I finally finished it. I’ve listened to this as an audiobook for a few weeks now, mainly to and from work....moreI would give this book 3.5 stars if I could.
I finally finished it. I’ve listened to this as an audiobook for a few weeks now, mainly to and from work. I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised. The last book in the series wasn’t at all at the same level as the books before it. However, this book was slow and it took me a long while to get into the story. Actually the story really didn’t take shape until the end. The buildup wasn’t at all exciting and I found myself not really caring what would happen. Yet, the final few chapters did make this book very good and the way things where left at the end made me really like it.
As usual Sookie finds herself in some kind of trouble. This time it involved someone or something trying to kill her and also a very complicated and interesting relationship problem between her and Eric. I will say that the conclusion was mind blowing. I did not see that one coming. I’m looking forward to see how they resolve it. I also liked that both Bill and Buba had a few cameo appearances here and there. I’ve missed them and they did make the book better. Pam also get’s her own part of the book that left me teary-eyed. Eric is becoming a bit of a pig, in my opinion and I find myself rooting for Alcide.
A few things in this book where cringe-worthy (ice pack, someone). Sookie is also still a bit whiney, she needs to grow a backbone already and also not be a saint all the time. There’s nothing wrong with hating someone or to be selfish once in a while. The self-pity is boring. Despite all the bad stuff, I am looking forward to next book in the series. (less)
I honestly don’t know what I think of this book. However, I can admit this series is growing on me. It’s interesting and the characters are believable...moreI honestly don’t know what I think of this book. However, I can admit this series is growing on me. It’s interesting and the characters are believable. I am the kind of person who hates all the sugar sweet love stuff and the way the characters stare into each other’s eyes and declare their love for one another, makes me cringe.
Elsie is probably my least favorite female character, so far. She’s crippled by loss, which I understand. Yet the whole heroin-on-a-mission thing is nothing new and I found her pretty naïve and impulsive. She’s also very demanding. She almost forces herself on Tegan and demands that he brings her along on his mission. She also flashes her position in the world of the rich and famous, even though she says she doesn’t feel like she belongs there. Tegan on the other hand, I loved. He’s strong and knows that he needs to move on and not live in the past. Tegan and Elsie’s relationship feels almost rushed. They fall in love so fast and I missed the build-up. The love scenes where disappointing as well. I didn’t feel much passion and if there was any it was driven by blood and not lust.
The story in itself was great. Elsie finds this book that could lead them to a massive step forward in their fight against the rogues. They have to travel to Berlin and the action was thrilling. I wish this book had more passion and that it flowed better, it had so many slow parts. I found myself skimming past few pages just to get to the good parts.
I also find this book so female oriented. I understand that it's mainly women who read this kind of book, I just wish it had more action and a little more male type thoughts. I guess I want more of a look into the the male way of thinking and what they actually feel. (less)
I’m not sure what I think of this book. I would have given it 3.d stars if I could. There were things I really did like about this book. The initial m...moreI’m not sure what I think of this book. I would have given it 3.d stars if I could. There were things I really did like about this book. The initial meeting/meetings between the two characters where new and exciting. Unfortunately, the hotter moments between them didn’t wow me like I had thought, at least not when I consider all the buildup to it. I really liked the concept of sweet blood and the fact that vampires find it addicting. It added to the already saturated world of vampire lore. However, it didn’t seem so farfetched to me! Why wouldn’t some people’s blood taste better and make you crave it? I also liked the fact that despite being tortured by his past, Dominic wasn’t broody or let his sadness make him bitter. He does stand apart from the typical revenge-seeking male in most other books. The whole alpha male thing did grate on me. I’ve seen it so many times. The whole “must protect the woman” mantra is getting boring now. I couldn’t really connect with Mackenzie at all. She had this freakish fear of developing Alzheimer's and pretty much ruled out any chance of having a future because of it. I didn’t like her attitude and the way her emotions just didn’t seem rational. She felt scared but didn’t act scared, a somewhat normal person would.
