Carina Press pulled together holiday-themed novellas from three great paranormal romance authorThis review was originally posted on Vampire Book Club.
Carina Press pulled together holiday-themed novellas from three great paranormal romance authors – Vivian Arend, Vivi Andrews and Moira Rogers. With Christmas parties, angels and demons and lots of snow, Winter Wishes will surely heat up a winter afternoon. Plus, those who enjoy shifters will particularly enjoy this anthology as two of the three stories feature weres (panthers and wolves).
Tangled Tinsel by Vivian Arend
Kyle is happy to revel in the sexual nature of being a werepanther. El has long suppressed her similar nature. When she takes him into protective custody, he does what he can to open her eyes to her shifter nature. Taking him home to spend the holidays with her family does more to open his eyes to what real connections could be.
Tangled Tinsel is a steamy read with both shifters learning their stances on relationships and their natures need a change. Vivian Arend adds in a light crime subplot, but the core of this novella is character development. Readers will like seeing El and Kyle come together.
No Angel by Vivi Andrews
I loved this story. Hands-down the best of the three. No Angel was my first glimpse at Vivi Andrews’ writing, and I’ll definitely be seeking out more of her novels and novellas after this one.
No Angel was romantic and sweet focusing on the redemptive power of love. When a half-demon is called back into hell by his mother — Lucifer’s wife — he fears he has lost his only chance at love. He hadn’t intended to fall in love with a mortal, he tried hard to be good for her, but he never told her about his demonic side.
When he’s pulled away before his lover’s eyes, she is given the chance to descend to hell and save him. Can she redeem this demonspawn and will she want to once she knows what he’s been hiding?
Freeze Line by Moira Rogers
Moira Rogers has a knack for putting together characters who both challenge and bring out the best in one another. That’s the case in Freeze Line. Shane does his best to avoid his werewolf attributes. He lives far above the freeze line, where the earth is frozen and magic is weak. It can’t pull on his beast. He puts on a human front around the others in the nearby village, but for the most part lives a solitary life.
Then he finds Nadia on the side of the road. She’s not equipped for the frigid weather. He quickly learns she was kidnapped by humans wanting to torture and test on her because of her ability to use magic. The knowledge alone spurs his instinct to protect her. But the lack of magic in the earth is killing her. He agrees to take the woman south, to save her. The closer they get to the magic, the stronger she gets and the more wild he becomes.
He may be worried about his beast hurting her. His past tells him he can’t be trusted around others when his wolf takes over. Nadia is stronger than he knows, and the two can’t help but bond.
Freeze Line is a fun, quick romance read with the best paranormal elements of the three in the Winter Wishes anthology. Moira Rogers is able to focus on the ‘otherness’ is a complete way, even in the shorter form of novellas. ...more
Fate sent Mackenzie to New Orleans. After five states and a month oThis review was originally posted at Vampire Book Club.
Rating (out of 5): 4.5 stars
Fate sent Mackenzie to New Orleans. After five states and a month of running from an ex and his goons, she lands a job at a bar for a pint-sized sweet woman who can’t help but worry about her new hire. Quickly Mackenzie finds a couple werewolves and one very sexy mage offering to keep her safe.
Local P.I. and resident mage Jackson Holt wants to protect Mackenzie, but while he tries to convince himself it’s just a job he’s quickly falling for her. His werewolf buddies sense shifter from the woman, but no one can tell for sure — and she’s acting clueless.
As you might guess, things go crazy as Mackenzie discovers her true nature, fights the magic holding her shift at bay and discovers those trying to kidnap her have some serious thoughts about her destiny. The best part is her real support through all this is Jackson. While he can control magic, he’s not a shifter. And I think that’s part of why their relationship balances so well. In addition to him being incredibly respectful to her, he knows about shifters but can still discover new things with her.
Crux is remarkably suspenseful. First we don’t know what’s happening to Mackenzie. Then we don’t understand why these people are after her. Then she’s damn near in heat, but doing anything about it could kill her (which results in hilarious dialogue with Jackson). Then kidnappings. Turned allegiances. And, well, you get the idea.
The romance is equally sweet and heated. These two fall in love and we sense it in every interaction. Just beautifully wrought tale of accepting trust without caveats. As Crux is the first in the Southern Arcana series, our desire for more can be immediately sated with Crossroads.
I’ve read novellas by Moira Rogers before, and liked them but never was blown away. So I’m immensely pleased to say I’m in love with the novel-length Crux. (It also makes me think maybe I just like Rogers’ longer works, because I love the character depth that builds in this one.)
