[Review #124] The Maze Runner by James Dashner

The Maze Runner Cover - Review Title: The Maze Runner
Series: The Maze Runner
Book one
Author: James Dashner
Genre: Dystopia, Post Apocalyptic, Survival
Young Adult
Rating: 
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Summary

“If you ain’t scared, you ain’t human.” 

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers–boys whose memories are also gone.

Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out–and no one’s ever made it through alive.

Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.

Review

I had heard a lot of good things about The Maze Runner, so I went into this book trying to not let the hype raise my expectations too high. I enjoyed this book a lot, the story was intriguing and the ending has me dying to read more. The Maze Runner was a fun and exciting read, I really enjoyed trying to figure out what was going to happen and why all of these boys were stuck in a place with no memory.

However the very beginning of The Maze Runner was excruciatingly frustrating. The boys pretty much had their own language and own swear words which they said every second word. I cringed every time I heard it because the words were weird and sounded silly to me, however that was probably because the words were used in overload in the first few chapters. I immediately picked up that this was to make the readers feel lost and confused just like Tom was, he had no idea what all these words meant either. For me it was too much and I nearly stopped reading right then and there because the words were too much for me to bear; I really don’t like it when books have their own swear words. The beginning of the book was frustrating also because the boys refused to explain anything to Tom, they just kept telling him to shut up and stop asking questions. It annoyed me a lot, so much that the whole beginning was the reason I didn’t rate this book four clubs.

I loved the location of this book, it was different and a mystery. A maze that surrounded their living field? Weird mechanical creatures called Grievers that would kill them, lived in the maze? Walls that closed every night to keep them safe from the Grievers? Brilliant. They had people called ‘maze runners’ that would run through a portion of the maze every day and take note of where they ran, they were trying to find an exit to get out of the hell hole they lived in, they had to continually run in fear of coming across a griever and being killed by it. As soon as Tom arrives he knows he’s meant to be a maze runner. However to be honest I felt like this story moved way too fast, Tom barely became a maze runner before anything started happening. The title of this series and this book felt misleading because of this.

I also found myself putting things together really fast yet Tom didn’t put anything together until the end, this was annoying simply because it was so obvious to me. When the only girl arrives in the maze and admits to changing something the boys turn on her and blame her, this annoyed me as well. The boys were very childish and stubborn, I hated that I didn’t like them, it just felt so stupid for them to lay the blame instead of trying to come up with a plan. Also the girl felt like she was barely in the story, I was confused by this.

So I did have a few things that I didn’t like about The Maze Runner, however I still enjoyed the book overall. The ending as well has me dying to read the next book, I’m just a little scared about coming across the same problems in the next book that I did in this book so I’m going to give it a bit of a break before I get to it.

In Summary:
– I highly enjoyed The Maze Runner. It was different and exciting.
– I hated that the boys had their own swear words, it drove me up the wall at the rate they all said them.
– I felt like the mystery was a little bit obvious and that Tom and the boys were incredibly stupid for not having put it together way sooner.
– I really enjoyed reading this book but I am fearful that the next book in the series will carry over all the things I didn’t like about this book. I’m hoping everyone will grow in the next book.

Miss J

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[Review #123] Don’t Judge A Girl By Her Cover by Ally Carter

Don't Judge a Girl by Her Cover Cover - Review Title: Don’t Judge a Girl By Her Cover
Series: Gallagher Girls
Book three
Author: Ally Carter
Genre: Espionage, Mystery
Young Adult
Rating: 
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Summary

When Cammie “The Chameleon” Morgan visits her roommate Macey in Boston, she thinks she’s in for an exciting end to her summer break. After all, she’s there to watch Macey’s father accept the nomination for vice president of the United States. But when you go to the world’s best school (for spies), “exciting” and “deadly” are never far apart. Cammie and Macey soon find themselves trapped in a kidnappers’ plot, with only their espionage skills to save them.

As her junior year begins, Cammie can’t shake the memory of what happened in Boston, and even the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women doesn’t feel like the safe haven it once did. Shocking secrets and old flames seem to lurk around every one of the mansion’s corners as Cammie and her friends struggle to answer the questions, Who is after Macey? And how can the Gallagher Girls keep her safe?

Soon Cammie is joining Bex and Liz as Macey’s private security team on the campaign trail. The girls must use their spy training at every turn as the stakes are raised, and Cammie gets closer and closer to the shocking truth.

