Definitely Dead – Book Review

My favorite thing about Definitely Dead by Charlaine Harris is Quinn. He seems like such a good person, um, tiger. I dig that strong, masculine vibe and yet, he’s kind and caring. He also seems very loyal and dependable.

I like the shifters in the Sookie Stackhouse series but not more than I love the vampires. I have a serious soft spot for vampire stories. Therefore, my second favorite aspect of this book is getting to delve deeper into its world of vampires. I really like the Queen and I loved hearing her history. It was cool to get a little peek into more of Eric’s history as well. I enjoyed how Harris used Hadley as a way to introduce so many new storylines and possible plot twists. Harris definitely knows how to write mystery and write it well.

Part of me, just a teeny bit, is still pulling for Bill. He is flawed, sure, but so is Sookie, and I’m starting to believe he may be the only one who truly loves her for her. We’ll see though, eh?

I think my only real complaint about the whole series thus far is that Sookie doesn’t seem very proactive on her own behalf. Harris throws a lot of crap at her, and sure, she stands up for herself and fights back. But it’s like she never goes on the offensive. She seems purely defensive to me. Perhaps, that’s intentional. I don’t know. I like Sookie, don’t get me wrong, I’d just like to see a little more personal growth, and not just by way of her becoming jaded.

FYI: I know these posts are not formal reviews of the Sookie Stackhouse series. For me, these posts are more of a way to track how I felt about each book, and a way for me to note anything in particular that grabbed my attention.

Book Review – Dead As A Doornail

I read Dead as a Doornail by Charlaine Harris on Monday, May 25th. I read this one fast, in one sitting. I really enjoyed it, too. Sookie seems genuinely interested in Quinn, which was suprising yet fun. Charlaine is definitely giving Sookie a lot of options in the love department and that’s fun, but a little annoying, too. I guess the more possibilities, the more conflict, and that’s one of the most important elements to any story. But, I’d rather only have a few characters to know and mull over for Sookie. For instance, I’m not really getting Calvin Norris right now. Why in the world would Sookie even entertain that one? *shivers*

I was a little disappointed by this book’s mystery though. It seemed to get revealed and resolved rather quickly and it felt slightly unfulfilling for some reason. I’m still pulling for a real go of it between Eric and Sookie at some point. There’s too much tension for it not to come to a head down the road. I’m hoping sooner rather than later because I like Eric and there seems to be a lot of competition popping up. And I love how the connection between Sookie and Bill is still there. Definitely Dead should be interesting. I did a little reading ahead and see that the next two books involve the Summit so that’s thought-provoking. I can’t wait to get to town to buy the next three books–Definitely Dead, All Together Dead, and From Dead to Worse.

FYI: I know these posts are not formal reviews of the Sookie Stackhouse series. For me, these posts are more of a way to track how I felt about each book, and a way for me to note anything in particular that grabbed my attention.

Book Review – Dead To The World

I started reading Dead to the World by Charlaine Harris on May 24th and finished it the same day. I couldn’t put this one down. Maybe it was because I (finally) got to see Sookie with Eric. What an interesting concept, too, Eric forgetting who he is then ending up at Sookie’s front door (well actually her road but it’s moot). More terrific conflict. And what is it about the “bad boy” we always hold out hope for having a secret good side just fighting to get out? I don’t know but Charlaine hit the nail on the head for me. She weaved Eric into Sookie’s heart so expertly, I’m not sure what Eric’s going to do to cut himself back out, but it’ll be bad I’m sure. I must admit I missed Bill. He was only in this one for a little bit but it feels like his presence is so heavy when he is there. Is this meant to show me that he and Sookie aren’t completely over? My curiousity remains piqued; hence, why I’m reading through this series at a ridiculous rate.

Oh, and there are fairies now, who would’ve thunk it? I’m diggin’ this world and the characters have me fully committed to sticking with the series to its end.

FYI: I know these posts are not formal reviews of the Sookie Stackhouse series. For me, these posts are more of a way to track how I felt about each book, and a way for me to note anything in particular that grabbed my attention.

Book Review – Club Dead

Alrighty, I read Club Dead by Charlaine Harris in about four hours on Sunday, May 24th. I don’t know what it is about this series but it’s so engrossing I don’t want to put it down until I know all it has to show me. I really enjoyed the conflict between Sookie and Bill in this one, which was especially interesting since the reader doesn’t really get to see Bill until close to the end. I was thrilled with the introduction of Alcide, another potential love interest for Sookie as well as a more in-depth look into the Were community. The topic of cheating and lying hits close to home for me so this was the easiest way for me to sever my loyalty to Bill. Now I’m more open to the idea of Sookie exploring other relationships available to her. I think the series is really picking up momentum now. It seems like Charlaine’s characters may not run out of story to tell for quite some time, which is promising. I love a good, long series that I can dive head first into knowing it’ll be a while before I hit my head on the bottom. I started Dead to the World immediately after I finished Club Dead. For me, I think great use of conflict and mystery are the heart of this series.

