I read the first couple of Kitty Norville books quite a few years ago now, so thought I would re-read them for my special Kitty month. "Kitty and theI read the first couple of Kitty Norville books quite a few years ago now, so thought I would re-read them for my special Kitty month. "Kitty and the Midnight Hour" is a good first book to a series. It sets of up the characters nicely, sets the scene and even adds a bit of mystery and romance to keep those pages turning.
Most of the time it succeeded in giving me everything I want in my urban fantasy, however, I did find Kitty to be a little on the submissive side for my taste. I understand that as part of a pack and only being a werewolf for a few years Kitty's position would be right at the bottom, but it was still hard to take. I could have accepted it a little more if when she was human she was more assertive and sure of herself, but she wasn't.
Thankfully, Kitty does grow as the story progresses and we find out how she became a werewolf in the first place. I hope that her character will continue to develop with each book in the series (the ninth is published this month). I like to see my heroine mature with each book so I'm definitely looking forward to seeing this with Kitty.
Kitty is a DJ and has a talk-radio show called The Midnight Hour where all the creatures that go bump in the night can phone in for advice or just to talk. It becomes a huge success. The male and female Alpha of her pack however don't like it as they think this could mean Kitty getting a bit above her station. There's a lot of pack politics but Kitty keeps things together most of the time, especially with the help of her team pack member and friend, TJ.
As things progress Kitty learns there is a rogue killer werewolf hunting humans and decides to help the police with their investigation. This is a great plot and has a very satisfying ending.
We also learn a little more about Kitty and how she became a werewolf along the way. It connected me to Kitty as it was a horrible way for her to become a supernatural creature and my heart went out to her.
The storyline was a little confusing at times. I didn't really know if the human population at large knew about the werewolves and vampires or if all supernaturals were a secret. One moment it seemed as though it was all a big secret, but then the police wanted her help to scent out the rogue werewolf. Also the origin of supernatural creatures was also a bit shaky. Kitty explains that scientists had studied them and while they have found different characteristics distinguishing them from humans they weren't genetic, viral, bacterial or even biological - and yet the following quote from a conversation between Kitty and a detective sounds otherwise...
"How do I tell if this is a lycanthrope and not a big angry dog?" "Smell," I said without thinking. "What?" "Smell. A lycanthrope smells different. At least to another lycanthrope." "Okay," she drawled. "And if you aren't around to use as a bloodhound?" I sighed. "If you can find DNA samples of the attacker, there are markers. There's a obscure CDC report about Lycanthrope DNA markers. I'll get you the reference..."
Well, DNA is genetics... genetics is biology...Hmmm
However, putting science aside "Kitty and the Midnight Hour" is a fun read. I like Kitty and although I hope she finds herself (and a backbone), which I have a feeling she will, due to her erratic bursts of bravery throughout the novel, I think she's going to be a great character to follow in subsequent instalments.
My favourite character though has to be Cormac. He's a werewolf hunter and a rather yummy one at that. They meet while Kitty is at work doing her radio show when Cormac calls in and tells her he is in the building, coming up to kill her. She didn't seem too concerned though and plays it out as a bit of a joke live on her show - this is a bit too much in contrast to the submissive person we see most of the time and therefore had a bit of an unbelievable air about it, however, it didn't make it any less enjoyable to read. Kitty is quite funny and this scenario put a smile on my face.
We're not given too much information about Cormac in this instalment, which makes him all the more mysterious and intriguing, but I hope to see more of his character in future books. He has great charisma and I like the way Kitty and Cormac interact with each other; there's definitely some sexual chemistry going on...
"Kitty and the Midnight Hour" sets the scene to Kitty Norville and her world. There's lots of great witty dialogue, relationship dynamics and a bit of mystery. A solid start to the series....more
"Kitty Goes to Washington" is the second instalment in the Kitty Norville series by Carrie Vaughn. It pretty much beings whI gave this 7/10 on my blog
"Kitty Goes to Washington" is the second instalment in the Kitty Norville series by Carrie Vaughn. It pretty much beings where 'Kitty and the Midnight Hour' finished.
Kitty is on the run after leaving her pack and abusive alphas. She's moving from city to city, doing her radio show, The Midnight Hour as she travels. This time she ends up staying in Washington after agreeing to an interview with a senator. She's also asked by the Vampire Mistress of the City to stay with her, which is a little awkward as Kitty doesn't know or trust her.
There's lots of political intrigue and Kitty is called to testify at a Senate hearing about supernaturals. Also, the creepy Elijah Smith who we meet in 'Kitty and the Midnight Hour' is back and there's a surprising twist to his story which was quite exciting.
There's a little bit of romance but not with who I wanted it to be, which was a bit disappointing - it's sure to come in subsequent books, right? Kitty also meets up with different Lyncanthropes, a were-fox and were-jaguar, and finds that harmony can be achieved to a point without a pack.
However, for me Kitty still has to move on with regards to her submission. She's getting better but it's still there. I want her to be independent and see her stand up for herself more, but she wants to submit to everyone who challenges her, which frustrates me.
Despite this slightly annoying personality trait, I am growing to really like Kitty, I feel as though she's just working things out herself, she hasn't been a werewolf long and I'm hoping we'll soon see an amazing, determined, independent women who utilises her werewolf strengths.
I really enjoy Vaughn's writing. It gives a definite sense of where Kitty is in her world and creates believable characters. I love all the secondary characters, especially Ben, her Lawyer and Cormac, a bounty hunter. We also get to meet other interesting characters in this book, although not all likable, such as an irritating reporter who keeps getting in Kitty's face and asking intrusive questions and a scientist who's researching supernaturals, who I dislike intensely and don't trust at all, and rightly so after what he does to Kitty...
A really enjoyable second instalment. "Kitty Goes to Washington" is jam-packed with action and mystery, and I'm interested in seeing how Kitty deals with things after all that has happened to her. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series, 'Kitty Takes A Holiday'!...more
"Kitty Takes A Holiday" is my favourite book in the series so far. It's really action packed and I feel that Kitty is everI gave this 7/10 on my blog
"Kitty Takes A Holiday" is my favourite book in the series so far. It's really action packed and I feel that Kitty is ever so slowly (emphasis on slowly) moving towards being an independent, strong woman.
