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Dead Ever After (Sookie Stackhouse / Southern Vampire Series #13)

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38 out of 100 people found this review helpful.

Sookie Stackhouse has been a fictional friend for 14 years now a

Sookie Stackhouse has been a fictional friend for 14 years now and it is with great sadness that this was the conclusion of this series. I realize it is time but still Charlaine Harris leaves me wanting more.

Dead Ever After starts right after Sookie has saved Sam, lea...
Sookie Stackhouse has been a fictional friend for 14 years now and it is with great sadness that this was the conclusion of this series. I realize it is time but still Charlaine Harris leaves me wanting more.

Dead Ever After starts right after Sookie has saved Sam, leaving Eric angry that she didn’t use her wish to release him from his duties to the marriage with the queen.

Sookie is framed for a crime she didn’t commit and slowly all the supes from her past return to help her out of her bind and I do mean everyone that is still living and undead! Ok, I did miss Bubba, he was absent from the plot but everyone else returns.

To keep from giving any spoilers that is all I’m writing about the summary of the story.

Let me say that I don’t understand all the controversy over this book, Mrs. Harris provided another fabulously written, action packed adventure. By including all the characters we’ve come to love and enjoy from previous adventures, she gave us the closure to all their stories as well. Maybe it wasn’t the closure you wanted but it truly was fitting. Sookie seemed stronger and in the end made the decision that could lead to true happiness...leaving her exactly where and how she always said she wanted to be.

I loved sharing in the world Charlaine Harris created and am thankful for her wondrous ability to take us along on this journey. She touched our lives with characters we loved and loved to hate. She gave me books that were re-read worthy and will stay on my shelf forever. Thank you for putting your extraordinary talents into words so we could all share in your fabulous creativity.

posted by Sailon on May 7, 2013

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229 out of 254 people found this review helpful.

SPOILERS! I think we all know now why Harris won't be tourin

SPOILERS!




I think we all know now why Harris won't be touring to promote this book, because honestly, is ANYONE besides Harris herself happy with this book? Very few I would wager. Even Sam's pathetically small fan-base can't be terribly excited about Harris's poor ...
SPOILERS!




I think we all know now why Harris won't be touring to promote this book, because honestly, is ANYONE besides Harris herself happy with this book? Very few I would wager. Even Sam's pathetically small fan-base can't be terribly excited about Harris's poor execution of the HEA.




I think one other reviewer summed it up best when she noted: "It's too bad Harris didn't care as much about her characters as her fans did." As many others have noted, the writing had declined over the past few books, but I had held out hope that Harris would put out her best efforts into the final volume, the conclusion to Sookie's beloved and long-running saga. Alas.




It took 14-15 years and 13 books to have Sookie come full-circle, albeit bearing considerable physical and emotional scarring from her adventures? Is Sookie any better off now than she was in the beginning? No, definitely she is worse off. She's settled for second-best in her love life and hasn't expanded her life circle much at all. I can appreciate that someone like Sookie prefers the simple things in life, but at the same time, the supes opened up her world to so many more exciting possibilities than had ever existed for her previously (and she says as much, notably to Sam, in the 8th or 9th book). At the end of her journey of self-discovery, she's in the same place, having rejected what all along has been painted as something that energized and completed Sookie.




I strongly favored Eric-Sookie, but I could have been happier with the actual resolution if Harris had painted Sam as a convincing alternative all along. While the reader has sensed throughout the series that Sam had interest in Sookie, she has never thought of him as anything other than boss and friend. I also think it's unfortunate that Harris opted to have Sookie TELL the reader about her friendship and bonds with Sam far more often than she SHOWED it in the previous 12 books.




All of Harris's writing energy went into the larger-than-life character and fan favorite, Eric. And, in the end, she thumbed her nose at the vast majority of her fans and gave Eric a terrible ending, truly assassinating his character in a way I would never have dreamed possible. If Harris and I were having iced tea around the kitchen table, I'm sure she would tell me that Eric is HER character and that she was entitled to do what she wanted with him and that she understood him best, being his creator. But, I would counter that once a character is shared with others, that character belongs to us all, and thousands of fans (at least 75% of the Sookie fans were Eric/Sookie fans in poll after poll) can't be all wrong. Harris leaves most of her characters in a reasonably happy spot in the end (though I would quibble whether Sookie herself falls into that category). But Eric? Sold into sex slavery for 200 years, forbidden to have any contact with Sookie and exacting jealous vengeance by trying to thwart Sookie and Sam before that ever got underway so that Sookie can't even have fond memories of him? Really? That's the best you could do for the most beloved character you're ever going to create, Ms. Harris? That's your response to the years of devoted readership and loyal following from so many fans? Even if you truly did always intend Sam to be the HEA (and had to insert numerous deux ex machina and create inconsistencies galore and ignore completely much of what's been written in the last 8 or 9 books to get there), why would you leave Eric himself in such a terrible situation? You couldn't get creative and come up with a scenario wherein Eric and Sookie come to some heartfelt recognition that their differences were too great to overcome and have them part on good terms? Eric was the one who "got" Sookie - they shared the same sense of humor and the same exuberance for life, as Bill and others had pointed out and noted. Their relationship had taken books of gradual and sustained build-up. To have it end in such an out-of-character way was sloppy, small-minded and unfair in the extreme. It showed no respect whatsoever for the bulk of your fan-base, and I have no respect for you as an author as a result.




