It's been in my head to read this series for awhile now...well, to even watch the TV series. But I haven't yet and then finally, I got the first bookIt's been in my head to read this series for awhile now...well, to even watch the TV series. But I haven't yet and then finally, I got the first book for my birthday. I prepared myself. I knew death was just a puppet master in this book, but I didn't care. I wanted to read it anyway.
And I started it. Within the first page, I was confused. I read the appendices again (highly recommend doing this first before you start reading) and again and again. Went back to the first page, made it to the second page and was back to the appendices. Seriously, there were so many characters and so many names and Mr. Martin just dropping names like we have been life long friends with Ned (which btw, is not in the appendix as Ned, it's only Eddard).
I had a slow start to this book mainly because I was constantly going back to the appendices. There was a death or what I thought was a death like in Chapter 7 and I braced myself for more.
Within a couple of chapters, I was hooked, addicted, obsessed. I couldn't put it down and I wanted to, because it's a very large and heavy book. I started to feel let down that there wasn't more deaths and more horribleness like I expected and then I realized I still had 300 more pages to go before the end of the book. Boy Howdy, was there a lot that happened. So.much.happened. Now, I'm like a heroin addict trying to get my next fix of Game of Thrones until I finally finished it.
Overall, I liked the book. I think the characters get too confusing and some characters, I just outright hated. Seriously, Sansa, you are a twit. I was surprised; I was emotional; I was captivated. But don't be surprised that the book just ends. I mean it just ended without real resolve. Normally, I hate movies and books that end like this, but as I have stated before, I'm like a heroin addict reading it. Also, expect that characters will disappear for large chunks of the book and only have one chapter before disappearing again. I'm gearing up for the next book. ...more
This is a great book for England/Jonny Wilkinson rugby lovers. However, I didn't just take out of this book only about the rugby. I took out of it aboThis is a great book for England/Jonny Wilkinson rugby lovers. However, I didn't just take out of this book only about the rugby. I took out of it about how he dealt with his injuries...and there were many of them. I could relate to the book on that level since everytime I came back to running, I would get injured and sometimes not even related to the actual activity. I've been hit with alot and I felt like this book gave me a different perspective. I loved the Blackie insights and the stories with Jonny and his brother.
I didn't like how sometimes the insights or information didn't match the chapter subject. For example, I want to read about injuries in the Injury Chapter and not how they overcame the injuries or a soccer team win against the odds (other chapters in the book). I also didn't like the constant jumping around between years, teams, and sports disciplines without a real warning. It was hard to follow, especially since in America, I do not get all of these games. I think it would have been better to stick to the timeline.
Overall, I liked this book and recommend it to anyone dealing with negative vibes after suffering lots of losses in a row.
The plan was to wait until I saw some reviews before I read this book, because I was so disappointed with the last book. But my friend bought it for mThe plan was to wait until I saw some reviews before I read this book, because I was so disappointed with the last book. But my friend bought it for me and I had to read it. Well, I did.
The only positive things that I can say about this book is that we get to know the real plan that Claude had from the beginning. It was really unexpected and crazy. I only wished we had more of it. Also, I loved that there was a mention of Quinn and Bubba showed up to help.
My problems with the book and after reading other reviews, I'm not the only one.
1. There is so much repetitive information throughout the entire book. I understand that Tara had twins and JB is a stripper. I didn't need it repeated several times throughout the book.
2. Um...what the hell happened to Eric and Sookie? I mean it's obvious CH doesn't want them together. She spent all this time finally getting them in a relationship only to make it go sour quick. Personally, I blame the popularity of Sookie and Bill (and the marriage of the real life characters) from the show, but that's me. The problem with this book is that Eric and Sookie barely talk and when they do, it's short and filled with anger. They don't even have sex or anything anymore. The one time they did talk was a potential breakup and Eric tells her to use the Cluvial Dor to help him get out of this. Wait? What? First off, it's bad enough he showed up without a gift (when he usually spoils her rotten), but now he's having a human take care of HIS problems. I'm not sure this is the same Eric from previous books. I really don't even know this Eric (and that's been like that for a few books now). It would make more sense if he was using it to get more power.
3. It took forever to get to the plot. I mean seriously, we found out what Claude was up to the second to last chapter. And then it was rushed. The other fae jumped on top of them and then they were all whisked away to fairyland. Then, the last chapter was her moping about everything. That was it. I think CH should have spent less time with all the other crap going on and just focused on the plot (which would have been good if it had more details).
