Monday, May 21, 2012

Club Dead by Charlaine Harris

(Sookie Stackhouse series, book 3)
There’s only one vampire Sookie Stackhouse is involved with (at least voluntarily) and that’s Bill. But recently he’s been a little distant – in another state distant. His sinister and sexy boss, Eric, has an idea where to find him. Next thing Sookie knows, she is off to Jackson, Mississippi, to mingle with the under-underworld at Club Dead. It’s a dangerous little haunt where the elitist vampire society can go to chill out and suck down some type O. But when Sookie finally finds Bill – caught in an act of serious betrayal – she’s not sure whether to save him…or sharpen some stakes.

Well...this is the first book of the series (granted it’s only 3 books in) that made me question how much I really still like Bill and Sookie’s relationship. I had a feeling that new love interests would be introduced as the series progressed, but I really thought I was going to be Team Bill until the end. Now, I’m questioning my loyalty! In the second book, Living Dead In Dallas, they delve into the sexual tension between Sookie and Eric which I’m not completely sold on yet. He can be charming and seductive, but his mannerisms still bother the crap out of me. He is becoming increasingly more interested in Sookie, and she doesn’t exactly love all of the attention she’s getting from him. Now, let’s move on to the newest love interest we meet in this book; Alcide Herveaux. He’s a buff, brawny, rugged werewolf who has recently had his heartbroken and accompanies Sookie to Jackson, Mississippi. Why is she going to Jackson, you ask? Well, let me tell you…but first, I might take a minute to swoon over Alcide. ;)

Now that I’ve collected myself, I’ll continue. Sookie finds out from Eric that Bill has been kidnapped by his maker and ex-lover, Lorena, who intends to seduce then torture Bill for top-secret information he may have in his possession. Eric then realizes that the powerful king of Mississippi, Russell Edgington, may be allowing Lorena to keep Bill somewhere locked away in his mansion. Of course Sookie rushes to save her love, Bill with Alcide in tow for protection. As expected, things don’t go smoothly when Sookie eventually finds Bill…in a compromising position with Lorena. Whaaat?!? There was also an incident involving Bill and Sookie in the trunk of a Lincoln town car…well…that’s all I can really say without giving away a spoiler , but I am so glad she didn’t immediately forgive him even if he wasn’t in the right state of mind necessarily when it happened.

I love the addition of Alcide if you hadn’t guessed from my swooning earlier. I just think he and Sookie would make an adorable couple and they developed a very quick, trusting bond with each other (dumping a body with someone can have that effect on you, I guess!) I liked getting deeper into the werewolf community and learning about Josephine’s (AKA Club Dead) which kind of added an additional storyline for all upcoming books in the series. I did enjoy this book, although slightly less than the previous two. All in all…I’m still hooked on this series and Sookie continues to be one kickass heroine. 

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