Dead and Gone (Sookie Stackhouse #9) by Charlaine Harris

Rating: 5/5

That’s right, this one gets an elusive 5 star rating. One of my readers asked me the other day what it takes for me to give out 5 stars, and my answer was along the lines of this: “I have to absolutely love it. And I have to have a very difficult time coming up with a complaint about it.”

So, while I may have been left with a more tingly I-finished-the-book feeling with some of the other books I’ve reviewed, this one will rate higher. I’m still thrilled to have finished it – this was such a good read! But on top of that, I really don’t have a single critique (well, any worth mentioning at least).

I’m a bit behind the curve on this series—I only just started working through them last summer, and I took a break for a while after the book 8. There was no particular reason for it other than getting wrapped up in life and in other books. With the recent release of Dead Ever After, I was reminded that I was trying to catch up with this series. And now I very much remember why.

I’d say this book was probably my favorite of the series so far. I have fallen in love with this world, and with each book we learn something new. I was thrilled when we were first introduced to the fae, and this time the primary plot focused on them.

Anyone who knows me well knows that I love the fae—it doesn’t necessarily show in all of my book reviews because I’m very picky about how they are written, and not all authors pull them off to my liking. Charlaine Harris has done her job as a writer. And even as the fae were doing their evil deeds, I loved them as a race even more. I’m not sure what that says about me as a person …

And one of the things I love so much about this series is Sookie’s unique voice as a character. She doesn’t have quite the same snark as your typical urban fantasy heroine, but she still feels very modern. And even though at times she would like nothing more than to get rid of her ‘gift,’ she doesn’t whine about it—at least not anymore. It’s a nice change to have a character who knows her limits, doesn’t try to push them, doesn’t complain about her weaknesses or irritants, and still manages to get caught up in chaos with creatures way bigger and badder than her. Harris clearly isn’t afraid to hurt her characters—if the previous books didn’t make that clear enough, this one certainly did—and that’s a wonderful trait in an author. But in spite of all of the terrible things Sookie has been through, she doesn’t mope over it any longer than I want her to.

Spot on!

Posted on May 17, 2013, in Urban Fantasy/Paranormal and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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