A strong finish to a strong series! The big twist was something my mind had briefly played with, but I was surprised that Plum actually went for it. VA strong finish to a strong series! The big twist was something my mind had briefly played with, but I was surprised that Plum actually went for it. Very cool. Sadly all the action didn't take place in Paris this time, but that's ok. I'm glad I had read the Jules-viewpoint story before I read this one too. Otherwise I don't know what to say that won't give away the plot, but suffice to say it was good!...more
This one didn't wow me as much as the first one, just because it felt mostly like a bridge to the third book. A lot of the "whys" behind certain mainThis one didn't wow me as much as the first one, just because it felt mostly like a bridge to the third book. A lot of the "whys" behind certain main story events weren't explained very well, but I did enjoy the characters, including the addition of Xemerius, the ghost of a gargoyle demon type thing. The epilogue hints that the third book will be quite interesting, though!...more
So it's over. As anticipated, this series that has been dwindling in quality finished more with a whimper than a bang, but it was acceptable enough. MSo it's over. As anticipated, this series that has been dwindling in quality finished more with a whimper than a bang, but it was acceptable enough. Many people anticipated this ending so it wasn't much of a shock. Sure it was disappointing for certain shippers (including me), but honestly it did make more sense than any other ending would have. So from that perspective, you kind of have to appreciate it. Plus, all the fairies were gone, which immediately made it way better. It was also kind of nice that so many former lovers and friends made brief appearances to support Sookie. Basically a "Remember me? Farewell!" for the readers. So yeah, it wasn't amazing, but it could have been worse!...more
I wanted so desperately to like this book. I just want a good YA romance series with mermaids, and I found the first entry to be enjoyable enough. I eI wanted so desperately to like this book. I just want a good YA romance series with mermaids, and I found the first entry to be enjoyable enough. I especially loved the addition of selkies to the mix and the ensuing selkie-mermaid-human love triangle. And the fact that Tempest was full of girl power.
I really struggled to get through this one though, almost from the beginning. I hate to call it boring, but it must have been because I rarely struggle like this. Part of my frustration was that Deebs uses italics when they're having mental conversations with each other but doesn't specify "he said" or "she thought." I often found it difficult to keep up with conversations because of that. (There often weren't any line breaks in the e-galley I read either during these mental conversations, so I seriously hope that at least that will be fixed in the street edition.)
Another frustration I had was with the world-building. It wasn't as big an issue in the first book because a majority of the plot happened on land (even in selkie-ville they go up to an island castle), whereas a majority of this one was in the water. Deebs talks about breathing with gills. Great, fine, makes sense. But then Tempest is getting tea at an underwater tea shop, and it just wrenched me right out of the story because I was thinking, "Wait, how does that work? How do they keep the tea out of the ocean? How does she get it into her mouth?" Then my mind wandered off on tangents about mermaid restroom habits. (I mean, they take showers and use the restroom in human form, so...) I had the same problem when she went to bed. "Wait, how do you sleep in your bed without floating up to the ceiling? And while we're at it, how exactly do you make out with your boyfriend without both of you floating off the bed? And when someone walks in on you, does the water stop the door?" (And off I went on another tangent. Would they have some sort of special water-lock doors so they can have air-filled rooms and use legs?) I grew most irritated (and the previous tangent was reinforced) when Tempest went to a meeting and she floats down the hall but then "steps" into the room. "How do you step with a tail?!" Okay, all of this is making me wonder if it wasn't that I was bored but just frustrated beyond belief instead.
Plot wise, once the story did get going it seemed to spiral out of control. Suddenly Tempest and Kona were acting outside of their characters as I had understood them from previous book. Tempest's motivations were unclear. I wasn't sure why she cared so much about mer politics or about her human ex-boyfriend. (That was particularly annoying. The only motivation I could see was to add in a senseless love triangle and have Tempest treat two decent guys like crap.)
I don't know if I could face a third installment. Like I said, I enjoyed the first one, but this... Ugh.
The fine print: received ARC from NetGalley....more
This book was just kind of ridiculous and overly-derivative and filled with editing errors. I was not really impressed at all. I almost gave it 2 starThis book was just kind of ridiculous and overly-derivative and filled with editing errors. I was not really impressed at all. I almost gave it 2 stars, but since I can't even imagine reading the rest of the series, I'm giving it 1....more
Great stuff! This is sort of like a YA Harper Connelly (i.e. Grave Sight), but much different. Still, if you're a librarian tired of scratching your bGreat stuff! This is sort of like a YA Harper Connelly (i.e. Grave Sight), but much different. Still, if you're a librarian tired of scratching your brain looking for a sensing-the-dead type book, this could be it.
