Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Book Review: Definitely Dead by Charlaine Harris (Sookie #6)

Sookie Stackhouse doesn't have that many relations, so she really hated to lose one - but of all the people to go, she didn't expect it to be her cousin Hadley, a consort of New Orleans' vampire queen - after all, Hadley was technically already dead.

But Hadley is gone, beyond recall, and she's left Sookie an inheritance, one that comes with a bit of a risk - not least because someone doesn't want Sookie digging too deep into Hadley's possessions ... or her past. Sookie's life is once again on the line, and this time the suspects range from rogue weres to her first love, the vampire Bill. Sookie's got a lot to do if she's going to keep herself alive ...

My Review: 

This review contains spoilers!

Sookie has a new man, Quinn the were-tiger but of course their date doesn't go to plan when they are attacked by young weres-who both end up dead in police custody. She also has to go to New Orleans to clean out the apartment of her dead vampire cousin Hadley, consort of Queen Sophie-Ann. The Pelts are on Sookie's case and a couple of personal tragedies are about to bring her world crashing down.

Despite not liking Jason's girlfriend, it is a sad day for Sookie and her brother when Crystal miscarries his baby. She doubts that a planned wedding between the couple is a good idea. But her heart is well and truly broken when she discovers that Bill seduced her on the orders of his Queen after Hadley told her about Sookie's gift. Poor Sookie! Her love for Bill had been her first real relationship and this news was heartbreaking for her. Bill was never the ideal boyfriend material for me but his betrayal is quite a surprise. Score one for Ms Harris because I never saw that coming. Eric's glee at forcing Bill to confess this was pretty spiteful and it is obvious that he did it to split the couple up for good as he wants Sookie for himself. Whether he gets her remains to be seen. Alcide is also in a new relationship with Maria Star which does bother Sookie a bit now that she is single and lonely.

I'm not really a Quinn fan. It's not that there is anything wrong with him, but he just doesn't seem that interesting compared to Eric, Bill or Sam. He just seems to be there as convenient sex for Sookie while she is angry with the vampires, without adding anything to the story. She's much better suited to Eric or Sam. Bringing in the new guy when we have so many interesting alpha males who want her just didn't work for me. And the whole Hadley and Sophie-Ann's wedding thing didn't interest me much either. Too much vampire politics and not enough of our favourite characters!

The good bits include the scary change which surprised me: Arlene's new boyfriend being a member of the Fellowship. This could be a serious issue for Sookie, Sam and Jason and fascinating for us readers. I found Jason's love life, Amelia's introduction, Bill's betrayal, Eric's jealousy, psycho Sandra and all the pack problems much more interesting than the Queen's wedding. I felt there was too much focus on Sophie-Ann and Hadley and not enough of the cooler stuff.

There are lots of good bits in this book as mentioned above. I'd just prefer less of the Queen and Quinn but I know I'm not going to get that! This was where the series began to slip a bit for me and it was the introduction of the Kings and Queens and Sookie being used as a tool for them that turned me off a bit.
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