Kitty takes some time away from her call-in radio show, The Midnight Hour, to relax and try and write her memoirs - as Kitty is quite young and has only been a werewolf for a couple of years, I thought this was a bit premature - but she buys a little cabin in the middle of nowhere and of course it ends up being the holiday from hell.
Kitty is terrorised by an unknown entity who is cursing her with dead animals which they leave on her doorstep or hanging from tree branches. I must say I was rather surprised that this frightened Kitty so much, considering she's a big bad werewolf an' all. In the first book, 'Kitty and the Midnight Hour', her life was threatened by Cormac, a werewolf hunter, live on her radio talk-show and she really didn't bat an eye.
There is a little inconsistency with Kitty's character as she's very submissive and yet can be dominant at the same time. She cowers from certain people only to then throw herself into danger. She's also dominant sexually, which doesn't add up with her submissive nature as a werewolf. Kitty is a bit of a paradox.
But as with the two preceding books I can't help but like her. She's quite sassy in her own way and I am liking her more with each book.
There's also a bit of a shift regarding the romantic dynamics. I'm not sure I like where Kitty is going romantically but it was definitely a twist I didn't see coming. There's also one character who gets bitten and is now a werewolf, which Kitty has adopted and has taken on as her 'pack'.
I loved seeing the caring side of Kitty. She has a lot of compassion and as she only knows too well, being turned is hard enough, but being turned against your will is almost soul destroying. But Kitty steps up to the plate and is there through the entire process and I liked her all the more for it.
This third instalment is a fast read and a really good addition to the series. I love that Cormac is still very much part of Kitty's life, even though it's not in the way I want it to be. The author writes great action and it's really this that keeps me turning the pages.
Overall "Kitty Takes a Holiday" is a really great read; exciting, full of action and brimming with lively and interesting personalities. I'm looking forward to seeing what's next in store for Ms Norville in 'Kitty and the Silver Bullet'....more
"Kitty and the Silver Bullet" is by far the best and most exciting book in the Kitty Norville series so far. This series juI gave this 7/10 on my blog
"Kitty and the Silver Bullet" is by far the best and most exciting book in the Kitty Norville series so far. This series just seems to get better and better with each book. There's plenty of action as always as well as a few rare scenes of Kitty with her family, which was nice.
Kitty is called back to Denver by her father as her mother is ill. It's hard to juggle werewolf life and human life and when the two mix it's not pretty. Kitty has also been asked by a very powerful vampire to take sides in a coming war, which she is reluctant to do but inevitably has to, to save her family, her boyfriend and herself.
Kitty also acquires a few more werewolves to her "pack of two" and she's not sure how to deal with it. I must admit that there are some parts of Kitty's life that are hard to fathom. Kitty doesn't overly display any power, and when she gets into a sticky situation her immediate reaction is to run. I find it difficult to understand what it is about Kitty that have other wolves thinking she is leader material.
Of course there are moments when Kitty mans up, but most of the time she's quivering in her boots and just wants to run away. This is the part of Kitty I don't like. However, she does have other very good atributes. She tries her hardest to keep others safe; she's loyal and caring. Maybe it's these traits that others can see that makes her Alpha material.
I'm still uncomfortable with Kitty's love life and I can't help feeling a little miffed at their relationship. It seems they are too - they still don't know if they're only together because of the werewolf thing or if it's because they actually love each other, but we find out which in the last few chapters.
"Kitty and the Silver Bullet" is great fun and hugely entertaining. I can't wait to read the next instalment, 'Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand'....more
"Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand" sees Kitty leave Denver and head to the City of Lights for some well deserved R & R, and to marry the man in her l"Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand" sees Kitty leave Denver and head to the City of Lights for some well deserved R & R, and to marry the man in her life. But things pan out a bit like a screw ball comedy.
Kitty ends up: staying in a hotel that's hosting a gun convention attended by bounty hunters who hate werewolves; hosting her radio show, 'The Midnight Hour', live on TV the night before her wedding; her beau gambling away their money and then disappearing without a trace; and finally delivering a letter to the Vampire Master of the City from Rick, Kitty's vampire friend and Master of Denver - which of course leads to lots of drama and trouble for Kitty!
Kitty also meets a group of were-animals that perform in a show on a daily basis in their animal form and after seeing it with her own eyes, Kitty senses something's just not right.
We also get to meet a new character, Odysseus Grant, a true magician. He's one of my favourite characters, he's so intriguing and I never really knew if he was friend or foe until the end.
"Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand" doesn't have as much action as the previous books, but there was still enough going on to keep me reading. I must admit that I am a little disappointed that Kitty is getting married. This seems to really cement the relationship between her and her man (I won't say who incase you haven't read the books yet). I much prefer my urban fantasy heroine to struggle with romance rather than it be all wrapped up neatly.
However, I keep getting mixed signals. Kitty says she's in love but then let's everything get in the way of actually getting married. Her man plans a poker tournament at the time of their wedding so they have to rearrange it and instead of getting married in the afternoon that push it back to six o'clock. This doesn't really convince me that they are in love...
Despite my reservations about certain aspects, "Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand" is still a fun read. It's not on the same par as some of the preceding books, but I have a feeling that more is to come in the next instalments....more
**Warning - potential spoilers - read at your own risk!**
"Kitty Raises Hell" begins one week on from where the previous booI gave this 7/10 on my blog
**Warning - potential spoilers - read at your own risk!**
"Kitty Raises Hell" begins one week on from where the previous book finished. Kitty is on the look out for the The Band of Tiamat, the cult she came face to face with during her trip to Las Vegas, due to an ominous sign left on her door. But she soon realises that they are not in town but have cursed her with a fiery demon. People are killed, property is burned and Kitty is left trying to figure out what to do.
Although Kitty has definitely grown as a character, she still has a tendency to leave it to others to work things out. She places a call to Odysseus Grant, a magician she met while in Las Vegas and asks him to figure out what to do with the fire demon. He gives her the recipe for a potion to place around her home and of those she loves for protection. When her own pack questions her on what more she intends to do about protecting them, she doesn't really show her authority, instead her Alpha mate, Ben does, and yet she takes the credit for it. Kitty herself doesn't really do much fighting, however, I still find myself liking her and enjoying the troubles she finds herself in, even though I wish she was a little more kick-arse.
