Tag Archives: Charlaine Harris

Review for Deadlocked Angst Rattle and Roll

The newest installment for Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse series titled “Deadlocked” is due out tomorrow 5/1/12. Luckily I was able to receive an advance review copy of the book from the publisher. It has been my pleasure to read this book a few times to allow all the action to ‘sink in’.  It also  helped me understand some of the subtle hints Charlaine has left in the book.

Book Description:

It’s vampire politics as usual around the town of Bon Temps, but never before have they hit so close to Sookie’s heart…

Growing up with telepathic abilities, Sookie Stackhouse realized early on there were things she’d rather not know. And now that she’s an adult, she also realizes that some things she knows about, she’d rather not see—like Eric Northman feeding off another woman. A younger one.

There’s a thing or two she’d like to say about that, but she has to keep quiet—Felipe de Castro, the Vampire King of Louisiana (and Arkansas and Nevada), is in town. It’s the worst possible time for a human body to show up in Eric’s front yard—especially the body of the woman whose blood he just drank.

Now, it’s up to Sookie and Bill, the official Area Five investigator, to solve the murder. Sookie thinks that, at least this time, the dead girl’s fate has nothing to do with her. But she is wrong. She has an enemy, one far more devious than she would ever suspect, who’s set out to make Sookie’s world come crashing down.

Review (already I know…hurry up!)

Yes I know you have all read the description and seen the different synopsis and yes even the many spoilers online for this book. We are so very close to the end of this series that it would be a big injustice to just spoil it all in here. You HAVE to read this book. There is so much in this one that needed to happen in order for the end to happen. There are story lines from the past that yes do come up in this one and do have closure. Many of the faces from the past do make an appearance in this book. Some fleeting some not so much.

Once again Charlaine Harris draws fans into the world of Sookie Stackhouse. In this twelfth installment we once again find Sookie at the center of another mystery, this time involving the murder of that young woman. She faces so many obstacles once again some of her own doing mind you and that is why I have grown to love this strong woman.The obstacles are not just ones in her own life but also the ones involving those she loves.

Many questions are raised in the unraveling of the mystery. Seems that for every step closer to finding out who caused the death even more questions come up. Sookie does also face many changes in her life involving family and friends. She is maturing. When we first met her in the series she was an innocent in many ways. Her involvement with supes and vampires have brought her many experiences some great, some bad. Through it all she has grown into a strong kick arse young woman that she needs to be in order to survive.

Vampire Pam sends a message to Sookie in the beginning of the book “Tell Sookie that this is the hard time that will show what she is made of.” This message is not just for Sookie but also for fans of this series. This book is filled with angst and yes many obstacles for Sookie and the vampire she truly loves. Many times in the book they both say the I love you’s. Still some fans will question that love. Real love is not simple, easy or wrapped in a bow. This is not a fairy tale (even though there are fairies in the book).

With only one more book in the series the huge question of “who will be the ONE” with Sookie in the end is one on many fans minds. This book brings closure to some of the past suitors. In Deadlocked we see some of these past loves and the questions of what if are put to rest in my mind for Sookie.  Sookie has grown not just in age (she celebrates her 28th birthday in this installment so we have seen 2 years of her life in the 12 books) but also in her emotional life. Her heart has faced love, loss, betrayal and yet she strives to continue to grow and learn to love and face whatever life throws at her. She starts to see life with her eyes (and her heart) open. (and sometimes does not really like what she sees)

Believe me in this book she is thrown a LOT to deal with. She has faced torture, evil acts in the past and in this book she must face yet another betrayal. She starts to question her very core. Along with all going on in her life the vampire politics also must be managed. Having a visit from the King in his area and also being a suspect in the murder of his blood donor keeps Eric quite busy. King Felipe De Castro is one vampire that I do not trust at all. I fear he has bad intentions for the vampire sheriff. The last book will hopefully answer some of my questions pertaining to the King.

Deadlocked is filled with many moments that will leave the reader filled with angst. That feeling of anxiety that just won’t go away no matter how much you wish the emotion were not there. However without that emotion, the action and inevitable end to the series will feel empty. The more to the depth of the emotions and how many times we feel for the characters are what make this an amazing series.

