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review 2018-01-03 00:00
Dead Reckoning
Dead Reckoning - Charlaine Harris I have feelings, and I'm starting to think I should have taken notes about stuff while re-reading these books, so I could remember everything. This one was...a lot. Vamp drama was at an all-time high, emotions were high, stakes (hehe) were high, and a lot of ground was covered in this one. Sookie and Eric's relationship is possibly permanently altered thanks to Appius, the jerk, who basically gave Eric to the OK Queen, which outranks his vampire marriage to Sookie. Pam...poor Pam. This was the one when we see more of the softer side of Pam, and my heart broke for her and the situation with Miriam. I'm really, really glad Victor died for good, after blocking her from being able to turn Miriam before the woman died. Bill and Sookie had at least one interesting moment, and I probably liked him more in these last couple of books than I ever did in the beginning. (I'm just not a Bill fan. I always liked Sookie & Eric.) That whole bit with her ending up in his hiding place, naked, kinda on top of him, while hiding from the people trying to abduct her was just hilarious. Who knows what's going to happen to the LA vamps now that Victor and all his vamps are dead, at the hands of Eric and his vamps, plus a few humans, and I hate that I can't remember what happens next. Actually, that bit in Fangtasia, with Bubba, was just about all I remembered from this book at all before my re-read. And then there's Sookie's fae relatives, and the other fae stuck on this side of the portal. But, she finally learned probably as much truth as she'll ever learn about her family's history like how often Fintan was actually around, impersonating the human man she'd always though was her grandfather, creepy freaking fairies. Sandra Pelt showed up again and hurrah for Sookie, Sam, and...uh...Jannalynn? Whatever Sam's Were girlfriend's name is, for taking Sandra out of the picture for good. I can't remember what happens with Sookie and Amelia's friendship. I like Amelia a lot, but she really crossed a line blabbing about Sookie in the Were bar, then her and Claude letting Alcide into Sookie's house while she wasn't there, and inviting him into her bed? Seriously? I know Amelia doesn't think too much before acting, but that, on top of her kinda pushing Sookie to break her bond with Eric was just way too much. I think this was the first book I had real issues with Eric, which is sad. I mean, he wasn't exactly a great guy, but I adore him anyway. When he took blood from Sookie, after the big fight, I was really not happy about the way he did it. And before that, him keeping everything about the situation with Appius and the arrangement with the OK Queen? Not cool. Kudos to Pam for trying her damnedest to get Eric to tell Sookie what was going on, because he should have, much sooner.
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review 2018-01-01 00:00
Dead and Gone: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel: Sookie Stackhouse Series, Book 9 (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood)
Dead and Gone: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel: Sookie Stackhouse Series, Book 9 (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood) - Charlaine Harris I think I liked this one more the second time around, but I'm not sure why. This one, in my opinion, made up for the less action-y previous two books, and I feel like my re-read was a nice way to ring in the new year. (I started and finished it before 10AM.) Sookie and Eric's relationship is getting interesting (yay!), the fae war was brewing, Sookie and Jason learned more about their parents' death, Bubba made another appearance, Sookie was abducted and tortured (not a pleasant thing, but it was a tense bit that kept my eyes glued to the book), Arlene was really and truly exposed for how awful she can be (so I'm hoping Sookie and Sam are done with her, because I can't remember), Bill threatened to make Quin into a rug (which I thought was hilarious and had to put the book down for a second to stop laughing), Crystal was murdered (also not good, but I guess it was a convenient way to get her out of the picture for future plot things), and more. There were parts I wasn't crazy about Crystal being kinda taken out by Mel because Mel was gay and loved Jason (I mean really?), Crystal's actual murderers/crucifiers being the two fae who'd abducted Sookie, Tray being killed (sad), Sookie having that weird flash of love/"maybe he wasn't so bad *heart eyes*" moment about Bill when Bill was possibly/probably dying after saving her (blech), Claudine dying (I know, it isn't reasonable to expect everyone to live, but I loved Claudine), probably more..., but overall, I really enjoyed it and I'm diving directly into the next one.
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review 2017-12-31 00:00
From Dead to Worse
From Dead to Worse - Charlaine Harris I just finished re-reading this and I already feel like I barely remember what happened. Part of that is because I was reading it while sleep deprived, but part of it is because this was another one that didn't really have a lot going on. I mean, a lot happened, I guess the Were "war" thing, Jason/Crystal's marriage disaster and Sookie having to break Calvin's fingers because Jason is a cowardly asshole and Crystal is an unfaithful garbage can, Sam turned into a lion for a change, Sookie spent more time with great-grandpa Niall the fairy prince, the Louisiana vamps got new leadership, Sookie ran over a vamp, Bob was turned back into a human, Sookie found Hadley's ex and her son and found out Hunter is a telepath like herself, I think this was the one in which Eric remembered his time spent with Sookie, etc., but so much of it just felt kind of...bland, or something. I feel like this one and the last one were just kind of "filler" books. Definitely not my favorite, but still perfectly enjoyable, overall.
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review 2017-12-30 00:00
All Together Dead
All Together Dead - Charlaine Harris Re-reading this one was weird because there were a lot of things I remembered very clearly (Sookie and Barry working together, the bombing of the vampire hotel, Sophie Anne being on trial, Sookie & Quinn being kinda-sorta together, Quinn's sister's first appearance, etc.), but also pieces I'd forgotten about (like Sookie and Eric's bond being strengthened, Tara & JB getting hitched--which I thought happened later, learning more about Pam's background, etc.).

I think I liked this one more the first time I read it, but this time it wasn't one of my favorites. I liked it a lot, and blew through it in a day, but for some reason it just doesn't really stick out to me :/ But, it sets things up for some plot things that are going to happen soon.
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review 2017-12-29 00:00
Definitely Dead
Definitely Dead - Charlaine Harris I'd forgotten big chunks of this book, and some of the characters who weren't really part of the story until this one, so this was a really fun book to revisit. Two of my favorite characters, Quinn & Amelia (who were both left out of the show -_-), were kind of major additions (Quinn actually came along in the previous book, I think, but he wasn't a major character in it, he just had a cameo), and it was nice to "see" them again. I'd also totally forgotten about Bob, whose fate I can't remember but the bit about him being turned into a cat by Amelia is equally alarming and hilarious to me, so now I'm looking forward to remembering more as I read on.

This was the book that made me feel vindicated in my dislike and distrust of Bill Compton. I never really loved him, or liked him much (and I always shipped Sookie & Eric, when I thought of her with a vamp), and finding out how he'd deceived Sookie really pissed me off. I mean, I remembered it, and remembered exactly how she found out, but reading about it again didn't make me hate him any less.

I think I liked Sophie Anne more in the books than on the show, and I was glad to be reintroduced to her in this one. I feel like they made her...less, or something, on the show. She's more interesting in the books, at least in my opinion.

I keep having to remind myself that the show is honestly more like fanfic turned into a show than actual canon Southern Vampire Mysteries, because the differences can be so extreme. True Blood was ok, but I still tell people to not judge the books by it, because they're not really the same thing. So, if you've avoided the books because you don't like the show, and that's the only reason, give the books a try.
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