4.5 stars I loved it. Great heroine, need more Kanin in my life though, and would have preferred more of a back story to this post-apocalyptic world, h...more4.5 stars I loved it. Great heroine, need more Kanin in my life though, and would have preferred more of a back story to this post-apocalyptic world, how the plague came about, what year is it roughly, you know, essential world building. Nevertheless, all in all, The Immortal Rules is a real page-turner, so much so that I seriously can't wait for book 2. Which is supposedly even better. Sounds like my head might explode.(less)
3.5 stars I simply adore Charlaine Harris and the fangtabulous (couldn't resist) world she has created. Dead to the World was hands down my absolute fa...more3.5 stars I simply adore Charlaine Harris and the fangtabulous (couldn't resist) world she has created. Dead to the World was hands down my absolute favorite. Why? Witches and Eric. Shower. Nonstop sexytime. And yes, I’m an Eric/Sookie fan. I can’t stand Bill. Alcide is better in the TV show (holy hotness, Batman). And Quinn’s hella sexy, but so not the right guy for Sookie. Too much baggage.
So now that I’ve established my fangirl status, the last 2 books in the series haven’t really worked for me. Dead in the Family being my least favorite. Sookie felt like a different character. Her voice was gone. Her relationship with Eric felt bland at best. I know this is supposed to be a review for Dead Reckoning. I’m getting there. Bear with me. The beginning of Dead Reckoning continued on with the doppelgänger Sookie and the gang. Where did my beloved characters go? It felt like a different writer took over. I had no idea what the story was about. Eric was barely in it. There was a lot of talk of donating furniture, cleaning her house. Because I believe in Charlaine Harris, because she is one of my favorite authors, because the Sookie Stackhouse Series is one of my favorite book series of all time, this loyal reader refuses to give up, to turn my back. So I continued reading, and unfortunately I just couldn’t get into the story. I was having Dead in the Family flashbacks. In other words - an epic disconnect. But then, then something happened towards the middle. The smallest inkling, a spark of the old Sookie, started to peek through. Charlaine Harris’ mojo began to kick in and had me hooked during the last ⅓ of Dead Reckoning. I was really into the story, committed, and happy. Sookie’s voice returned. Woot, Woot!
I never understood why the fae world was closed. She could have done so much with that, taken readers on a journey. So when the fae were reintroduced my hope returned. (view spoiler)[ Sookie has a portal to the fae world in her backyard. (hide spoiler)] Then we had the introduction to the (view spoiler)[Cluviel Dor. I loved this magical fey object. And with it, Sookie can save someone. (hide spoiler)].
I have read in reviews that if Sookie isn’t with Eric, then people are going to stop reading. I get it. Hello, three paragraphs above. However, I have been hanging around many people lately who have been sailing along the De Nial river. And I get it, finally. I want to join in on the fun. With the mast raised and I'm happily sailing along, naturally, I refuse to believe that they will stay apart forever. And I’m going to partake in a little Nostradamusing right about now. Here’s my prediction for Sookie's future - (view spoiler)[The Cluviel Dor will allow Sookie to devampire Eric and they spend their last moments of book world watching the sunrise whilst cuddling and kissing and . . . (hide spoiler)]. Charlaine Harris has said that she’s known all along who Sookie would end up with, so it’s either Eric or no one IMHO. I just can’t imagine Sookie without Eric. Or more like I don’t want to imagine it. *hums la-la-la-la-la whilst fingers are firmly stuck in ears*
If you've felt lukewarm about this series for the past couple of books, definitely give this one a try. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Admittedly, I have fallen prey to the devil that is Lifetime television. I have cried my little heart out over those sappy, saccharine made for TV mov...moreAdmittedly, I have fallen prey to the devil that is Lifetime television. I have cried my little heart out over those sappy, saccharine made for TV movies. So yeah, I would most certainly call myself a die-hard romantic. However, and it’s a big however, Dark Lover was t-o-o-o-o much for me in the love department. Whoa, talk about over the top lovey-dovey. I must say, if a man, regardless of how hot he is, marked me (ew!) so other men wouldn’t come near me (I don’t think so buddy) and wouldn’t leave my side because he had to have me all the time and was basically up my arse 24/7, I would be running for the hills. And beyond. I don’t even care if the man in question was Taylor Kitsch or Gerard Butler (his 300 days); I’d still be hotfooting it to that proverbial hill and beyond.
Dark Lover was a different read for me. I enjoyed reading it for the most part, lightening fast romantic commitment aside, and I can appreciate how the author created her lexicon. Kudos to Mrs. Ward for creating a different vampire world. But maybe if Wrath and Beth weren’t saying I love you every five minutes after knowing each other for a New York minute and also the minor issue of him forbidding her to leave, for example, I wouldn’t have felt like putting on my running shoes and escaping. Seriously, I felt like a caged bird reading this book, like I was privy to a controlling relationship, and you better believe I was thanking the gods up above that I was not Beth. Anyhow, I liked the ending and am curious as to what’s going to happen there, so in the future, I might continue on with this series. Emphasis on might.
Here's the dealio, I can see why J.R. Ward is an incredibly popular author. She's damn good at what she writes. By testing the waters with this paranormal romance novel, I've realized I'm just not the right demographic for these types of books. I need my reading experiences to be Foul-Playized, Romancing the Stone-esque, Knight and Day-laced. Get my drift?