Review

Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover surprised me. I highly enjoyed it and was not expecting the story to take this kind of turn. Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy wasn’t as good as I thought it would be despite loving I’d Tell You I Loved You but Then I’d Have to Kill You. Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover was a game changer I think, I was told this series got darker with each book and they were right; this isn’t just a chick lit series anymore, it’s getting deep, dark, scary and way more serious.

In Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover Cammie visits Macey in  the middle of her father’s campaign for running for vice president. While Cammie is attending Macey’s appointments with her, Cammie and Macey find themselves alone and locked on top of a roof, suddenly helicopters are racing towards where there are and people dressed in black from head to toe are sailing down and fighting them. Of course their first thought is its a surprise assignment from Gallagher Girls, but as things get serious very fast they realize this isn’t a test and it’s real; someone is trying to kidnap Macey.

In Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover Cammie starts to find out she and everyone else really have no idea what’s going on. I was confused by the end of this book just like everyone else was, I didn’t see the twist coming and now I just want to know why. This book has me asking questions and I have no idea where this story is going, although I’m gearing up for heart-break.

This book was more about friendship and mystery than it was about Cammie’s love life. The first book in this series makes you think it will be a light series about Cammie navigating her way through spy school while trying to keep a normal love life. That is so wrong. Zach is kind of in the picture in this book but Cammie realizes she knows nothing about him except that she keeps bumping into him, she keeps discovering him in one form of disguise or another and she doesn’t know why he’s there. Zach is illusive and makes me feel suspicious about him and who he really is. For some reason Josh makes a brief appearance in this book, it was so brief that I have no idea why he was even there. Which makes me wonder if something is going to happen with him later in this series and all of these ‘appearances’ are to remind the readers who he is and what he means to Cammie. After realizing how dark this series is going to get my mind is coming up with all sorts of things.

I loved that this book felt more like a real spy story where real things were happening, not child’s play like Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy felt like to me. Don’t Jude a Girl by Her Cover definitely felt like the beginning of something dark and serious. It only took three books to get there!

Overall, I really enjoyed Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover. It was surprising, serious, dark and confusing. I’m dying to know what happens next and where this story goes. It was an easy read and had me sailing through the book within one night.

In Summary:
Don’t Judge a Girl By Her Cover felt like a game changer. It changed the direction of this series and turned it down a dark path. I’m rather excited to see where this story leads.
– I loved that this story was scary and serious, it felt like people were actually in danger, not like the child’s play I thought book one and two felt like. This book set up the rest of the series.
– The romance wasn’t a big factor in this story which was fine because there was so much else going on that it just didn’t need it, the mystery was way more exciting. There were bits here and there that kept the romance portion alive though.
– I highly enjoyed reading this!

Miss J

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[Review #122] Zenn Scarlett by Christian Schoon

Zenn Scarlett Cover - Review Title: Zenn Scarlett
Series: Zenn Scarlett
Book one
Author: Christian Schoon
Genre: Science Fiction
Young Adult
Rating: 
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Summary

When you’re studying to be exoveterinarian specializing in exotic, alien life forms, school… is a different kind of animal.

Zenn Scarlett is a resourceful, determined 17-year-old girl working hard to make it through her novice year of exovet training. That means she’s learning to care for alien creatures that are mostly large, generally dangerous and profoundly fascinating. Zenn’s all-important end-of-term tests at the Ciscan Cloister Exovet Clinic on Mars are coming up, and, she’s feeling confident of acing the exams. But when a series of inexplicable animal escapes and other disturbing events hit the school, Zenn finds herself being blamed for the problems. As if this isn’t enough to deal with, her absent father has abruptly stopped communicating with her; Liam Tucker, a local towner boy, is acting unusually, annoyingly friendly; and, strangest of all: Zenn is worried she’s started sharing the thoughts of the creatures around her. Which is impossible, of course. Nonetheless, she can’t deny what she’s feeling.

Now, with the help of Liam and Hamish, an eight-foot sentient insectoid also training at the clinic, Zenn must learn what’s happened to her father, solve the mystery of who, if anyone, is sabotaging the cloister, and determine if she’s actually sensing the consciousness of her alien patients… or just losing her mind. All without failing her novice year….

Review

Zenn Scarlett was a very unique book. I didn’t expect it to be so different when I picked it up but this wasn’t a bad thing. It was actually very refreshing to read something so different that held my attention so well.

