Saturday, June 8, 2013

(W)REC(K) A BOOK: From Dead to Worse (SS# 8)

After the natural disaster of Hurricane Katrina and the manmade explosion at the vampire summit, everyone human and otherwise is stressed, including Louisiana cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse, who is trying to cope with the fact that her boyfriend Quinn has gone missing.

It's clear that things are changing whether the weres and vamps of her corner of Lousiana like it or not. And Sookie, Friend to the Pack and blood-bonded to Eric Northman, leader of the local vampire community is caught up in the changes.

In the ensuing battles, Sookie faces danger, death, and once more, betrayal by someone she loves. And when the fur has finished flying and the cold blood finished flowing, her world will be forever altered.

-Goodreads


From Dead to Worse starts off in a peaceful time for Sookie Stackhouse. She fills in for a sick bridesmaid for a friend, but even with that and work going on, she still gets sad when she thinks about her missing boyfriend, Quinn. However, her thoughts on his absence are more on the trail of avoiding me than he was kidnapped. I'm biased when it comes to Eric and Bill, (hint: it's Eric) and Bill isn't exactly my favorite person, especially when he tells Sookie as she's getting dressed for work after the wedding that he'd give anything to lie with her again. UGH. And he does it while he knows his current girlfriend is listening in on them, too. You can't sneak up on a vampire.

Sookie finds out Hadley has a son named Hunter, and meets Niall, her great-grandfather who is a prince of the Fae. He reveals that Adele, or Gran, had had sex with his half-breed son when it was evident that her husband was sterile, which would make their dad a quarter fairy, and them about an eighth. When he asks if she needs anything, she asks him to find Quinn for her. After she leaves with Eric back to Bon Temps, there are several attempts on her life.

There's a Vampire War and a Werewolf War, and at both battles, Sookie is in the middle of it. The Were War called on Sookie first, in the form of Maria-Star's death in the paper. Alcide, her friend (used loosely) and his packmaster, Patrick, are both going at each other. She gets them to agree to meet each other, as she plays mind reader so they can only tell the truth. Turns out, a widowed Were Alpha female from a destroyed New Orleans had plotted to take over their territory, and was wanting them to take each other out and make her job easier. She dies, and Alcide becomes packmaster after Patrick's discovered among the casualty. Eric had let her know beforehand that he'd go between the Were War for her because she was his.

Almost immediately after that's settled, a little foreshadowing comes in the form of Holly talking about how war changes the world. Then Quinn's sister shows up at Sookie's place, telling her the vampires from Las Vegas want to take over Louisiana. Now it's the vampire's time for war, and all the sheriffs save for Eric are killed. Sookie, Franni, Quinn's sister, Amelia, Bill and Eric are shacked up in her house when Victor, the rep for Nevada's king, comes, telling them to surrender or Fangtasia will burn to the ground. They're forced to surrender.

During this time, Sookie goes up to her room only to find Eric there on her bed, head in his hands. He remembers everything from the Cursed Days. He can't believe he was so happy with her. He hadn't felt something like that for hundreds of years. And the next morning, she breaks up with Quinn. Not because of Eric, but because she wants to be his first priority, and she sees that it just won't work when he has his mother and sister to see to. The reason for his disappearance and 'kidnap' had been because of his wayward mother.

Sookie's thoughts are a lot darker towards the end, you can really see that she's starting to be deeply affected by everything that's happened. She only worsens when her brother's wife is caught cheating, and she's forced to go through a ritual. When those two got married, she and Crystal's uncle, Calvin, had sworn oaths to stand behind the young couple. If one did the other wrong, it was Sookie or Calvin's responsibility to see through the punishment. So because Crystal's pregnant, Calvin stepped in to take the punishment of his fingers being broken. Jason, the little shit, made Sookie do it, and she cried the whole time. That killed a little something in her.

The following night, however, was more promising. She saved a chained up Eric, Felipe de Castro (the new King of Louisiana), and Sam from the late queen's bodyguard by hitting him with a car so she could untie them. At her next shift at Merlotte's, Alcide proclaimed her still a Friend of the Pack, and Eric was given permission by the king to offer her formal protection.

It ends with Sookie finally visiting Hunter, and realizing that he is also a telepath.

Happy Reading :)

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