Sexual content: Sexual references. Amazing kisses and a sex scene.
Merit has a chance to reinvent herself, and that would be great if she’d had a choice in the maThis review was originally posted to Vampire Book Club.
Merit has a chance to reinvent herself, and that would be great if she’d had a choice in the matter.
She’s fought her entire life to remain independent, to avoid being used as a political pawn. She’s one of the Chicago Merits. Her father is wealthy, powerful, buddies with the mayor and overall far more concern with collecting capitol and clout than the happiness of his youngest daughter. Her desire to spend her days in grad school working on a lit dissertation make her the scourge of the family. She doesn’t bother with the money, and lives her own life as apart from that realm as possible.
Until she’s attacked on campus by a vampire. Another swoops in and changes her. He saved her life, but she had never wanted to be a vampire. She was supposed to get to choose. That’s what they said when they’ve come out of the figurative coffin. Now she has seven days to decide if she’s going to swear her allegiance and submit to the Master vampire of one of the vampire Houses. (Think feudal England.)
Ethan is gorgeous, but egotistical and expects full loyalty and subservience from all his vampires. He and Merit clearly have chemistry — which both of them can’t understand and fight as much as possible. She’s already much stronger than many other vampires, and she has the power to resist his pull. Except for the overwhelming attraction.
Chloe Neill has crafted a stable of engaging characters in Some Girls Bite. Merit’s strong-willed, cerebral nature make her easy to root for as a heroine, but we also loved the biting dialogue between her and her best friend and roommate Mallory. Add in a cocky sorcerer named Catcher (one of my favorites in the novel), a seasoned cop grandfather, a sexy alt rock vampire suitor from another House and a young shifter, and you’ve got an ensemble fans of Kim Harrison’s The Hollows series can appreciate.
Merit spends this first Chicagoland Vampires novel coming to terms with being a vampire, developing her new skills, trying to decide if she can swear an oath to Ethan and trying to figure out why she’s attracted to such an asshole.
Some Girls Bite is a fun, often laugh-out-loud funny opener to what’s sure to be a great urban fantasy series. It’s a must for fans for Jeaniene Frost and Kim Harrison. Expect a well thought out world that flows easily, smooth prose, characters to care about and enough sexy boys to make you consider moving to Chicago. ...more
Dru Anderson’s life isn’t filled with the typical teen minutiae. She’s spent her teen years movThis review was originally posted at Vampire Book Club.
Dru Anderson’s life isn’t filled with the typical teen minutiae. She’s spent her teen years moving from city to city with her dad hunting supernatural creepy-crawlies. She has what her grandma always called “the touch,” a sense for the supernatural. Dru knows when an invisible big bad is around the corner. So, her dad lets her come along on hunts to hand him another clip and warn him of the supernatural baddies in the vicinity. He’s drilled his military training into his teen daughter. She knows the rules, and while she wants to go out hunting with him each night, when he says he’s going it alone, she listens.
Dru attends school — but doesn’t really see the point, as they’ll be moving again in a few weeks — and finds an unlikely friend in Graves, the goth boy who sits in front of her during history class. She hadn’t planned to make friends. Usually it’s pointless. But when her dad comes home from hunting as a zombie, Dru’s world flips around. Someone purposely killed him, reanimated him and sent him back home so she’d have to stop him. Freaking out, Graves is her only solace. The guy won’t let her be alone, and you will love him for it.
Coping with the loss of her father, Dru uses the skills her father drilled in to stay alive, seek out his killer, find out who is hunting her and maybe find some answers about her mother’s murder. On that journey we have to battle werwulfen, suckers and a giant burning dog. With Graves at her side, Dru isn’t alone but now she has to look out for him, too. Dru has a stony exterior complete with a rough wall built around her. Graves has to force her to open up. She’s a harsher kindred spirit to Vampire Academy’s Rose Hathaway. She’s ready to do battle, to take aim at werewolves and vampires and ghosts and giant cockroaches, but she may not survive it without a support system.
There’s quite a bit of world building and heavy subject matter in Strange Angels. We deal with death, loss, uncovering secrets, burgeoning talents and a whole lot of life-or-death decisions. Strange Angels is dark urban fantasy with a young adult tone. If you can handle the heavy topics, diving into Lili St. Crow’s young adult series is a good call. The book sets the stage for a series with the potential to be powerful and imaginative.
