I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this but the kiddies are on Spring break over here in France. TWO WEEKS of Spring break, I might add. – A very long time to be around my darlings 24/7.
So, like with every school vacation, I prepared ahead of time – did my research and found a new adult urban fantasy series to get me through the hard days ahead. I really enjoy all types of genres but there’s something about an epic series full of life-or-death scenarios and creatures-that-go-bump-in-the-night characters that make taking my kids to the grocery store, or the town pool, playing hours of uno, or watching the same movie eleven times, well, not so bad in comparison.
That’s why February vacation was all about Jeri Smith Ready’s WVMP Vampire Radio. Christmas was dedicated to Patricia Brigg’s Mercy Thompson. Last summer I got lost in Charlaine Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse novels. And now, April vacation has arrived and I am knee deep in Chloe Neil’s Chicagoland Vampires.
However, something happened last night that has never happened to me before. Oh Ms. Neil – you are truly, heart-stakingly cruel.
She did it, ladies and gentlemen.
She killed off one of the characters that has been with us throughout four whole books. One of the MAIN characters. And not just any main character – the love interest. The guy who has won our heart over and over again. Gained our respect. Earned our everlasting loyalty.
He’s DEAD! Oh my. I sat there, kindle in hand and jaw dropped, reading the line over and over again. It couldn’t be true! Not him! Not now! How
am I is she going to move on!?
Oh the rest of the book was painful reading. I’m not even sure if I want to order the fifth book in the series. But pure curiosity will probably win over. Plus – the series has seriously rocked up until now.
Did you ever have a moment where a character’s death brought on real-life shock and grief?
Besides this incident, I recall getting a little weepy when Rowling killed off one of the Weasley twins and the newly married couple who’d just had a baby. *sigh*