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Monday 28 May 2012

Review: Deadlocked (Sookie Stackhouse #12) by Charlaine Harris

Title: Deadlocked
Author: Charlaine Harris
Series: Sookie Stackhouse
Book #: 12
Pages: 327
Reading Level: Adult
Book Rating: Photobucket
Goodreads Rating: 3.44
Published: May 1st, 2012

With Felipe de Castro, the Vampire King of Louisiana (and Arkansas and Nevada), in town, it’s the worst possible time for a body to show up in Eric Northman’s front yard—especially the body of a woman whose blood he just drank.

Now, it’s up to Sookie and Bill, the official Area Five investigator, to solve the murder. Sookie thinks that, at least this time, the dead girl’s fate has nothing to do with her. But she is wrong. She has an enemy, one far more devious than she would ever suspect, who’s out to make Sookie’s world come crashing down.

Taschima's POV:

or the amount of time it took for this book to hit the market I have to say I was expecting a bit more. It was only about 325 pages, and about 1/3 of those pages concentrate on Sookie's day to day life. Although this seems to bother some people its something that I have come to expect from the series so I wont jump up and proclaim that I am deeply dissolutioned or anything because this is just something that is integral to the Sookie Stackhouse world.

Now in this book we get some closure when it comes to some things, but when it comes to others we get even more headache. A lot of things happened, true, but if I were to count moments of excitement I would come up with 3 that stick out in my mind, and that includes the ending. When I remember the earlier installments of the Sookie Stackhouse series I remember constant danger, high suspense, and Sookie was almost always in the line of fire, having to be witty to get out of a situation or fight her way out. On this installment we got weepy Sookie feeling sorry for herself every other page with no constant direct danger to her persona (so most of the time there was no tension, nothing to keep you on the edge of your seat). The main problems in the installment were indirect, involving other people that weren't her, and I felt like I missed the excitement that earlier installments had. This book was bland, okay, but certainly not spectacular. It tight up some loose ends, but I swear if I have to read one more page of Eric being a douch bag I am going to vomit.

I used to love Eric. I thought him and Sookie together was the perrrfect pair. I used to swoon in his presence, but now when he is in the page I just want him to not be there. I think this is a little unfair on the author's part. I think she is either moving Sookie into a position where she is going to end up with her first love (Bill), or with a human. I think it's unfair because Eric used to be this sex magnet sort of sweetheart who showed Sookie how much he cared about her but we haven't gotten to see that Eric in a loong time. He ain't even trying anymore. Sad, but true. So instead of dragging their relationship on and on, I wish they would just make a decision, are they going to love each other or break up? Are you going to love it, or list it? I think the latter, but you never know. Fred Weasley did die after all.

There was a particular scene in this book that I loved. It was between Sookie and Bill, and I swear it just warmth my heart. I don't wanna ruin it for the people who haven't read it, but those who have know it.

Also excuse my language but where the fuck did the hot sex scenes go? This is an adult book after all. There was about 1 sex scene, and it went black. You will never know how disappointed I was. I am no perv, but I remember some greatly written sex scenes in the past Stackhouse books and as the series goes along we get less and less sex scenes. Much like the excitement the sex part of the book is loosing it's old shine and it's becoming absurdly dull. Maybe all the sex moved onto the big screen and swore to never return to the written world. I surely hope not.

The ending, it was "awww" and "uuh" and "aaw" again. I liked it. I liked how it left things for the next installments.

Next book is supposed to be the last, and I say good riddance. I have loved Sookie and her world for a long time, but after this book it seems to me that it's running out of juice. The books aren't as gripping as they used to be. Even the relationship trouble isn't enough to get it out of its hole. Instead of taking advantage of the potential it's like we are just getting the rest of the books just to get them. Charlaine Harris hung her writing cape long ago. I just want the series to end with a bit of dignity, and for Sookie, Bill, Eric, and Sam to get their respective happy endings. Here's to hoping.


  1. I was a loyal Sookie fan and devoured the books one after the other, but I believe it was after Dead & Gone I kind of lost my affection for the series. I hated True Blood (I hope I don't get stoned to death by TB Fans for that, hee hee) and IDK I just kind of moved onto other books/series. I'm about 3 books behind and haven't really had the desire to read them... from your review it seems I am not missing too too much... maybe someday.. Great review :))

  2. Oh no! I was really disappointed with the last book, and hoped this one wouldn't be more filler! I completely agree though - what the heck happened to the high stakes, suspense, and sexy times? I'm also upset to hear that it sounds like Sookie & Eric won't make it to the end. :( I think Charlaine Harris is going to have to pull off an AMAZING novel for me to be happy with how the series ends in the next book...

  3. Awesome, I just got this, can't wait to read it


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