What’s so great about sad?

I just watched the last episode of a series I have loved for years – loved so much that I thought how sad it would be when it finally went off the air.  I’m not feeling that anymore.  In fact, I’m so disgusted that I won’t watch it again…even though it will be on next week.  One of the few characters I still cared about was killed in the episde I watched.  I won’t be back to see what happens next because the death of that character broke some thread of trust I had with the shows writers and producer.  Now, I just don’t care.

Life has enough strife, stress, and hardship without someone bringing more to me in my leisure time.

Once I figured out I now have one additional hour each week, I moved on to another thing which could have been equally traumatic – the end of the Sookie Stackhouse series.  Now, I’ve been putting off actually finishing the final book because I didn’t want to be sad.  Today, I figured I was already pissed off enough after my television viewing, so I might as well be completely miserable.

The entire time I was reading the final three books I kept wondering how Charlaine Harris would end it.  I had all sorts of evil twists and diabolical plots and traumatic events floating around my imagination.  I’d write them all here, but I don’t want to spoil it for anyone who’s still reading the book.  I’ll create a separate page so you can read them if you want.  I sat on my couch with my dog and a glass of water and decided to just rip the bandage off…

Much to my delight, the ending wrapped everything up quite nicely – with a healthy dose of justice and some pretty cool scenes that made me feel vindicated and really, really smart.  At no point did I feel betrayed or used.  I didn’t feel like I had been lead down the primrose path.  The author had a chance  break my heart and decided not to do it.  I suppose I’m a complete sap because I do love a neat little ending.  Notice, I didn’t qualify that as “a happy ending” because if nothing else, the end of a series I loved is hardly a happy thing.

It’s a mater of trust for me as a reader, viewer, and author.  I like to be brought home after a date safe and sound with no regrets that I just wasted a few hours of my life.  If I wanted to be sad, stressed, and shattered then I’ll wait around a bit because life tends to do that to all of us from time to time.  I don’t need a complete stranger to make me feel that way.

I guess my new book will be out sooner, now that I have an extra hour in my week.

My first review for Legendary Magic (Relic Hunter Book 3)

LM Image 2E with TextI just got my first review for Legendary Magic and I couldn’t be happier! It made my day! Here it is:

“I have been reading this author since 2012. I absolutely love her books. I feel as though I’ve been brought into the world she is writing about. This most recent book was fantastic. I highly recommend this book for sitting next to the fire drinking a glass of Irish Mist!” written by Taraharp on Amazon.com.

Come on, it’s snowing – don’t you want to sit by the fire with a glass of Irish Mist and escape on a magical adventure? I know you do…

Review – Ever After by Kim Harrison

I was up most of the night reading this book. Because I loved it so much, I’m breaking my usual rule about only reviewing indie books. If you are a fan of The Hollows series, you won’t want to miss the latest installment. If you love urban fantasy and haven’t read any of the books in the series, you’re going to want to pick up Dead Witch Walking and get started today.

Ever After is beautifully written, engaging, entertaining, suspenseful, and at times heartbreaking and funny. Rachel Mariana Morgan and her band of loyal and interesting friends are back for mischief, mayhem and revenge in the latest Hollows book and things have never been better (or worse) for the Cincy based witch and her vampire, pixy, and elf pals.

I have read reviews of Ms. Harrison’s books where other reviewers bashed Rachel and her lack of leadership and propensity to screw things up and I completely disagree. Those characteristics are exactly what makes Rachel so likeable. Her ability to forgive and move forward make her admirable. Her willingness to share in the glory and blame make her memorable. Her propensity for diving in and her determination to make the hard choices make her someone I’d want to hang out with. She has style, and as long as you can have style while battling demons I’m in!

This wild ride of urban fantasy finds Rachel in a few unlikely alliances to set things straight and right again in her world and the Ever After. The usual suspects appear (actually, I think she managed to get them ALL in this book) from Al to Newt; From Quen to Trent; From Jenks and Bis to Ivy and Nick.

Sometimes, the story becomes confusing (almost as if I missed a book – which I didn’t) but I have so much faith in the author that I just forged ahead, knowing that at some point she will bring it all together – be it in Ever After or in the next book. That’s the great thing about the series – little cookie crumbs are left in earlier books that come back later to lead you to a delicious and utterly satisfying end.

If you’re looking to read a book you can’t put down pick this one up. Between the beautifully crafted world, the elaborate descriptions that make the movie in your head run in vivid Technicolor, and the interesting and wonderfully flawed characters – Ever After is a gem and a satisfying read!