May 27, 2013

My Friday Review: Dead Ever After


Title: Dead Ever After (Sookie #13)
My Rating: 3 conch
Source: Purchased
Buy At: Amazon

Summary from Goodreads: Sookie Stackhouse finds it easy to turn down the request of former barmaid Arlene when she wants her job back at Merlotte’s. After all, Arlene tried to have Sookie killed. But her relationship with Eric Northman is not so clearcut. He and his vampires are keeping their distance…and a cold silence. And when Sookie learns the reason why, she is devastated.

Then a shocking murder rocks Bon Temps, and Sookie is arrested for the crime.

But the evidence against Sookie is weak, and she makes bail. Investigating the killing, she’ll learn that what passes for truth in Bon Temps is only a convenient lie. What passes for justice is more spilled blood. And what passes for love is never enough...



The Review: It's the final Sookie book in a series that I've been addicted to since the beginning. Yes, it's sad that it's the last one, but I found it just as hard to get through as the last couple of installments. Why? I was bored. I don't care what Sookie cooks, or eats, or thinks about cooking. I want the action and love and suspense that made me read the first eight books over and over. I do think that things wrapped up nice enough for my satisfaction, but the whole time I felt disappointed with the lack of UMPH behind the writing. I don't have an issue with the Eric situation - he is who he is and I think his actions stayed true to his survivor mentality. I'm not sure how I feel about how Sookie's love-life ended up...in some ways it makes sense, in others...it seemed forced. But, I still paid a ridiculous amount of money to read this on my kindle, and in all - I'm not too disappointed.

The Good: I do think it was a worthy ending. Left room for some follow up should Charlaine choose to do it, but I enjoyed seeing some of the old characters come back.

The Issue: The writing. I don't know if it's because of all the other authors I've read (mainly indies!) since my addiction to Charlaine, but the quality of writing just wasn't what I've come to expect. Even the blurb irks me.

The Rating: 3 conch. A meh end to an awesome series and characters that will stick with me forever.






Title: Cold Blood (Book Two of The Dirty Blood Series)
Author: Heather Hildenbrand
My Rating: 4 conch
Source:Purchased
Buy At: Amazon

Summary from Goodreads: Wood Point Academy is not at all what I expected. For one thing, it looks like a cross between military school and Buckingham Palace. Everyone stares, the floors shine so bright you can see your reflection in them from a mile away, and no one smiles. Unless they're kicking your butt in the process.

At least I've got plenty to take my mind off the fact that my psycho cousin, Miles De'Luca, keeps calling and declaring his love and promising to come for me just as soon as he's destroyed anyone standing in our way. Wes isn't going to like that idea. So between Miles, Wood Point's evil welcoming committee, and the drill sergeant hottie trainer from hell, I just keep asking myself, how did I end up here?

The Review: In this book, we get to meet a whole new group of characters as Tara is shipped off to boarding school. And this isn't just any boarding school, but a place where she has to learn who she is...and fast. We don't get to see much of Wes in this one, and it made it hard for me to believe their undying love for each other. Especially with how quickly she is attracted to Alex. But that being said...I think I like Alex better. I guess I'll have to see where it all goes in the next book (which I'm reading now!). There is an interesting scientific twist with hybrids and I found that intriguing. Although at first I missed the characters from Dirty Blood, I grew to like these new ones and I'm anxious to see how they all connect. Yes, the wolves still talked but I think I'm getting over that now!

The Good: New well-developed characters that I hope will continue on with the story.

The Issue: The love triangle...not sure how I feel about it yet.
The Rating: 4 conch. Solid second book leaving me wanting more.
- See more at: http://ambergarr.blogspot.com/#sthash.QYskrTzj.dpuf
Title: Cold Blood (Book Two of The Dirty Blood Series)
Author: Heather Hildenbrand
My Rating: 4 conch
Source:Purchased
Buy At: Amazon

Summary from Goodreads: Wood Point Academy is not at all what I expected. For one thing, it looks like a cross between military school and Buckingham Palace. Everyone stares, the floors shine so bright you can see your reflection in them from a mile away, and no one smiles. Unless they're kicking your butt in the process.

At least I've got plenty to take my mind off the fact that my psycho cousin, Miles De'Luca, keeps calling and declaring his love and promising to come for me just as soon as he's destroyed anyone standing in our way. Wes isn't going to like that idea. So between Miles, Wood Point's evil welcoming committee, and the drill sergeant hottie trainer from hell, I just keep asking myself, how did I end up here?

The Review: In this book, we get to meet a whole new group of characters as Tara is shipped off to boarding school. And this isn't just any boarding school, but a place where she has to learn who she is...and fast. We don't get to see much of Wes in this one, and it made it hard for me to believe their undying love for each other. Especially with how quickly she is attracted to Alex. But that being said...I think I like Alex better. I guess I'll have to see where it all goes in the next book (which I'm reading now!). There is an interesting scientific twist with hybrids and I found that intriguing. Although at first I missed the characters from Dirty Blood, I grew to like these new ones and I'm anxious to see how they all connect. Yes, the wolves still talked but I think I'm getting over that now!

The Good: New well-developed characters that I hope will continue on with the story.

The Issue: The love triangle...not sure how I feel about it yet.
The Rating: 4 conch. Solid second book leaving me wanting more.
- See more at: http://ambergarr.blogspot.com/#sthash.QYskrTzj.dpuf

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