Book Review: Dead to the World

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dead to the worldTitle: Dead to the World
Series: Sookie Stackhouse (Book 4)
Author: Charlaine Harris
Pages: 291
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal
Summary: “Sookie Stackhouse is a cocktail waitress in Bon Temps, Louisiana. She has only a few close friends, because not everyone appreciates Sookie’s gift: she can read minds. That’s not exactly every man’s idea of date bait – unless they’re undead; vampires and the like can be tough to read. And that’s just the kind of guy Sookie’s been looking for. Maybe that’s why, when she comes across a naked vampire, she doesn’t just drive on by. He hasn’t got a clue who he is, but Sookie has: Eric looks just as scary and sexy – and dead – as ever. But now he has amnesia, he’s sweet, vulnerable, and in need of Sookie’s help – because whoever took his memory now wants his life.” ~from Goodreads.com

This is probably one of my favorite books of the Sookie Stackhouse series. I love that we get to see more interactions between Sookie and Eric (even if it is an amnesiac Eric) and that there are more revelations about vampire, werewolf, and shifter politics and relations. It’s a good mystery and a good adventure–the mystery of what happened to Jason after he goes missing, and the adventure of getting Eric’s memory back.

The writing as always is good, fun, and makes for a fast read. The characters are lively and vibrant, and I love that we see even more of Pam this book. I love Sookie’s development over the course of the book and I like that she really becomes tougher (and a little less whiny and not constantly crying) by the end of the book. Even Jason’s character grows leaps and bounds from where he was in the first book, and I’m really looking forward to seeing more of that.

I can’t wait to see how Sookie and Eric’s relationship develops and how the politics are revealed, and even how Jason is going to be in the coming books. I’m having a lot of fun re-reading these and they’re just such great books for a fun and fast read.

My rating: ★★★★★

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Book Review: Club Dead

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club deadTitle: Club Dead
Series: Sookie Stackhouse (Book 3)
Author: Charlaine Harris
Pages: 292
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal
Summary: “Sookie’s boyfriend has been very distant-in another state, distant. Now she’s off to Mississippi to mingle with the underworld at Club Dead-a little haunt where the vampire elite go to chill out. But when she finally finds Bill-caught in an act of betrayal-she’s not sure whether to save him…or sharpen some stakes.” ~from Goodreads.com

Another great addition to the Sookie books. I really liked the plotline in this book, and I really liked the addition of Alcide Herveaux and that you saw more Weres and shifters in this book. I can’t wait to get even deeper into the Werewolf politics. I liked the addition of Russell Edgington as well and that you found out a bit more about the vampire politics as well.

Sookie was a little annoying to me at some instances in this book, but I also liked that by the end of the book she’d gotten less whiny and stood up for herself a bit more. I loved seeing Eric and more of Pam (she’s probably my favorite character), and Bubba! I love Bubba.

Anyway, I liked the book and I think there was a good balance of intense scenes and dialogue scenes and overall it moved very quickly. Onto book four!

My rating: ★★★★★

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Book Review: Landline

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landlineTitle: Landline
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Pages: 308
Genre: Romance, Contemporary
Summary: “Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble. That it’s been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply — but that almost seems besides the point now.

Maybe that was always besides the point.

Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her — Neal is always a little upset with Georgie — but she doesn’t expect to him to pack up the kids and go home without her.

When her husband and the kids leave for the airport, Georgie wonders if she’s finally done it. If she’s ruined everything.

That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It’s not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she’s been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts . . .

Is that what she’s supposed to do?

