#60 A Review of Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris

Being on the 12th book in the Sookie Stackhouse series, I know how each book works and functions in this long and fantastic series.  While each book is written to be a standalone story, they really need to be read in order, as a group.  The reason I say this is that each book falls into one of two categories: books that set up a major event that will be discussed in later books, or books that are meant to advance character development.  Deadlocked falls more into the latter category.  With the thirteenth book marking the end of the series, Charlaine has spent books 11 (Dead Reckoning) and 12 (Deadlocked) prepping us for what is sure to be a blockbuster ending.

In Deadlocked, we start off with a bit of a problem (as all Sookie books seem to begin).  Eric Northman, Sheriff of District 5 in Louisiana, finds himself with a dead woman on his front lawn.  If this wasn’t bad enough, Eric also drank from this woman earlier, although he’s not sure whether or not this actually contributed to her death.  As the official district 5 investigator, Bill is assigned to investigate the incident, and he recruits Sookie to help him solve the murder.  Although she is only involved in the investigation, there is much more at play here, as Sookie finds that she is facing an enemy that is far more powerful than she’s ever faced before.  Will she and Bill be able to solve the murder?  Will Sookie have enough power to face this fierce enemy?

As much as it pains me to say it, this book was kind of disappointing.  This is tough, because this is truly one of my favorite book series. Harris writes with a ton of humor, Sookie is a spunky character, and Eric is sexy as hell!  It’s obvious that Harris has a way with words, as millions of readers worldwide devour Sookie books left and right.  It’s the direction of the series as a whole that has been revealed in this book that gets to me.  I know this is setting us up for the big finale, and there must be an ending for Bill, Sookie, Eric, and the other residents of Bon Temps, but after 12 books of the hemming and hawing that we see from Sookie regarding Eric and Bill, the supernatural world vs. natural world… Well, I can’t exactly say what disappointed me (it would be a major spoiler), just wished that Sookie would make better choices.  Other than this, there were parts here and there that reminded me of the old Sookie, and it was a warm and comfortable feeling, complete with her normal humorous commentary that always makes me laugh.  Book 13 better blow me out of the water, for I’ve spent two books now being set up for some major plot action!  I can’t wait for this final piece of the puzzle to come in.  May of 2013 can’t come soon enough!

3 out of 5 stars

Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris
Penguin Group (2012)
Hardcover: 336 pages
ISBN:  9781937007447

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New Year; New Challenges – Part Deux

January 1, 2012 = Official start of my next 100 book challenge!  After completing my 100 books for 2011 I’ve decided to up my personal goal to 110 books for 2012.  (What’s the fun in doing the same thing every year, right?)  You can check out my challenge page to see what specific challenges I’ve signed up for.  I’ve kept it small this year so that I can continue to be eclectic in my reading choices.

Top books I’m hoping to read this year are:

  1. Inkheart Trilogy by Cornelia Funke
  2. The Magicians by Lev Grossman
  3. Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
  4. Be Different by John Elder Robison
  5. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  6. The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
  7. The Apothecary’s Daughter by Julie Klassen
  8. Deadlocked (Sookie Stackhouse #12) by Charlaine Harris

Kinda small list, I know, but if I were to list all of the books I’m excited to read this year we’d be here for a while!  If you want to recommend stuff for me to read check out my lists from 2010 and 2011 and let me know what you think I’ll like.

As always, I encourage you to try your own reading challenges! My biggest piece of advice is start small! There is nothing wrong with saying you want to read 10 books in a year!  Make a small goal, meet that goal, then up it!  Tell me about your own goals, and the books you’re excited about reading below.

Good luck, and happy reading!!