Sunday, June 9, 2013

(W)REC(K) A BOOK: Dead and Gone (SS# 9)

Except for Sookie Stackhouse, folks in Bon Temps, Louisiana, know little about vamps- and nothing about Weres.

Until now. The Weres and shifters have finally decided to reveal their existence to the ordinary world. At first all goes well. Then the mutilated body of a werepanther is found near the bar where Sookie works- and she feels compelled to discover who, human or otherwise, did it.

But there's a far greater danger threatening Bon Temps. A race of unhuman beings- older, more powerful, and more secretive than vampires or werewolves -is preparing for war. And Sookie finds herself an all-too human pawn in their battle.

- Goodreads

It's a monumental moment for the Weres and shifters. Tonight's the night they reveal themselves to the world. Sookie's at Merlotte's, and when Patricia, a Were from Alcide's pack, comes on TV to reveal herself, Sam and Tray Dawson do the same in the bar. Bon Temps takes it well, but the rest of the world has mixed feelings. It's a false hope that everything will be alright in Sookie's world. The Weres and vampires of Louisiana have had their war. Now it's time for the Fae.

Sookie has to tend to the bar while Sam's away on family business, and she unintentionally marries Eric (See the thing she's carrying on the cover? It's the ritual knife for marriages) which on one hand keeps her safe from the other vampires, but messes with her inner emotions and thoughts about that. She really doesn't know if she loves Eric for being Eric (and God knows she has enough conflict about that and her Christian morals) or if it's the blood bond doing all the feel-good emotions.

Her great-grandfather, Niall, is a prince in war with another, Breandan, and because of her connection to Niall, she is a target for the water sprites going against her family, the fae of the sky. It's a lot of drama, and because of the war, she's kidnapped and tortured for hours before Bill and Niall can get to her. She's hurt that Eric hadn't heard her, but it's later revealed in the next book that he was held against his will. Though, even after, it's like she doesn't care. That rubs me the wrong way.

In the end, Niall wins, but there is a lot of death too close to home. Dawson, who was also her roommate's boyfriend, dies, as does a few other people. And a pregnant Claudia. And to top it all off, her great-grandfather decides that his enemy, who'd believed humans and the fae should be separated, had something aright. He's a hypocrite. The only difference is that he's now the only prince alive. Bill is poisoned and healing much slower than Sookie wants him to, but Eric is fine. Her grandfather leaves by telling her that the vampire isn't all that bad, and really loves her. He left before she got to ask which vampire he was referring to.

For a moment in this book, everything had a place, or was close to being organized. She had Eric, Bill kept to himself but still watched over her, and bad guys could be told from the good ones. Even the shifters' coming out of hiding had gone over smoothly. But towards the end, Sookie gets fucked up by getting tortured, and it's obvious that in the next book she has changed. I don't care too much for her constant thought of Christian morals or Gran's reaction to how she's doing things now, or how she's not pleasing either. They're rather redundant, but maybe it'll change.

Happy Reading

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