Sexual content: None, but plenty of violence....more
Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguié’s portrayal of vampires, or Cursed Ones, in their new series(This review was originally posted at VampireBookClub.net)
Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguié’s portrayal of vampires, or Cursed Ones, in their new series opener Crusade feels eerily accurate. Do I know what it would be like if vampires made themselves known? Of course not. This isn’t the same take one finds in Charlaine Harris’ Southern Vampire Mysteries (also called the Sookie Stackhouse novels and basis for HBO’s True Blood).
The vampires in Cursed have come out saying they love humans and only eat animals. They’ve won over the government. But, of course, they are liars. The Cursed Ones feed only on human blood and enjoy treating them as playthings and slaves. Many cities and governments bend their will to the vampires, changing laws to make it near impossible to stop them. They know what is happening, but now pretend to not know the truth.
The way Holder and Viguié lay out this new world, with each new atrocity, is ghastly in its realism. Each new revelation adds a layer to the world and a nudge in your mind that “that’s totally how it would go down.”
Not everyone in this new world is hiding their heads in the sand, though. Academies have cropped up — most in Europe — to train people to fight the Cursed Ones. Those who survive and graduate are called hunters, one of those graduates is made the Hunter (with a capital H) and given an elixer to heighten speed and strength. The school in Spain is the only one that takes students from outside its country. So, when Jenn flees America — where the government quickly opened its arms to the vampires — she heads straight to its doors. She and her team of hunters are about as different as you could imagine, and there is a quite a bit of in-fighting. The hunters are forced to figure out a way to fight the vampires without tearing themselves apart, and so far it isn’t going so well.
Interestingly, Holder and Viguié elected not to make our main heroine the Hunter and defacto leader of the group. A different move and one I really liked. It adds a level of insecurity that many will be able to relate to and her mega crush on team member and only reformed vampire in existence Antonio is written to perfection. There are so many things that fight to keep these two apart. I’m excited to see how the authors will maintain that tension throughout the series (and for a big fat happily-ever-after at the very end).
The only downside here, really, is all the world building takes time. Yes, that’s true of most first novels in a series. Having read this duo’s Wicked series, I knew sticking with it was worth it, but be aware the plot doesn’t really kick into high gear until about halfway through the novel. I would also note there are a lot of characters in this book and as the pacing speeds up it can get a bit confusing, but the core remains the same. I focused on them and knew the new people were part of a certain group.
Overall, Crusade offers a thought-provoking take on vampires and new slayers we not only can root for but also care about. There’s a slow start, but the second half is engaging and the ending leaves one thinking about what may come next. ...more
In Magic Bites‘ Atlanta magic is everywhere. And so are the shifters and the vampires. The OrdeThis review was originally posted at Vampire Book Club.
In Magic Bites‘ Atlanta magic is everywhere. And so are the shifters and the vampires. The Order keeps the peace on the magic end, but Kate Daniels would rather not deal with them. Despite her formidable magic abilities, Kate works as a mercenary instead. Doing jobs for money instead of being a part of the all-or-nothing Order. But when her mentor and key member of the Order is murdered, she finds herself investigating his death on their behalf.
He was found slain alongside a vampire, but both showed signs pointing to just about everyone. The shifters and the vampires now want in on the investigation because they’re sure the other is out to frame them. And the killer now has sights on Kate. She’ll be forced to pick sides, work with the powerful Lord of the shifters Curran, fight bloody battles and consider just who is she really.
Curran reminds me of Barrons from Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series. Not in actual behavior, but in that he’s one of those heroes you’ll see readers swooning over. Magic Bites doesn’t have a romance angle. (Though, it lays groundwork.) Yet, there is this undeniable magnetism that cloaks Curran through the novel. He’s powerful, loyal and a fierce warrior.
And Kate can stand up to him. The girl walks in to meet the Beast Lord of the city — the shifter so strong no one can beat him — and calls out “here kitty, kitty.” Inside she’s scared, but Kate knows how to put on a show of strength and always backs it up. She’s the kind of woman you’re proud to know, even when you’re shaking your head at her occasional misstep.
Magic Bites is a great start to a new series. While it doesn’t reinvent the wheel, it sets the stage for something great by setting up this world that could run parallel to our own and by allowing us time to get to know a full cast of characters. By the end of the novel all I could think about was the way Kate and Curran play off one another. I want to see that progress (and we all know it does). Kate will be formidable, and Ilona Andrews put us in place to see the beginning of the fireworks.
