Deadlocked: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel, Book 12 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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It’s vampire politics as usual around the town of Bon Temps, but never before have they hit so close to Sookie’s heart….
Growing up with telepathic abilities, Sookie Stackhouse realized early on there were things she'd rather not know. And now that she's an adult, she also realizes that some things that she knows about, she'd rather not see—like Eric Northman feeding off another woman. A younger one.
There's a thing or two she'd like to say about that, but she has to keep quiet—Felipe de Castro, the Vampire King of Louisiana (and Arkansas and Nevada), is in town. It’s the worst possible time for a human body to show up in Eric's front yard—especially the body of the woman whose blood he just drank.
Now, it's up to Sookie and Bill, the official Area Five investigator, to solve the murder. Sookie thinks that, at least this time, the dead girl's fate has nothing to do with her. But she is wrong. She has an enemy, one far more devious than she would ever suspect, who's set out to make Sookie's world come crashing down.
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|Audible.com Release Date||May 01, 2012|
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I get the feeling that midway through the series, the author, Charlaine Harris, grew bored with the world she had created in Bon Temps, and didn't much mind letting her readers in on that fact. While reading, I couldn't help but think Harris was churning out books to meet her publishing obligations while her mind was elsewhere. This is very disconcerting to a fan of the books such as myself; I had a lot of time and money invested in the series, and always had the future releases pre-ordered.
I won't go in to the story line of the book, as most readers that have reached this stage of the game are already familiar with it. What I will comment on is the lackluster effort that appears to have been invested in what started out as such an awesome, different genre with unlimited potential. Yes, the continuity issues are VERY distracting as well as the constant reminders of the outfits that Sookie chooses to wear each and every day. It gave me the feeling that Harris wasn't invested enough to remember her storylines and needed fillers just to get through the book.
The reason for the two stars is based simply on nostalgia, not the quality of this book. I feel as though Harris put me through a wringer, and it seems that is the general consensus for the majority of Sookie Stackhouse lovers. What started out as a thrill ride, ended up being a child's carousel, and as a reader, that really pisses me off. Just for that fact alone, even knowing Harris can be a great author, will keep me from branching out and trying her other books. Screw me once, shame on you. Screw me twice, then it's shame on me. I don't trust her as an author anymore.
I'm sure I would've disliked this book if I'd been emotionally invested in Sookie and Eric winding up together. Although I think it was clear from the previous book that their relationship is going to come to an end. To be honest, I was surprised they were even still together after the events in Dead Reckoning. I'm not going to be upset by her not winding up with Eric, though. The only thing I'm invested in, as far as her romantic choices are concerned, is not Bill. And it's been pretty clear she's over that and not going to be with Bill again.
I am a bit annoyed with some of the change in characterization of Eric over the past couple of books. Particularly this last one. I really think the author spent a great deal of time developing the relationship between Eric and Sookie. In earlier books, he really treated her well. It was clear she was very important to him, and he came through for her in all the ways Bill failed to do so. It was clear from Eric's actions that he loved her. Therefore, his distance in the last couple of books seems surprising to me. As was his deliberately causing her pain at the end of Dead Reckoning. That was a complete divorce from the Eric we'd come to know.
Now, in Eric's defense, it really seems to me that Sookie has not made a great deal of effort to work out any of their problems. When he tries to come see her, she tells him to stay away. She doesn't want to talk about things. This actually IS consistent for Sookie, though. She's always been this way with him, avoiding the uncomfortable feelings that might be going on between herself and Eric. She's quick to get angry with him, and not so willing to try to talk things through or give him any credit. This, to me, makes it seem that she isn't as in love with him as she tries to tell herself.
I do admit to feeling a little bit cheated, in the fact that there really is no other character that Harris has spent as much time developing as Eric. He's had more "screen time" than anyone. But at this point, the relationship is clearly not going to work out. He's suddenly not really as in love with Sookie as he seemed to be, and I really think she never was as in love with him as she claims.
I'm completely neutral about Sam. I'm fond of the idea of falling in love with one's best friend. I married mine. I just wish more time was spent portraying her relationship with him, so that I could feel more for it.
I'm disappointed in the way things turned out with Claude. I really wanted to believe the best of him. I felt bad for him, for how little she thought of him. I wanted him to be a good guy with a bad attitude. I liked the side we'd seen of him that was kind to children. So, that disappointed me.
I'm glad she finally used the Cluviel Dor. From the beginning, I kept thinking she ought to just use the thing as soon as possible, so then she wouldn't have it anymore, and the target would be, theoretically, gone. I'm glad she didn't use it to keep Eric. If she'd used it on Eric, I would've liked to see her wish that he had the freedom to follow his heart. Something like that. I'm glad she used it on Sam, and I think that's really telling. Although it may have been a little bit of a cop-out on the author's part, using his death to force her wish. It might have been more interesting if Sookie didn't have that emergency, and actually had to think about what she truly wanted the most.
