Entertaining, but not engrossing. I love Sookie and can't say I regretted listening to this installment -- but I do wish more had transpired. In the end, it felt like the book was over in an hour. Maybe Charlaine is running out of ideas.
I am looking forward to the next one. I liked this one. This one is better than the last one, which was better than the one before it. People have commented on the last few, saying that they haven't been as good. I agree to a point. The books have for sure taken a dark turn. I like Sookie. I have always liked her. I am the first person to complain when a female protagonist is whiny and stupid but Sookie has never claimed to be the smartest or bravest person, and she calls herself on her faults. Parker does a nice job as narrator.
I love this series and I have listened to every book, but this book was a huge disappointment. It was as bad as I woke up and it was all a dream. Eric played little or no role in this book. There were no steamy love scenes. 90% of the book is in Sookie's head and her perception of her miserable life. Everyone loves Sookie, and yet she still isn't happy. The Fairies are weird and out of place.
The plot, Sookie has chopped and changed love interests too much. Sookie is preoccupied with money, and whinges about having to pay her electricity, there was too much mundane parts to the book. I kinda wanted Sookie to die.
Johanna Parker is an outstanding narrator and has been very consistent with her characters.
I watch True Blood.
The narrator, Johanna Parker, is fantastic. She really captures Sookie. Her portrayal of the other characters is fantastic as well.
Many of the reviews I've read of the text version are down on the book because it's not as sexy or as funny as previous ones, but I think Harris is just trying to prepare us for the next book, which will be the last in the series.
Parker's narration keeps the story moving.
The accent! :-) And Sookie's emotions.
T. R. Graves, Author
It is a RARE situation when I give a book anything less than 5 stars because I don't read (and certainly don't review) books that I don't LOVE. After finishing Deadlocked (Sookie Stackhouse #12), I decided to make an exception AND take one star away for the blatantly obvious missing component of this book.
Any Sookie Stackhouse fan will tell you, there is a dangerous lust that we absolutely love and have come to expect to be within the covers of each of the stories. I've waited for an entire year for this installment and assumed I'd be met with a paranormal adventure along with some jaw-dropping passion...as has been customary for Sookie Stackhouse books. With each page, it became more apparent my expectations were not going to be met. In fact, I was beyond disappointed when the book abruptly ended. Frantic, I searched to see if there was more. There was not. Ahh!
Please note: Mrs. Harris, it is not nice to toy with the emotions of your die-hard fans or to completely change the very make-up of the characters we've come to know and love.
Now, that I've formally lodged my complaint, I will say the Sookie Stackhouse book is filled with all the familiar characters/dialogue I've come to love. Sookie still gets bogged down in the monotony of life (work, grocery store, Sonic, Dairy Queen,...). Usually, I don't mind these boring detours because there are some exciting moments to balance them out. That cannot be said for Deadlocked (Sookie Stackhouse #12).
One final observation. It unfortunately, symbolizes the tone of the entire book. The vampire birthday party for Sookie was handled in a very odd manner. By this, I mean Eric, Bill, and Pam were out in Sookie's yard. Instead of allowing them to have a witty conversation among themselves where we see that the vampires closest to Sookie love her, Mrs. Harris had Eric say something like 'Imagine Bill has just proclaimed his undying love to you and Pam has paid you a snarky compliment that tells you she loves you.' She did this rather than allow the character's personalities to show through with their own real dialogue. She robbed us of the opportunity to interpret the meaning of their proclamation/snarky compliments.
No matter what, I'm committed to this series and will continue to read them until the last one is written. I just hope the next one brings back all the things we love about the series, its storyline, and its author.
T. R. Graves, author
Warriors of the Cross
Guardians of the Cross
Enemies of the Cross
Mother of 8, grandmother of 7, RN and book nerd
Just love the Sookie Stackhouse series! Great entertainment, great characters, great stories!!!!! Have been waiting for this one, & now ready for the next! Have read them all & have NEVER been disappointed!
This is so much better than Dead Reckoning was, I really enjoyed it. I know a lot of reviewers are complaining about the end, but I thought it was great. bill's voice has changed, not for the better, but otherwise this was a great performance and a good story. I am glad they got rid of one of the female characters.
If you have read the other sookie books you have to read it . Nothing great happens but if you want to finish the series i guess it is important.
young, southern, high
Not sure exactly how much "action" the negative reviewers expect in a Sookie novel, but I found the balance between Sookie's inner monologue and the actual plot to be spot on in this volume.
I listen to Sookie books to visit a friend in a fun place and to smile a lot, not only at her actions but her reactions to the situations she's in. This installment in the series is "just right". Well worth a credit or $20 for 10 hour glass of sweet tea.
An avid audible book listener!
If you are into the series, then you have to listen to this one.
If you haven't listened to the series before, don't start here.
Johanna Parker is simply perfect as Sookie. She brings the series to life.
True Blood deviates a bit from the books, but provides sensational television. Anna Paquin as Sookie is also a delight.
While this book moves the series along, I found the way it ended a bit frustrating. If you are a big fan of Pam, Bill and Eric, you will be disappointed with the storyline. The upside of the book is that it does offer some interesting twists and turns that the reader cannot ignore. Overall, it is worth listening to, just not as enjoyable as some of the earlier works.