Or would Georgie and Neal be better off if their marriage never happened?” ~from Goodreads.com

I think it’s pretty well-documented how much I love Rainbow Rowell’s books and writing. Landline is no exception. I totally loved this book and devoured it with relish. The main thing that I love about Rowell is that all of her characters are so realistic and so relatable. I connected with Georgie basically immediately, but I also loved her kids, her mother, and her sister. Neal was the only character who was iffy for me. I just didn’t really like him the way I’ve liked previous Rowell love interests. I actually liked his younger version slightly better. Georgie’s kids were adorable (Noomi thinks she’s a cat, it’s sooo cute), and her mom is hilarious. Heather, her sister, is probably my favorite character. She’s just awesome and I just totally loved her interactions with Georgie.

Which leads me into the brilliance of the plot. I really liked that it was sort of time-travel but not really time-travel. I just thought it was a really cool twist to the whole idea, and it seemed like a fresh take on it. I also liked that Georgie actually allowed for the possibility that maybe the whole point of the “magic phone” was to make sure that Georgie and Neal didn’t end up together. No spoilers here obviously, but I just liked the idea that she kind of faced reality on that front, that she admitted that maybe things were supposed to turn out a different way.

My only other complaint (though maybe it’s not so much of a complaint as difficulty with the resolution?) was that the ending leaves things pretty up in the air, but not in the same way that say, Eleanor & Park ends. I liked the whole rom-com-esque ending but I also felt like Georgie never actually made any major decisions (which to her credit she admits!) but it doesn’t leave me with the feeling of “yeah, Georgie will probably change”. I’m of two minds of that ending: part of me thinks it’s a great ending because it’s a more realistic ending, and it fits in with a lot of what the book was about–you don’t know how the future is going to go, you just have to take a chance–but then part of me just kinds of want to know if Georgie can change and make more of an effort to make things more of a happy ending. I don’t by any means think that every book has to have a happy ending, but it was very hard to decide if this was supposed to be a happy ending or not, but then maybe that was the point.

Overall, I really enjoyed Landline and Rainbow Rowell continues to be one of my favorite authors of all time.

My rating: ★★★★★

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I promise I’m not dead…

…I’ve just been really busy. I finally got classes that I needed to take after like 3 years of not being able to do anything, which is awesome, but it also means that I’m taking calculus and it’s a lot of work. So, reading has sort of taken a back seat which I’m super sad about, and it wasn’t until today that I realized I haven’t posted anything in like a month??? I’M SO SORRY. I promise I’m still here, I just have a lot going on, but hopefully things will calm down soon (well they definitely will after the end of the month because that’s when my class ends) and I’ll get back to a more regular schedule? Hopefully? There will be an attempt, at least.

I hope you all are reading wonderful books and enjoying your summer!

~Isis

Book Review: Living Dead In Dallas

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living dead in dallasTitle: Living Dead In Dallas
Series: Sookie Stackhouse (Book 2)
Author: Charlaine Harris
Pages: 291
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Mystery
Summary: “For years, Charlaine Harris has delighted fans with her mystery series featuring small-town waitress-turned- paranormal sleuth Sookie Stackhouse. Now, Ace is pleased to republish her second novel in the series in hardcover. In this book, Sookie is pursued by a very sexy vampire-and a very deadly monster.” ~from Goodreads.com

Continuing my Sookie binge, which hasn’t really been a binge so much as just a straight forward re-read, I’m still really enjoying the series.

I remember really liking this book the first time round and I certainly enjoyed it the second time round. I loved the introduction of more supernatural creatures (the maenad and more shapeshifters and a glimpse of werewolves) and I’m excited to see that progression. I also liked the introduction of the Fellowship of the Sun because they make for great bad guys (they’re totally nuts!!!). I’m really looking forward to that developing as well.

I liked that there were basically two mysteries, although I sort of forgot that Lafayette’s murder gets set aside for a lot of the book. I was a little bummed about that, but it’s such a good book anyway that I got over it pretty quickly. The ending was really intense and I was on the edge of my seat.

I’m really liking my re-read of the series and I can’t wait to start book three now.

