Deadlocked: A True Blood Novel (Sookie Stackhouse Book 12)
The book then continues to soar into a death spiral and doesn't make an attempt to fly. With the pointless story of Tara, and Sookie's boring workdays at Merlottes, the book finally manages to surprise me. The Queen of Oaklahoma herself comes in for a visit. With Bubba coming in advance to warn Sookie, the Queen, Freda, comes to have a talk.
This talk was foreshadowing the future, basically, of book thirteen. Informing Sookie of her and Eric's predicament. The talk just made me angry. I've been waiting for nine books for Eric and Sookie to be together. Eric's being consort to the Queen problem is just Harris's way for getting rid of our precious Viking. Sam, Sookie's boss and best friend, is currently single and is NOT supposed to be that way. At the end of Deadlocked, Sam is stabbed by Jannalyn, his now former, and deceased, lover. In a panic, when his heart fails and Sam dies, Sookie grabs her Cluviel Dor, the only chance for Sookie and Eric's relationship's survival and uses it to save Sam.
While this was happening, she "heard shouts from behind her", which was Eric, to ask her to stop, that if she used it, they would be parted, but continued to do it anyway. Sam lives but Eric leaves abruptly. Eric will leave Sookie, therefore, breaking their marriage and severing their love. Sookie, most likely, with grow with the idea of loving Sam, and have a child. Hense why Sookie was paying attention to babies. She knew since Eric was dead, she couldn't have one. But, Sam is, well, alive. Sookie and Bill will probably remain friends, her and Pam too.
Everything will be alright in Sookie-land. And I, will burn my book to ash. What I hope to happen does also seem to be a possibility: When Sookie explains to Sam about the Cluviel Dor, and it's magic generated on love, she will pass it off as love as a friendship. Sam will try to pursue Sookie, but for her love of Eric, or whats left of it, she will decline. Sookie and Eric will talk, Sookie says its up to Eric's final decision. Eric picks Sookie and breaks the contract somehow. Sookie staking the Queen? I'm hopeful for option two just because I've always been a fan of the Viking and can not imagine him with anyone else.
Sookie and Eric's chemistry has always been there. When you look at previous lovers, they were brief, example: Eric has always been there, Sam as well.
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But if Sookie really wanted Sam, she could of had him in the first two chapters, for christ's sake! Harris, if you see this, don't make Eric go from main character to minor. He is what kept my interest for the series. Without him, it would feel.. Yes, Eric has been out of character for awhile now, but he's still the star. Why else would you incorporate Eric if you planned to end with Sam? To me, it doesn't make sense. But, with the big hole that you dug, I can't see any other option, sadly.
As they say, you made your bed, you sleep in it. I will be reading this to the end, I hate giving up projects. Especially ones that have consumed my interest for years. Eric, until the very last page, I will be rooting for you. No matter how difficult it may be. I agree with you man.
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I would want to get away from Sookie too. The betrayal with the Cluviel Dor was hard, I screamed when I read it. My heart broke, not for Sam, but for Eric. This series is a fine example of being 'milked'. This should have ended awhile ago, but since she loves money, our Eric will continue to fade to Sookie.
Why drag on their relationship if they don't end up together? Why make us fall in love with a character when now that character is leaving? Why not ease into the idea of Sam instead of taking the damn plunge? If Eric and Sookie's love was true, why is Harris abandoning it? Yes, Sookie ending up with Sam is logical, but, as Sookie said before, how would she fill the gaping hole of his absence? With Sam, I really don't think so.. She lives in a vampire world, she would always be aware of Eric. Especially if he was the Queen's consort.
I will be watching the show, though. I prefer the direction of the show more than of the books. Lafayette is still alive and he died in the first book! Eric will succeed to win Sookie's heart, I'm sure. That's why we watch the show. For our yummy dose of Northman. View all 7 comments. Mar 04, Day rated it really liked it.
