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review 2017-01-10 16:05
Last Three Novels in the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris
Dead Reckoning - Charlaine Harris
Deadlocked - Charlaine Harris
Dead Ever After - Charlaine Harris

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...

 

Okay, this is where I admit that I binge-read the last 3 books in the Sookie Stackhouse series in two days. Part of me is sad that I did this to myself—concluded a series that I’ve been stretching out and planning to savour for as long as possible. But once I had the final books in my hands, I just couldn’t quit reading!

I can see why others were disappointed with this ending, but to my eye it was foreshadowed from the very first book. What was required was for Sookie to gain some life experience and to learn some hard lessons about life and the motivations of other people. That’s what our twenties and early thirties are for—learning that the way that you were raised isn’t shared by everyone, not even your own family or the community where you grew up. Learning that not everyone who arrives when you have a problem is there to help you. Figuring out what you can live with and what you can’t, who you can trust and who you shouldn’t. Who is supportive of who you are and who will never be?

Sookie couldn’t have ended up in a happy relationship if she didn’t have some problematic ones to compare to. I can say from personal experience that I was much shallower in my salad days and much more impressed by personal appearance in a love interest than perhaps by his values. And I cried my share of tears when the heartless & handsome disappeared out of my life. Nowadays, I appreciate kindness more than a full head of hair, thoughtfulness over a handsome face. But you have to get there! The mating issue is the biggest thing to be dealt with during the second decade of life and we are making important decisions while inexperienced—a recipe for potential disaster.

Basically, this series of 13 books follows the growing up experiences of a naïve but good-hearted young woman. If I have any criticism, it’s that Sookie seems to become more concerned with Christianity during the last few books, something which felt off to me. For the whole series, Harris gives us far too much information about Sookie’s personal hygiene, what she does with her hair, and what she’s making for supper, but she also gives us the angst of those years, the hard experiences, the growing up, and eventually making better choices.

Possibly the best first & last lines of a series—from I’d been waiting for the vampire for years when he walked into the bar to I’m Sookie Stackhouse. I belong here. I’m already missing having another Sookie book to read—I hope to re-read them at some point in the future.

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review 2015-10-10 00:00
Dead Ever After
Dead Ever After - Charlaine Harris 4.5 Stars


This book is the perfect conclusion to a long running series. The character of Sookie has grown from the simple and somewhat dim-witted acting bar-maid, to the nearly perfect kick-ass heroine we have all come to love in our speculative fiction literature. If you are like me and love to re-read books, I have just spent the last week rereading this whole series so I could understand what all the hub-bub is about, and for the life of me I can not understand how everyone is so unhappy.

The story and mystery was an interesting one, with a plot and characters that I did for the life of me expect.

Ms Harris and her imagination took me places that I and the characters really needed to go to, the dark black corners of Sookies life. The introspection alone shows how Sookie has grown and matured.

This book closes all the doors that needed to be closed, it gives us the perfect HEA that had been building right from book one. SPOILERS-------> Sam has always been the perfect man for Sookie.<-------------<br/>



Unlike so many conclusions to series that leave you wondering if it really is the last book, Dead Ever After doesn't leave you wondering...although I would love a follow up someday to see how Sookie and her man are getting along. And no I do NOT want to do it by reading After Dead, I would love a *real* book about them!

I feel not the least bit ripped off, since I have never been a fan of Eric or Bill and Sookie had never had a long and important friendship/relationship with any other male.

For me this was the perfect conclusion.

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review 2015-03-21 00:00
Dead Ever After
Dead Ever After - Charlaine Harris I know a lot of people are upset about how Sookie's love life finally went. I admit that I also wanted it to go differently, but I predicted it earlier in the series so I had already accepted it by now. I had actually read all the rest quickly and taken a long break before this one so I probably enjoyed it more. It was like coming back to visit some of my favorite characters. Instead of being torn about what was happening, I just enjoyed the charming craziness that this series is. I'm glad I finally read this book, and now I'm feeling nostalgic. :)
3.75 stars


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review 2015-03-08 20:12
Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris
Dead Ever After - Charlaine Harris

Title: Dead Ever After

Author: Charlaine Harris

ISBN: 978-1-937-00788-1

Pages: 338

Date Started: February 3, 2015

Date Finished: February 9, 2015

 

Even though this book wasn't the best ever written (I didn't exactly expect it to be that either) it was a good ending to the whole Sookie Stackhouse story. I liked the ending and I wish all the best for Sookie and the guy she ended up with. I think they make a perfect couple.

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text 2014-12-23 01:13
Finally! I get to finish a series...
Dead Ever After - Charlaine Harris

Picked up Dead Ever After from the Library today. I've been waiting F O R E V E R for my turn to come up on PBS for this one. Then I recently had a V8 moment and remembered to check the library.  Well, whaddya know... it was on the shelf. I don't know why I always forget to check the library.

 

 

Finally, I get to finish a long running series and find out what all the fuss is about the ending. I've been diligently staying far far away from any reviews or discussions about this book in fear of spoilers.

 

 

At this point I don't even care how it ends (but I just don't wanna know how it ends until... ya know... it ends).  I just want to be able to finish a long series and get some closure.

 

 

So however it ends, I at least give the author some kudos for finally making a decision and giving the readers an ending even if it isn't the one they want... unlike some other series that go on for freakin' evah and evah!  **looking at you Stephanie Plum--make a  choice already!**

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