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review 2016-10-08 00:00
Charlaine Harris' Grave Surprise
Charlaine Harris' Grave Surprise - Charl... Charlaine Harris' Grave Surprise - Charlaine Harris,Royal McGraw,Ilias Kyriazis
I haven't read the Harper Connelly series yet, but I'm very fond of the Midnight Texas and Sookie Stackhouse series. Also, I enjoy graphic novels so I was eager to check this out.

A few lines of backstory is given in the beginning explaining how Harper came to have her abilities and who her business partner is so I didn't feel lost having not read any of the books that came before this one. Flashbacks of her childhood also pop up occasionally.

The murder mystery of the series is really good. I solved it before the end, but I wasn't positive enough not to be a surprised by how things went. I really liked the lead characters, and the storyline kept my attention. The artist drew the cast realistically and each person was unique to themselves. It isn't a scary plot, but supernatural things and the suspense of what could happen do give it a eerie feel.

I will definitely be reading more of Harper and Tolliver.


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review 2015-09-28 13:51
"Grave Surprise" by Charlaine Harris - a deeper insight into Harper Connelly
Grave Surprise - Charlaine Harris

Like "Grave Sight", the first book in the series, "Grave Surprise" is constructed around the consequences of Harper using her strange gift for finding the dead and knowing how they died. The plot is complex enough to be satisfying and plausible enough not to be irritating but the real focus of the book is to give a deeper insight into about Harper and her relationships to her family.

 

During the book, I was curious to find out who the bad guy was but the real fascination was in learning more about Harper's background and her relationship with the men in her life, especially her "brother" and the pierced and tattooed young psychic.

 

Harper is both fragile and strong. The two parts of her are bound together by her bravery and her need to find the truth.

 

Harris succeeds in getting the reader to see the world through Harper's eyes and to sympathise with that point of view. All the little details are right and the pace is well-managed.

 

I would have been happier with a little less need to recap the first book in the second but it was still a fun read.

 

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review 2015-04-14 19:32
Grave Surprise by Charlaine Harris
Grave Surprise - Charlaine Harris

In this, the second book of the series, Harper is brought in by a professor as an exhibit in his class on the paranormal. She is to walk an old graveyard that the paperwork as only recently been found for as proof that she can tell how the dead died.

 

She is very accurate, making the professor angrier by the minute and the students more and more freaked out. Things get really interesting when she heads to the final grave and find not one but two bodies. One is the old body that belongs in the grave, and one is a very fresh grave for a young girl that Harper had been hired to find months ago but could not.

 

Harper has to go through the usual disbelief from both the public and the police force. You have in this book all the prejudice you would expect from a small town. It is of course easier to blame the outsiders than to look inside for the killers.

 

Ms Harris has given us another tale with all the twists and turns that a reader could hope for in a mystery. Well worth reading.

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review 2015-02-05 00:00
Grave Surprise
Grave Surprise - Charlaine Harris Actual rating: 3.5 stars
I'm not 100% sure how I feel about this series yet, I'll withhold my final judgment until I finish the other 2 books.
I was gifted this series, along with a few other series by the same author, for Christmas, back in 2013. I read the first book right away, and I don't remember particularly liking or disliking it, it was just pretty "meh."
I'm always hesitant about reading books, particularly series, by extremely prolific authors, as a lot of times, I realize that they sacrifice quality for quantity. Plus, a lot of them drag series out far beyond the point where they should have ended, and being stuck in the same fictional world for too long just gets, well, boring.
One thing that makes me feel a bit conflicted are the semi-incesty vibes that this series has. I mean, sure, they're not blood related, but it's still a bit... odd. Not enough to make me put the series down, though. I'm way too desensitized for that.
In this book, the ending left me feeling like something was missing. Like all of the issues introduced were not fully resolved. However, this being a series, that's understandable.
In the end, I'm curious enough about where all of this is going to read the last 2 books. The first two haven't blown my mind, but I've certainly read worse.
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review 2015-01-30 11:26
Grave Surprise, An Ice Cold Grave, and Grave Secret (Harper Connelly #2–4) by Charlaine Harris
Grave Surprise - Charlaine Harris
An Ice Cold Grave - Charlaine Harris
Grave Secret - Charlaine Harris

It has been a long time since I finished the series, and I forgot many details, so I decided to simply review the final three books together. Besides, I would be only repeating the same things if I reviewed each book on its own.

 

What I enjoyed the most about this series were definitely Harper’s cases. From the strangely reappeared body of Tabitha Morgenstern in Grave Surprise, the serial killer in An Ice Cold Grave(which was both the creepiest and the one that made me empathise with Harper’s predicaments the most), and finally to the mystery surrounding the disappearance of Harper’s sister Cameron in Grave Secret, they were full of suspense and their outcomes were unpredictable to the very end.

 

I liked Harper well enough throughout the series. However, I didn’t much care about Tolliver, who always seemed just as her extension. Even the language used suggests that, since Harper, the first person POV narrator, uses a lot of plural, not only with regard to actions (which makes sense, as they do most things together) but also when describing their emotions and even thoughts, thus “they” like this or that, “they” feel, etc.

 

Their relationship taking a not really unexpected turn does not do any favours to Tolliver’s character, as he remains uninteresting and personality lacking. If anything, he becomes annoying as he pouts because people only see him as Harper’s sidekick, which hurts his manly feelings.

 

Nevertheless, I liked the entire series. The books were fast and entertaining reads, and the stories were captivating so much so that I often couldn’t put the book down because I had to know what happened next.

 

RECOMMENDATION: If you like crime and mystery with a bit of a supernatural element, this series might be great for you.

 

This review was originally published on my book blog.

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