All in all I liked the story and the new elements that it introduced. I liked the characters but they didn’t blow me away. Hopefully this series will develop into something more substantial and exciting.(less)
I found this book strangely underwhelming, at least compared to the previous books in the series. I don’t know why, but I felt like this book crept al...moreI found this book strangely underwhelming, at least compared to the previous books in the series. I don’t know why, but I felt like this book crept along, stalling. It almost felt like the author ran out of ideas. Nothing truly interesting happened and all the strange sexual situations, including the actual sex scene, where awkward rather than thrilling. I missed Jean-Claude in this book. He seems to bring a certain excitement and tension to the story line. He’s always involved in something mysterious and dark. Richard is nice, maybe too nice. He just bores me, sort of. He lacks that certain something to keep me interested. Anita has evolved a lot throughout this series and I feel like maybe she’s reached her peak. I hope that isn’t the case though. The story in this book was bland. Richard is framed for rape; Anita drops everything to help him and kills some bad people. I just found it boring. It could have been more exciting if everything wasn’t so predictable. I did like the part where Damian expressed his feelings for Anita and revealed some pretty big secrets that Jean-Claude has kept from her. The relationship between Anita, Richard and Jean-Claude is getting more intense and I guess Anita isn’t ready to accept that yet. I really hope this series get back on track and that the next book is better. (less)
Not as good as I hoped it would be, I must admit. The book started with a bang and sadly settled into a slow-moving, slightly akward (sexually) and sl...moreNot as good as I hoped it would be, I must admit. The book started with a bang and sadly settled into a slow-moving, slightly akward (sexually) and slightly boring book. It did pick up towards the end and I was bummed when it ended.
If you've read the previous books, you know Anita is lupa (she's basically the mate of the leader of the warevolves) and she owes her loayalty to them. She chooses to also protect the other shapeshifters, who are not really getting along with the wolves. She also seems to channel Raina, the old lupa, and not in a good way. Anita does get a lot more powerful in this book and she does seem to accept her connection to both Richard and Jean-Claude.
I don't mind sex in a book, at least not as long it's testefully done. This book did have a few sexual moments in them and my only complaint is that they where really akward, not sexy at all. (less)
Best one yet. The whole plot kept me on my toes throughout the entire book. Anita gets a bounty on her head and that basically means someone wants her...moreBest one yet. The whole plot kept me on my toes throughout the entire book. Anita gets a bounty on her head and that basically means someone wants her dead, and fast. Luckily Edward is there to make sure she at least has a chance of surviving. A mysterious vampire named Sabin shows up and wants Anitas help. He also has a human servant who just happens to be an animator, just like Anita. Richard and Jean-Claude, the two men in Anitas life really step up their chase and Anita find herself more and more confused over who she wants. Richard seems to be the most locical choise and she can see herself spending the rest of her life with him. The thing is, Jean-Claude understand and loves her despite her flaws. Some of her flaws, like the ability to kill and not feel guilty about it, bothers Richard and we know Anita wont change for anyone. I loved all the twists and turns in this book and I feel like this is a huge step from Guilty Pleasures. I love the fact that Anita is voulnerble and scared in this book, a state we rarely get to see her in. (less)
I admit it, I’m hooked. I loved this series. It’s fun and witty and the characters are brilliant. Most people know the plot by now so I’ll skip past t...moreI admit it, I’m hooked. I loved this series. It’s fun and witty and the characters are brilliant. Most people know the plot by now so I’ll skip past that. The end was a bit surprising but that was a breath of fresh air. Most books have very predictable endings and this one really makes you go out and by the next one. The only complaint I have about this book is this one little flaw that Cat, the main character, has. She pukes…a lot! I think she did it about three times in the first half of the book. It was fun the first time but ended up being very repetitive. I guess the author wanted her to seem vulnerable and human. Not the ideal way to do it, in my opinion. If I compare this book to other vampire fiction I’ve read, I would rate this as one of the best. It was a light read and I finished it fairly quickly.
