Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Book Review- Charlaine Harris' From Dead to Worse

From Dead to Worse (Sookie Stackhouse Book 8) by Charlaine Harris
Published by: Ace Trade
Publication Date: May 6th, 2008
Format: Paperback, 321 Pages
Challenge: Fantasy
Rating: ★★★★★
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Louisiana is in danger. Hurricane Katrina left a weekend state, and the attack at Rhodes left the vampires physically damaged. The queen is hidden, fearing attack daily, but over in Bon Temps, Sookie is hoping things can go back to normal. Well, as normal as things can be with a witch under her roof and a cat that's not really supposed to be a cat. But things start to go rapidly downhill when Alcide's new girlfriend, Maria Star, is viciously murder. With the help of her roommate Amelia, and Amelia's mentor Octavia, they realize it was some of the Shreveport weres who committed this heinous crime. Could the new pack leader be lashing out at Alcide? Or is there a war brewing. Of course, it's a war. But the weres aren't the only ones at danger. The vampires are being attacked too. So the supernatural community is in danger from all sides, and Sookie happens to be right in the middle. But when a fairy shows up claiming to be her great grandfather and he helps her find the child Hadley had before she became a vamp, at least she has more family, especially seeing as Jason has put Sookie in an untenable situation, being the jerk he always proves himself to be.

The Sookie books have definitely reached the point where only those who've read all the books, usually multiple times, will be able to follow what's happening. I even feel lost sometimes and I'm a big fan who will admit to the multiple re-readings. This book is one of those books were you feel the overall plot arc is in a holding pattern while Charlaine ties up a whole lot of loose ends before something big happens. But at the same time I really enjoy seeing my favorite characters, who feel kind of like a family who I can visit and when I leave, feel happy and look forward to the next time we see each other. I also like the little developments with Crystal, Jason's wife, turning out to be a total bitch. Eric getting back his memory about his time with Sookie, and Pam with Amelia, all without the overly romantically cliched sex scenes. All these little things add up to a fun read and makes me even more impatient for the new book to be out and devoured, cause let's face it, that is totally what I'll be doing. If only it didn't fall during finals...


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