Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris

Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris
2013, Ace
Series: Book 13 of Sookie Stackhouse

Synopsis: 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...

The Good: After 12 books, Sookie finally finds her place in the world. Of course, that's only after multiple attempts on her life and way of life in this 13th book. Some of the "mysteries" are more transparent than others, but all do well to round out the overall story line and tie off loose ends in the Sookieverse.

The Bad: Even though Sookie ends up with the person I always wanted her to, I'm disappointed in the way it came about. There seemed to be no real build up, rather a very fabricated situation in which the characters just sort of look at each other and say, yeah  - why not? Nothing was actually romantic about it at all, which seems like a missed opportunity. In the end, everyone is all happily paired up, or just about, and it all left a bad taste in my mouth. Fans expected something a little more that all of Sookie's former suitor's showing up, trying to seem like nice enough guys, but not really wanting her anymore. A series finale should be epic, mind-blowing, emotional, something. Dead Ever After was ho-hum at best and didn't do anything to elevate the series as a whole.

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