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May. 16th, 2011 01:20 am
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Forgot to post this one...

Dead ReckoningDead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I liked it better than Dead in the Family. It had more of a plot and at times was even fun. Ultimately there was not a lot of substance and I found the relationship with Eric as well as the ending of the book unsatisfying. The series might have run its course, there does not seem much left to tell. Maybe Charlaine Harris can prove me wrong with the next book...


Jul. 22nd, 2009 09:06 pm
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Just finished...Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress #1) by Jeaniene Frost

From the back cover:
"Half-vampire Catherine Crawfield is going after the undead with a vengeance, hoping that one of these deadbeats is her father; the one responsible for ruining her mother's life. Then she's captured by Bones, a vampire bounty hunter, and is forced into an unholy partnership. In exchange for finding her father, Cat agrees to train with the sexy night stalker until her battle reflexes are as sharp as his fangs. She's amazed she doesn't end up as his dinner; are there actually good vampires? Pretty soon Bones will have her convinced that being half-dead doesn't have to be all bad. But before she can enjoy her new found status as kick-ass demon hunter, Cat and Bones are pursued by a group of killers. Now Cat will have to choose a side . . . and Bones is turning out to be as tempting as any man with a heartbeat."

It took me two weeks to get through this -- including skimming over the last 100 pages. I am still trying to figure out what I did not like about it. It just did not grip me. I did not connect with the characters. Bones stayed one-dimensional. I did not like the mother. The plotline did not interest me. The bad guy was just a blank.She definitely didn't have me staked in five seconds flat.
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Reading mattersBlood Noir (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter #16) by Laurell K Hamilton.

This is the 16th book in the series. The books have changed a lot over the years. They started off as your run-of-the-mill vampire hunter novel, tough heroine, nasty bad guys, lots of sleuthing, crime busting, general fighting and monster slaying. Eventually the books lost more and more of those standard items, the characters went through lots of changes in the process, it got more gory and more sexual as time wore on. Lots of fans didn't like that and stopped reading at some point. Others came to it later and some die-hard fans like me just stuck with it, despite lots of bitching about the amount of sex and the lack of plot in some of them. I have been with this series for so long, I just don't want to miss what happens to Anita. I already ordered the next book, number 17.

Blood Noir does have a plot and the usual heavy smothering of sexual encounters. The gimmick of the doppelgaenger in this one was a bit lame in my opinion. It worked for the plot, but can we expect people to really be so stupid that they repeatedly don't get it? I am not convinced. I missed Jean-Claude in this one. He is my favourite character besides Anita. And I could have done without Richard. I really, really do not like him. And I wish Hamilton would kill him off already. But I guess that's really a no-go with him being part of the triumvirate with Anita and Jean-Claude. He is just such an idiot, I just groan as soon as he appears on the page. I like Nathaniel and Jason is growing on me. This book gets an 8 out of 10 from me. Maybe even a 9. Better than the last 2 instalments. I am actually looking forward to Skin Trade, the next title in the series.


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