Review – Dead and Gone
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  • May 9, 2013
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I can’t even begin to explain how I continuously end up reading these books out of the blue. I’ve been thinking about them for weeks knowing that the final book, Dead Ever After, was releasing this week. The rational part of me has been resisting telling me “You’re four books behind, Krys. What do you care?” Well, after several book burn frustrations, many of them upcoming ARCs, I decided to give into my baser needs and return to the world of Sookie Stackhouse… the most confusing world of pulp that I know.

I can’t even begin to tell you what the plot of this book is really about. At this point in the series there are so many tangential character threads and bits of plot that carry the fans throughout. However, trying to thread them together is like explaining an outlandish soap opera (which it is) to a newbie. Three books ago in book six (Definitely Dead) I hated this, that I couldn’t detect a real plot underneath. I was so frustrated that the book suffered from a distinct lack of plot that I gave it a 2.5 stars. This one, I am happy to say, is a bit more palatable, but I chalk that up to the presence of Eric Northman more than anything. I have no shame to admit that I am reading these books for him at this point. But than again, who doesn’t? If it doesn’t have Eric in it the book almost automatically suffers at least a one star loss. No one else in this world is as appealing, not even Sookie.

The one plot thread that I can divulge that won’t be a ruinous surprise to anyone reading (and not reading) this series is this – In this book the Shapeshifter/Were community comes out of the closet just like the Vamps did in/before book one. This singular action sends tendrils of crazy throughout the entire world. Now, the hate crimes against the supernatural populace are ramping up and before Sookie realizes it someone close to her in the Were community is murdered. Sookie wants to help find the murderer and, once again, she turns to her telepathic abilities for help. But nothing is as it seems in Bon Temps, Louisiana and there is always something new for Sookie and her Vampire friends to unearth.

It’s fun, it’s brief. It’s just what I needed. We now have four books left in the series. Let’s see if we finish them this time.

4 out of 5 stars.

– BP

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