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.
Great Wrap Up!
This book brings back everyone (who hasn't already been killed) and wraps up their stories. This is what a last book of a series should look like - closure for everyone. I especially liked the very last Sookie words, but won't give them away.
She IS Sookie - the awesome twang is there along with a good job on all the other characters.
Sookie always makes me laugh at some point; this was an extremely satisfying book.
Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.
A somewhat spoiler alert-
I have enjoyed Sookie's books immensely, I will admit the last few have been lagging and I believe that an end to the series is good thing. This book was good, but not Charlaine Harris's best. I will admit I'm a huge fan of Eric but I am not surprised in the way this book ended. Sookie has always wanted kids, and has professed to not wanting to be a vampire. At the end I was ready to strangle Eric, so not a huge disappointment from my end how that ended. Plus from the beginning there has been tension between Sam and Sookie, in fact in the first book I was rooting for Sam and not Bill (whom I have always disliked for his passive aggressiveness.) I miss having Bubba in the book. Of course there is always True Blood to look forward to, where the only thing sparkly is Lafayette.
That's The End?
I was a bit disappointed in the author. Mrs. Harris once again included things that were contrary to what she has said in the past books...I think she is getting True Blood and the books confused. Considering I hate what they've done with the TV Series that doesn't please me at all! However; overall this book was just as entertaining as the rest of them. It was no better and no worse. It is obvious there will be branch offs from this series. Why not, it has proven to be a money maker!
I was really hoping Sookie was going to be pregnant from the rape/attack of the fairies...I kept waiting for it in the last two books. It only made since to me since everyone else was pregnant and she kept thinking about how her stomach wasn't as flat as it used to be. Alas, I guess it wasn't meant to be! I was pleased that she finally got with the right man (trying not to include any spoilers here...).
This series is most certainly worth the read. I've read and reread all the books. My biggest complaint is that there are so many contradictions. Mrs. Harris says one thing in one book then contradicts what she has said in another. Other than that, it is well written and fun to hear/read!
The same as all the books, although not the same.
I had to think back to who was who, after not listening to them in a long while. Sookie sounded the same so that was a great plus in my opinion.
I liked the whole series, not all the choices that the author made for the book, but that is why I am not the writer.
I didn't have a favorite part in the book but I did find it had all the right stuff in what I like to listen to. Everything in a good book, alough with all good books they have to come to an end, and I find myself not wanting the book to end.
It was by far the worst book of the series. The storyline was so full of cliches and unimaginative that was painful. It would had been better if the author had closed the series on book 12. The best thing about the Sookie Stahouse series was the marriage of the mundane and the fantastical and it was always a pleasure to delve into the lore Charlene Harris was creating. And that is exactly what is missing from the last book: no magic, no fantasy. It's a sloppy romantic knot to a very creative series, from an author that is maybe tired of the universe she created.
An end to a guilty-pleasure series: [no spoilers]
Our part-fairy heroine Sookie is again at a crossroads in her life; her friends are growing up, moving away, getting married, having babies. After hearing her vampire boyfriend might be lost to a marriage of convenience, what's a telepath addicted to hot vampire sex to do?
Thuds of foreshadowing, lack of canon (why doesn't she get out of her predicament by using her powers and being less passive and more alert is a frequent miff) and some mispronunciation prevent it from getting 4 stars, but I was pleased to see many old favourites were brought back for a curtain call in this, the last Sookie Stackhouse book.
If you enjoyed any of her books, it's worth your credits. Thanks for the wild ride, Ms Harris: 3.5 stars.
What can I say about this book if you like the others you will like this one as well it wasn't as in depth as the rest I always love how these books have a mystery within a mystery so that when one story is over you still have one more mystery to figure out. Although it seemed like she was in a rush to get done and have the book end quickly. The narrator is great as always she has always made Sookie a real person to me. Great series wish it could go on forever.
The series HAD to end... Therefore, we HAVE to listen to (or read) the final book. .. but no, I'm not happy about it. Despite the fact that I'm not a fan of who Sookie ended up with, a Harris failed to tie up all of the loose ends, and that annoys the crap out of me.
She could have tied everything up a bit better. The plot jumps around a lot, and with listening to it, sometimes it's tricky to figure out where we are. Plus, one of the characters appeared to be someone we KNEW, but then it wad never explained. We have to infer a lot of things, regarding character motives and actions, which could easily have been resolved at the end.
I've only ever listened to the Sookie Stackhouse books, and I thought she was wonderful.
It makes me want to punch something, if we're being honest.
Overall, I think the book was too short for the route Harris decided to take for the conclusion. I may not be happy about the way things ended, but I felt like the direction it ultimately took had been on it's way there for awhile. What completely turns me off are the lengthy descriptions of mundane Sookie activities (like cooking breakfast) when what really needed to be explained was what the main characters were doing (and why). The action scenes felt very rushed, and not fully developed.