Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Spring Reading Affair: Sookie Stackhouse Series

Hello my darling readers!

Very sorry for the lack of review yesterday. It was quite a busy day! I met up with Mr. J's family and hung out with them unexpectedly (but it was oh so enjoyable!) and then ran into a friend at the local book seller. Between all of this I was shopping! I picked up two new books and found quite a few more to read!

Now I'm back and ready to settle in and write a review!

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SOOKIE STACKHOUSE




In honor of the release of Charlaine Harris newest Sookie Stackhouse book "Deadlocked" (May 1 2012),  I've decided to offer a quick review of the series.

The Sookie Stackhouse series is so full of adventure, storylines, emotions, and ideas that it would take months to write a review about all of the great things about these books!

I will very honestly admit that Charlaine Harris' other books and series never much gained my interest. Initially, I wasn't even that drawn to the first book or so of the Sookie Stackhouse series.  Finally while I was flitting around my local Target, I snatched it up to give it a read just for fun.

Instant love.

As the series has grown I've only gotten more and more into her style of storytelling that is capturing, entertaining, and 'on the edge of your seat' exciting.

Charlaine Harris has created an entire world in the Southern united states filled with both modern and ancient ideas of the supernatural. Her research has made her knowledgeable in all manner of myths and legends, which has allowed her to write in a very engaging and intellectually stimulating way.

The main character, Sookie, is a southern young woman filled with old and new ideas of her world, constantly accepting things as they are with grace, and fighting against what she believes is wrong with a ferocity that matches her spunk in all other things.

The characters that surround Sookie are all multi-layered and each manage to evoke some sort of emotion from the reader. Sookie's feelings and thoughts are contagious throughout the book, and you find yourself agreeing with her about most everything... even if she turns out to be wrong.

There's just enough mystery in each book to really keep you on the edge about what's going to happen next. Ms. Harris is NOT afraid to kill or maim characters that the reader has become fond of (though I, of course, can't tell you who!) and after the reader has figured this out you're always wondering what she has in store for the next dramatic event.

Charlaine Harris incorporates a lot of "OH MY GOSH, NO WAY! ARE YOU SERIOUS! THAT'S CRAZY!" moments into each of her books, which definitely keeps you coming back for more.

As far as a series goes... I give the Sookie Stackhouse series a 10/10. 

Start the series here with "Dead until Dark".

Oh... and my advice to you is:  DON'T watch Trueblood before you read the series. The HBO episodes are entertaining but don't remain true to the book's storyline. HBO has invented random characters and side storylines as well as keeping certain characters alive that met an untimely end in the original series. Trueblood is, at best,  loosely based on the Sookie Stackhouse books.


PRE-ORDER "DEADLOCKED" HERE

Sookie Stackhouse Full Series


This most recent box set is minus "Dead Reckoning", which you can get here



Enjoy!

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NEWS
  • I will be vlogging my very first IMM this Sunday! Hope you can stop by to have a look see! 
  • If you're interested in writing a guest review blog send me an e-mail.
  • March is full but I'm looking for APRIL books. If you have a book you'd like for me to review let me know via comment or e-mail.
  • Keep and eye out for my very first GIVEAWAY (specific hosting dates soon)
Until next Blog, 

Read on!

~A. 
 

5 comments:

  1. Couldn't agree with you more! I love the Sookie Stackhouse series, I have not been in a rush to buy her other works (although I have read 1 other book) and I was disappointed with HBO's True Blood series because it deviates so much from the original. :)

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  2. Hey Auggie!

    Found you through Goodreads and *just* the right time! I'm currently on Book #5 of the Sookie Stackhouse series and your review is "dead on"! (tee hee...couldn't help it...seemed appropriate, no?)

    I enjoy both the books and the series but am constantly disappointed that they don't stick closer to the plots from the books. Why ruin a good thing? Still, I'm addicted to both. :)

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  3. I agree about not watching True Blood before reading the books. I love some of the characters HBO made up like Jesus and Lafayette, but the books are better and once you get past the 3 or 4th book the show and books have very very different plot lines.

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  4. Hi there :) just popping in from Goodreads... You have a great blog :)

    I haven't started the Sookie series yet :O I should probably get going. Great review!

    I'm also your newest follower!

    Here is my blog to check out: Book Enslaved

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  5. Well I agree as well that you should really read the books before you watch True Blood. I instantly loved the book series and still do, but the Tv series had to grow on me. Once I decided that I was just going to view it as something else and not a representation of the books I thought it was better. If that makes sense? Sometimes you just have to separate the two.

    Can't wait till the new book comes out!

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