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Review: Charlaine Harris – Dead Ever After

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Charlaine Harris - Dead Ever AfterWell it’s finally here, the last book in the Sookie Stackhouse series. After the last book was left on such a cliff-hanger, I had no idea what was coming in this one, but I had a pretty good idea how I wanted it to finish. But in true Charlaine Harris style, nothing is ever quite how I wanted.

Things aren’t going well for Sookie in this book, Eric is freezing her out and she doesn’t know why. Her ex-friend Arlene shows up after being released from prison and wants a job at the bar where Sookie is now part owner, and then a murder rocks the town, and Sookie is arrested. There is no evidence, but the police chief is pretty adamant that she should be in prison. Never-the-less, she is released on bail, and promptly starts her own investigation into what happened.

Things are wrapped up quite nicely in the end. When I first read it, I didn’t think it ended how I wanted it to end, but looking back now, I think it was right. The main question was always going to be which man Sookie ended up with, and we should really have known it right from the start, 13 books ago.

As I expected, I really loved this book. It was fast paced, and full of the usual mix of action and romance that I have come to expect from these books. Harris definitely did not disappoint, the only disappointing part is that this is the last one. But now I’ve got all 13, I will probably read them all in series at one point, it would be nice to go all the way through without waiting a year between books.
5/5

Review: Charlaine Harris – Deadlocked

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charlaine-harris-deadlockedI’d somehow managed to convince myself that I’d already read this book, so every time I’ve seen it in Waterstones I’ve just ignored it. But last week I realised that I’d not actually read it yet, so I had to buy it and read it straight away – the Sookie Stackhouse (True Blood) series is my favourite set of books.

Once again, Harris has written a book that keeps you enthralled from beginning to end, I just couldn’t put it down. Like all books by Charlaine Harris, there’s a bit of repetition at the start of the book as she re-introduces the main characters and gets you up to speed on what has already happened in the past 12 books(!). It would be good if you’d picked up this book without reading any of the others, but it does get a tad annoying when you just want to dive straight in to the story.

Speaking of stories, this one packed a punch! There’s trouble all around for Sookie, with her vampire husband Eric supposedly now betrothed to another (very powerful) vampire as the last wish of his now-deceased maker, with no apparent way of getting out of it. Then Sookie is summoned to Eric’s house to meet the vampire King Felipe of Nevada and his entourage, expecting punishment for killing Victor, regent of Louisiana. But Sookie is (without her knowledge) told to arrive late to the party, and turns up just in time to see Eric feeding off another two-natured woman, who has apparently used fairy blood to make herself irresistible. And when this woman turns up dead on Eric’s lawn a short while later, there are no shortage of suspects.

Add into this the fact that Sookie is now part owner of Merlotte’s grill, dealing with her fairy relatives living in her house, and also trying to conceal the presence of the magical Cluviel d’Or that she was left by her grandmother and she’s not having an easy time. And it all takes a big twist when she realises that her fairy cousin Claude may not be quite as loving as he may seem.

As with all of Harris’ books, the drama starts about 3 pages into the book and builds up and up and up until it finally explodes with a bang in a dramatic finale. The Cluviel d’Or (a magical object that grants the owner one wish) is used in the most unexpected way, which saves one of Sookie’s loved ones but also creates a new worry for another, who was maybe expecting that Sookie would use it for him. So the book (as usual) ends up on a bit of a cliffhanger, which is quite frustrating as the next one doesn’t come out for another 6 months!

If you like True Blood or any kind of supernatural/fantasy, then I’d really recommend this series of books – but if you’re expecting sparkly vampires like Twilight, you’ll be disappointed (or enlightened).

5-5

Now Reading: Charlaine Harris – Shakespeare’s Landlord

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photo-16Book number 2 on my 100 book reading challenge is Shakespeare’s Landlord by Charlaine Harris. I’ve read two sets of books by Charlaine Harris – the Sookie Stackhouse (True Blood) series, and the Harper Connelly series. I absolutely loved both sets of books and couldn’t put the books down once I’d started.

I’ve now got two other sets of books from Charlaine Harris, The Aurora Teagarden series and the Lily Bard series. I got the Lily Bard series for Christmas from my parents, so I will be reading that one first. The review on the back of the book sounds pretty impressive:

“Harris writes about Lily with a quiet compassion that is compelling. A fine writer has written her best book yet.”

The books are considerably shorter than the last book I read, and given how much I liked her last books, I think this’ll catch me right up on my reading challenge.

On a totally unrelated note, my replacement iPod came today. Apple issued a recall for some first generation iPods, and mine was included. It had been in a drawer for 3 years, but I dug it out and sent it off, and the replacement arrived 7 weeks later. I was quite surprised that the iPod I got back was an 8GB new model, it’s way better than the one I sent them, and will be perfect for in the gym!