It's hard to review this book. I sort of like it but I wish it would have been better. It lacked romance and I don't think the story was compelling en...moreIt's hard to review this book. I sort of like it but I wish it would have been better. It lacked romance and I don't think the story was compelling enough to stand on its own. Anita Blake is a cool carachter. She has attitude and she's the queen of one-liners. However, she seems to be scared of everything. No doubt I would be scared in some of the situations she ends up in, I just thought she, being used to the dead, would handle it bettter. Jean-Claude is hard not to like. He's not in the book enough though. The world around Anita is not describes well enough to make me feel like I was there. Yes, I like knowing what the enviroment looks like. I am going to read the next book in the series and see if it gets better. This book is average and it needs something extra to keep my interest up after a few chapters.(less)
I literally just finished listening to this book. It started out pretty slow and I have to admit I had to stop listening to it for nearly a week becau...moreI literally just finished listening to this book. It started out pretty slow and I have to admit I had to stop listening to it for nearly a week because it was getting so dull. I kept thinking “get to the point” throughout the book. Nothing particularly interesting happened until I got to the final chapters. The main “problem” Sookie faces in this book is the appearance of Eric’s maker and his Russian boy toy (who just happens to be a former Russian prince with a bit of an anger management problem) and she also gets the news that there’s a body on her property. She struggles with the bond she shares with Eric and how he has to spend all of his time with his maker and his “brother”. There’s also the slight fairy problem she faces. Not only has she just lost most of her fairy family but her cousin now feels he needs to move in with her. Since the realm between the ordinary world and that of fairy has been closed no other fairies are around, or are they? The book really isn’t as good at the other Sookie Stackhouse books but I still enjoyed it. It deserves 3.5 stars. (less)
I never thought I'd like it but man oh man do I like it! I love it! It sucks you in like nothing else. The love story itself isn't sickly sweet; it's a...moreI never thought I'd like it but man oh man do I like it! I love it! It sucks you in like nothing else. The love story itself isn't sickly sweet; it's actually believable and cute. I love Grace and Sam’s relationship. I actually sort of envy them. The way they grow to love each other more and more is heartwarming. This book is well written for a YA novel. I’m used to well written books and I get very disappointed if books are poorly written when aimed at younger people. I was pleasantly surprised with the way the author described the people, surroundings and emotions. Even though I have a good imagination I still need a fairly vivid description of various things to be completely satisfied. This book did tick all my boxes in terms of the way it was written. The story is a bit “Twilight-ish” in the way the author uses the werewolf issue as her main “dilemma”. It’s not as childish as Twilight though. I don’t want to give too much away so I’m being careful about what I write. The book did slow down a bit towards the middle and it took a good few chapters for the story to pick up again. There are a few chocking moments (I won’t mention them here…) and I did find myself anxious and jumpy to see what happened. The ending did please me and I am looking forward to the sequel. (less)
I just started learning Russian and I also just bought this book. So far I really like it. I can't really give a proper review one it yet but I think...moreI just started learning Russian and I also just bought this book. So far I really like it. I can't really give a proper review one it yet but I think it's worth buying if you're interested in learning some Russian. (less)
I love it. Sergei Lukyanenko is one of the best fantasy authors right now. I love the way he describes the environment without being too detailed. I f...moreI love it. Sergei Lukyanenko is one of the best fantasy authors right now. I love the way he describes the environment without being too detailed. I feel like I’m in Russia, walking among its citizens. Anton, the main character is so funny. I love his personality. His boss, Olga and Svetlana are also amazingly well thought-out characters with lots of personality and individuality. The book is divided into three different parts (three different stories, basically). They’re all very captivating and I honestly couldn’t but the book down.