Title: Dead and Gone
Author: Charlaine Harris
Series: Sookie Stackhouse
Previous Books Reviews:
1. Dead Until Dark
2. Living Dead in Dallas
3. Club Dead
4. Dead to the World
5. Dead as a Doornail
6. Definitely Dead
7. All Together Dead
8. From Dead to Worse
Date Started: April 16
Date Finished: April 19
Format: ebook from the digital library
Well, guys here’s the good news. After eight books (yes, eight) where Sookie Stackhouse’s life is put into danger by vampires every which way she turns, in book 9, her life isn’t put into danger by the undead at all. No, this time some more interesting things are happening. The shifters and Weres come out of the closet like the vamps did a few years ago and despite much trepidation by the species, it actually goes okay. Well, mostly. Arlene – Sookie’s ex best friend – kind of freaks out and quits. Sam’s mom gets shot by her husband forcing Sam to go take care of her and Sookie in charge of the bar. And Crystal – Sookie’s sister-in-law – is found dead on a makeshift cross in the parking lot of Merlotte’s. The police think it’s a hate crime because of her werepanther nature.
On top of all that, Sookie finally has to deal with her family blood. The war and enemies that Niall has been really cryptic about have finally shown up and they want Sookie dead. Brendan – Sookie’s uncle – doesn’t care for the half fay and wants to shut off the fairy world from the humans completely, after he destroys all the half fay. Sookie is number one on that list. You know it’s bad when Sookie cashes in both of her favors from the vamps and weres to make sure that she has ample protection. But there is only so much that they can do for her. Especially when one of them is taken out of commission.
Dead and Gone was pretty much one of the better books of the series in the last three books or so. Sookie’s play by play still gets on my nerves and her uneasiness about her anger and temper tantrums is still unjustified in my opinion. Sam just jumped down your throat about being in something with Eric, even though you told him that you had no idea, you have every right to be mad at him, babe. Speaking of the awesome Viking, he does actually remember what happened at Sookie’s house those few days he didn’t have all his memories. Which leads to a serious reunion that I’ve been waiting for since book 5. I’m still curious as to why Quinn showed up though. I mean, doesn’t he understand that things are over between them? And that Sookie didn’t dump him because of Eric. She dumped him because of his mom and sister. Sheesh.
This book was really different with Sookie’s life being in danger from her own kin instead of the undead, and it was a nice change of pace. What was really cool was the fact that she had to endure hours of torture instead of someone charging in just in the nick of time to save her. I’m pretty sure her experience with that is going to change her in the next book. And why wasn’t it Eric who saved her, considering their blood bond? Instead it was Bill – who I find a little bit more likable now. I’m pissed that they killed off – a pregnant – Claudine though. What was with Harris and killing off the pregnant mothers? If she had gone after Tara, I think I would have given up on this series.
Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. Nice change of pace without all that vampire drama. Still want to know whether or not Sookie has seen the last of the FBI because of what she did in Rhodes. And will she ever just have one suitor? I mean she’s been in some variation of a love triangle since book 1. Eventually that’s got to stop, right?
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