Finally the last novel. I wasn't even aware this was out until I was doing some random book researching and discovered it was to be out a couple monthFinally the last novel. I wasn't even aware this was out until I was doing some random book researching and discovered it was to be out a couple months ago. So I log into the library app and request it. Quite surprised to only find 28 people on hold before me and that the library had bought so few copies. Strange given how popular the series was or at least I thought it was.
This was an ok book. I didn't find it fabulous, but it wasn't terrible. I guess I'm ok with the way things turned out. Some of the aspects were a little disappointing and I expected a slightly different end to things, but as Charlaine Harris explains in the notes at the beginning of the book she could not make everyone happy; she had to follow through with the ending she believed to fit. Course that didn't stop her from writing yet ANOTHER book to show what happens after the FINAL book. I have that book on hold too and may just flip through it when it comes in at the library. It sounds like it is more a guide book to what happens to the characters not an actual novel. I don't care for guide books or a recounting of the characters in a series. If it is not story that actually progresses the overall story then I don't spend time on it.
I'd recommend to others who have been reading the series if for nothing else than a conclusion as to what happens. Its much like the other novels so if you at all enjoyed them, then you're likely to enjoy this one as well. ...more
I'd say this was just OK. This is clearly written by the tv show crew and NOT by Charlaine Harris. The story is a bit ridiculous even for the Sookie SI'd say this was just OK. This is clearly written by the tv show crew and NOT by Charlaine Harris. The story is a bit ridiculous even for the Sookie Stackhouse crew. The plot revolves around one night in Merlotte's bar where the gang is held captive inside by this strange squid like creature. It reads like an episode of the tv show, which I'm sort of glad I've never broken down and watched. I enjoy the books and will stick to those rather than the visual and physical embodiment of the characters. Though I admit I wouldn't mind watching Eric Northman...aka Alexander Skarsgard......
Fans of the show and maybe fans of the novels would likely enjoy this. I saw that there are more comic books, but my library does not carry them. I'm not too disappointed with this as I'm not entirely sure I would enjoy them....more
Well Violet returns to Winterhaven for her senior year completely heartbroken after Aidan having turned himself over to the tribunal for the horribleWell Violet returns to Winterhaven for her senior year completely heartbroken after Aidan having turned himself over to the tribunal for the horrible murders he was accused of committing without his knowing. Violet was so mopey it was a bit annoying. She still has her moments where she is overcome with a vision or dream of something potentially destructive happening to one of her friends or loved ones. The connection with Aidan somewhat remains and she has flashes where she believes she can feel the torture that Aidan is being forced to endure in Paris.
If my review sounds a bit blah, well that would be because it is. While I got into the novel alright I was not as excited to read the story. I didn't like the way things were going and I can honestly say I did not like the way things turned out in the end. I think it was quite a twist that I was not expecting. And I don't think it made the story a great ending because of the twist. I won't give away the ending, but I'll just say I was unhappy with it.
I'd only recommend this to others who have read the story and are interested in reading to see where things end up in the end. If you do read it, I'd be very much interested to hear what you thought of the ending....more
I'd only been somewhat looking forward to continuing this series. I only had luke warm feelings for the characters with the exception of Vex. He keptI'd only been somewhat looking forward to continuing this series. I only had luke warm feelings for the characters with the exception of Vex. He kept me reading in the first novel because there was just something about him that was interesting. Xandra is still just as emotional and quick to act as she was in the first novel which tends to get her caught up in quite the mess.
In this book much like the first we have a family crisis and it seems only Xandra is the one who can save the day. At least now she has the backing of the Goblins now that she has discovered she is actually Goblin and not a Halvie as she was lead to believe her whole life. There are many things going on in her life that Xandra just can't and won't face because she just doesn't know which way to choose. Should she accept her place as the Goblin Queen and thereby not feel quite so guilty every time she asks for help from the prince, William, and his minions? Or does she attempt to distance herself from them and try to get her life back. When things turn on their head she realizes she must make a decision....and fast.