My rating: ★★★★★

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Shadow of Night Readalong Schedule

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All Souls Trilogy

Hello dears! We just finished reading A Discovery of Witches and now it’s time to move on to book two – Shadow of Night! Below is the schedule of discussion posts that I will be making. Feel free to join in this readalong any time you want :)

  • Week 1 June 22: Ch 1-8 (115)
  • Week 2 June 29: Ch 9-16 (120)
  • Week 3 July 6: Ch 17-24 (119)
  • Week 4 July 13: Ch 25-31 (106)
  • Week 5 July 20: Ch 32-End (114)

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Book Review: Dead Until Dark

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dead until darkTitle: Dead Until Dark
Series: Sookie Stackhouse (Book 1)
Author: Charlaine Harris
Pages: 312
Genre: Fantasy
Summary: “Sookie Stackhouse is a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana. She’s quiet, keeps to herself, and doesn’t get out much. Not because she’s not pretty. She is. It’s just that, well, Sookie has this sort of “disability.” She can read minds. And that doesn’t make her too dateable. And then along comes Bill. He’s tall, dark, handsome–and Sookie can’t hear a word he’s thinking. He’s exactly the type of guy she’s been waiting for all her life….

But Bill has a disability of his own: He’s a vampire with a bad reputation. He hangs with a seriously creepy crowd, all suspected of–big surprise–murder. And when one of Sookie’s coworkers is killed, she fears she’s next….” ~from Goodreads.com

I read this series a few years ago, or at least started to, but I never finished it. I recently got all of the books in hardcover finally so I decided to binge-read it. I totally love this series, and it’s even better the second time round.

First of all, I really love Charlaine Harris’s writing style. She writes in a way that makes the book fly by and all of her characters are great. I totally love Sookie and I think she’s a great character and I like her growth over the book. I also love the fact that she can read minds, it’s a unique twist to the book rather than strictly a vampire-romance. I’m not as fond of Bill but I think that’s because of what I remember from the series and because of certain events in later books, my feelings for him significantly waned. But it was still fun to read Sookie and Bill’s interactions. I’m totally in love with Eric, and I can’t wait to see more of him (and Pam!).

I really like the introduction of the vampire politics and I’m interested to see more of that play out in the later books as well. I also am looking forward to seeing the rest of the supernatural creatures that are hinted at.

Overall, this book (and series) is really fun and good for a fast read (especially now that we’re in summer!).

My rating: ★★★★★

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Book Review: City of Heavenly Fire

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cohfTitle: City of Heavenly Fire
Series: The Mortal Instruments (Book 6/Final book)
Author: Cassandra Clare
Pages: 725
Genre: 
Young adult, fantasy
Summary: “In this dazzling and long-awaited conclusion to the acclaimed Mortal Instruments series, Clary and her friends fight the greatest evil they have ever faced: Clary’s own brother.

Sebastian Morgenstern is on the move, systematically turning Shadowhunter against Shadowhunter. Bearing the Infernal Cup, he transforms Shadowhunters into creatures out of nightmare, tearing apart families and lovers as the ranks of his Endarkened army swell.

The embattled Shadowhunters withdraw to Idris – but not even the famed demon towers of Alicante can keep Sebastian at bay. And with the Nephilim trapped in Idris, who will guard the world against demons?

When one of the greatest betrayals the Nephilim have ever known is revealed, Clary, Jace, Isabelle, Simon, and Alec must flee – even if their journey takes them deep into the demon realms, where no Shadowhunter has set foot before, and from which no human being has ever returned…

Love will be sacrificed and lives lost in the terrible battle for the fate of the word in the thrilling final installment of the classic urban fantasy series The Mortal Instruments!” ~from Goodreads.com

I have loved this series from book one, so I was really excited to get my hands on the last book, if not a little sad that it was the last book. I thoroughly enjoyed the book, although there were a couple things that I didn’t like. Overall though, I think it was a good ending to a good series.

