Thursday, May 23, 2013

Review: Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris

Love doves!


Because I'm trying to be more concious of my spending habits I've given myself a budget and a savings goal for the rest of this year. This includes really watching where my money goes. I noticed that I have an entire bookshelf FILLED with TBR books! Books I haven't even read yet!

So... in an effort to help myself save money AND to keep myself entertained I'm pledging to FINISH READING ALL OF THE TBR BOOKS IN MY BOOKSHELF THIS YEAR!

That's right.

I know it's a big goal... but I already set my goal at 100 books in 2013 and all of these will be a big help. Some of them are large books which I've been avoiding because they look like they're going to take a while, but... it's time to get them read so I can start a NEW TBR pile!

I'm going to be making an explanation video of this personal challenge soon. So keep a look out!

Woo! So excited!

Now for a REVIEW!

Dead Ever After
by Charlaine Harris
Title:  Dead Ever After
Author:  Charlaine Harris
Genre: Supernatural Romance/Mystery/Action
Publication:   May 7, 2013
Pages:   338


There are secrets in the town of Bon Temps, ones that threaten those closest to Sookie—and could destroy her heart...

Sookie Stackhouse finds it easy to turn down the request of former barmaid Arlene when she wants her job back at Merlotte’s. After all, Arlene tried to have Sookie killed. But her relationship with Eric Northman is not so clearcut. He and his vampires are keeping their distance…and a cold silence. And when Sookie learns the reason why, she is devastated.

Then a shocking murder rocks Bon Temps, and Sookie is arrested for the crime.

But the evidence against Sookie is weak, and she makes bail. Investigating the killing, she’ll learn that what passes for truth in Bon Temps is only a convenient lie. What passes for justice is more spilled blood. And what passes for love is never enough...

Oh. My. Goodness.

I have spent years loving the Sookie Stakhouse novels and waiting patiently for them to be released one after another. Though I didn't find them until after 2005 (the first was published in 1999) I became a big fan of Sookie and have enjoyed the Sookie Stackhouse saga.

I was not disappointed with this last book necessarily. Well, not at all... as you can see I gave it a 5/5. It was a great ending to a phenomenal series. I'm just not 100% positive I gel with the person she ended up with. Not that I don't like the character the ends up being "The One" for Sookie. He's great! I just don't feel like Ms. Harris got you warmed up enough to the idea before throwing you in to it.

Needless to say, I consider Sookie Stackhouse to be one of my best literary friends and I wish her fictional-future to be nothing but happy!

Dead Ever After was a great final book. Not only does Ms. Harris tie up a BUNCH of loose ends that were just blowin' in the wind there for a while... she does so with enough finality to make the readers comfortable with leaving Sookie alone. There's hope for her having a happy life after all.

I was surprised by (though shouldn't have been) by the sheriff swap. I wasn't sure what was going to happen in that department but it came together nicely.


Alright. Anyway. Ms. Harris uses her last book as an opportunity to reintroduce characters that the reader hadn't heard from in a while... she also takes great care in making sure that each of Sookie's love-interests are either "off-limits" enough or "out-of-mind" enough for there never to be any future requited love issues going on there. Which is good... because Sookie sure did know how to fall for some pretty dangerous guys! Yoiks!

In the series Sookie dated 2 vampires, a werewolf, a were tiger, and a shape-shifter. She was also pursued by multiple other-creatures including fairies. I mean, yikes. This girl had an interesting love-life and, honestly, I'm going to miss hearing about it!

Sookie Stackhouse was a brave, unique, sassy, and out-of-the-norm heroine. Not only is she a SOUTHERN girl... she's also been described as being a size 10 with a healthy appetite. I could go on and on about how I appreciate a book with a main character that isn't "slim waisted", "waiflike" or "athletic".

Ms. Harris managed to create a female character that could stand up for herself without coming off too cold or bitchy. She made Sookie juuuussst vulnerable enough to make us feel like we weren't reading about a stone-cold, emotionless female. However, I never felt like Sookie was the "Rescue me" damsel in distress, either. She knew how to take care of herself and when to let others help take care of her.

The entire LGBT underline was well done and perfectly displayed. Though these books were romance/action/mystery/supernatural all woven together in a harmonious saga of awesome... they were also a commentary on today's human rights movements.

Anyway... I'm sad that the series has ended but I'm happy that I got a chance to enjoy it for 13 full books. Also, I'm happy to hear that Ms. Harris will be releasing a book with information about the fates of many of her characters after the end of the series.

