Sookie has a murder investigation on her hands. A young girl has died at a vampire party - and it looks as though her lover, Eric, might be responsible. Eric swears he didn't do it, the police don't believe him, and even Sookie isn't so sure. Nor is she inclined to take his word for it, having caught him enjoying the victim's blood minutes before she was killed.
But something strange is going on. Why had Sookie been asked to come to the fateful party a few minutes early - just to catch Eric in the act? And why had the victim spiked her blood before approaching Eric? Was it simply because she wanted to be irresistible, or was it something more sinister?
Sookie will have to find out . . . but it's the worst moment to investigate, as her Fae family are having troubles of their own and Sookie is, inevitably, drawn in. And there is one last complication. The cluviel dor her grandmother left her. It will grant her one wish, which could fulfil Sookie's heart's desire. The only problem is, she still doesn't know what - or who - her heart truly desires...
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"Good as always"
If your hooked in the Sookie-story like me this is a must.
Som realy good Pam-comments and I do like the fearies.
Totaly as good as the rest of the books in the series, but it feels a bit like an inbetween book like you are waiting for som realy big event that does not happen, but it does make me look forward to the next one.
Great narration. I like to list this first as it can make or break a story.
I am going too cry though if Sookie doesn't end up with Eric in the final book.
I really enjoy it when readers with similar reading interests list their favourite authors and series. It really helps me find new authors too follow. Mine are Charlaine Harris, Jeaniene Frost, Jennifer Estep, Faith Hunter, Molly Harper, Ilona Andrews, Kresley Cole, Deborah Harkness, Nalini Singh, Coreene Callahan, Stacia Kane, Kelly Medding and Sherrilyn Kenyon.
"Bringing Sookie back home to roost.."
The most important thing you have to remember when reading a Sookie Stackhouse book is that it isn't True Blood. The two should be regarded as different stories with the same characters.
I personally think Harris managed to bring this twelfth book in the series, back home to roost again. She has linked into her characters as they were in the beginning, as opposed to what they are in the TV series. Which means this book has a laid back and comfortable quality to it.
It wasn't until I had finished the book that I realised there was no naughty scenes at all,which also means the story didn't need them. I missed Pam and her witty remarks and Eric played the understudy this time. I also thought there were far too many scenes that had Sookie shopping, painting her nails and having a shower.
Harris seems to have tired of the set of characters and appears eager to bring the story to a conclusion. Going by the last scene I do hope it won't be 'a happy ever after Bon Temp waitress gets mediocre life' one.
I bought the Audio version of this book and as always the narrator Johanna Parker is brilliant. She has Sookie down to a fine art, which makes listening even more of a delight.
"Better than book 11..... just"
I Love love love Sookie Stackhouse books. But I probably should have stopped reading them around book nine or ten. There was a lot of "i brushed my hair......I went to the library......I went to the store...." what I call feel is filler fluff to pad the story out. It's not like there were any reason to include so many mundane details, they weren't relevant, but they went on and on and on and on......
"Almost at the end now!"
Although I am sure that many perceive this sort of book as little more than 'mental' floss, I've enjoyed the Sookie Stackhouse series of books. I can appreciate why many readers won't want this series to end, which it surely must within the next couple of books. I preferred this story to the previous book and even though the story arc is moving towards the inevitable end of the series (anyone who hasn't realised who Sookie is going to end up with must have been glamoured!), I was still a little disappointed with the almost inevitable departure of Eric, who surely is the best character in the series. As always excellent narration by Johanna Parker, who really has made the characters in this book come to life (even the dead ones)! Enough puns, if you liked the previous books then stop dithering and just download it already!
"Not the best of the series, but still good."
Not straight away, but I'm sure I'll listen to again at some point. The book is good on the whole, though I did have the odd issue with the some aspect of the plot.
Yes I would. Has romance, sex, action and mystery and is generally a good listen, especially given that the narrator is very good.
I've only listened to her in this series, but she is very good. She clearly either makes notes on the reading or is very good at reading ahead given that she gets the tone just right for most of the dialogue. Good distinction with all of the characters as well, and she even does justice to the points of humour as well.
Laugh - yes. However I found my largest emotion at the end of the book was irritation and why I marked it at 3 stars. I've explained why in additional comments. The book was good, but when I put a book down with that as my overriding feeling I can't rate it too well.
My main issue with the book was the plot around Sookie and Eric. Without ruining the plot I'll try and explain. Basically Eric is being forced into a situation by a debt of honour AND a legal contract. Sookie has the perfect means to stop this at any time but doesn't because she thinks Eric should just get out of it himself to prove he loves her. I just found this really irritating. She knows he is honour bound and legally bound, and could likely cause him, Pam, and Sookie to die by refusing. And she thinks he is too proud and arrogant! He has no leg to stand on really and she could stop the whole thing at any point. Found this too stupid and I found myself being irritated by her whining on about it by the end of the book.
"Truly an experience not to be missed!"
Everything I read I remember, everything I hear I remember...
So as you can imagine I will consume a book and move on never to return, this series of books however are the only ones I have gone back through multiple times. This is because the characters are so intricately designed they become real, the story lines while based in fantasy from the off never fail to surprise and thoroughly delight. I have never had such an all round almost tactile experience from something that I've read to make me come back to them so often and with that first time read anticipation it's nuts because I remember every word already.
They are utterly hilarious, full of blood-pumping action and downright hot in equal measure with so many more facets that will have you also coming back time and again.
The books do not copy the T.V. Show plot line they are completely different the anchors for both being the familiarity of the main characters but both being superb in their own ways.
A definite BUY IT NOW! you certainly will not regret it.
First of all i love Sookie and all her mad, crasy and funny world. But...The séris is reaching a slow and excruciating end. More of the same. "I washed my hair. Dryed it. Did my morning routin. Did some washing. Sat on the porche...." And on and on it goes as you wait for the story to pick up while she does what she always does and re-expaines what happend in all the previus books...and appart from a little mystery that unravels and a 3 min panick at the end all and all for the fist time i found a C.Harris book boaring... To the sookie fans i would recommend to follow any how...i still hope to fined out were she ends up in her mad life.
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