#822 The Three Lives of Lydia by Delilah S. Dawson

The Three Lives of Lydia by Delilah S. DawsonThe Three Lives of Lydia by Delilah S. Dawson

Lydia wakes up in a strange place. She’s naked, but there are clothes and wigs. She gets dressed. She leaves just one of her tattoos showing, the sparrows, near her collar bones. She tries to find out where she is at. She knows it’s a carnival of some sort, but all the wagons are in a circle and there’s nothing inside.

A very nice man soon comes to meet her. He likes her right away. He’s also a vampire she soon finds out. He introduces her to his world. It’s a world of imagination, mystery, and danger. The man who runs the carnival says she can stay. She’s got enough tattoos to show off. They’re all over her skin. She has pink spiked hair beneath the wig. She can handle this. When Lydia is attacked, things swirl and go grey, but she doesn’t wake up where she expected to.

What I liked

This was kind of one of those stories within a story kind of things. I liked it. Lydia has this part of herself she thinks of as herself, but it’s not the Lydia that everyone else knows.

What I didn’t like

I kind of get this. Lydia has this fantasy self she thinks about to get away from her real life. This happens when your real life sucks so bad that just about the only thing you can do to cope is to imagine yourself as different. Maybe you can keep a few of that other you’s qualities as you move forward in life, or maybe it’s just a coping mechanism that’s temporary. I have spent many, many, many hours daydreaming when I was in crappy situations. Now that I’m not in crappy situations, I don’t have to spend extraneous amounts of time daydreaming that I’m someone else, somewhere else, and with someone else. Lydia is doing exactly the same thing. You’ll just have to read the story to figure out if she makes it out of her daydream.

Overall

Daydreams are fun, but you can get sucked in.

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#803 The Cold Girl by Rachel Caine

The Cold Girl by Rachel CaineThe Cold Girl by Rachel Caine

Kiley always wanted to date her boyfriend, but no one else really saw why. People flat-out didn’t like him, but she did. One night,they were going out, there was a carnival in town. There was a mix up with their phones. Kiley’s ended up smashed and she ended up with her boyfriend’s phone. She knew she shouldn’t peek, but she decided to anyway. He had been really concerned about photos and videos on the phone. She saw the photos; they were of her boyfriend and another girl. She saw that there were videos, she decided to watch one. The video wasn’t what she was expecting. The video showed her boyfriend strangling this girl and then raping her.

Kiley knew she had to get away from her boyfriend. He knew she had seen the phone. He tried to take her on a ride, but the carnie people seemed to know she was in trouble. They told her to go and see the fortune-teller. Kiley’s fortune was not good. She would die tonight. It would take her two days to die. The cold girl would come for her. Her boyfriend did catch up to her and he did kill her. She lay there, for two days, no one found her, but one boy did find her ghost. The cold girl finally came. She had been with the carnival for some time. Her touch froze skin. She told Kiley she could save her. She was a vampire, of course. She liked revenge and maybe Kiley could enact some revenge on her murdering boyfriend.

What I liked

I thought this story was interesting. I’m not all into vampire stories, but this one was kind of neat. I love how this mythology seemed to follow the cold girl, who was cold not only in temperature, but in her lack of human feeling. It seems the murdering boyfriend got what he deserved, much like Rosalie’s one-time fiance in the Twilight series. The story is a bit similar between the two characters.

I, like many people, tend to like retribution stories. If the bad guy gets what’s coming to him, we feel better about the story. We have this deep-rooted sense of right and wrong. We always feel that punishment must accompany a bad deed and we can get upset when it doesn’t. Think something like the Casey Anthony case, most of us feel punishment was not meted out. In this story though, the bad guy does get what’s coming to him.

What I didn’t like

I think I would have liked a full-length book rather than just this little bit. Who knows–I may read more from the series,

Overall

Just one more reason to think carnivals are creepy, as if the Freakshow version of American Horror Story wasn’t enough.

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Do you find the mythology of vampires interesting?

Should evil-doers always be punished or are you the bigger person for not punishing them?

#686 Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris

Deadlocked by Charlaine HarrisDeadlocked by Charlaine Harris

Things in Sookie’s world are strange as usual. Her boyfriend has been betrothed to the vampire queen of Oklahoma, without his say. There is suspicion all around because of Victor’s death. Claude, Sookie’s fairy cousin, is whisked away by her grandfather Niall. Jannalynn also still has it out for Sookie.

Since Sookie has given Sam a loan to keep Merlotte’s afloat, he considers her part owner of the bar. With this, Sookie has gained more responsibility. She orders things and tries to find ways to make the bar better.

