I loved the short story, as well as the private conversations between Bill and Eric. They were priceless, and they helped to explain a lot about their...moreI loved the short story, as well as the private conversations between Bill and Eric. They were priceless, and they helped to explain a lot about their relationship as well as their mutual hatred over the topic of Sookie.
The glossary of characters was helpful, but I've read the books so recently that it wasn't an absolute necessity. It was also pretty sick to read the interviews with Alan Ball about True Blood. I honestly thought the best part was the story between Dead in the Family and Dead Reckoning, especially cause it helped to explain the interesting things between Jannalynn, Sookie and Sam. (less)
**spoiler alert** Heh heh heh....ok i'm HOOKED. Harris is awesome and her books are the kind of fun reading I remember loving. I love the characters a...more**spoiler alert** Heh heh heh....ok i'm HOOKED. Harris is awesome and her books are the kind of fun reading I remember loving. I love the characters and I love the crap that Lily somehow always gets involved in.
I also loved the racial tones that the book had. I enjoy reading novels that can be related to social issues that still occur. I think it's more potent and that literature helps to show a side of society and life that most people choose to ignore. The storyline helps to develop and illustrate how much the world around us isn't any better in 2011 as it was in 1951, which is a point to be made when novels that discuss this issue take place in the South. The bombing of the church after the beating to death and killing of a black man, it really hits home that in the 21st century, people and society are still deeply embroiled in this problem.
Seriousness aside, this novel was much more dark and violent than the first. I still had fun reading it, but it was a lot darker than I anticipated it would be. I also like the introduction of Jack as Lily's partner. He is honestly a great foil for her and he seems to be a character like Claude and Carrie. All three characters understand Lily and get her on a level that Marshall never seemed to, as well as all the other characters around her did. Jack works for Lily and Carrie works for Claude, happiness is settled.
I also loved the ending of the book, and how Lily faked irrational behavior to explain the help that she got from Mookie. The book works, it ties together, and it doesn't end in cliffhangers. The book ends as if the series won't continue. LOVE IT!(less)
**spoiler alert** I may have gone on a Charlaine Harris kick after I started the Southern Vampire Mysteries. This woman can write and does it SO well....more**spoiler alert** I may have gone on a Charlaine Harris kick after I started the Southern Vampire Mysteries. This woman can write and does it SO well. I never feel like the book is lacking, ever. She is able to develop a character set that you love and can't get enough of.
I like Lily, I love how she is forced to open her shell in this book and that she has a relationship with people whose lives remain independent like hers. I am crazy about how she forced independence on her life and chooses to live with the world around her an arm's length away due to her past. She is relatable, and you can understand her social life's distance and her animosity towards people who harm others. It makes sense due to her past.
I am not really a fan of Marshall, except that he opened Lily's shell. I prefer Claude as a person and as a match for Lily. I kinda wish that his story would come out more, but I like him. I like that he doesn't jump to conclusions and that he trusts her judgement. I don't like that Marshall came into Lily's life and created the chaos that his ex wife, Thea brought upon them in a jealous rage. I also hate Tom David...he's a pig.
This book was honestly fun, and I hate mystery novels. This book made me want to read the Numbered Bountyhunter books by Janet Evanovich that my mom loves so much.(less)
**spoiler alert** And yes, I am not disappointed again. These books are like crack! I can't get enough of these books, I really can't. I feel so sorry...more**spoiler alert** And yes, I am not disappointed again. These books are like crack! I can't get enough of these books, I really can't. I feel so sorry for people who have been waiting patiently each year as a new one comes out, I don't know if I could do it.
I am SO happy that the presence of Jessica never occurred. I honestly preferred the introduction of the assassin Charles, as opposed to the council punishment that Vampire Bill had to endure and the creation of Jessica. I think it keeps the plot more concentrated around Sookie, which I prefer, and have preferred since I started reading the books. I do love the more sensitive side that Bill has towards Sookie, but his girlfriend Selah is a jealous bitch and it's entirely too cruel that he keeps bringing her to Merlotte's.
