I really, really disliked the hero, and couldn't muster any admiration for the heroine. Her aunts were strident and I found them unlovable, and while a few secondary characters struck me as worth getting to know in future books, I don't think I could bring myself to care enough to buy another one of these novels.
Nope. The writing wasn't all that bad--I've seen worse--but the plot was uninteresting overall, with a lot of big dramatic moments where the hero and heroine fought and no real story progression. I found myself alternately bored by the hystrionics of various characters and irritated by the unmitigated overbearing Chauvinism of the male protagonist. Ugh.
To have a better performance you would need a better novel. Spend your credits elsewhere. If you like paranormals with good plotlines and characters you might actually like to meet in real life, try JR Ward, Nalini Singh, Lara Adrien or Larissa Ione.
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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