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Teaser Tuesday – Bitten by Kelley Armstrong

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Just do the following:

1. Grab your current read
2. Open to a random page
3. Share two “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
4. BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
5. Share the title and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My teasers:

For a while we sat in silence, then he said softly, “We’ve buried him. Is there anything you’d like to do?”

– page 164, Bitten by Kelley Armstrong

After the police left, we realized Clay, Nick and Antonio were gone. Had it just been Clay or even Clay and Nick, we would have worried. Since Antonio had gone with them, though, we knew they weren’t planning any impromptu revenge in Bear Valley.

– page 256, Bitten by Kelley Armstrong

I’m cheating a little this week, as I’ve already made Teaser Tuesday posts on both my current reads (Innocent Traitor and No Sanctuary), so instead, these two teasers come from the first book in one of my favourite series.

Bitten is the first in the Women of the Otherworld series by Kelley Armstrong and features a strong, feisty female in the lead – Eleanor Michaels – who just happens to be the only female werewolf in the world. It’s a brilliant start to an excellent series and I heartily recommend it (and the rest of the books) to anyone who likes supernatural/paranormal fiction. Hell, I recommend it even if you don’t usually like the genre, as it’s so firmly set in reality that you often forget there’s a supernatural element to it – you just accept that there are werewolves and that’s that.

Pick it up, have a read, and then rush out to buy the rest of the series!

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Book Review: From Dead to Worse by Charlaine Harris (Southern Vampires 8 )

From Dead to Worse by Charlaine Harris (Southern Vampires 8 )
Rating: Like a Star @ heavenLike a Star @ heavenLike a Star @ heavenLike a Star @ heaven Excellent
You might like this if you like: Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld series; vampires; paranormal/supernatural

Synopsis:
The supernatural community in Bon Temps, Louisiana is reeling from two hard blows: the natural disaster of Hurricane Katrina, and the manmade horror of the explosion at the vampire summit in the up-north city of Rhodes. Sookie Stackhouse is safe but dazed, and she’s yearning for things to get back to normal. But that’s just not happening. Too many vampires – some friends, some not – were killed or injured, and her were-tiger boyfriend Quinn is among the missing. It’s clear that things are changing, whether the weres and vamps like it or not. And Sookie, Friend to the Pack, blood-bonded to the leader of the local vampire community, is caught up in those changes. She’s about to find herself facing danger and death and, not for the first time, betrayal by someone she loves. And when the fur has finished flying and the cold blood has stopped flowing, Sookie’s world will be forever altered . . .

Review:
Harris is firmly back on track with the eighth installment of the Southern Vampires series!

Again, there is a LOT happening and Sookie must feel like she’s living in the middle of a whirlwind, with all-out wars in both the Vampire and Were communities and her treading a fine line in between by trying to help her friends, much as she may hate being dragged into the fray once more!

For me, the Quin storyline was the lesser of the plot points – I was far more interested in what was happening elsewhere – so his being out of the action for most of the book was fine from my point of view. I enjoyed the addition of Amelia to Sookie’s life as she adds a much-needed understanding friend who never judges and always supports.

There were several elements that I predicted ahead of time, but this didn’t detract from my enjoyment at all, rather it gave me a little mental “high five” what was very gratifying when I discovered I was right.

And although I’m not going to give anything away from the end, I just wanted to say, “I knew it!” and wear a big grin, because I think that could lead to a spectacular story arc!

