not. It was still pretty good). Nalini Singh landed on the first position in my top favorite authors because of this (... Nope. Not anymore.). I will start by saying that I love her writing style. She’s got some serious talent going on. And speaking of talent, I doubt any author can compete with her skills of creating spectacular characters (Wrong. Very very wrong.). If you think about Raphael, Elena, Dmitri, Illium, Venom, Ransom, Sara, Michaela (Burn in hell.), Uram… Oh wait! That’s actually counting almost all of them, right? Proves my point! This is something you don’t find in many books these days (That's kind of right, I guess...).
Oh, just to make sure the girls got things right, I made a little image. Pay attention!
(I actually want Illium, thank you very much.)
Ooook, now I’m done with that. Where was I? Oh yes… Usually I would take a bit of time to get used to the universe the author creates, especially in the first book of a series. Angels' Blood doesn’t even come near this. It caught me since chapter one and threw me into the rollercoaster that the story was. A wild, dangerous ride that made me have the time of my life. (You poor thing.)
If you check figure 1 (Figure one? Lol.), you will see… yeah I can use my heart rate in this case. So yes, you can see my heart rate reaction according to certain chapters. A fine experiment I might say! (Please kill me now.)
BOOM! I might be dead! But don’t be too happy… I ain’t dead yet! I still get to stress you with my reviews. *evil smile*
I said it before, and I will say it again. It’s really difficult for me to get to like heroines, especially since most of them end up being either stupid or annoying. Elena may possibly be the perfect heroine. (I see that you haven't read Kate Daniels yet.) No annoying moments whatsoever, she has a death-wish and still manages to look brave even though she’s close to soiling her pants (eeeh? I’m nice… not using bad words… not for Elena *giggles*) (dafuq) aaand, the best thing of all, she managed to tame the wild, deadly beast that is Raphael. (Buahahahaha! Wild deadly beast! Buahahahahaha!!!) This brings us to the next matter of hand. Maestro – the music!
The Archangel, Master of New York, badass extraordinaire, slayer of (arch)angels and sire of vampires, and my favorite boy-toy – Raphael. (Uhm... No.) I must admit that he scares me.(He scares you??!!!) For real, seeing how cruel he was surprised me. Yeah I expected a brute or maybe a cruel, calculating bastard but still. A lil’ tiny-winy bit of heart? The answer? No… No heart whatsoever. He is one of the best heroes in my opinion. (....must...not...delete...anything...) You know my weak spot for villains who turn good, well he perfectly fits that. You can’t really tell if he will tear out your heart (with his bare hands of course – we got a sample of that) for just looking at him wrong or just slash your throat, if he’s having a good day. How can you not love that?!?! (Dude.. that's not a healthy relationship...) And the chemistry he had with Elena (even though he was close to killing her many times) was simply phenomenal!
(He is the Cookie Monster.)
I can’t really comment much about the story without spoiling it so I will stop my review here. If you haven’t read this book then get your ass to Amazon, the bookstore or wherever the hell you get your books from and grab it. You can’t say you’re a PNR fan if you haven’t read this. Now I can’t wait to start reading next one. Too bad it spoiled the surprise because of the cover. Dammit!!! (Yeah, I already knew what's going to happen to Elena because of the stupid covers. Totally agree there.)
(Yeah, I choose to die, thank you very much.)
Since I’m, as they say, a quote-monster, I will try not to paste the entire book here. Yeah.. This was a tough one for quotes. Sadly from now on I will make a top 5 quote list.
*people cry in the background*
Ah cmoooon, no need to cry. This will be more fun, I promise! So here iiiiiis *dramatic music – AGAIN* the very first top 5 quotes for Nalini Singh’s Angel’s Blood!
(Dude. Use fucking spoiler tags for quotes. Ugh.) 5 - “You ask a lot of questions for a dead woman.” “What can I say? I prefer to die well-informed.” (Elena)
4 - Sara held up a hand. “How, exactly, did you ‘decline’ his offer?” “By slitting his throat.” (Elena)
3 - “Are you saying you shot me as a cosmetic procedure?” (Raphael)
2 - “I’ll kill you in tiny, tiny bites if you’ve harmed him.” He hung up. “Dmitri’s on his way,” she told Raphael, as the cell phone slid out of her bloody hand. “I don’t think he thinks very highly of me.”
1 - “I can smell blood, Elena,” Dmitri drawled, walking back into the room. “Are you trying to flirt?”
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First read: 27-29 May 2011 Second read: 20-22 Nov 2013(less)