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

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

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

THE FINAL NOVEL IN THE #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING SOOKIE STACKHOUSE SERIES!

When a shocking murder rocks the small town of Bon Temps, Louisiana, psychic cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse learns that she has more than one enemy waiting to get vengeance for the past. Beacuse nothing is ever clear-cut in Bon Temps. What passes for truth is only a convenient lie. What passes for justice is more spilled blood. And what passes for love is never enough...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101622452
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/07/2013
Series: Sookie Stackhouse/Southern Vampire Series
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 11,984
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Charlaine Harris is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse and Midnight, Texas, fantasy/mystery series and the Aurora Teagarden, Harper Connelly, and Lily Bard mystery series. Her books have inspired HBO’s True Blood, NBC’s Midnight, Texas, and the Aurora Teagarden movies for Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. She has lived in the South her entire life.

Hometown:

Southern Arkansas

Date of Birth:

November 25, 1951

Place of Birth:

Tunica, Mississippi

Education:

B.A. in English and Communication Arts, Rhodes, 1973

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Dead Ever After(Sookie Stackhouse / Southern Vampire Series #13) 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1197 reviews.
pennyL1 More than 1 year ago
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. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First, let me say that BN needs to remove the ratings already posted, as these are ratings based on nothing more than hopes of how this book will be and they were posted prior to the book release. With that being sad.....the book was the ultimate disappointment in the SVM series. I won't give away spoilers, in deference to those who haven't read it yet but, it's a waste of your money. It's not just the ending that was sad, it's the plot, the characters, the continuity...just everything. Charlaine Harris seems to have given up, completely, with this book and with her fans. I, like so many others, will not waste our money or time on any other written word that Ms. Harris gets published.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Badly written fanfiction.  The author made so many mistakes in this book it truly is embarrassing.  She seemed to forget what she wrote in the previous 12 books.  I'm not disappointed in who Sookie ended up with.  I'm disappointed in how Harris got her there.  The ending doesn't make sense, and Harris seems to have forgotten all about Sookie's telepathy or her feelings about having her heart manipulated.  Sookie hated the blood bond because she felt it altered her emotions, and yet she's fine with the Cluviel Dor suddenly making her fall out of love with Eric and in love with Sam?  The whole book was a mess and totally ruined the entire series.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a horrible last book. I am disappointed on so many levels I don't even know where to begin. I shouldn't be surprised, I have read her Lily Bard and Aurora Teagarden series and they lacked just as much. Review below talks about the book!!! SPOILERS AHEAD Here are a few reasons I am so disappointed: 1. Where was Eric in this book? Where was Pam? Where is Bill? They are some of the most loved characters. Without them in the book it just felt empty. We deserve to have closure on these characters and it just wasn't delivered. 2. Anyone else care less about Mr. C, Barry, and Amelia. I could care less. They were brought in out of nowhere and poorly closed out. 3. Would the character of Eric that she built up after the last 12 books just fold like he appeared to do in this book. Though I guess we don't know what really happened since Harris couldn't bother to show that part of the story. 4. Sookie did nothing in this book. All her subcharacters held the plot. She was just a self reflective whiny side character. 5. Sam, enough said. Really, really? No build up. Not believable at all. I am too worked up about this to truly write my feelings in an eloquent manner. One thing I know for sure, Ms. Harris will never get another dime from me. She may write for herself but we the readers fund her paycheck. Shame on you Harris for selling such subpar work
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What to say? I hated this book, it was agony to read the sloppy writing of the world and characters that I had fallen in love with some years ago. They were mere shadow of their former self, so OOC. I felt like I was reading a parallel universe of SVM or a badly written fanfiction. If this is the ending Charlaine Harris decided on at book 2 then why write the other 11 books, why lead her readers on??? Everything that happened past Living Dead in Dallas was just a filler, a lie.  It was bad enough to see the destruction of Eric, how the author went out of her way to trash everything good she ever wrote about him. Sookie's character growth however is gone, nothing of what made her so interesting in the first place is there in DEA. Her zest for life and joie d'vivre and her fighting spirit has sadly evaporated. What I could make out of this book is that it's best to settle with a lukewarm dog that can make babies than true love and passion. Oh and love against all odds never works, you should just stick to your own. I could say so much more but I just can't do it now, it hurts too much.