This review was originally posted at Vampire Book Club Crimson Moon offers the No. 1 thing paranormal romance readers need: a couple whose interactionThis review was originally posted at Vampire Book Club Crimson Moon offers the No. 1 thing paranormal romance readers need: a couple whose interaction leave you with butterflies in your stomach. J.A. Saare has provided us with an irresistible example of deep, overwhelming first love.
Emma Johnson has been on her own for bit. Her mother died when she was young and her father was just never there. Recently her grandmother’s dementia had progressed, forcing Emma to put her into a nursing home. She was lonely, especially living in her grandmother’s home without her. Quickly things change for Emma, though, and she learns about herself and about the world she didn’t know existed.
Early in the novel, she is thrown into the hidden world of werewolves and vampires. The wolves come to her rescue when vampire minions come to kill her. The werewolves were hired by Emma’s father, a Trueblood vampire.
Emma discovers she’s the living heir to vampire royalty. Though she’s never met her father, he’s now sent for her. Her existence has become to known to others, and they seek to harm her before she can join the vampire world. As is their job, the werewolves step in to protect her and bring her to her dad. However, when Emma finds herself falling in love with Caleb, one of the weres protecting her, she is even more reluctant to go meet the man who, as she sees it, never bothered with her before now.
While werewolves and vampires may have working relationships, they don’t associate, which makes Emma’s bond with Caleb all the more complicated. Add in the mix a handsome vampire suitor, life-threatening danger and Caleb’s desire to protect her at all costs, and things really get difficult for Emma. She will be forced to choose which world she wants to live in: vampire or werewolf.
While the first few chapters felt overly descriptive, Saare quickly found her stride and I found myself unable to put the book down. Emma and Caleb’s courtship is intense and romantic. Their bonding (and related physical scenes) makes for beautiful romance with characters you genuinely care for in addition to a protagonist who feels authentic. (Also, those who like their heroes strong, witty and selfless, you’ll like the guys in Crimson Moon.)
The immediate and intense romance, taboo relationship and Emma’s quick acceptance of supernatural beings surely draws comparisons to Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight. Fans of that series will most certainly love Crimson Moon, but understand those elements are where the similarities end.
Crimson Moon is a beautifully wrought paranormal romance, which is sure to make your heart swell. While the novel can definitely stand alone, I’m hoping Saare will write a sequel. I want to see more of Emma....more
A Safe Harbor gives us a quick read with characters we want to see together.
This short novella (only 88 pages) is the opening of Moira Rogers’ new series Building Sanctuary. These books will serve as prequels to the author’s Red Rock Pass series. Though, this novella doesn’t rely on readers being familiar with the other books.
The paranormal romance brings together two werewolves — a strong alpha female and an alpha male from another pack. Joan has always shunned the men of her pack, seeing how they’ve taken advantage of the female weres she protects. Her forthright nature stands out more here than in other werewolf books because the story is set in the early 1900s. Seamus, the alpha called in to help rescue Joan’s pack, doesn’t push her, treats her as his equal and is protective in the way we all (sometimes secretly) long for.
The novella flips between Seamus and Joan’s points-of-view. It’s a smart move as we get to know the handsome wolf is putting Joan first, and we get to experience them both falling in love. Also, racy scenes from both perspectives cover all the bases.
A Safe Harbor is a fun read, albeit a bit short. If the series continues with Joan and Seamus, I could see becoming invested in the characters. The second half of the book is the right level of steamy with a few blush-worthy moments.
And don’t worry, Moira Rogers delivers your happily ever after (HEA)....more
I couldn’t put down Andrea Cremer’s Nightshade for more than a few moments at a time. After reaThis review was originally posted at Vampire Book Club.
I couldn’t put down Andrea Cremer’s Nightshade for more than a few moments at a time. After reading the majority of the 450-page book in a single sitting, I looked at my husband and just mumbled, “Wow.” Following a curious look from my better half, all I could say was Nightshade is by far the best YA novel I’ve read this year. (Yes, better than Spirit Bound. Yes, better than The Iron Daughter.) It is just a phenomenal read.
Calla is the alpha of the young wolves in her pack, the Nightshade pack. They, and other Guardians (both wolf and human, able to shift at will), protect a sacred site in Colorado. But the time is coming for a new pack to be formed. Since her birth Calla has known she will be the mate of the Bane pack alpha Ren. That is tradition and her duty. She had accepted it. But much more is expected of Calla than Ren in terms of their pre-union behavior. She must remain pure — not even kissing Ren until she’s ‘his.’ He can do whatever with whomever without any consequences, and he does.
