23 April 2010 ~ 0 Comments

From Dead to Worse (Southern Vampire Mysteries, No. 8) by Charlaine Harris

I didn’t really care for the way this book was laid out. You’d think by the book number eight, the author would have herself figured out, but she changes up her style too often and it leaves the reader feeling cheated and confused. I nearly gave up on this one half way through. This didn’t feel like a novel, it felt more like a bunch of short stories jammed together and connected with bubble gum and rubber bands.

I didn’t feel like the author stayed true to the characters or what we know about them, but instead took liberties with their personalities and expected actions. I realize that she is taking the story, overall, in a certain direction, but it is starting to feel forced, like putting a square peg in a round hole.

I wasn’t all that impressed with this book overall, I’ll read the next one, of course, but only because I’m so invested in the storyline as a whole.

After the natural disaster of Hurricane Katrina, and the manmade horror of the explosion at the vampire summit, Sookie Stackhouse is safe but dazed, yearning for things to get back to normal. But her boyfriend Quinn is among the missing. And things are changing, whether the Weres and vamps in her corner of Louisiana like it or not. In the ensuing battles, Sookie faces danger, death-and once more, betrayal by someone she loves. And when the fur has finished flying and the cold blood ceases flowing, her world will be forever altered.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Book count for 2010: 30

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