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review 2017-02-20 03:48
Review: Night Shift (Midnight, Texas #3)
Night Shift - Charlaine Harris

When I saw my library had this book I grabbed it pretty quickly.

I have read the other two books so I knew I had to read the next book as soon as I was able too.

 

So I loved the story line but I felt the way that some things were left opened that there could possibly be another book, even if this is only meant to be a trilogy.  I love Midnight, Texas and its characters. In this story it seems that something evil is lurking below Midnight and it is causing deaths, but what is it exactly? How can the residents of Midnight stop whatever it is? On top of trying to get answers for whatever is happening at the crossroads it seems that Olivia's past will come into play and we get to get a bit of insight into her. It is not really pretty, but I can see why she is the way she is.

It seems that a virgin will be the one to stop this creature but the way it needs to be done I felt bad because it had to be done in public. I can just see the embarrassment that the character went through and felt what she felt. Though it didn't turn out to be a bad thing just weird.

We really get to see how good of a witch that Fiji truly is, and that she doesn't like to see any of her friends get hurt even though they all do not hang out. While dealing with her feelings for the man she wants but she knows he has no clue how she feels, she also has to deal with her family and this demon that is rising.

I really enjoy how all the main residents of this small town come together and help each other out and they do not judge one another.

The one thing I will say she might want to rethink how she describes people at times. For example Lemuel she mentions that he is as white as bleach. Now I am not sure how bleach is white as I always assumed it was clear.

The only reason I gave this book a four and not a solid five like I thought is just because of the openness of some things that went on within the book. I don't want to get into them because I feel like it would give a lot away,

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review 2017-01-10 16:05
Last Three Novels in the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris
Dead Reckoning - Charlaine Harris
Deadlocked - Charlaine Harris
Dead Ever After - Charlaine Harris

Sookie Stackhouse finds it easy to turn down the request of former barmaid Arlene when she wants her job back at Merlotte’s. After all, Arlene tried to have Sookie killed. But her relationship with Eric Northman is not so clearcut. He and his vampires are keeping their distance…and a cold silence. And when Sookie learns the reason why, she is devastated.

Then a shocking murder rocks Bon Temps, and Sookie is arrested for the crime.

But the evidence against Sookie is weak, and she makes bail. Investigating the killing, she’ll learn that what passes for truth in Bon Temps is only a convenient lie. What passes for justice is more spilled blood. And what passes for love is never enough...

 

Okay, this is where I admit that I binge-read the last 3 books in the Sookie Stackhouse series in two days. Part of me is sad that I did this to myself—concluded a series that I’ve been stretching out and planning to savour for as long as possible. But once I had the final books in my hands, I just couldn’t quit reading!

I can see why others were disappointed with this ending, but to my eye it was foreshadowed from the very first book. What was required was for Sookie to gain some life experience and to learn some hard lessons about life and the motivations of other people. That’s what our twenties and early thirties are for—learning that the way that you were raised isn’t shared by everyone, not even your own family or the community where you grew up. Learning that not everyone who arrives when you have a problem is there to help you. Figuring out what you can live with and what you can’t, who you can trust and who you shouldn’t. Who is supportive of who you are and who will never be?

Sookie couldn’t have ended up in a happy relationship if she didn’t have some problematic ones to compare to. I can say from personal experience that I was much shallower in my salad days and much more impressed by personal appearance in a love interest than perhaps by his values. And I cried my share of tears when the heartless & handsome disappeared out of my life. Nowadays, I appreciate kindness more than a full head of hair, thoughtfulness over a handsome face. But you have to get there! The mating issue is the biggest thing to be dealt with during the second decade of life and we are making important decisions while inexperienced—a recipe for potential disaster.

Basically, this series of 13 books follows the growing up experiences of a naïve but good-hearted young woman. If I have any criticism, it’s that Sookie seems to become more concerned with Christianity during the last few books, something which felt off to me. For the whole series, Harris gives us far too much information about Sookie’s personal hygiene, what she does with her hair, and what she’s making for supper, but she also gives us the angst of those years, the hard experiences, the growing up, and eventually making better choices.

Possibly the best first & last lines of a series—from I’d been waiting for the vampire for years when he walked into the bar to I’m Sookie Stackhouse. I belong here. I’m already missing having another Sookie book to read—I hope to re-read them at some point in the future.