Zenn Scarlett is a science fiction mystery based on Mars, humankind has populated several new worlds and has discovered many alien species, including the Indra that are the creatures that can travel through space faster than the speed of light. This alien creature is the ‘animal’ that powers all of the space ships, but recently Indra ships have been completely disappearing without a trace. No one knows what happens or who is hijacking them. Zenn Scarlett is a novice training to be a full fledged exovet; an exovet is pretty much a veterinarian that specializes in alien ‘animals’ rather than just normal animals as humankind knows them. Recently she’s been making a lot of mistakes that could cost her and her uncle Otha everything, on top of that she hasn’t heard from her father who is working on another world in months, Liam Tucker is acting unusual around her and she doesn’t know what to make of it, and she keeps having these weird experiences with the animals where she feels everything they are feeling; if just for a moment.

I really enjoyed reading this book because it was so very different, I couldn’t put this book down, it dragged me in and had me on the edge of my seat the whole time. I enjoyed reading about all of the different alien animals that Zenn helped get better, I loved her interactions with Hamish; a coeplet from another world, and enjoyed trying to put together the mystery. There was a lot going on in this book which I loved, there was never a dull moment because something was always happening.

However, I did feel slightly disconnected from this book at times. Most of these times were in the very long conversations that Zenn kept having with characters, I would be pushed out of the story and would start wondering why the conversation was still happening and how could it possibly be moving the story forward. At these times I did get a little frustrated because I became aware that I was reading a book instead of being immersed in a story, most of the conversations were obviously placed to give the reader more information about the world or Earth’s standing and why.

Overall, I mostly enjoyed Zenn Scarlett and cannot wait to read the second book!

In Summary:
– Zenn Scarlett is a very different and unique story. I really enjoyed reading it.
– There’s a lot that is going on in the story which I loved.
– Sometimes I did feel disconnected in the book, conversations would get so long that it would push me out of the story and I would start wondering why the conversation needed to be so long.
– Overall I really enjoyed this book!

Miss J

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Quick Reviews: Second Book Syndrome?

Unbreakable by Elizabeth Norris

- Cover - Review Title: Unbreakable
Series: Unraveling
Book two
Author: Elizabeth Norris
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Young Adult
Rating: 
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Summary

Four months after Ben disappeared through the portal to his home universe, Janelle believes she’ll never see him again. Her world is still devastated, but life is finally starting to resume some kind of normalcy. Until Interverse Agent Taylor Barclay shows up. Somebody from an alternate universe is running a human trafficking ring, kidnapping people and selling them on different Earths—and Ben is the prime suspect. Now his family has been imprisoned and will be executed if Ben doesn’t turn himself over within five days.

And when Janelle learns that someone she cares about—someone from her own world—has become one of the missing, she knows that she has to help Barclay, regardless of the danger. Now Janelle has five days to track down the real culprit. Five days to locate the missing people before they’re lost forever. Five days to reunite with the boy who stole her heart. But as the clues begin to add up, Janelle realizes that she’s in way over her head—and that she may not have known Ben as well as she thought. Can she uncover the truth before everyone she cares about is killed?

Review

After reading Unraveling and not enjoying it like I thought I would, I went in with low expectations with Unbreakable. I ended up being pleasantly surprised. I quite enjoyed Unbreakable, it had more of an original storyline which was a huge disappointment for me in the first book and I had a lot of fun reading it.

Unbreakable was entertaining, different to the first book and ended up being really intense. My favourite character was Barclay which was surprising. I found myself enjoying this story including the end which broke my heart just a bit.

Second book syndrome? Definitely not! I loved this book a lot better than the first book!

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

Crown of Midnight by Sarach J. Maas - Cover - Review

Title: Crown of Midnight
Series: Throne of Glass
Book two
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: Fantasy
Young Adult
Rating: 
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Summary

From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.

Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena’s world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie…and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.

Review

When I read Crown of Midnight I wasn’t sure what I was going to expect. I didn’t like Throne of Glass as much as I had wanted to so I was hesitant about this book. I ended up enjoying this book a whole lot more than I had expected to which was nice.

Celaena wasn’t as infuriating in this book, she wasn’t as arrogant or selfish. There were a few things that still annoyed me, like the romance that was obvious from the beginning of Throne of Glass, but overall I enjoyed this a whole lot more. The plot had potential and it ran with it. I even had a moment of “Oh my god, no!” and was instantly heartbroken.

The only thing is that for me, the huge reveal that had everyone gasping when they found out; wasn’t a reveal for me at all. In fact I had thought it was quite obvious from the beginning. I had figured out the reveal from the beginning of Throne of Glass which was disappointing for me.