Yes Sookie’s world is rattled in this book. Yet I do feel she will continue to roll with the punches and continue to fight for what she loves. Her family , friends and yes the man she loves are what make her world go around. This universe that Charlaine has opened up to her readers continues to draw me in as a fan. I know when the last book is finally out I will devour every single word much like I did with Deadlocked.

Deadlocked did not race by at a frantic pace as in prior installments. Charlaine balanced the many plotlines that needed to be told and brought many of the questions to a close in this book. Yes she does leave us waiting for MORE at the end of Deadlocked. As in the prior books, the end will leave readers on the edge of their seat (if not on the floor after falling off their chairs). Did I like Deadlocked? No I LOVED IT. Again it’s not the happily ever after fairy tale type book. It is a well composed, kept at a manageable pace that kept me with my head buried in it until I finished it in a few hours. So yes I do hope fans will also enjoy the book as much as I did.

Waiting for the last book “Dead Ever After” will seem like an eternity now for me and fellow fans of the series. Again a huge thanks to the publisher for having the honor of an advance copy. Would love to hear from other fans once they have read their copy.

 

 

 

Charlaine Harris- Deadlocked Official Synopsis Released

The official synopsis for the next Sookie Stackhouse novel “Deadlocked” was posted on the publisher’s website:

[box] t’s vampire politics as usual around the town of Bon Temps, but never before have they hit so close to Sookie’s heart…

Growing up with telepathic abilities, Sookie Stackhouse realized early on there were things she’d rather not know. And now that she’s an adult, she also realizes that some things she knows about, she’d rather not see—like Eric Northman feeding off another woman. A younger one.

There’s a thing or two she’d like to say about that, but she has to keep quiet—Felipe de Castro, the Vampire King of Louisiana (and Arkansas and Nevada), is in town. It’s the worst possible time for a human body to show up in Eric’s front yard—especially the body of the woman whose blood he just drank.

Now, it’s up to Sookie and Bill, the official Area Five investigator, to solve the murder. Sookie thinks that, at least this time, the dead girl’s fate has nothing to do with her. But she is wrong. She has an enemy, one far more devious than she would ever suspect, who’s set out to make Sookie’s world come crashing down. [/box]

SOURCE:

The UK Amazon Site posted a synopsis the two versions give a bit more insight into the book. Waiting for this novel has been awful! At least the book will be out on 5/1/12.

Deadlocked Next Sookie Stackhouse Novel Teaser Tweets

The ladies at True-blood.net received their advanced copy of the next Charlaine Harris book “Deadlocked”. They have been tweeting some of their thoughts and teasing fans. Here are a few of the tweets. Yes waiting sucks! For the book synopsis click here: To read the second chapter of the book click here for a link to Charlaine Harris’ site.

I can imagine which character says the line above!

So yes these tweets are a bit of a tease for fans! Here is a link to their twitter page:

I am waiting to read T’s review over at Sookieverse. The other sites should be posting reviews later (some time in late April).

 

Charlaine Harris Deadlocked Book Tour Schedule

Charlaine Harris posted her book tour schedule for the next Sookie Stackhouse book: Deadlocked:

Deadlocked Book Tour

May 1 – Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134-5008

May 2, 6:00 PM – Vero Beach Book Center, 2145 Indian River Blvd, Vero Beach, FL 32960

May 3 – The Bookmark, 220 First Street, Neptune Beach, FL 32266

May 4, 7:00 PM – Barnes & Noble, 1812 Rittenberg Blvd., Charleston, SC 29407

May 5 – Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 161 Lexington Green Cir, Lexington, KY 40503

May 6, 3:00 PM – Barnes & Noble, 3327 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte, NC 28226

May 7 – Bookmarks, 2133 Bethabara Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27106

May 8 – That Bookstore in Blytheville, 316 W Main St, Blytheville, AR 72315

May 9, 7:00 PM – Barnes & Noble, 1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland, MS 39157

May 10, 7:00 PM – Barnes & Noble, 2590 Citiplace Court, Baton Rouge, LA 70808

May 11 – Murder by the Book, 2342 Bissonnet St, Houston, TX 77005

May 12, 7:00 PM – Bookpeople, 603 North Lamar, Austin, TX 78703

October 27 Utah Book Festival, Salt Lake City, UT

November 1 Vegas Valley Book Festval, Las Vegas, NV

Good luck to the fans who are close enough for a chance to see Charlaine during this tour! For the glimpse into the new book click here for the second chapter:

Sookie Stackhouse Deadlocked Book Synopsis

Amazon UK released a synopsis for the upcoming Charlaine Harris book “Deadlocked”.

