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Monday, May 16, 2011

Review: Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris

Released: May 3, 2011
Publisher: Ace Hardcover
Rated: Adult
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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. Sookie suspects otherwise, but her attention is divided when she realizes that her lover Eric Northman and his "child" Pam are plotting to kill the vampire who is now their master. Gradually, Sookie is drawn into the plot-which is much more complicated than she knows...

What I thought:

After finishing this book, I'm glad that Charlaine Harris has decided to call it quits after another two books to be published. While I loved the first several books, the last 3 or so have not been up to par. In fact, I even said I wouldn't buy this one. I would borrow it from the library. But that didn't happen. I still bought it. Now I'm suffering, a little, from buyers remorse when I could have bought something else and enjoyed it that much more.

The plot, we all saw coming, is how to get Victor out of the picture. He's disrupting the lives of the Shreveport Vampires, making subtle threats towards Sookie and is trying to find a way to provoke Eric into an altercation to have reason to off the vamp. It felt flat. All of it. Like there was no life left in the characters.

I did like the interaction with Dermot. I think he's an interesting character. I just wish he had more time in the book. Like the rest of the series, there is one huge plot working and other subplots. Mostly just the one subplot in this, a very recycled subplot. I'm a little tired of the plot of 'Someone's out to get Sookie'.

Paranormal Romance is a favorite genre of mine. I love it. Can't get enough of it. But with Sookie, it's not really romance. She's got this righteious igdignation when it comes to her beau's and it's a little off putting after book 11. Eric gets worried about her in the book and she gets mad at him for it. Of all the things she continues to accuse Eric with, she's guilty of as well. I just wanted to slap her upside the head and make her realize what a hunk she has!

I have to agree with all the other reviewers about the amount of inconsistency in this book. There seem to be a fair few in this. It seems that Harris doesn't have any sort of plan for the series when she started writing, or the inconsistency wouldn't need to be mentioned. In this, events change on how things played out in previous books that just don't add up. At all.

I'm still hoping the next two (if it is true that Harris is not counting this book) will have a good ending for the series. The first books were amazing. Let's hope she can manage to close the series with a bang.

My Rating:


Jen said...

I was dissatisfied with this book as well. I'm glad CH is ending the series before things get too bad.

Jen at Red Hot Books

Aimee said...

I had hopes that she could revive the series for the last books she's writing... but I don't think it will happen. I'm not happy with how things are going with Eric.

Jules (The Great, The Good and The Bad) said...

I'm only about to start book five, so I'm a while away from reading this one but she wouldn't be the first to start getting inconsistent towards the end of a series.

Aimee said...

No, she really wouldn't. But still a shame though, I loved the books up until after book 7. That was the last book I really enjoyed.

Jessica said...

Definitely agree with you! Loved the earlier stuff, lately, not so much. It seemed once the hardbacks got taller, the writing changed. The plot became harder to connect the dots. Or maybe it started with Dead and Gone. I can't remember anymore. All Together Dead might have been the last "mystery" novel though and that's when I think the series started to lose its spice.

Like you said I thought I might not buy this one, but I did. Darn online sales and all! Hoping that the next (and last?) 2 will be better and the series ends on a high note!

Great review!

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Aimee said...

Thanks Jess! I said I won't buy the next two... safe bet is that I probably will. I have to stick it out now that it is coming to an end.

Alexis @ Reflections of a Bookaholic said...

I felt this way about the last book as well. I like to feel that a series is making progress... or just that there is a big picture in mind. I don't feel this with this series and it bugs me. I didn't run out to buy it. I will read it eventually though.

Also, I'm kind of tired of Sookie and her many beaus can she just find one and stick with him please?

Candace said...

I actually loved it. It seems like so many are disappointed but I'm just happy to read more about Sookie and all the other characters. There may be some inconsistencies but I guess they aren't bothering me or something.

Cait said...

totally agree with this review. I too am a bit fed up with everyone trying to kill Sookie. The main thing that bugs me (it's pathetic, I know) is how often her brand of trainers changes...it's frustrating. I liked Dermot too actually. I feel Eric has been a bit...emasculated recently, it depresses me. I love Pam still-but she's less funny. I agree they all seem a little flat recently.

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