I will start off by saying I love this series. I started it long before the TRUE BLOOD HBO series came out so I have been faithful from the beginning, and have always waited anxiously for the newest book in the series. I also reread the series each time a new book comes out to keep refreshing. Most were great book. A few of her more recent ones left me a little hungry for more as they didnt really hit the spot but they were OK. I was excited for this book hoping Miss Harris would really expand upon the work she had done in her previous books and tie up some of the loose plot lines. Sadly, I feel this book left me feeling both disspaointed and extremely hungry because it wasnt even an appetizer.
Without giving spoilers and ruining it for others, like some of the reviewers I felt there was simply too much going on all at once. I love exciting plotlines and twists and lots of action as much as the next reader. However, I felt in this novel it was overkill. There was not one OK BREATHE moment in the book. Miss Harris opened 20 different cans of worms at once; exciting yes, but also exhausting and confusing. My mind was still literally trying to process one "OH CRAP!" moment, when I was tossed into two more "Double Crap" and "Holy Hell!" moments. There wasn't just one climatic moment; there were about 25 so each time made you wonder if this was it-except you still have 100 pages left.
The end I felt was almost anticlimactic and a little disjointed. CRAZY ending, big show down, throw down and then it just sorta stops? Not quite a fade but you finished the book thinking huh? Should it really have ended there? The characters were just put through some horrific and really tragic events (yes you will need tissues) and a lot of moments of enlightenment and none of that was really touched upon.
Several characters appeared and disappeared like Houdini and some of the more permanent disappearances, one in particular, really left me with a bad taste in my mouth because it was really horrific and tragic and just was not addressed one way or the other. It was sort of thrown at us and then we were left to process it. Which would have been fine had you actually HAD time to process it. But soon after you are thrown into yet more action. All I will say not to give it away is it is in regards to Jason and the Werepanthers.
I also feel Harris didn't adequately give Sookie time to make emotional sense of everything going on around her. This novel like the others is written in first person narrative and when anything happens in our lives, our minds process things at a 100 miles an hour in our minds. Yet Sookie barely touches upon any of these events with much introspection.
(SPOILER) Sookie is captured by renegade fairies and tortured grotesquely-so much so that her mind and body even with the infusions of vamp blood should be in such a fragile state, we should have really FELT it through her thoughts, her words and we dont. Its sorta just blah. She mentions she would never see the world again but its literally one or two sentences and all tell no show about how she suffered. The book ended shortly after.
There was some expansion to the history of Eric which was interesting, but the blood tie between Sookie and Eric from the last book was never really discussed; can it be broken, is it permanent, etc. I am also a LEETLE BIT concerned with the introduction of the blood bond with Eric that makes Sookie feel always peaceful, almost complacent around him. Miss Harris added a new dynamic to that in this book that I wont ruin for you, and it just made me go..OYE...I am REALLY hoping she doesn't go the route that LKH went with the Anita Blake and the ardeur (compulsions to make" her do things)... LKH uses it a cope out and a crutch and Harris is simply too good a writer to go that route so I hope she steers back.
(SPOILER) I also felt the new relationship between Sookie and Eric was sorta baloneywe didnt feel the tension that had been there in previous books because now Sookieis unsure whether her feelings are real or a result of the blood bond. So when she sleeps with him again we get the lust factor but not much else. ANDalthough she was hoping Eric would come and save her when she is tortured, one of her few coherent thoughts is of Sam, wishing he were there so she could be in the presence of someone who loved her; very odd. But there wasnt much interaction with Sam in the rest of the book as per usual so it seemed disjointed.
I did find Erics quote of youre killing me! Youre killing me when he seemed obviously upset about not being able to rescue Sookie himself, interesting. Another layer of mystery but it was abruptly abandoned as well.
I am going to give this 3 stars because it has promise. If Harris can get it together for the next book and write something LENGTHIER than this (this was a short book) and really tie up some loose ends and give us better character development and relationship building and expansion, it will be amazing. I am just HOPING that the next books bring back the storytelling and plot structure we've come to expect from Charlaine Harris.