[box] Sookie has a murder investigation on her hands. A young girl has died at a vampire party – and it looks as though her lover, Eric, might be responsible. Eric swears he didn’t do it, the police don’t believe him, and even Sookie isn’t so sure. Nor is she inclined to take his word for it, not having caught him enjoying the victim’s blood minutes before she was killed. But something strange is going on. Why had Sookie been asked to come to the fateful party a few minutes early – just to catch Eric in the act? And why had the victim spiked her blood before approaching Eric? Was it simply because she wanted to be irresistible, or was it something more sinister? Sookie will have to find out . . . but it’s the worst moment to investigate, as her Fae family are having troubles of their own and Sookie is, inevitably, drawn in. And there is one last complication. The cluviel dor her grandmother left her. It will grant her one wish, which could fulfil Sookie’s heart’s desire. The only problem is, she still doesn’t know what – or who – her heart truly desires . . .[/box]
 So what do you think fans? More trouble ahead for Eric Northman? Once again Sookie is out to solve another mystery. The book is due out 5/1/12. Waiting sucks!

Charlaine Harris Joins Sleuthfest

The Orlando Sentinel spoke with Charlaine Harris. Hal Boedeker was able to get a few things cleared up in his phone interview with Ms. Harris: (yes they talked about True Blood of course!)

SOURCE:

Charlaine Harris will be attending “Sleuthfest” in Orlando, Florida. Sleuthfest  is an annual conference , sponsored by the Florida chapter of Mystery Writers of America. Charlaine will be the main luncheon speaker on 3/3/12.

Here is an excerpt of the interview:

You’re very prolific. What’s your secret?

It’s my job. This is what I sit down and do every day. I’ve been doing this 33 years. I work mostly in the morning, some in the afternoon. It’s a great day if I get eight pages, but now there are a lot more demands on my time than in previous years. I do a lot of interviews. I talk to my agents. Very frequently I have to answer queries from my publisher. I always visit my website [charlaineharris.com] and answer questions. It just never seems to end. This is a great problem to have.

What has “True Blood” done for your career?

The Sookie Stackhouse novels were selling well before the TV show, but the TV show led to a lot more exposure and readers. And a lot went on to read my other work. It was a wonderful thing for my bank account.

What have you gotten to do because of the show?

So many things. I’ve been on the show and done personal appearances with the cast. It’s like a different world and one I never thought I’d ever have a part in. I go to an industry party and feel like the raggedy cousin.

Can you give a preview of the latest book, “Deadlocked,” the 12th book right? (It will be released May 1.)

It is the next-to-the-last book, which gives it a bit of heft. It’s about tying up some threads in this long-running series and answering questions that readers have had. There’s new action, but there are decisions made about older issues in the books.

The next section I found very interesting (Great to hear Charlaine speak of her creation)

The TV series has benefited from the tensions between vampires Bill and Eric. How central is that to your story?

They [the actors] are wonderful, but the story is very different from my story. It was never a Bill vs. Eric situation in my mind.

How has Sookie changed over time? Is she more fun write these days?

I don’t write Anna Paquin, I write Sookie Stackhouse. Sookie is always a lot of fun to write. She’s growing, changing, She’s very strong. She’s a girl girl. She’d be OK on her own without a guy. She’d like to have a relationship. It’s not necessary to her happiness.

Are you happy with the decisions “True Blood” executive producerAlan Ball has made?

Certainly I’ve had thoughts about that. I’m very fond of Alan. I think he’s a genius. He’s made good decisions for television. He’s not consciously trying to imitate the books. That would be boring for him and boring for me. If I knew what was going to happen, why would I watch? Viewers and readers are getting two experiences.

He is described as the creator, but I think of you as the creator.

I am the creator. When I’m on the set they call me the Maker. But he’s the creator of that world visually, no doubt about it. It all came from his brain and his talent for hiring the right people for the right jobs.

