While not my favorite of my series so far, this one still kept me hooked. The dissolution of the relationship between Bill and Sookie is heartbreaking. One note about this book - it mentions events that will have you wondering if you missed a book in the series. Take it from me, you didn't. The events mentioned take place in the short story, "One Word Answers" by Charlaine Harris. This story appeared in the Bite anthology (I believe) but can be found in other places (nudge, nudge, wink, wink). Read it first so you don't think you're losing your mind! :)
Definitely the best so far in the entire series. Quinn is hot and sexy (although annoying in his constant use of "Babe" -- doesn't he know that word is now reserved for Ranger?), Bill is in the background, and there are new faces to compliment the old gang.
Best of all, this is laugh-out-loud funny. This is the first book in the series I've been able to say this about, and I'm darn glad to be able to.
I have thoroughly enjoyed this series, including this book, but felt it was the weakest so far. While not graphic in the way of LKH (something for which I am grateful), Sookie's lovelife has taken some confusing twists and turns, not all for the better. I also found this book to be overly concerned with "getting everyone in" to the point that some characters felt like they were simply doing cameos to make sure they weren't forgotten. Still, nicely done, a well structured mythos, light and funny - a must for series fans, for new readers, start at the beginning - there are revelations in this book that will undermine your enjoyment of earlier books.
This book answers a lot of questions that the first few books open up and leave hanging, and ties up many loose ends. It is definitely a book to read before "giving up" on the series as it seems many PaperBackSwappers are doing. In this book, Sookie travels to New Orleans to clean out her Cousin Hadley's apartment; to not give too much up with this, we meet New Orleans witches, find out what Sookie really is, and revisit Debbie Pelt's family. It was a very enjoyable read!
You can't beat Ms Harris's humor. Her Sookie books are the BEST!!
A must read for all vampire romance readers. They are all laugh out loud funny!!