Book Club Friday: Deadlocked review

Linking-up once again for Book Club Friday!

A week ago I finished "Deadlocked" by Charlaine Harris - book 12 in the Sookie Stackhouse/Southern Vampire Mysteries series (aka the books that the HBO show True Blood is loosely based on).

I started this one with mixed emotions - it's supposedly the 2nd to the last book in the series, however the series isn't "as great" as it once was, meaning, some of the last few books have mainly just dragged on or felt like filler. You can definitely tell things are winding though with this series for good as she's literally shut some doors on one major storyline and another seems to be coming to a final end as well.

I did enjoy this one pretty well - it had the mystery/whodunit aspect of the books back in it, like many of the earlier books in the series and the surprise of "whodunit" was definitely not who I had expected! In this book, events are put into motion to make Sookie late to a party her vampire significant other Eric Northman is hosting at his gated community home. When she arrives, Eric is "drinking" from a half-were deadbeat woman who's enhanced her "taste" with fairy blood, making herself intoxicating to Eric (as fairy blood to vampires is like catnip to a cat. Sookie arrives before Eric has a chance to drain the young woman, sending her on her way, only for the police to find her dead on Eric's front lawn minutes later. No one knows why she was there, who sent her, or how she even got in the gated community and into Eric's home whom he had guards set up to keep unwanted guests out! What should be a simple murder investigation ends up going much deeper than Sookie or anyone else ever expected!

As far as Sookie's love-life goes, well, things seem to (sadly) be coming to an end with her and Eric. If you recall from the previous book, the Queen of Oklahoma - Freyda - was introduced and had proof that Eric's newly deceased maker prior to his final death had put into a motion a contract that binded Eric to marry Freyda as a power move. Eric loves Sookie, but he also loves power. As much as Sookie wants Eric to choose her over Freyda and say to hell with his maker's contract on his own accord... well, Charlaine Harris has kinda turned Eric into a cold asshole by this point - he's no longer the once likeable guy that Team Eric rooted for. The over-extended stay of the King of Nevada has really changed Eric quite a bit, and understandably so, as he's under a lot of pressure from the guy and his lackeys in recent books, but still.... Eric's not the same guy we once knew. And because of that, I'm okay with Sookie and him not ending up together in the end.

Quinn - Sookie's former were-tiger lover - made a brief  appearance, calling her up out of the blue to wish her a happy birthday. They had a sweet conversation and it definitely opened the door for the possibility that he might be back in the next book, maybe as a potential suitor once again...? I liked Quinn best, out of all of Sookie's boyfriends in the series - he seemed like a good guy with a good head on his shoulders, and was completely baffled at Sookie's reasoning for breaking up with him (some situation with his mom and sister back West) - sorry Sook, but family comes first! I'd love to see them have a 2nd chance though! But there is another that the end of the book kinda sets up, so it makes you wonder...

There was also no Hunter in this book (Sookie's deceased cousin's little boy in which it turns out, he's also telepathic), so I'm hoping something good happens between him and Sookie in the last book - I think it would be great if his dad decided it would be best for him to go live with his "Aunt Sookie", as the boy is still learning how to blend in amongst others while being telepathic, innocently scaring any potential mother his dad brings home. And given Tara's babies, Sookie seems like she's finally at that point where she realizes that she wants to be a mother someday.

Something I loved though, was the way Charlaine Harris worked in TV Bill's signature "Sook-eh!" saying into the book. Every time he said it, I heard it exactly like actor Stephen Moyer says it on the show!

Anyways, that's my take on the book with very little spoilers. It was a definite improvement over the forgettable book 11, "Dead Reckoning" (I honestly have a hard time remembering what of importance went down in that one!).

Season 5 of the show, True Blood, starts later this month - honestly, I have no expectations whatsoever. We already know that saying it's loosely based on the books anymore is a joke - there's soooo many plot differences and character changes... they added in a vampire sister for Eric, a main former Law & Order guy is a bad vamp, Rev. Newlin is back and now a vampire, since Claudine was eaten by Eric it seems they're switching her role with Claudette, which doesn't really make any sense... Claudette died early in the series before Sookie knew of Claudine and Claude, so why not just say Eric ate Claudette and keep the Claudine storyline the same??? Haven't seen if Claude will be introduced this season as well (I can't wait to see his character!) and I'm curious if they'll introduce Quinn near the end of the season like he is at the end of book 5...

By the way, when reading the books, did anyone else picture Quinn as a big, strong, bald black man? I've been reading online about who should be him on the show, and apparently she based him on a Vin Diesel-type of guy, but I swear her description of him made him sound like a black man. If he's not that's gonna be annoying to watch, as I thought he was black!

Anywho, I'm currently finishing out the Millennium Trilogy, working on The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest. I'll be sure to link-up for that one once I finish it soon!

Oh and because I can, here's a preview of the finalized cover for my hubby's novel:
It's a "Gunpowder Fantasy" novel and he's hoping to have it available for Kindle in July and in other forms soon after. I did the typography on the cover while he contracted someone online for the cover art/drawing.


  1. I haven't read any of this series but just bought the first eight. I cant wait to start them! (Even though I am a little behind.)

    1. Ooh I take it you bought the box set? That's the best way to get em ;-)

  2. I have this sitting at home waiting for me right now! I agree that some leading up to this have dragged/felt like filler. But I still love them.

  3. I read the first 8 or so of the series before checking up to the titles that were out at the time, but I haven't gone back to finish them. I'm thinking once she finally finishes writing them all it'll be time for me to go back and wrap up the rest of the series.

  4. I actually really liked this one. I didn't think I would because they past few haven't been that great. But I do feel like I am missing something with the Quin story line. I know CH does the mini books, so one must have slipped by me.

    Thanks for linking up!

    1. The part with Quinn was just a brief conversation they had when he randomly called Sookie up on her birthday. I'm thinking there *has* to be something there in the next book with him as why would she bring him back so late in the series when he's been gone for awhile?

  5. I haven't read this one yet, but I was really disappointed in the last 2. Which one is your favorite??

    1. Out of #10, #11 and #12 I'd say either #10 or #12. I liked the whole Fairy war in book 10, but this one closed up several storylines and had the whole whodunit mystery to it that the earlier books had. I definitely felt kinda jipped with #11 though as that one was completely filler and was pretty disappointed with that one.


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