Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Deadlocked [Harris]

Book: Deadlocked [Sookie Stackhouse #12]
Author: Charlaine Harris

Review: Fans of this series will be sorely disappointed by this latest installment that seems to be written by a ghostwriter. Remember the spunky heroine that readers fell in love with? Gone and replaced with a passive aggressive complainer who runs a lot of errands (that are explained in detail). Remember the sexual tension between Sookie and her various love interests? Gone. Zilch. No romantic scenes in this book at all. Remember Eric Northman, the sexy bad-boy vampire who went after what he wanted? Gone and replaced with a shell of his former self, someone who doesn't even buy Sookie a birthday present. Remember the fae subplot, Niall, Claude, etc.? The entire story line was wrapped up in a few pages (I'll avoid spoilers but will say Claude's final actions made no sense) which leaves me wondering why the fae were included at all. 

I'm not even going to bother talking about the basic plot because there barely was one. It is clear that Harris is not interested these characters nor the series. Fans realize that Sookie has no interest in becoming a vampire and wants a family (the family theme was shoved down our throats in this book, with way too much time spent on secondary characters). All signs point to Sam (who is much more dynamic and interesting on the HBO show then the books, but he is so BORING in the books) but Harris does not have to destroy Eric to break up the characters. It is a shame that Harris spent so many books building up the Sookie/Eric relationship to kill it in such a way. Most of their relationship in 'Deadlocked' consisted of Sookie hanging up on Eric and refusing to talk to him about anything. Very disappointing. Also-I realize Sookie is suffering for post-traumatic stress syndrome from a few books ago which accounts for her more subdued attitude, but there was barely any humor or whit in the entire book. 

Do not waste your money on this (I'm upset I purchased it on kindle, what a waste). It was terrible. 

Grade: F

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