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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Dead and Gone by Charlaine Harris

"Eric when I get back being myself, I am going to nail your ass for putting me into a position of being pledged to you."~ Sookie Chapter 6
For Sookie Stackhouse, the day to day activities of the vampire and were communities in and around Bon Temps, Louisiana, are of vital interest, She's blood-bound to the leader of the vamps, a friend to the local were pack, works for a man who is shifter, and has a brother who is a were-panther…
But for most of the humans in Bon Temps, the vamps are mysterious seductive creatures-and they don't even know about the weres.
Until now. The weres and shifters have finally decided to follow the lead of the undead and reveal their existence to the ordinary world.
At first it seems to go well. Then the mutilated body of a were-panther is found in the parking lot of the bar where Sookie works. The victim is someone she knows, so she feels compelled to discover who-human or otherwise-did the deed.
But what she doesn't realize is that there is a far greater danger than the killer threatening Bon Temps. A race of unhuman beings--older, more powerful and far more secretive than vampires or werewolves-- is preparing for war. And Sookie will find herself an all-too human pawn in their battle…
I have waited the release of this book for months that it kills me to say this, but I am a bit disappointed in a way. There was so many flybys and a lot of scene got left out. There was also so many new characters but there wasn't enough time, that it came out under developed. But even with that little glitch right there I still love the book.
On a positive note, I am glad for so many parts of this book. Of course the 2nd Great Revelation which was the coming out of the Weres was the first. Then there's the sorta-kinda-hitched situation of Sookie and Eric and the sex scene that was due since Definitely Dead and a glimpse of Eric's human life. My favorite Chapter is 10, although Sookie had one of her worst morning she get to have one of the great nights. Is it me or does everything Eric do is so agreeable. Even the negative traits seems to look like a great compliment on his personality. I love everything about Eric. We also got a more clearer picture on how Sookie's fae lineage are more dangerous than her connection with the other supe community. It's a shame that Crystal got murdered by 2 extremely creepy fae, who happens to murder Sokkie's parents as well instead of the ignorant member of FOTS, that would have stir up a more thicker plot in my opinion. I am so mad at Arlene I hope she rots in prison with her current boyfriend, but then again my heart goes out to her 2 kids.
And last but not the least, I have also developed a newly profound respect for Bill Compton, Thank god I thought his character will now forever be left in the background. It's not because he was willing to die to fight for Sookie but because it showed how much he really still loves her. I can smell a repeat love triangle which makes everything so exciting. I can't help but worry on the new Eric in this book I hope he's not turning soft on our Sookie here, that is the biggest and most noteable trait he has and the one that I absolutely love. Being stiff and straight forward (to name a few) marks that huge difference in character between him and Bill. It's bittersweet how all this characters love each other but has to fight hard in every book to stay alive and continue being a part of each other's lives. Naill, Claudine and Claude would be miss, I hope the portal doesnt' really close in the way that I think it would and that somewhere in the future books they would resurface again. I hope to read more about Hunter and more irritating exploit of the FOTS people and probably less horrifying physical damages for Sookie....And now I'm back on waiting till October.

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