Friday, August 13, 2010

Tate Hallaway's Honeymoon of the Dead

I went into reading Honeymoon of the Dead knowing it is the last in the series and knowing that the author didn’t know it was the last in the series when she wrote it (she did find out in time for edits though according to her blog)... which is the reason it sat on my bookshelf for over two months before I could bring myself to crack the cover. I have this problem with incomplete endings... I can’t deal with them, drives me absolutely crazy when all the little danglies aren’t tied up in a nice little package at the end... especially after I’ve been reading a series as long as this one.

Curiosity finally got the better of me and I read Honeymoon of the Dead a couple weeks ago. I have to say I think this is my favorite in the series... though I enjoy the newness of Tall, Dark, and Dead I've always had trouble falling madly in love with Sebastian... until this final book.

Sebastian’s my fictional type too - vampire? Check. Older than history? Check. Deeply angsty? Double Check. But I’ve just never been convinced that Sebastian is a true vampire hero. I think his attachment/preoccupation with his ex annoyed me (hello, pay attention to Garnet already) and having her safely zombified and being babysat by my other least favorite character (Garnet’s ex, also a vampire I just don’t find sexy) in a different state for the entirety of this book really helped. This book finally brought Sebastian to life for me, it allowed me to see what Garnet loves about him and let me see that while he’s not my hunka hunka vampire man he can be right for her.

If you’ve felt bad reading about Garnet having to run and live in Wisconsin without any friends or family from her old life in Minnesota, this book lets you off that hook too. Through learning about Garnet’s past both the reader and Garnet herself realize that her life in Minneapolis before the mass murder (that is one of the main focuses of the entire series) was not so cool. That she was kind of an evil whore pre-Wisconsin is only one discovery made on Garnet and Sebastian’s honeymoon journey.

By the time I finished reading Honeymoon of the Dead I was at peace. I felt that everyone would be okay, there was nothing hanging over any of the character’s heads (even Mátyás, who if any character were in a difficult situation it was his, got a fitting resolution) and despite not everything being tidy, everything in this particular universe is okay by the end of the book.

Really, what more can you ask for?

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