After Dead: What Came Next in the World of Sookie Stackhouse

Beware, this post may contain the disgruntled thoughts of an upset Sookie Stackhouse fan. Viewer discretion is advised.

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Earlier this year, we were given the last book in the Sookie Stackhouse series…or so we thought. However, as soon as the book released, fans found out another book would be released fully finishing off the story that is Sookie. Translation: epilogue. Is that what we got? Hell no. So what did we get with After Dead?

Basically, with After Dead: What Came Next in the World of Sookie Stackhouse, we got an address book of the series’ cast of characters. For $18 USD (or $10.80 if you buy it off Amazon like I did), you get 195 pages of characters, most getting no more than a paragraph summing up the rest of their life, but some getting no more than a sentence.

ONE SENTENCE!

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To make matters worse, I don’t even remember 1/2 of these characters and I could care less about them. You almost have to read ALL of the books and then go back and read this to fully appreciate the characters. The characters she put thought into (Bill, Eric, and Sookie), we get a bit more than a paragraph for an explanation of their lives, but it still left me unsatisfied and wanting closure; closure the last book did not provide. The only character in this book it sounds like we might hear more from is Barry the Bellhop, who worked with Sookie in the past. I’m not sure why, I always found his character to be annoying.

The best part of the book is the illustrations. They give us one last glimpse at the characters we will never see again.

SAM & SOOKIE 

Sookie & Sam

I still hate this and think Sam is all wrong for her. Team Eric.

The story started with a vamp, it should have ended with a vamp.

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For me, his story was the most depressing. His love for Sookie will live on.

BILL COMPTON

Bill

For Bill, he still talks to Sookie, and TV and book merge.

Below is Bill’s wrap up/summary. It leaves a lot to be desired. I still don’t have closure and I guess I never will.

Bill Compton

If you read Felipe de Castro, you discover Bill buys Louisiana from him and ends up being a great king.

Bottom line – Don’t waste your money on the book. Take a trip to Barnes and Noble or Books a Million, get a nice coffee or tea, and read it there. It will take you all of 10 minutes. Thanks Charlaine for getting my hopes up as a Sookie fan and then crushing them into tiny pieces once again. I finished this book feeling disappointed. It seemed more like a ploy to get money from fans than anything. A pyramid scheme in disguise of a book. The product we think we are getting is NOT at all what we get.

Yes, this is harsh, but I bought the book, I read the book, and I’m allowed to be disappointed in the book. RIP Sookie. I’m going to go read fanfic now, it’s probably a million times better anyway.

Dead Ever After– Is Parting Such Sweet Sorrow?

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This book marks the end of the journey for Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse Novels AKA The Southern Vampire Mysteries that HBO’s True Blood is based. There are quite a few novels and I’ve read them all – many of them more than once to revisit the characters in between the show’s hiatus, but there are only so many things poor Sookie can go through before the story line becomes redundant.

I will not give the story line away – I will however, tell you that I was completely let down. Charlaine Harris posted on her Facebook that this is the ending she has thought about since book 2, but it’s not an ending she prepared her readers for. Based on the previous 13 books (including the Sookie Stackhouse Companion), this book was a slap in the face.

I felt emotionally drained at the end of the novel because my blood boiled so much. I felt betrayed because the story line was null. Out of the 300+ pages, I noticed in the last two books Harris wrote, most of it was filler. She would say, “I washed my hands,” and spent pages explaining how Sookie would cook dinner and clean her house – providing no information that moved the story along and gave me an opportunity to put the book down or skip paragraphs because nothing was learned. If the stupid filler was eliminated, each book would have probably been 120 pages. Another thing that bothered me is that Harris spent the novel TELLING us everything instead of SHOWING us what was going on. The icing on the cake was that she wrote almost every page in passive tense. The gif below sums up my feelings 100% as I finished.

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What’s sad is Harris created this amazing world for us in Bon Temps, LA where supernaturals exist and Sookie Stackhouse was kicking ass. Married by vampire standards, Sookie had quite an exotic life to look forward to, however with the end of the last book, I knew things weren’t going to go as planned. I had hope that Harris wouldn’t let her readers down like that, but in the end, she did just that.

