Book Review ~ Living Dead in Dallas by Charlaine Harris

Living Dead in Dallas (Sookie Stackhouse, #2)

Title: Living Dead in Dallas
Author: Charlaine Harris
Series: Sookie Stackhouse #2
Release Date: April 1, 2004
Genre: Paranormal/Mystery

Sookie Stackhouse likes living in Bon Temps, Louisiana, and she likes working as a cocktail waitress at Merlotte’s. But she is having a streak of bad luck. First her co-worker is killed, and no one seems to care. Then she comes face-to-face with a beastly creature which gives her a painful and poisonous lashing. Enter the vampires, who graciously suck the poison from her veins (like they didn’t enjoy it).

The point is: the vampires saved her life. So when one of her bloodsuckers asks for a favour, she obliges-and soon Sookie’s in Dallas, using her telepathic skills to search for a missing vampire. She’s supposed to interview certain humans involved, but she makes one condition: the vampires must promise to behave, and let the humans go unharmed. But that’s easier than done, and all it takes is one delicious blonde and one small mistake for things to turn deadly…

Review:

Book two of the Sookie Stackhouse series was very interesting to me.  There was a lot going on in the book.  So much so that I think it detracted from me enjoying the book more.  I’m not saying that Living Dead in Dallas isn’t a good book because it is, it’s just “busier” than I like.

Living Dead in Dallas picks up shortly after Dead Until Dark and starts off with a bang.  Sookie and Bill are settling into a routine.  Bill is being accepted by more of the citizens of Bon Temps.  Life seems to be going good….

Then a dead body shows up in Andy Bellefleur’s car…..

Then Eric calls on Sookie and Bill to go to Dallas on vampire business.  Which is fine, except for the fact that I thought that it really over powered all the other things that were happening in the book too.  It sort of felt like the initial trouble (the dead body in Andy Bellefluer’s car) is sort of swept under the mat until about the last 30 or so pages of the book.

I did enjoy the introduction of more supernatural beings to the series.  I also enjoyed learning about the Fellowship, which is a vampire hate group and learning how the operate.  A lot of the characters that were in the first book made appearances in Living Dead in Dallas as well.  The showdown at the end where the murderer is revealed was very interesting to read about as well.

What I really didn’t care for was the way several major characters were just swept aside and almost forgotten about in Living Dead in Dallas.  Jason is mentioned in passing.  Sam makes a couple of appearances at the beginning and then is swept under the rug until the showdown at the end.  Andy Bellefleur is even an after thought at points, even AFTER a dead body is found in his car.

Overall, I wasn’t as impressed with Living Dead in Dallas as I wish I was.  In my mind it suffers from “second bookitis.”  I’m still going to continue the series because I have to know what happens next with Sookie, Bill and the rest of the gang.  I’m hoping that the books only improve from here.

Rating: 2 Whiskeys

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Review of Prophecy by Ellen Oh

Prophecy (The Dragon King Chronicles, #1)

Title: Prophecy
Author: Ellen Oh
Series: The Dragon King Chronicles #1
Release Date: January 2, 2013
Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy/Paranormal

The greatest warrior in all of the Seven Kingdoms… is a girl with yellow eyes.

Kira’s the only female in the king’s army, and the prince’s bodyguard. She’s a demon slayer and an outcast, hated by nearly everyone in her home city of Hansong. And, she’s their only hope…

Murdered kings and discovered traitors point to a demon invasion, sending Kira on the run with the young prince. He may be the savior predicted in the Dragon King Prophecy, but the missing treasure of myth may be the true key. With only the guidance of the cryptic prophecy, Kira must battle demon soldiers, evil shaman, and the Demon Lord himself to find what was once lost and raise a prince into a king.

Intrigue and mystery, ancient lore and action-packed fantasy come together in this heart-stopping first book in a trilogy.

Review:

A friend of mine who was book blogging about the time this book was announced it was being said I needed to read this book because there was a lot of positive feedback behind it. So when it was released I downloaded it onto my Barnes and Noble Nook Tablet. Then I went about my merry way for a couple of days. I started reading this book yesterday when I got home from work and while I really wanted to like it, it was only ‘meh’ for me.

Kira is the only female in her king’s army and the prince’s bodyguard. She also has another thing going for her, she can sense demons. Which in the long run was quite helpful but it wasn’t really a focus when “stuff” hit the fan. I would have liked to see the author spend a little more time on this but it just didn’t happen.

When “stuff” hit the fan and things should have been memorable, I’ve got nothing. If you read the blurb the last sentence says “Intrigue and mystery, ancient lore and action-packed fantasy come together in this heart-stopping first book in a trilogy.” Well to be honest, I feel that there was a TON of ancient lore, a TON of action but the rest Prophecy came up short on.

I just didn’t connect with really any of the characters either. Kira for me was too wishy washy for me. Once second she’s on the highest high the next she’s on the lowest low and it started to drive me banana’s. I did like the prince though. He gets a pretty big burden placed on his tiny 12 year old shoulders. He could have run away with his tail between his legs but he stepped up to the plate big time. There were several characters that I felt were just “filler material,” I didn’t really understand why they were there at all.

I will give the author some major props for writing Prophecy in a “real” way. There is war in this book and people die. Many families are destroyed. There is a bunch of political stuff too that I’m not even going to try to process right now. It’s not all “unicorns that poop sunshine” in Prophecy. Since this is a debut for this author I’m not going to quit this series yet. For all the negatives I found with this book it was a page turner and I finished it in about a grand total of 3.5 hours. To quote Brokeback Mountain…”I can’t quit you!”

Rating: 2 whiskeys