This is the series that introduced me to paranormal romance, and for a long time I just rattled it off as my favorite both for sentiment and habit. HoThis is the series that introduced me to paranormal romance, and for a long time I just rattled it off as my favorite both for sentiment and habit. However, I'm starting to lose some steam....well, I started losing steam several books ago actually, but here I am reading the book as soon as it was released just the same! See? Habit. Sentiment. It is my understanding that there might only be a couple books left - I hope that is the case. If Harris gets a new contract for this series I will start yanking on my hair. As much as I don't want to give the characters up, it is time.
I say that because, no matter how many books there are, there is never one that leaves the reader satisfied. I don't like series that keep you stringed along so that you are forced to pick up the next book - how about a series with dynamic characters and engaging plots that are wrapped up each time so that you pick up the next book because you want to? Every time I set down a new Sookie book, my first thought isn't "wow, that was good!" it is "sigh, another year until the next one."
Nonetheless, even though there are tons of loose ends and questions, a couple of big plot lines were satisfied/closed and the book was incredibly fast paced. I also found it a lot funnier then I remember the other books being. Also - there was a brief paragraph talking about the Queen of Oklahoma and Oklahoma in general and it referred to Eric as being a Sooner fan, and I had a nice brief fantasy of Eric and I wearing matching OU tshirts. ha.
Charlaine even lets the dreaded "E" word drop on more than one occasion. Imagine my surprise. (If you don't know the word I'm referring to - think Bubba.)
Bill doesn't make an appearance until halfway through the book and let me tell you, the first half was a relief. I know he comes in handy, but I am so sick of the guy! Since he almost died in the fae war but didn't, I suppose she is keeping him around for a reason. But still...
As for Sookie and Eric, that loose end is gonna blow in the wind, mocking us, until the flippin' last page of the final book. I just know it. I really like Eric a lot, but all is not well in relationshipville. If nothing else, there will most likely be at least some major developments along those lines (whether for good or ill) in the next book. As long as Sookie doesn't end up dating Bill again I won't throw the books out the window.
Anyway, the book fit in well with the series and I don't have any major complaints! Hopefully the next couple of books will be the last and poor Sookie can finally catch a break. Now it's time to wait another year for the next release......more
Often when I rate series like this, I give every book the same rating unless one sticks out as being particularly bad or particularly awesome. So far,Often when I rate series like this, I give every book the same rating unless one sticks out as being particularly bad or particularly awesome. So far, I've just thought of every book as just another part of the series, and when I think overall I think 4 stars.
I don't have anything specifically about the book that bugs me, just nothing much that sticks out as being particularly fantastic either. I think the fact that we're getting into the double digits just means that Harris needs to start making things fresh and what have you to keep it from being a series stretched on and on for money. The fae did that a couple of books ago, quite well I thought.
In this book, there is nothing new introduced, but I did still find it a very good read. Like the title suggests, various family relationships are examined. Eric's daddy rolls into town, and Sookie has face time with almost everyone she has considered herself close to throughout the series. Bill and both his real and vampiric (vampiric? sure, why not)families play a part as well.
This book makes it pretty clear, I think, what the main plot point of the next book (or at least one very soon in the future) will be, because vampire politics aren't going so well. Eric and his vamps, as well as Sookie, are ready to plug some stakes into folks.
I am of the opinion that Sookie will ultimately end up with Sam (although perhaps whats-his-name, Hunter's dad, is a slight possibility), and I have mixed feelings about that. I love me some Eric, but I know long term that wouldn't work. Anyway, Eric cracked me up in this book because he is Whipped with a Capital W. I'm curious to see where they'll go from the events of the last few pages.
So anyway, this book down, another year wait for the next one....more
Well, I am thrilled that Eric and Sookie's relationship is back, sorta. But nothing is really ever how it appears in this series, and no***Spoilers***
Well, I am thrilled that Eric and Sookie's relationship is back, sorta. But nothing is really ever how it appears in this series, and none of their time together seemed 100% normal to me, like there was something important we still need to know. The more blood they exchanged the more I worried that Eric will end up dying at some point. I hope not :( Although he is controlling to a degree that would piss me off royally in the real world...it fits his personality and job description as sheriff so well that its hard to question, anything else would be against his nature. I think Harris is slowly evolving him into his deep feelings for Sookie.
Bill...ugh. Is it sad part of me was hoping he WAS dead at the end? I just want to see what direction the series would go if Sookie WAS attached to someone (by someone I mean Eric of course), and the endless circle of "who will it be?" was over.
I am so sad Claudine and Trey Dawson are dead; Sookie needs all the allies she can get.
All right, now that is done. Time to wait another year for #10......more