Friday, June 28, 2013

Review: Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris

Dead Ever After (Sookie Stackhouse, #13)From the Publisher...

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...

From Me...

Last year, I was asked to write a Best/Worst article on At Home With Books. These articles explore the three best books written by any author and the three worst.  I chose to write about Charlaine Harris, specifically because of the decline of the Sookie Stackhouse Series.  Read it here if you want to understand where I am coming from with this post.

 I will be totally honest and tell you that I only read this book because it was the last in the series.  At this point, I am so mad at this series I could scream.  Honestly, I probably would have stopped reading three books ago had I known the series would end like this.  Literally, Harris wrote that she was thankful for all of the input people gave her about the book, but she decided to write it exactly as she planned to in the beginning, meaning she ignored the input and wrote this ending....curses.

Sorry for the spoilers, but they are inevitable with this review.  Stop reading now and enjoy the GIF below, I really think it says how I feel without giving anything away.  Sorry for the curse word, I couldn't find a clean version.

At the end of this book, the people are basically the same as the series started.  Remember in the beginning of the series when Sookie didn't want Sam because he was her friend and she didn't feel that spark for him? Oh well, forget that, in book 13.  Sookie all of a sudden wants him and has wanted him the entire time.  In fact she has had him on the back burner this whole time.  That's right, during her relationships with Bill, Quinn, Alcide and Eric, she was really just waiting around for Sam.

Not to mention the fact that Sookie ends up in basically the same position she started.  She doesn't want anything to do with vampires, as if she had nothing to do with them at all.  Bill is her friendly neighbor, but nothing more.  Eric is gone.  His existence to her is as it was when book one started.  Sookie grew very little as a person, yet we have spent 13 books getting to know her. 

All I can ask is, "Why?"  Why take this wonderful idea of a world where vampires are common knowledge and butcher it?  Why keep writing about characters that you have obviously grown to dislike?  Why torture readers with books? 

Thanks for letting me vent, and I would love to hear what you thought of the  last book.

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