I am not surprised that Debbie Pelt reappeared (at least in name) and that her presence will not die off, because it adds to the survivalist nature that Sookie has. Also....Sookie got shot? WTF?!?! That chick is BEYOND tough, I only imagine everything that she's been through and I can't imagine her not getting through anything else thrown her way.(less)
**spoiler alert** Oh. My. God. This series keeps getting better and better! I knew I loved Eric before, but WOW!
First off, I was highly disappointed t...more**spoiler alert** Oh. My. God. This series keeps getting better and better! I knew I loved Eric before, but WOW!
First off, I was highly disappointed to see that Alcide and Sookie didn't develop into a relationship. I'd make babies with that wolf guy, even if I had wolf babies in the process. The guy is walking perfection...minus his love for Debbie. But he abjured her, so he wins massive points in my book.
Debbie Pelt got EXACTLY WHAT SHE DESERVED! A shotgun is putting it mildly, and I get the sense that she won't disappear forever, or at least not in name. She's too evil to just die off....
And Eric....oh the hot Viking has a soft side. I pray that he remembers his love for Sookie eventually and she lets him back in, he'll treat her WAY better than Bill would. I appreciate that Bill cares for her and that Sookie loves him as anyone would love their first, but he doesn't deserve her.
I also loved that the books finally became more than just supes/vamps with this edition. The introduction of witches and fairies, as well as the implication that there is more than just the vampires to contend with, helps make the world that Charlaine Harris more plausible. If one thing that goes bump in the night exists, why wouldn't all the others?
Applause all around, these books are killer!(less)
ALCIDE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And the clouds parted and the angels blessed us with Alcide, the gloriously gorgeous werewolf that makes Team Jacob drool. A...moreALCIDE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And the clouds parted and the angels blessed us with Alcide, the gloriously gorgeous werewolf that makes Team Jacob drool. Ah yes, as you can tell, I'm thrilled with the introduction of this character. I honestly loved this book because it revealed the nature of Lorena and made Bill look bad. It also showed Sookie can have a backbone, but that because she loves him, she'll forgive Bill for anything that happens. As a girl who has loved, I can relate completely to the justification of love in the face of otherwise debatable actions.
Overall, I loved that Tara has more of a part in the books, but I cannot appreciate how shallow she seems compared to her character on True Blood. While I was thrilled to see her resurface instead of being written off, I get the feeling she's a fairweather friend. I got the same sense from Arlene in the first books, but we'll see. The lack of insight from other characters is making that thought harder to understand. Still love the characters, couldn't put the book down.
Oh, and Debbie........argh that woman is a BITCH!(less)
This book was fun. All the books written by Charlaine Harris are fun, but this one is more fun because it eliminates the multiple story lines that Tru...moreThis book was fun. All the books written by Charlaine Harris are fun, but this one is more fun because it eliminates the multiple story lines that True Blood has. While I loved the relationship between Jason and the wife Sarah when he got involved with the Fellowship of the Sun, it was a much better story when it was told exclusively from Sookie's point of view. Her toughness is really highlighted in this book and helps develop her more than the TV show does.
I hate Vampire Bill, I honestly do. I never liked him in the TV show and the books are making him less idealized, which won him points with me, but I still hate him. I LOVE that Andy is a raging idiot in both the books and the TV show, and I was sad to see the death of Lafayette, but c'est la vie.(less)
Ok, as a true blood lover, I couldn't resist. Especially after Evelyn and Adam both promised me it would be worth the read. I wasn't expecting it to b...moreOk, as a true blood lover, I couldn't resist. Especially after Evelyn and Adam both promised me it would be worth the read. I wasn't expecting it to be an actual mystery novel, but rather more like the television show. I knew the plot and the eventual ending, but I couldn't put the book down! The first person perspective of the book adds sooo much depth and understanding, and the focus on sookie helps to eliminate the "white noise" I sense in the show.
Vampire Bill seems more realistic and less idealized, which I appreciate because the character sickens me, and the commentary Sookie gives on her life and the world around her is pretty frank and honest. Despite writing a book that makes you believe the characters are real, Harris does a phenomenal job of making the book easy to relate to.
I honestly couldn't put the book down and the series is pretty much ensuring that I won't put one down anytime soon.(less)