**spoiler alert** I really, really enjoyed this book. I started it as something to read before bed, couldn't put it down, and finished it in one night...more**spoiler alert** I really, really enjoyed this book. I started it as something to read before bed, couldn't put it down, and finished it in one night. It's a well written book with an interesting story, and the female lead is far less annoying than she is in some other popular vampire books (not naming names of course...Bella...Elena...). I also like the unique vampire mythology, that borrows a lot from the traditional Dracula/Anne Rice sort of vampire while at the same time adding its own very original twists.
That said, Bianca was starting to annoy me a little. The more and more she went on and on about how awesome Lucas was, the more annoyed I became that she didn't notice how wonderful Balthazar was. I liked the Romeo and Juliet analogy - because the whole book is, in a sense, Romeo and Juliet with vampires (and a love triangle) - but mostly because Bianca and Lucas are like Romeo and Juliet - they don't know each other well enough through a few passionate meetings to really be anything other than infatuated with each other. Of course they're teenagers, so what can one expect, right?
And yes, yes, I know Balthazar said he was just using her because she reminded him of someone else that he won't tell her about. But I don't believe that, even if he does say it. His feelings with her, his relationship with her, was more real than anything I saw between Bianca and Lucas, and it annoyed me that she was ready to throw away what seemed to be her chance at real happiness in order to throw herself at a guy she barely knows and who had been a great big jerk far more than once. I don't know, maybe it's just my sympathy for the underdog, but I really think Bianca is making a REALLY BAD decision here. Of course, she's acting exactly like an impulsive teenager, so I guess it's perfectly realistic in that sense.(less)
**spoiler alert** I can't say that I was terribly impressed by this book. Actually, I was more than a little disappointed. I had been looking forward...more**spoiler alert** I can't say that I was terribly impressed by this book. Actually, I was more than a little disappointed. I had been looking forward to this book for a long time, started reading it and then...nothing happened.
It was really, really boring. Harris spends way too much time on details of really menial things. Not enough time on things actually happening. Yeah, the last thirty pages or so were interesting, but it was rushed. She should have spent more time doing something interesting with the rest of the book.
Maybe she's building something to take place in the other books, since there was a lot in this book left unresolved. We still don't know what's going on with Bill and Judith, whatever happened with the weres and their judgement is unresolved, the problem with Sam and the protesters is unresolved. Really, this book did nothing but leave us with a whole lot more questions.
There were some good parts. I liked Eric sad and angsty. I liked Claude and the fairies. But in general, this was certainly not my favorite Sookie book.(less)
I read the first one of these books a couple months ago and absolutely loved it. This one was also good, although maybe not quite AS good. Probably be...moreI read the first one of these books a couple months ago and absolutely loved it. This one was also good, although maybe not quite AS good. Probably because some of the novelty had worn off, and because it's a middle book - quite obviously waiting for its sequel. Nonetheless, this is still a very good series of books. I like the social commentary inherent in them, and I like the fact that the author can actually write. I'll definitely be looking for the next one.(less)