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review 2016-12-26 21:43
Review: Midnight Crossroad (book 1)
Midnight Crossroad (A Novel of Midnight, Texas) - Charlaine Harris

So when I read book two last year and I enjoyed it I was excited to see that my library had book one in. I jumped on the chance to read about Midnight from the beginning. In this book we are introduced to the characters that make up Midnight. A small town in Texas with just one stop light.
I really liked how the characters all had a secret about them so it made it more of a supernatural mystery. Though I wish we got more backstory to them and what drew them to Midnight. Especially being as there is a handful of businesses but there isn't a lot of traffic that should keep them going.
So as far as characters I think that Olivia really has me intrigued only because she can handle getting rid of a body with ease. Like oh I can get rid of him, let me throw him over my shoulder.
Now Fiji I was in the air with her. I wanted to like her but she had a lot going on with herself. She likes Bobo but he is really just a good friend. She really was not a character I truly enjoyed.
As not only are we being introduced to all that live in Midnight, we also have a mystery of Bobo's girl who has gone missing. Bobo is a mess when he thinks about her. So when a body is found Bobo's past comes to the present and everyone in Midnight comes together to solve this mystery.
The plot was steady nothing too fast and there isn't a whole lot of action. Just enough to wet your whistle and that is all.
If you like small town books, characters who are of the supernatural and have secrets then I say hey pick this up.

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review 2016-11-21 22:25
Dayshift / Charlaine Harris
Day Shift - Charlaine Harris

There is no such thing as bad publicity, except in Midnight, Texas, where the residents like to keep to themselves. Even in a town full of secretive people, Olivia Charity is an enigma. She lives with the vampire Lemuel, but no one knows what she does; they only know that she’s beautiful and dangerous.

Psychic Manfred Bernardo finds out just how dangerous when he goes on a working weekend to Dallas and sees Olivia there with a couple who are both found dead the next day. To make matters worse, one of Manfred’s regular — and very wealthy — clients dies during a reading.

Manfred returns from Dallas embroiled in scandal and hounded by the press. He turns to Olivia for help; somehow he knows that the mysterious Olivia can get things back to normal. As normal as things get in Midnight...

 

 

Another almost-good book to follow Midnight Crossroad.  I didn’t get to see very much of the characters that truly interested me and had to endure far too much of Manfred Bernardo, who I could care less about.  The mystery wasn’t very mysterious and the plot wasn’t nearly as taut as I would have liked.  A lot of the action seems to be just going through the motions, with no emotional pull to speak of.  Although the reader gets to know Olivia better, it still felt superficial to me because we really don’t know the details of why she has turned out the way she did.  And Lemuel is MIA for this volume, which is too bad because he is one of the most intriguing inhabitants of Midnight.

 

I will probably finish the series at some point, just because I’ve made it through 2/3 of it already.  I do hope that this series is not reflective of Harris’ Aurora Teagarden or Lily Bard

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review 2016-11-21 22:01
Midnight Crossroad / Charlaine Harris
Midnight Crossroad - Charlaine Harris

Welcome to Midnight, Texas, a town with many boarded-up windows and few full-time inhabitants, located at the crossing of Witch Light Road and Davy Road. It’s a pretty standard dried-up western town. There’s a pawnshop (someone lives in the basement and is seen only at night). There’s a diner (people who are just passing through tend not to linger). And there’s new resident Manfred Bernardo, who thinks he’s found the perfect place to work in private (and who has secrets of his own). Stop at the one traffic light in town, and everything looks normal. Stay awhile, and learn the truth...

 

Not my favourite book by Charlaine Harris by a long chalk. And that despite the fact that there is cross-over of characters from the Sookie Stackhouse series, which I am still reading and enjoying quite a bit. This book had potential—but I think Harris was still burnt out from finishing the Sookie series and should maybe have left this concept alone for a while.

I’m glad that I picked this novel up in a used book store—I’ll be returning it for credit and enjoying another volume of something else! Nonetheless, I finished it quickly and plunged on to the second volume (also purchased second hand), so it can’t have been that awful.

My major complaint is that not much actually seems to happen. If you are really into the characters, you will enjoy getting to know the new ones and catching up with the familiar ones. But Midnight, Texas is truly a tiny town and a small plot has to be inflated with minutia in order to fill an entire book.

Best bet for Charlaine Harris completionists.

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