I know, I'm just as surprised as you are: I have high standards.
Apparently, I do need more than a few laughs for me to truly like a book. Like a strong plot, characters I actually like, but it's okay if they're kinda flat. Plot is more important than characters for me, really.
It's supposed to be a mystery, but I didn't find Sookie was really active in solving the mystery. She listened in on a few minds, never found anything, never put the pieces together...etc.
The ending... well, we know how I feel about endings. It wasn't good enough. I'll forgive anything if the ending's good.
Also, one line in the whole book kind of just jolted me out of the story:
"Every now and then I felt like Bill's doll."
For those of you who haven't read it, Bill liked braiding & brushing Sookie's hair. There's nothing weird about that in and of itself. I thought it was really sweet. I did like Bill. Most of the time.
However...saying "Bill's doll"...
Dracula playing Barbies, anyone? I got weirded out. I can't explain it.
I find myself...still on Team Van Helsing.
What's stronger? The vampire or the one that kills him? Plus, I mean, it's Hugh Jackman...
I will continue to get my recommended dose of dumb blonde mysteries from the High Heels Mysteries by Gemma Halliday. But Maddie's really not that dumb. I think she is intelligent, just a little naive.