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Thursday, May 6, 2010

Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris

Released: May 4, 2010
Publisher: Ace Hardcover
Rated: Adult, sexual content

Sookie Stackhouse has finally settled into a relationship with the Viking vampire Eric, and her errant brother Jason seems to have his life in order too. But all the other people in Sookie’s life -Eric himself, her former lover Bill, her friend and boss Sam-are having family problems. Eric’s maker shows up with Eric’s ‘brother’ in tow, the ailing Bill can only be healed by a blood sibling, and Sam’s brother’s marriage is about to take place…or will it? The furor raised by the coming out of the two-natured has yet to settle; some people are just not ready to sit down to dinner with a man who turns into a dog. And Sookie herself is still recovering from her last ordeal. She’s definitely improving, physically and mentally, but she’s always going to have some dark moments to show. The werewolves tell her that there have been strange and ominous passersby in the Stackhouse woods; now Sookie is about to come face-to-face with one of their distant relatives.

Still reeling from the deaths of her fairy cousin, Claudine, and many others in 2009's Dead and Gone, Sookie Stackhouse struggles with paranormal politics in her entertaining if slow-moving 10th outing. When Claudine's triplet, Claude, appears at her doorstep, Sookie reluctantly allows him to move in. The government threatens two-natures with mandatory registration, and tensions run high in the local Were pack. Then Eric's maker, a Roman named Appius Livius Ocella, arrives without warning, bringing along Alexei Romanov, whom he rescued from the Bolsheviks and turned into a vampire.

After enduring torture and the loss of loved ones during the brief but deadly Faery War, Sookie Stackhouse is hurt and she's angry. Just about the only bright spot in her life is the love she thinks she feels for vampire Eric Northman. But he's under scrutiny by the new Vampire King because of their relationship. And as the political implications of the Shifters coming out are beginning to be felt, Sookie's connection to the Shreveport pack draws her into the debate. Worst of all, though the door to Faery has been closed, there are still some Fae on the human side-and one of them is angry at Sookie. Very, very angry...

What I thought:

Well, I have to say I was really looking forward to this new book. I wasn't overly impressed with the last one but thought 'Hey! Every series has that book that just doesn't measure up' and now Ms Harris has two back to back novels that just aren't up to par.

Meeting Eric's sire was interesting as well at his new 'brother'. I wish this could either have been postponed or the main focus, because it had potential but in the end wasn't as big a story as I thought it could have been.

Hadley's son, Hunter, was also another story that I wish had waited until it could have been a bigger story. This one has so much potential, even after this novel, to become a huge story! I'm interested how this can play out, though, after the boy and the FBI agent finally met.

The book didn't have a main focus. There were too many stories going on and as I read I found myself wishing that Charlaine would just pick one. It felt, almost as each little story ended and another started that I was reading a collection of short stories. I was a bit frustrated at the focal theme being clouded. It wasn't a horrible read, but it left me feeling like there should have been more. I gave it 3 stars.


Joy Tamsin David said...

Yeah, I was just 'eh' about this book too. I think it's time for this southern vampire series to "meet the sun" as Charlaine would put it. Time to wrap it up. And I really want Sookie to end up with Sam. Am I crazy?

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