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As shown above, the inside of the book lets you know all of Sookie’s loves (both past and present) will make an appearance. To me, the entire book felt forced. She tried to end the series by tying up her loose ends and giving us details on each of the characters (there are a lot because she has a tendency to introduce way too many new ones in each novel) even though for some, we honestly don’t care. After I finished this novel, I found out this really isn’t the end – Harris has found another way to squeeze more money out of her adoring Sookie fans by releasing a novella, After Dead: What Came Next in the World of Sookie Stackhouse, due to be released October 29, 2013. I’m guessing it’s the epilogue, where I hope beyond hope the ending changes for Sookie. Eternal optimist, I know because this ending just SUCKED. I’ve already pre-ordered this book hoping to see a better ending – I’m sure I won’t get it.

I was very surprised to read in an EW interview that Harris created the supernatural story of the Fae for Sookie because she was bored. Quite honestly, I hated that story line b/c it took away from Sookie and the whole reason for her story – dating vampires.

Bottom line: Should YOU read this? I say yes if you are a devoted Sookie Stackhouse fan. If you aren’t really that into the series, then don’t waste your time – check the reviews on Good Reads, they are HILARIOUS and filled with sardonic humor of bitter devoted fans. I have yet to talk to one person that liked the ending. If you read it, share your thoughts!

Goodbye Sookie, I’m going to choose to remember you as you were in your earlier books and not how your creator left you because you deserve better.

Fifty Shades of…WHAT? Trilogy

 

I will be the first to admit, that I started reading 50 Shades of Grey with no intent to finish it. I first saw the book while shopping in Carytown in the heart of RVA. This was still during the school year and I hadn’t really read any good books in awhile. I’m a visual person and I was attracted to the cover. My husband came up beside me and laughed, asking me if I was going to read erotica now. Having no clue what the book was even about, I did what 90% of America did, when confronted – I put the book down. Then, my facebook, pinterest, tumblr, and twitter timelines blew up with talk of Christian Grey and Fifty Shades. 

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I’d been under a rock apparently as I discovered the origin of this story. I couldn’t believe it when I found out this was originally a Twilight Fanfic that made it to publication. What the…seriously? Makes sense though – innocent girl meets not-so-innocent filthy rich man. I pictured this is what Twilight would have been like had Stephine Meyers allowed us to see Edward and Bella having sex. Then, I hear the news that it surpassed Harry Potter sales in the UK, breaking a record for the number of books sold ever. Again, I reread the first pages and couldn’t put it together. Now that I’ve finished the series, I feel that I can see how this all happened.  This is really your basic story of boy meets girl and in a sense could be a coming of age story for Ana. What makes this novel so controversial is that it allowed the world to see that sex doesn’t have to be routine, monotonous, or a chore (oh the sarcastic things I want to write, but have decided to be good for this post). This story says you CAN be successful and respectable and still be kinky. Just wait, next year there is going to be a baby boom thanks to this book!

I vacationed at the beach many times this summer and it never failed that at least three women would have that book in their possession. I’ll never forget how one group of housewives were having their own book club while they read by the pool. Funniest thing ever. 

THE FLAWS: 

As I mentioned before, I had issues with the writing style from page one of Fifty Shades of Grey. Some people have a hard time reading in first person, whereas I LOVE IT. All of my stories are told in first person, so this could be a pro or a con for the book.  It’s a simple book series to read, as long as you look past the overuse of phrases, terrible passive voice, lots of telling vs showing, and basic sentence structure. I found myself skimming the long descriptive passages that didn’t move the story forward and concentrated on the conversations. 

The worst part about all the flaws in this novel is that the right editor could have fixed every one of them. I was told that the author had ghost writers on the second and third book, and I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised because the writing improves. It’s not great, but it’s better. 

THE FABULOUS: 

 I couldn’t pinpoint what caused me to like this story until I talked to my husband and he shared his thoughts on why I like reading books he calls, “garbage.”  

…if you think the writing is bad but you like the characters and the same for Twilight, you must just love badly written people lol
I think he’s right. I like characters that are flawed. They fall for someone against their own judgement and decide to let the cards fall as they may. This happens repeatedly in this series. Yes it has BDSM, but according to all my friends that have that sort of lifestyle, it’s very inaccurately portrayed. So inaccurate, they refuse to read the books. In all honesty, the sex became so repetitious (maybe it was the language), it becomes boring. For those of you that don’t want to read it because it’s considered erotic, know that  the amount of sex tapers off dramatically in each book, and with each book, a plot develops. 