There is some light relief in the way of a paranormal investigation team that comes into town to investigate a haunted house. Kitty wants in on the action in the hope of getting an interview with them for her radio show, The Midnight Hour. She gets a lot more than she bargained for and the action flows thick and fast from this point on.
There is only a fleeting glimpse of Cormac in this instalment. He's still in jail but something ghostly is happening. It's very intriguing and nothing is really revealed which makes me think this could be setting us up for the next book.
Although I do like Ben I miss Cormac and still wonder why Vaughn put him in jail. Cormac is a very charismatic character and I'm surprised as to why she would lock him up and keep him out of so many books. I'm hoping he's released from prison soon, so there can be more Cormac and Kitty and maybe a little romantic tention.
Overall, "Kitty Raises Hell" is another great addition to the series and is very entertaining, with a lots action and intrigue. I look forward to reading the next book, 'Kitty's House of Horrors'....more
Wow, I didn't see this book coming - "Kitty's House of Horrors" is a pretty depressing instalment due to the sheer number of dead bodies, but it's alsWow, I didn't see this book coming - "Kitty's House of Horrors" is a pretty depressing instalment due to the sheer number of dead bodies, but it's also one of the best. It's jam-packed with action from practically the first chapter and doesn't let up until the last page.
Kitty is invited to participate in a reality TV show full of supernaturals. As Kitty is quite fond of the lime light and revels in publicity for her show, she agrees. When she enters the house, which is situated in a gorgeous cabin miles from anywhere, she meets the other contestants. I was wondering how the book would read without her love interest, but I didn't miss her Alpha mate one bit!
It was great to see a few characters return from previous books, such as Tina a psychic and paranormal investigator, who we first meet in 'Kitty Raises Hell'; Jeremy a TV psychic who Kitty works alongside in 'Kitty Goes To Washington'; Odysseus Grant a true magician who Kitty meets for the first time in 'Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand' during her trip to Las Vegas.
There were many others in the house too: Lee, a were-seal; Anastasia, Gemma and Damian, two vamps and their human servant; Jerome, a werewolf and pro wrestler; Ariel, Priestess of the Night, talk-radio show host; and last but not least, Conrad, a human and a disbeliever in all that is supernatural.
After the introductions everyone settles in. What I noticed more than any other novel is that Kitty likes to ask lots of questions of others, but when someone asks her a question she gets annoyed. I must admit that Kitty did irritate me a little in this instalment. She puts herself out there and then wonders why people think she's an expert, she roles her eyes and gets annoyed when people look to her, but always places herself in danger - she's in danger of becoming a martyr and I didn't really like seeing that side of her. However, with such great writing and fast-paced storyline, this was a small niggle I could handle.
After a few days Kitty begins to have suspicions about some of the other participants, beings to create conspiracy theories and one morning the contestants wake up to find that the producers and staff of the show have left, there's no electricity and the phones are dead. As Kitty leaves the cabin to try and find out what's going on, she finds the first body...
However, there was a big leap of faith on my part with regards to the believability of the plot. A house full of werewolves, vampires, magicians, psychics, were-seals (who can be surprisingly violent as it happens, and have very sharp teeth) are being hunted by three mortal men. Yes they have guns, silver bullets, explosives and silver tipped arrows, but surely the fast moving vamps with their hypnotic eyes could have snuffed them out in a matter of minutes?
Despite these few niggles I thoroughly enjoyed this instalment - it was a very entertaining and exciting read. This series seems to get better and better with each novel. I really appreciate Vaughn's easy writing style and punchy storylines and her characterisation is second to none.
A great addition the the Kitty series and one of the best in my opinion. I can't wait to read the next book 'Kitty Goes To War', I have no doubt it will be a bumpy, but enjoyable ride....more
"Dead Until Dark" is the story of waitress Sookie who has what she refers to as a 'disabJOINT REVIEW - Originally posted on www.BookChickCity.com
"Dead Until Dark" is the story of waitress Sookie who has what she refers to as a 'disability', she can read people's minds. Because of this disability, she struggles with personal friendships & relationships and rarely dates. Nothing worse than knowing what your date is thinking of you!
Living in a small Southern town, Sookie is a mix of endearing naïveté, strong morals and a good share of guts and determination. Working at Sam's bar, she is waitress, and takes pride in her work. Her relationship with her grandmother, whom she lives with is lovely and written with real, believable warmth. And her promiscuous and selfish brother, while infuriating at times is still engaging.
I agree, all the characters are interesting and quirky. I especially love Sookie - she's a warm, down-to-earth kind of gal and not the type of urban fantasy heroine I'm used to reading. I really like the TV show, but I must say I like the books more.
If you watch the TV series, you will notice the distinct absence of best friend Tara in the book, in fact she's not even mentioned. While Sam and fellow waitress Arlene are important friends, Sookie does not have a best friend in the book. This adds to her overall isolation and loneliness, brought about by her telepathic ability.
Then enter vampire Bill. Bill's mind is delightfully and blissfully blank and Sookie is immediately fascinated. But with the arrival of Bill, the town suddenly becomes the victim of a serial killer and young women keep turning up dead. Before she knows it, Sookie ends up caught in the middle of the deadly game.
I must admit I was put off reading this series basically because of the TV show. I do enjoy 'True Blood' but I've never really got on board with Anna Paquin and I was worried that this would rub off on the books. When I started "Dead Until Dark" I did unfortunately see Paquin as Sookie, but after about fifty or so pages, the Sookie of my own imagination started to push through and I began to enjoy the book a lot more. In fact I had difficulty putting it down.
I read the first three books in this series years ago and for some reason didn't get around to reading the subsequent books. Unlike Carolyn, I read them before 'True Blood' hit our TV screens, so I wasn't put off by the TV show. But as I started re-reading them I couldn't help make a few comparisons as I wrote my review.
I really enjoyed the southern setting and the way that everyone spoke - I'm a big fan of the southern drawl anyway, so it just made this book even more enjoyable for me. The fact that Sookie is just an ordinary girl (apart from her supernatural abilities), working in a bar as a waitress, making an honest living rather than a gun-wielding, martial arts expert, gave this urban fantasy a fresh twist.