This book is called "AFTER DEAD" and will be released October 29, 2013. 

If you're a fan of supernatural books and you HAVEN'T read any of the Sookie Stackhouse books then you need to GET ON IT! NOW! But, if you're like me and thousands of other Sookie fans you'll be anxiously awaiting the next Charlaine Harris book... whatever its topic may be. I'll help pass the time by reading her Aurora Teagarden mysteries for now!


Until Next Blog,

Read On!

Friday, May 3, 2013

"Wait Till Helen Comes" Review and More "The Book Reviewer Yellow Pages"

Hello, dolls!

Is it Friday again?! Oy the time just flits on by. Still trying to get ready for the big move next week. Going back and forth between cities now.

Next week is looking bonkers! I have a Birthday Celebration for my Dad on Sunday, a tremendously tremendous NURSING SCHOOL GRADUATION ceremony to attend for my Sis-In Law (CONGRATULATIONS) and the actual move-in date which includes an all-out-blitz of loading a moving truck, driving to new city, unloading said moving truck, reloading moving truck again with things that won't fit into apartment, relocating said items to storage room somewhere, unpacking and organizing new space... in a day.


Enough about that insanity that I am actually looking forward to! On to the review!

Oh, and more lovely lovely information about the "Book Reviewr Yellow Pages" including a GIVEAWAY!

Wait 'Till Helen Comes
by Mary Downing Hahn
Title:  Wait 'Til Helen Comes
Author:  Mary Downing Hahn
Genre: Middlegrade Supernatural
Publication:   November 2, 1987
Pages:   192


Beware of Helen...Heather is such a whiny little brat. Always getting Michael and me into trouble. But since our mother married her father, we're stuck with her...our "poor stepsister" who lost her real mother in a mysterious fire.

But now something terrible has happened. Heather has found a new friend, out in the graveyard behind our home -- a girl named Helen who died with her family in a mysterious fire over a hundred years ago. Now her ghost returns to lure children into the drown! I don't want to believe in ghosts, but I've followed Heather into the graveyard and watch her talk to Helen. And I'm terrified. Not for myself, but for Heather...

"Wait Till Helen Comes" is an enjoyable mystery/ghost story for young readers that three children that are facing the challenges of becoming a mixed family. The only problem is... one of the children is a total terror who lies, manipulates, and constantly wedges herself between her father and the rest of the family in an attempt to destroy the not-so-happy family.

Actually quite heavy for young readers if you sit back and think about it, but Ms. Hahn has a great way of disguising the real-life troubles with some supernatural ones taking the heavy focus into a realm of "not-real" that younger minds can cope with a little for straight forwardly.

A brother and sister find misery in their family when their mother gets married to a man with a young daughter who is ANYTHING but sweet. Not to mention they're moving out of the city, away from their friends, to an old farmhouse out in the middle of nowhere.

To make matters worse Heather, the tiny terror, finds friendship and comfort in a ghost that is all too set on helping her tear the family apart.

What the reader learns, though, is that Heather's behavior isn't just spoiled rotten attitude... there's a reason behind her acting out that's making her just as miserable as everyone else and it takes the reluctant compassion and understanding of her new older siblings to help her understand that the love of a family can overcome any transgression.

I found this book an enjoyable little read. Obviously very simple as it's directed towards young intermediate readers. I didn't realize that this book was published in the 80's and really... you can't tell. It's a very "out of time" book that could function in this time period as well minus all of the phones, and computers, and little devices that keep kids busy these days.

In this book kids actually had to, you know, *gasp* play outside.

Anyway. The spooks weren't quite spooky enough for kids this day and age. Maybe a few. But with books like "Scary Stories", "Goosebumps" and now Dan Poblacki and his children's-horror wonderbooks, Mary Downing Hahn's "Wait Till Helen Comes" will fall short of the spook expectations a young reader might have. 

It's a book of lessons well learned and I applaud Ms. Hahn for taking up the difficult subjects of divorce, death, and mixed families. I understand that the point is to keep the plot simple-ish and not too convoluted for young readers but I felt like the everything was resolved a little too quickly there at the end... though it was sweet. I admit.

I give this book a 3/5 for youngsters. It'll be a good book to help them get into the swing of reading, and for the more squeamish, yet still adventurous readers the mild level of spookiness will be perfect.


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