I understand the "practicality" in Eric's character, but the overall message sent was that love doesn't change anyone or anything. The "big love" for Sookie was Eric, and the ending made it seem like this strong, heartfelt character SETTLED. We settle in real life, who wants that for their favorite character in a book? CH could have at least knocked her up so Sookie'd get the baby she longed for. That wouldn't have seemed so much like settling.
Jason's new found strength.
No. It ended way too comfy-cozy. Everyone loves a happy ending, but this was just boring.
Thank you, Charlaine Harris for a wonderful series. I know there are MANY upset about the end, (including me), but we couldn't be unhappy about the ending if we didn't originally love the story & connect with the characters.
Wife to a wonderful husband and mother to four children, ages 17 to 9 (boys and girls). My husband and I are avid audiobook listeners along with all the kids. Between all of us we have a very eclectic library and try to rate or review as many books as we can.
I love this series, but this book by far was my least favorite. I felt that the book was forced to finish the series and it didn’t leave you wondering about anything and not because the story had a great ending. When other series are finished they make you wonder what if…. Not this book, the beginning started out OK and the tie in with past characters was fun other than that the book felt like it was rushed to be finished to meet the publisher timeline.
*** Spoiler Alert ***
This series has been a roller coaster ride from the very first book. The final story takes us back to the platform in what I consider to be a satisfyingly soft landing. I've been predicting she'd end up with Sam since the middle of the series. It's the only natural conclusion. She'd have to be changed to be with Eric long term, and Sookie Stackhouse as a vampire just wouldn't be right. Each book is filled with wild characters and implausible plots - that's what makes this series so much fun! This book followed the pattern and I'm happy it gave us an ending that left me feeling that Sookie could finally live a happy life.
Ms. Harris stayed true to Sookie's character. As another reviewer said, the entire series is really about Sookie's personal growth. I believe that the reason Ms. Harris included so many characters from the past is to show how she's gone from being crazy Sookie, at the beginning of the series, to being beloved Sookie whose friends showed up when she needed them most. What's wrong with that?
As for the few people who claim they'll never read another Charlaine Harris book - don't be stupid! I've read every other book by CH that I could find and LOVED her other series', especially the Grave and Shakespeare series. I can't believe they haven't been made into TV shows yet. I regret she ended those series, too. I am really looking forward to reading the next CH book. I'm sure it will be awesome!
So, I Read This Book Today . . .
First off, I want my credit back. Apparently, Harris has said that she wrote this book as an insult to all the people who have been loyal to her over the last 10 years and made her a very rich woman at the same time. I believe it. No matter what you call it, manure is manure. The worst thing is, I can't take this manure out to the compost pile and make something useful of it because it is an Audible edition.
554 one and two star reviews on Amazon so far. The thing is, there is no telling how many people simply don't write reviews, get their books other than on Amazon or Audible and post elsewhere, or else are too angry to post reviews at all. When you add up the number of angry comments, we are talking a landslide anger-fest against Harris taking our money then shoving manure in our faces ---- and laughing about it!
Everything that she set up over the past 12 books (well, 10. I should have known better, 11 and 12 were an indicator that Harris had lost respect for her readers) was turned upside down in this book. Sookie is turned back into a victim. Strong characters become weak and ineffectual. All the gains that Sookie made over the last books in strength, intelligence and self sufficiency are thrown out the windows. Her vampire friends are suddenly evil again. All the people who hated Sookie and wanted her dead now love her. I could go on and on, but I think I just threw up in my mouth a little.
Don't lower yourself by giving Harris any more of your money. Go read the reviews on Amazon instead. They tell the story better than Harris did - - - and give you very exacting reasons why and how Harris PURPOSELY decided to dump a pile of manure on her readers.
Very good series and I had preordered # 13 but, after reading reviews and minimal spoilers it would break my heart to read this final book. I will imagine Eric finds a way to nullify his union with Freya and he and Sookie reunite. There was just to much love, passion,and caring between them in the last books for me accept anything else.
