October 31st, 2011

witch muse, hallow muse

Books 102-104: Dead Reckoning (Harris), Grave Doubts and Heaven Sent (Cabot)

Book 102: Dead Reckoning (Sookie Stackhouse/Southern Vampires 11) .
Author: Charlaine Harris, 2011
Genre: Southern Gothic. Supernatural Mystery.
Other Details: Hardback. 336 pages.

More trouble for Sookie and friends as the novel opens with a fire bombing attack on Merlotte's Bar. Now that weres and shifters are out in the open suspicion naturally falls upon those within the human population who hate the two-natured. However, Sookie had a brief glimpse of the bomber and could swear they were not human. She also learns of the dangerous plans of Eric and Pam to free themselves from their oppressive new ruler.

I had felt the last book Dead in the Family was setting up for future events and here was the pay off. There was plenty of action here as well as revelations. I found it an extremely satisfying instalment in the series though there appear to be plenty of reviewers on Goodreads who would disagree. Still I always seek to be true to my experience and give a book a thumbs up or thumbs down based on that.

Books 103-104: Grave Doubts and Heaven Sent (Mediator 05 & 06) .
Author: Meg Cabot, 2003 & 2005.
Genre: Paranormal Romance. Ghosts. YA.
Other Details: Paperback. 2010 Omnibus edition 419 pages.

As I've noted before Meg Cabot's books seem very prone to this different titling between North America and the UK editions. In the States these books were released as Haunted and Twilight (published 10 months before Meyer's Twilight). These two books conclude the series featuring Susannah 'Suze' Simon, a teenager with the ability to see, talk to and touch ghosts. Her main task is to assist them to pass onto the next life by dealing with any unfinished business they have.

Fellow mediator Paul Slater, introduced in Book 4, gives Suze a chilling ultimatum. Unless she agrees to date him, he'll send Suze's love, the ghostly Jesse, into the afterlife. Paul even threatens to use his more advanced mediator powers to travel back in time to stop Jesse from ever being murdered in the 19th century, which would eliminate her memory of ever meeting him. What a rotter Paul is!!!

Suze as a narrative voice is a delight with a wry sense of humour. I thoroughly enjoyed this series as light relief and felt that Cabot brought the story to a very satisfying conclusion by the final pages.