Friday, November 9, 2012

Follow Friday and Review: "Real Murders"

Glorious Friday to you, my readers!

Phenomenal birthday yesterday, I'm still tingling with newness!

Today we have a REVIEW of "Real Murders" by Charlaine Harris.

For those of you who don't know (living under a rock, are you?) Charlaine Harris is author of the SOOKIE STACKHOUSE series which the HBO series "TrueBlood" is loosely based on. The "Aurora Teagarden" mysteries were part of her first series of books written back in the 90's.

Not paranormal and not as interesting as the Sookie Stackhouse series, but if you enjoy her writing style as I do then these books will work for you. 

Anyway, on to the review! Followed by a "FOLLOW FRIDAY".




* REVIEW *
*"Real Murders"*
*Charlaine Harris*
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Title: Real Murders
Author:
Charaline Harris
Genre:
Mystery
Publication:
  December 1, 1990
Pages:
  175

Synopsis:
 


Though a small town at heart, Lawrenceton, Georgia, has its dark side-and crime buffs. One of whom is librarian Aurora "Roe" Teagarden, a member of the Real Murders Club, which meets once a month to analyze famous cases. It's a harmless pastime-until the night she finds a member killed in a manner that eerily resembles the crime the club was about to discuss. And as other brutal "copycat" killings follow, Roe will have to uncover the person behind the terrifying game, one that casts all the members of Real Murders, herself included, as prime suspects-or potential victims.





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4/5
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To start off, this rating might be a little higher than what it would have been normally based on content and character dimensions... but Charlaine Harris is one of my favorite authors and I pretty much love her work regardless. Yeah... that's what happens.

Anyway. Aurora Teagarden is NOT Sookie Stackhouse, but that's refreshing. Roe is a bit more on the dull side but she can still be a spitfire and she's just as independent as her literary sister Sookie. The other characters in the book were not really up for getting to know. The reader catches just a glimpse of the surface of each of these characters because Ms. Harris focuses all the attention on the main character, who in all honesty seems kinds of frumpy. 

I can not deny, though, that I read through this book and enjoyed it. The mystery was not epic, but it kept you guessing and thus kept you reading.

Roe is a young woman living under the shadow of her mother, quietly working as a librarian and acting as a landlord to her mother's townhouse tenants. Her best friend is gorgeous and spunky... and miles and miles away and her love life is defunct. The only thing interesting happening in Roe's life now is her meetings with "Real Murders", a club that focuses on true crime.

The motley crew is turned on their heads when Roe discovers the body of one of their members, killed in a too familiar way. 

Suddenly Roe's life is turned upside down and within pages there's a handsome cop and a famous writer vying for her romantic attention. She must not be THAT frumpy after all!

There are definitely some moments where you have to give Ms. Harris credit for going there. You know where there is. That place that makes the reader's muscles draw up somewhere.

Anyway. All in all this book kept me reading and I must admit...normally would have gotten a 3/5 for lack of super spunk, but I just can't do it. I'm riding on the fumes from the last Sookie Stackhouse Novel.

Anyway it's a good read ESPECIALLY if you're a Harris fan! 
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Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by parajunkee and alisoncanread! I hope you'll join this great little Find and Follow party!


WEEKLY QUESTION
Q: Do you mind books with similar ideas to other books? Similar concepts, backgrounds, retellings or pulled-to-publish fanfic?


I normally don't enjoy fanfiction, usually because it's poorly written or based on sexual encounters between particular characters. However, books that are off-shoots of other stories or are twist stories that give the original a bit of a new color are fantastic to me. It takes creativity to take an already awesome original and turn it into something ELSE like "Pride Prejudice and Zombies". Though I haven't read that book, and don't really plan on it, it's a novel concept to change a classic up with paranormal modern-ness to make it new.

Books with similar ideas to other books? Well, take Harry Potter. I love those books. Millions around the world love the Harry Potter books. There were some concepts in Harry Potter that were very very similar to stories previously written by Diana Wynne Jones, years before Harry was even a twinkle in Ms. Rowlings eye.

I do get tired over particular concepts being used over and over and over again, but then there's always that one person that manages to do things a little differently.

You also have to consider the writing style. Sometimes just the style of writing is enough to make a difference between two similar books.

All in all I would say that this is a very GRAY area, and that there is no 'Yes' or 'No' answer that covers all the bases.

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That's all for this Friday my dears!

Everyone have a happy end of the week and I'll see you tomorrow for STARDUST SATURDAY!

Until Next Blog,

Read On!

~A.

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Review: Anna Dressed in Blood

Happy Tuesday love doves!

This is such a busy busy week! November is off to a great start and Auggie-Talk is getting itself straightened out and I'm finally back in the swing of things.

I've got another review for all of you today in a genre that's a little different than what I've picked up in the past. Genre hopping is GOOD! You do manage to sometimes come across something great that you never would have considered before so I highly recommend the practice.

Now, on to the review!


* REVIEW *
*"Anna Dressed in Blood"*
*Kendare Blake*
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Title: Anna Dressed in Blood
Author:
Kendare Blake
Genre:
Supernatural Horror
Publication:
  August, 2011
Pages:
  316

Synopsis:
  Just your average boy-meets-girl, girl-kills-people story...

Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.

So did his father before him, until his gruesome murder by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. Together they follow legends and local lore, trying to keep up with the murderous dead—keeping pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

When they arrive in a new town in search of a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas doesn’t expect anything outside of the ordinary: move, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he’s never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, but now stained red and dripping blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.

And she, for whatever reason, spares his life.



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4/5
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I had a feeling this was going to be a good one when I first read the synopsis. As all of you know (as of yesterday's post), I'm a big Supernatural fan and this book read like an episode to me. 

I wasn't disappointed at all when I started reading. The gory descriptions were pretty heavy, but they read more like over-the-top action movie than stomach clenching gore fest... which is fine with me.  I'm not a fan of blood and gore ever, but I can stomach it in rare cases. I can watch movies like "Kill Bill" and "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" but I have to cover my eyes during body-scenes on NCIS or Criminal Minds.  Something about the "This is so fiction" vs. "This could actually happen"sense of each movie/show/book. 

Anyway. I felt sorry for Anna in the very beginning, because I already had a pretty good idea about what was going to be happening with her. A charming little girl spirit trapped in a vengeful ghosts body. Well, I was somewhat correct. While Anna feels bad for her actions she can't control them and the truth about her life before death turns out to be pretty dark. Anna's character is a strong young woman vs. the weak "Save me! Poor little ole' me is cursed!" I was expecting. 

The main character Cas is your general jaded, not-looking for love, probably going to die doing his dangerous job but he doesn't care type guy. Except he's a teenager. Ouch. I guess someone's got to do it. Cas' teenage perceptions

This book is full of all kinds of violence, so if you're not a fan of horror or bloody-ickyness I would say that you could possibly read this book, but maybe not. The horror aspects were not intense enough to warrant a full out warning.  I mean, this is still a Teen Fiction we're talking about here. 

In the end, I must remind myself that this is actually a LOVE STORY

The ending left plenty open to be expounded upon and I actually have the second e-book ready to read. I'm kind of curious over what's going to happen to Cas, Anna, and their newly acquired friends (one with Witching abilities!)

A sure 4/5 and definitely worth a read especially if you're interested in ghosts and a paranormal plot lines.    



Amazon: $9.99
Kindle: $9.99
Nook: $9.99

Well guys and dolls, that's all for this Tuesday!
See you tomorrow with WISHLIST WEDNESDAY!
Until Next Blog, 
Read On!
~A.  


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