I really like Sebastian as a character, I think because he makes for an interesting enemy. I also liked Simon, Alec, Izzy, and Magnus. Also my baby girl Maia! I loved her POVs and I wish there had been more of them because I think her character this book was fabulous. Simon was great as always. I was a little sad about the direction his story was going, but it ended on a good note, so I felt better by the end of it. Alec and Magnus were fabulous and I’m really happy that neither of them died. Izzy was great, but I wish there had been more of her POV. I like Jace and Clary a lot, but I found myself rather irritated with them during this book. I think because they kind of did that whole “is Clary going to go with Sebastian? is Jace going to to with Sebastian? oh, one has to sacrifice themselves for the other! ANGST!!!” thing. Which had been done to death in the last book, honestly. So that was my main complaint.

I did really enjoy the book, I thought it was pretty action-packed and I liked the way all the politics of the Clave played out, it was really interesting. I also liked that we got to see some of Emma Carstair’s POV and I think it was a good way of getting to know her character if you want to read the Dark Artifices (which I plan to). I felt that the ending dragged on a bit. I wanted to see where everyone ended up, yes, but I just kind of felt like we covered a lot of the same ground over and over and I think it could’ve been tied up more quickly. I did like seeing Tessa though, because I love The Infernal Devices.

All in all, I enjoyed the book and I think it was a good way to end the series, and I’m looking forward to The Dark Artifices next year.

My rating: ★★★★

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W…W…W…Wednesday 41

www_wednesdays42Since my last WWW I’ve finished off 3 books:

I am technically reading about five different books at the same time, but I’m focusing primarily on City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare. I’m really excited because it’s the last of The Mortal Instruments series and I can’t wait to see how it ends. I’m hoping to finish that off by the end of the week because I’m starting classes on Monday.

Once I’m finished with CoHF I’d like to focus on reading Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris. I’ve also got Wool by Hugh Howey on my list, as well as Labyrinth by Kate Mosse.

Book Review: Gone Girl

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gone girlTitle: Gone Girl
Author: Gillian Flynn
Pages: 419
Genre: Mystery
Summary: “On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and media–as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents–the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter–but is he really a killer? As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister, Margo, at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn’t do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?” ~Goodreads.com

I have been wanting to read Gone Girl for a very long time (as well as Gillian Flynn’s other books), so I finally sat down to do it, and man did I love every second of this book! First off, the mystery itself is really well done (even if it’s not exactly a “new” plot) and there was a twist that I totally didn’t see coming. I had been so convinced of one thing that when that thing didn’t happen, I actually physically gasped with shock.

One thing that I found very interesting was that I actually wound up not liking Nick or Amy even though we get both of their point of views. I started out kind of liking Nick (he seemed nice) and hating Amy (she seemed way too stuck-up/controlling) and then I wound up hating Nick (he turned into too much of a jerk) and liking Amy (she seemed to get nicer), and then after The Revelation (trying to avoid spoilers here) I wound up being a little ambivalent towards Nick (couldn’t get over his jerkiness) and hating Amy again (she’s PSYCHO). The reason I find my attitude towards Nick and Amy interesting is because normally I like feeling connected to the main character(s) and when I don’t I find it very difficult to keep enjoying a book, but in this case, I just found the whole thing so intriguing that I didn’t care whether I liked Nick and Amy or not. I just wanted to find out what happened next.

The way some women change fashion regularly, I change personalities. (222)

What I really enjoyed about the book was that I was just constantly guessing and thinking one way and then things would happen and I’d think another way and then more things would happen and I’d think yet another way. It was kind of frustrating but in a good way to never really know how the story was going to play out. The way things happen are shocking and the ending I actually found maddening because it wasn’t what I expected and it certainly wasn’t what I wanted. And yet, I can’t take off stars for it, because the whole book was just so well done and the mystery was so intriguing that I couldn’t put the book down. It was just so good! I just absolutely love this book and I can’t wait to read more of Gillian Flynn’s books.

My rating: ★★★★★

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