4. We get it...Sookie wants a family and a real relationship. She went on and on and on about the last two books. So, CH just make her be with Sam and be done with it. It seems that is where you are headed and it's annoying. But don't have Bill all of sudden professing his love to her all the time and even in front of Eric (which that's a new twist). Don't make Bill all of sudden good guy (when he's not) and then make Eric an absolute jerk beyond what he has ever been.
5. Pam is pretty much not in this book and it's weird when she shows up in the book. It's almost like a muted version of Pam.
6. Why did it take so long for them to connect the dots on Mustapha's involvement. For pete's sake...it was like they have never solved any mysteries before and that one was the most obvious.
7. Did I mention a rushed plot? Yeah, I think I did.
8. I think the thing about Eric and the vampire queen that wants him was just too much to an already flimsy plot. But whatever. I think that should have been in the next book or it's own thing.
I think those are all my complaints. I will not be purchasing the next book. I don't really want to know what she does with the characters. Like I have said, I blame the show. I understand that she's not a part of the show, but it's clear that her writing tanked as soon as the show came out. Maybe she grew tired of the series. Maybe she wanted to rewrite some things. All I know the books haven't been the same. ...more
I loved these books. Normally, I would not have read this series as an adult, but I was so curious after watching the movie. I knew that there was morI loved these books. Normally, I would not have read this series as an adult, but I was so curious after watching the movie. I knew that there was more to the books than what the movie had played out and I was right. The first movie is the only comparison worth mentioning since the second movie just combined (horribly I might add) three books in to one. Also, I liked the way the author told the story. She really got me in to the characters and before I knew it, I was on the 4th book.
In the first book, Kostos and Lena were always meant to be together. Their families matched them, but she was so "not confident" within herself to even talk to him. Then, she accidentally accused him of being a peeping tom, which then put the two families into arguments. Finally, at the end, she comes around on the last night. This way goes throughout the series. The second book, he comes to see her, but she is too shy to even be around him. I mean he came from freaking Greece to see her and again, at the end, she finally gets her head out of her ass to be with him. Then, we find out that he knocked up a girl (allegedly) and he marries that girl all while attending her grandfather's funeral. She's devastated and through some time, she ends up with Carmen's stepbrother. Also, Lena's grandmother comes to live with her and that is what saves the third book. In the fourth book, she meets the hunky art guy and starts to really come out of her self. She stands up to her dad about being an artist. And all of that brings about Kostos. In the end, the author gives us hope that once again, Lena will get her head out of her ass and be with him (the girl lied about pregnancy and tricked him in to marriage).
Carmen's character was awesome. She becomes friends with the stepsister and stepbrother and it's fun to read that she is their role model (they run away at different times to be with her). Bridget's character was only really good in Book 2 where you really find out about her and her inner demons. She spends the whole summer in hiding, but learnds her true self.
Libby was by far the most annoying, which is weird since I identified with her the most. She just seemed to be a spoiled brat throughout until she finally got her head out of her ass. She was horrible to Brian and to her mother. She films her mom in various stages and then edits the movie for comedy in which her mom watched. Her mother was crushed and Brian was disappointed. I did feel like towards the end, she grew as a person, but not as big as the other ones or she took way too long to do it.
By the end of the third book, they are all happy and with boyfriends. But the fourth book, brings it all back. ...more
Not for Gianna to read since I do want her to read the book so that we can discuss on personal time.
I will start off with what I liked about it and tNot for Gianna to read since I do want her to read the book so that we can discuss on personal time.
I will start off with what I liked about it and that would be the fae storyline. It was interesting to find out that Fintan was around more than we originally though (sneakily creepy) and that her grandmother knew more about everything concerning the fae, Sookie's powers, etc. Dermot and Sookie getting closer as relatives (the outcasts of the family) was a great storyline instead of as lovers, which was something hinted earlier in the book and I'm glad was not turned to that way. I loved getting to know Mr. Catalaides more and his involvement with the Stackhouse Family (not just with Sookie). I loved the introduction to Mustapha and hope that we find out more. I was sad to see that Akira got killed, because he sounded like an interesting character, but just shows the strength of Pam and Eric.
However, I gave this book a one star, because it is by far, the worst of the series. If Ms. Harris continues this way, then I am done with these books. It is clear that the show is having an effect on her writing or maybe she's just tired of the storyline (which I get), but she really needs to make sure to be consistent with things. For instance, at the end, she's throwing a baby shower for Tara (who basically was her only friend) and says in the books, "I finally feel at home doing something for my community like the old me." Um...what? They ostracized you for being crazy, because of your talents and never gave a damn about you. In fact, they tried on many occasions to get you arrested, killed, or anything else under the sun. The only ones that talked to you were Sam, your grandmother (which she was killed because of you), Tara, Foyt, Jason, and that crazy girl that turned in to religious zealot (man, can't think of her name...Lorraine). You walked in to a room and heard the disgusting things they said about you, but now, you are a part of the community, doing something for the community like you've always done. Maybe, I'm being overly critical, but it just shows the inconsistency and laziness of the writing.
