Book Reviews: 9-8-08

08 Sep

Here are my reviews on the books I read in the last week:

Dead Until Dark  (Southern Vampire Mysteries, Book 1) – by Charlaine Harris
This book is about a girl named Sookie who lives in a world where vampires are now a member of society.  She hasn’t met one, until one comes into the bar where she works.  Sookie is a very pretty girl who has a “disability”.  She can read minds.  She doesn’t like it, and she doesn’t ask for it.  But for some reason she can’t hear this new vampire’s thoughts.  And that really intrigues her.  She and this new vampire, Bill, end up spending some time together through some very unusual circumstances.  The develop feelings for each other, but Sookie isn’t prepared for what it is really like to have a relationship with a vampire.  In the midst of her new relationship several people in her small town die, and she finds herself in the middle of a mystery.
This is an AWESOME book.  This is the first book in a series, I think they are up to book 8 now.  I can’t wait till I can order the rest of them.  If they are anything like the first one I’ll love it.  I love the relationship between Sookie and Bill.  It shows what a relationship with a vampire would really be like.  Not that hyped up hollywood “perfect” relationship, but a real one with problems and fights.
There is now also a tv series based on the books.  It airs on HBO on Sundays at 8pm (central).  The premiere was last night, and it was great!  I can’t wait till the next episode!
A word of caution though:  the author has no problem discussing the sexual side of the relationship between Sookie and Bill in pretty vivid detail.  If you don’t like that kind of thing then this book might not be for you.

The Sea of Monsters  (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 2) – by Rick Riordan
We meet Percy at the end of another school year.  Compared to the last one, this school year has been trouble free so far.  But on the last day of school several monsters come into the school and try to kill Percy, they don’t, but they end up blowing up half the school in the process.  His friend Annabeth finds him and they make it to Camp Half-Blood, but they find the camp in the middle of a battle with more monsters.  It seems that someone poisoned the tree that serves as the foundation for the protection of the camp, and now any monster can come in whenever they want.  And to top it all off Percy is having dreams of his other friend Grover who is a saytr.  He knows Grover is in trouble, but what can he do?  But after a helpful visit from an unlikely source Percy, Annabeth and Percy’s half-brother Tyson risk expulsion and leave the school to try to help Grover, who just happened to have found the only thing that can restore the magical protection around Camp Half-Blood.
This is quite a good sequel to the first book.  We find out Percy has a half-brother, we meet more gods, monsters and creatures from greek myth, and there is a great adventure all at the same time.  I was quite happy to find that all of the mythological characters are portrayed correctly.  As some what of a greek myth buff, I can sometimes get upset when something isn’t done correctly.

Next up is The Titan’s Curse (Percy Jackson 3) and then Eldest (the sequal to Eragon).  I’ve ordered two more first books in a series, so after Titan’s Curse and Eldest I’ll start on those.

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Posted by on September 8, 2008 in Book Reviews


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