A satisfying edition to a beloved series! Lots of resolution and a set up to a conclusion in ! Full review up on http: Somewhere along the way, whether it was the readers who got caught up in the supe craze or the authors intent, those paranormal elements began to out shine the mystery that is and always has been the foundation to each book.
I admit, this is a tough book for Sookie and Eric. So many things seem stacked against this favorite couple. No character is perfect in this series and I think that is what allows readers to relate to the characters making these books strike a chord with so many different people.
Even with all the turmoil, Sookie repeatedly says over and over that she is in love with Eric and loves him. There is so much that goes down in this book. Charlaine Harris seems to be tying up all those loose ends. Readers will be delighted to see view spoiler [ Mr. As in these passages: I inhaled his scent. It was a little sad to remember how attractive I'd found him when I first met him, how I'd allowed myself to daydream that this handsome and hardworking man might be my soul mate [ I wanted to say something to him, something sincere and meaningful, but under the circumstances I really couldn't imagine what to say.
And the moment slid by. Chapter 7 I woke up to a summer day that mocked me by being beautiful. The downpour had washed everything, cooled the air, and renewed the green of the grass and the trees. The delicate pink of the old crepe myrtle was unfurling. The cannas would soon be open.
Chapter 9 Loved ones, friends, acquaintances had been mown down by the Grim Reaper. So I was no stranger to loss and to change, and these experiences had taught me something. View all 32 comments. Feb 10, S. Raise your hand of you're dreading this book but know you put too much time in to not read it. View all 3 comments. Everyone knows that Charlaine Harris books are not serious works of fiction, I don't expect them to blow me away with their awesomeness.
That is not why I read them.
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Up until this book I have considered this series to be a guilty pleasure of mine because despite the consistent ridiculous nature of these stories they were still fun and entertaining and I love them for no realistic reason. I was not a huge fan of book 11 either but it wasn't as downright awful as this installment which is quite su Everyone knows that Charlaine Harris books are not serious works of fiction, I don't expect them to blow me away with their awesomeness. I was not a huge fan of book 11 either but it wasn't as downright awful as this installment which is quite surprising, believe me.
The problem with these books is that they seem to be produced so rapidly that absolutely zero thought seems to be put into their creation. In Deadlocked there is no new story, it seems like the same old shit just keeps happening again and again and too many details are put into the daily life of Sookie. I couldn't give a shit less if she shaved her legs or not. Let me share with you a few lines that really had me wanting to rip my hair out: I'm an American," I said, standing tall. I felt guilty again. Because she finally decided to tell her great-uncle that she would no longer sleep in the same bed as him.
Even though they don't have sex, well, it's just become too weird and they should stop. Have I mentioned Sookie is an idiot? I got a chicken sandwich from the Sonic and drove home slowly. We really needed to know you went to Sonic? Really don't care for the extra detail. In fact, it's more annoying than informative. Then there was the time when she referred to her great-uncle as 'Sexy Farmer' and another time when she had a conversation with her toes What happened to this series?!
Sookie is barely tolerable and she used to be a fun and interesting character. I loved when she finally got together with Eric because I loved Eric and the two of them together was so exciting. I think that died a long time ago though or at least when the ice pack was introduced in the last book. Their relationship has grown dull and I'm sick of it all. Deadlocked was seriously disappointing.
I know that book 13 is supposed to be the final nail in the coffin of this series but I can't even bring myself to get even mildly excited for it. So when you see that shit on my Currently Reading list be sure and point and laugh at me. View all 41 comments. Nov 10, Sarah rated it really liked it Shelves: Yet another curiously addictive Sookie story!
Such a shame there is only 1 book to go! There was no shortage of deaths in this book, and we got some answers as to what was going on with the faeries too. I have to say I was pleased to see the back of view spoiler [ Jannalynn hide spoiler ] but on the romance front it seems that view spoiler [ Eric will abandon Sookie to go off with the queen. Sep 06, Ruth rated it liked it Shelves: Hope it's more than pages. She has an enemy, one far more dev Rating: Entry 12 in the seemingly eternal Sookie Stackhouse novel series. Why bother reviewing entry 12, you ask, with perfect justice, when after 12 books you're either on the bus or not interested in going where the bus is going.
