I'll be honest with you guys. If this had been the first or second book that I read in the series, I wouldn't have continued. Though it was good, I gave it a lot more credit because I already know and love the characters. If Definitely Dead were my introduction to the Sookie Stackhouse world, I wouldn't have thought twice about not picking up the next book. Don't get me wrong, Definitely Dead is a good book, it just isn't the type of book that would capture my attention and make want to read again.
A lot of the book just seemed to be... out of character. Sookie is slowly exiting the world of being your average every day telepathic waitress who is cutely modest to being a supervixen special something who has all the guys stare when she flips her hair. And Bill did a total 180. Only Eric was the same, which was a relief because I would take it too hard if he changed at all.
It is disappointing that there is such an influx of new characters because the old characters, the ones I enjoy, are being pushed to the wayside. I don't need a whole new league of witches and boyfriends and vampire buddies to enjoy The Southern Vampire Mysteries. I just want to read about the world of Sookie and her close companions. Adding too many characters makes things overly complex and complicated. Of course, fresh blood is necessary to keep a book active, and new people are always coming and going in life, but within the limited confines of a book they only end up pushing out other characters since only so many can be in focus at a time.
Also, a word of warning. If you've ONLY read the books, you will be confused. If this book is to make sense to you from the start, I suggest you read the short story One Word Answer from Bite. The events of that story come to fruition in Definitely Dead and are unfortunately never mentioned anywhere else. So, if you haven't read One Word Answer, you are going to be very confused about Hadley and the Queen and the Queen's request. It doesn't make sense that the story wasn't included as a prelude or a first chapter, but I suppose it makes more money selling in parts.
I have high hopes for the next one and can only cross my fingers that Sookie and her world will return to how it was when I fell in love with it. I want Sookie to go back to being a normal girl with a special gift, not some half-supernatural creature like everyone else. How can I relate to her that way? And I want more of the old characters, more Eric and Bill and Sam.
This book was less than mediocre. Now that I've read all of the first six books that I wasted good money on in this series, I'll just be using credits or a local library to get the rest since I'm not on the edge of my seat needing to be mentally punished. I've learned my lesson and will no longer be buying more than half a series of books without having only bought at least the first one to read as a sample.
I just don't know how these can be considered a detective series when there's really not a lot of detecting, but mostly a lot of stumbling upon oddball problems and getting out of sticky situations at the last moment. Sookie is sometimes just such a moron that it's unrealistic that anyone like her could figure out the things she does on her own when it's been done without her telepathy.
A lot of times, I find it weird that people who know Sookie still consider her a freak when there's shows on TV like "Psychic Detective" and "Ghost Hunters" and other paranormal shows that are pretty popular. The series likes to use so many other modern aspects of our time that it's really strange that people wouldn't be proud of having a telepath in their community. They certainly know when to use her to their advantage.
The Wal-Mart plugs have gotten to be annoying throughout these books. I'm still trying to figure out if they're there more than other plugs because the A) author owns stock, B) want's a life-time discount, C) loves greedy corporate companies with poor health-care coverage for their employees, D) is stereo-typing some social class or another, E) is hoping they'll promote her book more or F) all of the above. Yes, I understand we all shop there, but they really don't need any more advertising. I really prefer authors who mention little mom and pop stores who can use the business.
We now also find out that Sookie has fairy blood in her. Even though, until this book, all these other supernatural beings hadn't smelled it on her before... plot holes drive me nuts.
So do grammatical errors. If I had a dollar for every one in this book alone, I'd buy a better series to read. Has the author ever taken any kind of writing class? Good grief, I'm this far through the series and she (or her editors) still hasn't figured out when you don't need a comma in a sentence. You have to unnecessarily pause so often while reading it's like driving down a long, busy street through town that has decided to put a stop sign at EVERY intersection when you're just trying to pass through.
I started reading this series because I'd had it around for more than a year collecting dust and then really enjoyed the "True Blood" series and was antsy and wanted to know what was going to happen next. Well, even though most of those questions were answered, the show is better. I really have tried to like this book series but it's just been one disappointment after another.