Casey reads From Dead To Worse.

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From Dead to Worse is the eighth book in the series, and the one where things start getting weird. Weirder than vampire conventions and complicated murder plots, you ask? Yes. Fairies start showing up, and it’s all downhill from here. Spoilers to follow…

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Casey reads All Together Dead.

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For this one, I feel like I need to bring out that wrestling announcer to grab the mic and shill, ARE YOU READY FOR VAMPIRE POLITICCCCCCS? This, the seventh book in the series, is probably my favorite, because I am THE MOST ready for vampire politics. All Together Dead features the oft-talked about vampire political summit, amongst other things, and we’re gonna be looking at a crazy amount of plot development, so strap yourselves in. Spoilers to follow…

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Casey reads Definitely Dead.

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There is so much going on in Definitely Dead, the sixth book in the series. New characters (actually important), a new romance, new villains, weird stuff is revealed, there’s an attempted political coup, a dude gets turned into a vampire, and another dude gets turned into a cat. Let’s just get going. Spoilers to follow…

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Casey reads Dead as a Doornail.

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In Dead as a Doornail, the fifth book in the Sookie Stackhouse series, there are a few things going on. Arson, a sniper trying to take out local members of the shapeshifter population, some private detectives investigating that murder Sookie committed, a revenge plot, and a political coup, werewolf-style. Spoilers to follow…

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Casey reads Modern Romance.

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If you were ever curious about just how relationships were formed over the course of human history, particularly in this day and age where your phone tells you when there’s a single person nearby, you’d probably super enjoy comedian Aziz Ansari’s Modern Romance. And if you enjoy Aziz Ansari, I mean, you are definitely going to enjoy this. I should have led with that. This is why I haven’t written my own bestseller on contemporary dating. Spoilers to follow…

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Casey reads Dead to the World.

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If you are here for the amnesia and tortured romance trope, you came to the right book. If you are here for witches, you also came to the right book. If you are here for both of those things, then why am I recapping these, you could do it for me and I could be reading something a little less bloody. Prep yourselves for all sorts of nudity and brain matter (not at the same time, thank God) in Dead to the World, the fourth book in the series. Spoilers to follow…

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Casey reads Club Dead.

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In Club Dead, the third book in the series, Sookie finally get seriously introduced to the shapeshifting community. Unfortunately, she only does so when Vampire Bill goes missing and she has to chase him down. Plus, there’s a dance routine, a hot new man, and a dead body in the closet. Spoilers to follow…

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Casey reads Living Dead In Dallas.

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Living Dead in Dallas, the second book in the Sookie Stackhouse series, is a hot mess of someone who ran out of story but still had to make word count. There’s a murder mystery involving an illicit sex club, which is not nearly as interesting as it sounds, there’s a maenad, which is also not as interesting as it sounds, and then a lot of vampire blah blah that take Sookie out of state and introduce a bunch of unimportant one-offs. It’s… it is a book and I read it. Spoilers to follow…

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Casey reads Dead Until Dark.

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For 2017, I decided a decent book-related resolution was to re-read all of the books I already own, as justification for my having bought them. Inevitably this has led to a re-read of the Sookie Stackhouse series (some may know it as the True Blood books, on which the show was based) by Charlaine Harris. These go fast (admittedly I’ve read further ahead than I’ve written, so bear with me if it gets a little rough-hewn and detail-light) but it’s a fun little series, if not at times corny, horny, and just plain bizarre. So prep yourselves for some telepathy, vampires, and a murder or two, in book one, Dead Until Dark. Spoilers to follow…

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Casey reads Heartless.

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If you know me, you know I love Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. And if you know the world of YA, you know that authors love to attempt to reinvent the wheel as far as Wonderland is concerned. So many of them like to paint the land as one at war, usually over the use or abuse of magic. And the rest love to paint it as a land where madness is mandatory. And neither of them of those interpretations (taking the infamous quote “We’re all mad here” as literally as possible), really capture what I love about Wonderland, which is less sinister and more whimsical. Yet I still devour all of it, in hopes that eventually I’d find the book that understood what I was looking for on a deeper level, and would be able to articulate what I loved in a way that I cannot do here.

And I think I finally found it. Heartless, by Marissa Meyer of the The Lunar Chronicles, is a prequel to Alice’s Adventures, examining how a girl could grow to be the cruel Queen of Hearts. And what I like most about it is that it’s not set in the center of a war-torn nation, nor is the queen the stereotypical hat-askew bloodlust “mad” the way these things often paint the beloved characters. Instead, the elements we recognize are woven in seamlessly to a love story we don’t know, and the result is just a delight. Spoilers to follow…

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