Thursday, August 15, 2013

Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris

Genre:  Adult Urban Fantasy
Sookie Stackhouse Series, Book 13

Description (taken from Goodreads):
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...

And a much-loved series comes to an end.  As much as I loved the first few books in this series (maybe the first half of the series), I will not be shedding any tears to see this series conclude.  It was long overdue, and I'm happy Sookie gets her "happily ever after".

The description does the book justice.  Anything I try to add will just ruin plots from earlier stories.  We do get to see appearances of all the characters (ahem, men) Sookie has seen throughout the series.  But that's all they are: appearances.  There isn't much meaning to them actually being in the story other than the hotness factor.

It seems like the author tries to make Sookie's life seem normal.  But her life is anything but, and that's why we want to read about her.  In the attempt to add too many normal-ness to her life, we don't really get enough action and surprises.  I mean, I knew exactly how this ride was going to end quite a few books ago, the least they could do was make it an action-packed ride through it all.

I love the Sookie Stackhouse series.  Even though the last few books weren't as attention-getting and fun as I had hoped, I still enjoyed them.  But my mind might have had a difficult time differentiating between the characters in the books and the characters on tv (True Blood).  In fact, I think I'm going to go watch that now...

Challenges:  Paranormal Reading Challenge

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