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Disappointing end to a once loved series.  Really do not understand why the author signed the contract for the last three novels.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A disappointing ending to a once great series. For years the Sookie Stackhouse series was one of my favorite series to read and re-read, but Charlaine killed any love I had for it with this book.  As Team Eric, I knew that I would not get the ending that I wanted, but what Charlaine gave us was a cop out.  I would've rather had Sookie end up alone.  The series should have ended a few books ago, but I'm glad it's over now.  I won't buy another book by Charlaine Harris again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cant believe i spent 15.00 on a 265 page book I was really disappointed. Mrs, Harris , why did you even bother writing this? It was a total waste of my time and money. I have followed you loyally to the end and the end sucked...I'm glad its over. At least i wont be wasting anymore money on this. You should have stopped at 10..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What an unfortunate ending to what started as a promising series.  From the abandonment of the theme of tolerance, to letting rapists win, to the lack of growth, to the obviousness of the mystery, to the boredom of reading pages of Sookie shopping, to the "uncharacteristic" way many characters behaved, to the laughable sex scene ("we slid against each other like seals"), to the sudden re-writing of previous actions and the significant continuity errors (such as the change in the way Sookie hears supes' thoughts, the sudden ability to take away telepathy), to the need to resort to magic to bring resolution (if there really is "resolution" at the end), I found this book incredibly disappointing. But it's Charlaine Harris' inability to make the overall arc believable to the vast majority of her readers (see other reviews and spoiler pages), even using magic, that makes me wonder.  Is she that inept a writer?  Or did she lie when she said she planned this for more than a decade?  Not that it matters whether she's incompetent or malicious.  In neither case do I feel inclined to ever buy another one of her books.
smitty69 More than 1 year ago
Dont waste your money! Go to amazon for your reviews. What an awful shamful ending to a great series. This book alone ruined entire series. If your eric fan, huge huge disappointment. I liked nothing about this book or ending! Dont not waste money at all. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A terrible ending on what was once a fantastic series. Not only did Sookie not get a happy ending, but every character in the book didn't not act as had previously been written. Not to mention the fact that many of the rules of the Sookieverse (e.g., not being able to hear Sam's thoughts) were conveniently forgotten in order to make the ending fit. I know Ms. Harris has continuity issues between her books, but these seem deliberate. Does she not know how her fandom analyzes and remembers every word of her books and wouldn't notice the drastic change in characterization and rules? This was the first series I absolutely fell in love with reading the books multiple times, however the last few books have been disappointing, but I hope the ending would be uplifting and unforgettable. It is unforgettable, but for how terrible it is. I normally take a day off work just to read the latest SVM book, and I buy the book and audio versions, but not this time .I have no desire to read anything else by this author. If she was tired of the characters, why do the last three books? Or why not hire a ghostwriter.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It read like bad fanfic. Plot and character inconsistencies abounded, and even though I am NOT an Eric fan, his ending was unbelievable and unsatisfying. Go to Amazon, read the reviews there, because the high ratings here on BN came from hopefuls, posted before they'd ever read the book. Waste of time and money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you liked the first books in this series, consider avoiding this terrible last book. You are likely to be very disappointed. Characters are out of character when not assassinated and the plot is silly beyond belief... Today was supposed to be a happy day after 13 years of some of the best characters ever but sadly, it is a day of mourning for these characters are long gone,  caricatures of the great people they once were.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its just the status quo.... for a book series that was toted as a symbol of the civil rights movement, this final installment shows that intolerance will win the day. And thats not even getting into the fact that this book felt poorly written, full of holes, and reversal of the world created in the previous 12 books. I am GLAD i did not buy the special edition as it would have been heart breaking to have paid so much money for a sub par product.   