"Dead Until Dark" is an easy read. Charlaine Harris has a unique writing style, which I really enjoy. She often focuses on the detail, but in a way that adds richness to her story rather than coming across as tedious.
There isn't much to fault with this book, I thoroughly enjoyed it. If I had just have one tiny complaint, I did feel that Sookie and Bill fell in love just a little bit too quickly. I could understand it from Sookie, but maybe not from a several hundred year old vampire.
CAROLYN: "Dead Until Dark" is a fun and entertaining urban fantasy. It's pretty light compared to some of the other UF series out there, but it's still definitely worth a read. Harris has a great relaxed writing style that made this book a quick and easy read, as well as hard to put down. The characters are great and I look forward to reading the rest of the series.
LAURA: A fun and even delightful supernatural mystery set in a small town in the deep South. Sookie is a refreshing and charming lead character. She's not your normal tough, ass-kicking urban fantasy heroine, but I actually loved her even more because of it. As for the TV show... I much prefer the book! :-) ...more
There's something about Sookie that just makes me smile. The telepathic waitress who isJOINT REVIEW - Originally posted on www.BookChickCity.com
There's something about Sookie that just makes me smile. The telepathic waitress who is dating the town's local vampire. She is so genuinely warm and wholesome and the last person at all you would expect to end up with a vampire. But it's these qualities that make the books so engaging.
I've read three of Charlaine Harris's series and her writing has a unique, quirky style to it. But they're also funny, laugh-out-loud so at times. The second book is similar to the first in that at the core of it is a supernatural mystery, with Sookie once again playing the unwitting sleuth.
Although the TV series, ‘True Blood’ does keep some of the aspects of the book, there are many differences. Therefore, it was easier for me to read “Living Dead in Dallas” without drawing too many comparisons, I tried to keep them separate and read the book on its own merit. Reading it this way is actually much more enjoyable. I do like the TV show, but I’m not sure on some of the castings therefore I would rather imagine the characters, especially Sookie as my imagination intended.
However, as with the first book, ‘Dead Until Dark’, I found this a wonderful, easy read. Harris has a great writing style that’s witty and charming and I read this book with relish. I'm with Laura on Sookie, she's is a fabulous heroine. I love her warmth and wholesomeness, but she's also quite feisty, which is a definite plus.
Sookie's relationship with the vampires continues to grow, when Sookie is attacked by a Maenad she & Bill have to turn to them for help. But nothing in life ever comes for free and before she knows it she is on her way to Dallas, rented out by Eric to help the vampires there with a missing vampire case. In typical Sookie style, her favour comes with a condition, that the vampires do not kill anyone she helps to bring to justice. As Carolyn says this is part of Sookie's feistyness that you can't help but love her for.
The book does dot about quite a bit as there are two stands to the story. We have a murder mystery at the beginning, when Sookie discovers the dead body of one of her co-workers. Then Sookie's attack and visit to Dallas, followed by her return home when the original murder mystery gets picked up again.
We are introduced to 'The Fellowship of the Sun' an obsessive, anti-vampire church who I can only imagine will continue to have significance as this series progresses.
Sookie’s ‘abilities’ of listening in on people’s thoughts is hired out by Eric to vampires in Dallas. Sookie and Bill, once there find themselves mixed up with The Fellowship of the Sun, a cult of vampire haters. There’s a few twists and turns that keep you wondering, and new characters and supernaturals are introduced.
As with ‘Dead Until Dark’, there’s enough intrigue to keep the pages turning and although Sookie isn’t the typical kick-arse urban fantasy heroine, she uses what she has to her benefit, including her sassy southern mouth.
“Living Dead in Dallas” is somewhat darker than the previous book, but it’s still a fairly light read. There’s something about Harris’s writing that makes these books addictive reading without having to go into too much detail.
I'm with Carolyn these books definitely make addictive reading. Harris's writing style cleverly mixes a lightness with the dark undertones you come to expect in urban fantasy.
This book introduces new species and characters. I had a real chuckle at Bubba, the mentally challenged vampire who used to once be a famous rock star. But above them all, I'm fast becoming an Eric fan, *swoon* and I do hope Sookie ditches Bill for him. While I enjoy the romance between Sookie and Bill, I am beginning to find him a little bit boring. Kind of like the equivalent of vampire slippers.
There is a truly superb scene when Eric attends a sex club with Sookie to 'protect her' that will make you want to laugh and fan yourself all at the same time.
Fans of the TV series will notice similarities between this book and the second series. But the TV show also diverges quite significantly in parts. But this means it's very easy to enjoy both. I love the TV show, but so far I love the books even more. Carolyn references the casting of the series earlier and it's a really interesting point. Paquin and Moyer are not how I imagine Sooke and Bill to be at all, however, I think that Skarsgard is superb as Eric. Or maybe I just have an Eric fixation! ;-)
Sookie is by far my favourite character, and so she should be being the main character and narrator. She’s sweet, naive at times but endearingly so, but she also has a strength that shines through and makes me smile fondly. I would love to befriend Sookie.
Next in line is Eric. Yummy Eric *sigh* I’m not usually into blonde guys, but I do like the bad boys so I am drawn to him. I know there’s a sensitive side to him too which makes him all the more alluring. Bill is a little stiff for my taste even if he is tall, dark and handsome. There’s just something about Eric’s humour that gets me. I’m hoping that something happens to Bill so my favourite character can get it on with my second favourite character! Sorry, Bill...
LAURA: As good, if not better than the first book. This series will appeal to fans of both murder mystery and supernatural genres. It's a quick read, you could easily get through in a day. I love the mix of dark, supernatural mystery, with romance and warm humour.
CAROLYN: A great instalment to the series. I'm crushing on Sookie and Eric and hope things go in the direction I want it too in subsequent books. An easy read with great characters combined with mystery and romance makes "Living Dead in Dallas" a definite win!...more
When I began reading “Club Dead” I did wonder if now three books in it would continueJOINT REVIEW - Originally posted on www.BookChickCity.com
When I began reading “Club Dead” I did wonder if now three books in it would continue holding my interest, especially as these books are quite light, although they do hold some serious issues. But “Club Dead” held my attention throughout and I found myself loving Sookie even more than I did in the previous book. It was also nice not to have so much Bill. Although I enjoy his character it was great to see Sookie interact with other men, especially the werewolf and, of course my favourite vamp, Eric.