It all becomes more complicated when a human boy, Shay, enters Calla’s world. She’s drawn to him, but interacting with him is forbidden as are the strong, unfamiliar emotions Calla feels for Shay. He pushes her to find answers about who she is and why she follows orders, particular the one about being Ren’s mate.
The love triangle in Nighshade is gripping and, at times, overwhelming. The fact is Ren isn’t a bad guy. He wants Calla to want him because he cares for her. She has feelings for him, but also doesn’t believe she has a choice not to be with him. Shay offers her freedom and romantic love. He wants her to direct her own destiny. (It’s hard not to love Shay.)
Nightshade isn’t just another werewolf book. It isn’t just another teen love story. Nightshade is about women controlling their own lives, about being free to love, about investigating truth for one’s self… and it is utterly sexy without any sex.
Also, for those who want strong prose that keeps your mind working while devouring page-turners, Cremer’s word choices are beautiful. The writing is lovely alongside the powerful story....more
In Cassandra Clare’s City of Bones, the opening novel to her The Mortal Instruments series, we’This review was originally posted at Vampire Book Club.
In Cassandra Clare’s City of Bones, the opening novel to her The Mortal Instruments series, we’re introduced to a world of Shadowhunters — those who spend their lives ridding the world of demons — through the eyes of 15-year-old Clary Fray. Her world spirals out after witnessing Shadowhunters taking out a demon. Her mother goes missing, Clary’s attacked by a demon and ends up finding sanctuary with these teens who hunt and kill demons. She’s out to find her mom. But as she investigates, she discovers secrets hidden from her, including the truth about who she is and what she’s meant to do.
The standout element of City of Bones is its characterization. Our protagonist Clary is easy to love. Relating to her is natural and her actions (and emotional overreactions) fit her age. Early on Clary finds out her mom had a past she’d kept hidden. Her mom was not the person she thought she was — she had been a warrior and had killed demons. That didn’t mesh with Clary’s perception of her kind of boring artist mom.
Despite the degree of the shock, I think adults will relate to this element the most. Part of coming of age is the realization that your parents are real people with real lives and real pasts. They had first loves, they made mistakes, they have passions outside raising their children, they are full people. It’s only once we’re past the self-centered teenage stage that we can fully appreciate our moms and dads as real people. Clary coming to terms with her mom having this hidden past feels reminiscent of that.
The other characters in the novel are similarly robust. Jace has that guarded cockiness we often find with alpha males, but when he drops his guard we get full glimpses of pain. I look forward to seeing him deal with his history as this series progresses. Simon has great one-liners and a wry sense of humor, which help keep what could be a very dark novel from being a downer.
The other excellent character was Valentine. He’s hardly in the novel, in person that is, but his name and the fear it instills in others it palpable. As a villain, Valentine has the right mix of mystery, charm and evil to encourage strong responses from readers. Big thumbs up there.
I’m both eager and anxious to read the second title. While I want to see where things go, will Valentine succeed, what happens to Clary’s mom now, etc., I wasn’t happy about the big twist at the end of the book. I knew half of it was coming and was good with it, but the other part disappointed me.
While the twists in the plot are great and the characters relatable, those who look for adult-level prose in their YA novels (which is becoming increasingly common) will not find it in City of Bones. It’s a straightforward teen novel with writing to match. For me it wasn’t a problem, but I read the book in 100-page chunks.
The short version is City of Bones is a darker young adult urban fantasy with strong characters you’ll fall in love with on more than one level. We absolutely recommend this first book in The Mortal Instruments series....more
Short version: The ninth Anita Blake book Obsidian Butterfly is about realizing you must accept who and what you are in order to move forward.
As you must have noted from the “#9″ in the title of this post, Obsidian Butterfly is far from the first in the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series. I tried to keep this review devoid of spoilers, but there are a few noteable things: first, you’ll know if certain characters are still around — I name-check three of them — secondly, an event in book 7 is referenced in this review. If you haven’t made it that far yet and care about spoilers, then I would suggest not continuing to read. Otherwise, read on.
