This book did not keep my attention, until the end, then I was completely caught up in it again. I'm not sure what exactly what it was about the story...moreThis book did not keep my attention, until the end, then I was completely caught up in it again. I'm not sure what exactly what it was about the story that bothered me so much in the first half of the story. I think I missed the Elana/Stefan interaction. I have nothing against Bonnie and Meredith, they have always been great characters, but for me they work better secondary rather then primary.
I did enjoy the concept of the story, one of the oldest vampires comes to Fell's Church and causes problems. But there was a level of personal interaction that I felt was missing. It was beyond romance. Elana had a way of tying everyone together.With her missing from the story in physical form until the very end I felt the loss of the group of friends.
About mid-way in this book I was not planing on reading the next, but the end pulled me back in and I couldn't wait to start the next.
Dead Until Dark is the first of Charlaine Harris's Southern Vampire Series. The first of eleven and counting. I'm not sure what I got myself into when...moreDead Until Dark is the first of Charlaine Harris's Southern Vampire Series. The first of eleven and counting. I'm not sure what I got myself into when I started this series. Eleven books and the twelfth coming out in May.
I read a good portion of this book in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I spent all of Saturday afternoon wondering from room to room and sitting down and reading when I found a nice quiet room with a bench. It was a wonderful day.
This book is full of a little bit of everything. Vampires, love, loss, friendship, jealousy, and everything in between. Bonton is a small town in Renard Perish, but it has it's fair share of drama and death. A murderer has come to Bonton. Not just any murderer, this person is killing vampire supporters. But who could it be?
Sookie Stackhouse is, well, not normal, but throughout the book she finds out that neither are most of her friends. She falls in love with Vampire Bill and her life takes a path she could have never imagined. Sookie has lost more then most. Her parents were killed when she was a child and her Grandmother, who raised her, was murdered. She is left with her brother, Jason, as her only living relative.
Jason is not always the most supportive of brothers, But somehow he always manages to come through in the end. By definition Jason is a womanizer, sleeping with most of Bonton and the surrounding perishes. He is one of the main suspects when it comes to the series of murders, but Sookie never gave up.
There are many vampires in the book. Ranging from Bill, the first vampire in Renard Perish, to Eric and Pam who owned the vampire bar called Fangtasia. At times, the vampires were a little harsh, but since Bill claimed Sookie as his, some unfortunate situations were avoided. But only some, Eric learned of Sookie's particular gift and makes use of it, much to Sookie and Bills dismay.
With many ups and downs the story weaves a tanged web, but, in the end, the murder is caught, and it is someone no one could have guessed.
I look forward to seeing what more joys and pearls lie in Sookie's future as the series continues. (less)
I couldn't believe how short this book was. By far the shortest of the first three Southern Vampire Series. But I think it was also my favorite so far...moreI couldn't believe how short this book was. By far the shortest of the first three Southern Vampire Series. But I think it was also my favorite so far.
Once again, trouble finds Sookie. Honestly, at this point, what would you expect. This time Bill got involved in a secret project that took him deeper into trouble then he could have ever expected, and, of course it it up to Sookie to get him out of trouble.
With the help of Alcede, a werewolf that is in debt to Eric, Sookie goes to Mississippi to find Bill. As usual nothing goes as planed and everything falls apart leaving Sookie in trouble. Luckily Eric, who is obsessed with Sookie, is there to lend a hand.
On Alcede and Sookies second outing to the local "supernatural" bar things go from bad to worse. Since it is a full moon Alcede transforms when the stress gets too much. Once again Sookie saves vampires from Steve Newlin and the Anti-vampire Church, but not before Sookie is injured. Eric and Sookie find themselves in the King of Missisippi's mansion after Sookie was injured. While there Sookie is healed, but things get a little seamy with Eric.