So, bottom line – if you are going to read it – you MUST read ALL THREE. You must LOOK PAST the fact that it’s NOT very well written, and ENJOY a story that proves love is worth fighting for and everyone deserves it. I liked the relationship they built, even though I wanted to slap Ana at least 10 times every book and tell her to get her s**t straight. If you are a hopeless romantic like I am, then you need to read this, even if everyone else says not to. 

Can’t wait to see how they portray this in the theater! 

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The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella

When I found out there was going to be another installment in the Twilight Saga, I was beyond excited. I couldn’t believe it. What I didn’t understand was the excitement and the hype involved in the main character of this novella. Bree Tanner, a newborn that had all of five lines in the Eclipse novel, and less than that in the movie, had a book dedicated to just her.

However, when I heard of the book, I went right to amazon and pre-ordered it. Anything that would allow me another piece of the vampire saga was worth the purchase. The time came and the book came. As you can tell by the new layout of this and the Beauty Brat blog, I love the black, white, and red colors used in the covers. This novella was what came out of a writing session where Stephenie started writing out some of the background information of Bree. Instead of the usual points authors write out the background characters, she started writing dialogue. Before she knew it this novella was finished.

So I read this in a very short period of time, on the car ride to and from Richmond. It was neat to see what a newborn vampire had to go through – I appreciated Bella’s control in Breaking Dawn after she became a vampire. I loved finding out more about the Volturi and one line in particular that Edward speaks when talking to Jane clicked and made more sense after reading this novella and after hearing Jane say:

“Quite a pity how things turned out, isn’t it?”
   — Jane  

I agree with Stephenie Meyers when I read this story. I wish she had ended Eclipse differently and let Bree live. It was very interesting to see that Bree had already learned so much and wanted to escape from Riley and her. I enjoyed reading Bree discover that she didn’t have to let the thirst dominate her and that she could find happiness with Diego. The character Fred was interesting as well, considering he had a talent much of the caliber of Alice and Edward.

As far as I am concerned Stephenie needs to drop the Aliens, drop the Mermaids she’s been speaking of in interviews, and get back on the vampire ball. I’m still waiting for companion novels telling the situation from Edwards perspective. It’s time for her to pick the sparkling cold one’s back up and tell the rest of the story that needs to be told. I loved this novella – the only thing I didn’t like is that it was one long book – no chapters at all. For me that was weird.

All and all I loved it.
Have you read it yet? What were your thoughts on it?!

music note While writing this, I was listening to “Jacob Black” from the Twilight Saga: Eclipse Soundtrack composed by Howard Shore

The Last Song

I read the book The Last Song by Nicholas Spark in a pretty short period of time. The language was easy to follow and the conversations were straight forward. This book was picked as the first book we talked about in my Book Club: A Page Turns. Knowing what I do about the formula used by Nicholas Sparks that has brought him such widespread success, I knew what to expect before I turned page 1.
Luckily, he kept true to that formula – that is what readers like afterall – he included romance; he included drama; and he included heartbreak. When I read the back book cover and realized what other novel of his this book was being compared to, I made a prediction. I predicted what was going to happen and by the end of the book I was right.
Even though I guessed how the book was going to end, I loved reading it. I loved being in this summer – I loved the way the chapters would allow me to get inside of someone else’s head. I got to hear what Ronnie, Will, Steve, and Marcus were thinking. I got to be frustrated and gasp when needed.
This book is a tear-jerker. Curse you Nicholas Sparks for being able to pull on my heart strings. By the end of the book I felt like I was emotionally drained. I cried as I read, and I got butterflies when things started changing.
I have become overly critical of books now as I am trying to edit my own down from the monstrous word count it’s currently at. I discovered it took quite a while for the two lova’s to get together, and even though it wasn’t the main focus of the book (at least I don’t think it really was) it was to me. That was why I bought the book – to read about the love these two experienced.
Overall, a great book. Written for a younger group (I think), but still very readable. Will I read it again? I doubt it. I do want to see the movie though  🙂
xoxo
Nat

The Time Traveler’s Wife

A new rule I am determined to follow…
…Always…
…I mean NEVER…
watch the movie before you read the book (if you plan on reading the book).
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This book is a first for Audrey Niffenegger, and a very good read. Right away you are thrown into two different characters perspectives and the way she distinguishes them for you is easy to follow. You are given dates and ages of Henry and Clare. You can also tell who is talking most of the time by the way Ms. Niffenegger writes.
 
