Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Review: Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris

Dead Reckoning (Sookie Stackhouse, Book 11)
With her knack for being in trouble's way, Sookie witnesses the firebombing of Merlotte's, the bar where she works. Since Sam Merlotte is now known to be two-natured, suspicion falls immediately on the anti-shifters in the area. But Sookie suspects otherwise and she and Sam work together to uncover the culprit - and the twisted motive for the attack. But her attention is divided. Though she can't 'read' vampires, Sookie knows her lover Eric Northman and his 'child' Pam well - and she realises that they are plotting to kill the vampire who is now their master. Gradually, she is drawn into the plot -which is much more complicated than she knows. Caught up in the politics of the vampire world, Sookie will learn that she is as much of a pawn as any ordinary human - and that there is a new Queen on the board . . .-Summary taken from Goodreads

Alright, this series is my little guilty pleasure. It's light, fun, campy and easy to read. This installment of the series is no different. However, I feel like it might be time to pack it in. I'm starting to feel like Harris has grown bored of these characters and is just going through the motions. It feels like the same story over and over. Sookie has people trying to kill her, Sookie's rag-tag group of supernatural friends show up to help out, Sookie & Co are victorious. Along the way, there is some relationship drama and much talk of being a good Christian woman. There is plenty going on in the book but very little of it actually progresses the story in terms of the whole series. It felt a little like a filler book, like Harris was trying to stretch the story until she can finally end it.

One of my main complaints is how out of character so many of my favorites were. Pam, my all-time fav vamp was lovesick and depressed. She lost so much of her wit and snark that she was almost unrecognizable. Eric was moody, broody and a little clingy while Bill was funny and flirty. What the heck? It was like Bill and Eric traded places there for awhile. Not cool.

Overall, it's still a light fun read. I just feel like it's becoming formulaic and stale. Unless Harris can infuse more life into the series, I think it's best to call it a day and let us say goodbye to the series while we still care.


Alexis @ Reflections of a Bookaholic said...

I feel the same as you about the series getting stale. Thanks for the great review.

Lit Addicted Brit said...

I keep on hoping to read a good review of this instalment somewhere but most seem to agree with yours - it's a shame because I really enjoyed the earlier books! Maybe I'll leave this one a while...thanks!

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