‘Living Dead in Dallas’, ‘Club Dead’ and ‘Dead to the world’ by Charlaine Harris

Living Dead in Dallas

Living Dead in Dallas

Club Dead

Club Dead

Dead to the World

Dead to the World

I know I have already posted a review of the first book in the series, but since I have now officially become a True Blood devotee – the TV series as well as the books – I thought I’d share my thoughts… just this one last time. I promise, I won’t post any more reviews for this series… unless someone asks for it!

Since I read the first book, Dead Until Dark, I have watched the DVD of the first series – slavishly – and continued to read the books. Love the show – HBO have done a great job, and though there are marked deviations from the story, I don’t think these detracted at all from the shows or the books. Who can resist Ryan Kwanton, right?!

As for the books – I don’t think they have tapered off at all. I thoroughly enjoyed each book, and I feel that the characters have developed and the relationships in particular have changed in very believable ways – given that half the characters are dead and many of the others can shape shift!

I have the next book on my shelf waiting to be read, and Season 2 of True Blood is out on DVD soon… can’t wait!

Soulless by Gail Carriger

Soulless by Gail Carriger

Soulless by Gail Carriger

Left on the shelf at 27, Alexia Tarabotti is not your average Victorian miss (I hope I have the era right!). Thank to her Italian father, she has olive skin (read tanned), an overly noticeable nose, a forthright almost abrupt manner and no soul. The Victorian society she lives in just happens to include vampire hives and werewolf packs as well as the usual silly misses and overanxious Mamas, trying to marry them off!

I was instantly captivated by the blurb for this book and was not disappointed! Vampires attacking without permission! Roves (solitary vampires) and Loners (werewolves without a pack) are disappearing. Strange wax faced individuals trying to kidnap Alexia using chloroform… Feisty Alexia Tarabotti with her trusty parasol and her very varied friends, including an irascible werewolf lord who just happens to be in charge of the  supernatural constabulary, a foppish but very well informed vampire and a young lady who has appalling taste in hats, take on these mysteries with flair and a wonderful sense of humour, with just enough energy left over for a courtship of most unusual and amusing dimensions! Even Queen Victoria gets in on the act!

I love this book! Alexia is highly entertaining and very identifiable for anyone who doesn’t quite fit in, or is a little bit left of centre. She has a will of her own and a habit of saying what she thinks, which is quite refreshing! I fell for Lord Maccon with his obvious rough around the edges, but soft heart and excellent musculature! What is not to love?

Gail Carriger’s website can be found at:

http://www.gailcarriger.com/

Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow

Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow

Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow

What would you do if your father came home a day late… as a zombie intent on killing you? How would you deal with flaming dogs and slavering werwulfs came hunting you in an empty Mall at some ungodly hour of the morning?

Not sure – neither was I. Dru Anderson, a 16 year old orphan, after she kills her zombie father, has to deal with this and much more as she struggles to come to terms with the death of her father, her comfortable ability to sense the supernatural escalating and expanding, her only friend, Graves, being bitten by a werwulf and turning into a loup-garou and a strange vampire hunter, who is stunningly good looking and has fangs of his own giving her orders and interfering.

I found Dru to be a bit whiny, as she continually stopped to have inner debates about the deep meaning of events and what she should do. Then again, I can understand  her attitude though – I would definitely not cope well with the situation! Graves seems to be very willing to go along with whatever…

I’m not sure that I will read the next installment. I enjoyed the book, but would not rave about it!

Book Trailer can be found at:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQPXGh7YYaw

Lilith St Crow’s official website/journal:

http://www.lilithsaintcrow.com/journal/

Dead until Dark by Charlaine Harris

I want to state right now – I have not seen ‘True Blood’. Not yet. I don’t have Foxtel at home and I wanted to read the book first.

So I did. Thoroughly enjoyed it! I know – there is so much Vampire literature out there at the moment… you think I’d be sick of it. I’m not!!! I’ve done the Twilight thing and thoroughly enjoyed it. Have actually read Dracula (years ago) and found it hard going and not necessarily enjoyable. As you can see from a previous post, I’ve read the first of the Vampire Diaries and enjoyed that… so there must be something serioulsy wrong with me! I like vampires – but then I also love reading all the latest ‘Fairy’ literature and anything involving dragons and skeletons… especially if there is just a touch of romance thrown in!

Dead until Dark doesn’t have just a touch of romance… it has the whole enchilada and then some! Not necessarily over graphic, but definitely a central part to the story. It must be something to do with forbidden love – everyone loves a bad boy and wants what they can’t have…

Sooky Stackhouse is far from your average bar waitress in a small town. Yes she gorgeous and slim, blonde and tanned, all the cliches, but she is also a psychic who struggles to NOT hear what people around her are thinking. Her mind reading abilities are among the worst kept secrets in her life. Everyone sort of knows but doesn’t actually admit it. Along comes Bill Compton, vampire looking to ‘mainstream’, to live among humans. At the same time there are a series of murders making life difficult, especially when one of the victims is Sooky’s beloved Grandmother and the prime suspect just happens to be her brother! Plenty of twists and turns. Some moralising, but not too much and just enough sex to keep your heart jumping!

Can’t wait to watch the video!! (which just arrived on my desk!)

The Vampire Diaries – The Awakening by L.J. Smith

I looked for and found Vampire Diaries because I had seen and enjoyed the first few episodes of the TV show based on the books. I was very interested to find that the characters in the book, particularly Elena are quite different from the TV show. Not quite so sympathetic, but somehow more believable.

Set in the small town of Fell’s Church, the book follows the diary entries, relationships and machinations of Elena. Her parents died three years ago and she has just returned from a Summer trip to France with her Aunt and younger sister, Margaret. Elena is blonde, beautiful and considers herself to be the returning Queen of the school. After a slightly shaky start, her life seems to fall back into it’s old place, except for her growing obsession with the new boy, Stefan Salvatore.

Stefan is the Vampire of the title. He is not so tall, but definitely dark and handsome with the added advantage of being new to town, direct from Italy, and loaded! He also becomes obsessed with Elena, but he fights the growing attraction. Elena is almost the spitting image of the one true love of his youth, Katherine.

And of course there is the mysterious Damon, who puts in ghostly appearances and is referred to throughout the story, but does not make a solid appearance until his confrontation with Stefan in the last chapters. The confrontation does not end well…

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