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Review: Charlaine Harris – Dead Over Heels

dead-over-heels-charlaine-harrisWell this is the first book I’ve ever read in digital instead of as an actual physical book, and it’s totally put me off buying a kindle. The actual book was going to cost £30, but the kindle version was only £9.99, so I bought it on kindle and read it on my phone/iPad. Yes, it was quite convenient because I always had my book with me, and yes, my bag was a lot lighter without carrying a book around all the time, and yes, it gave me something to do all the times I was sat waiting in my car. BUT, the experience of reading a book just isn’t the same when you don’t have an actual book. I love the feel and smell of a book, and I love being able to easily tell how far through the book I am. Location 3097 of 13807 means absolutely nothing to me, thank you kindle.

Anyway, enough of my book-obsessed ramblings and on to the book. Unfortunately, for the second book in a row by one of my favourite authors, I was disappointed again. Harris seems to have a tendency to repeat what’s happened in the previous books over and over again in subsequent books, especially near the start. The first couple of chapters always seem to be a reintroduction to Aurora and her family. Now I don’t know about anyone else, but when I’m reading a series of books, I tend to know what I’ve just read, so this gets a bit tedious.

This book (the 5th in the series), starts off with a body falling from a plane and landing in Aurora’s garden. Now most people might be extremely freaked out about this, but Aurora seems to take it in her stride, and after other odd attacks start happening (including on her friends), she obviously ends up starting her own little investigation. The middle part of the book did get quite interesting, but it wasn’t as good as the first omnibus that I read earlier this year. Not good enough to make me want to read the next one straight away, I’ve got something more exciting lined up.

2-5

Comments:

  1. I love the feel of a tangible book as well, the whole experience seems so much more intimate, and also, when I go on marathon reading sessions, I greatly prefer non-glare pages to a screen. I have so many fond memories readings books in trees or on the beach or in the forest or just sprawled in the grass outside. Managing with a screen somehow seems a lot less romantic. Lovely write. I did not know about these books, but loved the post.

    • Thanks for the comment. It’s definitely a lot less romantic with a screen, and I couldn’t see myself taking my iPad on the beach! I definitely don’t see a kindle in my future…

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