Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Review: Dead to the World by Charlaine Harris

Dead to the World by Charlaine Harris
Published: May 4th, 2004
Publisher: Gollancz
Pages: 291
Challenge: 100+ Reading Challenge
Other: Fourth book in the Sookie Stackhouse series. There are currently 10 books in the series, with two more being published in the future. The eleventh installment, Dead Reckoning, will be published May 3rd, 2011.
Buy the book: Bookdepository

Warning: This review contains (slight) spoilers for those of you who haven't read the previous books in the series. Reading is at your own risk.

When cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse sees a naked man on the side of the road, she doesn't just drive on by. Turns out the poor thing hasn't a clue who he is, but Sookie does. It's Eric the vampire--but now he's a kinder, gentler Eric. And a scared Eric, because whoever took his memory now wants his life.

In this fourth installment, Eric has a leading role. Sookie finds him running alongside the road in the night of New Year's Eve, barefoot, without clothes and obviously terrified. When Sookie pulls over her car to help him, he doesn't recognize her. Eric is suffering from amnesia and he has no idea who he is, let alone the others around him. It turns out that there's an evil Witch coven that moved into the area, and they want power. Sookie finds herself in yet more trouble - because an Eric without his memory is even harder to resist.

After reading Club Dead, Sookie finds herself in yet more trouble. This time, Eric is in trouble and he needs to be protected. Sookie takes him in, and finds him even harder to resist than usual. I like Eric's normal character, so it was weird to see him act like this. I liked seeing more of Eric, but I hope we'll see him just as much in his normal behaviour in the next book of the series.

Thankfully, this book wasn't filled with a lot of Bill. Is it obvious that I don't like the guy? He's still arrogant and selfish, but on top of that he's secretive and still bossy over Sookie.

Overall, I would say that I found Club Dead to be better, just because there was tension between Sookie and Eric without Eric having his memory removed. But I really enjoyed reading this book and I'm finally fully convinced that I will read the entire series, and not just because I own the boxed set, but because I actually really enjoy reading the books. I might even consider watching the television series, too..

My overall rating:

Another three and a half stars for a Sookie Stackhouse book - with the hope of making it a four star if the series continues to go up like it does. And if I get to see more Eric! (is my fangirliness obvious?)

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