From the beginning of book one to the very last page of Twice bitten, the Chicagoland vampires series has kept me awake and often very hungry becauseFrom the beginning of book one to the very last page of Twice bitten, the Chicagoland vampires series has kept me awake and often very hungry because I just couldn't put the book down. Merit finally found her place and is a great Sentinel for the Cadogan house. Sure, Ethan pissed me off a couple of times, but all in all the book was fantastic. I have laughed, cried and jumped in my seat going trough the events side by side with Ethan and Merit. I highly reccomend this book. I've read a lot of UF in 2010 but this is one of the best so far.
For those of you who haven't read it yet... I oh so envy you, guys. I wish I could erase my memory and start over. ...more
**spoiler alert** I can't belive I gave 4 stars to one of SVM books, but I did. I've waited for so long to have a real relationship between Sookie and**spoiler alert** I can't belive I gave 4 stars to one of SVM books, but I did. I've waited for so long to have a real relationship between Sookie and Eric and then came this guy... Eric, but not quite Eric. I couldn't deal with his weakness, and that's where the book lost it's appeal for me.
But I'm doing this all wrong. The 10th book of the Souther Vampire Mysteries series starts with Amelia leaving and it broke my heart. I cried my eyes out when Dawson died, and her leaving didn't help at all. It was good, though. Just what I needed - a closure. But other than that... After a thousand years of existence, Eric is something no living male can be... perfect! I think there is no woman in this world who doesn't dream of someone like him: arogant, high-handed, strong, smart as hell, beautiful beyond measure, and oh so very protective. So seeing him all weak and indecisive really made my heart hurt. Sorry, I guess I've had enough of weak and flawed men in real life. :-D
But all in all, it was a decent book. SVM remains my all time favorite series. I just hope Dead reckoning will give me the Eric I'm used to. ...more
When I chose Grave Witch from my to-read list, I did it with a severe lack of enthusiasm. You see, I just finished two (great) Charlie Madigan books, When I chose Grave Witch from my to-read list, I did it with a severe lack of enthusiasm. You see, I just finished two (great) Charlie Madigan books, so any book I chose to read next would have to overcome an automatic disadvantage. The truth is, while I admit I was still under Charlie’s influence, I don’t think I would have liked Alex anyway. She doesn’t possess the depths of a real person, and I had the impression that she doesn’t know herself all that well. She is a lost puppy by choice and she doesn’t connect to people very well – not just the men, but her friends as well. I don’t like people that are cold and distant, and Alex is a little bit of both. The second thing that really annoyed me is the city itself. Price didn’t build her world around a real city. I don’t particularly like that, but I can live with it. Instead she created a whole new city and called it Nekros. Oh, come on! Nekros?! That’s the most terrible cliché she could come up with. It most certainly isn’t something I can forgive easily.
But let’s find some good parts or it will seem I hated Grave Witch. I usually don’t like the fae very much (ok, I’m scared to death of them) but I went through the whole book full of fae and witches really relaxed and comfortable. There was a small part in a fae bar that made me get goosebumps all over, but I lived, obviously. I came out of the experience without a permanent damage of any kind. I’ll probably just have bad dreams for a while. The plotline was strong and very interesting – the whole story about a crazy fae killing girls and performing rituals to steal their souls kept me interested to the very end.
I’m still not sure how I feel about Death as a character, and even a love interest. And to be completely honest, Falin is a real bastard - and a mysterious one at that. Plus, another love triangle was so not what I needed. But here I am, marking July 5th on my calendar, waiting impatiently to find out where things will go from here.
**spoiler alert** Whoa, I'm in so much trouble right now. I don't know whether I should give this one two stars or five stars.
So, let's start with th**spoiler alert** Whoa, I'm in so much trouble right now. I don't know whether I should give this one two stars or five stars.
So, let's start with the bad parts: -Present tense annoyed me to death. I don't know why, but writing in present tense always bothers me(although grammar allows it - I don't know how it's called in english, but in my language it's called 'storytelling present' or something like that). I prefer simple past. - I really did see Chief Sanchez coming. I think I wrote that in one of my comments. It was well done and all, but not much of a surprise. - I couldn't quite connect with Justine. I'm still not sure why. Maybe I'm too used to 'regular' UF characters, girls like Mercy Thompson, Cat or maybe even Sookie, but that's all in my head, I guess.
Good parts, and there are plenty: - The story really is fresh. I have to admit I'm sick of fairies (although not sick of vampires, sorry). So to have an UF book wuthout all that that is still interesting is quite refreshing. - Packard is just the right kind of attractive asshole. He's the one that will lead my hand straight to book two, I'm affraid. Not Justine. Or Otto. Actually I find Otto terribly annoying. - The hypochondria is described perfectly!!!! This I cannot emphasize enough. I enjoyed that part the most.
All in all, I think I'll go with four stars. There are certainly more good parts than bad, and I WILL continue reading which I suppose says enough.
All of you please excuse my spelling and syntax. :)...more
I gave this one 3 stars because I'm really convinced it's the weakest link in the series. That said, Southern Vampire Mysteries really is my favoriteI gave this one 3 stars because I'm really convinced it's the weakest link in the series. That said, Southern Vampire Mysteries really is my favorite series of all times.
Quinn is far from my favorite character in the series, he actually goes right in the basket with Tanya and Arlene. At first I couldn't figure out why, I tought I was just blinded by Eric and my never ending adoration for him, but no, Quinn is obnoxious all by himself.
Apart from that, the book just ties some loose ends from the previous ones. Nothing new happens, and Eric is not around for the most part. I enjoyed learning a little more about Sophie Anne and Andre and I really enjoyed kicking Bill in the ass (thank you, Eric). ...more