The novel was ok and left an ending open for the next book in the series. I'll likely read that one as well just because I'm a little curious now as to what will happen. This novel brought to light that the human league had begun slowly but surely to raise violence to the Aristocracy and it will be interesting to see all of this play out.
As far as steampunk goes once again not much here to really classify it as such, more paranormal than steampunk. Also there is still the annoying repetition of "Fang Me". Ugh find a new phrase and try changing it up once in a while!! Really cool cover though!...more
For starters, I knew nothing about this book. I was quite surprised to see that it was recently published and even more surprised to see I got it so qFor starters, I knew nothing about this book. I was quite surprised to see that it was recently published and even more surprised to see I got it so quickly from the library. Made me wonder a little about whether there was any hype over wanting to read this book or not and if not then maybe it was not so good. Well after a little digging around I find out that Kate Locke is a pseudonym, one of a few apparently, of Kady Cross....aka Kathryn Smith oh yeah and also Kate Cross. Dang it! If I had known all this I wouldn't have read THIS book next. I just finished the book The Girl in the Steel Corset which is by Kady Cross. I thought that one was ok, but I like to get a break from the same author and switch things up a bit. I was a little mislead. I try not to read too much about a book before I start it because I don't like spoilers and I'm always afraid a review could sway my opinion and cause me to miss out on a book I would have otherwise enjoyed. They have before. So that aside I did start reading this one anyways. I was already 30+ pages when I discovered the pseudonym thing and for me I'd rather keep me going than to just drop it.
There are three things that I didn't particularly care for and I'll just get those out there and move on to what I liked and what kept me reading. The first thing that annoyed me to no end was the constant use of "bloody", "bollocks", and "fang me". I understand "fang me" was used rather than the F word which was creative BUT not as often as it was repeated. I understand also that the book is set in London and there are going to be other phrases they use that we here in America do not, but it is painfully clear that the author is not British in her overuse of the words. I also noticed early in the novel there are some spellings that are obviously intended to be British but they just fall away and you never see them again. That was strange and not consistent. The other thing that bothered me was more for understanding the plot. I had no clue what the heck was going on or how these classes of people came to be. We have Vampires, Werewolves, Goblins, and Humans. You also have these halvies running around that can be part Vampire and Human or part Werewolf part Human. Very odd. Humans are the minority in this society as somehow the Aristocracy is completely full of nothing but Werewolves and Vampires. Something to do with the plague causing these mutations, but why it is that only the Aristocracy are Vamps and Weres is beyond me. I did appreciate that Author Note at the beginning that gives you the run down on the time and place historically. That was helpful. I think though that the Author's Note should have mentioned the fact that there is a very handy little GLOSSARY and UNDERSTANDING THE ARISTOCRACY section in the back of the book!!! How do you NOT tell your reader?? I'm the reader who never reads the end first and I don't flip through so I'd never be looking at the end for something I need to know in the BEGINNING!! Lastly the other annoyance was that this book is billed as steampunk. This is not steampunk. This is urban fantasy on steroids. There are so many underworld creatures that it is a bit much to keep all of the goings on straight until you get really vested in the story. There are some gadgets that I guess the author was going for steampunk but the story is set in the 20th century and all the gadgets we see are common place just named something different and somehow they work slightly different. Not quite what I think or expect of steampunk. I expect some gadgets I really don't have an idea as to what they are or how they work! So once I resigned myself to the fact that I was not reading steampunk but in fact urban fantasy I was a little more on board. I was bummed as I was wanting to read steampunk but got urban fantasy.
