Review: Queen Of The Slayers By Nancy Holder


SUNNYDALE WAS ONLY THE WARM-UP…

NO VACATION. NO BENEFITS. AND THE ONLY RETIREMENT IS AN EARLY DEATH. THIS BOOK SHOULD LIKEWISE BE PUT OUT OF ITS MISERY.

 

Book CoverQueen Of The Slayers
(Buffy The Vampire Slayer)

Nancy Holder

Genre: Media Tie-in, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Pocket Books
Format: Paperback, 392 Pages
Date: 30th June 2014 (First Published 2009)

ISBN-10: 1500369489
ISBN-13: 978-1500369484

 
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It has been mentioned in a previous book review that media tie-in novels have a poor reputation, and that this negative perception is well earned. There’s no need to repeat, here, the various reasons for this; it is enough to state that everything wrong with media tie-in novels is present in Queen Of The Slayers―a hopelessly irredeemable Buffy The Vampire Slayer novel. As a result, this review will likely be very short given that this book has practically nothing going for it.

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Review: Club Dead By Charlaine Harris


SHOULD HAVE BEEN CLUBBED TO DEATH

A BOOK EVERY BIT AS VAPID AND VACUOUS AS ITS SIMPLE-MINDED PROTAGONIST

 

Book CoverClub Dead
(The Southern Vampire Mysteries, Book 3)

Charlaine Harris

Genre: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Gollancz
Format: Paperback, 288 Pages
Date: 20th October 2011 (First Published 2003)

ISBN-10: 0575117044
ISBN-13: 978-0575117044

 
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From the outset, Charlaine Harris’ Southern Vampire Mysteries has been a series that is best approached as a guilty pleasure of the “so bad it’s good” variety; for most readers this is the only hope of getting any enjoyment from reading the books. But even the adoption of this mindset is not enough to make book three, Club Dead, anything other than an awful read.

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Review: Gameboard Of The Gods By Richelle Mead


GODS WALK AMONG US, WE ARE THEIR PAWNS

BEHIND A SERIES OF RITUALISTIC MURDERS LIES A HIDDEN REALITY A KICK-ASS HEROINE ISN’T READY TO BELIEVE

 

Book CoverGameboard Of The Gods
(Age Of X, Book 1)

Richelle Mead

Genre: Science Fiction, Paranormal
Publisher: Penguin
Format: Paperback, 464 Pages
Date: 6th June 2013

ISBN-10: 140591355X
ISBN-13: 978-1405913553

 
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For almost a decade author Richelle Mead has been one of the most popular voices of the urban fantasy scene; writing a number of successful books in more than one series, for both the young adult audience as wells as adult readers. With the very noticeable shift towards dystopian stories in the mass market publishing sphere, kick-started by the success and popularity of Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games, it was perhaps inevitable that Mead would follow the trend and throw her hat into the dystopia ring.

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Review: Living Dead In Dallas By Charlaine Harris


IT’S JUST HER MIND THEY WANT TO USE. HONEST!

THWARTING HATE GROUPS AND SOLVING MURDERS IS ALL IN A COUPLE OF DAYS WORK FOR ACCIDENTAL SLEUTH, SOOKIE STACKHOUSE

 

Book CoverLiving Dead In Dallas
(The Southern Vampire Mysteries, Book 2)

Charlaine Harris

Genre: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Gollancz
Format: Paperback, 288 Pages
Date: 20th October 2011 (First Published 2001)

ISBN-10: 0575117036
ISBN-13: 978-0575117037

 
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While a part of me would ideally love for every book I read to be an unforgettable, life defining masterpiece, I realise that this is not a realistic expectation. There are times when I simply have to let myself enjoy a book for what it is. Reading a Sookie Stackhouse novel by Charlaine Harris is always one of those occasions. Living Dead In Dallas, the second instalment of the Southern Vampire Mysteries, much like its predecessor, Dead Until Dark, is at best a disposable guilty pleasure. Much, if not all, of the enjoyment to be derived from it is the result of how eye-rollingly cringe-worthy, and hilariously funny the story is. Whether or not that is by design is hard to tell. But I’ll give the author the benefit of the doubt.

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Review: Angelfall By Susan Ee


THE ANGEL APOCALYPSE FOR THE TWILIGHT GENERATION

YET ANOTHER DYSTOPIAN YOUNG ADULT PHENOMENON SOON TO BE RECEIVING THE HOLLYWOOD TREATMENT

 

Book CoverAngelfall
(Penryn And The End Of Days, Book 1)

Susan Ee

Genre: Paranormal, Young Adult
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Format: Paperback, 336 Pages
Date: 23rd May 2013 (First Published 2011)

ISBN-10: 144477851X
ISBN-13: 978-1444778519

 
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Once upon a time, publishing houses would publish books that told a story with a beginning, a middle, and an end. In recent times, however, it has become the case that an increasing number of books are being needlessly split into multiple instalments, to tell stories that could and should be told in a single volume. A cynical person might conclude that the driving force behind this trend is obviously to squeeze more money out of readers’ pockets.

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Review: Dead Until Dark By Charlaine Harris


MAYBE HAVING A VAMPIRE FOR A BOYFRIEND ISN’T SUCH A BRIGHT IDEA…

Thus begins the much beloved Southern Vampire Mysteries series, the brainchild of Charlaine Harris.

 

Book CoverDead Until Dark
(The Southern Vampire Mysteries, Book 1)

Charlaine Harris

Genre: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Gollancz
Format: Paperback, 336 Pages
Date: 20th October 2011 (First Published 2001)

ISBN-10: 0575117028
ISBN-13: 978-0575117020

 
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Last summer saw the release of Charlaine Harris’ Dead Ever After, the final instalment of The Southern Vampire Mysteries, which lead to much acrimony and gnashing of teeth among a legion of shipper fangirls. Now that the controversy has settled down, what better time to look back at the novel that first introduced readers to Sookie Stackhouse and her world of vampires, and their Fang Banger groupies.

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