I love this series. Some of these books have gone onto my all-time-favorites shelf. So in the interest of reading the entire series, which you really need to do to understand some of the plot nuances, yes, I would reccomend it to a friend. On it's own though, no way!
I found both protagonists completely unsympathetic. There was a marked absence of most of the characters I've come to know and love from the previous books. I literally began reading this book at9 at night, slept through most of part 1, tried to finish the next evening and ended up skipping to the end to get the wrap-up from the last chapter. I didn't connect with either character and I found the sex scenes tepid at best.
As always, she did a fine job. The problem was not with the narration.
Nope. I slept through most of it and was so bored by the rest that I skipped chapters. There were some useful plot points related to the overarching series, mostly dealing with Nikita and the Psy, but other than that, what a snore!
This entire series has been about Sookie's growth as a character. In the first book we met a social outcast, a recluse, crippled by her telepathy and terrified of herself. She was the perfect victim, because she had no self-confidence, and was semingly unable to take control of the events effecting her life. In the past few books, and especially in this one, we see a stronger, smarter, more resiliant Sookie, who has learned to value herself and her abilities and who has decided to take control of her own future--as much as anybody can.
While I, like most other readers, enjoyed the ins and outs of Sookie'sromantic life throughout this series, the underlying story was of her coming into her own.
"I also knew, that if he turned away from me at this moment, I would survive that, and I would find a way to flourish...I'm Sookie Stackhouse, and I belong here."
If you're a shipper with a particular adgenda, beware, you may be disappointed. If you've been reading between the lines, you can pretty much guess how this story ends. The curtain comes down on Bon Temps with only the faintest shaddow of vampires in the wings. And while Sookie's future is uncertain, it's not without the hope of love on the horizon.
Absolutely. I came very close to calling out from work so I could spend some quality couch time with this novel. I resisted the impulse, but I definitely spent my entire commute and my lunch break with Johanna Parker's excellent narration keeping me company.
If you've put time and emotional energy into reading this series for the past few years, read this one. Yes, there is a distinct air of "tying up loose ends" at various points throughout the book, but you'll be left with a sense of satisfaction for having seen Sookie through to the end of her journey.
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