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Friday, May 6, 2011

Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse Dead Reckoning

If you have never read Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse series before, then let me give you a few key pieces of information you must know (SPOILER ALERT):
1. Sookie Stackhouse is a waitress from Bon Temps, Louisiana.
2. Sookie works for a shapeshifter named Sam.
3. Sookie is 1/8 fairy (her grandmother had an affair with a fairy named Fintan).
4. Sookie loved Bill, but he betrayed her and now she loves Eric (the vampire sheriff).
5. Vampires and the two-natured (werewolves, shapeshifters, etc.) are known to the public.
6. If you want to know any more, then please start reading the Sookie Stackhouse series with Dead Until Dark.

Now onto Dead Reckoning: Sookie's back! She is living with her cousin Claude and her great uncle Dermot and embracing her fairy side. She is also dealing with the complications that have risen between her and Eric since the last book because of something his maker set into motion before his death. Sam's bar is hitting hard times because of a new bar called Vic's Redneck Roadhouse. Harris brings all of our favorite characters back (Alcide, Bill, Bubba, Amelia, Bob (not a cat anymore), etc.) even if it is just for a little while.

We have a firebombing, vampire fight, a Pam and Eric knock down drag out fight, a baby shower, a good run through the cemetery, and so much more. We even get to see Bill back to his old charming self. Sookie has a lot of decisions to make about her relationship with Eric that has nothing to do with Bill and everything to do with the blood bond they share. Sookie is also struggling with how often she has seen death and how often she has killed others defending those she loves and herself.

I would like to say that Harris wraps this book up in a nice little bow; but when you finish reading, you feel like you have just spread out an FBI case in front of you and you still have to sort through all the information. I know this is in response to Harris beginning to wrap up the series and her plans to solve all the issues in the next two novels; however, it definitely leaves the reader wanting more. It is not, however, dissatisfying. I enjoyed every minute of my Sookie Stackhouse fix and I cannot wait to see where Harris is going with all of these plot twists she has spread throughout the book. I have to admit, these books are a guilty pleasure and it was good to see the characters back in full form. If you enjoy paranormal romances with a spice of Southern charm, then you must read these novels.

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