Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Deadlocked (Sookie Stackhouse 12) by Charlaine Harris

From Amazon.com:

It’s vampire politics as usual around the town of Bon Temps, but never before have they hit so close to Sookie’s heart…Growing up with telepathic abilities, Sookie Stackhouse realized early on there were things she’d rather not know. And now that she’s an adult, she also realizes that some things she knows about, she’d rather not see—like Eric Northman feeding off another woman. A younger one.
There’s a thing or two she’d like to say about that, but she has to keep quiet—Felipe de Castro, the Vampire King of Louisiana (and Arkansas and Nevada), is in town. It’s the worst possible time for a human body to show up in Eric’s front yard—especially the body of the woman whose blood he just drank.
Now, it’s up to Sookie and Bill, the official Area Five investigator, to solve the murder. Sookie thinks that, at least this time, the dead girl’s fate has nothing to do with her. But she is wrong. She has an enemy, one far more devious than she would ever suspect, who’s set out to make Sookie’s world come crashing down.

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The review from Amazon, in my opinion, really leaves so much of the book out that I feel like it really only gives you a tiny crumb of the whole cupcake.

Sookie has more to deal with in this book than the murder of a human that shows up in Eric's front yard. Yes, it's a big issue. But, as usual with all Sookie books, there's a few other storylines that coincide with this one. If you've read the eleven books leading up to this one, you surely know that this book can't ONLY be about one murder. What about the fae? What about the cluviel dor? The Long Tooth Pack?
No worries, that's all included. And as a matter of fact, I feel like the book really circled more around the cluviel dor - the magical love-gift Sookie inherited from her Gran - than on the murder of the human.
In the beginning of this book you get a look inside Hooligan's, the bar owned by Sookie's cousin Claude. And you're in luck... it's ladies night! Most of the male strippers are fae, but don't assume that the evening out would be all fun and games. It wouldn't be a Sookie book if there wasn't some drama thrown in! Then, after more drama, Sook gets a visit from Niall, who she thought she'd never see again. And it wasn't just one visit either! You get a clear look inside the Long Tooth Pack and how it's currenly running. You get updates on the day to day lives of some of the humans. And even Mr Catliades makes an appearance!! There is so much going on in this book that you won't be able to put it down!



My personal opinion:

In Deadlocked, you really get to see what's going on with many of the characters you've grown to love... or hate, over the entire series. This is a great thing, unless of course it's been a year since the last time you've read a Sookie book (guilty). It's even worse if you're also watching the True Blood series and are therefore confusing things because the HBO series really does not stick to the books (of course the books are better!!). I don't think Harris does a MARVELOUS job of refreshing your memory like some authors do, but she does leave the book as enough of a stand-alone that the rest of the background info isn't necessarily mandatory.
Did I love this book? Yep. Did I occasionally think to myself "Huh? Who? WHAT went on?!" when she referenced something from previous books? YEP. But, again, I got over that. Would I recommend this  book? OF COURSE. Just be sure to read at least book 11 for a refresher before you move on to this one!

Spoiler:
This book, to me, featured a sort of "Where are they now?" for one of my favorite characters. If you've been wondering about Quinn, you don't want to miss this one!!!


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