Friday, March 26, 2010

Dead Until Dark (Southern Vampire Mysteries, #1) by Charlaine Harris review.

Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
Release Date: May 1, 2001
Age Group: Adult, but YA tolerable
Pages: 292 pages
Movie: No, however there is a TV show titled True Blood.
Overall Rating:
Summary: Sookie Stackhouse is a cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana, but she keeps to herself and doesn't date much because of her "disability" to read minds. When she meets Bill, Sookie can't hear a word he's thinking. He's the type of guy she's waited for all of her life, but he has a disability, too--he's a vampire with a bad reputation. When one of Sookie's coworkers is killed, she fears she's next. -
Review: I know I know - a vampire book. So overrated right? Well in the case of the Southern Vampire Mysteries series, not so much. It's actually a very refreshing take on a world inhabited by vampires, the refreshing part being that everyone knows that they exist and they go out and public. This happens to be quite a problem to some people though, once the killings start. Sookie Stackhouse, the independent waitress with classic southern charm who just so happens to be the main character, doesn't think that there's something wrong with them. She even wants to meet one, or even get to know one. This may have something to do with the fact that Sookie herself has something odd about her - she can read minds. With it's detailed and well thought out scenes, mysterious characters, and engrossing story lines, this series stands out from the rest of your typical vampire stories.

Julie & Julia by Julie Powell review.

Julie & Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously by Julie Powell
Release Date: September 7, 2006
Age Group: Adult
Pages: 336 pages
Movie: Yes, a film was released in 2009, now available on DVD.
Overall Rating:
Summary: Julie & Julia is the story of Julie Powell's attempt to revitalize her marriage, restore her ambition, and save her soul by cooking all 524 recipes in Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume I, in a period of 365 days. The result is a masterful medley of Bridget Jones' Diary meets Like Water for Chocolate, mixed with a healthy dose of original wit, warmth, and inspiration that sets this memoir apart from most tales of personal redemption. -
Review: From the very beginning Julie & Julia is an absolute delight to read. From explaining how she discovered her mother's copy of The Art of French Cooking and how it really changed the way she thought of food, to the frustrations of living in a small apartment above a Pizzaria and having a small kitchen, to having to cook a live lobster and hearing "Lobster killer!" in her head all day. No matter the story or circumstance, she writes with such humor and honesty that makes you feel as if you were experiencing those events right there with her or even hearing it from a good friend. You'll find yourself crying along with Julie in frustration as she questions her marriage, career, life, and determination. You'll find yourself laughing along with the quirkiness and sometimes awkwardness. But most of all, you'll find yourself cheering her on and not being able to set the book down.