Harris pulled out all the stops for the 9th book in the series. And I'm glad to say that I enjoyed it. It was a sad book in some ways, but satisfying that it developed (and probably wrapped up) some story-lines in the series.
But I have a feeling that this novel marks a point of no return for Sookie. Her character transforms in this book that makes her almost foreign to the somewhat ditzy barmaid that we saw in "Dead Until Dark." But we see more of Eric (yum! Who doesn't want more of that Viking?) and one or two of Sookie's other men.
Basically, once you get into the novel just a bit, be prepared to finish the book in one sitting. Because it's quite a ride.
I feel like this was the first Sookie Stackhouse book in a while that started to go back to the series' roots. There was a murder to solve, a bunch of stuff that was unrelated happened in the middle (mostly involving vampires), and they got back to the mystery at the end. Albeit, there was a lot less solving, so much has happened in Sookie's life I don't know if we'll ever get back to it being a mystery series, but this book FELT more like the earlier ones. That's what I like so much about it, it felt like the Southern Vampire series I originally fell in love with.
Vampires have a much more prominent role in this book then they've had previously. It was nice to see them come into the foreground again. Honestly, with all the werewolves and shape shifters and everything else that had been going on, the series was starting to get a little tedious for me, I think because I didn't want to read about all that, I wanted to read about vampires. So I'm glad they've come back. All the other supernatural elements are still there as well.
This book was good, and very exciting. It was the first time I realized how much Sookie has changed and grown, which was really cool to see and realize.
I've read all the Sookie books and started reading long before True Blood became a hit. It's one of my favorite series in the paranormal genre but I felt this book was medicore at best. I felt that plots were introduced and finished with out much thought. Even though there was a lot going on in this book, none of the plot points had me on the edge of my seat and quite a few of them were introduced and tied up in 10 pgs or less. There were a lot of WTF moments for me. I was not thrilled and hope this is not a sign of things to come w/ this series. Huge disappointment from my favorite author!
The Sookie Stackhouse series is one of my all time favorites; but Charline Harris' newest addition to the Sookie Series is not my favorite. Usually Harris is good for some laughs even when battles are on the menu. This book is darker than any of her others and that darkness isn't really relieved in the end. Harris is also not nearly as good as Yasmine Galnorn at describing her torture scene... she says the character is not in a happy place but as a reader I felt removed from the situation rather than terrified for the character. It was not nearly as well written as when Bill was tortured several books ago. Also, Sookie appears to be having selective amnesia about things we have learned in previous books in the series. Like the limit of vampire blood one should consume before it endangers the person of contracting vampirism... something stressed back when she was dating Bill. Though I guess this is explained away by Sookie being at her wits end from all the ordeals she has been through in the past year and a half of her life. The part that is really annoying is all this "stuff" really detracts from the romantic interludes in the book. All and all I didn't feel like the book was AS well written as all the others in the series; it lacked the detail necessary to pull me in like she has before. I will be waiting for #10 issues of this one since as another reviewer said "Sookie will never be the same again", which is kinda sad... I hope she pulls out of her funk enough to get us back to some more "fun" stories. Unfortunately it looks like that may be a year or more since the next title and release date has not been posted. :(
Barmaid Sookie Stackhouse is nervous when the Weres and shifters reveal themselves to the world. But the reveal seems to go smoothly, until a werepanther that Sookie knows is murdered. Determined to find out who is responsible for the murder, Sookie runs into another danger. The Faeries are preparing for war. Now Sookie finds herself a target in their battle.
This was a great addition to the series. It was much more cohesive than the last book and flows well. We have the murder of a supernatural with lots of suspects. Then, the faeries step in and Sookie has to watch her back. Eric and Bill both play important roles in this book. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series. My rating: 4.5 Stars.
Enjoyed this next chapter in Sookie's adventures.
This time she takes charge of taking care of defending herself (what a relief she finally relealizes she is capable!!!!)