The only thing I did not like about this novel is that when there was not a lot of conversation going on, I felt like the words were rushed and almost run-onish. This could have been me as well as most of the time I just wanted to turn the next page and find out more about the relationship that had defied the cosmos as seen with Clare and Henry. The novel discusses a lot of interesting topics such as love, fertility, as well as various trials and tribulations that accompany most romances. You see that through out all of the mess that Henry has to go through, he was put on Earth to exist for Clare.
 
I felt a plethora of emotions as I read this book. I am very happy to say that I cried. I got happy. I got depressed. When I finally read the last few chapters I was bawling. I had knots in my stomach. I knew what to expect from the beginning because I cheated and watched the movie, however, reading it made it worse. The feelings of overwhelming sadness were amplified as I completed each line on the page to read the end of the book.
 
Speaking of the movie, I loved it. It ripped a huge hole through my heart, but I still loved it. Enough to watch it again and again. When a movie and/or book evoke emotions as strong as this novel did for me, something magical has happened.
 
There are very minor changes from the book to the movie. The screenplay was very tightly adapted to the novel with a few minor cutbacks and details changed to make what the audience wants. I liked the ending of the novel better than the movie. It seemed to go more with Henry and who he was compared to how the movie ended and what happened to him. So much detail was missed – events that as an avid book reader – I wish they had included.
 
Overall both movie and book are amazing. If you don’t own it  – get it. Be prepared to be in tears by the end. If you are going through a lot of drama of your own with your love life, you could take a note from Clare and Henry and see their issues. Obviously this is just a book and not real life – if it were I would so time travel back to my youth and give myself an ear full – but I think all books teach us something.
This one taught me love knows no time.

Dear John

Sidebar: With my own critique group forming to give me feedback on my own work, I am finding it harder to critique books that I have read. I have received amazing feedback on the pieces people have read, but it’s always hard to hear someone tear apart one of your reasons for breathing. With each book I have reviewed, I have been honest and up front with you – as I expect my critique group to be with me (and they have been).  Please read the books I review for yourself so you can form your own opinion. What I find to be a masterpiece, you might find to be horrible. As I’m sure many will find once my book is finished.

Up till this past week, I could say in all honesty that I had never read a Nicholas Sparks book. It seems that every book he writes turns into a movie, and not just any movie, but a movie where in the end love never wins and the two madly in love are left apart.

While in Target, I saw the book in the section of NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE, and I figured oh why not. To this day I have yet to read The Notebook (as well as see the movie) and figured I could use a good romance. I knew people that went to see the movie, but I held back on watching it myself because I wanted to read the book first. I’m glad I did.

As I mentioned, I am new to the world of Nicholas Sparks. I am not familiar with his writing style and I cannot compare books of his, as this is my first read. From what I do know about him, he is from North Carolina, near the beaches, which is cool since I have vacationed in OBX many times over. What I found when I read this book was the story from a man’s perspective, and a sad one at that. Apparently I am on a masochistic journey to cut, tear, rip, and butcher my romantic heart into bits. This past weekend I have watched The Time Traveler’s Wife, Remember Me, and now I have read and seen Dear John.

I love reading books told from the first person perspective – getting that opportunity to be inside their head and have to figure things out along the way as they do, just makes the reading that much more realistic and exciting to me. Some people don’t like that – well I’m not one of them.

From the beginning of the book, I was let down knowing what was going to be the outcome of the romance after reading the Prologue. Yet, for some reason my love-thirsty-glass-half-full personality turned each page hoping that what I had become privy to in the prologue would not be the case. I hoped that the story didn’t end with the prologue, but did what my novel is doing – give you an idea of what’s going on towards the end. I hoped that by the last page, love would conquer all. In a sense, it did. Just not how I wanted it to.

There were times where I felt like what John was saying was a huge run on sentence. Maybe it’s because I’ve never read a story from a male perspective (with the exception to Midnight Sun). Maybe it’s because this character was full of passion and loved Savannah so much. He seemed to ramble in his head, but maybe that was because that’s who Nicholas Sparks made him to be. I felt like the way they professed their love for one another to be rushed, and more time could have been spent expressing their feelings for one another, and less time describing other things. This coming from the person that wrote a similar situation in her own novel – irony at work.

