Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Review: Dead Ever After (Sookie Stackhouse #13) by Charlaine Harris

Release Date: May 7, 2013
Publisher: Ace
Source: Library Copy
Author Links: Goodreads | Website

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...

Why not finish the series out?

There's no reason not to go ahead and bite the bullet if (like me) you've already read all of the other TWELVE books. I waited a while, not because I was upset with who she was going to end up with, but because the low ratings for this one made me think it might be a chore to get through.
And it was.
I had forgotten how absolutely boring Sookie had become.
Yeah, after about 10 minutes of reading, all the memories started flooding back.
The alternate title for this book was, Sookie Checks Her Mail, Mows Her Lawn, Goes Shopping, Brushes Her Hair, and Takes About 40 Showers.
Evidently, Harris thinks we all give a shit what Sookie chops up and puts in her casseroles. Or maybe she's thinking of squeezing a little more money out of her cash cow? Perhaps, Sookie's Knock 'Em Dead Southern Recipes is the next book to hit the shelves?
I didn't know you could write in monotone, but apparently Harris' inner author sounds like this:
Beuller? Beuller?

It's sad to see such a quirky charming and character turn into a lackluster chore to read about. However, if you've come this far with the series, you might as well see it to the bitter end.

It seemed like she went after every character with a weed-wacker in this. I got the distinct feeling that Harris was sick to death of these guys. Like she hated the idea of even having to write one more word about any of them again. I'm probably wrong, but it seemed like she was giving her hardcore fans the finger when she wrote this.
I'm glad I waited and got this from the library, because the thought of putting money into her pocket after reading this would piss me off.
Two stars was generous, and given mostly out of my former love for the series.

I don't want to ruin it for anyone who doesn't know what happened, but if you're interested here's the link to the review with Spoilers.


Melliane said...

yeah... that's why I didn't read it, my friend told me about the story and I decided that I prefered to stop before this one. Sorry it wasn't for you.


I could have lived with the ending, just not the lazy way she chose to send them off. I don't remember being this angry with an author before. Never Review Angry, should be my next New Year's resolution!

Jessica Haluska said...

I KNOW. I stubbornly kept holding out hope until the bitter end. Blah. Way to ruin what had been one of my Top 5 UF series (until book 10, or so). I'm about halfway through a reread, and I've been keeping an eye out for clues that Harris ended the series the way she claims she always intended to, and I have to admit that in hindsight they are there, but still . . . Sook did get rather tedious there at the end.

Braine TS said...

I agree with you, this was such a HUGE disappointment! I can stomach that she didn't end up with Eric, the ending to that love story makes sense to me. But all the rest including the last group of people she has to battle is a big WTF! What a disservice to all the fans!


Tedious is a very polite way to put it. I really wasn't upset by the choice of men, just the laziness. How much money have the fans dumped in her lap after all of these years? It's not like any of her other series were any good, why not give this one the attention it deserved? And don't get me started on After Dead...

Keep-Calm Read-Romance said...

Mad props to you Anne for actually reading DEA. From the reviews I've read, it seems that Harris really butchered this series and her characters. Sookie and Eric were some of my much loved characters but it seems like I will just end up hating the series if I actually read the last two books in this series.

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

Bummer. I've not even started the series yet. maybe one day I will, but sounds like it might have went a little to long for what the stories called for.


Avoid! Avoid!

LilyElement said...

I sadly bought this, I still haven't read it due to the reasons you mentioned above.

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