When we talk about escape reading, the Sookie Stackhouse series definitely has that escapist factor! Filled with all sorts of paranormal elements, mystery, and romance, they are a crazy, good time. In May, book 11 in the series, Dead Reckoning comes out and I'd like to be up to speed by then, so I recently read Dead and Gone (book 9). This is a difficult book to review without giving away a little something, so I'll do my best to not include spoilers!
Except for Sookie Stackhouse, folks in Bon Temps, Louisiana, know little about vamps-and nothing about weres.
Until now. The weres and shifters have finally decided to reveal their existence to the ordinary world. At first all goes well. Then the mutilated body of a were-panther is found near the bar where Sookie works-and she feels compelled to discover who, human or otherwise, did it.
But there's a far greater danger threatening Bon Temps. A race of unhuman beings-older, more powerful, and more secretive than vampires or werewolves-is preparing for war. And Sookie finds herself an all-too human pawn in their battle."
Review: In this latest installment in the Sookie Stackhouse series, Sookie has returned home once again to try to get back to her "normal" life. We know there are weres, shifters, and vampires, but to this we add the faeries. Sookie meets some of her long-lost family and learns more about her past and who her parents were. As with everything else Sookie has been involved with, it sometimes is just too much and all she really wants is a real life where she can go to work, come home, and have a normal existence that doesn't involve fearing for her life. That's just not possible for Sookie though. What do you do with a talent like reading people's thoughts? No, Sookie is too valuable to all sides of the paranormal and human community.
This particular book, thankfully, doesn't show Sookie whining about the dangers she finds herself. I liked that Sookie faced everything in a no-nonsense, this-is-my-life now sort of way. In fact, I wasn't annoyed that she had protectors hanging around, because I finally felt that even Sookie just got that this is how things were for her.
We have a lot of characters in this novel, both from past installments in the series, and new characters that are adding to this paranormal world Sookie lives in. She's not alone in finding out about all of the paranormals though, as the weres come out to the world and among the vampires, their loyalty and power lines have shifted. Eric and Bill are still very present, and it doesn't seem as though romance will ever be a completely easy thing for Sookie. I felt as Sookie did though, wondering if her connection to Eric is only based on a swapping of blood (Yea, the exchange of bodily fluids element confuses things here), unlike the relationship and feelings she had for Bill at one time. Honestly, I still like Bill and think that he was good for her, but totally get the tie to hottie Eric and all his influence and power in the vamp community.
This is just a fun series to read. This may not be a series that I recommend to my high school students, although I know some of them have/are reading them, but I have enjoyed them. These really are pretty different, so you never know what to expect, which is a nice change.
*FTC Disclosure: This review is based on a library copy of the novel.