Saturday, September 24, 2011

Review: Dead to the World by Charlaine Harris

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Title: Dead to the World  (The Southern Vampire Mysteries Series #4)
Author: Charlaine Harris
Pages: 291
Publisher: ACE
When cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse sees a naked man on the side of the road, she doesn't just drive on by. Turns out the poor thing hasn't a clue who he is, but Sookie does. It's Eric the vampire--but now he's a kinder, gentler Eric. And a scared Eric, because whoever took his memory now wants his life.

Dead to the World is the fourth installment to the Southern Vampire series of Charlaine Harris where it features Sookie who is a telepath as she plunge into the world of vampires, shifters and everything in between.

Dead to the World picks up from where Club Dead left but in this book Sookie is yet confronted by a series of unfortunate events that makes her life a little more interesting than it should be. It starts out when Sookie finds Eric running butt naked and seemed to have lost his memory. Sookie takes Eric under her care after learning about the witch's desire to take over power in Bon Temps starting with Eric's bar. Later on a negotiation was settle with Pam under clauses made by Jason. The next day Jason disappears. In addition to the witches, who unfortunately are somehow stronger since some of them are were and drinks vampire blood, Sookie later learns that they have to defeat the coven in order to have everything back to normal. In the middle of all the ruckus, Sookie and Eric forms a romantic connection that Sookie realizes will never happen if Eric was himself.

With the help of Pam's vampires, Alcides weres pack and a number of local Wiccan - the gang tried to battle the coven with the help of Sookie's telepathic powers. Sookies side won this battle and soon Erics memory return which dismays Sookie since Eric doesn't seem to remember anything. Jason was later found out was kidnapped by a werepanther who lives in Hotshot and is under the care of Calvin. In addition to all the drama, Sookie kills Debbie who was the ex-girlfriend of Alcide to defend herself from being killed.

I had a love and hate relationship in Dead to the World. What I hate about how Harris wrote Dead to the World is the long narrative, it was draggy but I think necessary especially if you haven't read the first three books. Another thing I hate was the additional characters that sometimes were hard to follow since the book already has a lot of characters to look remember from the first three installments. And third, yeah almost every male character that meets Sookie seems to fall in love with her. I dunno what's with that.

So much for the hating part, now there are a lot of things I love about Dead to the World. I love how readers see the sensitive side to Eric - although the normal him was a lot fun - it's refreshing to see his soft side. The Sookie and Eric love angle is something that I would certainly love to read in the next book. Dead to the World is still engaging and it never seemed to disappoint it's followers. Definitely a page turner and with all the fight scenes, quirky banters and the never ending adventures - no wonder there's a lot of people devoted to this series making me one of them! Looking forward to the next books and how Harris will play with the characters.

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