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... Adult, Paranormal Romance
I’ve been trying to write this review for over a week now and nothing really comes to me…….I just can’t seem to get a good review going for Dead In the Family, the 10th book in the Sookie Stackhouse series.
Then I realized why – It just didn’t incite much feeling either way for me. It wasn’t bad but it wasn’t great either. I think this series probably could have been wrapped up three books ago. Qualities that Sookie had in the beginning of the series that I thought were cute and spunky just seem annoying and immature now.
As the name implies, this book is all about family. Sookie’s, Bill’s and Eric’s and to some extent Sam’s. There is some movement on the Eric relationship front which made me extremely happy but Eric has lost much of his Viking vampire fire….he seems reduced to a lovelorn puppy at this point. I have read that Harris wishes that she hadn’t written the blood bond into the series but I just wonder how great it would be instead of looking at it as a hindrance, make Sookie and Eric one kick ass vampire/fey powerhouse! There could still be tension between them now that she can sense his feelings and what that loss of control means for Eric.
There is a lot more of Pam in this book which I love! And more of Claude (Sookie’s cousin) who seems to be picking up the snarky, arrogant, sexy guy role from Eric. Jason and Hunter make appearances. Bill gets a little story time in here too in what can only be described as a very abrupt twist in his relationship with Sookie. I can’t really say what it is without spoilers but while I’m team Eric all the way I didn’t really like the way this was handled.
On a strange note – they STILL haven’t gone to Sam’s brother’s wedding!! Hasn’t that been going on for at least three books now?? I could be wrong but it feels like that - I’m guessing it’s going to be one hell of a wedding! There was also another pack meeting that required Sookie to help Alcide.
Dead in the Family seems like more of a set up for future books than a good stand alone story. I did enjoy it – just didn’t love it. She’s adding more of the fey world and keeps including Alcide and his pack politics in every book so maybe this will all come to a head and be a big battle between the races?? No clue – I just wish it would hurry up and get there. I keep wondering with the expanding fey influence on Sookie if the series is all of a sudden going to go all “Laurell K Hamilton” and she’ll have sex with everyone and bring out all their latent powers and save the world and she can have a harem of Eric, Bill, Sam, Alcide, Quinn …….lol
Sorry for the "bleh" review but the book was kind of "bleh".
Liked: More Eric….even a sappy Eric is better than no Eric. More Pam! and Sookie did seem to have more of a backbone in this book.
Nitpick: Move along already…let’s get this wrapped up
I just have to add - I HATE that damn sticker they put on the book now!! The artwork is gorgeous and original and they RUIN it with that stupid True Blood label thingy!!
Rating: 3 out of 4. It’s OK but not a real page turner
Author's website: http://www.charlaineharris.com/
Buy the book! Dead in the Family (Sookie Stackhouse, Book 10)