When I picked up Obsidian Butterfly, the ninth book in Laurell K. Hamilton’s long-running Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series, I wasn’t sure if I was going to get into it. I admit that sounds odd considering I read the eight previous novels and liked them. There were two main reasons for my wary attitude:
I wondered if I could spend an entire novel with Edward, Anita’s hitman ‘friend’ and no Richard or Jean Claude Many have described this book as the turning point in the series. And some say later novels “go all porno” (their words, I swear). I’m not one for anything that makes me feel dirty for reading it while my husband’s in the next room. Hence the hesitation. All that said, Obsidian Butterfly is one of the best in this series thus far (I haven’t read books 10-19 yet). Interestingly, the two main points of concern are what make this book so good and are needed — together — to drive this series forward. (Note: this book was far from “all porno”.)
Spending time with Edward Ultra assassin Edward has always been someone to fear. Anita trusts him as much as she can, but his relish for competition and knowing he’d love to find out who is better (read: which would survive if they tried to kill one another) keeps her at arm’s length. It’s a strange situation; Edward has acted in a mentor role for Anita. He’s taught to be a better killer. She owes him a favor for killing his backup (it was a him-or-me situation), so Anita heads to New Mexico to assist on a job.
The nuances of the job — and the seriously grotesque and horrifying nature of the crimes they work to solve — take a backseat to understanding Edward. His cover has been as good ol’ boy Ted Forrester. Anita meets Ted’s finacee and her kids and is livid. Her thoughts are a cover ID can’t get married, and you can’t put kids through that stuff. As much as Edward can flip from light bountyhunter Ted to the cold, calculated Edward, we start to see he cares for this family, as far as someone like Edward can care.
The longer we’re on the case with Edward, the more glimpses we get behind the veil; the more Anita (and the reader) understands her friend of several years.
A Turning Point of Acceptance Throughout Obsidian Butterfly, Anita starts to recognize how much she’s become like Edward. Friendship or not, you draw a gun on Anita Blake and she’ll likely fire first and won’t hesitate. The realization shakes her. Her motivation for hunting, killing is to save lives, for the greater good. Edward does it for pleasure and money. This has become one of their only differences.
Anita has spent the last six months walling her mind off from Jean Claude and Richard. The power of their triumvirate is great, but having them both in her mind and sharing their thoughts and feelings was too much. She stopped seeing them and pretended she wasn’t Jean Claude’s human servant or Richard’s lupa. Ignoring a part of yourself never ends well. Anita may know that, but she refused to admit the vampire and werewolf were a part of her. A particularly bad injury forced her to accept this fact. She is not only harming herself, but also the guys by fighting their ties.
Obsidian Butterfly is about Anita realizing she must accept who is is: not just an animator and necromancer, but also the third in a triad of power, as the lupa to Richard’s pack, as someone who needs friends to keep from slipping into the hard, coldness she glimpses inside Edward.
I've always enjoyed the Sookie Stackhouse/Southern Vampire Mysteries series, but the latest book "Dead in the Family" felt a bit hollow. It's not thatI've always enjoyed the Sookie Stackhouse/Southern Vampire Mysteries series, but the latest book "Dead in the Family" felt a bit hollow. It's not that the characters weren't there -- Sookie, Eric, Sam, Pam, Bill, Alcide, etc. Really, it's just there wasn't as strong of a conflict as I had expected.
The overall plot was lacking. Yes, we find out why Eric wasn't the one who saved her in the Fae War, but it seems more like little events instead of the big ones. Some on-going issues were mentioned, but not resolved in the book. While actually reading the novel, I liked it, but after finishing I was left wondering what was the point? Perhaps Charlaine Harris is staging for the Book 11 to deal with both vampire and shifter politics, but mentioning them and then not doing anything with it was unsatisfying.
Setting aside the lack of larger plot points, Dead in the Family started to lift the veil as to just how different vampires are from humans. Sookie sees Eric and Pam badly injured, she aids in putting Eric’s ribs back in place, but Pam must stay behind and heal. All Pam is focused on is the vicious need for revenge. Eric can easily leave her behind knowing she will heal, but it’s little actions like these — choices that the vampires make — that are starting to showcase the differences between them.
Furthermore, Sookie is fighting to understand that she’s starting to take on some of their outlook regarding like, or the dispatching of it. She wants people dead, the list keeps growing. Never before did she think ending someone’s life was an answer. She struggles with the fact that she’s changed, and that she does think killing these people is the right choice. Has spending so much time with the vampires (and weres for that matter) made her colder to human life?
Worth the read to keep up with the series, but definitely not the level of Books 4 or 7 (my personal favorites).