Review: Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris

Dead Reckoning (Sookie Stackhouse, Book 11)

Overview – 

Dead Reckoning (Sookie Stackhouse / Southern Vampire Series #11)

Product Details

  • Pub. Date: May 2011
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Format: Hardcover , 336pp
  • Sales Rank: 4

Synopsis

New in the #1 New York Times bestselling Sookie Stackhouse series-the basis for HBO(r)’s True Blood!
With her knack for being in trouble’s way, Sookie witnesses the firebombing of Merlotte’s, the bar where she works. Since Sam Merlotte is now known to be two-natured, suspicion falls immediately on the anti-shifters in the area. Sookie suspects otherwise, but her attention is divided when she realizes that her lover Eric Northman and his “child” Pam are plotting to kill the vampire who is now their master. Gradually, Sookie is drawn into the plot-which is much more complicated than she knows…

My Thoughts

I have been a long time fan of this series long before the HBO series came out a few years ago.  I am probably one of the few people who really enjoys the books more than the TV show.  I just have some major problems with who some of the characters are in the TV show.  But back to the most recent book.  It starts out with a very strong being – really a firebombing at Merlotte’s.  Ms. Harris does a wonderful job at laying out this event.  It is laid out so well that it played like a movie scene for me.  From this point however, it took me a while to really get into the story which is very unlike this series.  I was pleased with the action scenes in this book right from the beginning.
I love Sookie and Eric together but this book was a bit odd with their story line.  There were many times that Eric should have been with Sookie and he just wasn’t.  There was no ideas as to what was more important that her.  It just made for a very frustrating story being left out of what was going on with Eric.  Sookie was also a bit more frustrating in this book.  She was suddenly scared of things that she had come to terms with in previous books.  I don’t know she suddenly seemed a bit weak to me which I have not questioned in a really long time.  I have come to love and expected a very strong woman and I felt a bit let down with this.
As always, there are vampire politics.  I have the hardest time with this aspect of the stories.  I don’t know if it is I can’t kept track of all the rules and such or if I just get irritated with them!  Pam and Eric are at odds in this book and Pam let’s Sookie in on a secret that Eric was not ready to share and it is gong to have a major effect on their future together.  That is all I am going to say.  There is also Eric and Victor’s issues at hand.  Major drama here!

Beyond vampire issues, there is a lot of foreshadowing to Faerie drama as well.  This does not surprise me since they are always up to something but I never see it coming until it is all laid out in my face.

While I did enjoy the book, the more I think about it the more I felt that things were not wrapped up as tightly as in previous books.  It was a good book and I am glad that I read it but I wish that it didn’t feel like such a filler book.  It is very unclear as to where the story is going or if it is going anywhere at all.  

My Rating

3 of 5 stars.
*I purchased this book and all opinions are my own.

Early Review: Creed’s Honor

Creed's Honor by Linda Lael Miller: Book Cover

Product Details

  • Pub. Date: May 2011
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback , 384pp
  • Sales Rank: 30,782

Synopsis

Conner Creed knows exactly who he is: a hardworking rancher carrying on his uncle’s legacy in Lonesome Bend, Colorado. Maybe a small-town cowboy’s life isn’t his dream, but he owes the man who took him in as a kid. Until the identical twin brother he’s been estranged from for years reenters his life.
Conner struggles with identity issues as he gets to know his wilder brother. And then he meets Tricia McCall, a beautiful woman who knows a thing or two about living someone else’s dreams. Together, they just might find their own dreams right here in Lonesome Bend….
My Thoughts
When I saw this on Netgalley, I couldn’t wait to see if I would be approved since I enjoyed Creed in Stone Creek so much.  That being said, I was a bit disappointed by this book.  It just moved along very slow and it really seemed as though the story didn’t come together until too late for me.  It was more about Conner’s issues with his twin brother and Tricia’s issues with selling her dad’s land and her great-grandmother moving out and into Denver.  The love story just didn’t seem to be there for me at least and the ending felt very rushed to me.  I just think that the other stories have been better put together.  Don’t get me wrong it was a good read and I am glad that I read it but I think that it could have been much stronger.
My Rating
3 stars – it was a good read but not so good I would read it again

Early Review: Bumped

Bumped

Product Details

  • Pub. Date: April 2011
  • Publisher: Balzer + Bray
  • Format: Hardcover , 336pp
  • Sales Rank: 77,629
  • Age Range: 12 and up

Synopsis

When a virus makes everyone over the age of eighteen infertile, would-be parents pay teen girls to conceive and give birth to their children, making teens the most prized members of society. Girls sport fake baby bumps and the school cafeteria stocks folic-acid-infused food.
Sixteen-year-old identical twins Melody and Harmony were separated at birth and have never met until the day Harmony shows up on Melody’s doorstep. Up to now, the twins have followed completely opposite paths. Melody has scored an enviable conception contract with a couple called the Jaydens. While they are searching for the perfect partner for Melody to bump with, she is fighting her attraction to her best friend, Zen, who is way too short for the job.
Harmony has spent her whole life in Goodside, a religious community, preparing to be a wife and mother. She believes her calling is to convince Melody that pregging for profit is a sin. But Harmony has secrets of her own that she is running from.
When Melody is finally matched with the world-famous, genetically flawless Jondoe, both girls’ lives are changed forever. A case of mistaken identity takes them on a journey neither could have ever imagined, one that makes Melody and Harmony realize they have so much more than just DNA in common.

My Thoughts

What happens when a virus strikes causing infertility in the adults of the world?  That is what Bumped is all about.  How the teens of the world are encouraged to engage in unprotected sex in order to have babies all for the highest bidder.  Contracts, Agents, Money, Car, getting into the best colleges are all up for grabs for the best girls who are willing to carry a child for 9 months and never even see it.  Melody has been in contact with a couple for over 2 years waiting for the perfect male in order to complete her contact, but she has a secret, she has a twin, Harmony, who has visited out of the blue.  Harmony intercepts the MiVu intended for Melody and impersonates her twin in order to meet the man she has dreamed of as Jesus for years, even though this is the teen that Melody is to bump with in order to get pregg.  What happens from here is hard for everyone.
This book was not at all what I expected it to be.  I expected for this book to be heavy and a difficult read about teen pregnancy and expectations. Instead it was laugh out loud funny.  It was a quick easy read but did demonstrate that teen pregnancy is not all good as the media seems to make it with shows like Teen Mom ect.  I enjoyed the read and am looking forward to more books from Megan McCafferty.  The one thing I wish had been better defined is all of the slang in the book, it did take quite a while to pick up on what all of the terms meant.

My Rating

3 of 5 stars