Okay, and am I crazy, but when did Sookie play softball? I counted three times in one paragraph it was mentioned. She laced everything with relating to "I'm glad I played softball or I had softball to help me." WTF? I'm sorry, maybe it's me, but I'm from the South and a big city at that, but I doubt seriously that a girl that was written as considered crazy by 90% of the townsfolk in a small Louisiana town and introverted at that would not play a team sport. And how come all of sudden, it's mentioned and then thrown in our face?
The other part, which is the main reason I gave this book a one star and that is Eric. So, you spent this entire series showing the good about Eric and the bad about Bill. You finally write that she's accepted their love the way it is, but then, just dismiss it quickly. And I'm a Whedonite and used to Joss just killing off the relationships when it finally was accepted by both parties. But to end it in a way that broke up Bill and Sookie in the first place. How messed up is that? Ms. Harris, you couldn't come up with something better? I know, he's trying to get out of it, but the way things ended in how you made Sookie actually disgusted by Eric and his murdering as you put it, it was clear that you are writing him out of her love life. It was clear two books ago that you were heading this way, but to make it in the same way as Bill, then that's, well, it's crappy. And if Sookie goes back to Bill (I think I might be changing my mind that she's writing for Sam), then you have lost me as a reader. How could she go back to him and then, dump Eric for the same reasons? And vice versa? I'm all for Team Eric, but now, it's like, how can she stay with either one and/or dump the other one for the same thing?
And I agree with most reviewers, what was up with just throwing Alcide in there? That was the most insane storyline ever and that Amelia was the culprit. I liked Amelia's character, but that just seemed out of left field. I get that she doesn't like Eric, but damn, that was messed up in so many ways. I get that Claude would do that to play a joke, but Amelia actively sought Alcide out to tell him about the broken bond. And how dumb is Alcide for thinking that would work? He knows that she wouldn't fall for something like that and maybe Sookie was right to tell him that he's changed being a pack leader. Although, my conclusion is that it's another example of inconsistencies with the storyline.
The Sandra Pelt story was not totally great, but not bad either. In this series, it always seems that Sookie is dealing with one big problem and one little problem. I liked that Sandra and the Pelt family are finally threw and I liked how she was "taken care of" in the end.
I'm not sure if I will buy the next book on May 3, like I always do every year. I might just read reviews first and base my buying option on those. I'm not one for going with reviews, but I have agreed with alot of people on the issues I brought up with in my review over this book. So, we shall see next year.
What did I think? I was on my toes. When I thought I had figured out the plot, the plot changed. I absolutely loved the way the author told the storyWhat did I think? I was on my toes. When I thought I had figured out the plot, the plot changed. I absolutely loved the way the author told the story like an investigative report (same as the main character Blomvquist). I liked how each part was outlined with some statistic that was horrible about sexual assault.
And yes, this book really wants you to walk up to any man and just punch them in the face. I'm not going to do that, because I know most men aren't as disgusting as some of these human beings (if you can call them that).
What can I say about Lisbeth? She is a great character. At times, her self conscienceness got annoying, but I moved through it. I can be that way, too. She's weird, introverted, and about 20 steps ahead of you before you even decide to make a move. And I loved how she could do just about anything. As you can see, I'm trying not to say too much to not give away the book. She is just an amazing character.
I started reading The Girl Who Played with Fire and you get to see alittle in to why Lisbeth is the way she is....more
I love Jenn Lancaster and her crazy books. My friend turned me on to her blog since I have similar views and a complete smart ass, but politcally incoI love Jenn Lancaster and her crazy books. My friend turned me on to her blog since I have similar views and a complete smart ass, but politcally incorrect just like her. This was a hilarious book and didn't disappoint. I love how she gets knocked off on her ass, but makes it through in the end. And it cracks me up about her journey of adjusting to life not as a yuppie, but one that still thinks they are when they can't afford it. I love her notes on the pages to signify that there is more to the story....more
This wasn't the best of four books, but it wasn't horrible. I laughed to the point of spitting out my drink in parts, especially when she gets in a fiThis wasn't the best of four books, but it wasn't horrible. I laughed to the point of spitting out my drink in parts, especially when she gets in a fight with someone on the bus. I love Jen. I love her crazy, cooky views, especially her conservative views. I love the way she tells a story and I will continue to read all of her books. ...more