This book was never going to please everyone so I'm not all that surprised that there is such uproar over it. Here's the thing; people say the plot is ridiculous, but this is a series about vampires, werewolves and the fae- crazy is kind of the name of the game. My complaint is that the book is the same length as all of her other books. Being that this was the last book in the series (outside of the 'what happens to everyone' book coming out in a few months) and every character that has ever made an impact on Sookie made a brief cameo, the book was too short on explanations, plot and development for my taste. **SPOILER** I did like that Sookie did end up technically single, yes she was making her way towards someone but she's always been a character who has always had a man so it was nice to see her taking her time here.
Johanna Parker did a great job. She has done better I think, in the past but all in all I can't say too much- there were A LOT of characters in this book.
I can't imagine anyone "enjoying" this book. It a sad sad story about a girl with many things going for her choosing to be average. It's one of the dullest books I've ever read.
Number one is the character assassination. The Sookie that I kept up with the previous twelve books was no where to be found in this book as well as the viking that kept everything interesting.
Clear, precise, fluid.
I can't point to any. The book was poor quality, hard to get through, dull and nothing like what I followed for so long. Shame on the editor but most of all shame of Charlaine Harris.
If I had it to do over I would have never bought into this story of fantasy to only read how uninteresting and stereo typical the main character turns out. Pathetic. Instead of embracing her difference she ends up doing everything she can to deny it.
I'm a huge fan of Sookie Stackhouse. Like everybody else, I waited anxiously for this book's release...and we got THIS?!
This one is a real letdown. Let's face it; it was time for Sookie's adventures to be over. How many times can one person have their life in danger from otherworldly creatures and it still be fresh reading? So a promising end to a good series went out with a whimper.
Eric is barely in this book--BARELY, as is Pam. Bill has more lines than they do, but is still pretty much left out.
I think the ending really got to me most. I'm Team Eric when it comes to who Sookie spends happily ever after with, and instead of a plot twisting, last minute white knight riding in, we get a (what seemed to be) rushed coupling, last minute hook-up with Sam. And nothing definitive there, either; just a maybe Sookie will end up with Sam and maybe she won't.
Again, a real letdown. I want my credit back. :(
I don't know, if I will ever read another book by Charalaine Harris.
I have been a deidicated and avid fan of the Sookie Stackhouse series, but it honestly broke my heart to see how Mrs. Harris went SO far from were she had taken some of the characters, I understand that the story is hers and she can write as she will, but I was so angry at the end I felt like I had been slapped in the face.
I think she made some REALLY wrong choices for some of the characters and I wish that just wasn't so.
Be careful, when you read.
I want to return mine.
ANGER. I actually feel/felt like the ending made it one of the wrost books I have ever had anything to do with.
I think that Mrs. Parker was great she has always given such depth and feeling to the characters.
NO, NO and NO
At one time, this series was one of my favorites, but somewhere along the line the train left the track. To be honest I had to go back and reread the synopsis of previous books because I felt lost and not sure where we were in the story. I realized, I remembered the first 2/3s of the series or so with no problem, the last few books, not so much. They just went on and on about stuff I didn't care about. The interaction between the characters I wanted to hear about was missing and the stories felt forced. While I am very sad to see the series finish, I think it is probably a good thing. In a way, I wish I wouldn't have read the last book, as I think I could have imagined a more self gratifying path to send Sookie and friend's along.
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.