Monday, May 7, 2012

Deadlocked, by Charlaine Harris



This is the 12th installment in the Sookie Stackhouse Series by Charlaine Harris.  I have read every book in the series, and I always look forward to the newest addition.  Lately I have felt that the series is getting unfocused.  In the first several books, the reader was sucked into Sookie Stackhouse's life as she navigates a world where vampires have made their existence known.  Now, twelve books later, Sookie has fallen in and out of love with her first boyfriend (a vampire named Bill) and is currently in love with a powerful vampire named Eric.
One of the strongest driving forces within the series is Sookie's love interests.  Most recently, it has been the love and sexual tension that exists between Sookie and Eric; however, in this installment, the relationship does not come forward with any prominence.  This is especially jarring, since Sookie is dealing with the possibility that Eric might leave her and go through with an arranged marriage with another vampire. 

Though the characters are as engaging as ever, the story was not as focused.  I was left yearning for more interactions between Sookie and the vampires.  I also wanted more action.  The book was full of internal dialogue with Sookie, which allowed for a lot of character development for the protagonist, but the other characters were almost forgotten at times. 
All in all, I still love the books.  I would recommend these books for anyone interested in vampires, fantasy, or just fun/easy reading.  I love Sookie, Bill and Eric.  Though the last few books seemed to have drifted from the core sentiments that made me want to read the series, the books still share with me a charaacter that I have come to care about.  I wouldn't start with this book, but if the author doesn't, I won't end with this book, either.

5 comments:

  1. Do you think her writing has changed at all to conform more with the show True Blood? I hope not as I don't care for the show since it's really different than the books are.

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    1. Sometimes I think maybe, but not necessarily. For instance, there would have been much more focus on Eric and Sookie (and sex for that matter) if she were writing for the show. Plus Tara's character continues to be the opposite of the show's version, since she gives birth to twins in this book!

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  2. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I'm following you too. I can't wait to read this book. I've read them all too.
    Jeannette
    www.walkingonbookshelves.blogspot.com

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  3. Big fan of the tv series but still haven't gotten round to reading the series .. it's on my list of things to do this summer!

    In reply to your comment on my post: Why are you sad about having to read the Mortal Instruments series? It's so good! Yes, I've heaard Infernal Devices and that too is also on my list of things to read this summer! Cassandra Clare is also set to write a third series wahoo

    Great blog, now following :)

    -Laura
    http://whats--hot.com

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    1. I had no idea about the third series!!! yay! Also, I am sad about reading the series because I have so many books to read already! I will just have to make time.

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