Book Review: Midnight Crossroads by Charlaine Harris

Midnight CrossroadSynopsis:

 From Charlaine Harris, the bestselling author who created Sookie Stackhouse and her world of Bon Temps, Louisiana, comes a darker locale—populated by more strangers than friends. But then, that’s how the locals prefer it…

Welcome to Midnight, Texas, a town with many boarded-up windows and few full-time inhabitants, located at the crossing of Witch Light Road and Davy Road. It’s a pretty standard dried-up western town.

There’s a pawnshop (someone lives in the basement and is seen only at night). There’s a diner (people who are just passing through tend not to linger). And there’s new resident Manfred Bernardo, who thinks he’s found the perfect place to work in private (and who has secrets of his own).

Stop at the one traffic light in town, and everything looks normal. Stay awhile, and learn the truth…

My Review:

So, I’ve read a lot of Charlaine Harris. Her Sookie Stackhouse series was amazing (apart from the last one – don’t get me started there!) and I simply adored her Harper Connelly (brilliant from start to finish) So I was excited to get a chance to read this new book.

Midnight Crossroads gives us some of the secondary characters from the other series, and I was overjoyed to find Manfred there – a particular fav of mine from the Harper Connelly’s adventures, who I think was an incredible character and continued to be so during his stay in Midnight Crossroads.

From a writer’s perspective, it took a while to get into the story, everyone had to be introduced and the town of Midnight Crossroads is almost a character in itself (a lovely touch) But once it got going it was very engrossing. And what a great idea to move your less-used characters into a town together, it kind of ties all her literary worlds into one – fab idea!

As long as you don’t come to it thinking you’re getting an out and out paranormal mystery, but more along the lines of the Lily Bard and Aurora Teagarden books, then you’ll be thoroughly pleased.

The front cover is perfect for the book, it features the town and has some attractive colours in there – although as it’s a Charlaine Harris, it’ll be found relatively easily regardless.

Overall, I’d give Midnight Crossroads 4 out 5 stars – I still don’t completely forgive her for what she did to the Sookie series, but this does go some way to bend the bridges.

My favourite villains.

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We all love a bad boy, it’s practically ingrained in our DNA. So I wanted to take this opportunity to talk about a few of my favorite movie, comic, and literary villains of all time and why I like them.

Eric Northman – be still my beating heart. Not a villain per say but he’s not exactly a good guy either. He’s the dude your daddy warned you against and the one your mom secretly wants for herself. In the books, like most villains, he seems to be only held up as a mirror to other characters such as Bill, Quinn and Alcide. And Sookie only falls for him when he has his memory zapped – it’s harder to stay with him when he is back to his conniving true self.

Ming The Merciless – Fresh from the Flash Gordon comics, Ming rules the planet Mongo and has a weakness for a beautiful lady. He has an almost Guinness Book of Records style beard and has that look in his eye that lets you know, he always has a plan. And hey, power is sexy, right?

Dracula – Depending on the version you read/ watch, this blood-sucking tuxedo wearing villain usually has a tug at my heart strings. Although his polygamous vampire brides are slightly off putting, he’s usually on the quest for true love and doesn’t mind how many lawyers and doctors he battles to get there.

Dr Frankenstein – come on, who doesn’t want to make their own man? His crazy God-complex aside, he’s a driven medical student, who in my humble opinion, masquerades as the villain in the book. When all is said and done, the horrors that occur in Mary Shelley’s novel only happen because of his poor choices and selfish nature. Okay, but he’s still a doctor and quite wealthy, so still kind of attractive.

Candy Man – The supernatural serial killer from the movie of the same name and originally from the dark mind of Clive Barker. He’s polite, as he only comes when you call him. He’s good to animals, he keeps bees. And hopefully is made up of a few sweet treats (I’m really grabbing at straws now!) He’s actually one of the only movie villains that scared me when I first saw the movie back in 1992.

The Phantom of the Opera – Okay, he had an unfortunate accident and is kind of a murderous control freak, but who doesn’t want to be serenaded and called his ‘Angel of Music’. The novel was amazing and the movie, although a bit disappointing, still had a gothic romantic vibe that clung to the Phantom like an extra cape.

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The King slayer Jaime Lannister – The rugged yet alluring knight from Game of Thrones. Started off as an incestuous, child killing scumbag, but through the third season has been tormented into a more noble, loyal knight. I’m looking forward to the conclusion of this season to see his continued transformation.

Now I can’t very well talk about my favorite villains without giving a nod to my own creation. Nicholas the vampire is a the nemesis of Bad Blood’s heroine Britannia. He does some very naughty things and has quite a warped sense of love and loyalty. He is a gentleman though, and is always impeccably dressed, even when fighting zombies, and he has a secret – one that you’ll find out if you pick up your copy of Bad Blood today.