The ending was not one that I liked at all – hopeless romantic here. I kept turning the pages, hoping among hope that John Tyree would catch a break. I found myself resenting Savannah as well as John for refusing to man up and speak his feelings like he did when they first met. The plot twist with Savannah, I recognized from the beginning as soon as they were introduced in the beginning of the book. I saw it coming 100 pages away, but still wanted to think things would be different. I felt sorry for Savannah by the end of the book, because it was obvious to me the choices she made were not the right ones. I think she knew it too, but was too much of a good-ole’fashioned girl to change it, and John cared too much for her to act on what he knew.

If you are a hopeless romantic, such as myself, read this book. If you like first person perspectives, read this book. If you want to learn about 9/11 and the way soldiers felt, read this book. This book was a fast read (I probably read it from cover to cover in 3 hours) and in the end I would buy a sequel or any other book Nicholas Spark would/could write including this character. 

At one point in the book, I had to put it down and walk away. I was angry and slightly freaked out. The character he was describing was very similar to the one I was writing myself. This character was in the military, had a temper, had tattoos, and professed his love to basically a stranger. It really freaked me out. I immediately thought of the masses of people that would try to tell me I was copying Nicholas Sparks. Then I thought about it – how many books out there have romances similar to this one? TONS. I realized my story is very different, and if anything the fact that Nicholas Sparks book is now a movie, just goes to show the character I developed was a good one. I sat back down and finished the book. This book pulled at my heart strings, making me feel a whole range of emotions – happy, sad, mad, depressed, hearthbroken. I was strong though – I didn’t cry (in either the book or the movie — the heart does hurt a bit right now though).

Watching the movie was so different. I love to watch the movie “version” after reading a book. I can tear apart the differences. Sometimes it upsets me; sometimes I like it. Both emotions were evoked in this movie. I was annoyed that there wasn’t even a two minute blurb spent explaining John’s past, he didn’t have the tattoos on his shoulders that he had in the book (you know me – tattoo FREAK), and the amount of time he spent with Savannah was decreased. A lot of major pieces were left out of the movie that were in the book, and a lot of characters were changed in the movie (John was born in 1980 instead of 1977, Tim is Alan’s dad and not brother, etc). He got shot in the movie, which didn’t happen in the book, and he talked to Savannah more on the phone while stationed in Germany. However, I liked the ending to the movie better – the movie was made for people like me. People searching for that Happily Ever After – knowing that through all of the problems people deal with, good things can happen to good people. I loved the movie a totally different way than I loved the book.

With both I was slightly sad when they were over. Evoking emotion in the right places, I highly recommend both.

Not a lecture. Just a thought.
xoxo
Nat

I was thinking of reading The Lovely Bones next, but after watching The Time Traveler’s Wife, it’s the next book I’m going to buy. If you know of any really good romances, paranormal stuff (YA included) that you want me to read and possibly review – let me know in the comments!

Shiver

Every now and then I catch wind of a book that once I start I have to fight to put down. I took some time off from my own paranormal romance writing, to read a book recommended by an author I follow on twitter.

After battling through Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, this book was very refreshing and an amazing read.

Written by Maggie Stiefvator, a fellow Virginian much like myself, we are immediately thrown into a world similar yet fiercely different than our own.

Immediately you see how she sets up the book by giving you the chapter number and either the name Grace or Sam. Underneath that is the temperature in degrees Fahrenheit. That may not seem important, but it is key as to what perspective we are hearing the story from. I was excited and surprised to see that the perspectives shifted from one character to another. Personally, I love to write in the first person narrative, but this story gave us the first person perspective of both main characters.

Many people are going to compare this story to The Twilight Saga. It deals with young love and wolves. I am a HUGE Stephenie Meyer fan – HUGE – but a part of me liked the writing style and the story much more than I liked Twilight. I liked the choice in her vocabulary and the structure of her sentences. I enjoyed how Mrs. Stiefvater seemed to pull her own experiences and probably her environment into her writing. I could picture what she was describing. I could see and smell and feel it.

I had a hard time putting the book down, and for the two or three nights I allotted thirty minutes (read longer though) or so to read and then I would plan on writing. Well, while I read this book I did not write. I was hooked and did not want to sleep. As an educator that has to wake up at 5am, a 12 am bedtime was not ok.

The way she ends the story is probably my favorite part. When all hope seems lost – we find there is the possibility for happiness. How concrete this happiness will be is yet to be determined. There is a sequel for this book – Linger – set to release July 1, 2010. I will be there to buy it!