All right that is all out there. Now this was not a terrible book. I did not hate the book. I did enjoy it honestly I did despite what I disliked. There is a fairly interesting story going on here. The main character can be a bit obnoxious at times she is only 21 or so and is a bit on the immature side. Very quick to respond emotionally especially where her family is concerned. If not for the family we honestly would not have a story. What kept me reading though was the introduction of the character Vexation "Vex" MacLaughlin aka Vex or the MacLaughlin. Now I've never been one to favor a wolf character; I've always preferred the Vampires. But THIS Alpha Were has something that I can't describe. He kinda won me over. HE was what kept me reading. I read this to the end, despite wanting to throw it across the room because of all the times I read "bloody", "bollocks, and "FANG ME", I continued to read to see how much Vex would appear and what his role was in this story. The name is weird I will say that....Vexation....yeah but Vex was a good way to shorten it. Almost seemed like Vex was picked first and then it was like oh crap I need a FULL NAME! How about Vexation cause that may sound mysterious. Whatever either way the name works for the character.
On the whole there is a lot going on so I can definitely see where this is going to be a series. IF I should read any further it would be to see if my favorite character Vex remains a part of the story. That's what kept me here, that would be what could draw me in again. Since this is the first in the series and was just released it may be awhile before I can expect another. At this point I'm undecided. I'm on the fence looking over thinking hmm would it be worth the jump or remain where I am.
I'd recommend the book to someone who enjoys urban fantasy with a kick ass, no wait kick arse according to the book, heroine with an interesting twist to how Vampires and Werewolves come to be and a dash of steamy romance, then by all means pick this up. OH and please read the back material! Trust me it will all make much more sense!...more
The second installment in the Winterhaven series takes up at the beginning of senior year for the same cast of characters we met in the first book andThe second installment in the Winterhaven series takes up at the beginning of senior year for the same cast of characters we met in the first book and one new introduction: Tyler. The intervening summertime is summarized that Violet had spent the summer taking care of her Gran who had suffered a stroke. After arranging for a care taker to stay with Gran and Lupe Violet feels a bit more at ease when returning to school. She returns to school anticipating the return of Aidan as the two have been separated for the whole summer. After last years fiasco with Julius Violet is hoping for a much calmer year. And from my reading and feel of the novel things are relatively calm and there really is no action or tension that builds over the course of this novel. I didn't feel a sense of urgency or a real climax that was in need of being solved as the first book had.
Violet still has her visions to deal with but lucks out when a certain handsome teacher offers to help her as he has similar psychic abilities himself. He works with Violet and helps her to recall her visions so that she can begin to make sense of them and get details so that she might alter the endings. The main vision she comes back to time and time again is a vision of Aidan attacking her childhood friend Whiteny. While this is troubling I just didn't see it as a strong tension builder. The only events that could be seen as tension building, and its a bit of a stretch at that, may be the struggles Aidan has with working towards a cure, and even that is only peripheral because Violet does not work with Aidan in the lab.
Violet also has the discovery of a little more information about her Sabbat origin to deal with. The information is vague and seemingly sketchy. She refuses to accept her destiny because she feels her free will is what will allow her to make up her own mind. When confronted with the chance to explore the meaning of the information however she runs rather than confronts the issue. It is her fate however and she must one day face it.
The climax that is given in the book is wrapped up way too quickly and I don't feel that was a very satisfactory ending. I don't like when books end just pages after the climax. Not that things were wrapped up in a tight little bow either. It was kind of a jilted ending and ends with Violet vowing to herself to make sense of things between her and Aidan as well as to understand her status as a Sabbat. It was not much of a conclusion and was very open ended.
I'd recommend it I suppose to anyone who read the first one and was curious to see where things are going. I may pick up the next book, but I'm not completely committed at this point....more
When I started the book I'm not quite sure what I was expecting. Girl is given the option to either live with her Gran to stay in the same school OR mWhen I started the book I'm not quite sure what I was expecting. Girl is given the option to either live with her Gran to stay in the same school OR move to NY and attend a boarding school. Hmm which option to choose? Obviously the boarding school. Once getting to said boarding school Violet meets a mysterious boy who later plays a big role in her new life. After meeting her roommate Violet is suddenly surrounded by an amazing group of friends which is unlike her past. She has always struggled to keep everyone at a distance because she has these visions or premonitions that tend to be about the people she loves. The kicker is they always come true, and they are never wrong. On the second day of school however Violet learns she is not the freak she has always thought she was. Turns out the boarding school is a school FOR teenagers with psychic "gifts". They are told to sign an agreement that they will not use their "gifts" to cheat or to expose themselves to outsiders. So having these magical abilities and attending a boarding school where they learn to use these abilities and where these abilities will be beneficial in life....I start thinking this sounds a bit to me like the whole Harry Potter deal. Not completely I agree, but the going to school away from home and finally feeling as though you fit in...yeah that whole vibe is here too.