I’m not really sure where book three will lead but I’m excited to find out!

Second book syndrome? No, I thought this book was way better than its predecessor.

Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy by Ally Carter

Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy by Ally Carter - Cover - Review Title: Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy
Series: Gallagher Girls
Book two
Author: Ally Carter
Genre: Chick Lit
Young Adult
Rating: 
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Summary

Cammie Morgan is back, and it’s clear that her life hasn’t calmed down since the events of I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You. At first, giddy anticipation is in the air. Gallagher Academy, Cammie’s elite spy school, is hosting a visit from a covert training center for boys. Soon after the boys’ arrival, though, everything goes dangerously awry when a series of security breaches are discovered at the academy. Worse yet, teenage agent-in-training Cammie is being blamed for the penetration. With the school’s top-secret status at risk, the Gallagher Girls have to work quickly to save their beloved school

Review

I really enjoyed the first book I’d Tell You I Love You but Then I’d Have to Kill You so I thought I would love Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy too. Unfortunately this was not the case.

For some reason Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy was only an average read for me. The whole first half of the book was very slow and not a lot happened, I was bored. Then the second half picked up but I was starting to get afraid that there will be a love triangle in this book. Josh was back in the picture but I really wanted him to be gone for good, he annoyed me more than anything else. I found that Cammie was making a lot of mistakes that a spy just wouldn’t do, especially compared to how she was in book one.

Overall this was a light, quick read and wasn’t as good of a read as its predecessor for me but I will still definitely be carrying on with this series!

Second Book Syndrome? Yes, I don’t think the book knew where to go with this one. I can see it was setting up a love triangle, I think this book has pretty much set up the rest of the series after the first book which introduced the series.

Miss J

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[Review #89] Shades of Earth by Beth Revis

Shades of Earth by Beth Revis Cover - Review Title: Shades of Earth
Series: Across the Universe
Book three
Author: Beth Revis
Genre: Science Fiction
Young Adult
Rating: 
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Summary

Amy and Elder have finally left the oppressive walls of the spaceshipGodspeed behind. They’re ready to start life afresh–to build a home–on Centauri-Earth, the planet that Amy has traveled 25 trillion miles across the universe to experience.

But this new Earth isn’t the paradise Amy had been hoping for. There are giant pterodactyl-like birds, purple flowers with mind-numbing toxins, and mysterious, unexplained ruins that hold more secrets than their stone walls first let on. The biggest secret of all? Godspeed‘s former passengers aren’t alone on this planet. And if they’re going to stay, they’ll have to fight.

Amy and Elder must race to discover who–or what–else is out there if they are to have any hope of saving their struggling colony and building a future together. They will have to look inward to the very core of what makes them human on this, their most harrowing journey yet. Because if the colony collapses? Then everything they have sacrificed–friends, family, life on Earth–will have been for nothing.

FUELED BY LIES.
RULED BY CHAOS.
ALMOST HOME.

Review

When I picked up the first book Across the Universe, I fell in love with the idea. A Million Suns made me fall in love with the series. And Shades of Earth has made this my favourite YA science fiction series. I am sad that it is over, but what an awesome ending for a great series!

In Shades of Earth Amy and Elder land the shuttle on Centauri-Earth with almost fifteen hundred people from Godspeed. Amy finally gets to unfreeze her parents and she can’t wait. Her parents are less than thrilled about the situation they find; mono-ethic people, the leader is their daughters age and they’ve gone backwards rather than forwards in technology. What everyone doesn’t expect when they step off of the shuttle are not the monsters that inhabit it but what may have inhabited the world before the monsters.

Shades of Earth was an epic ending, I can’t even explain how much I loved this book. The world was rich and expansive, the new characters weren’t a problem to get used to, and the constant questions I had running through my mind kept me plowing through this book. The world that Beth Revis created in this book obviously had a lot of back story. I thought it was amazing considering Revis practically had to create a whole new world and setting in the last book of the series while keeping the essence of the series as a whole. I definitely feel like she did this very well.

I really enjoyed reading this book, there were so many things going on and so many things being hinted at that at the beginning you really have no idea what way it was going to go. Half way through the book I started to feel like clues were being pointed out to us as if they were neon signs but as I read on I came to the realisation that those clues had been intended as neon signs. Because really they were distractions that deterred from the real twists and turns, the real story. They made me feel like I had everything all sorted out, but I realised I really hadn’t had anything sorted out.