Weres revealing themselves, Fairies, and family are the main themes in this story.
Wow, lots going on in this book with very little time for Sookie to catch her breath. The weres come out, the fairies go to war, Bill gets all noble, Erik gets possessive, and not everyone makes it out alive. I love the series, but I think I would have enjoyed this book more if there were a little more down time to reflect and explain. At just over 300 pages, there was some room there. Some bad things happen, and I can't wait for the next one to see where it all leads.
This is #9 in the series. I couldn't put it down! I read it in one day (which let me tell you is hard when you have three boys under 8 years old to take care of! I just couldn't put it down!) Lots of action! A LOT of sad moments! Have tissues handy for this one. I've read the other reviews and I'll admit there was a lot of action in this book. I liked it. Yes, not much down time to breath but I'm hoping the next book will help with that. I'm trying not to give away anything but I'm happy with the way Bill was portrayed in this book. I was not happy with what she did with his character. I'm also liking the change in Erik and Sookies relationship. I liked some of the personal interaction between the two. I'm curious to see the change in Sookie after her dealings with the Fae. I can't wait until the next book comes out.
Sometimes I don't know why I feel I need to keep reading this series. Overall, I can't stand Sookie. Over and over again she proves how TSTL she is, yet somehow manages to still stay alive. I do however like a few of the supporting characters and they and occassional interesting plot keeps me reading. (Although, I don't believe that the plot in any of the books was so great that it warranted a tv show based on the series when there are much better modern-day vamp ones out there.)
Sookie's inner dialogue tends to drive me nuts, too. I found, several times, that she contradicts herself and her beliefs by actions. She also tends to be a poor narrator of what goes on around her and what is happening to her. I really feel her torture scene could have been much better, but perhaps that's just me projecting my annoyance of her character.
There are really times where I think Harris tries too hard to make Sookie and cool as Anita Blake or a couple of other characters from other authors' series, but lacks the descriptive skill to pull it off.
I also had to roll my eyes once Crystal's killers were revealed and how the quickie ending unraveled. It was like the scenarios were just pulled out of a toilet.
Regardless, I'll still keep reading the series because the books are almost worth the PBS credit I use to get them and I do get an occasional laugh here and then.
There were several new and unexpected turns in this book. One, the weres coming out created quite a shake up. However, I'm surprised there are any residents left in her town, given the number of murders/deaths that occur in the books. On that note, a lot of the story line was repetative/hashed up bits from other books. I will give the author this bit of praise, it was enough that made you think you know what happened/will happen (if you read the other 8 in the series), but diffent enough to surprise you and maintain interest. AND for all of you Eric fans... there is a nice and steamy scene where he shows his... talents. In any case, it looks like he will be a more developed character as the story continues. I was overall very happy with the novel. Considering I read it in just over a day... I'd definitely say it kept me interested.
Wow. This book is hard to sum up in just a paragraph, or two. There is lots of action. The Were species comes out to the World. This brings out strong emotions in everybody. Families are torn apart, and friendships devastated. Someone Sookie knows is murdered in a brutal way, and of course Sookie wants to help find out who did it. Sookie's life is in danger for more than one reason. Someone wants to make an example of her, because she's a paranormal supporter. And someone wants her dead because of what she is. This book is darker than earlier installments. Good book.
In this the 9th book of the Southern Vampire Series, Charlaine Harris crafts a marvelous story of Sookie's experience with a fairy war. Her association with her great grandfather the fairy prince has put her in danger again. This novel is darker than the others in the series but it was very well written. One complaint is that she no longer refers to Trey Dawson, the Were, as Dawson, but starts referring to him as Trey in the beginning of this novel and I found that confusing and not consistent with her previous mentions of him as a character. Bill takes a stronger role in this novel than in the previous few novels and we see the level of his attachment to Sookie and Sookie's relationship with Eric becomes more complicated than ever. I loved this book and grieve that we have to wait a whole year for the next installment of this guilty pleasure!