Recently I reviewed book 13 in the Meg Langslow mystery series, to say auf wiedersehen to that giggle-loaded fun fest of a series. That book left me feeling that Donna Andrews was decorating the narrative with little bits and bobs from the past entries, and had in fact lost interest in doing anything new with it.
Charlaine Harris hasn't lost interest in Sookie, at least not visibly. Sookie and Eric and Bill and Pam and Sam Likewise Sookie's fairy family. Sookie's life changes, not to say that Langslow's doesn't, but Sookie's life-changes come out of a story being told that has its arc. I didn't feel that in the other case. And this isn't to say that I've loved every Sookie book. A few have been middle books, in that they gave the whole arc a push forward but in and of themselves weren't that satisfying.
But it's crucial to note that, each and every time I've read a Sookie book, I've felt Harris's authorial presence making something happen. And after 12 books, she's still in it, still working out the ideas and making them happen in prose that's got a voice, that's made an effort to please my aesthetic sense and still make me laugh.
Harris is still out to seduce me. View all 11 comments. Jan 28, Lisa rated it it was ok Shelves: Worst of all, the excitement of spinning something new begins to fade. The work starts to feel like work, and for most writ While reading Deadlocked , the latest novel in the Sookie Stackhouse series, I was reminded of a quote by Stephen King from On Writing: The work starts to feel like work, and for most writers that is the smooch of death. The characters have become stale, and the pacing and plot are all over the place. I don't get the sense that Harris got any enjoyment out of writing Deadlocked and I certainly didn't get much enjoyment out of reading it.
The plot was almost nonexistent. I honestly don't think that Harris had enough story to fill three additional book when she signed that final book deal. As a result, this book is packed with a lot of boring filler about mundane tasks like filling out IRS tax forms and checking email. Harris also spends an entire paragraph talking about the installation of employee lockers at Merlotte's, I kid you not.
The fairy storyline continues to bore me. The only positive thing I can say about the plot is that it looks like the fairies may be gone for good this time so I won't have to read about them too much in the next book, although I won't be surprised if they make an appearance. The characters also feel like flat cardboard cutouts, completely unrecognizable from how they were at the beginning of the series. Sookie spends an extraordinary amount of time being angry and pitying herself.
Harris continues to trash Eric's character in order to justify Sookie ending up with someone else view spoiler [Sam hide spoiler ]. Even Bill, who I never liked, seems to have lost what little spark he had. He spends all of his time pining over Sookie and creepily showing up at her house randomly. Alcide continues to be unlikable, and pretty much every female character who catches the attention of one of Sookie's many love interests both current and former turns out to be evil in some way. It's sad to see what has become of this once entertaining series.
I will be reading the next installment but only because it's the last in the series and I hate to leave things unfinished when I'm this close to the end. Jul 06, Ferdy rated it did not like it.
A truly torturous reading experience. I can't believe that there was a time in the past that I actually used to enjoy this series. The books have gone from fairly entertaining to just plain atrocious. The plot was dull and predictable and it also reminded me of plots from the previous books. The writing was absolutely horrendous - I thought the writing in most YA books was bad but this is on a whole other level. I would have probably been able to overlook the writing if it had something else goi A truly torturous reading experience. I would have probably been able to overlook the writing if it had something else going for it like I don't know, the plot, the heroine, the characters or even the romance.
I'm just glad I lent it of a friend instead of actually wasting my own money on it. Sookie is one of the worst heroines EVER. Just a few of the things Sookie says and does that make her such an insufferable bitchdog: She sounded like she was on heat or something. The way Sookie compares how her great grandfather holds her and how Eric does is beyond disturbing - why would anyone even think to compare the two?!