I wasn't nervous about picking up "Club Dead" at all, I found it was great to be submerged back into Sookie's world again and this series only seems to be getting better. It combines humour with sexiness, all tied up in a supernatural mystery. I also enjoy the fact that these books are very different from other urban fantasy novels and Sookie isn't a tough, gun totting heroine, but she's got guts and I love her anyway.
In this installment we see Sookie getting tougher and definitely braver. But without losing her lovely Southern charm and flawless manners. One scene just sums it up for me, when Sookie has been badly injured and waiting for a strange vampire to heal her, even then she does not forget to be polite. She just makes me smile.
"How de do." Good manners would make you welcome anywhere, my gran always told me.
In the first book 'Dead Until Dark' the focus was very much on Sookie’s home town of Bon Temps. In 'Living Dead in Dallas' she took off to Dallas, which was lots of fun. In this instalment, Sookie takes another trip, this time to Jackson, Mississippi to try and find Bill who’s gone missing. She has also found out that he has been unfaithful although I had my suspicions if this was true, I found the answer at the end of the novel...
The writing is just so wonderful, I can’t seem to stop reading once I’ve started and the supernatural mystery element is so well done, I never really know what’s going to happen, and it also balances well with Sookie’s love life.
As the story centres around Sookie travelling to Mississippi to rescue a kidnapped Bill, you don't see very much of Sam or Sookie's friends in Bon Temps, but we are introduced to some fab new characters, most notably the introduction of werewolves. Alcide, the werewolf Eric assigns to protect Sookie when Bill goes missing is certainly very yummy, and there's an interesting amount of chemistry bubbling away between him and Sookie.
Just as Carolyn says the writing is wonderful, Harris is a very talented lady. This book has plenty of action, poor old Sookie seems to get injured a lot in this series. But lots of humour too. I enjoyed the return of Bubba, the mentally damaged vampire who used to be the South's most famous popstar and also has a thing for cats (don't ask!).
As mentioned by Laura, there is a new character addition in the form of a yummy werewolf, Alcide. He’s such a great character, and just for a moment I wanted Sookie to let down her guard and give in to the temptation to be with him and forget all about stiff ole Bill. But then I remembered I wanted her to end up with Eric *I love me some Eric* and although I very much liked Alcide, I like Eric more.
We get to see a real soft side to Eric and it melted my heart, I can’t think why Sookie hasn’t been swept off her feet by him. I really love Sookie and Eric’s banter though, it’s funny. Sookie is a feisty chick even with a very old vampire who could snap her in two with just two fingers, but I love seeing her mouth off in her cute southern way - I can totally understand why all these men fall for her.
I am very disappointed in Bill. His betrayal of Sookie cuts deep and I’m not sure how she’s going to come back from this. In just a few months her life has been turned upside down, she’s been beaten, nearly raped and fed upon violently, and yet she tries to keep chipper and not give in to self-pity. She really didn’t deserve Bill’s treatment of her, and I for one hope this gives her the reason to forget Bill, and give Eric a chance!
It looks like we both fell a bit for Alcide *quickly fans oneself* ;-) I like that we see a marked change is Sookie's attractiveness in this book. While I've always believed her to be very pretty, she's been a bit of a pariah amongst human men who are frightened by her abilities. In this book there's the potential for not only a love triangle, but a love square and that's without including Sam who isn't really in this book. Sookie's a popular lady! But with her usual polite demureness, Sookie is charmingly baffled by this, rather than letting it go to her head.
As Carolyn said, Bill went down in my estimations in this book, in fact I felt like he needed a bit of an ass-kicking! There is one scene I'm not actually sure I can forgive him for. And Sookie was perhaps a little too polite about it all. But in the long term it didn't matter as I just fell in love with Eric a little bit more. And you get to see a lot more of him in this book - hurrah! I hope in book four she realises just how super hot he is!
CAROLYN: This series is consistently great. "Club Dead" was a fab read from start to finish. I love the relationship dynamics and I just can't wait to see what happens next!
LAURA: Once again a fantastic book, I have long been a fan of Harris's quirky writing style, having read two of her other series aswell. I whizzed through "Club Dead" in no time at all. If you're a fan of the TV show you'll see a lot of similarities between that and the plot of series three, but be warned it's also markedly different in places too. ...more
LAURA Sookie’s off on her travels again in ALL TOGETHER DEAD this time she heads off to aJoint Reviewed by Laura & Gemma for www.BookChickCity.com
LAURA Sookie’s off on her travels again in ALL TOGETHER DEAD this time she heads off to a vampire summit in Queen Sophie-Ann’s entourage. Which meant there were lots and lots of vampire politics. The book was definitely a step up from Definitely Dead, and I enjoyed it much more. There are some great twists and turns. Sookie’s love life seemed to take a bit of a back seat, there were some developments but not as much as I had hoped and I’m afraid to say Quinn is starting to bore me a little now.
I do miss the Bon Temps characters when Sookie’s away and this is two books in a row now. But at least their first part of the book is set at home. Amelia is a rather cool houseguest and welcome addition to the regular cast. There were the beginnings of some very interesting plots with her, in particular an unusual love interest that could make for great entertainment!
GEMMA After Dead to the World, ALL TOGETHER DEAD is my second favourite in the series. True, a lot of the Bon Temps crew are missing, but for me, this book gives a much better understanding of how vampire politics work. The main streaming is apparently a facade to how ruthless the Vampires can be. Poor Sookie is thrown into it big style. A fish out of water and far from home.
As for Quinn, he is also cooling off for me. He started out pretty interesting and I kind of rooted for him to be with Sookie, but now I’m not too sure. He seems to be as deeply in bed with the vampires as Sookie is, but not in a good way. I’m not sure of his motives and I can see it all ending in tears before the series ends.
LAURA Yep, I’m with you Gemma I think there are tears ahead for Sookie and Quinn, especially with the unexpected development revealed at the end of the book. That certainly took me aback slightly. Sookie seems to be developing a slightly ruthless streak! But also it’s clear she does not know Quinn quite as well as she thought she did.
