I’ve been a huge fan of this series for the last two or three years, but I admit I’ve been disappointed somewhere between Books 8-11. There were typos, inconsistencies, and just plain “Buh?” moments. Book 12, Deadlocked, is definitely an upgrade from the last few. A little slow to start, once the action picks up around the halfway mark it gets more interesting. I think this is one of the stronger plotlines in the latter half of the series.
If you’re looking for Sookie to make any decisions about her love life, I’d put that hope aside-not gonna happen. (The whole thing sure starts to point in one particular direction, though. Sookie sure can be a fickle girlfriend). Vamps, werewolves, fairies, elves, ex-boyfriends and other creatures are still prominently present.
I think the series should be renamed “Sookie Stackhouse, the Southern Cookbook Chronicles”. Honest to god, there is more detail and description over food and how to waitress–it must’ve been half the book! If I had to read one more page on making blueberry cobbler, I was going to either scream or go to the grocery store.
It still feels like Harris is simply wrapping up the entire series, though, based on the last half of the book. With characters’ lives leading particular ways and Sookie feeling the slow burn of her oncoming 30s, it seems pretty obvious Harris is trying to fit everyone (and I do mean all characters, even ones we haven’t seen in several books) into their little boxes with prepared endings for the last book.
All in all, 3 stars. I felt slightly jipped paying $14.99 for the KINDLE version (ridiculous no matter whose book it is!), only to be done 3 hours later and still feeling a little bored by the whole thing. When I buy her next book (presumably the last one I believe, due to her contract), Eric better jump out from the pages to whisk me away…and pay the $15 for my copy, too.