We all know Sookie is part fairy and this book elaborates on that knowledge. We understand a little more of where Sookie comes from and why people are out to kill her, yet once again! It's interesting to see her fight her people the faries as oppose to the were, witches and other supernatural things that she always does. I did enjoy being able to read about Sookie's family and why chaos ensues in this book. I can't wait to read the next one.
Sookie just wants her life to return to normal, but of course that can't happen. Instead the shifters come out, leading to what appears to be a hate crime. The FBI comes knocking about what Sookie did at Rhodes, but much more importantly a fae war is brewing leaving Sookie in more danger than she's ever been in before.
I really am enjoying the dark turn Harris has taken with the series. Sookie is being forced to grow up and deal with her life and her problems that she's tried to hide or avoid for so long. It's interesting how she's been able to face all kinds of supes so easily and yet manages to still attempt to hide from her own issues. Some readers might not like some of the darker, disturbing scenes, but I for one enjoyed them. As usual, the sex scenes are either cringe or laughter inducing, and the writing is still rather simplistic, but the story is good enough that it's fairly easy to overlook those things.
Alright Sookie fans...this is definately the book we have all been waiting for, how could it get any better than this. This was the best book in the series too bad so many people had to die. I cant say anything else you have to read this book!
I loved it-lots of action and it got to where I stayed up until 2am to TRY and finish it but, with only 2 chapters left I was just too tired....but just finished it a few minutes ago and wow. Bill does take on a stronger role in this book, I would have liked to have seen more of Amelia though-I love her character. Sookie just has so many different things going on that it can be a bit confusing so don't read this around a lot of people!! Like others, I can't believe we have to wait a whole year for the next book! **sobbing**
I have enjoyed all of the Sookie Stackhouse books. I found them after watching TrueBlood on HBO. But the books are so different from the show that they are still fun to read and exciting. I see the show and the books as seperate entities each with their own advantages.
More of the same, but what can I say? I love these books. They're simply too much fun to stop reading. Again, if you liked the previous ones, then this one will be a necessary read, and if you didn't like the previous ones you likely aren't looking at this page. So, your mind is probably already made up. Though, just in case, I will tell you that if you want more fairy action, this is the one to read. The fae are more developed and explained, so the reader gets to see much more of who they are and what they're like.
I would love to say this was the best book in the series however the preoccupation with death of pregnant supes kind of killed it for me. I loved that she expanded on the fairies and their "ways" and it was by far the most exciting for me. I loved the entire series and this would have been my favorite if it weren't for that. (I might be sensitive as a mother, might not affect others the same I would guess. For me it was needlessly included can't say more without providing spoilers).
Its a great series, and I love the books and the characters. But I feel like this book was rushed. Its a must read, more like a filler, getting you ready for the 10th book. Nothing really happens. I read it very quickly waiting for the bottom to drop out but it doesn't.
Vampires and werewolves and Sookie, Oh My! Sookie will need to utilize all the favors owed her if she wants to live though the week.
Sookie Stackhouse is a waitress at Merlottes bar in the small town of Bon Temps. The world has evolved in the past few years; vampires are welcomed into society. They revealed themselves to the public nationally a few years ago. Sookie has shared blood with the local vampire master Eric several times, so she is blood bound to him. But then he has her bring him a velvet wrapped package one evening, and Sookie finds herself bound even closer to him.
Sookie's boss Sam is a shape-shifter. Sookie has known this for quite some time, but it causes a ripple of shock and dissension to the bar clientele when he shifts shape directly after a news broadcast. The werewolves and shapeshifters thought since it went pretty well for the vampires, they'd reveal their presence to the public as well. Most folks adjust rather quickly to this new phenomenon, but there are many people who just hate the the thought of living with animals.
