This is my second reading of Red [joining Jaye & her fans for GRRR Gonna Re-Read Red) Month:], and I think I actually enjoyed it more this time ar...moreThis is my second reading of Red [joining Jaye & her fans for GRRR Gonna Re-Read Red) Month:], and I think I actually enjoyed it more this time around.
The characters are well developed and engaging, and the story is filled with action, humor, and a smattering of romance. I especially like that there's an even balance of quiet character interaction moments and fight sequences along the way as the story ramps up to the final confrontation.
I am really looking forward to reading the next installment in the Sabina Kane saga: The Mage in Black.(less)
Book 3 of The Phoenix Chronicles (Any Given Doomsday and Doomsday Can Wait are Books 1 & 2) -- Despite Psychic/Shape-shifter/Vampire Elizabeth (Li...moreBook 3 of The Phoenix Chronicles (Any Given Doomsday and Doomsday Can Wait are Books 1 & 2) -- Despite Psychic/Shape-shifter/Vampire Elizabeth (Liz) Phoenix's efforts, somehow the Gates of Hell have been opened and the Apocalypse is at hand. Demons are flooding the earth and if Liz can't prevent Satan from taking control, humanity will end. Her newly acquired vampire abilities are her secret weapon against the demon hoards, but she still needs to acquire the Key of Solomon and the Book of Samyaza (Satan) to stave off the Apocalypse -- without losing herself to her inner demon. With the aid of her ex-lover Jimmy Sanducci and mysterious Navajo shaman Sawyer, Liz discovers that someone she thought was dead isn't and will destroy everyone Liz loves to bring about the Apocalypse.
I've really enjoyed this series and am looking forward to Handeland's 4th novel Chaos Bites. (less)
Well, having come to this series from seeing HBO's TV series True Blood, this novel was really no surprise since it reads like Season 1 of the show. I...moreWell, having come to this series from seeing HBO's TV series True Blood, this novel was really no surprise since it reads like Season 1 of the show. I like Harris' writing style, characters & plot, but it was very anti-climactic.
I can only hope that since I'm HBO-challenged, I will enjoy the other novels more since I won't know what to expect.
I'm a firm believer in reading the Sookie Stackhouse novels in order. SO IF YOU HAVEN'T READ THE PREVIOUS NOVELS, DO NOT READ THIS REVIEW AS THERE WIL...moreI'm a firm believer in reading the Sookie Stackhouse novels in order. SO IF YOU HAVEN'T READ THE PREVIOUS NOVELS, DO NOT READ THIS REVIEW AS THERE WILL BE SPOILERS FROM BOOK #9 – DEAD AND GONE No spoilers for Dead in the Family.
While I did like this book, unfortunately, this is not one of my favorite Sookie Stackhouse novels. I prefer the novels that have a significant amount of action going on, and Dead in the Family is definitely lacking in action. The book primarily deals with everyone recovering from the Fae War and the repercussions of the shifters coming out to the world. Things don't really heat up action-wise until the last 40 pages. I guess given everything that has happened in the last few books, Sookie deserves a break from being tortured by some new foe.
Even though this novel is light on the action, there are several things that I appreciated. Because of recent events, Sookie's even more conscious of her need to work on her relationships, which gives her the opportunity to have some pleasant, meaningful and uninterrupted interactions with Tara, Bill, Sam, Jason, fairy cousin Claude, and her cousin Hadley's son Hunter. I adored her few days of baby-sitting Hunter – a great excuse for everyone who interacts with them to show their softer sides for a change. I also liked her acts of kindness toward Bill despite her continuing romance with Eric. Speaking of Eric … having just watched Season 2 of True Blood, I initially found it confusing that his visiting maker is named Appius Livius Ocella (the TV show changed some events centered around the Living Dead in Dallas character Godfrey/Godric – the main change being that Godric is named as Eric's maker). Aside from that brief confusion, the introduction of Ocella and his new "son" Alexei, not only add to some of the action, but give us new perspective into Eric's character. Without spoiling the historical background, I think Harris' decision to make Alexei a vampire was inspired. There are also a couple of nods to True Blood, which was fun. (less)
I enjoyed this second Sookie novel more than the first, but they still don't engage me as much as the novels by Jim Butcher, Kat Richardson, Lori Hand...moreI enjoyed this second Sookie novel more than the first, but they still don't engage me as much as the novels by Jim Butcher, Kat Richardson, Lori Handeland and Jaye Wells do.
There isn't anything bad about the novels at all, I'm just not connecting with them as much as I did with True Blood or those more action-oriented novels. I kind of thought this might happen given how quickly & hard I fell for True Blood.
I still intend to finish the series, in fact, the third novel is waiting for me at the library, so I'll be starting that tomorrow. Who knows, perhaps I'll start going crazy waiting for the subsequent novels to become available through the library and become passionate over the series?(less)