I guess if romance is your thang and you are one of the few out there who hasn’t read The Black dagger Brotherhood, then I would recommend you read Dark Lover. So there.(less)
When I finished The Greyfriar I was at a loss for words on what to say in my review. That never happens to me. After sitting in stunned silence for a...moreWhen I finished The Greyfriar I was at a loss for words on what to say in my review. That never happens to me. After sitting in stunned silence for a few moments, here where the first words that flittered across my mind: Thank you, gracias, merci, danke, arigato Clay and Susan Griffith for writing a strong female character who didn’t whine, bitch, or basically annoy the living hell out of me. And thank you for writing a novel that I simply adored.
Where to begin, where to begin, where to begin. I loved Princess Adele, Greyfriar, Prince Gareth, Mamoru, and Colonel Anhalt. I adored all these characters, and why is that? Because the authors wrote them so well. They breathed life into them. I was never bored; I was hooked from the beginning; In fact, I did not skim over one single word of this novel.
The Greyfriar starts with Princess Adele being rescued by a masked, caped hero after her royal airship has been attacked by vampires. Her knight in shining armor is named Greyfriar. Picture Zorro, only British. Yes, he actually wears a mask and a cape, and carries a sword. But that’s neither here nor there. Greyfriar ends up losing a fight soon after, and consequently, Adele is kidnapped and taken to the vampire-ruled London where she is held prisoner in the Tower of London, learning more than she wanted to about vampires and also maybe, quite possibly that they all aren’t evil bloodsucking fiends like once thought. Praying the mysterious Greyfriar rescues her once again, she ponders the identity of her caped crusader and how he is able to defeat vampires and has never been captured? By divine providence, Adele soon escapes, and, with the help of Greyfriar, is spirited away to Scotland in hopes to stay hidden from her kidnappers, the royal vampire clan, who are chasing after her. Once in Scotland, and living in a castle filled to the brim with cats, Adele discovers the true identity of Greyfriar, once he removes his mask. While hidden in Edinburgh, through happenstance, Adele discovers she has certain powers that can be deadly to vampires, could be a powerful aid in the human versus vampire war. (This discovery was set up perfectly for future books.) Between the vampires that are hot on Adele and Greyfriar’s trail (following her scent), her American fiance (arranged marriage, much to the chagrin of Greyfriar), a proud vampire slayer, who is hell-bent on rescuing Adele along with his army, all these characters converge making for an exciting conclusion.
Of course there’s romance, of the sweet, innocent variety. Adele is surprised by her growing fondness for everything Greyfriar. And he for her. What makes the romance in this book so fabulous? They can’t be together. The heartbreak factor was definitely felt by moi.
There was a perfect mix of action (that didn't overstay its welcome, if you know what I mean), romance, politics (the right amount, translation: eyes refrain from glazing over), strong female lead, character development, and more romance.
The Greyfriar was such a refreshing, magical, fun, romantic, sweet (Greyfriar loves animals *swoon*) read, I could keep going on and on, but I’ll stop here. I seriously can’t wait for the next book in the series, hopefully sooner rather than later. (less)
A definite must read chock-full of action, romance, vampires, and an ass-kicking heroine! Speaking of heroine, the half-vamp, half-human slayer of nau...moreA definite must read chock-full of action, romance, vampires, and an ass-kicking heroine! Speaking of heroine, the half-vamp, half-human slayer of naughty vamps who can't keep their fangs to themselves is no Buffy. However, the snarky, rippled-chest British vamp Bones is very reminiscent of Spike. And I am so not complaining. So, I'm happy to report that I have found another series that I can sink my teeth into! (less)
Methinks I need to hire Anita Blake's services because I'm a needin' to be reanimated after this reading experience. Casting all bitchiness and sarcas...moreMethinks I need to hire Anita Blake's services because I'm a needin' to be reanimated after this reading experience. Casting all bitchiness and sarcasm aside, Guilty Pleasures was an okay read, but at the end of the day, it failed to reel me in. I was told that this series gets better, like around book numero five, and to keep reading because this was the mother of UF, where it all began, but to also keep in mind that the series takes a serious tumble around book ten. As of right now, I don't think I'll continue. I liked the idea behind this book, how vampires are out in the open (now I realize that the Sookie Stackhouse series isn't so original as once thought), but Anita herself didn't really do anything for me. I still can't put my finger on why I couldn't connect with this story and its characters. I might, in the future, try the second book in the series, but as of right now, I will bid adieu to Anita and her cohorts. (less)
**spoiler alert** Charlaine Harris, what happened to you? I absolutely love the Sookie Stackhouse series, but Dead in the Family felt estranged from t...more**spoiler alert** Charlaine Harris, what happened to you? I absolutely love the Sookie Stackhouse series, but Dead in the Family felt estranged from the beloved series. This was the first time that I couldn't connect with Sookie or feel her desire/love for Eric or really feel anything. I was numb. There was too much talk of werewolf politics, etc. It felt like a bunch of short stories jumbled together. Even though I was wholly disappointed, I will never turn my back on one of my favorite authors. I know that the next book in the series will make up for what this book was lacking and then some. *Fingers crossed*(less)