Friday, May 14, 2010

Dead In The Family by Charlaine Harris

Title:  Dead In The Family
Author:  Charlaine Harris
Released:  May 4, 2010 
Series:  Sookie Stackhouse/Southern Vampire Series, Book 10
How I Got It:  Purchased ebook

Book Summary
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...

My Thoughts
Okay, to be honest, parts of this book had me feeling like it should have been called "Kickin' It With Sookie" because it was just that.  Seriously, I felt like killing someone just to get some action going.  I almost put the book down because I got tired of waiting for the action.

The only reason I kept reading was because I didn't want to miss my two favorite characters: Pam and Eric.   I'd gladly read any book where they get more page time.  Whatever they do turns out to be entertaining without even meaning to be.

We also got to meet Eric's maker.  That was a bonus because he brought along Eric's "brother", a thirteen year old psychotic boy toy that wanted to be Jason's BFF.  A psychotic barely-a-teen vamp?  WTF?  He was such a chaotic mess that everybody was glad to see him die.

Another reason I kept reading is because Claude, Sookie's fairy cousin, just appeared on her doorstep all out of the blue and whatnot.  Then he asked to move in.  Now we all know that Claude has not been a fan of Sookie's since his twin, Claudine died in the last book while protecting her.  And then her weirdo fairy great uncle showed up, trying to play all nice.  I knew something was up with that and knew there would eventually be a fae showdown of some sort. The happenings were not what I expected, but it  kept the story interesting.

Oh, and Bill was there too.  And he's got a new honey.  Her presence was unexpected, but proved to add a little spice to a dull tale.  Her presence gave a little insight as to why Bill lied to Sookie about going to see his maker in the earlier books.  Now I kinda understand why he wanted to keep Lorena as far away from Sookie as he possibly could.

Last, but not least, our favorite were Alcide returns.  And of course he returns with more drama to involve Sookie in. The weres weren't a big part of the story, but it was enough to keep you posted on what going on with them.

My Rating
I have to give this book  three and 3.5 stars.  I am a Sookie Stackhouse fan, but I do have to say that this book did not live up to the hype.  I liked some parts, the others were not action grabbers.  It still wasn't a bad book, just expected more.

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Beverly said...

I am totally depressed! I just took this book out of my mailbox and was really looking forward to an amazing Sookie read! I will have to wait and read it when I don't have quite so many on the stack and perhaps then I will have less of an expectation.

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Heather said...

I rated it 3 & 1/2 stars. I was very disappointed in the lack of action and suspense. It seems to me that Sookie has a lot of hatred after the fae war (which I don't blame her) and just wanted to kill someone. I am glad that she finally thought about being with Eric forever which meant she would have to be a vampire to do so. I have faith that the next book will be back on game. True Blood will be on in less than a month and that has me smiling because that means lots of Eric, Eric, ERIC!!