Sunday, June 9, 2013

(W)REC(K) A BOOK: Dead in the Family (SS #10)

It's all about family...

Sookie Stackhouse is dealing with a whole host of family problems, ranging from her own kin (a non-human fairy and a telepathic second cousin) demanding a place in her life, to her lover Eric's vampire sire, an ancient being who arrives with Eric's 'brother' in tow at a most inappropriate moment. And Sookie's tracking down a distant relation of her ailing neighbour (and ex), Vampire Bill Compton.

In addition to the multitude of family issues complicating her life, the werewolf pack of Shreveport has asked Sookie for a special favor, and since Sookie is an obliging young woman, she agrees. But this favor for the wolves has dire results for Sookie, who is still recovering from the trauma of her abduction during the Fairy War.  - Goodreads

I was so excited when I saw a blonde vamp on the cover instead of the usual brunette, but after the Fairy War, I've had some interesting relents towards a few characters. Bill isn't as annoying anymore, and if anything, I feel bad. He's sick, and his recovery from silver poisoning is not going well. It's not pity for him, but more of the fact that I'd rather see him happy with someone instead of killed off. He was a good first love for Sookie, after all.

This book was...interesting. Definitely conjured up some mixed feelings, for sure. It's like they're trying to act like a couple, but it just doesn't work. Or it's weird, you know? And Sookie is very.... er, idk- 'insecure' about Eric, and that's confusing because she had no problem kicking Quinn to the curve, and she could face Bill with honesty. Why is she so weird with Eric? Is this supposed to be some kind of struggle that newly weds have or something?

Her thoughts are rather redundant. Every now and then I hear about how she's not a good Christian, how her Gran would smack her with some of the stuff she's done... it's like she's stumped. Girl hasn't grown at all, mentally, but she was tortured, so maybe she's just a little iffy for the moment.

It's nice seeing Eric caring for her, and my biased side would love to see more of that, but I feel like it was too fast. Does that mean his visible love was written too fast, or was the delivery and build up of it not done right enough? I don't know... But the book opening's style of writing physically shows Sookie's state of mind. It's almost like she blacks out when the words to her days are not written. Does that make sense? Amelia leaves, and that brief moment of solitude might have helped to prompt her into allowing her cousin, Claude, to stay with her.

Like the synopsis, this book deals with anything family-related. She babysits Hunter, Hadley's son, for the day, and Claude is there once in a while, but it's more like anything famiy-related eventually goes back to her relationship with Eric. His maker comes with a companion, and that puts a strain on her seeing Eric. Her redundant thoughts seem like fillers for me, and it hurts when I read about her indecisiveness regarding her love for Eric. She just can't let it go, can she? And I understand she was tortured, but she's changed. She's become less trusting, more harsh and brash. It's a dark period for Sookie.

What's worse is that it looks like Eric is actually really trying to make it work without completely losing himself to his softer side, but all I remember about Sookie is her whining and wondering when he doesn't do 'boyfriend things' with her... it's like she's forgotten that he's a vampire sheriff with responsibilities and a few fists shoved up his ass, particularly one belonging to his new boss whom they are all plotting to kill (much) later.

Her helping the Weres didn't seem that important to me, so I won't go into detail, but the drug they asked her to take does loosen up her tongue when she has to deal with Eric's family. His unhinged 'brother' is killed, and a blow by Claudine's lover meant for Sookie kills Eric's maker. Everything is done and dealt with, but Eric doesn't know how to feel. He's free from a man who took everything away yet gave him a whole new world in return. In the end, he and Sookie leave on good terms, thank God, and Sookie gains another family member who was wayward during the Fairy War. Sookie gets Bill the help he needs, in the form of having his 'sister' (a woman turned by Lorena) with him. If anything, Bill's sort of dealt with, because it turns out that his sister was turned because of her likeness to Bill's old wife. We might not be seeing anymore of his pining for our dear telepath.

So all is good and well again for the moment in Sookie World, except for the two most important people; Eric and Sookie. I'm almost dreading the next book.

Happy Reading.

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