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
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 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
It's impossible not to like a Sookie. This wasn't my favorite by any stretch (Dead to the World!!!!!!), but it was good. There were several moments thIt's impossible not to like a Sookie. This wasn't my favorite by any stretch (Dead to the World!!!!!!), but it was good. There were several moments that made me laugh out loud, and I was glad that one plot line in particular was finally cleared up. Sookie has a lot of soul-searching to do as she learns about her history, worries about her relationship with Eric, and stresses about the plot(s?) to kill her/him/them all. Don't worry, she relaxes by watching Jeopardy! (cute).Bubba was back in the action (although she actually used the "E" word, I couldn't believe it!), and what action it was. Yikes. Also, I loved Pam in this one. I wish she got more "on screen" time.
In terms of the boys, I was shocked when Bill didn't make an appearance until halfway though the book (and then it was a brief one). Alcide turns up again, making it more apparent that pack leadership has really squashed the rough but charming guy of Club Dead. And there was not nearly enough Eric, but then there never is!
I'm not really sure how I feel about two of the big plot elements. I will avoid spoilers but say that one has to do with the Eric/Sookie relationship and one has to do with Sookie's gift. I feel iffy about the way things stand and a fact that was revealed, especially because I'm worried about where the next (last!) two books are going. Seriously, while a few things are clearing up, many others seem more convoluted-I don't know how she's going to wrap it all up. I hope she does! It looks like the love triangle might be making a comeback, which is never good for an Eric shipper.
But on a similar topic, any Sookie installment that includes the line "Eric liked monkey sex" is okay in my book!...more
This one took me a little while to get into, but I'm glad I did and I'm looking forward to the next one. I liked that they added a religious aspect toThis one took me a little while to get into, but I'm glad I did and I'm looking forward to the next one. I liked that they added a religious aspect to the vampyre culture, plus the boarding school element and teen clique drama. Their special regard for cats was also a nice touch, plus a good cast of secondary characters as Zoey's four friends and her grandmother. Perhaps they will also get more into her Cherokee heritage later. Pretty good stuff....more
Ugh. The last time I was so disappointed with Linda Howard was when I read Death Angel. Clearly, she needs to stay away from fantasy. I was so excitedUgh. The last time I was so disappointed with Linda Howard was when I read Death Angel. Clearly, she needs to stay away from fantasy. I was so excited to see a vampire romance by my absolute favorite romance author, but clearly (or hopefully) the coauthor had a much larger role in this book. Flat characters, convoluted mythology, rather bland writing, no sexual chemistry... It was just so blah. I can safely say I won't even be tempted to read the next book in this series. Instead, I'll look forward to Prey: A Novel in September....more
This has to be one of the most bizarre books I've ever read. It's a good read, though shockingly slow. It also felt like three very distinct books.
InThis has to be one of the most bizarre books I've ever read. It's a good read, though shockingly slow. It also felt like three very distinct books.
In the first part, American witch and science (specifically alchemy) historian Diana is doing research at Oxford's Bodleian Library. There she meets vampire and scientist Matthew. She also stumbles upon a bewitched book thought to be lost for centuries. So this first part of the novel has that academic suspense feel (it reminded me of something, maybe The Historian or The Book of Spies?) and there's a lot of science and science history. There's also the obvious beginnings of a courtship between the two, although a romance would be taboo. In this first part, you accept that there are supernatural creatures walking among us, and it doesn't seem that strange.
When Diana is threatened, Matthew whisks her off to the family home in France. This is a big "getting to know the vampires" section, and the supernatural seems much further removed from the everyday. The science gives way more to history here, and the romantic tension (which still seems so faint) begins to increase.
When Diana and Matthew return to Diana's home in New York, it's a big "getting to know the witches" section, and the supernatural finally seems downright otherworldy. (It's like the contrast between Harry Potter accidentally blowing up his aunt and the sheer volume of magic that takes place when he gets to Hogwarts. That's the best comparison I can give.)
But like I said, this is one of a kind--it's almost academically scientific and historical, it philosophically examines racism, it includes a hint of romance and suspense, its characters are frightfully complex (one so old he's carrying around centuries of baggage and the other so new to her powers that she's practically coming of age)... It's a pretty slow but steady read, and I think it was worth the time it took in the end.
I don't want to give away the ending, but the last 10 pages have really made me look forward to the second book, which is going to have a lot to do with a subject of great interest to me, it seems....more