I'm done with Harris. I'm fairly certain Harris is done with us as well from how she ended this book.
Not purposely ending the very last book in my former favorite series in such a convoluted way. Very little effort was put into the beginning or ending of relationships.
She gets better with every book. She's got Sookie down.
1. Seal slappin' sex scene.
2. Any scene with Amelia in it.
3. Eric & Sookie's scene with little explanation.
Sookie is more concerned with making bacon than her divorce. I'm still suffering from whiplash - her love life took such a fast turn I'm still in shock.
So many truly memorable scenes in the SVM series and I can't recall one of those pivotal scenes with boring Sam in it. With 13 books that's plenty of time to build Sam up to be believable and he wasn't - so the ending felt forced.
Boring book for a finale. If Sookie ends up back right where she started (and vampires should not be trusted) then I don't see the point of the entire series. All those fun adventures were for nothing. Hard to believe Sookie is just so simple she really only wanted to be accepted by the very same town who never appreciated her to begin with.
NOW I get why so many characters want to murder Sookie.
Wonder if Gran would approve of Sookie working in a bar forever...
Biggest highlight of this book is the tomato sandwiches. Honestly, It would have been more interesting if Claude had impregnated her. ; )
Eric + Sookie = Exciting page turning experience.
Sam + Sookie = Tomato sandwiches with no meat.
The story itself wraps up the remaining loose ends in our heroine's life. This book is a retrospective of a young woman who has grown through events and opened up to friends she didn't know she had. When we first met Sookie in Dead Until Dark the community and Sookie herself referred to her as crazy or disabled. The young woman who speaks to us from these pages has looked at her life over the past several years and recognized how much she has grown and changed. Her reputation as 'Crazy Sookie' has faded away and been replaced by 'Reliable Sookie' and 'Strong Sookie' and 'Caring Sookie'. The friendless girl is friendless no more. She understands and values the support of her community and deep friendships throughout her parish.
The pace of this book was completely different from the previous 12. In that way it felt disjointed. For the first time in the series the book is not told entirely in the first person. While I do understand why the author chose to use this device to move the tale along, this back and forth between first and third was odd and interrupted the rhythm of the story rather than enhancing the movement between events.The final mystery was not very much of a mystery. It lacked the keen bite of the earlier novels. Ms. Harris focused on a relationship driven book creating those final moments for her favorite characters. Previous novels had the mystery/events driving the relationships. In this way the book was a departure from what fans had known from her pen in the previous 12. This book was not as well crafted/told as any of the previous books. That, more than anything, confirms that it was time to close the book on Sookie Stackhouse and the folk of Bon Temps.
I think this question is relevant for a completely different reason. Many readers have taken a liking to both the books and the TV show. The twain should never mix. The negative reviews were expecting some grand romance or final showdown wherein Eric and Sookie or Bill and Sookie find their joy, vampire and human, in undeath eternal. That was never going to be Sookie's fate. Sookie has always been a sun loving, yard tanning girl who knew what she wanted from a man.From the very beginning of the series Sookie has emphasized over and over that she wants a normal life with the traditional family, wife & husband, building a homey future together. Something her grandmother would be proud of. Whether she was romancing with Bill or stormy lovers with Eric, Sookie questioned if she could spend her lifetime with a man who never aged, who could never give her children, who would never park his feet under her kitchen table and enjoy a cup of coffee with her and just visit about his day. I am pleased with the way Ms. Harris chose to wrap up the series.
The last book to visit with Sookie Stackhouse. This isn't a book that turns on "Oooh what happens next fans?" but rather on "Look at how far she's come, and how much she's built and learned and oh what does the future hold 'cause you know it's going to be just amazing". I have enjoyed Sookie's friendship myself over the last 15 years. I will continue to enjoy it when I want to listen to well told story with great characters, a fun narrator with a sweet southern voice and a story that is daring and bold, quirky and funny. Sookie Stackhouse's 'Ever After' was gentle, all things considered, and she deserves her place in the sun.