When Crystal, Sookie's pregnant sister-in-law, is found crucified behind Merlottes, it's believed to be a hate crime. Sookie is determined to prove her brother Jason couldn't possibly of killed his own baby, so she decides to do some checking of her own. Sookie has a rare talent of being able to read people's thoughts. She's learned how to block out much of the noise over the years so she is a bit startled when she removes the block. She learns many interesting facts from the clients of Merlottes, but not who the killer is. Sookie starts looking in the werewolf community. However, another mystical race unrevealed to the public is gathering forces for a war, and Sookie finds herself fighting for her life.
Another grand slam for Charlaine Harris! DEAD AND GONE (SOOKIE STACKHOUSE, BOOK 9), retains the careful world building of the previous Stackhouse books. Sookie shines as she pivots and hurdles every roadblock in her undetermined path. Well-defined characters, a mystery to solve and a splash of romance all put together for pure magic. Loved it!
I'm a huge fan of this series and this book is one of the most compelling. It is not my favorite, but it isn't my least favorite either. It has some shocking and graphic parts. Some are very disturbing ones, but reality is not much better either, some of the awful things that happen in real life overcome by far our worst nightmares! On the other hand, it has some of the tenderest and sweetest parts of the entire series. You get to know Eric better, the story of his life and you get to forgive Bill if you are mad at him....he does some heroic things that even for the most die hard Eric's fans (like me) will be hard to forget and honestly...choosing between Bill and Eric after the events of this books will be one tough decision to make.
This book was a tough one to read, emotionally. That's not to say it's bad; I think it's one of the best of the Sookie Stackhouse books. The plot is meaty, there's a multilayered murder mystery, and so much happens in between the characters. You really learn more about the essential character of some of them than ever before. There's also some great Eric and Sookie action; but enjoy that while you can, because things get gut-wrenching by the end.
Another great book in the Sookie Stackhouse series. In this book, her adventure takes her yet more sentient beings that can protect her but also wants to murder her. You become more acquainted with the Fae beings in this book and find out more about her long lost family. The interaction with the were-panthers that live in the next community. The book leaves you wondering, as well as Sookie, who her next love will be now since her grandfather implies that it will be a vampire...hmmm. I really wish we had seen more of Alcide (werewolf) in the stories. I really fell in love with his character in the main series of books and would have liked to see Sookie with him longer than just a few pages. Oh well. I can dream.
I admit I was a little rushed while reading this so I should save my review until I get in a re-read but.. I liked this edition of the Sookie Files..
What can I say though.. I wish Eric would have played a bigger part.. It seems like he is getting "more involved" but just not up to where I want him yet!!
I did manage to figure out the who done it part right away though and even figured out why.. I don't see why everyone is so into Jason but hey.. that's just me..
I promise to re-review when I can read the book again but for now Iwill say that I am still involved with the Sookie story.. unlike another paranormal series that is headed down hill fast I will still look forward to the next Dead book!
Have enjoyed this series from the first book. Sookie keeps getting deeper into the supernatural community. Not suprising considering her heritage.
Also, enjoy other Harris collections, Shakespeare, Aurora Teagarden, and Grave Secrets.
The Weres and Shifters have finally decided to follow the lead of the undead and reveal their existence to the ordinary world.
At first it seems to go well. The violence erupts close to home, hitting Sams mother and stepfather, Sams mother is a supe, but she has kept her identity from the rest of the family. The mutilated body of Jason's pregnant were-panther wife is found in the parking lot of Merlottes, creates suspicion around Jason and a challenge for Sookie, who is in charge of the bar while Sam is away tending to his family problems.
What she doesn't realize is that there is a far greater danger than the killer threatening Bon Temps. Her newly reunited great-grandfather, a fairy, brings her right in the middle of his battle.
In the meantime, the FBI has found Sookie, and they come calling with the hopes that she will serve their cause. The new vampire king, Felipe de Castro, has taken a strong interest in Sookies unique talents, as well.
The BEST one so far in the series. Eric is back full on. War, love triangles, growing relationships, betrayal, murder, action... You name it; it's all there. It's just one enjoyable book from beginning to end. I was actually very sad when I reached the end, and I kept wondering, where's the rest?, because I wanted MORE! YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK.
