Well, it wasn't amazing, but it did get me thinking a lot about gender roles. I think it was a tough read because my mind kept scrambling to rememberWell, it wasn't amazing, but it did get me thinking a lot about gender roles. I think it was a tough read because my mind kept scrambling to remember who was the equivalent of who in the original book. And I had a hard time imagining a teenage boy behaving the way Beau did. (I get Meyer's protestations that Bella wasn't a damsel in distress but a human in distress, but I still think teenage girls are much more likely to get overly attached to a first love.) But then, I've never been a teenage boy, so what do I know?
I don't think the gender swap worked 100% largely because of the vampires. As a woman, Carine (Carlisle) wouldn't have been able to study medicine in the Middle Ages. As a man, it's unlikely Archie (Alice) would have been institutionalized for the reason he was. Jessamine (Jasper) wouldn't have been in the Civil War, so a lot of her personality makes no sense. And Royal (Rosalie) wouldn't have been raped and left for dead by his fiancee and friends so his doesn't make much sense either. Female werewolves, though? Sorry, gotta use a pun - bitchin'!
I really enjoyed the ending. (view spoiler)[Although I don't think Beau was ready to be a vampire and spend an eternity with Edythe, who he really didn't know that well at this point - Edward and Bella grew and learned a lot over the last four books - it was really interesting to think about the "what if." Though sad to think that Beau would never develop a relationship with Billy or Jules (Jacob). (hide spoiler)]
So yeah, fun to see and think about how things might be different if characters were different genders or made different decisions (or made different decisions because they were different genders)....more
I enjoyed this book a lot more than Midnight Crossroad. If this had been the first book in the series, I think it would have worked a lot better. HarrI enjoyed this book a lot more than Midnight Crossroad. If this had been the first book in the series, I think it would have worked a lot better. Harris continued to be vague and mysterious about the townfolk in some ways, but not so much that things just didn't make sense. On the other hand, part of this clarity came from introducing peripheral characters from Sookie's universe, and I liked the idea of it taking place in its own world. Still, it does have a different enough feel from Bon Temps to work out. This entry also had a better mystery with a pretty clearly executed investigation than the first book, which gave it the more genre mystery feel (with an obvious fantasy bent) that I enjoyed in the early Sookie books. So all in all, a relief that Harris is improving as this series continues, rather than completely falling apart as Sookie did.
The fine print: received ARC from NetGalley....more
Frankly, I'm relieved this series has come to an end. I stuck with it because I really liked Gloriana in the beginning, and I had to know how things eFrankly, I'm relieved this series has come to an end. I stuck with it because I really liked Gloriana in the beginning, and I had to know how things ended up for her. I think the addition of gods and goddesses several books ago is what really turned me off, particularly when Greek and Roman are mixed willy nilly with no obvious reason. I guess as love triangles were cleared up, family drama became necessary instead. And oh, what drama. Glory's parents, especially her mother, are way too single-minded, to the point where they feel more like convenient plot devices than characters. And while Glory continues to pay lip service to wanting to be an independent woman, Blade purchasing a building (far outside of her means) as a wedding present is A-OK. So yeah, just a lot of problems for me as a reader, but I guess it was a decent enough wrap up with "farewell performances" from many of Glory's old lovers and friend. ...more
I think I'm just over this series. The stories feel tired, the "who will she end up with?" is gone, and I just honestly have never really liked JerryI think I'm just over this series. The stories feel tired, the "who will she end up with?" is gone, and I just honestly have never really liked Jerry that much (which is weird, since normally the thought of a kilt makes me so happy). Of course I'll probably keep reading, but I sure hope they get fresher again!...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
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
I'm giving this one 4 stars instead of the usual 3 because it was my favorite Glory St. Clair book so far. I don't know what it was exactly, but I reaI'm giving this one 4 stars instead of the usual 3 because it was my favorite Glory St. Clair book so far. I don't know what it was exactly, but I really liked the change of scenery (from Austin to L.A.) and Glory's attempts to balance her fake engagement with her real relationship. Moving the setting helped open up the vampire world a lot too - it was good to see that there is paranormal activity outside of Austin. Another great change was how much more fun Valdez was in this book. Also, what overweight girl wouldn't like a plot that involves a gal who literally cannot lose weight finding a way to finally do so while oodles of hot men tell her she is sexy as she is? Exactly. And the ending left me greatly anticipating the next book instead of just mildly looking forward to it. So hooray for Glory....more
I just don't know what to say. I almost had to give this 2 stars, but I can't quite bear to give Sookie less than 3. Giving her only 3 is hard enough!I just don't know what to say. I almost had to give this 2 stars, but I can't quite bear to give Sookie less than 3. Giving her only 3 is hard enough! The thing is, I know this is supposed to be the penultimate book, and it really felt that way. It felt like filler, a bridge, and a disappointment. It just seemed like we were marking time until the finale. All of the issues that seemed to be coming to a head at the end of the last book (the contract with Freya, the severing of the blood bond, the potential for Bill to return in the love triangle) just didn't materialize here. (Freya did a bit, but not really well.) After not addressing these emotional cliffhangers from the previous book, she added another at the end of this book. So will any of them be addressed in the finale? Who knows?
The plot was a bit convoluted, the motivations of almost every character were unclear, and worst of all, the characters didn't seem like themselves, if that makes sense. They were a lot flatter than usual, and much of the dialogue, particularly that of Sookie, Bill, and Eric, didn't sound true to their characters. Bill sounded oddly modern at times, for example. I guess that's not worst of all... I've said it before, but this time I REALLY mean it. Where was Eric? He was in two or three scenes at most, and his presence was unremarkable in those scenes. Normally his presence is so commanding. Also (is this a spoiler?) no sex scenes. Yeah, I know, not really important, but still a let down!
I did like that she tried to return to the mystery aspect of early series books, but I just don't understand why the murderer/plotter did what they did. I did find myself invested in the proceedings and worrying about Sookie, because she is just one of my favorite characters of all time. I love how she's becoming more invested in Merlotte's and thinking through her relationships more and becoming increasingly self-aware, but... I don't know.
It's easy to say that this has been my least favorite in the series. (To be honest, I think it's really been going downhill with the addition of the window to and increasing traffic from Faery. The vampires, weres, shifters, and handful of fairies and demons were enough. All the elves and other creepy fae creatures are too much. The real turning point for me was the whole Lachlan and Neave thing, I think. But I digress.) I really hope this thing turns around for the big finish, since Harris has said number 13 will be the final book. And at the risk of sounding like a fangirl, the real Eric better reappear and reappear often in the finale!...more
This book was a quick and enjoyable read. Think Sookie Stackhouse (Dead Until Dark) meets Bridget Jones (Bridget Jones's Diary) with a love interest iThis book was a quick and enjoyable read. Think Sookie Stackhouse (Dead Until Dark) meets Bridget Jones (Bridget Jones's Diary) with a love interest in the vein of Jamie Frasier (Outlander) and another love interest that makes Eric Northman's manipulations (i.e. in All Together Dead) look downright innocent. Win! It isn't high literature, but the writing is pretty solid and it was a fun concept with good characters and interesting details (running a vintage store, going to night vampire church, etc). I'm really looking forward to the next book....more