Dead Ever After
Official Stuff –
Author – Charlaine Harris
Pages – 338
Series – Southern Vampire Mysteries/Sookie Stackhouse
Publisher – Ace
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 Rating – 4 Stars
WARNING. This review is LOADED with SPOILERS and RANTING and FEELS. Okay? Because I’m pretty mad about some things and they are not things in the book.
If you don’t to be spoiled move along because my biggest issue is not the plot or the writing or the characters. It’s people’s reactions to the ending. So here goes.
YOU SURE YOU WANT TO CONTINUE?
BECAUSE I’M GOING TO SPOIL THE ENDING.
ALRIGHT, IF YOU’RE SURE…..
If you didn’t know from the first book that Sookie was going to end up with Sam in the end, then you and I must have read a different damn book series.
In every book it was mentioned at least once that Sookie wanted to stay human. She was adamantly against becoming a vamp. She mentioned wanting to start a family. She can’t do that with a vampire. (this isn’t Twilight, people!) In more than one book it’s mentioned that there are more than just friendly feelings between her and Sam.
Sam wanted her in the beginning, remember? She couldn’t stay with Eric forever. She couldn’t stay with Bill forever. Mrs. Harris left lots of clues to follow.
Everyone is entitled to their opinion. And mine is, these people that are tearing this book apart and giving it 0 or 1 star just because she doesn’t end up with Eric are being ridiculous. I love Eric, I wish I could have my own Eric. But a future with Eric was not in the cards for Sook and really, that should have been clear. Eric is not a “happily ever after/ride off into the sunset” character.
After everything that Sookie has gone through, family members being murdered, her life being threatened on a regular basis, her almost dying on several occasions; I think a relationship with Sam is the best thing for Sookie.
So, Arlene gets out of prison early because someone wants to ruin Sookie’s life. That’s pretty standard. Arlene comes begging for her job and Merlotte’s back and then ends up in the dumpster.
And poor Sookie gets blamed. On top of being arrested for Arlene’s murder, and trying to prove (with lots of help from old friends) that she’s innocent. Sookie has a lot of things to deal with. Sam is recovering from being brought back to life and acting strange. Eric is still pretty pissed about her using the cluviel dor for Sam and not for him.
Some old characters reappear and it’s nice to have a chance to say goodbye to them. There are a few plotholes but that’s standard in a Sookie Stackhouse novel. (god knows we aren’t reading these for the deep plot)
It was a farewell book and I was satisfied with the ending. There was one thing I didn’t like. I’m a little sad that after being introduced to this amazing, wonderful vampire world; that showed both the good and the bad side of vampires, that this book seemed a little anti-vamp. Yes, vamps have messed up Sookie’s life numerous times and put her in danger but they’ve also saved her and loved her. Humans have also tried to kill her and so have fairies and weres. One thing I loved about Sookie was that she always maintained that humans could be just as capable of evil as vampires. So I was a little disheartened about the negative energy towards vampires.
I’ll be the first to admit that the last few Sookie books bordered on terrible. (Especially the one with Eric’s maker. That book was a HOT FREAKING MESS) But I gave this book Four Stars because it’s goodbye to a series I have stuck with through THIRTEEN BOOKS and I have a nostalgic side when it comes to book characters.
Goodbye, Sookie Stackhouse. I hope life treats you well.