Monday, May 9, 2011

Book Review: Dead Reckoning (Sookie Stackhouse #11)

Dead Reckoning (Sookie Stackhouse, Book 11)
Book Details:
Title: Dead Reckoning (Sookie Stackhouse #11)
Author: Charlaine Harris
2011, ACE Books
ISBN: 978-0441-02031-7
Genre: Paranormal Romance

Book Summary (from the inside cover):
It's spring in Bon Temps, and for telepathic barmaid Sookie Stackhouse, the season will turn out to be one full of secrets revealed - secrets that will bring major changes in her life...

With her knack for being in trouble's way, Sookie witnesses the firebombing of Merlotte's, the bar where she works. Since Sam Merlotte is now known to be two-natured, suspicion falls immediately on the anti-shifters in the area. But Sookie suspects otherwise, and she and Sam work together to uncover the culprit - and the twisted motive for the attack.

But her attention is divided. Though she can't "read" vampires, Sookie knows her lover, Eric Northman, and his "child" Pam well - and she realizes that the yare plotting to kill the vampire who is now their master. Gradually, she is drawn into the plot - which is much more complicated than she knows. 

Caught up once again in the politics of the vampire world, Sookie will learn that she is as much of a pawn as any ordinary human - and that there is a new queen on the board....

My Review:
Ugh! I am so frustrated by the ending of this book! This was kind of a slow mover for me as Sookie Stackhouse books go. I was still pretty intrigued the whole way through, but it seemed to have a little less action than usual. 

I spent most of the book worrying that Eric and Sookie were breaking up - I'm not going to say whether they did or not for spoiler reasons, but let's just say that after the book ended I'm still not sure exactly what I think about the situation. I've spent quite a few of these books waiting for them to get together and if it doesn't work out now I'm going to be pretty annoyed. Bill also seemed to redeem himself somewhat in this book and that didn't really make me happy either.

Some interesting things were revealed - how Sookie became telepathic, a little more knowledge about the fae and some Stackhouse family history.

Usually these books end pretty well - not too much of a  cliffhanger at the end, but this one left A LOT to be revealed. It's going to be hard to wait a whole year to find out what happened with all the loose strings at the end of this book.

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