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Sunday, May 12, 2013

59) Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris

The Blurb :

There are secrets in the town of Bon Temps, ones that threaten those closest to Sookie—and could destroy her heart...

Sookie Stackhouse finds it easy to turn down the request of former barmaid Arlene when she wants her job back at Merlotte’s. After all, Arlene tried to have Sookie killed. But her relationship with Eric Northman is not so clearcut. He and his vampires are keeping their distance…and a cold silence. And when Sookie learns the reason why, she is devastated.

Then a shocking murder rocks Bon Temps, and Sookie is arrested for the crime.

But the evidence against Sookie is weak, and she makes bail. Investigating the killing, she’ll learn that what passes for truth in Bon Temps is only a convenient lie. What passes for justice is more spilled blood. And what passes for love is never enough...

My Thoughts :

(If you are worried about me giving something away.  I don't! )

It wasn't easy starting this book.  Knowing it was the last one, knowing that there were no new Sookie stories after this one made it hard to read.  I wanted to keep it safe somewhere for a special day but at the same time I needed to know how things ended.  What happens to Sookie when all is said and done and most of all who does her heart belong to when the end comes.

I was just over on Goodreads and couldn't believe the feedback people over there are giving this last installment in the Sookie Stackhouse series.  So many readers and long time fans are giving the book just one star when in my honest opinion it deserves at least 4.  Why are people being so negative?  Because they just don't understand and don't like the ending that Charlaine Harris gave Sookie.

To be honest I am not 100% happy with the end.  The story itself was as good as expected and it was full of  characters I have come to know and love over the years.  There were some nice little twists and the loose ends got tied up.  However as with ending any series there are always some things left open.  Actually the series was left pretty open and could continue if the author really wanted to write more Sookie but I respect her decision to let the series and Sookie go and I also think she ended things well.

You may not be happy with who Sookie ends up with at the end of all the Bill and Eric trials and tribulations but if I think about it, well she ended up with the guy I always, deep down inside, knew she should be with.  We will most likely never find out if the relationship works out or if Sookie has a nice happy long life but the final pieces of the puzzle were put together and I can be happy that I was along for the ride all these years.  It was fun!

If you are a fan of the series then you need to get this read before someone spoils the ending for you!  If you still haven't read this series, well now it is safe to read them all in a nice marathon and enjoy everything you have been missing.  I will definitely be doing a re-read via audiobook sometime soon.  I will always go back and revisit Sookie, she was an inspiration and a friend.

An end of an era!  What Charlaine brings us next?  I don't know but I will be checking it out when the time comes!

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Diane P said...

I enjoyed the whole series, some books more than others. I think Charlaine Harris kept Sookie true to her character. In the books she is the main character and CH kept her at the center of this last book. I am just amazed at all the vitriolic spewings. CH hasn't felt safe enough to go on tour with this book-now that is ridiculous.It's fictional characters. Anyways I do think it was time for the series to end & I think Sookie will get her HEA.

Aurian said...

Great review Amber, thank you. I have only read the first book and did not like it, so I never read the rest. But to read that Charlaine has actually gotten dead threats and such, that is ridiculous. When an author thinks it is time to end a series, she should. There are enough series out there that get criticism for not being ended books ago.

Ofcourse, now I am curious about the ending, because I did read the reviews all those years.