Her obsession with good manners and making sure things were presentable was just ridiculous. What was the point of it?! It made Sookie sound like an old woman instead of a 20 something year old. There's paragraph after paragraph of Sookie describing all the mundane things she does - like getting ready for work, cooking, cleaning and all the boring little jobs she did at work - how does that pass for entertainment?! Where's the actual effing plot?!
Any woman that gets involved with the men in her life are either lacking in some way or are psycho bitches - no one is good enough for her men. She blames women for every thing bad that happens, heaven forbid one of her boys actually be responsible for their own actions.
When Sookie sees Eric all over another girl she excuses Eric's behaviour and puts all the blame on the girl. Sookie cares far more about the men in her life and all the feelings they have than she does about any of her female friends. She gets pissed when she thinks Sam's happy in his relationship when her relationship with Eric's on the rocks.
What a complete cow - what kind of person would want a friend to be unhappy just because they were?! She just doesn't care, she actually thinks they deserve it. Yet, if Eric or one of her other lover boys hurts anyone, she's not bothered but if someone dares to hurt her boys or her, she's all about punishing them - the hypocrite.
I've never really liked Sookie all that much, but at least before I could enjoy other characters like Eric, Pam, Quinn and Alcide.
Deadlocked (Sookie Stackhouse, #12) by Charlaine Harris
Unfortunately Eric's gone from a powerful, enigmatic and dangerous love interest into a weak, needy, boring emo that gets pushed around by Sookie. Yet, even at his worst, I still can't understand what he sees in bitchdog Sookie. I got tired of Eric constantly referring to Sookie as his lover - it wasn't romantic it was just cringey. Pam was a shadow of her former self - what happened to her humour, charm and attitude?! All of the characters were just absolute rubbish. I believe there's only one book left, I've put up with the series for this long so I might just read the next one for completion's sake.
I definitely won't be buying it though - I'll just have to borrow it of a friend. Sad to say I'm not even looking forward to this one. Things are definitely winding down and loose ends are being tied up. We're no closer to knowing who Sookie will end up with if anyone. I'll see her journey through to the end because after all the shit she's had to endure I want to see her happy. Finge Sad to say I'm not even looking forward to this one.
Fingers crossed these past few lackluster books are paving the way to a kickass, awesome final book. View all 27 comments. I am a long-time fan of the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris, I bought the first 8 books in the box set and read each of them at least 3 times 5 times each. I have bought each successive book, and I will admit that the last books have been a bit under-whelming. However, I absolutely love Sookie Stackhouse, she is the girl next door, but she does have "extras. In Deadlocked, Sookie's relationship with Eric is on-the-rocks, big time. Eric is a vampire with major political struggles going on.
His king is in town, investigating the death of a vampire Eric killed and a Vampire Queen is in town trying to snag Eric away from Sookie for good. Meanwhile, the were's and fairies are causing trouble for Sookie as well. Sookie is surrounded by supernatural problems and getting tired of dealing with the supes all the time. I will hand it to Charlaine Harris, Deadlocked is definitely better than the last 2 books have been.
I was caught up in the story the whole way through, I never wanted to put the book down. I kept wanting Sookie to stand up for herself, to really put Eric in his place. In the first half of the book, I felt that Sookie was letting Eric and others walk all over her. She caved to Eric, the fairies, the police I just wanted her to show her spunk, that spunk that we all know she has. Sookie spends so much time being polite and taking care of others needs that she neglects to address all the problems in her own life.
In the second half, Sookie does start standing up for herself a bit, she starts getting real with herself about the Eric situation there is still a lot to be desired there though. As for the humans in Sookie's life, they are all moving forward, Sookie's brother Jason has a serious girlfriend, Tara is uber pregnant, Halleigh is having her baby.
Sookie starts feeling a bit left behind from her human friends and family. As to the fairies, the whole fairy situation in Deadlocked is a bit confusing, but Charlaine Harris manages to answer some questions from previous books and sets the stage to wrap-up the series. I really liked Deadlocked because for the first time in several books, more questions are answered than asked.
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