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Dead to the World by Charlaine Harris
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Nov 20, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: fiction, fantasy, five-stars, paranormal, paranormal-romance, mystery, romance, werewolves, vampire, shifters, urban-fantasy, humor, suspense, romantic-suspense, reviewed-by-me
Read from November 17 to 19, 2010

Imagine a smaller version of me, roaming some busy streets, not quite lost, but I was looking for something. I really didn’t know what I was looking for, until, Charlaine Harris came along. We walked hand in hand, and stopped at a candy store. Then Charlaine buys me this really delectable lollipop that has this delicious filling inside, that I wanted to eat it on the spot. However, my buddy stops me, and takes me further for a walk. We see designer shoes and so on and so forth, but what I want is the candy she bought me. I say, ”Can I have the candy now, please?”. She gives it to me. I open it up, and put it eagerly in my mouth. I enjoy and savor it. However, just as I get the taste of really divine chocolate, Charlaine grabs the lollipop from my mouth and says “You had enough sweets for today.”

That is what I felt when I read Dead to the World. I felt that Charlaine Harris gave me this really sweet candy, only to take it away, when I was about to reach the best part of it.

If you haven’t read this book yet, you would probably wonder what I am talking about. However, if you already did, I bet you already see the picture.

In this instance, the candy I am talking about is, ERIC Northman, whom I picture as this:

See what I am saying? If he was the lollipop, would you be able to stop, despite the increased risk of Cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and obesity? Cause, I definitely won’t.

But unfortunately, Charlaine Harris had to take all the fun, and as the caption on the picture says: “It hurts so good."

So here’s where my real review kicks in.

Dead to the World is my favorite among the Sookie Stackhouse series. And if you haven’t guessed why, I have to tell you it’s all because of ERIC NORTHMAN.

Sookie is finally single! With Bill sort of out of the way, namely Peru, I'm celebrating. Yey! One night, as she comes driving from work, she finds arrogant Eric half naked. Not only that, he lost his memory and is tamer! He no longer acts as the proud sheriff of Area 5, but more of a scared man needing protection. Sookie contacts Pam, Eric’s second in command, and discovers that Eric is wanted by some evil wiccans/Weres, also intoxicated with Vamp blood, who want to take over Shreveport. Of course, Sookie, being good natured as she is, takes Eric under her care. But it’s not just Eric, who’s being taken care of. He also takes care of Sookie, and we see Eric as a compassionate person vampire. Sookie, as expected, has tons of problems. Aside from a giant supernatural battle that has to be fought, Sookie's only family, namely Jason, is missing.

Dead to the World, is a fun, quick, entertaining and unpredictable read. Though I honestly didn't like Dead Until Dark, book 1 of the series, and was disappointed by the writing, I believe the books become an "acquired taste". They get better over time, and I am definitely happy that I stuck with it.

And yes.

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message 1: by Catherine (new) - added it

Catherine Great review! I loved this one for exactly the same reason you did...Eric! I loved getting to focus on him so much but at then I was like Noooooo!.

Jasmin Haha. Exactly. I was screaming "Charlaine Harris don't do this to meee!" I love Eric too, but I've read that Eric is not the one Sookie would end up with. That would just break my heart :(

message 3: by Catherine (new) - added it

Catherine I've read rumors like that too but I haven't read anything concrete so I just brush it off. I would be really disappointed in the series if she ended up with any of the other guys we've met so far.

Jasmin So you're totally on team Eric? *waves team Eric flag* hmm, I think I've read that on an interview. I would hate it most if she ended up with Bill. I hope he's out of the picture. Do you watch the True Blood series? Even from the start, though I haven't read the books, I hated Bill. And the series make Eric the super bad guy. Why?? :/

message 5: by Catherine (last edited Nov 21, 2010 05:51PM) (new) - added it

Catherine I'm completely on Eric's side and have been from the first time I met him. I always found Bill boring so it was easy for my eye to stray. :)

You heard it on an interview? That's depressing. :\ If it ends with her with Bill I will have a serious rage/disgust aftertaste for the series. I find the thought of her ending up with him after he did that to her in that trunk appalling.

I don't watch the series, no. I just can't get into it.

message 6: by Jasmin (last edited Nov 22, 2010 12:13AM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Jasmin Well, I really wouldn't have picked this up, if it wasn't for True Blood. But even though they made him the bad guy (e.g. he sucks blood from naked women that are chained, and take note, he does it in front of Sookie), I would still pick Eric over Bill any time of the day.

Not actually heard, but read. I read it somewhere, but I can't remember where. But don't lose hope. Charlaine could still change her mind. And yes, I will protest and make giant placards if Sookie ends with Bill. Will you rally with me? LOL

True Blood is sort of different, like there wasn't Eric in a pink lycra in season 2, but if there's one thing they did right, I think the casting of Alexander Skarsgard is perfect.

message 7: by Catherine (new) - added it

Catherine Jasmin wrote: "Well, I really wouldn't have picked this up, if it wasn't for True Blood. But even though they made him the bad guy (e.g. he sucks blood from naked women that are chained, and take note, he does it..."

I will rally with you! Just say no to Bill! If it can't be Eric then it needs to be anyone but Bill!

message 8: by Catherine (new) - added it

Catherine Zosia wrote: "I haven't read a Sookie book for ages. The show kind of ruined the whole thing for me. Sookie is such a moron in True Blood, but I love her in the books. Just to be difficult, I kind of have a thin..."

I hate her character in True Blood too. I watched one whole episode and little bits and pieces of other episodes here and there, but there's waaaaaay too much sex and I hate Sookie's character.

Quinn's better than Bill so I forgive you. :P

Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly what an outstanding, subliminal pornographic review!

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