Comparisons do not end there!
Find the rest of my review at: areadersaddiction.blogspot.com...more
Not a bad start to a little series. This provides a good bit of action and an interesting take on vampires and their predators the Chimera. The novelNot a bad start to a little series. This provides a good bit of action and an interesting take on vampires and their predators the Chimera. The novel follows a gang of young adults who have come together on a mission to rid the world of these evil creatures. Each individuals family has been destroyed in one way or another by these creatures and they are out to seek revenge as well as prevent any further harm. It has become a race against production and evolution as the Chimera are being mass produced more are becoming more evolved in their skill.
The story is told from the point of view of Alex the leader of the urban gang out to destroy the Chimera. Her chance encounter with Zeke during battle one night against the Chimera forges an unlikely alliance that proves useful to both. Through conversations with Zeke, Alex learns that the term "vampire" is a foul term that he and his group find "disrespectful and offensive". He explains that they prefer to be known as "the First" because they feel "vampire" tarnishes their honor. After learning that they share the common goal of eliminating the world of Chimera Alex beings to wonder if there could be potential in joining forces to accomplish their goals. While things are not tied up in the end of this novella there is a set up for the story to continue in the next book.
Overall the story is fairly short and a pretty good quick read. I enjoyed the story and will be continuing the series. I lucked out and bought book one when it was free on Amazon free on Kindle. So after starting book one I snagged the next three which so happened to also be free. If you are tired of the same old thing in urban fantasy, but enjoy a story with vampires this series may interest you....more
This was a very quick quirky read. There are five short stories in this little book that have all been previously been published elsewhere. This was mThis was a very quick quirky read. There are five short stories in this little book that have all been previously been published elsewhere. This was meant to put them all in one easy to access book. I'm glad I was able to find this in the library despite having bought one book with one story a while back at the used book store.
Anyways there are five stories as I said a couple work really well and actually add to the story arc of the novels while the others are just filler and I guess somewhat enjoyable.
"Fairy Dust" I think did well as it explained the fairy triplets Claude, Claudette and Claudine. This story has Sookie enlisted to help the duo Claude and Claudine find out what happened to their sister Claudette who we never meet. She was murdered and it is Sookie's job to help them solve the mystery. The story adds little else than introduce the characters and explain that there are triplets rather than twins.
"Dracula Night" was really filler and an add one at that. I didn't think the characteristics of Eric fit him in this story. He seemed a bit off. I love the character and was really disappointed with the portrayal in this story. To show Eric going ga ga over waiting to see if his "idol" Dracula actually shows up was just cheesy.
"Lucky" was also just odd. It was nothing more than a who-dun-it much like "Fairy Dust". Sookie's insurance agent enlists her to find out who is trying to sabotage his agency. Sounds very mundane given all of the other messes Sookie manages to get into in the novels.
"One Word Answer" was a good addition to the novels story arc because this opened up the readers understanding, and Sookie's understanding for that matter, about her cousin Hadley's death. This story actually works to fill in some holes in the plot line.
"Gift Wrap" I'm going to say nothing more than the whole premise of her great grandfather sending a fairy to be her "christmas" present was just odd and incredibly creepy. Ew
Overall some of the stories were better than others but it was understandable that having read her intro that she found it hard to write the stories as they were intended to be short stories in other collections, but it was hard to use the characters and not destroy or put off the story arc. She had to try to keep from jumbling things and that could be why the stories don't entertain as much as the novels.
That all said I'd recommend them for anyone reading the series who is looking to read more on the characters simply because you enjoy the characters and you even get a little filler that explains some holes! Bonus! ...more