Undead and Unworthy is the continuing story of Betsy (the Vampire Queen), and her gang of friends. It's the seventh book in the series, and unfortunat...moreUndead and Unworthy is the continuing story of Betsy (the Vampire Queen), and her gang of friends. It's the seventh book in the series, and unfortunately I felt that it was one of the weakest.
MaryJanice Davidson prefaced the book with a note to the reader letting us know that this is the first book in a new story arc. Along with new cover art, it seems like the story lines have gotten a little sexier and lighter. But it just didn't seem to have that much substance to me. The past novels in the series were also light and sexy, but there was enough character development to draw me in. In this one, it just seemed like event after event after event occurred but I didn't really care what happened to whom, or why, or how.
I used to really like this series, but I think it's gotten a little too fluffy for me. I just wish there was a little more for me to sink my teeth into. (Ha! That was some bad vampire humor.)
I'm not sure if I'll continue with this series. I might give it one more go since I have a soft spot in my heart for it, and it is a pretty quick read. But this one almost put me off. Unworthy, indeed.
**spoiler alert** I have so much yet so little to say about this book... where to start?
I guess the first thing I'd like to say is that I'm so tired o...more**spoiler alert** I have so much yet so little to say about this book... where to start?
I guess the first thing I'd like to say is that I'm so tired of adult women trashing this book. This book was written for thirteen-year-old girls. If you're looking for a more intellectual read, this probably (just maybe...) wasn't the book you should've picked up. I'm not going to defend it to the death because I didn't exactly love it either, but I think a lot of people are trying to look smart by saying it was dumb, and to those people I'd like to say: What the f*ck were you expecting? Shakespeare? It's about a bunch of teen-aged vampires and werewolves, you f*ck stick!
That said, I didn't love this installment in the series. I didn't love the three before it, either. But I liked and was entertained by them enough to read all four. I guess my main problem with the last one was that THERE WAS NO HONEYMOON SEX. I mean, seriously Meyer - you made us wait through three books oozing with sexual tension because Bella and Edward could never be "as one" because of the danger, but then when the stage was set and they finally are together, suddenly it's the next day and all we get is a chewed-up feather pillow? ARE YOU KIDDING ME??? I hate you.
And then they have a baby right away, which kind of robbed us of the "finally they're together forever" rush. I mean, maybe thirteen-year-old girls want to read about a super-freaky baby, but I'm a mom. When Meyer dished out that tidbit, all I could think was the party's over.
Don't even get me started on the name "Renesmee". I mean, what? Seriously? That has got to be (easily) THE WORST baby name I have ever read. "Renesmee Carlie Cullen". Oof. Well, it could have been worse, right? No, actually I don't think so. If Meyer knew that Edward and Bella were going to spawn, couldn't she have named Renée and Esme something like "Jessica" and "Isabel" instead? Check out this combination: Jessibel
So hip! So trendy!
Or barring her ability to foresee that possibility, couldn't she just name the baby something less horrifying? For a while I was actually rooting for the Volturi, hoping they would destroy Renesmee simply to save her from having to endure immortal life saddled with such a name.
I also didn't feel like there was a lot of sensitivity in this book. In the others there were always at least a few sweet or poignant scenes that managed to keep me hooked. This one was more like: Read feverishly! Find out what happens next! No sex? WHAT??? Must move on! What? Baby?... You get the picture.
The part that I liked the most in this book was the section written by Jacob. I felt like we actually got to know and like him a lot more in this book. I felt his role in this book was pretty intense, and I was so sad for him when he drove off and went to the fair to see if he could imprint. And did anyone guess that he was going to imprint on Renesmee? Looking back, I can see Meyer was setting us up a little with Quil and Claire, but I have to admit I was taken by surprise on that one.
My favorite quote from the book is also from Jacob's secton, when he was trying to decide what was the best way to see if he could imprint on a random girl:
So how do you look for a random soul mate in a crowd? Well, first, I needed a crowd. So I tooled around, looking for a likely spot. I passed a couple of malls, which probably would've been pretty good places to find girls my age, but I couldn't make myself stop. Did I want to imprint on some girl who hung out in a mall all day?
Way to bitch-slap your main audience, Meyer! ROTFLMAO!!!
Lastly (again coming from the mom angle), WTF was Bella doing driving everywhere with Renesmee on her lap? Who the heck does she think she is, the vampire version of Britney Spears? At least she didn't drop Renesmee on her head, flash us her un-pantied goods, shave her head and go into rehab.
I am glad that I stuck with this series. It was entertaining. Bella got vampirized. I liked her, and all the characters. In the end, could they have been better developed? Probably. But I won't deny that it was a fun ride, and I'll never forget Edward's sweet mountain lion breath. If only they could have some kind of scratch-and-sniff cards for the movie.(less)
From Dead to Worse is the eighth book in Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse series. After not liking the last installment overmuch (All Together Dead...moreFrom Dead to Worse is the eighth book in Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse series. After not liking the last installment overmuch (All Together Dead), I thought FDTW was a nice return to Sookie's roots and the foundation that made the series so good in the first place - Sookie being herself back home in Bon Temps, Louisiana.
