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Book Review – Dead to the World: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel by Charlaine Harris

Book Description:

The fourth Sookie Stackhouse novel from the New York Times bestselling author – and the basis for the HBO series True Blood.

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.

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As I’ve said before, I’m currently working through the Sookie Stackhouse 8-copy Boxed Set (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood) by Charlaine Harris right now. Dead to the World is the fourth book in the series, but the first one I’ve read where I haven’t seen the TV series first (True Blood Season 4 just started and I made sure to finish this book before even watching the premiere). Alexander Skarsgård (TV vampire Eric) said in an interview that apparently Dead to the World is a particularly fave among the fans and I totally get why. I am so looking forward to how Skarsgård portrays amnesia-Eric, since book-amnesia-Eric is absolutely awesome 🙂

In Dead to the World, the newly single Sookie Stackhouse finds herself taking on the unusual role of caretaker and protector of an amnesiac Eric Northman who has fallen victim to a witch’s spell. Her cheating ex-boyfriend Vampire Bill is away for most of the novel, thankfully, so he wasn’t around to irritate me, yay! Meanwhile, Sookie has to also contend with the mysterious disappearance of her brother Jason, becomes involved in a war involving werewolves/shifters/vampires and witches-on-steroids and… maybe, just maybe, falling in love with the new and improved amnesia-Eric?

The greatest appeal really for this book IMO is the vampire Eric Northman. Charlaine Harris has always written him as one of the more interesting (and funny) characters in the books, and I suspect that I’d be bored with amnesiac-Eric if he stayed stuck in his new personality for the rest of the series. But amnesiac-Eric in just one book is pretty adorable (and hot!). I found the ending very bittersweet since on the one hand, I knew that the way Ms Harris had written it was best for the story to go forward, but on the other hand, the romantic within me wanted that new guy for Sookie to stay. Oh well 🙂

One note though, I’ve read in some interviews about fans hoping for the “hot” Shower Scene in the book to be retained for TV – and while I do agree that Alexander Skarsgård in a shower scene will be hot – I have to say that the sex scenes that Ms Harris writes in her books are pretty terrible (repetitive and oddly lacking in real passion).

And I did wish that Ms Harris had fleshed out the new villains on the block in this book some more – I did like the idea of twisted evil witches (headed by a brother-sister tandem) threatening to take over the turf from the vampires, but it was like they just blew in (and out) of the book. I was really frustrated since I wanted to know more about these half-shifter/half-witch brother and sister team.

Dead to the World: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel by Charlaine Harris is available on Amazon as a Kindle edition ($7.99), Hardcover edition ($13.57), Paperback edition ($7.99), Mass Market Paperback edition ($7.99), and Audible Audio Edition ($20.95).

The eBook is also available at B&N, iBooks and Sony eBookstore for $7.99.

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