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This is the 7th book in the southern vampire mysteries series following the adventures of Sookie Stackhouse, a telepathic waitress from Bon Temps. After Sookie found out about her betrayal by Bill in the last book she is trying to enjoy her budding relationship with Were-tiger Quinn. She knows the is going to be summoned to the vampire summit by the vampire queen on Louisiana, Sophie-Anne Leclerq but nothing can prepared her for what happens there. Sophie-Anne is to face trial for killing her husband in the last book, even though she is innocent. Sookie is there to read the thoughts of the other humans that have been taken along by the other top vampires. Eric saves Sookie from Andre's nastiness and you find out a lot more about Quinn, including his dark past. Is Sookie going to be able to live with that knowledge? Hurricane Katrina has severely weakened Sophie-Anne's power and her role as Queen is at stake. Yippee, Eric is in this book much more, still trying to work out his feelings for Sookie. She is still not speaking to Bill who also appears in this book more. It found the vampire hierarchy interesting as you get to understand it more in this book. I do wonder where the Sookie-Quinn relationship will head next but the blossoming romance is nice. There is some sex in this book so it is not suitable for younger readers and this time I actually managed to work out who was the culprit before the end (well it was at least 2 chapters before the book tells you anyway). I found this book hard to put down. You really get involved with the characters and they have really got under my skin. The plot keeps you engaged throughout the whole book. I have got so engrossed with the series and the TV show that I actually take a bit of holiday on a Friday night so I can make sure I am home in time for the programme. Amazing series and I am worrying about what I am going to do when I finish them all.
All Together Dead by Charlaine Harris is book number seven in the popular Sookie Stackhouse mysteries / True Blood series. It retails on its own for around £5, but it's much better value if you get it as part of a multi-title set from either Amazon or The Book People. To really enjoy this book, you need to have read some of the earlier books in the series first. You can pick it up part way through, but you'll be missing out by not understanding all the references to previous storylines if you try to do so. In this book, Sookie is called upon by the Queen of Louisiana to do some telepathy work for her at a big vampire conference. Sookie has a choice of course, but so long as she wants protection and respect from the vampire community, she's best off playing along. Besides, the Queen is paying her a handsome sum for her attendance for a change. Sookie appreciates getting paid to risk her life for a change! There's an awful lot going on at the conference, including a great variety of inter-related sub plots. I really like this because in the previous few books, a lot of the sub plots didn't really feel particularly relevant to the main theme. But in this book they're all very closely knitted together, and I found that it made the story all the more enjoyable. Because the plots are all so closely linked, I can't say an awful lot about them without giving the book away! So all I'll say is that Sookie finally meets another telepath, she's up in arms over Bill and Eric's behaviours, and there is a huge disaster for somebody on the horizon too. For a nice change, Sookie isn't the only winding up with serious injuries in this book (I didn't need to tell you that really, you knew she would), we actually get to see a few vampires going through the mill for a change. This book is considerably more enjoyable and much better written than books five and six were. I found that this book was hard to put down from start to finish, and felt like there was another new dose of action on the turn of every page. There are some really original ideas in this book, and I was surprised at just how easy I found it to follow the lives of so many different characters all at once. But then that's just testament to how well weaved the plots are, and how well written this book is. If you're a fan of the True Blood books, or even if you've just become interested through watching the series on TV, then this is a must-read book for you.
After a brief break from reviewing I was gob smacked at exactly how many books I have managed to get through over the few weeks I have been absent from this site, this book being the first on the pile! The book I will now review is - "All together dead by Charlaine Harris". This book, as with the previous, starts off where the last book finished, so be warned they may well be some spoilers in this review for the previous offering! Sookie, part time barmaid for shape shifter friend/boss Sam, has had a real hard time as of late. Not only has she just managed to escape with her life after a particularly nasty incident that ended with the newly appointed king of Louisiana's death, not that he wasn't already dead, well he was a vampire! Aside from this her first true love, Bill the vampire was outed as being a love rat, sent to seduce her as part of an ongoing mission by the queen of Louisisana, Sophie Leqluerc. After a particularly painful time, Sookie decides to comfort herself within the arms of her newest squeeze Quinn, another supernatural being, his one can change into a Bengal tiger! The queen has other ideas though, after summoning Sookie to attend a vampire summit with her, she is expected to become what can only be described as a human Geiger counter, this should enable the queen to pick off her enemies, this is due to her slightly weakened state due to hurricane Katrina destroying much of her kingdom. But as always there is trouble brewing, and before long Sookie will be once again faced with danger, will she side with the winning team or will this be her final undoing........ This is another fantastic read that I thoroughly enjoyed. As always the main character Sookie is funny and acidic in temperament and attitude, she is a completely believable character, though her "talents" a little less (her special talent is telepathy!). This book differs slightly in content due to the "whodunnit" element, this is much more of a detective book than the previous as there is a killer on the loose, and the boo gives you clues as the story unfolds, not only this but the fact that it is centred around a summit of supernatural beings that are potentially so powerful and deadly, things do tend to be slightly more graphic and violent, though because it is performed by and to these killers, you tend to find it less upsetting than many. This book is not like many of the other vampire based books, due to the high amount of sexual content I really wouldn't recommend this to anyone under the age of 18. The only problem I had with this book was the amount of so called "supes" (supernatural beings) that now regularly feature within the book. Yes I know that there would be a great amount of new characters included, but when every other person introduced has powers, is dead or can change into a were animal, it does make you wonder if there are actually any humans left! Aside from this fact though, it really is a fascinating and engaging read, that takes you away from the humdrum and takes you into a fantasy world where fairies and goblins really do exist! For more information visit - www.charlaineharris.com Pricewise these are available for around the £6.99 mark, though may well be available for much less from www.amazon.co.uk Thanks for reading x ISBN 978-0-575-08392-9