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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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230 out of 255 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 ...
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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 May 22, 2013

    Meh...CH shouold write a cookbook!

    Did anyone else feel this book was rushed? I mean days went by within a paragraph and don't get me wrong I like who sook may have ended up with, but his character didn't remind me of the way he had been written before at all. Charlaine, I agree with everyone else I wish you had taken more time to write this up to your prior standards. This book was an end of an era for most of us fans, and well I feel like years ago when you were writing these books the characters meant more to you than they do now... very sad. Thank you for an amazing and addicting series though, I will love the characters always!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2013

    Happy the series is over!  The last two book were down 

    Happy the series is over!  The last two book were down 

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2013

    Dead

    I have decided that this last book was mostly written by charlaines friend. The voice was not hers. I think that she burned out and just couldnt face another book. Its choppy, contradictory, and flat. A strange experience for this avid sookie follower.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2013

    Dissappointed with this book

    First off,i don't get how she can build up Sookie and Eric for so long just to end the series this way. SHE NEEDS TO WRITE ANOTHER ENDING THAT MAKES SINCE. Highly dissapointed. ALSO WEAK STORY PLOTS THAT WERE PREDICTABLE.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2013

    Should Have Stopped with 10

    Like a lot of posts I am reading on this book, I wish CH would have just done 10 books. This and the last 3 books were drawn out filler. It was like she got offered to make more money and she sold her soul for it. I was really hoping that the time and money I wasted on 10, 11, and 12 would have been worth it when I got to 13. I was expecting a big payoff and something amazing like the other books I loved so much but I was sorely misken. The payoff was not there and I have been left wanting. But of course, she will give me all the answers to my question! If I buy another books...

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2013

    Disappointed

    Let me start off by saying that this book seemed rushed through and not well thought out. I read reviews that said dont waste your money but honestly, you cant spend time reading all 12 books and then not read the ending, sucky or not!

    SPOILERS!!!!!!!


    The book would have been better if Sookie would have ended up being single and independent. Sam and her didnt feel right together, it felt like brother and sister! I feel like the author didnt invest in a lot of the main characters who didnt really have a voice in this book. Everything felt out of place and overplayed. I think this series was over a long time ago, but since the contract was still ongoing, she had to do something with the series.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2013

    There was no effort

    I am very disappointed

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2013

    I was very disappointed in Dead Ever After. It was boringingly p

    I was very disappointed in Dead Ever After. It was boringingly predictable. This from a fan from Charlaine Harris' very first book and this last/latest one feels a lot like that first work., a beginner's foray into the world of the written word. I guess the pull of money was greater than ending the story several years ago before she became bored with the Sookieverse. I hope my other favorite writers have the sense to put the story before the money. 

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 14, 2013

    I did not join the "True Blood" wagon. I have read th

    I did not join the "True Blood" wagon. I have read this series from the start, and loved every word. But this one left me sad and disappointed. I feel it was a hurry up and be done kind of writing.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2013

    Its over

    After a terrific first couple of books the series slowly became "Another day in the life of Sookie". I am just glad its over and I can move on with my reading list.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2013

    Disappointed

    Poorly written, story was very boring, and conculsion was disappointing.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2013

    Disappointing end 

    Disappointing end 

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2013

    Let down

    There wasn't much depth. I felt like she was in a hurry to wrap up all the loose ends to be done. Such a disappointment!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2013

    Not everyone loves a parade

    And this book was pretty much a parade of every character from previous books that was still alive and kickin'. I loved Sookie in the first books because of her passion and purity of heart. But in the end, there seems to be only melancholy and a flatness of spirit. Maybe the author just didn't know what to do with the now bloated Sookieverse, so she decided to just go "blech" all over the page and call it a day. Very disappointing.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 10, 2013

    I have read all of the books in this series. Some books are bett

    I have read all of the books in this series. Some books are better than others. I feel this series should of ended a long time ago personally.




    The author has said she knew from the very first book who Sookie ends up with romantically. I feel how her love life ended up was not that exciting for her fans. I know personally it left me wanting more. 




    This book had what all of them have: At least one person (usually more than that) wanting Sookie to die. She always has people that save her and keep her safe. There was one person that wanted her to die this time that I didn't see coming but I didn't really have any emotional reaction to it.  I was not really emotionally invested in this series anymore.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2013

    Waste of money

    I have loved all the stackhouse series and couldnt wait till this came out what a major disapointment 15$ for less than 250 pages and it just easnt the same as the other ones you can really tell harris wasnt in to making this final book how sad

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2013

    UGH

    DISAPPOINTED!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2013

    Disappointing.

    Every character involved again, resulting in weak story lines, little emotion, and a disappointing end to a promising series.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2013

    What a disappointment after such a great run.

    The last few books in this series have progressively fallen apart. It seems as though Ms. Harris completely lost interest and just wrote them to get through it. This last book which I was quite excited to read how it would end up, pretty much destroyed all of the build up with no good reason and left out much detail that the author had been so good with in the earlier books.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 9, 2013

    disappointing, I loved the series for the most part but the last

    disappointing, I loved the series for the most part but the last book was lacking and I felt that she needed to add an epilogue to wrap things up a bit more.  It felt like she really just wanted to be done with it.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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