A Hedgehog, a little girl and God

I broke a bit of a rule this week when I chose new books. I still did my little eeny meeny miney moe ritual but I had too many books, so by the time I had done the final moe I still had two left, and two that I really wanted to read: The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery, which I have been wanting to read for a while, and Mister God, this is Anna by Fynn, a book that I borrowed off a friend of the family years ago and made a big impact on me…. so I started them both 🙂

I’m really looking forward to reviewing Mister God, this is Anna because it’s one of the most beautiful books I’ve ever read, and I had a hard time finding it a) because I couldn’t remember the exact title and b) it isn’t a very well-known book, and from what I’ve read of The Elegance of the Hedgehog (the first few chapters) it is a beautiful book also.

Stay tuned 🙂

REVIEW: From Dead to Worse By Charlaine Harris

From Dead to Worse By Charlaine Harris

When I started From Dead to Worse i thought it was going to be intense… and I was right. In fact this may have been the most intense book of the series (so far) simply because so much happened.

The book follows on where All Together Dead left off – in the aftermath of Cyclone Katrina and the attack on the vampire hotel, Pyramid of Gizah, many powerful vamps are dead or incapacitated (including Sophie-Anne Leclerq, Queen of Louisiana and Arkansas) and Sookie’s weretiger boyfriend, Quinn is missing. Sookie has returned to Bon Temps, her waitressing job and her witch housemate, Amelia, who is staying with her while her New Orleans home is repaired (and because she accidentally transformed her boyfriend into a cat during some creative sexual escapades and she doesn’t want her coven finding out).

The book starts off pretty ordinarily but quickly descends into a series of major events including:
  1. A Werewolf war which nearly kills Sookie and her shapeshifting boss Sam.
  2. A vampire coup in which many of the Louisiana vamps are killed (including the Queen) and in which Quinn plays a crucial part.
  3. Sookie meeting her great-grandfather who is a Faerie prince.
  4. Eric remembering when Sookie and himself had a relationship (in Dead to the World when he was bespelled by witches and lost his memory).
  5. Amelia’s coven leader Octavia tracking her down (as well as Amelia’s father paying a visit).
  6. Sookie’s brother, Jason, suddenly marrying his pregnant werepanther girlfriend Crystal in a werepanther wedding ritual which includes Sookie becoming Jason’s “surrogate”. This leads to her being forced to break Crystal’s uncle’s hand (he is Crystal’s surrogate) when Crystal is unfaithful.
  7. Bob (finally) getting turned back into a man.
  8. Sookie discovers her cousin Hadley had a son before she was turned into a vampire (Hadley was killed at the end of Dead as a Doornail) and on meeting the little boy discovers he is also a Telepath.

So…. overall an adventure so action-packed it hurt my head a little, but was nevertheless wonderfully addictive 🙂

I give From Dead to Worse by Charlaine Harris:

4 / 5 Stars