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If I could give it less the a one star I would. POOR STORY LINE that does not line up with the previous books in the series. I feel I have wasted over $150 reading this series to have such a poor and sad excuse for a ending. If I wanted to be depressed on sad all I have to do is turn on the TV. Requesting refund and will never ever buy another one of her books !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After waiting all this time the book comes out and it is nothing but a huge disappointment. I will not give the ending away but if you have been a reader you know how it ends. While waiting for this book i have found some great authors thank god due to the fact that this author is no longer one of mine. She should have wrapped up this series years ago when she still wrote like she cared for sookie
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There are a lot of fans trashing this book right now. Some claim we are just upset because Sookie does not end up with whomever we wanted her to have Happily Ever After. That is not the case. Does she end up with my favorite male character? No Did I expect her to? No. What I did expect was for Harris to give me a storyline that was consistent with the other books and sell me on whichever romance she chose for Sookie. Instead, Harris gave me a book that did complete character reversals, refused to let the plot flow smoothly, and had a big ZERO in the romance department. It left me with questions about why beloved characters were trashed, and why after seeing her go through several great romances, it ended with her jumping into the sack with someone that their was no chemistry with just a few pages prior.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You need to check out the reviews on Amazon before buying - the pre-release reviews here are not doing any service to fans of this series. That said, I agree with other reviewers that the book was a big letdown and a betrayal of not only the readers, but the characters as well. I'm starting to relate to how Annie Wilkes felt in "Misery"!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If your looking for a proper end to this series you'd do much better making up one for yourself. It would be a lot better than this colassal waste of money. Every character is completly destroyed and the supposed ending doesn't even make sense with the rest of the story..... sooooo wishing i could get my money back! $15 for 250 pages?! I've read free books that were longer AND better written. Im pretty sure the author lost a huge chunck of her fanbase today. I know she lost me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cannot believe, that after 12 books, this is what I am left with. I should have known, from books 10-12, but I was holding out hope that this book would rekindle the series earlier life. I was so very wrong. Very, very wrong.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am never embarrassed about what I read.I am ashamed that I not only paid money but finished this crap. I have read all of the other books this one makes no sense. Dead to me
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I ordered this book despite all the negative reviews, but I still ended up disappointed. The writing was poor and the plot convoluted. Ms. Harris seemed determined to dissolve any positive feelings readers have developed for characters she has developed for over a decade. I would have honestly preferred the series to have been left alone or at least ended ambiguously, instead of the abrupt and unnatural ending that was delivered. I would recommend that if you have not yet read this book that you refrain from doing so, and instead fashion an ending for Sookie that you find befitting. I will do my best to strike this book from my memory and do the same. It is a disappointing ending for a much beloved series, and despite Ms. Harris' obvious impatience to end the series, I feel she did not do her work or her fans justice with this poorly constructed finale.  
PokrChick More than 1 year ago
I expected nothing and that's what I got! Had to read it because I'd read the rest of the series but it's been going downhill for several books. This however, outdid the rest - poor story line, no continuity from previous books, just all around bad! If you must read it, find a library...
SweetCreations More than 1 year ago
The sex between Sam and Sookie is so very very bad she says he put on a condom and plunged in..... yep that's how bad this book is these other bad reviews are being too kind.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
0 stars if that was possible!!! SPOILER The story felt rushed and poorly written. Charlaine destroyed Eric just so she could put Sookie and Sam together, and that wasn't even written well. It comes out of left field at the end. And to compare them having sex to seals.....what were you thinking? Sookie reverts back to the girl we met at the beginning of the series who just wants to fit in at any cost instead of the woman who grew into someone who we respected and cheered on. Charlaine gave up on Sookie and just wrote what she wanted to no matter that it didn't make any sense. If she really wanted Sookie and Sam together then she should of ended the series a long time ago instead of writing extra books making us fall in love with the relationship that Eric and Sookie had. But no she did it because Eric is what sold her books. He was ok enough for her to make money on but not good enough to make the HEA. And even worse he wasn't even good enough to give a proper ending to. Sold into sex slavery for 200 years with no contact with anybody! And she expected us to be ok with this!  This book was a waste of money and a slap in the face to most of her fans. I would of been ok with the book if it was a good story but the whole thing felt like a filler book instead of the end of a 13 book series. Complete disappointment and I will never buy anything from her again.