In the third Harper Connelly mystery, Harper is called to the town of Doraville to put her unique skill set to work in locating the bodies of severalIn the third Harper Connelly mystery, Harper is called to the town of Doraville to put her unique skill set to work in locating the bodies of several teenage boys that have gone missing over the years. Despite being filled with small-town personalities, Doraville is not the innocent hamlet it seems to be, and peril comes swiftly once Harper reveals they've got a serial killer on their hands. While trying to solve the crimes that have rocked the mountain town, Harper is also dealing with her confusing feelings for her step-brother and companion, Tolliver, a process which is complicated by the arrival of nutty psychic Xylda Bernardo and her intriguing grandson, Manfred. All the loose ends come together in a satisfying conclusion that is action-packed and heats up the icy town.
I have mixed feelings on this one. I liked the mystery (I'm a sucker for a serial killer), but I'm not sure how I feel about the new twist in the Harper/Tolliver relationship. It will interesting to see how that affects future volumes in this series. It was a quick read, and a page-turner; although I figured out half of the answer fairly quickly, I still couldn't put the book down to see if I was right and to discover how the rest of it was resolved. I'm never as affectionate towards Harper as I am to Sookie Stackhouse, my favorite of Charlaine Harris' heroines, but I do like her. I want to know more about the secondary characters, such as Manfred, and I hope the hints dropped about Harper and Tolliver's missing sister, Cameron, mean that a book will be devoted to solving her disappearance soon....more
This is one of my all time favorite books, so my rating may be a little high because of the sentimental attachment I have for the series. I first readThis is one of my all time favorite books, so my rating may be a little high because of the sentimental attachment I have for the series. I first read the Vampire Diaries back in high school, so at least 15 years ago. I would finish book four and go right back to book one. I think it's awesome that the books are being released in these combined trade paperbacks, and for a good price (looks like they are doing the same for Smith's Secret Circle series, as well). I guess SMeyer was good for at least one thing: paranormal YA renaissance.
In fact, if you read this series, you will note a few similarities to Twilight; just remember, Smith did it fifteen yeas ago, and she did it better. The story features a popular girl, Elena, who is strangely attracted to the new guy at school, an Italian exchange student named Stefan. Strange things begin happening in their small, Southern town, and it's not long before people are looking at Stefan with a wary eye. Elena discovers Stefan's secrets, and a new world of intrigue and terror opens up as they fall for one another, and the town is threatened by a dark menace.
So yes, vampires in daylight, in high school, and a love story. But this series has plot right out the gate, antagonists with depth, and a love story that takes time to grow. If you were disappointed with how Twilight ended, or even if you loved Twilight and want something similar, give this series a try. It's a terrific YA vampire series with characters you will fall in love with....more