Monday, September 26, 2011
All Together Dead by Charlaine Harris
Betrayed by her longtime vampire love, Louisiana cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse must now not only deal with a possible new man in her life—the oh-so-handsome shapeshifter Quinn—but also contend with a long-planned vampire summit. With her power base weakened by hurricane damage to New Orleans, the local vampire queen is vulnerable to those hungry for a takeover. Soon, Sookie must decide what side she'll stand with. And her choice may mean the difference between survival and all-out catastrophe.
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A good entry in the series, and I'd give it 4.5 stars. For me, though, it's lacking just that little extra bit of something that would make it a 5 for me. That said, it's interesting to see how Sookie's character has evolved since the series began. She started off a relatively simple barmaid who wasn't often given to deep thought about many things, and she's grown into someone who is extremely insightful and who can manage to puzzle out even the deep games that the upper echelon of the vampire hierarchy plays, as well as figure out other mysteries with only a few scant clues to go on. But the wiser she becomes, and the deeper she gets drawn into the affairs of the supernatural beings around her, the trickier the path she's trying to walk becomes. She has shown more than enough resourcefulness to make it seem likely that she will manage to navigate the treacherous waters ok and come out on the other side in whatever situation she decides she wants to be in.