Sunday, January 17, 2010

From Dead to Worse by Charlaine Harris

Book Details
From Dead to Worse by Charlaine Harris
Paperback, 336 pages
2010, Ace Trade
ISBN: 0441018327
Series: Book 8 of Southern Vampire Mysteries

Harris outdoes herself in this pivotal eighth Sookie Stackhouse novel (after 2007's All Together Dead), packing the story full of romantic tension and supernatural action. Having barely survived a catastrophic vampire hotel explosion, Sookie's back at work in Bon Temps, La., serving vintage blood and waiting tables at Merlotte's, a vampire bar. Participating in a friend's wedding and fending off the advances of her vampire ex-lover, Bill, and her blood-bonded pal, Eric, leaves Sookie chafing over the recent lack of communication from Quinn, her weretiger boyfriend. When a violent Were power struggle erupts as Vegas vampires attempt to take over Louisiana from disgraced queen Sophie-Anne, Sookie dives into the middle of it, determined to help her shape-changing, blood-drinking friends. Harris provides many fun twists, most significantly Sookie's meeting with her fae great-grandfather, Niall Brigant, which paves the way for a shock ending that will delight longtime fans.

From Dead to Worse was thoroughly enjoyable. When I saw I had about a hundred pages left, I was so upset that it was going to end. That last chapter with Hunter, last paragraph even, left me completely emotional. The enormity of what was revealed could have a huge effect on Sookie's life. Alcide and the werewolves, Sookie's relationship with Quinn and Jason's marriage to werepanther Crystal all seemed to be loose ends that needed dealing with and I'm glad that we finally got some sort of finality with all the weres. I love the potential that comes with the vampire takeover, but I am much more concerned with what Eric decides to do now that he's experienced his long-awaited revelation. From Dead to Worse was fast-paced and things were really moving and changing. Surprises abound and I was delightfully overwhelmed with information, possibility and new direction. Every single thing about this book was pure gold.


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  1. Urgh this makes me want to reread the series so badly, but I have so many other books I need to read first.

    I'm so so so glad you are loving this series!

    Have you watched True Blood? I can't remember if you've mentioned that...

  2. I absolutely agree, loved this book and can't wait for the next one!