21 June 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris

I was a latecomer to this series. Actually only started reading them this year because a friend made me. I loved the first several of the books and they seemed to get progressively more dark. Book 9 had much more violence than the previous. I’m not against horror novels, but when you are reading a series you have certain expectations and the high level of violence and low level of fun/heart left me feeling a little empty. I read book 10 (this one) simply because I felt like I needed to continue with the story…

I wasn’t disappointed. The author has brought back the fun into the books and cut way back on the violence. Yes, I realize this is about vampires and werewolves, but it’s always been a quirky little series. I was happy to see the old Sookie mostly back. My problem with the book lain with the storyline. I didn’t feel like the author put her all into it. It felt contrived, like a last minute “oh yeah, I have to give my publisher something” type of a thing. I really hated the explanation/ending – all this build up and then… nothing special. Overly contrived for sure.

BUT I’m still giving this three stars because for anyone that hasn’t read the other books (do those people exist?) this would still make a good read – although you’d have NO IDEA what the heck is going on the whole time. I also like that the author is bringing back the original feel/style. I was pretty close to giving up on this series, but I’ll stick it out for number 11 and hope the author is able to bring back the fun, completely filled-out plotlines.

Description:
The #1 New York Times bestselling Sookie Stackhouse series- the basis for HBO(r)’s True Blood-continues! After enduring torture and the loss of loved ones during the brief but deadly Faery War, Sookie Stackhouse is hurt and she’s angry. Just about the only bright spot in her life is the love she thinks she feels for vampire Eric Northman. But he’s under scrutiny by the new Vampire King because of their relationship. And as the political implications of the Shifters coming out are beginning to be felt, Sookie’s connection to the Shreveport pack draws her into the debate. Worst of all, though the door to Faery has been closed, there are still some Fae on the human side-and one of them is angry at Sookie. Very, very angry…

Rating: ★★★★☆

Book count for 2010: 41

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