Book Review: All Together Dead by Charlaine Harris (Southern Vampires 7)

All Together Dead by Charlaine Harris (Southern Vampires 7)
Rating:
Like a Star @ heavenLike a Star @ heavenLike a Star @ heavenLike a Star @ heaven Excellent
You might like this if you like: Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld series; vampires; paranormal/supernatural

Synopsis:
Sookie’s beginning to get used to being surrounded by all varieties of undead, changeling, shapeshifting and other supernatural beings – but even she has her limits. She’d really like to take a while to get over being betrayed by Bill, her long-time vampire lover, and get used to her new relationship with the sexy shapeshifter Quinn – but instead, she finds herself attending the long-planned vampire summit, the destination of choice for every undead power player around, as a sort-of human ‘Geiger counter’ for Sophie-Anne Leclerq, vampire queen of Louisiana. But the job is fraught with difficulties. Sophie-Anne’s power base has been severely weakened by Hurricane Katrina, and she’s about to be put on trial during the event for murdering her king. Sookie knows the queen is innocent, but she’s hardly prepared for other shocking murders: it looks like there are some vamps who would like to finish what nature started. With secret alliances and backroom deals the order of the day – and night – Sookie must decide which side she’ll stand with, and quickly, for her choice may mean the difference between survival and all-out catastrophe.

Review:
I wasn’t too sure this installment in the Southern Vampires series was going to live up to much, as it started out just a tiny bit slow (nothing too slow, just a longer build-up than usual), but there’s a surprising amount of action going on which escalates and then literally explodes during the final third of the novel.

More than ever, Eric is drawing me in – he becomes more alluring the further into the series I get, and even if he’s not sweet, amnesiac Eric, he’s not quite the same Eric he was before his brush with the Witches, but a strange hybrid of the two that is rather endearing at times. There’s also a little more of Quin and although I kind of like him, I’m not all together sure he’s the right one for Sookie. I now actively dislike Bill – right from the start of the series I was unsure of him and the feeling has developed from mild misgivings to an ever-increasing dislike that is now threatening to border on loathing.

I was pleased to see how tactfully the Katrina disaster was integrated into the story. It could so easily have been tasteless, but Harris managed to keep it all very respectful and turned a natural event that could not have been avoided into an essential part of the plot.

There seemed to be an awful lot of prospective wedding bells in All Together Dead and I can’t help wondering if it’s a set-up for the eighth book, From Dead to Worse

Book Review: Definitely Dead by Charlaine Harris (Southern Vampires 6)

Definitely Dead by Charlaine Harris (Southern Vampires 6)
Rating: Like a Star @ heavenLike a Star @ heavenLike a Star @ heaven Very good, well worth a read
You might like this if you like: Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld series; vampires; paranormal/supernatural

Synopsis:
Sookie doesn’t have that many relations, so she hated to lose one – but of all the people to go, she didn’t expect it to be her cousin Hadley, a consort of New Orleans’ vampire queen – after all, Hadley was technically already dead. But she is gone, beyond recall, and she’s left Sookie an inheritance – one that comes with a bit of a risk – not least because someone doesn’t want Sookie digging too deep into Hadley’s past – or her possessions. Sookie’s life is once again on the line, and this time the suspects range from the rogue werewolves who have rejected Sookie as a friend of the pack to her first love, the vampire Bill. Sookie’s got a lot to do if she’s going to keep herself alive . . .

Review:
There were moments while reading the sixth installment of the Southern Vampires series when I wondered if I had inadvertently skipped a book, as the previous sequels all followed directly on from their prequels, whereas here, a lot has happened “off-screen” and the reader is kept in the dark for some time.

I was surprised to find many similarities to The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas evident in the plot:

HIGHLIGHT TO REVEAL SPOILER:
A French Queen who has had an affair and lost a piece of jewellery which was given to her by her husband, the loss of which could spark a war; the repetitious mention of three guards surrounding the Queen, with Sookie playing the D’Artagnion role; there’s even some sword play!)

It was a very nice nod to a classic novel which is a favourite of mine and I found the similarities very enjoyable.

For a sexy series, Sookie is surprisingly chaste. Over the course of six novels, she has had sex with only two men (both vampires), and although she’s had brief dalliances with other men (Weres and Shifters); she hasn’t been quick to jump into bed with them. Surprising as this may seem, I’m rather pleased, as I don’t really want the Southern Vampires series to become a “Supe of the Day”.

It was also great to find out a little more about Sookie and why she’s so alluring to vampires…