I really enjoyed the part of the book in which she was inventing happy endings for all of her friends and loved ones. It was sweet, and a part of me thought it would be awesome if somehow the Cluviel Dor was activated and expended when she was doing that daydreaming. Alas, it's not that kind of story. There's not likely to be such a clear-cut happy ending.
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The answer is simple: I’ve read the entire of the series and there are two books left, this one and one more, so I feel I have to read them. However, having said that, there really wasn’t much I liked about this book.
It took me a while to read it, and very time I put it down, I s more than happy to let it sit and not bother with it for days. There was very little other than sheer boredom and some train rides that made me finish it. Had this been the start of the True Blood series, I wouldn’t have ever bothered,
The pacing, yet again, was something that I didn’t like, but I’ve said that about all the books. Te chapter length another thing that I’ve never liked.
One thing I have to say, though, is that I know what’s coming in the last book. I know what happens, though I won’t say anything here, and I can see how in this book the author is building up to it. But I think that 12 books into a 13 book series is a bit late to be building to something that big! For those of you further ahead in the series than I am, you know what I mean.
So will I be back to get the final book in this series? Yes. Would I recommend anyone buy the entire series in one go? No. Read book one. See if you’re all right with the pacing and things first, and the get them one at a time and quit when you get to about book ten. Because really, the series is going from bad to worse, and I’m happy to say I can’t afford the last book for a little while yet, because then I do get it, I expect it will take me weeks to finish.
On the plus side, the series is almost over and I don’t have to read them again if I don’t want to.
I thoroughly enjoy the Sookie Stackhouse books because, aside from the entertainment they provide in the humourous narrative, they usually offer a perfect combination of mystery, suspense, and a resolution that ties everything together while still building up the reader's anticipation for the next instalment. I had been looking forward to Deadlocked since the whole Eric/Freyda revelation and, of course, the bloody conclusion of Victor's reign in Area 5 in the last book, but the storyline felt completely unfulfilled, almost like a throwaway.
The "mysterious murder" the biggest part of the book centers around is uninteresting, given that we don't even care about the victim. Felipe finally makes an appearance, but only as an annoying presence whose biggest offence, it seems, is the fact that his party created a mess in Eric's immaculately decorated home. Freyda also shows up, but only to remind us of Eric's dilemma, and again, no resolution is reached. Bill seems to only appear in order to remind Sookie of his undying love for her. Sam, Alcide and Quinn are all (more of less) there, but it seems as though Ms Harris was too bored to do anything with their characters throughout 90% of the book (in the case of Quinn, make that 99%%).
Jannalynne is, once again, an extremely annoying presence, and her storyline was probably the only one that had a satisfying conclusion. And then of course there are the Fairies; a few new characters are introduced or old ones are developed, a lot of things happen, none of which particularly thrilling, only to have them all go away in the end. The entire Claude storyline felt incredibly forced and hastily put together. For the length of two books we have to sit through Sookie's endless musings about the magical Cluviel Dor, only to have her make a snap decision to use it in the end of this one, making the entire point kind of moot. You know a storyline is failing when a favorite character is almost killed off and yet there's no emotional reaction in the reader.
Overall, I'd say anyone could pretty much skip this book altogether and just wait for #13 to come out next May. Sure, the Fairies won't be there, and neither will Jannalynne, but all the questions and the unresolved issues of book 11 will still be there, waiting to be answered. I would have given it a lower rating, but even when it's not at its best, the Sookie universe is always fun to be in.
It was still an enjoyable read but not as interesting or exciting as some of the other novels. I've also downloaded the final book so I'm hoping that will be a bit more like what I'm used to!
All of Sookie's past and present love interests were mentioned in the book, making them all a possibility of who she will choose to eventually settle down with. I had an inclination that it wouldn't be a vampire as Sookie doesn't want to become one and there have been scattered hints throughout the series that she wants to get married and have children one day. By the end of the book it's abundantly clear who Charlaine is plumping for but to be honest I have kind of suspected this from a third of the way in to the book as he was getting much more attention than any other potential suitor.
The story contains fae issues; problems with werewolf hierarchy and touches on Sookie's relationship woes with Eric. Although I have always been a massive Eric fan, I felt a complete change of heart this book for his character and feel as though Charlaine has done him an injustice. The former issues have also been touched on in previous books and I felt a little bored with the concept and as though Charlaine is struggling to find anything fresh to write about.
You can tell the series is coming to an end as the characters are all getting tied off and loose ends are being wrapped up. It was an easy read but I can only hope the final book is much more creative and inspiring than the penultimate one.