Thursday, June 12, 2014

Review: "The Julius House"

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Now For The Review!

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Title:
The Julius House
Author: Charlaine Harris
Genre: Women's Mystery
Pages: 230
Publication Date: June 3, 2008
Synopsis:  

Love at first sight turns into newlywed bliss for former librarian Aurora Teagarden-until violence cuts the honeymoon short.

Wealthy businessman Martin Bartell gives Roe exactly what she wants for their wedding: Julius House. But both the house and Martin come with murky pasts. And when Roe is attacked by an ax-wielding maniac, she realizes that the secrets inside her four walls—and her brand-new marriage—could destroy her.







The Julius House is the 4th book the Aurora Teagarden Mystery series by Charlaine Harris. This series predates the Sookie Stackhouse series... of which many of us loved and mourned. After the last Sookie Stackhouse book released I wanted more Harris so I figured I'd try out another of her series.

I've reviewed the first in the series already:

Real Murders


I skipped over reviewing the next two because while they were interesting they were mainly the same as the first with less "newness" to make them exciting.

Now we're on the 4th book and a lot has happened in Aurora's life. Not enough to make her any more interesting, though. The entire book is based around the things happening to Aurora. If it weren't for the weird murders or odd mysteries then Aurora wouldn't be interesting at all.

Rather, Aurora is as Non-Interesting as a person might be. Her habits are common, her personality a little lack-luster, and honestly if I knew her in person I would probably think she was aloof, dry, and rather stuffy. The "Friends" she has seem to be kept only on the basis of "Southern Politeness" and not really out of any true interest for having actual relationships.

Aside from Aurora's quirky obsession with True Crime mysteries and her apparent ability to pick the ABSOLUTE WRONG guy almost every time there's really not a lot going on there that I feel would really warrant a readers true dedication.

Aurora actually comes off as quite a severe person with almost no warmth.

SO! Aside from the fact that Aurora is not exactly the most spunky or interesting of leading ladies the stories can actually get quite curious and Charlaine Harris has a knack for keeping you in the dark until the very last so that there ARE some surprises after all.

And I have to hand it to Aurora. Even though I'm not a fan of her somewhat dull personality she's brave (or just really nosy) and caring. Maybe it's just because she's REALLY awkward. I guess it would take getting to know her more and more to really see the true Aurora, to get the magic of the first meeting back. So I'll keep reading and hoping that by the end of the series I'll be as in love (or at least half as in-like) with her as I was Sookie.

As far as #4 goes, the most interesting parts were the new and mysterious characters. The rest of it was a bit slow until the end. We'll see if #5 gets any better. Here's to hoping.

Until Next Blog,

Read On!




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