Dead Ever After is the final novel in Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse novels, and as you probably noticed I've been hoovering them up with my face lately. But, I really didn't like this book. I think the writing was incredibly poor (which should have been expected, as the series began to degrade around book 8). I also didn't really like the ending, it didn't seem to follow where the rest of the books began and felt a bit like tying up lose ends in a really messy knot, just so it was finished.
After finishing the Sookie series, I really wanted to find something similar (to the early books!). Claire de Lune is a pretty capable teen tale of werewolves. On the whole it works, but it lacks a bit of depth. Lament is just terrible, full of really hackneyed ideas and horrible dialogue. If I read "hey pretty girl" one more time, I was ready to stab the book (ala Harry Potter and Tom Riddle's diary). Who talks like that? No-one. Burning Up was also a pretty poor effort. So, I'm very willing to hear any suggestions about books that are in a similar vein to the Sookie books (no pun intended).
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake was glorious. Full of really beautiful writing, and a really lovely story. To say it's one of the best books I've read this year, it's very hard to describe it without spoilers. Just...it's good. Very good.
Moranthology was every bit as good as I expected. Possibly better. I love Caitlin Moran's sharp tongue and feminist leanings. I especially like the in-bed conversations with her husband (not as rude as it sounds...).
Jamrach's Menagerie is a bit of an odd book. In parts it's great, but it spends a massive hunk of the book on sailing terms and anecdotes which can be a bit boring. It's very unbalanced.