Friday, August 30, 2013

From Dead to Worse (Sookie Stackhouse / Southern Vampire Series #8) by Charlaine Harris

Overview from Barnes and Noble:

"The supernatural community in Bon Temps, Louisiana, is reeling from two hard blows - the natural disaster of Hurricane Katrina and the man-made horror of the explosion at the vampire summit the month before in the up-north city of Rhodes. Sookie Stackhouse is safe but dazed, yearning for things to get back to normal. But that's just not happening. Too many vampires - some friends, some not - were killed or injured, and her weretiger boyfriend, Quinn, is among the missing." "It's clear that things are changing, whether the Weres and vamps of her corner of Louisiana like it or not. And Sookie - friend of the pack and blood-bonded to Eric Northman, the leader of the local vampire community - is caught up in the changes." In the ensuing battles, Sookie faces danger, death... and, once more, betrayal by someone she loves. And when the fur has finished flying and the cold blood flowing, her world will be forever altered.
My thoughts:
Amelia, the witch, and Bob, the cat who is really a man, are still living with Sookie.  Amelia due to damage to her home in New Orleans from Hurricane Katrina and fear of the witch community for turning Bob into a cat and being unable to change him back.  Sookie is wondering why she hasn't heard from Quinn, her weretiger beau, who killed a powerful vampire to keep her out of his clutches in the aftermath of the explosion in Rhodes.  Is her done with her?  Why hasn't he called to let her know either way?  Then there is Eric who is starting to remember his time at her house, when he was under a memory loss curse from a witch and Bill who wants to get back in her good graces.  Her brother's marriage to Crystal the werepanther is falling apart and Tanya a werefox is back to cause trouble for Sandra Pelt who still thinks Sookie had something to do with her sister's disappearance.  Just a usual day in Sookie's life.
I was glad to be introduced to her Fairy Grandfather since I just finished watching the season of True Blood with the character.  It is nice to know that he came from the pages of the books.  Also, some of the things that happened in earlier seasons of the show came to pass here, although perhaps not quite the same as they did on screen.
I think the reason I stopped reading the series last summer, besides that it was the end of the summer and this tends to be a summer read for me, is that I got tired of how Sookie is always in danger and being in danger all the time makes it hard for her to have a real relationship with anyone.  If you are always relying on someone in the moment to have your back, you don't get a real chance to get to know them on any other level and I wonder if that too plays into her short lived relationships.  I am hoping that the blood bond with Eric, teamed with his now having memory of their past, might lead to a real relationship.  That remains to be seen in the next book, I never read the backs of these books so that I don't have any spoilers ahead of time, just my own little quirk I guess, like not wanting to watch too many previews for a movie.

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