Review ~ Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris

Posted June 15, 2012 in Review / 13 Comments

Deadlocked (Sookie Stackhouse #12)
By Charlaine Harris
Published May 1st, 2012
Ace
Urban Fantasy 
3 hearts out of 5

From Goodreads:  With Felipe de Castro, the Vampire King of Louisiana (and Arkansas and Nevada), in town, it’s the worst possible time for a body to show up in Eric Northman’s front yard—especially the body of a 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 out to make Sookie’s world come crashing down.

I love Sookie Stackhouse.  When I first picked up Dead Until Dark, the first book in the series, I thought I was going to hate it.  I had seen True Blood on HBO first.   I ended up reading the entire series, up until book nine in a matter of weeks, one right after the other.  And then book nine in the series ended.  And to me, it all fell apart…  

But I keep reading, because I love Sookie.  And in Deadlocked, you get the same Sookie, forever enjoying the tan on her legs, cooking in her kitchen and trips to the library.  But there’s leftover trouble from the last book, Dead Reckoning, that needs fixin’.  While this murder mystery is the main catalyst for the book, right behind it is Sookie’s musings about her future.  She sees all her friends moving forward in their lives and she’s going nowhere.   

And boy, this book went nowhere, too.  Yeah, some doors were closed, some old faces came by and waved “hi” but a major issue that hung from the beginning remains all the way until the end.   

Flat…  this book was just flat.  It was a quick read and honestly, it’s always a fun read for me to be immersed in “Sookie-verse”.  But sex?  Hmm, I think I briefly heard it mentioned or someone had some.  Violence, gore, blood shed?  Yep, there was a little.  It’s always fun when Sookie tries to figure out what to do with a body.   

Do you need to read this if you plan to read the final book in the series, Dead Ever After?  Yes, I would.  There are a lot details you’ll most likely need for the final book.   

If you’ve given up on the series and you don’t care how it ends, is this worth picking the series back up for?  Nah, not at all.  It’ll just piss you off more.  


Spoiler Section: Proceed at Your Own Risk!

I need to rage a little…

There’s a lot of controversy, arms up in the air, Charlaine Harris bashing over this series and where it’s going.  Has she “phoned it in”?  Does she care anymore?  Have the voices in her head stopped talking to her and now she’s writing on her own?  Who knows?!   

I read a review of Deadlocked that I feel totally nailed some of what’s wrong.  The Nocturnal Library is a blog I always follow and Maja has excellent taste in her reads (I like everything she does, or is it the other way around?).  She wrote this review that you must check out, just ignore the bloated animal carcass references 🙂

My opinion?  Ms. Harris totally f-ed up with Alcide!  Especially in this book!  WTH does this mean?  “I can’t take anymore than I have on my plate…” after Sookie complains she’s tired and doesn’t want to go where her presence is requested.  It’s only explained a little earlier that he cares more for the pack than anything else.  Well that came out of left field!!  And if he cared so much for the pack, how could he be so blind to what was going on in the pack?  UGH!!! 

I’m new to this whole thing about Ms. Harris regretting her blood bond between Eric and Sookie.  I read that bit in Maja’s review and I about choked!  I ran to Google to confirm (no offense, Maja!) and lo and behold, Ms. Harris regrets the one exciting bit between Eric and Sookie.  When Sookie carelessly removed that bond, I was so entirely heartbroken for Eric.

If Sookie ends up with anyone other than Eric, I’m going to be, well, extremely distraught (anything else just puts me in the nutso category normally reserved for Twilight fans).  If it’s Sam, that would be like a brother and sister hooking up.  Ewwww.  If Ms. Harris wanted a new person, they should have been brought in earlier.  The only option I can see at this point is maybe Quinn.  He’s seen the mistake he’s made and perhaps, because they ended on good terms, they can work it out. 

We know Sookie would be better off with a supe so she can relax.  Granted, she can block well now.  But would it be enough to live with a human?  Probably not.

I’m probably missing some stuff because I haven’t read a lot of the short stories.  Do I need to?  Will it help me cope with all this?

And can someone tell me what the hell happened to Judith????
Kristin

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Kristin has to ensure she gets her minimal requirement of "happily ever after" books in between those books that contain cliffhangers and never-ending story arcs. It's for her family's sake. When not reading, she's homeshooling her 10-year old son, watching cartoons on TV, or taking a nap.

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13 responses to “Review ~ Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris

  1. I agree. I’m gonna be completely pissed if she ends up without Eric. I think maybe the series has gone on too long. Maybe it should have ended about 2 books ago. I still love Sookie though, and I definitely will read until the end!

  2. I am going to be in the minority but I want her with Sam. I don’t feel the brother/sister vibe but I do feel she has continually overlooked Sam. Now that being said, I thin Sam could do better (maybe not with his luck LOL)!

    If she were to end up with anyone else (other than Sam) it had better be Eric. I am not sure how she will end it but I guess we will find out next year.

    I actually enjoyed this one a bit more than most but I think it was just because I was feeling nostalgic for the world.

    • I definitely liked this MUCH better than the last B/C of being nostalgic for the world. I think if I read these last ones back to back like the first 9 I did, I’m not sure they would hold up quite as well, esp. b/c Eric is so lacking and Alcide has changed so much!!

      You’re probably not in the minority about Sam. After so long and no zing yet, I just figure it ain’t gonna happen, but who know what Ms. Harris is gonna do :S

    • Bea

      I can see Sookie ending up with Sam; every so often one of them says or does something to push the boundaries and then they back off.

      I did like this book but I feel the series could, and should have, ended several books ago.

    • LMAO!!! The Fever Series is sitting on MY shelf looking pretty and un-read, too. Don’t rush to it, but the first ones will be good, kind of like how Anita Blake was awesome in the beginning….

      … I still read her, too. I’m a glutton for punishment.

    • Bea

      LOL I liked the fever series, the first few Anita books were good as were the first few Sookie books.

      Kimba, GO READ!!!! They’re worth it; well, Fever is worth it, the others deteriorate. But read them! You won’t regret it.

  3. I know exactly what you mean about it being totally flat – it didn’t move me one way or the other. The plot was supposed to be stronger in this one, but none of it came as a surprise and in the end, all I could think was: and that’s IT?!?
    Too bad this series is so ruined, it was my first UF.
    Great review, though, Kristin! Thanks for the mention. 🙂

  4. Told you it sux, haha I didn’t read this, or the other last two, books yet. But, when an author gives up on her series before the end, it kind of has me give up, too. So, I may read this someday, but I doubt it will be anytime soon.
    Miss Harris move on already, and don’t screw up the last book