Tuesday, January 13, 2009

From Dead to Worse by Charlaine Harris

Copyright: 2008
Publisher: Ace
Genre: Mystery
Pages: 368
Challenges: 2009 Read-Your-Own Books Challenge, Series Challenge Season 3,
New-to-me author? No

Simple Description

I took the following from Amazon.com:

Starred Review. Harris outdoes herself in this pivotal eighth Sookie Stackhouse novel (after 2007's All Together Dead), packing the story full of romantic tension and supernatural action. Having barely survived a catastrophic vampire hotel explosion, Sookie's back at work in Bon Temps, La., serving vintage blood and waiting tables at Merlotte's, a vampire bar. Participating in a friend's wedding and fending off the advances of her vampire ex-lover, Bill, and her blood-bonded pal, Eric, leaves Sookie chafing over the recent lack of communication from Quinn, her weretiger boyfriend. When a violent Were power struggle erupts as Vegas vampires attempt to take over Louisiana from disgraced queen Sophie-Anne, Sookie dives into the middle of it, determined to help her shape-changing, blood-drinking friends. Harris provides many fun twists, most significantly Sookie's meeting with her fae great-grandfather, Niall Brigant, which paves the way for a shock ending that will delight longtime fans.

Why did I read this book?

This is one of my favorite series. This is the most recent in the series, I bought it soon after it came out, and finally had a chance to read it.

About the book:

While this story is different from past ones, it's still very similar. From the simple description you already know that Sookie lands herself in the middle of a Vampire war and a Were war. Nothing new for Sookie. There is also trouble brewing between Jason and Crystal, his new wife. Sookie gets stuck in the middle of that one too. It ends with Sookie never wanting to deal with Jason again, I personally don't blame her. Sookie also learns where she got her fairy blood. Oh..and remember Quinn, he sorta disappeared. She learns where he disappeared to and she isn't very happy. Will Sookie ever find the love she wants? Will there ever be a time when she isn't brought into the middle of Vampire and Shifter problems? Oh, and also in the simple description above, it says that there is a shocking end..I'm here to tell you that I loved the end! I think it was a great way to end the book and while I don't expect there to be anything in the next book about it, I do expect to read more about it later in the series.

What I liked most:

I love the characters. Sookie is great. She tries to do the right thing, even though it usually results in her being put in danger. I like the shifters and the vampires. While you can expect each book to have some kind of issue between the vampire community and the shifter community, it's still fun to see what will happen and how Sookie will be involved. With this book, I especially liked that there were several major issues. Instead of there being one major problem that the beginning and middle of the book leads up to, we had several things that took place. I think I liked this because I don't necessary read the books for the problems, I read it because I like the characters. So in this one there were several major issues that the characters had to deal with. I don't know, I just liked it.

Was there something I didn't like?

Only the fact that I'm caught up in the series and now have to wait awhile for the next one to be released.

Do I recommend the book?

Absolutely! This is one of my favorite series. Sure it's odd, sure it's not "normal", but it's a heck of a lot of fun to read. I do recommend that you start from the beginning though. I just think you would miss a lot if you read them out of order.

Have you reviewed this book on your blog? Leave me a comment to let me know and I'll link it below.

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Happy Reading and thanks for stopping by……Kris


Lisa said...

I've got this one waiting on the "short" TBR. I might move it up even closer to the top now!

Beth F said...

I'm way behind in this series -- which is good, because I love Sookie and friends.

Kris said...

Lisa - oh..I'm sure you will love it!

Beth - I was behind until last year, then I sorta gobbled up all the rest pretty quickly. They are such fun reads.

Ladytink_534 said...

After I finished watching the rest of True Blood I sat down and re-read the entire series. I'm going crazy waiting for Dead and Gone!

My From Dead to Worse post.

Kris said...

Ladytink - I anxiously awaiting it too! Thanks for the link.