I was struck by how naive she was in this book though. Despite warnings from her friends and fairy godmother, she does look ahead to the implications of the Sophie-Ann comprehending just how powerful her gift could be to the Queen. I find I am slightly afraid for Sookie’s future after ALL TOGETHER DEAD.
The story is under-pinned by its usual mystery. There is a murder and a bomb plot that makes for a spectacular, edge of your seat finale. The best I think we’ve seen so far in the series. But there was one thing that just kept on bugging me… The unclaimed suitcase Sookie was asked to collect. The suitcase started to drive me bonkers! Why did noone check the damn thing?! Surely it’s danger was obvious!
GEMMA Sookie is gaining a bit of a back bone in this book. She seems to be realising how dangerous it is turning out to be entangled with the vampires and their complex politics. It did kind of show a darker side to Quinn that took me completely by surprise. After the incidents with Sookie, Alcide and Debbie Pelt, I didn’t get the warm and fuzzies at all. True, it was to save Sookie, but the ramifications will be felt in the long run.
What really got me was the fact that Sookie did ignore all the warnings from her friends and her fairy godmother. Its like she is blinded by her loyalty, for a the lack of a better word, to Bill and Eric. True, they both have held her heart but I’m wondering how much of this is due to the blood bond between each pairing.
The Bomb plot was one of the better ones I have read in the series and I really didn’t know who was behind it. I even had it pinned on some of Sophie-Ann’s accusers at one point. It was cleverly woven, except for the suitcase as you said. It was also a nice touch to pull in the real-life events of Hurricane Katrina. The fact that its devastation was not swept under the carpet and we saw how weak Sophie-Ann’s position was, spoke volumes about how the vampires will attack and try to conquer.
I’m on tender hooks to find out where the story will take us next and who has survived the bomb blast.
LAURA I think Quinn’s actions in this book will ultimately lead to the demise of his and Sookie’s relationship. I don’t think Sookie will be able to deal with its implications. Relationship dynamics seemed to changed fast in the book too. As much as I was annoyed with Bill there was a sadness at the fracture between him and Sookie. I’m not even sure about how things changed between Eric and Sookie in ALL TOGETHER DEAD either. Although I am still rooting for them to get together, the growing blood bond between them as Gemma mentioned seems to be altering the chemistry they share.
Then there’s Barry the Bellboy who makes a return, not as a love interest thankfully, although he does admit an interest. But a telepath for a rival vampire. While Sookie seems excited at the potential of a friendship he just proves himself to be a bit of an idiot and a coward. Back in Bon Temps friendships have shifted too with Arlene, Tara and Jason making decisions that could make Sookie even more isolated from the human world. In general quite a few of Sookie’s friendships and relationships are rapidly changing while others are off kilter.
Due to the setting of the book, if I had one major criticism it would be that there were too many characters in this book, I found it a little hard to keep track of who was who and this did make the mystery plot a little confusing. Although the bomb plot really was a good one.
GEMMA I agree with Laura; there are WAY too many knew characters to keep track of in this book. Plus I found that there were some characters who were just getting interesting, only to be killed off or assumed to be dead at the end of the book. I think there could have been an interesting conflict between Eric and this other character, had they not met the ‘True Death’.
What I really found interesting, was the apparent change in Sookie’s loyalty. She is really bedding in with the vampires now and the fact that she has been helping Sophie-Ann is a turn up for the books, especially due to her cousin Hadley’s death.
I’m still pretty open on who I think Sookie will end up with, but I agree. Quinn is not going to be on the shortlist. While both Eric and Bill have their own baggage, Quinn just has something about him that I ended up not liking. I couldn’t put my finger on it, but he just seems bad news.
It was nice to see the return of Barry the Bellboy, but the fact that he is working for an opposition group of vampires had me suspicious of his motives in befriending Sookie. I mean, Sookie trusts this guy over her friends who warned her not to go? Really?
I must admit, I didn’t pay very much attention to the goings on in Bon Temps as I was busy trying to figure out who was behind the bomb plot. Even by the end of the book I was still a bit confused. Don’t get me wrong, I did like the twist.
LAURA Despite my few issues with this book, did I mention the suitcase? I think this book was definitely a step up from Definitely Dead. The bomb plot gave us a thrill-ride climax at the end and there were some interesting developments with key characters in the book. Sookie is growing up and might even be developing a bit of a ruthless streak, but time will tell on that one. Bring on book number eight, although I do hope it’s set in Bon Temps.
GEMMA I agree with Laura on this. ALL TOGETHER DEAD is a big step up from Definitely Dead. This is my second favourite book in the series, after Dead to the World, the plot in this much more tightly written. It’s a turning point for Sookie and it begins to show what she will do in order to survive. Sookie is trying to rely less on the vampires, knowing how deep she has already got herself into their politics. Here’s to book eight….
I have heard such good things about this series and I'm so glad to have now started it as "MooOriginally posted on Book Chick City. 7/10 on the blog.
I have heard such good things about this series and I'm so glad to have now started it as "Moon Called" was really good.
Mercy Thompson is a mechanic and also a Walker, the refreshing twist is that she doesn't turn into a werewolf or a big cat, but a coyote. She can also change at will and it's not painful or ruled by the moon as it is for the werewolf. I loved this aspect to Mercy's character, although she is surrounded by the popular supernatural creatures such as werewolves and vampires, it was fun when she turned into a coyote because it really gave the book a different dimension.
Mercy is very independent and lives on her own in a trailer - well, relatively alone as she also has a cat. Her immediate neighbour is Adam, the Alpha of the local werewolf pack, and despite not being a werewolf herself, Mercy has been accepted into the pack and is protected by them. The other reason Mercy is so "in" with the werewolves is because she was raised by them.
One of the aspects of Mercy's character I found really likable is that she acknowledges she doesn't have the supernatural strength of the werewolves or the vampires, so has to rely on weaponry and her wit, she also trains to give her body strength, and combined with her fearlessness, she's one tough cookie.
While working in her garage, Mercy finds a young boy called Mac. She instantly realises he is a werewolf and finds out he's on the run from some very bad people. To keep him safe, Mercy hands him over to Adam, but things go badly wrong. Adam is nearly killed and his fifteen year old daughter, Jesse is kidnapped.