This book is one I would HIGHLY recommend if you are at all into paranormal and books like Twilight or Sookie Stackhouse. I will warn you though – NO VAMPS – at least not in this one!

This book is a young adult book, but trust me when I say – this is a book for young adults and adults alike. I kept thinking as I read who would play these characters in a movie. I wonder who Mrs. Stiefvater would put in there.

Have you read it? Tell me in the comments below!

Not a lecture. Just a thought.
xoxo
Nat

A Touch of Dead

Charlaine Harris did what few authors have done. She listened to the begs of her fans and she made a book that covers the missing times that are in between the books. After reading Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, this book was a Touch of Relief!

Amazingly easy to follow, I read this in maybe a total of 90 minutes. Here and there for a few days, and this book was read from cover to cover. There are a total of five short stories that are more like chapters from her books. The language is simple to read and easy to follow along. The hardest part is remembering the synopsis of each book and figuring out where that particular short story falls in with the characters.

For instance when I read Fairy Dust, I am introduced to Claude, Claudine, and Claudette. I had to remind myself this story is from the past and is being told as if it were being plucked from Sookie’s diary (now THAT would be an interesting read!). Knowing the future outcome of the above mentioned fairies, I had to make sure I kept those facts straight.

What I will say is this: if you are a Sookie Stackhouse fan, then you will want this book. It was worth every penny. I just hope Charlaine Harris keeps it up and writes more. I loved the introduction she wrote letting everyone know how hard it was to write these little pieces of Sookies life. In my own writing, I have thought of events that I mention from the past that would make an excellent chapter in a book such as this or even a prequel. I would love for Charlaine Harris to do a prequel. Something from Sookie’s past – before Vamps and such.

What author or characters would you like to see a book such as this one of? I’d LOVE to see Stephanie Meyer visit the Twilight Saga – at least the characters – and write a novel about some of the stories they referred to – Edward when he first turned – Carlisle while he lived with the Volturi, etc.

Not a lecture. Just a thought.
xoxo
Nat

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

I bought this book on the recommendation of a co-worker in my school’s English department. She knows of my novel (even though I haven’t asked her to read it – yet), so in general conversation one morning, she spoke of this novel.

Immediately intrigued, I had to know more. She went on to discuss how this unknown author had taken the Jane Austen classic and adapted it to include zombies. Many of the people I surveyed, refused to read this book because it was trash in their mind’s eye. Their beloved Jane Austen had been defamed and made a mockery by such an adaptation.

Ironically, I had purchased another copy of Pride and Prejudice not even three months prior to finding out about this book. I wanted to re-read it as it had been SO LONG since I read it and I was hoping for a good classic story. I question whether or not I should have read the original before reading this version. Many of the plot points were foggy in my mind as I read this version, but I can honestly say, the story line is basically the same.

This book went rather quickly for me, but I will admit, I did a lot of skimming. I didn’t read every paragraph word for word. I have a stack of books I want to get through, and this novel just did not hold my attention as I had hoped it would. I found myself searching for more scenes where zombies were involved or learning of the mysterious plague that had taken over much of England. I loved the drawings that were in the novel, as they gave my mind a break to confirm that what I had visualized was what was being described.

With all the novels I have read recently, being told in the first person perspective (mine as well), it was hard for me to stay focused as the novel changed from inside of Elizabeth’s mind to others. Maybe it was just me, but I find I prefer the 1st person narrative as I know who’s head I’m in at all times. It limits what you find out, but it makes you see through one perspective and one only (unless we trade people as was done in Breaking Dawn – YUCK! I hated that part of the story!).

Even though this story was slow for me, I loved the way the author intertwined the zombies into various scenes. If there was a scene he could add violence to, it was done, yet done in a manner that showed you the times had changed the people that had been fighting the zombies. I love how he made Charlotte an integral role in understanding more about zombies and the ferocity in Elizabeth as she handles Lady Catherine towards the end.

Not a terrible book, but not a great one either. For only 300+ pages, it seemed to drag in many places. If you are in the skimming mood, go for it. Maybe after all my other books are read and I re-read the original, I might pick this book up again. I’ll wear it as I wear my Pride and Prejudice and Zombies t-shirt I bought at Hot Topic!

Not a lecture. Just a thought.
xoxo
Nat

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