I have mixed feelings about this "last" book of the Sookie Stackhouse series. Mostly because I lost re**spoiler alert** And so it ends. Well, sort of.
I have mixed feelings about this "last" book of the Sookie Stackhouse series. Mostly because I lost real interest in the series about five books ago. I'm glad the series is over. I've grown tired of the predictable plots, the corny sex scenes, the blood and guts, whiny Eric, piney Bill, and poor, poor Sookie. What's going to happen? Sookie will be in danger at least two or three times before the book is over, she'll have sex, she'll make some dumb choices, she'll make another enemy, she'll have some more sex, somebody gets killed, somebody else dies, and a relationship will get strained, but in the end it's all hunky dorey.
I did find it comforting that we saw most of the important players from the past Sookie books, even if they were kinda thrown in there. It reminded me of the days when I actually enjoyed these books. I am also glad, I think, that Sookie finally got together with Sam...I thought this would happen a long time ago, and I do think he is the person she was really meant to be with. I'm a bit disappointed that we got the hot sex with them first, but it really wouldn't be a Sookie book if she didn't jump in the sack with a supernatural creature! But everything just kinda of got tied up real quick like, and that's just too easy. And of course she left the door open, which makes me think this really isn't the last we've seen of Sookie....more
**spoiler alert** Oh, Ms. Harris, you really need to wrap this thing up! I once again find myself asking, "Self? Why are you still using your precious**spoiler alert** Oh, Ms. Harris, you really need to wrap this thing up! I once again find myself asking, "Self? Why are you still using your precious little reading time on these books?" This book most of all I felt like she is dragging out the series because of the show (True Blood)...I could totally picture the graphic fight scenes near the end and the sex scene on the porch swing like I'd just watched Anna P and What's his name going at it on my tv.
I had so many things to bitch about with this book! I'm pissed with the way she used Alcide in this one (all of four pages and making him out to be a complete @sshole and an idiot!). Eric is still saying "my lover" way too much, although not nearly as much as the last two books, and Sookie keeps calling him "my honeybuns" (which is bad enough on its own, but even worse when nicknaming an ancient, dead Viking!!). And then she made herself look dumb: talking about Sookie applying an ice pack to her "yahoo palace" (SERIOUSLY?!?!) and having Bill declare basically out of nowhere, "...you have a pair of breasts that should win the Miss America Tit Competition." Even her word choices made me irritated: "craven" must have been on her Word-of-the-Day calendar when she was writing the middle of the book 'cause she used it four times and in totally different (and bad) ways!!
I used to chuckle when I read these books and have a light-hearted good little read. Now I'm just appalled at what a mess the world of Sookie has become and my eyes hurt from rolling around so much:( ...more
Total bonus...I've been on the wait list at my local library for almost two months for this (still on there!) I popped in to one of the local librarieTotal bonus...I've been on the wait list at my local library for almost two months for this (still on there!) I popped in to one of the local libraries near my parents house today with my Dad (I had been checking online at the three libraries up there & no copies available for the last month.) We had been passing by a lot and always seeing this "book sale" sign and, well, we cannot resist a book sale. Come to find out the "book sale" is ongoing and is actually a whole separate little house filled with books for sale. We only had a few minutes (because we were participating in a 5k to benefit one of the other local libraries) and I wandered into the back room and spotted a book by Elizabeth George. I turned to my Dad and started to ask if he had ever read anything by her because I had heard her books were really good and I keep seeing them everywhere. What did I spy as I turned back around to point at the E. G. book, but this baby! SCORE!! And I promised the lady when I bought it (for $1 no less, brand new hardcover that was probably read once!) that I would donate it back as soon as I finished it! Sooooooooooo excited! ...more
**spoiler alert** I re-read this Sookie book so I could remind myself where things left off before tackling the most recent two books in the series. I**spoiler alert** I re-read this Sookie book so I could remind myself where things left off before tackling the most recent two books in the series. I had forgotten how bizarre her world is. So much going on in this one: the reveal of the other supes, Crystal's murder, the war between the fairies, Sookie trying to figure out her relationship with Eric...I should have been engaged but just found myself saying "meh." I think I'm getting tired of this series...I mean, really, how much can you do with one telepathic, vampire/werewolf/shapeshifter loving waitress?...more
OK, so it took me about 170 pages to get really into this, but then it started to fly. I got so engrossed, I read through the night until 6 am to finiOK, so it took me about 170 pages to get really into this, but then it started to fly. I got so engrossed, I read through the night until 6 am to finish it! I guess you have to kind of set up the characters at the start, but the second half is worth it...very exciting! I can't wait to read the next in the series!...more
I like to think I'm too old for YA stuff, but for some reason this series has captured me. Maybe it's my addiction to vampires or my schoolgirl musingI like to think I'm too old for YA stuff, but for some reason this series has captured me. Maybe it's my addiction to vampires or my schoolgirl musings of true love...or maybe it's just damn good storytelling! I do wish that somebody warned me that this book was a lot longer than the first one! I read like a demon to get this one done in a day and a half. As with Twilight, it took me almost 200 pages to get interested, and I wasn't as impressed as I thought I would be until the last three chapters or so. I've got to give Stephenie props for grabbing you at the end & making you want that next book ASAP! Without giving any plot away, I definitely hope the third book is focused on the vampires...because the other stuff just wasn't as interesting to me. I'm all about Edward:)...more
**spoiler alert** This is the best of the series by far! I'm so glad I didn't give up after New Moon! I enjoyed this one from start to finish, which h**spoiler alert** This is the best of the series by far! I'm so glad I didn't give up after New Moon! I enjoyed this one from start to finish, which hasn't happened before in the series.
In this book, several of the other characters get fleshed out, like Jasper & Rosalie, and the plot thickens. I loved just about everything in this story...Bella seemed to mature quite a bit and I like how the conflict level ramped up. I still think Jacob is an annoying immature boy/werewolf, but that's just me! I found myself telling him to "Grow Up!" about twenty times while reading! *L* But I liked that the characters seemed to actually grow in this book instead of dragging out their plot lines.
I think this book had a bunch of great one-liners too...I caught myself smiling or laughing quite a number of times! I knew what was going to happen, but I still liked the way she worked everything out. The only thing I wish there had been more of was the big fight...we got practically no details about it (probably because Edward & Bella weren't there for the main fight), and I felt like so much had been built up to it, that I would have liked to see a bit of action with the Cullen family pulling together with the Werewolves to fight the newborns.
I can't wait for the next book, I just hope it keeps up with this one and doesn't get to wrapped up with the wedding nonsense. It should be very exciting if all goes as it is supposed to go!...more
**spoiler alert** I was pretty disappointed with this one. I really thought that things that happened in the beginning would be more drawn out. Of cou**spoiler alert** I was pretty disappointed with this one. I really thought that things that happened in the beginning would be more drawn out. Of course the part I was most looking forward to, the wedding, took maybe 10 pages of the 768 page beast. I found the pregnancy ridiculously predictable once the wedding was over by Chapter 7 and even Jacob's imprinting on Renesmee didn't surprise me. It took forever to get to the confrontation with the Volturi and then there was never even a fight! And I totally knew Alice was coming back, too. So all of that predictability made me bored. This took me a long time to read because I just didn't care enough to not be able to put it down! Kind of a let down after Eclipse! And definitely seemed like she stopped aiming toward the teens and tried to grab the adult audience....more