"Moon Called" is very much an urban fantasy and is fast paced and action-packed, and is particularly light on the romance. However, there is potential for a love triangle. Her relationship with Adam, although just friends at the moment has the possibility of being much more. But there's also Sam, Mercy's ex-boyfriend who only wanted her for breeding purposes. This didn't sit well with me or for Mercy for that matter. When she found out she left him straight away - good for her!
There are certain scenes where, through Mercy's actions, shows that she cares for Adam and his daughter, Jesse very much. I felt as though they were almost like family and she would do anything to protect them. However, I didn’t really get the vibe that Mercy had romantic feelings for Adam. Her thoughts are quite detached, statements, a matter of fact rather than emotional, and when she goes on a date with Adam and they share a kiss, it is all a bit flat. There isn't any heat or passion and I really wanted there to be, especially as we knew Adam had feelings for her with the small details that hinted to the fact, like a picture of Mercy in his bedroom!
I do hope that Mercy’s narrative gets a little more personal as I like her very much; I just don’t think I know her or how she feels to be really connected with her character yet. Overall though, the characterisation is great and I enjoyed meeting all the other characters from fae to vampire, werewolf to witch, they were all well rounded and interesting.
I really enjoyed “Moon Called” and look forward to reading the rest of the series. I love the author's writing style and world building - I just hope that I begin to connect with Mercy a little more as I like her character a lot....more
"Blood Bound" is a fun, action-packed read with a great story line. I really enjoyed this instalment. Mercy is cOriginally posted on Book Chick City.
"Blood Bound" is a fun, action-packed read with a great story line. I really enjoyed this instalment. Mercy is creeping up my list of best urban fantasy heroines – she’s feisty but not cocky, she’s sassy but not annoying. I love the fact she’s a coyote and not the typical werewolf or vampire too.
There’s lots of twists and turns and lots of different plot lines that really kept me engaged. Mercy's vampire friend, Stefan, requires her help and draws her into a complex situation.
Stefan has gone missing along with Adam and Sam and Warren has been violently beaten and is in a really bad way. As usual Mercy finds herself in the thick of it and sets out to find them, along with vampire Andre, while others take care of Warren.
There’s also a newly-made vampire containing a demon on the lose and it’s causing deathly havoc. It murders several people and nobody can kill it. It’s having a negative effect on the werewolves, who are all becoming a bit more growly with it in their town.
I really feel as though I'm following Mercy through her life. We get to be with her when she’s eating breakfast, what she’s going to wear and while she's working on a car in her garage, as well as all the supernatural shenanigans she has to put up with. I thought this would become increasingly annoying, but in fact it’s becoming one of the aspects I love about this series. I really get a feel for who Mercy is and I’m feeling more connected with her with each book I read. I hope it continues.
The only aspect I would say that the author hasn’t got quite right yet is the romance. There are a few more Mercy thoughts in this instalment than there were in the first book and so I know a bit more how Mercy is feeling about Adam, but Sam is still a bit fuzzy. In fact in this book she’s kissed by three men! She’s a popular girl!
Of course it is always great to have scenes with Adam and Sam and I like them both a lot. I do feel as though I’m leaning towards Adam with respects to Mercy’s love interest as I know his liking her comes from his heart and not from the fact that Mercy can possibly produce live young, which is how Sam sees her. Although, things are clarified a little with regards to Sam and his feelings towards Mercy at the end of this book, which leaves me guessing.
"Blood Bound" is a fabulous second instalment in this series, which is fast becoming a favourite. Mercy is coming into her own and I'm loving her character more and more. I would definitely recommend starting this series if you haven't already! ...more
Eugenie Markham is half human and half faery and is still trying to balance her life of two worlds and two lovers. Now she is the Thorn Queen of ThornEugenie Markham is half human and half faery and is still trying to balance her life of two worlds and two lovers. Now she is the Thorn Queen of Thorn Land and life is getting more difficult as she is spending more time in the Otherworld. Her powers are getting stronger and more deadly. But is this what she wants?
Thorn Queen is the second book in the Dark Swan series and having just read the first, Storm Born, I was able to drift straight back into the story with ease. The writing is easy going and the story grabs you from the first few pages. As with the first book the worlds described are vivid and the characters are well rounded and likable. There is plenty of action, in the bedroom as well at out of it, as well as lots of suspense. Eugenie grows into her powers more, although she is still uncertain if she actually wants them.
Thorn Queen is a bit more serious than Storm Born, there are a few humourous touches but not many. It is slightly darker too, but this only adds more depth to the story and I found myself becoming further involved with Eugenie's character and subsequently liking her more and more.
Eugenie is a terrific heroine; feisty, strong and sexy too. I look forward to reading more about her as the series progresses. I definitely recommend this book. It's a really great read!...more
This is the first book in a new series by the author of the adult series featuring Dante Valentine. The story started of a bit slow for me and it tookThis is the first book in a new series by the author of the adult series featuring Dante Valentine. The story started of a bit slow for me and it took quite a lot of patience to keep reading and get to the good stuff, but it did come, eventually. A few chapters in and the story opened up. The scene with the Zombie bursting through the door had me gripped.
Initially I felt there were too many internal thoughts from Dru and not enough dialogue, which was the main reason I found this book difficult to get into. Unfortunately, I also found Dru to be rather annoying with her belching and sulkiness. It was hard to like her character, but as she begins to grow as a person through each of the chapters I did slowly warm to her. I enjoy a well rounded character with depth, but without much dialogue it became a bit too much 'telling' without a lot of 'showing' and did get a little dull in parts. However, her personality grew on me and once she met Graves the dialogue increased making it a much more enjoyable read. Graves is a great character and I really enjoyed reading about him and look forward to reading more about how he deals with his new *predicament*.
I also didn't think there was enough action, but when there was it was fast-paced and engaging. The second male character, Christophe, was also interesting but didn't really get to know him, so not sure if he is friend or foe. I'm sure we will find out in the upcoming book.
This is a good read, but be patient, it takes a while to get going. It's also the start of a new series, which in my eyes is always a good thing. I will be interested to see how the characters develop and how the story unfolds in the next book in the series, Betrayals, which is set to be released in November this year.
I actually give this 7/10 but Goodreads doesn't offer half stars.