This book seemed like somewhat of a transition. After the huge events of the last book and the vampire summit, this book seemed to take a breath and recover a bit.
The cast of characters expands as Sookie meets a relative (or two) that she didn't know she had, and we're also introduced to some witches as Sookie's group of supernatural friends grows. And as always, Sookie's romantic interests are a source of tension in the book as she tries to work out who and what's right for her - shifter, weretiger or vampire.
It also contracts a bit as some characters were written out or killed off. No spoilers here, but it did seem a bit like Harris was wrapping up some loose ends so the story/series can move on.
Alan Ball has created a series based on these novels for HBO... and after reading this latest addition to the series I'm back on board (I wasn't so sure after the last one) and looking forward to the show and the next book.(less)
Lover Enshrined was a strong addition to Ward's "Black Dagger Brotherhood" series. No spoilers here, but Phury's story about adjusting to life as the...moreLover Enshrined was a strong addition to Ward's "Black Dagger Brotherhood" series. No spoilers here, but Phury's story about adjusting to life as the Primale was strong, with a lot of surprises, twists and new information to keep us completely enthralled. This was my second favorite book in the entire series (after Z's). We also got to know some of the younger characters better (John Matthew, Quinn, and Blay).
I think the only down point in this book was the lack of the presence of some of the brothers - Rhage, Vishous and Butch were hardly mentioned.
Still a great read - I can't imagine that this book would be a disappointment to anyone that had read the rest of the series.
Lover Unbound is Vishous' story, although we get to learn a lot more about the Scribe Virgin, John Matthew and Phury.
This was my least favorite of all...moreLover Unbound is Vishous' story, although we get to learn a lot more about the Scribe Virgin, John Matthew and Phury.
This was my least favorite of all the Brothers' books, but I still liked it a lot. What I liked most about it was getting to learn more about the Scribe Virgin's world, and the world of the Chosen. What I didn't like was that the beginning of the book seemed a little slow to me, and I had trouble getting into it... once things got rolling, though, I found myself just as rapt as I was with the other books in the series.
This book seemed to focus less on Vishous and his romance (also known as: the formula for each book), and more on setting things up for books to come. I think that V was the Brother that I was least interested in reading about, and I got the feeling that he was also the Brother that J.R. Ward was the least interested in writing about... still worth reading, though.(less)
I'm probably one of the only people who went into the second book of the Black Dagger Brotherhood not knowing what "shitkickers" were. I looked them u...moreI'm probably one of the only people who went into the second book of the Black Dagger Brotherhood not knowing what "shitkickers" were. I looked them up on-line, and got two definitions: a pair of cowboy boots, and a big heavy shoe or boot.
I'm choosing to go with a big, heavy boot, because I just can't see Rhage wearing cowboy boots. I like to picture them more like this:
Why am I so focused on the boots? Mainly because I CAN picture them... I have a much harder time picturing the brothers. I mean, they're supposed to be six-and-a-half feet tall, with arms and legs like tree trunks, with black leather trench coats down to their ankles. And they're supposed to be hot. I have trouble wrapping my brain around that. I kind of end up picturing Arnold Schwarzenegger in his heyday dressed in an outfit from the Matrix...
Luckily, I was able to get past that, and enjoy the book. This one's about Rhage, and like the first was action-packed. Again, a guilty pleasure for me but I won't deny it was hard to put down. I've already started the third book, Lover Awakened. (less)
This was definitely my favorite of the first three Twilight books. I thought that a lot of the elements that Stephenie Meyer created in the first two...moreThis was definitely my favorite of the first three Twilight books. I thought that a lot of the elements that Stephenie Meyer created in the first two books came into play in Eclipse, creating a tension that really drew me in. I also felt that Bella and Edward's relationship was stronger and more believable (if you can say that about a fantasy/vampire story...).
This book convinced me to keep going with anything else Stephenie Meyer writes, and I'll also be keeping tabs on the upcoming movie.(less)
If you can not only get past, but embrace characters with names like Wrath, Tohrment, Vishous, Rhage, Phury and Zsadist, then this vampire book might...moreIf you can not only get past, but embrace characters with names like Wrath, Tohrment, Vishous, Rhage, Phury and Zsadist, then this vampire book might be right for you. It definitely falls under the category of "guilty pleasures" for me, but I can't deny that I found it hard to put down and that I really got into the characters and story. I'll definitely be reading the sequels.(less)
I really liked all the previous books in this series, but I was really disappointed when I read this one. It just didn't seem like Charlaine Harris' h...moreI really liked all the previous books in this series, but I was really disappointed when I read this one. It just didn't seem like Charlaine Harris' heart was in it. I used to like to recommend this series to people, but now that this one's been tacked on the end, I don't really do so anymore. Sad.(less)