Best book in the Stackhouse series. Read in one day. I read this one so fast I may need to reread. The action and suspense in this one kept me from putting it down. Crystal's murder (Sookie's pregnant sister-in-law) begins this downward spiral of events. Sookie finds herself thrown into a fairy war that she had not known of or intended to be a part of. Her blood tie with Eric has become stronger. More of Eric Yummie! Vampire Bill is still the ex-in-the closet that won't give up. This series is too good for just a simple review. I can only hope the TV series takes a good direction from these reads. Looking forward to the new one in may!
Well, I just couldn't help myself and went ahead and bought this one on the Kindle. And, wow - am I ever glad that I did!I really don't understand the harsh reviews this book received! I mean, yes, there were some errors in the book (though I thought some of them were specific to the Kindle version, but maybe not, from the sounds of it). But it certainly wasn't a bad story! In fact, it was one of my favorites! I just love to hear more about the Eric/Sookie relationship... though from the sounds of the ending, Vampire Bill may be making a comeback...
Anyways, I thought this was more exciting than most, and definitely sadder than many, I just like Sookie with Eric the most! And I cannot wait until the next installment is released!
I guess I just cant read any more in this series, the first few books were great fun and then they just got more and more ridiculous and the writing got worse and worse if that is even possible. I know that this is a great moneymaker for Ms. Harris and her publishers so I am sure she will keep churning them out, but I have to say that I finally give up on the series and will just watch True Blood on HBO.
This is the ninth book in the Southern Vampire Mysteries by Charlaine Harris. It was also one of the most disappointing books in the series.
This book starts with the shapeshifters going public with their existance. Shortly after Sookie's brother's wife, Crystal, is murdered in front of Sam's bar. Everyone wants Sookie to help find the murderer. When Sookie's fairy grandfather shows up and warns her to "watch herself" because bad stuff is happening in the fairy realm; it only makes Sookie's already difficult life even worse.
I totally agree with previous reviewers that mention all the errors in this book (both story-wise and grammatical). I really expect a decently written novel; especially from such an experienced writer. Many characters in this book also acted completely out of character. Sookie seemed confused and lost the whole book. Erik started spouting out his life history in the middle of the bar (he's usually a tad more secretive about that stuff). And what is with Bill popping back into Sookie's good graces? I have had enough of Bill let's just get over him already.
Some of the scenes with the fairies were interesting. I will agree though that this was a particularly gruesome Sookie book. Multiple pregnant women are murdered and there is quite a bit of torture. Overall I just didn't like this book much. I just can't figure out where the series is going; apparently neither can Harris. The eighth book was mediocre and I was willing to give Harris a book to transition the characters into something big and new; but this book didn't start anything new.
I read the book, didn't really enjoy it all that much. I was happy when I was done with it and confused about what happened to Sookie's personality. I will probably read the next book; but I am not sure what is going on here. A lot of my favorite paranormal series (The Hollows, Anita Blake) are really sucking it up lately.
Will I read the next book? Yes, but I will get it from the library.
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This is an enjoyable read with a light-hearted, fun and emotional plot about people with supernatural abilities. I got "hooked" on the series by a recommendation from my sister (who watched the movie) and quickly obtained and read all 10 books. Waiting for more!
After reading the negative reviews on this book, I could only think of one thing... People, stop over analyzing this
book and series. As readers, we need to be open to the author's vision, not our desire for the story line. Dead and Gone
is a purposeful book that moves the story line along as the author wants to tell the story. The Sookie series is an
entertaining fantasy/mystery that is meant to be enjoyed, not poured over looking for inconsistency and minutiae. Enjoy
this series for what it is and not what you 'want' it to be and you will have a wonderful time!
I have read all the books and just finished in the newest one in one evening. Its entertaining, sassy, dark, a little
scary, sexy and downright enjoyable. Read the book and be taken away for a few hours into another world. This book will
not disappoint and you may even find yourself eagerly awaiting the next installment.