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Monday, May 10, 2010

Book Review: Dead in the Family (Southern Vampire #10) by Charlaine Harris


where I got my copy: Borders
where esle to buy: Amazon, B&N

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 now. The werewolves tell her that there have been strange and ominous passers-by in the Stackhouse woods; now Sookie is about to come face-to-face with one of her more distant relatives...

After a year of waiting Sookie's Book 10 is finally here. I agree with my blogger friends that it is a downer- action, thrill and mystery wise. It is probably the weakest book in the series but I am actually glad that Sookie was not stabbed, beaten up or half mangled this time. Book ten is more like a down time for our characters. There was a lot of contemplating, worrying and grieving on Sookie's part. Bill Compton was out of commission due to silver poisoning when one of the ugly faery bit him when the faery war happened towards the end of Dead and Gone. Eric has received and unwelcome visitor, his maker Ocella and a creepy half brother named Alexei who was the Tsarevich of Russia, which I thought would end up in a more disastrous outcome than what had happened. That was weak compared to what happened when Bill was summoned by Lorena. Sam is dating one of Alcide's pack members. Jason has mellowed down and renewed his friendship with Hoyt and Claude is now living with Sookie. Nothing really important, life threatening or adrenaline inducing but it was not truly disappointing. I can feel that a new trouble is brewing, Victor is formulating a plan that is for sure. I was surprise that he was not at Book 10 at all, I was really pretty sure that I was going to read something about him especially when Pam and Sookie killed his assassins but nope didn't happen which was fine by me. There is also the matter of the government wanting to pass a bill wherein the two natured needs to register in an attempt to "not contaminate" other citizens and strip them of some rights when the world though they were one natured (humans).

Fans like me a probably very very happy that Eric and Sookie is now a couple, and they finally said they love each other. My only worry though is Eric losing his bad ass nature. The arrogance and ruthlessness seems to diminish and I don't think he can have that, I agree with Pam, Victor might use his love for Sookie against him. I think Sookie feels that too. With that said here's hoping for more action and meaningful events on the next book. *cheers*

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