This is the first in the new Dark Swan series by Richelle Mead, author of the incredibly successful Vampire Academy and Succubus novels.
Eugenie MarkhThis is the first in the new Dark Swan series by Richelle Mead, author of the incredibly successful Vampire Academy and Succubus novels.
Eugenie Markham (aka Odile) is a head-strong and independent character who is instantly likable. The opening few pages quickly sucked me into Eugenie's life as a Shaman with humour and combat as she fights to banish a spirit from a haunted running shoe! This book is full of action and for the most part the plot is fast-paced and when one fight ends another one begins or passion ensues with one or the other of her lovers. The portrayal of the different worlds she travels in and out of are vivid and realistic.
Her love interests: Kiyo, a sexy shapeshifter and Dorian, a bondage-loving Fairy King, are well written with love scenes giving just enough detail to tantalise without being too explicit. The only criticism I have is that the romance between Eugenie and Kiro occured too quickly. It would have been nice to get to know Eugenie first without her being in a relationship so soon in the story. The affair with Dorian, however, flourished at a much slower pace and when they eventually got together it was more satisfying.
This is urban fantasy at it's best. Strong female lead, magical lands, sexy and a plot that twists and turns until the very end, leaving you longing for more. I enjoyed this book immensely and I am really looking forward to reading more. A great start to a new series. Highly recommend it!
I have wanted to read this book since August last year when I bought it because of the awesome cover. But as we all know, we shouldn't judge a book byI have wanted to read this book since August last year when I bought it because of the awesome cover. But as we all know, we shouldn't judge a book by its cover (although we all do) but we hope that the story is as good as it's visual counterpart. Unfortunately this wasn't the case with Nekropolis.
I'm so disappointed to say that Nekropolis didn't live up to it's awesome cover or premise. I expected a hard-boiled detective with an intriguing mystery to solve. Instead It was a very light, very long read. Too light for the urban fantasy I enjoy reading and just too long to keep me consistently engaged. It took me fifteen days to finish. The writing is good enough and flows well, and it's very easy reading, but sadly it just didn't contain enough edge for me.
The main character, Matt Ritcher, is a self-willed zombie private eye who lives in Nekropolis, a city on a planet far away from Earth, which can only be accessed by an enchanted mirror. I was expecting him to be dark and tortured (he is a zombie after all), instead I got the most nicest zombie ever written.
Ritcher is just too nice! He doesn't swear, he's very polite and he never loses his rag - I'm not saying that there has to be lots of profanity or violence in my books because that's not the case at all, but I do like my protagonists in urban fantasy to have some grit, a back story that I want to delve into to find out more about that character. I want them to have charisma. With Ritcher there was nothing, other than he used to be a cop and used to be married. Maybe I just like my boys bad.
Devona, Ritcher's half-human, half-vampire sidekick/love interest wasn't really that much better. She was either cowering behind Ritcher like a weakling or ripping the throat out of a humungous beast. This woman didn't know whether she was kick-arse or totally pathetic. I didn't warm to her at all and the relationship between the two wasn't electric enough. It was all rather bland.
In their quest to find who stole the Dawnstone there was a lot of running from one person to ask a few questions before running on to the next, but there wasn't really any action. There were too many characters to contend with to get a sense of who they were and I was saturated by too many descriptions of weird and wacky creatures that inhabited Nekropolis.
The creatures were fun to a point but I felt they were just thrown together to create a world different from Earth but without too much effort: 'Chiranha', a hybrid of the dog breed chihuahua and piranha fish and 'Patchwork', a man made out of cloth with buttons for eyes (??) and although they were certainly wacky combinations they weren't really out-of-this world in terms of imagination.
I am so disappointed as I only wanted positive reviews for my 'Men of Urban Fantasy' week, but unfortunately this book just didn't work for me. I honestly thought I would love it: urban fantasy, zombies, a mystery to solve, vampires - it sounded just like my kind of read, but I didn't connect with the characters or their story....more
This is the first book in the Megan Chase series by Stacia Kane. I read it last year but as I received Demon Inside to review I thought I would refresThis is the first book in the Megan Chase series by Stacia Kane. I read it last year but as I received Demon Inside to review I thought I would refresh my memory and re-read Personal Demons.
Megan is a psychological counsellor who hosts her own radio show. Her slogan is "how can I slay your personal demons?". Megan also happens to be slightly psychic and uses her ability to see into people's minds so she can help them with their problems, whether they are listeners who phone her radio show or clients who see her in person at her practice.
One night, coming home from work, she meets a guy called Greyson, who's waiting on her doorstep. He changes her life forever. She's not really sure if she can trust him and after so many revelations (the existence of demon's, witches and zombies), she wishes she could go back to her normal life. The main concern though are the Personal Demons, that sit on the shoulders of humans making them do bad things. They have taken her radio show slogan personally and are out to get her. These small green demons remind me of the naughty Gremlins in the Gremlin movies. There are other demons that Megan has to face throughout the book, which she does with growing confidence.
The relationships between Megan and some of the other characters do happen a bit too quickly. The sexual banter between Megan and Greyson begins just after their first meeting and feels a bit rushed. But after a few chapters it becomes more natural and I end up really enjoying it. I really like Greyson Dante's character. He is a seriously sexy demon and one with a soft center, but who doesn't really like showing it, which makes him even more delicious. The intimate scenes are well written and I really appreciated the restraint in explicit language, which, while I'm not a prude, is not really my thing.
I also had difficulty with the three guardian demons Greyson sends to protect Megan - they all have a strong cockney accent. Now, I think accents are one of the most difficult skills to pull off in writing and I'm not sure it really works here. But although it was quite irritating to begin with, especially as I'm from the UK, the demons did eventually win me over, they are quite endearing.
Megan, as an urban fantasy protagonist, doesn't start out all guns blazing. She really does need as much protection as she can get as she doesn't have a clue how to protect herself against all the demons and zombies that are thrown at her. And she screams - a lot. But by the end of the book she has learnt a thing or two and can stand up for herself and for others.
This is an easy book to get into and the story flows very well. There is always something going on that keeps you turning the pages. I think it is a really good start to a new series and I am interested in finding out more about Megan, and of course Greyson, so I look forward to reading book two!
I actually gave this book 7/10 on my blog, but Goodreads doesn't have half stars.