From information that Sookie had been able to gather before she was injured she knew that Bill was being tortured and held captive at the mansion. Bubba, a vampire with interesting origans that has been sent by either Bill or Eric to protect Sookie from time to time, helped to find where Bill was being held. Eric left a car for her as close to the garage he was being held as he was able to, but the rest was left up to her. Sookie has also been healed by Erics ancient blood, which gave her extra strength and abilities.
After a bit of a struggle, Sookie saves Bill, but her troubles are long from over. Although everyone is saved, no one is really safe, or the same after the experiences. Alcede is in trouble with the local pack along with falling for Sookie. Bill is in more trouble then he could realize with Sookie. Eric knows that he is falling for Sookie more and more. Sookie is angry at Bill, confused about Eric and falling for Alcede. Everything is one big tangled mess.
Eric ends up taking Sookie home leaving Bill to fend for himself. On the way they run into some trouble with guys sent from the pack, but nothing that they can't handle. Sookie finally breaks down and spills a lot of her frustrations about Bill and her relationship to Eric.
In the end Sookie resends the invitation to her house from both Eric and Bill. The ironic part of this is that the secret project that got Bill into all this trouble was still in her house. A project that both Bill and Eric want and neither can get.
What more can happen to Sookie? The poor girl. On to the next to find out!(less)
Of course Sookie couldn't stay out of trouble for too long. Then again, it seems like trouble finds her. Within the first chapter Sookie already finds...moreOf course Sookie couldn't stay out of trouble for too long. Then again, it seems like trouble finds her. Within the first chapter Sookie already finds a dead body. Then is seriously injured by a maenade, but is saved by the Fangtasia vampires and a dawf doctor that Eric calls.
Eric loans Sookie to the Dallas vampires, but what she walked into was deeper then she could have imagined. Bill accompanied her as a body guard, but not even he could save her from everything.
The Dallas coven owned a bar and one of the vampires disappeared without a trace. Sookie uses her ability to help find the culprit behind the disappearance. But it could never be as simple as reading a few minds and giving them a simple answer. There was a trader in the mist of the coven.
Sookie and one of the covens' humans went undercover to a anti-vampire Church in Dallas to find the missing vampire. Bill, of course wasn't overly fond of this idea, but there was nothing else they could do. After a series of unfortunate events at the Church Sookie discovers herself being saved some unlikely sources. First Godrick a very ancient vampire, then a group of shape shifters come to her rescue.
Everyone ends up safe, maybe a little battered and brused, but safe. The lost vampire is returned home, and durring a celebration of his return the Church goes on the offensive and shoots into the house. Sookie shouts a warning saving the vampires at the party. Eric who had been there to observe the situation ends up protecting and saving Sookie. He also tricks Sookie into drinking a few drops of his blood, little did she know the repercussions that this will later have.
Once back in Bon Tons Sookie is determined to solve the murder of her friend that happend before she left. In order to do this she enlists the help of Eric, much to Bills distress when he finds out. The murder is solved but Sookie is learning that there are more supernatural beings in her world then she would have liked.(less)
This is the first in a long series that the tv series Bones is based on. I love Bones and have been a faithful watcher since season one. I finally hav...moreThis is the first in a long series that the tv series Bones is based on. I love Bones and have been a faithful watcher since season one. I finally have decided to tackel the books. I had a hard time getting through Deja Dead, the first in the series. It had nothing to do with the charters or the plot. I think it was just the way it was written. Something about the flow of the story that didn't catch me. On top of that it was a very long book. I really wanted to dive in and love this book, and it just never happend.
The story is about a anthropologist, the best in the business. She hasn't had it overly easy and in some ways her move to Quabeck is her running away from problems. But like everyone who tries to run away from something trouble always finds you.
There is a serial killer on the loose, but Temperance is the only person that sees the connection. She slowly puts the pieces together building her case, until the police finally give in and dig deeper into her theory. If only they had believed her sooner. In the end the bad guy(s) are caught, but not without some surprising twists.
Although I didn't love this book, and I am not rushing into the next book in the Series, it was not all bad. I do plan on reading more of Katy Reichs books about Temperance Brennen in time, but not right away.