Friday, June 14, 2013

Book Review - Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris

Dead Ever After (Sookie Stackhouse, #13)
by Charlaine Harris
Published 2013
353 Pages

This is the final installment in the series, and although I wasn't thrilled with the way things concluded, I loved the story, and found Sookie's journey with Eric, Bill, and all the other vampires and supernatural creatures in her life to be an enchanting one. 

This is the 13th book, so if you've made it this far, you are probably a loyal fan, and have legitimate reasons for imagining a more satisfying conclusion to this beloved series. Still, consider the source: this is Sookie, and by now we shouldn't be surprised by her decisions, or her unwillingness to conform to the expectations bestowed upon her by the good folks of Bon Temps.

Sookie Stackhouse has experienced many losses and gains over the course of the series. And since the vampires came out, she has found comfort amongst the supernatural beings in her community. Her first love was a vampire, she fell hard for a were-tiger, and some of her closest companions were shape shifters, werewolves, and fairies. So now, where does she fit in with the humans? That was always the question, wasn't it?

The character development, the world building, and the exceptionally high quality writing never faltered. The author created a new world within our world, and perfectly entwined the two so that you might forget for a moment that True Blood is not really something you can pick up at the local supermarket to serve to your supernatural guests.

Sookie made her choices, and ultimately found herself; the beloved vampire Eric made his choices, although we were left scratching our heads; and Sam... well, I think Sam knew what he wanted all along. As for the end of the series, it might not have wrapped up in the most satisfying way, but for Sookie, it's only the beginning. A great story, and a fantastic series. 

Available on Amazon

Reviewed by Stephanie