Thursday, May 3, 2012
Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
As is typical after getting my grabby hands on a book I've waited a year for, I flew through this book with a voracity that frightened those nearest and dearest to me. I dearly love this series, though I must admit to not being a fan of the show at all. I tend to be a purest, and the show just deviates too far from the main story for my liking. That's neither here nor there, however, as I'm reviewing the book.
This book marks the beginning of the end. It's the next to the last book in the series, so ends are being wrapped up all throughout it. Some of it feels rushed, in my opinion; however, those areas are more for external characters whose stories can be neatly summed up in a few sentences and do not retract from the story a bit. I find myself loathe to go into details that would necessitate a spoiler warning on my review, so I'll be vague and say that this story is not an altogether happy one for our heroine. The way she reacts to the various situations she finds herself in, however, show us just how much she has grown within herself. Sookie is growing up, folks, and learning that she is more than strong enough to take care of herself and her own.
I got a bit emotional at several points, which is always a positive when reading a book. It means that the author has connected with their audience in a very spiritual way, and not every author is capable of that. The real slam bang, for me, was at the end. When I saw something begin to happen that I had quietly yearned for since the first book. I won't say what, I'll only say that it's going to be a long year waiting for the conclusion.
In conclusion, if you're a fan of Sookie? Go. Now. Get this book. Speed read it, and make sure to have chocolate AND ice cream on hand. If you're more than a simple fan? Add in a bottle of wine. Enjoy the story, enjoy Sookie's growth as a woman.
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