The series is nearly finished, I started listening to these books a few weeks ago and so I have been listening to one after another with little break between.
I was concerned going into this book because of all the reviews that claimed it was so horrible. Oddly I think I liked this book better than nearly all save the one with Eric losing his memory.
There was a lot more working things out emotionally, mentally, etc in this book. This book is huge on showing some of the inner workings of all the main characters and does a wonderful job of providing depth where it had been lacking before. Massive insight into Eric as a person. More insight to nearly all the main characters.
At this point in the story, if you are looking at this book, you should get it, it you haven’t read the others, start at the start :)
Of all the books in the series this is the weakest one. This felt like a short story. There were too many small storylines and no central story. There was too much going on yet nothing really happened. The only good thing about this book is that Sookie and Eric got closer. I love this series so I will return for the next book. Hopefully there will be more action.
Following Sookie is tiresom, always in the wrong place at the wrong time... I read the series but listen to this one... if you get it be sure to start at book 1..
I LOVE the Sookie Stackhouse series. LOVE it. I could not wait until this book came out. I am sad to say that this was not my favorite book in the series. If you are a fan, you should still read the book...it's not poorly written. I just wish there had been more to Sookie and Eric's relationship at the end of the book. It seemed like a very fast read; over too soon with not much punch. Having said all this, I still very highly recommend this series.
I have looked forward to this latest release in the Sookie series, but this one was forgetable. I got the feeling that Ms. Harris either rushed or doesn't really want to keep writing this series anymore.
Sookie depressed me, and her relationship with Eric was kind of dullsville. And, I am sick to death of the fairies. I'll be glad to read about whatever wild thing is after her in book 11 as long as the fairies are laid to rest.
Otherwise, I love this series. This was just a speed bump in an otherwise great series.
Definitely not the best of the series but good none the less. The narrator was as usual, phenomenal. A lot of questions answered from book 9. Sookie is finally showing signs of real maturity and strength. A few real bits of laugh out loud humor as well as many touching yet unpredictable family bonding moments. I'm not disappointed with this book but I wasn't left with the sheer yearning for the next book as I've been with most of the others.
I did enjoy this book even with Eric and Claude on the softer side. I will read book 11 to get some questions answered i just hope it is not a rush job like this one seems to have been.
Within the first few minutes of listening, I was completely re-immersed into the world of Bon Temps and all my old friends there! It was as if I had been out of touch for a while and dropped by to catch up all the news. Everyone has changed somewhat in the aftermath of the fairy war. Sookie, although still trying hard to be the southern lady her grandmother raised her to be, has hardened and is not an innocent as she was before. Jason has matured and is starting to actually behave like an adult. Eric has given into his emotional attachment to Sookie and you can see her influence on him when he has to deal with his maker. Although the plot itself was pretty typical for the Southern Vampire Series, it was very interesting and entertaining. Some loose threads were tied up and some seeds for future stories were planted. The hours of the book just flew by and I was sad to leave Bon Temps again when it came to the end. True Sookie Stackhouse fans will not be disappointed in this book. TrueBlood fans may not appreciate it as much. Finally, I have to say that Johanna Parker's narration is fabulous. She truly brings Sookie to life. As much as I love Anna Pacquin in True Blood, she just doesn't portray the nuances of Sookie's personality as well as Ms. Parker.
Sookie is a different person now because of what she has been through. And she seems to be as powerful at the Supes who gravitate towards her. She is still very loving and is capable of protecting those she loves. I would not want to be on her bad side. As for the suitor issue, some will be delighted. The next book will be just as anticipated as this one. Johanna Parker is great as always. That voice is Sookie to me.
Let's count BK 9 as a "Bad Trip", as in why do I like Sookie bad. And this BK is the Recovery! It's not jammed pack to bursting with jumbled action and plot. (no fan event timeline nec.) It's a recovery for Sookie herself and for Sookie fans alike. Though necessarily light it builds a practical, thoughtful, and sensible Sookie in a thrilling way. I give it a 3 because it needed a more definitive Sookie/Eric relationship. But I guess that is Charlaine leaving room for her "byways to get there" eventual life partner plan(Hopefully). There will be at least 3 more bks. Plus, just maybe her Werewolf lore could be more compelling.