Books to the Sky

“Books to the ceiling, Books to the sky, My pile of books is a mile high. How I love them! How I need them! I'll have a long beard by the time I read them.” ― Arnold Lobel

Sookie Stackhouse, Books 1 – 3

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The Southern Vampire Mysteries series began when the first book published in 2001, changed for an HBO adaptation (True Blood) in 2008, and the last of the thirteen novels was released in May 2013. In addition, Charlaine Harris has written several short stories and novellas in this series and a final follow-up novel (After Dead) came out in late 2013. After reading one of those short stories I realized that I had read only one or two books in this series, and they were from the middle. There are a few advantages to being this much of a late comer to a series, mainly the fact that they are all available with no waiting for the next one to come out. So I have gone from not much of a clue about the series to absolutely in love with it in the space of a week. I’m really glad that I finally started this series. Having just finished the seventh book with the next two checked out and waiting this seems like a good place to pause and review.

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Must Love Hellhounds

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Acid blood, demonic eyes, nine inch fangs, lovable, gigantic, three-headed, serpentine tongues, shape shifting, mischievous. Four different stories, four different takes on hellhounds. Intriguing concepts and the entries in this anthology fit well together.

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Bite

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The expectations of a book can influence your enjoyment. If I had seen the small print at the top of the cover (one of the problems with ebooks over print books) labeling it as dark seduction, I would have known what to expect. Much of this collection feels more like romance novels, having sex as the main point with a little story wrapped around it. Which I might have enjoyed if I had expected it. I am not against sex in books at all, I just want it to feel like a part of the story (eg: the Argeneau vampire series). I also have a feeling that I’d enjoy this anthology more if I were familiar with the series these stories are tied to. As it is, I really only liked one of the stories.
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Pet Shop Boys: A Short Story

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This short story was written as a possibility for an anthology and is included in the collection Into the Woods. Kim Harrison states in the introduction that she wanted to move as far away from the vampires in The Hollows series as she could.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Immortal: Love Stories with Bite

Immortal Love Stories With Bite

Eight shorts delving into different kinds of love. Some that are definitely not what you expect, and they’re all worth the read. Read the rest of this entry »

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Kisses from Hell

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Next in the “hell” series, five supernatural stories centering around young adults, kisses, and vampires. A couple of these are good and one is excellent. Read the rest of this entry »

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Vacations from Hell

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Another entry in the “from hell” collection, this time around the theme of vacations, specifically centered around young adults. I love short stories, and, as may be apparent by now, supernatural ones in particular. I haven’t read anything from these five authors before, which makes it all the more enjoyable for me. I’m also noticing that the “from hell” collections that I’ve read and enjoyed most are the ones that are geared to young adults.
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Dead Witch Walking

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This is the first book in Kim Harrison’s Hollows series. The Hollows is a suburb of Cincinnati that is populated by some humans and a lot of supernaturals, called Inderlanders.  Kim Harrison brings us an alternate reality where humans discover they have been living side by side with Inderlanders for centuries. The secrecy is cast off after a horrible bioengineered virus has devastated the human population.   Read the rest of this entry »

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Prom Nights from Hell

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Collection of five paranormal short stories from leading authors with a connecting theme of teenagers and their proms.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Holidays are Hell

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I borrowed this collection of four novellas from the library because I’ve been reading Lynsay Sands lately and wanted to see more of her work. The other three authors are new to me and a pleasant surprise. Read the rest of this entry »

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