Saturday, May 14, 2016

Night Shift (Midnight, Texas #3) - Stars Hollow For Supes!

TITLE: Night Shift (Midnight, Texas #3)
AUTHOR: Charlaine Harris

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse novels—“the Mark Twain of things that live under your bed”*—comes a new novel of Midnight, Texas, the town where some secrets will never see the light of day...
At Midnight’s local pawnshop, weapons are flying off the shelves—only to be used in sudden and dramatic suicides right at the main crossroads in town.

Who better to figure out why blood is being spilled than the vampire Lemuel, who, while translating mysterious texts, discovers what makes Midnight the town it is. There’s a reason why witches and werewolves, killers and psychics, have been drawn to this place.

And now they must come together to stop the bloodshed in the heart of Midnight. For if all hell breaks loose—which just might happen—it will put the secretive town on the map, where no one wants it to be...

MY THOUGHTS: I enjoy this series so much and the third book is another great addition. It's always hard to do continuing books in a series justice in a review because you always have to be careful to not give anything away, but I can truly say that when it comes to the Midnight, Texas series, Harris continues to knock it out of the ballpark.

In this installment, some "big bad presence" is slowly taking over Midnight and is causing people to randomly commit suicide at "the crossroads." All of our favorite characters, such as Olivia, Lemuel, Bobo, Figi, Manfred and Rev are back and we learn quite a bit about some additional characters as well, some old and some new. Harris manages to work some history into "Night Shift" that helps the reader better understand some of the players which also ended up making me more invested in the outcome. Also, as the gang works together in figuring out what is happening to Midnight, some new bonds are formed and new alliances are made.

Although I honestly feel that the Sookie Stackhouse series went on too long, I really hope that this isn't the end of the road for Midnight, Texas. I had heard it was originally planned for a 3 book trilogy, but I hope that since it has been picked up by NBC for a movie/series of some sort, that Harris has more to share with us about this quirky small town. I grew up in a small town and although I despised it as a teen, I must have enjoyed it in some fashion because it is an element I often love in the books I read. I have compared Midnight, Texas to Stars Hollow (Gilmore Girls in case you live under a rock - just kidding) only with supernaturals and I stand by that comparison. I feel like this gang of characters is one I would like to hang out with, have a drink, do dinner (just not be dinner) and meet on the streets on a regular basis. Please, someone tell me this ride is not over!


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