Thursday, September 22, 2011

Review: Club Dead by Charlaine Harris

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Title: Club Dead (The Southern Vampire Mysteries Series #3)
Author: Charlaine Harris
Pages: 274 pages
Publisher: Orbit
ISBN1841493015
Things between cocktail waitress Sookie and her vampire boyfriend Bill seem to be going excellently (apart from the small matter of him being undead) until he leaves town for a while. A long while. Bill's sinister boss Eric has an idea of where to find him, whisking her off to Jackson, Mississippi to mingle with the under-underworld at Club Dead. When she finally catches up with the errant vampire, he is in big trouble and caught in an act of serious betrayal. This raises serious doubts as to whether she should save him or start sharpening a few stakes of her own 
Review:


After reading the first two books of the series, I really enjoyed Club Dead from the previous books. Sookie's life continues to get messier and scarier by the minute as she involves herself into the world of vampires and shapeshifters. In Club Dead, Bill who is Sookie's vampire lover goes missing after doing a mission/project for the Queen of Louisiana. In an attempt to rescue her vampire lover, Sookie asks the assistance of Eric to find Bill. A new introduction to the book is the character of Alcide who is a werewolf. Alcide is an intriguing character and very easy to love. But later on Sookie find out that Alcide has additional baggage that needs attention - Debbie.


Debbie is actually Alcide's ex girlfriend who wants him all to herself so when she find Alcide with Sookie in Club Dead - there's no stopping Debbie to get her man back. From the very start, I never did like Debbie - she's everything that I hate about - controlling and manipulative, a complete b*tch, arrogant, narcissistic and everything in between.


Gaining another enemy, Sookie tried hard and took every attempt to survive and make it through the day in addition to learning and harnessing her abilities to good use. Sookie actually gets better and better with controlling her abilities and makes it an interesting element in the book. Nothing new with this angle but somehow Harris made it her own.


Club Dead, like the first two books, is fun to read with fast paced action that Harris seemed to be great at. In spite of a number of additional characters to the plot, you can still follow the story and understand the world of Sookie and the in between. What I noticed in the first 3 books is the fact that every man seemed to be falling in love with Sookie - I don't know what the deal with that one is but it's kind of annoying if you think about it. Sookie is still funny and quirky but her grasp in the emotional department make me irritated once in a while. Asides that, I am very much looking forward on what will happen in the next book - and hoping that Sookie and Bill's relationship will be through by then. Sookie needs a better partner - vampire, shifter or whatever.




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