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Thursday, 11 October 2012

Review: DEAD IN THE FAMILY

Dead In The Family by Charlaine Harris
Read by Johanna Parker
Book 10 of the Sookie Stackhouse series
Format: audiobook
Genre: adult urban fantasy

About Dead In The Family:
After enduring torture and the loss of loved ones during the brief but deadly Faery War, Sookie Stackhouse is hurt and she's angry. Just about the only bright spot in her life is the love she thinks she feels for vampire Eric Northman. But he's under scrutiny by the new Vampire King because of their relationship. And as the political implications of the Shifters coming out are beginning to be felt, Sookie's connection to the Shreveport pack draws her into the debate. Worst of all, though the door to Faery has been closed, there are still some Fae on the human side-and one of them is angry at Sookie. Very, very angry...
Source: Info in the About Dead In The Family was taken from GoodReads at http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7091488-dead-in-the-family on 20/09/2011.

My Thoughts:
I think this is my favouritest book in the series so far. Sookie is still stupid but her TSTL is at a minimum and the plot's drama did not rely on Sookie acting stupid so that the heroes could save the world. The plot actually have depth which I appreciated! In this book we get to meet Alexei Romanov. The plot was nicely fitted into known history which I think historical people would find mighty interesting! This is also the book with the most coherent story structure out of the entire series. There is a beginning, a central dilemma and an ending which addressed the central dilemma. I think Miss Harris is actually improving in her writing style and as a reader, I appreciate that wholeheartedly! Dead In The Family being book 10 in the series, I don't think that this book is meant to be read on it's own. Too many events and characters make references to previous books, in which case if read as a stand alone, the reader would not fully appreciate the story and the intricate beauty of the world building.

Empirical Evaluation:
Story Telling Quality = 4.5
World Building = 5
Character Development = 4
Plot = 4
Pace = N/A (9 hours & 22 mins)
Story Itself = 4.5
Ending = 4
Narration = 4

Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 cherries


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3 comments:

Blodeuedd said...

I think..not sure.. that this is where I gave up

Cherry Mischievous said...

Blodeuedd - I think I got numbed or gotten used to Sookie... either way, this is the book where Sookie was least annoying...

or maybe I'm just a sucker for punishment....

However, with An Apple For the Creature, I gave up on this series.

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

You know it just hit me reading this review, sounds like Sookie would be a funny secondary character, but is not a very good main character. Glad you liked this one though. :)

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