The adage "readers like to be fooled but not deceived or conned or cheated" applies to you too, Ms. Harris. It was not a clever "aha!" twist to suddenly shoehorn Sam into the HEA. It required a good bit of cheating to get there, and doing so at the expense of the best character you're likely to ever create and his legions of fans was certainly not honorable or worthy of you. 

posted by pennyL1 on May 8, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2013

    Highly Recommended

    Charlaine Harris ends the saga of Sookie Stackhouse in a most endearing way. Even though Ms. Harris claims this is her last book the ending leaves open the possiblity of a future book.
    I loved every minute of this read and I thank Charlaine for giving us characters we can love and those we can love to hate.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2013

    kenna

    Im back

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2013

    I actually enjoyed this book. There were a few parts that felt a

    I actually enjoyed this book. There were a few parts that felt a little rushed without much details like when she skipped over he actual arrest, but overall I loved seeing a lot of past characters come back and at least offer Sookie help. I thought Sam and Sookie are a great match and have been all along because face it, Sookie never wanted to be a vampire and Sam is still a Supe but better off for her! I expected Eric to choose the queen. That was a no brainer considering is lust for power and money. He also had his children to look out for like Pam. He had to protect them and ultimately Sookie didn't want to be a vampire and I am glad he didn't change her anyway. Can't wait for the next book to tell me what happens after!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2013

    Awesome!

    I love how Sookie and Sam finally are together

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 15, 2013

    Great ending to a great series!!

    Spoiler alert! I am talking about the ending because so many folks have torched Ms Harris over it.....Loved this book! And the ending too!!! Of all of Sookie's relationships the one with Sam was always the most consistent and "normal". Eric and Bill were dramatic and handsome but too self absorbed, with Alcide the pack would always come first, and the hunky lavender eyed tiger had issues of his own (but he would've been my 2nd choice for her happy ending!). Sam was always. good and kind and caring, and unlike Sam in the TV series, he had no murderous past! Great job, Charlaine! I have read and loved all of your series. Can't wait for the new one!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2013

    What are peoples' promblem?

    I was afraid to read this book because of all the negative reviews it got but I really liked how it ended SPOILER ALERT I think that people are just ticked that Eric was not her happily ever after guy

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2013

    Loved it!

    I have been reading this series for years so this is a little bittersweet. I never wanted it to end!

    Charlaine Harris did a wonderful job bringing the world of Sookie Stackhouse to life. She will be missed!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2013

    Loved all of Charlaine's books.

    This was a bittersweet closure for the Stackhouse series.
    I loved the entire series and was sad to have it come to an end, but really how much longer could Sookie hold up under the circumstances in which she lived? It was nice to see some of the bad guys get their just desserts and Sookie come to a happy ending.
    I enjoyed Ms. Harris' Stackhouse tales that I searched out her other series and read them all. Enjoyed those, too. Would love to see more of the Harper Connelly and Lily Bard series.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2013

    Great finale

    Charlaine Harris did a great job tying up all the loose ends. I enjoyed this last book very much. If your a Sookie fan, I think you will appreciate and understand the way the series ends. Great job Ms Harris.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 1, 2013

    True to the Characters

    The ending was something that I, personally, kind of felt was coming. But Charlaine Harris stayed true to the characters and the world she created. This final volume left me on my toes, wanting more, my stomach doing flips as I was reading. It was wonderful and a true ending to the series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2013

    Excellent End to the series

    This was a great wrap up to the Sookie Stackhouse series. I really like the way that all the loose ends were tied up, and that the author left readers feeling hopeful that life would go on and things would work out great for the main characters. I am sad that the series has ended, but very satisfied with the way that it did.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2013

    WOW - I can't believe all the negative responses. I thought the

    WOW - I can't believe all the negative responses. I thought the ending was perfect. It was actually something I'd hoped for all along and it brought a comfortable resolution to all the turmoil that Sookie has been through. Way to go Ms. Harris. Ignore the naysayers!!! And for those of you posting spoilers - shame on you!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 31, 2013

    Don't believe the naysayers...

    This is an excellent wrap-up. Loose ends are tied, story-lines completed, and some questions are answered. To those that hated it, I say, "grow up!" We leave our heroine in just the place she deserves to be. Whether it's what you wanted for her or not, it's the best place for Sookie. And I happened to love it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2013

    This was a well thought out and enjoyable book. Yes, a lot of sh

    This was a well thought out and enjoyable book. Yes, a lot of shippers do not get their personal HEA endings, but Sookie got the ending best for her and her creator.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2013

    I enjoyed the heck out of this book. It brought many hanging th

    I enjoyed the heck out of this book. It brought many hanging threads together and as much as I would rather it not end, if it had to end, Ms. Harris did a good job of ending it well.


    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2013

    The Sookie Stackhouse Series

    I loved all of these books. I'm very sad to see it come to an end. Every book was great.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2013

    I enjoyed it

    I felt this was a good book and wrapped up the series well. I agree the last couple of books were not as good as the first 11 however mrs harris did a good job wrapping the story up. I loved seeing some if the older characters. I loved knowing they were there for sookie and getting a glimpse into their future. Sookie got a happy ending. At times throughout the series this is how i knew it would end. Thank you mrs harris for a great series and for a good ending.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2013

    I got used to the books not being like the show, but i love the

    I got used to the books not being like the show, but i love the way some things are still the same. I'm always waiting for the next book to come out. I love the series and would recommend it to anyone, even if you do or don't watch True Blood. I love how things come to in the end, i hate to see it go.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2013

    Thank you, Charlaine Harris!

    Sorry to see Sookie go, but what a wonderful way to end 13 years together!

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2013

    Dead ever after

    Loved it! Just wish there was more to come I'm really sad that its over:(

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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