FYI: I know these posts are not formal reviews of the Sookie Stackhouse series. For me, these posts are more of a way to track how I felt about each book, and a way for me to note anything in particular that grabbed my attention.

Book Review – Living Dead in Dallas

Okay, it’s official. I’m hooked.

I read Charlaine’s Harris’ Living Dead in Dallas in three sittings. I can tell she’s getting into more of a groove with Sookie and the supporting characters, really settling down in their world. I didn’t get one, but two, interesting mysteries to solve and there’s an even heavier hint of an upcoming love triangle between Sookie, Bill and Eric. She’s made the characters very real; her likeable characters are indeed endearing, but they’re also jam-packed with issues–Sookie with her quick temper, Bill with his pride, and so on. Plus, we’re introduced to even more “supe” characters, including werewolves and ancient beings with enormous power.

This was another fast, fun read with an adequate amount of sex (though we never really “see” the sex scenes) and suspense. I hope the suspense continues to increase with each book because while Harris is great at writing the mysteries in these stories, the suspense isn’t as hardcore as I’d like to see her take it.

My hopes are high and I’ll be picking up the next two in the series during my next trip to Walmart.

FYI: I know these posts are not formal reviews of the Sookie Stackhouse series. For me, these posts are more of a way to track how I felt about each book, and a way for me to note anything in particular that grabbed my attention.

Books I Want to Read – An Ongoing List

I’m trying to compile (in one place) a list of books I want to read before I die. Yes, there’s probably hundreds, if not thousands of them, but I’m a listmaker so here’s my list, and it’s in no way complete or in any order.

Southern Vampire series – Charlaine Harris (I just started 4/24/09)

Harry Dresden Files – Jim Butcher (I’m two away from being caught up)

Odd Thomas series – Dean Koontz (I’m two away from being caught up)

The Watch series – Sergey Lukianenko, Vladimir Vasiliev

Dead Witch Walking – Kim Harrison

The Good, The Bad and The Undead – Kim Harrison

Deadly Desires – Keri Arthur

What-the-dickens – Gregory Maguire

Mirror, Mirror – Gregory Maguire

Son of a Witch – Gregory Maguire

Emily Dickinson Poems – Collection published by Castle Books

Children of the Night – Mercedes Lackey

The Forgotten Beasts of Eld – Patricia McKillip

The Dante Club – Matthew Pearl

The Mammoth Book of Vampire Stories by Women – Edited by Stephen Jones

Mina – Marie Kiraly

Inkspell and Inkdeath – by Cornelia Funke

Diplomacy of Wolves – Holly Lisle

Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens (Great Expectations is my fav Dickens)

1984 – George Orwell

Slaughterhouse Five – Kurt Vonnegut

Twilight – Stephanie Meyer

[Author’s Note on March 12, 2011: I’m still working out the best way to keep track of my home library, what I read prior to 2010, and what I want to read, in a way that will benefit me and readers looking for new titles for their own “to be read” pile. Suggestions happily accepted: leahabney at gmail dot com.]

Book Review – Dead Until Dark

I’ll admit I knew nothing about this series until an old friend mentioned it about two months ago–I believe I told her I liked the HBO series, True Blood. Anywho, I am in love with True Blood (Alan Ball is one helluva writer) so I thought there was no use prolonging the inevitable and I purchased a used, paperback version of Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris. I am happy to report I’ve found yet another series I can sink my teeth into (ha ha).

I have a major soft spot for nearly all vampire stories; thus, I felt confident I would enjoy this book. Charlaine’s writing style has a really fast feeling to it, like I was being swept away by the pace and dialogue. I enjoyed the dark fantasy/horror elements of the story, but I was also drawn to the treatment of vampires like any other “person” and how some of them just wanted to “fit in.” The dialogue is so real, I can literally hear the characters’ voices in my head, which is awesome. The chemistry between Bill and Sookie is palpable–I found myself holding my breath a few times.

The only aspect I didn’t enjoy was it sometimes felt like I was being told more of the story than shown, as if I was floating above the action than down in the nitty gritty of it. But there were only a few scenes like that. Overall I found the book extremely entertaining.

My one pet peeve though is finding spelling and grammatical errors in a published book and I found five in the version I purchased. I find them in 4 out of 5 books I read so it’s not like this is an isolated incident 🙂

Now I’m trying to decide whether I want to hunt down the entire series in used hardcover or buy new paperbacks. I’m trying to turn my entire collection into hardcover…we’ll see how this collection turns out.

I will report my thoughts on the remaining books as I read them. The next one on my list (for obvious reasons) is Living Dead in Dallas.

FYI: I know these posts are not formal reviews of the Sookie Stackhouse series. For me, these posts are more of a way to track how I felt about each book, and a way for me to note anything in particular that grabbed my attention.