Most of the story.
Still can't say... Spoiler.
Sookie in jail...
Good plot but end felt rushed. Wanted even more closure.
Yes, if you are a Sookie fan who needs closure. However, I would not recommend this book as an intro to the Sookie-verse. Here is the truth of it all. Charlaine Harris is a phenomenal writer. That is evident in everything else she has written (with the exception of the last three SVM books). I truly believe she had 10 good books in her and allowed her publisher to convince her to extend the Sookie story after True Blood debuted. The series began it's painful decline with Dead in the Family (book 10) and the storyline hasn't gotten any better since. I can compare the experience of reading books 10-12 to that of a maimed horse slowly being put out of its misery. I wanted the series to end and wasn't sure I would read book 13 (OMG 3 books of the most drawn out breakup ever).But like so many Harris fans I needed closure. I was truly hoping that Ms Harris would rally and end with a bang. It is somewhat disheartening that she didn't. However, I am still a fan and I just believe she didn't have anymore to say about Sookie. As Cyndi Lauper sang "Money, money changes everything."
There were no surprises in this book. Unlike many of my fellow readers, I believe that Harris always intended for Sookie to end up with Sam. A happily ever after for Eric and Sookie was never in the cards. 1) Throughout the series it was clear that Sookie valued her humanity and her religious upbringing would not allow her to abandon her soul. 2) Eric may have felt some measure of love for Sookie, but his own ambition would always outweigh what he felt for her. His self-serving decision was true to character. What has been a constant throughout the series is the mutual love and respect Sookie and Sam felt for each other. So there were no surprises there.However, it was sort of interesting how many people hated Sookie with such conviction for so little cause. It seemed as if all of her enemies' hatred of her was misdirected. They despised Sookie when they should have been hating on someone else. They all wanted to cage and torture her as if she directly injured them (when she didn't)."I hate her because she stole my last chance" -- When in fact she use an artifact that was gifted to her to save a friend's life . What should have been said here was.."I hate myself for being stupid enough to make a deal with the devil.""I hate her because I was tortured, disfigured and cannot return to fairy" -Well when you betray your monarch and try to take over somebody else's hood-- what do you expect?"I hate her because she chose to save herself and her lover instead of me and my queen" Daah?"I hate her because I am dying, my girl died and my boss hates her too... Btw it is my boss' fault that I am both dying and soulless...but I still passionately hate this women who never said a mean word to me" What the hell??? "I hate her because she is a freak who is in bed with the supernatural world and ........I hate gays, blacks, Jews, Catholics, and just anybody who is different than me. I am just a hater!"Ok. I don't know if you are with me here...but the rationale is more than a bit unbelievable here. I can believe you can dislike someone for an irrational reason. Investing the time and money in such a convoluted scheme is what I didn't believe. What was the least interesting aspect of the book was Harris' departed from the Sookie POV as an attempt to use misdirection, but it wasn't very difficult to figure out who the bad guys were. It was very unlike Harris to leave so many large bread crumbs.I really do want to say that I found something remotely interesting about this story .... but I can't.
Johanna Parker is an amazing narrator! Her talent as a voice actor was what kept me on board. I don't think I would have listened pass chapter three had it not been for her. She really is the voice of Sookie.
No. Sadly enough the story is too weak to be made into a movie.
I do want to say that even though I believe the ending of the series to be a dud, I am happy that Harris wasn't influences by Alan Ball's True Blood. I am sure the money is good, but I think he has destroyed the spirit of her work in an effort to keep viewer interested. Overall I think she kept to her original vision. I believe that she should have said no to extending the series. Read her other series. You will love them. You will also know what I already know about Ms Harris...she is an awesome mystery writer!
Some readers appeared to have not liked the last three or four book. i I dont agree. I found the entire series great fun. I do admit that I bought the first one as a sale book but I was hooked then. I thoroughly enjoy Ms Harris's books and Ms Parker brings Sookie to life! Thank you both for many hours of mystery and romance.