I really liked Violet and Jay and their relationship. There are too many books that have the girl throwing herself at the hot new boy, so seeing a girl falling in love with someone who has been her best friend forever is just so refreshing. I felt like I knew them, and their relationship felt comfortable to me, if that makes sense. Plus, I always enjoy books where the girl is the one with the power.
The communing with the dead part was interesting, and I liked how it manifested in different sensory perceptions for each victim--a light, a bell ringing, etc. However, I really would have liked for Violet's gift to be explored further, so I'm hoping the next book will do that. For that reason, I'll probably read it sooner rather than later.
This isn't a mystery in the strictest sense of the world, because there's really no way you can figure out who the murderer via clues. (In fact,I don't know if this is a spoiler or not, but just in case (view spoiler)[I don't think they even gave the murderer's name when he was caught (hide spoiler)]. It was really more suspense than mystery, because the girls never knew if they were safe or not. While it slows down in some parts, it is mostly a page turner.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
This was a pretty cool book. I think every series, particularly long-running ones, could benefit from such a book. I have been telling everyone who wiThis was a pretty cool book. I think every series, particularly long-running ones, could benefit from such a book. I have been telling everyone who will listen recently that instead of a teaser chapter from the next book in a series, books should reprint the final chapter from the previous book in the series so we can remember what happened! The brief summaries/timelines for the first 11 books was AWESOME, and I'm sure I'll refer to it again before I read book 12. I also liked the novella included, which gave perspective on the supernatural world outside of Bon Temps. Unlike the last Sookie story that had no Eric/Bill in it (from Home Improvement: Undead Edition), this one was entertaining and seemed to fit in the story arc more, plus as I said I liked the outside perspective.
As for the other elements, I thought the recipes were a really fun touch. Not that I tried any or anything, but they look pretty good. The interviews with Harris and Ball were interesting, but I probably could have lived without them. The "guide" at the end, basically a big dictionary-type deal about characters, places, species, etc. was just perfect. Very informative and a great reference for the serious reader.
I only wish they held publication to include summaries of the last two books in the series. Maybe they'll release an addendum?...more
Another great book from Plum. I love that not much action happens for most of the book. There's more focus on research and problem solving, romance anAnother great book from Plum. I love that not much action happens for most of the book. There's more focus on research and problem solving, romance and PARIS! I just adore her descriptions of the city. The places I know are described so accurately and perfectly, and the places I don't know, I'm now dying to visit. (In this book, that's namely Sainte-Chapelle.) Katie learns more about the revenants, widens her circle, goes out and relies on herself (and her sister and her new girlfriend Violette) rather than being the damsel to Vincent's knight. The action picks up in the end and has a killer cliffhanger, and of course I'm psyched for the next one. You can't help but falling for this series with unique mythology, strong characters, and a stunning sense of place. It's a really great one....more
I don't know what's gotten into me, but it seems like I'm suddenly giving everything 4 stars this year! I guess I'm just happy to be reading. I had toI don't know what's gotten into me, but it seems like I'm suddenly giving everything 4 stars this year! I guess I'm just happy to be reading. I had to give this one 4 because it's my favorite of the series so far. (Oh, and I have to say: I've been complaining recently that series books should have a recap of the last book instead of a teaser for the next book, and Jones did an excellent job of reminding the reader about key plot points without being obvious about it. Points for that!) It seems like Jones finally found a balance between the characters and plot elements. The romance fits in better, Charley's investigation feels more investigative (for lack of a better word), the already fun characters have really established their personalities, there are some great plot twists (especially toward the end), and everything just works. One warning for queasy readers... While the sex bits are toned down from the previous books (not that that's saying much), there is one scene that is particularly violent and very jarring in the midst of this light-hearted, sexy series. Yeesh. As always, the ending will leave you with a lot of anticipation for the next installment! ...more
I liked this one better than the first one. There seemed to be more depth to the characters (both male and female) and their romance made complete senI liked this one better than the first one. There seemed to be more depth to the characters (both male and female) and their romance made complete sense. There were many laugh-out-loud moments and many serious, reflective, sad movements too. It was very well balanced. Venus wasn't as annoying in this one, which means she's growing as a character, I think. Also, Haydee (yes that is a silly name) runs a book store, which is pretty awesome....more