Author: Charlaine Harris
Publication: January 1st, 2008
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Description: After the natural disaster of Hurricane Katrina and the manmade explosion at the vampire summit, everyone human and otherwise is stressed, including Louisiana cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse, who is trying to cope with the fact that her boyfriend Quinn has gone missing.
It's clear that things are changing whether the weres and vamps of her corner of Louisiana like it or not. And Sookie, Friend to the Pack and blood-bonded to Eric Northman, leader of the local vampire community is caught up in the changes.
In the ensuing battles, Sookie faces danger, death, and once more, betrayal by someone she loves. And when the fur has finished flying and the cold blood finished flowing, her world will be forever altered.
My Review:Like the book before it, From Dead to Worse is completely packed with action and and plot twists from start to finish. Unlike All Together Dead, however, this book's action just didn't grab my attention and make me excited to find out what happened next at the end of each chapter. I'm not really sure why. Prehaps because the central storyline focuses on Quinn, who I've never really liked, and the werewolf pack, which doesn't have anything to do with Sookie's life and I just don't really care about.
As you can kind of make out from the book description, there's 3 main things going on in Sookie's life right now: that her boyfriend Quinn is missing, the trouble stirring between the two local werewolf packs, and other vampire groups looking to take over Louisiana with it left so weak after hurricane Katrina. Out of the three, the only one I found really interesting was the vampire politics. And I liked the sub-story of Sookie finding another long-lost family member.. But I won't spoil it for you. With all of the constant action, this would've been a great book if it hadn't been for so much of the book focusing on things that I didn't really care about.
I have never liked Quinn. As I ranted about in my previous review, he lacks personality, says "babe" too much, and is bald to boot. So call me callous, but I don't really care that he's missing. Sorry. And let's just say that you aren't going to like Quinn any more after finding out why he's been MIA. The other part of this book that I don't really care about is the trouble with the were packs. It's kind of interesting, but for the most part I just think it shouldn't have to be Sookie's problem. A contributing factor to my indifference to the were pack is definitely my indifference to Alcide, werewolf and former flame of Sookie's. After Club Dead, I've just found Alcide rude as he only ever even talks to Sookie to use her for her telepathic abilities. Not cool, Alcide. How about you go deal with your wolfy problems for yourself?
Needless to say, because of my general disinterest with 2/3 of the main storyline, I had to give this a 4-heart rating rather than a 5. I still very much enjoyed reading it though, and found that the action, the exciting story of the Louisiana vamps being plotted against, and the great characters that I love (like Sookie and especially Eric) were more than enough motivation for me to keep reading.
Summed Up:Great writing, storyline, and characters as usual from this series. It also had a ton of exciting action from start to finish, but that action just didn't grab my attention and keep it like previous books have.
Sookie Stackhouse SeriesReview for #1: Dead Until Dark
Review for #2: Living Dead In Dallas
Review for #3: Club Dead
Review for #4: Dead to the World
Review for #5: Dead as a Doornail
Review for #6: Definitely Dead
Review for #7: All Together Dead
Review for #8: From Dead to Worse
Review for #9: Dead and Gone
Review for #10: Dead in the Family - to come