 For the full interview please visit:    SOURCE:

A Conversation With Charlaine Harris

Fans in the North Carolina area will have a chance to attend an event with Charlaine Harris.  Ticket sales will benefit “Bookmarks” a literary non-profit organization. From the Brownpapertickets website here is the information on how to purchase tickets for this event with Charlaine Harris May 7, 2012 5:30 pm-7pm.

Harris’ books will be on sale and a book signing will follow the event. Questions for Charlaine Harris may be sent before the program by e-mailing: info@bookmarksbookfestival.org.

Admission by ticket only. To purchase tickets beginning February 7, 2012, visit www.bookmarksbnc.org or call Brown Paper Tickets 24/7 ticket hotline at 1-800-838-3006. Proceeds benefit BOOKMARKS, a triad based literary nonprofit organization. All sales are final.
Bookmarks link:
[box] General Admission: Includes one ticket for the Conversation Event, followed by a book signing and reception after the program. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. and program begins at 7 p.m. $22.00 – General Admission Tickets if purchased in advance $30.00 – General Admission Tickets if purchased at the door (This option may not be available if the event is sold out.)

Premier Admission: Begins at 5:30 p.m. $85.00 – This includes one ticket for the Conversation Event at 7:00 p.m. with reserved premier seating and limited VIP parking as well as a private reception with Charlaine Harris beginning at 5:30 p.m. featuring heavy hors d’oeuvres, a hardback copy of DEADLOCKED and a book signing. Photos are encouraged! ($30.00 is tax deductible). Specific details about parking (including a map) will be sent prior to the event.[/box]

Chapter Two of Next Sookie Stackhouse Book Deadlocked

An early Christmas gift for fans of Sookie Stackhouse! Charlaine Harris just posted the second chapter to her new book “Deadlocked” which will be released May 2012. Can’t wait to get my hands on this new book! Please comment on your thoughts for what you have read.

LINK HERE for the chapter:

Charlaine Harris Interview from FearNet Beginning and End of Sookie Stackhouse

Charlaine Harris

Joseph McCabe from FearNet recently interviewed author Charlaine Harris. The extensive interview will be posted in three parts. An excerpt of the first part is shown below. Link also to the full interview may be found on FearNet link here:

How far into the thirteenth Stackhouse novel are you?
Zero! [Laughs.] That’s my next project. When I get home I have to go over the copy-edited pages of Sookie 12, which will be out in May. That will freshen up my memory about what I need to do in Sookie 13, to tie everything together. A seemingly impossible task.

Click on READ MORE: Continue reading

Deadlocked Book Synopsis Released


Shop the Official HBO Store

Charlaine Harris’ next installment of the Sookie Stackhouse Series “Deadlocked” will be released on 5/1/2012. The cover art was recently revealed and now fans have the unofficial book synopsis to digest. True Blood fans can enjoy the book before season 5 starts up in June 2012.

[box] With Felipe de Castro, the Vampire King of Louisiana (and Arkansas and Nevada), in town, it’s the worst possible time for a body to show up in Eric Northman’s front yard — especially the body of a woman whose blood he just drank.

Now, it’s up to Sookie and Bill, the official Area Five investigator, to solve the murder. Sookie thinks that, at least this time, the dead girl’s fate has nothing to do with her. But she is wrong. She has an enemy, one far more devious than she would ever suspect, who’s out to make Sookie’s world come crashing down.”[/box]

SOURCE:

Cover Art for New Sookie Stackhouse Book Deadlocked Released


The new cover for Charlaine Harris’ book “Deadlocked” has surfaced! The newest installment of the Sookie Stackhouse Novels will be released May 2012. Based on the cover art what do you think we will see? Seems that the cluviel d’or will be used in this book. The cover art also shows some werewolves. Interesting that there are no vampires on this cover? Waiting sucks!! The book is available for pre-order.

SOURCE:

Would love to hear what do you think we may see in the new book.

Calling All True Blood Fans: Have a Character Named After You in Charlaine Harris’ 12th Sookie Stackhouse Novel

 

charitybuzz | #26310323 – Calling All True Blood Fans: Have a Character Named After You in Charlaine Harris’ 12th Sookie Stackhouse Novel.

UPDATE: link added Sorry the add to any link did not work earlier: Link to CharityBuzz: