Thursday, June 27, 2013

Review for Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris

Dead After Dark is the final Sookie Stackhouse novel. The paranormal mystery series is written by Charlaine Harris.

i am glad this series is over. i fell in love with Sookie Stackhouse with the show True Blood. that show made me interested to read the books that inspired it. Dead Until Dark pulled me in. and the next few books blew me away. they were like candy for the brain. i got a rush from reading them. even though they weren't in the running to win a Pulitzer prize, they had heart and i loved them.

then this book happened. i was excited to see how Charlaine Harris would wrap up her beloved character's lives but this mess made me wish they were all killed by a rogue vampire in a fit of rage. Sookie was so annoying in this book, i wanted to shot in her pretty little blonde head with her big titties and suntanned skin. that's how she was described on almost every page. Harris took her sweet time telling me very detail of Sookie's look for the day instead of focusing on the threat of her life. hello!!! there are at least three people trying to kill her in the book. and she was charged with murder. let's focus on the mystery aspect of the book instead of her moisturizing her legs and debating on what top to wear with her shorts.

next come's the romance. how i hated her harem of men in this book. Bill is just there. why wasn't he killed off a few books ago? Alcide shows up to sniff out an intruder/possible killer. now i can't be mad at Alcide no matter what he's doing. he's the hottest of Sookie's boy toys. Quinn shows up with his gleaming bald head. he's so boring to me. Eric is made out to be the villain. i swear Harris was trying her best to paint Eric in the worst way so i could hate him and be glad when Sookie and him broke up. ummmmm NOPE. Eric was always the one for Sookie and we all know it. and then there's Sam. i have no words for him. on the show, i love him. in the books, he should have died a long time ago with Bill. he has never been a thought provoking character to me and i hated that he was an important part of the final book.

i am disappointed. i am devastated. i will take refuge in the show since it's almost entirely different from the books. and that's all folks.


Thursday, June 13, 2013

Review for The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

The Girl of Fire and Thorns is the first in the Fire and Thorns series written by Rae Carson. The second book is called The Crown of Embers. The third book, The Bitter Kingdom, is set to be released in August of this year.

i'm usually interested in the books my book clubs choose to read. however, i had never heard of this one. the cover completely turned me off from reading it and the first few chapters felt like a chore to read. but i'm glad i stuck with it because i ended up enjoying this book and am looking forward to the next book in the series.

Elisa has a belly button ring that is a gift from God. it connects her to him and it gives her life a meaningful purpose, except she doesn't know what that purpose is. at first, i found Elisa to be a whiny insecure kid. reading from her POV was giving me a headache and i was just about to throw the book at a customer in frustration when Part 2 of the book kicks in. thank god for that because i thought this book was gonna be a lost cause. Elisa meets some people that believe she is their salvation. slowly but surely, she starts to believe it too and grows into a pretty reliable and likable heroine.

i wouldn't say this is a romance novel at all. there are some love interests for Elisa but Rae Carson really puts in on the back burner to focus on Elisa discovering who she is and what she's capable of. her husband, Alejandro, was not at all interesting to me. the only thing that caught her attention about him was his looks and his inability to make decisions. that right there was enough for me to almost completely forget about him. Humberto, on the other hand, was a great character and i wish he had had a little more back story to him. he really helped Elisa find herself, making me like him even more.

the religion and fantasy tones of the book are its strong points. i was pleasantly surprised to find that the book wasn't preaching at me about faith and God. it's a major part of the book but it's not thrown in your face on every page. the fact that the magical elements came from God was fascinating to me. it's really all about faith and having the strength to believe in something and fight for it. everyone can agree with that. i hope with the second, Elisa and her friends just jump right into the action. i don't think i can take more of her slow pacing.