Read my reviews of books from the same series:
“Half of me (pathetically) wanted to let him know I`d kept the faith; half of me wanted to get in the toolshed and sharpen some stakes.”
“There’s only one vampire Sookie Stackhouse is involved with – at least voluntarily – and that’s Bill. But recently he’s been a little distant – in another state distant. His sinister and sexy boss Eric has an idea where to find him, and next thing Sookie knows she’s off to Jackson, Mississippi, to mingle with the underworld at Club Dead. It’s a dangerous little haunt where the elusive vampire society can go to chill out and suck down some Type O – but when Sookie finally finds Bill caught in an act of serious betrayal she’s not sure whether to save him, or to sharpen some stakes.”
This book is the third in the True Blood/Sookie Stackhouse series. The book was pretty well paced and written well enough for its genre and I think the young adult target audience would enjoy this addition to the series. Further, the characters as is usual from this author were original and interesting. The new characters were all completely believable and it was also nice to see Sookie and Eric’s relationship develop. Eric is one of the characters who has really grown on me, so I hope to see more of him as the series unfolds
In this adventure Bill (Sookie’s boyfriend) has betrayed Sookie. I found Sookie’s reaction to this disappointing as she seems to still want to hold onto Bill despite the blatant disrespect he has shown to her and their relationship. This was disappointing to me as Sookie has always seemed to be a strong character and I wanted to see more resolution from her. That said her indecision is probably more realistic.
On the brightside, the search for Bill leads us to meeting Alcide, a werewolf who owes Eric a favour. I really loved this character especially as he is one of the first people in the series to seem completely and genuinely nice. It was also a nice change to see more of the werewolf scene and other supernatural creatures. Alcide also broke the stereotype of a rich/educated person which was refreshing as he treated Sookie as an equal, throughout the books we`ve seen Sookie face some discrimination for being an uneducated waitress.
Overall, I think that Charlaine Harris succeeded in creating her desired emotions in me as the reader. I think that one of the main goals of this book was to change our opinion of a few major characters. She succeeded in this by having some characters act despicably (Bill) whilst sweetening our opinion of other characters (Eric) by having them show a sweeter more human side to their nature.
My Rating: 3/5