Overall, Shades of Earth was definitely an Epic ending. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I definitely feel pleased that the last book met my expectations.

Similar: Paradise 21, Tundra 37, Colonization

In Summary:
– I thought this book was a great and exciting ending to the series.
– I really admired how Revis had created a whole new world from scratch.
– I liked how I was clueless to what was going on but so intrigued that I had to keep reading. And then once it was revealed I was surprised.

Miss J

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[Review #71] All Together Dead by Charlaine Harris

All Together Dead by Charlaine Harris Cover - Review Title: All Together Dead
Series: Sookie Stackhouse
Book seven
Author: Charlaine Harris
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Adult
Rating: 
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Summary

Louisiana cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse has her hands full dealing with every sort of undead and paranormal creature imaginable. And after being betrayed by her longtime vampire love, Sookie must not only deal with a new man in her life—the shapeshifter Quinn—but also contend with the long-planned vampire summit.

The summit is a tense situation. The vampire queen of Louisiana is in a precarious position, her power base weakened by hurricane damage to New Orleans. And there are some vamps who would like to finish what nature started. Soon, Sookie must decide what side she’ll stand with. And her choice may mean the difference between survival and all-out catastrophe.

Review

All Together Dead is one hell of an action packed book! Whoa. Just whoa.

So many things happened in this book; so many unrelated things happened in this book. It got a little confusing keeping up with everything but by the end of the book I suddenly felt like this was the book to change the series. I’m a little hesitant to start the next book because I’m afraid I won’t like what happens in the next one. And also I know that if I keep up reading these books this fast then I will get to book 12 before book 13 is published. And I really don’t want to wait to read book 13.

Sookie changes in this book. She’s a lot tougher and seems more heartless in certain situations but I find don’t think she’s heartless, with everything that’s happened so far I think she’s just accepted that things happen, people are murdered and there’s usually nothing you can do about it. Especially when vampires are involved. You tell the police and that’s that. I liked her more because of this. She’s grown and is able to handle herself. If she got weepy eyed over yet another murder she was involved in then I would have rolled my eyes.

I love that Barry is in this book, mainly because I love it when Sookie gets to use her telepathic ability. Barry is the bellboy that Sookie first met in Dallas in the second book, he is the only other telepathic she knows. I find that Barry is rather naive when it comes to vampires which irked me because he worked for them so surely he understood how heartless they can be?

The end of this book made me sad because now it feels like everything will change. It feels like everything is going to be a lot more serious, Sookie won’t get to be the happy, carefree, bubbly and kind person she was in the first few books. I guess it was bound to happen. I just hope the next book takes this sour feeling out of my mouth,

All Together Dead was action packed, exciting and I had my jaw dropping a lot through out the book. 

Miss J

[Review #69] Definitely Dead by Charlaine Harris

Definitely Dead by Charlaine Harris Cover - Review Title: Definitely Dead
Series: Sookie Stackhouse
Book six
Author: Charlaine Harris
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Adult
Rating: 
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Summary

As a person with so few living relatives, Louisiana cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse really hated to lose one. But she never guessed that it would be her cousin Hadley—a consort of the Vampire Queen of New Orleans. After all, technically speaking, Hadley was already dead. And now, as unexpected heir to Hadley’s estate, Sookie discovers the inheritance definitely comes with a risk.

Someone doesn’t want Sookie looking too deeply into Hadley’s past—or for that matter, Hadley’s possessions. And they’re prepared to do anything in their power to stop her. But who? The range of suspects runs from the Rogue Weres who reject Sookie as a friend of the Pack to the Vampire Queen herself, who could be working through a particularly vulnerable subject—Sookie’s first love, Bill.

Whoever it is, they’re definitely dangerous—and Sookie’s life is definitely on the line…

Review

Definitely Dead is the sixth Sookie Stackhouse book. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I have to say that I’m finally getting used Charlaine Harris’ writing style, with the jerky storylines that intertwine somehow yet we don’t figure out till the end.

Yet one thing about this book that thoroughly confused me was that this book referred to a very important storyline about Sookie’s cousin Hadley and the fact that she had been a vampire and had met her true death recently. Yet I did not remember reading this storyline anywhere. It confused me so much that I stopped reading this book and flipped through the last book just to see if I had missed it. Which is silly because I started this book the same day I finished the last book so I was sure I hadn’t read about it.