Sookie goes to a strange party at Eric’s house. There’s a strange woman there giving blood to Eric, but how did she get in? Where did she come from? Why did Eric’s day man tell her to come an hour later. When the woman ends up dead out on the front lawn, a police investigation starts. Who killed this girl, nevermind that she was a stripper, who killed her?

After the party a couple of people go missing. Bill starts an investigation to determine where they’ve gone to. Sookie helps him out in one of the plots to recover one of the missing persons. During all of this, it’s known that Sookie has powerful faye magic known as the Claviel Dor. People are looking for it and it puts Sookie’s life in added danger. She feels she should use it, but should she really use it? Couldn’t Eric figure out his own problems, because he loves her?

What I liked

Again, I love the fact that this series is a southern paranormal series. The South is an interesting place in and of itself, but add paranormal/supernatural stuff into it and it just gets better. This seems to be the book where Sookie learns some hard truths about herself. Is her fairy tale romance really that? Is Eric really the person she wants to be with?

What I didn’t like

This book makes me think that Team Eric is dead and gone. I like Eric. I think Eric is great, but maybe Sookie doesn’t end up with Eric and that makes me kind of sad, but we’ll see.

Overall

Someday, this girl is going to stop getting into trouble.

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Which man would you choose?

If you had powerful magic, would you use it, or would you always have a fear that you used it for something that wasn’t that important?

#667 Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris

Dead Reckoning by Charlaine HarrisDead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris

Sookie is yet again in more trouble. Someone is after her. That someone has thrown a Molotov cocktail through the window where she works. There’s also something else amiss, something is weird with Eric and her roommates have gotten pretty darn annoying. There is actually a way to break the bond with Eric and Sookie finds out. Meanwhile, plans to kill Victor must come to fruition. It’s time to be done with all of that mess.

Trouble follows Sookie while she makes plans for a baby shower. You know, kill Victor one day and then have a baby shower the next.

The world of faery has also given Sookie some weird goings on. With two fairies living with her, she feels more fairy than ever. It’s up to Claude and Dermont to explain, which they finally do.

Sookie is attacked at her home one night and runs to Bill for help. Dermont, her fairy great-uncle, wants revenge for the situation.

During all of this, the trouble with Eric weighs on Sookie’s mind. She loves Eric, but is there anyway they can overcome the obstacle that comes into place?

What I liked

Again, I love all this intrigue. I have to wonder how Sookie’s life does turn out. Like any of our lives, we never truly stop getting into things. Things always happen, even when we’re not expecting them to. I doubt Sookie would ever just sit down quietly and do nothing.

What I didn’t like

Sookie finds answers, but she always finds more questions to go along with those answers. I’m eleven books in and I’m wondering when Sookie gets to take a breather. As I just explained, none of us ever stop experiencing life until we’re finally dead, whether that be a first death, or the true death as Sookie’s vampires are familiar with, and maybe not even then. Maybe we die and then we have more crap to do. Who knows? I think my point is that life happens and sometimes you just don’t get a rest, but I think it’s kind of time for Sookie to have a rest.

Overall

What will she get into next time?

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#666 Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris

Dead in the Family by Charlaine HarrisDead in the Family by Charlaine Harris

Sookie once again has a whole slew of problems on her hands. Her cousin Claude,the fairy, the real fairy, wants to come and stay with her because he said he needs to be around someone with fairy blood. Sookie thinks it’s a bit weird but feels bad for him. Then Alcide wants to use Sookie’s land to let the weres in the areas change for the full moon. He suspects government spies on his property where everyone normally goes.

Sookie meets a few new faces for the were gathering, but one comes back to tell her that they smelled two fairies and two bodies, one of them fresh. Sookie knows good and well that one of the bodies is Debbie Pelt, but the other is a mystery.

Before she gets a chance to tell Eric, her vampire boyfriend, about this his maker and his brother shows up. The brother just happens to be someone who was quite famous back in the day. Sookie doesn’t see Eric for a while and is still worried about who the body is. They soon find out who the body is and get it moved. Meanwhile, someone has tipped off the police about a body being on Sookie’s land, which of course turns up nothing.

Ultimately, Eric’s family causes quite a bit of trouble for Eric and for Sookie, but Sookie also has other people out to get her.

What I liked

Of course I continue to like the idea of a Southern paranormal novel, but I also like that this book is all about family. It’s about Eric’s family and it’s about Sookie’s family. Family can give great comfort, but family can also cause a lot of problems.

What I didn’t like

I don’t really have any complaints about this book.

Overall

Sookie definitely has an interesting life, glad she’s found some family though.

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How would you feel if someone was trying to frame you for a crime?

Do you think Sookie’s life is interesting or full of too much drama?