I love me a long story in any kind of paranormal/urban fantasy/sci-fi genre. When I saw a new book that had been reviewed by many as the "Twilight for grown-ups" and "Anne Rice for the smart people", I thought - Great! That sounds like my kind of a read.
It starts a little slow, but the writing style is fun, easy and charming, so I kept going, but, when I found myself slugging my way through pages and pages of descriptions of the heroine's dinner with the vampire and his rooms and his horses and his wardrobe... you get the picture. It started getting dull.
Then came the "action", if you can call it that. If you ask me, the motivation behind the character's actions and the realism of that motivation is even more important in a fantasy world then it is in the "non-fantasy" In a world full of magic, you still expect people to act like people. This being said, the heroine of this book makes one asinine decision after another. And she is supposed to be very smart! She stumbles her way from one situation in to another and is constantly acting like a 14 year old around her love interest.
I wanted to like it very much, but in the end, it gets 3 stars, because I still like the easy writing style and the reader's performance, but the story just doesn't cut it. I will not be getting the sequel.
Wow, it seems like a lot of people are hating on this book and I'm not sure why. True, there was a lot of loose end getting tied up and, true, the romantic conclusion was visible from the previous book. Also true that a few characters seem to appear just to say goodbye. But if a reader knew that this is the last book of the series, these things really shouldn't surprise anyone. And you would have to have been living under a rock not to have known that this is the last book in the series.
This book is not that different from all the others in that there are people and other creatures trying to kill Sookie, there are friends trying to help Sookie. The plot moves along pretty swiftly. I didn't notice any boring parts. In fact I stayed up late to finish the book.
My sneaking suspicion is that most faithful readers are just disappointed that Charlaine Harris decided to end the series and are taking it out on this book. On one hand, I don't blame them, because I'm disappointed with that decision too, but on the other hand it seems unfair. She is the author and it's her series, she can do with it as she pleases. I'm grateful for 13 entertaining books and I include this last one among them.
In my opinion, it was entertaining and definitely worth an audible credit. Performance by Johanna Parker was flawless as always.
The story draws you in from the first page. Which is great, if you're reading in on paper. If you're listening to audio, the performance of the reader is the other side of the coin that can either make or break the overall success of the book.
To me, the reader's non-stop sing-song intonation was so annoying, that I almost gave up on the book several times. She ends every... single... sentence... on the same note. It's teeth-clenchingly, mind-numbingly, nails-on-the-chalk-board irritating. Even her lovely English accent doesn't make up for it.
On the other hand, the fact that I managed to get through the story, despite my dislike of the narrator, is a testament to how good the book itself was and makes it worth an audible credit.
This installment of Mercy's story is filled with action. From page 1 she gets tangled up in another attack on the pack, but this time not one, not two members of the pack are attacked and kidnapped - it's the whole pack. Who would be so capable or stupid to attack and kidnap a pack of werewolves? That's what Mercy needs to find out. And if she's going to save her wolves, she needs to do it fast, all the while making sure the bad guys don't get their hands on more hostages.
There's magic, there are supernatural creatures, as always. But there are also paramilitary mercenaries and government conspiracies. Someone very near and dear to Mercy's heart dies, but our favorite little coyote is not going to let grief slow her down.
You can't help but compare this to a cheerleader movie. Except that what made "Bring it on" one of those movies that was so bad, it was good, was the humor in it. Well, take some similarly vain and self involved teenagers, throw in a little mystery and take out all the humor, plus add a sprinkling of sexually confused teen angst - and voila! You got "Dare me"
It's not that it was bad exactly, it was just hard to get involved and care about the characters. Half the time you want to smack some sense in to them while groaning in exasperation, and the other half they are just boring cardboard cutouts who do predictably stupid things.
I suppose it will do as a summer read for the beach, but lack of substance was a turn-off for me.
In her usual mixture of the mundane life in small town Louisiana and supernatural adventures, Ms. Harris created a real page turner.
I have been a fan of the series for a while now. Some were great, some less so, this one is definitely among the best ones in my opinion. A lot happens in this installment of Sookie Stackhouse series. Some long lingering unresolved issues are resolved. Some mysteries get solved, others are added, and there's a huge climactic scene at the end.
I enjoyed every page of it!
Charley Davidson is a fun and dynamic heroine with a few extra tricks up her sleeve - she is a grim reaper, but not in the bad way, as she'll tell you herself. Tight, well thought out plots, subplots and back-story are interwoven together with style and ease. Add a cast of supporting characters, a very readable narrative style, and did I mention Charley's smarmy humor and attitude?
Well worth it!
I don't read a lot of romance, supernatural or otherwise, but I loved Molly Harper's "Nice Girls" series. "Driving Mr. Dead" definitely has the same signature Molly Harper snarky humor and attitude, so I expected to like it. That being said, it took a while to get going. Seems like the male protagonist took so long to become likeable, I almost gave up on him.
Still worth a read or a listen, if only for the humor.
There really isn't a better resource out there for all the science that supports low carb way of life. The problem is that when you put all that science in to one book, that book becomes quite a task. It took me a few months to get through it in audio format, it probably would have taken a year to get through in hard copy.
That being said, it's still the best book to learn all you want to learn about overweight and health and micronutrients and how you can't trust the food pyramid in your decision making process in regards to your nutrition.
I felt a little disconnected from this book. I wasn't pulling for Sookie here the way I usually do in most other books in this series. It almost felp like a transitional piece between what happen before and what ms. Harris needs to have happen in order to end the series the way she wants to end it.
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