I then chanced it and googled it and found out that the very important storyline that this whole book refers to actually happened in a short story that was written and released before this book… Talk about annoying. It only annoyed me because there was no indication in the book I was reading that there was a short story that I should read before it.

But once I figured that out I was able to settle in to read Definitely Dead. I didn’t go back and read the short story, I was able to get the gist of it from the recap in this book. I didn’t know the details and some details were confusing as they weren’t described in detail in this book but I was able to follow along for the most part.

This book is once again exciting, intriguing and had me trying to figure what was going on the whole way through. In this book Sookie starts up dating a new guy named Quinn. She met Quinn at the were pack’s ceremony in the last book where Alcide’s father and another were competed to become the packmaster. Quinn was the organiser of the event. He is also a were-tiger. Exciting much?!

At the very beginning of this book Quinn asks Sookie out. On the first date Sookie is attacked buy were’s and Quinn ends up taking her to a were only bar and challenges the pack by letting them know that their were’s attacked an innocent unprovoked. Alcide happens to be in this bar with his new girlfriend. My heart broke again haha. This challenge lets every wear know that Sookie is under Quinn’s protection as well as in enforces them to do something about it.

This date starts up a sudden dating relationship for the whole book, except after the first date Quinn kind of disappears as Sookie is suddenly picked up to be taken to her cousin’s apartment by orders of the vampire Queen of Louisiana to sort out her final affairs. I thought this was rather sudden as we don’t hear about Quinn for half of the book. Then I remembered that it’s only been a couple of days for that half of the book so it wasn’t surprising.

While at Hadley’s old apartment Sookie is dragged into affairs of the Queen and her new marriage, as well as unfinished business that Hadley had left behind. I found there were so many things going on in this book that I couldn’t help but wonder how Harris managed to keep track of it all. But by the end of the book I found everything tied up in some way, and the things that didn’t I knew would carry on to the next book.

I loved that this book was so involved, there was something going on at every moment. I was hooked.

Overall this book made me need to pick up the next book. Regardless of any library books I have. It was such an exciting book that I swear I practically held my breath the whole time I read it.

Miss J

[Review #68] Dead as a Doornail by Charlaine Harris

Dead as a Doornail by Charlaine Harris Cover - Review Title: Dead as a Doornail
Series: Sookie Stackhouse
Book five
Author: Charlaine Harris
Published: 1st January, 2005
Publisher: Ace
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Adult
Rating: 
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Summary

Small-town cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse has had more than her share of experience with the supernatural—but now it’s really hitting close to home.

When Sookie sees her brother Jason’s eyes start to change, she knows he’s about to turn into a were-panther for the first time—a transformation he embraces more readily than most shapeshifters she knows. But her concern becomes cold fear when a sniper sets his deadly sights on the local changeling population, and Jason’s new panther brethren suspect he may be the shooter.

Now, Sookie has until the next full moon to find out who’s behind the attacks—unless the killer decides to find her first…

Review

Once again I could not put this Sookie Stackhouse book down. These books are getting seriously addictive! I find I read one then I read the next one straight away, but because I feel guilty since I have library books out I read a different book but then I’m straight back to the next Sookie book…

Dead as a Doornail is just as thrilling as the previous book. Someone is shooting and trying to kill all of the shifters in the Bon Temps and Shreveport areas. This worries Sookie because her boss and close friend Sam get’s shot and she worries about Alcide being around as well as her brother since he has just been turned into a were-panther. Because of this Sam asks Sookie to go to Shreveport and ask Eric if they can borrow a bartender. Reason being that he doesn’t want to hire another shifter while he’s off healing since shifters are in danger. Eric ends up loaning his new bartender who happens to be a vampire from the era where there were pirates.

In this book the suspense of trying to figure out who the killer is is exciting, while Sookie is trying to keep her secret about Debbie from Alcide and keep tabs on her bestie Tara whom seems to be mixed up with a controlling vampire.

Ironically Sookie doesn’t have a man in this book. She kind bounces between heated conversations with Eric, heated and painful conversations with Alcide, warm but a little awkward conversations with Calvin (The head of the were-panther pack) and Bill. Yet she doesn’t have a relationship with any of these men in this book.

My heart broke for Alcide and Sookies relationship in this book, I was on the Alcide bandwagon for the past few books but in this book things seemed to flip 180. It hurt.

 Overall, Dead as a Doornail kept up the excitement, tension and intrigue. I’m looking forward to the next book.

Miss J