Title: Dead Reckoning
Sookie Stackhouse Series #11
Author: Charlaine Harris
Publish Date: may 3, 2011
Publisher: Ace Hardcover
Hardcover, 325 Pages
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Saint gave me the first couple of books in this series for my birthday a couple years back. It was the first birthday gift he ever gave me. He not only was aware it was my birthday, he gave me a present that was meaningful, thoughtful and totally me. I have no idea how he did it because I am not sure even I would have picked out these books. I didn't even know about them at the time.
After reading the first one, I couldn't put the rest down. I exchanged the first ones for the next in the series at the used bookstore. (I am such a horrible girlfriend) Sadly, I wish I still had those, not only for sentimental purposes, but because I believe I have finally found the first set of books I will reread over and over again. I have never understood people who reread books, I always remember them so clearly that they bore me, but these have so much going on and so many wonderfully evolving characters. I feel so at ease with this series.
I really wasn't sure what to expect when I heard Charlaine Harris was releasing another book. It had been so long since I read them, I wasn't sure I even still liked them. Could she really come out with one I liked as much as I remember liking the first ones (all ten of them)? Is that really possible?
I figured out these books remind me of reading growing up. They are like good friends I want to spend every afternoon with. They are playful, strong, surprising and I want to hug them til their eyes pop out.
Sookie is such a true character and I have been so surprised that she has stayed that way through the entire series. I keep expecting her to fall from grace, but she only gets more human and more likable as it continues. Also, I find myself searching to see if all the commotion that Sookie gets into becoming tiring and mundane, but NO it doesn't. Somehow Harris has figured out how to keep it fresh and new and exciting. Eric is so sexy and wonderfully mysterious and yet he too, is continuing to surprise me. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing Bill again in this book. His appearances might be foreshadowing another love triangle. I loved how Pam's character really came into the human emotions this time. Hunter, Sookie's nephew who is also telepathic, is a nice presence. I cannot wait to see where Harris takes it.
It's odd to love a series of books so much that I continue to speculate where each character will go and what will happen next. I have to say, though I love a good romantic ending, I pray Harris keeps coming out with these books. I don't want them to end. Ever.