Joint Audiobook Review: Dead Ever After (Sookie Stackhouse, #13) by Charlaine Harris
Title: Dead Ever After (Sookie Stackhouse, #13)
Author: Charlaine Harris
Publication Date: May 7th 2013
Genre: PNR/Urban Fantasy
Review Source: Audiobook Purchase
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There are secrets in the town of Bon Temps, ones that threaten those closest to Sookie—and could destroy her heart…
Sookie Stackhouse finds it easy to turn down the request of former barmaid Arlene when she wants her job back at Merlotte’s. After all, Arlene tried to have Sookie killed. But her relationship with Eric Northman is not so clearcut. He and his vampires are keeping their distance…and a cold silence. And when Sookie learns the reason why, she is devastated.
Then a shocking murder rocks Bon Temps, and Sookie is arrested for the crime.
But the evidence against Sookie is weak, and she makes bail. Investigating the killing, she’ll learn that what passes for truth in Bon Temps is only a convenient lie. What passes for justice is more spilled blood. And what passes for love is never enough…[/note]
Every trepidation I had about the Sookie Stackhouse series in the last book, Deadlocked, disappeared (thank goodness) in Dead Ever After. As a Super-Fan of this series, the final installment truly warmed my heart. It is by far, one of my favorites out of the thirteen book series because we finally get our headstrong Sookie back *yippee*! Oh how I missed her and her quirky self. And I can’t deny, I was hooting and hollering the whole time. With every funny line and the return of some of my favorite characters, Dead Ever After rocked my supernatural world.
Things are crazy in Bon Temps and of course, our heroine is in the middle of it all. Sookie has managed to make numerous enemies over the course of the last twelve novels and it’s definitely come back to bite her in the arse. Now framed for a murder she didn’t commit, Sookie must uncover which supernatural creature she’s pissed off the most. But not only does she have many enemies it turns out Sookie also has many friends – friends who come to her rescue and band together to help uncover Bon Temps last mystery.
Thank you Ms. Harris for bringing back the wonderful mystery to the series! The three areas on which I judge these books are the mystery, the romance, and character development. In the last couple of novels, the mystery has been a little bland and if you’ve been with us since the beginning the you know Harris’s books are known for having an epic mystery to uncover – which usually leads to things being blown up, people dying, and sh*t hitting the fan. In Dead Ever After, we see the return of the mysterious aspect to the novels. There is less, OMG-who-will-I-bang and more fun-loving lets-solve-this-thing, happening. I think this allowed Sookie to develop more as a character. Her love life for once was able to take a back seat allowing readers to just enjoy the whodunit. While somewhat predictable, it was still enjoyable. And it did contribute to my overall enjoyment of the audiobook.
I know some people (fans) are going rabid over the ending. However, I am not one of them. I thoroughly enjoyed to story and enjoyed investing my time in Sookie. Although she may have made one too many mistakes and hasty decisions (and slept with way too many people), she is still the heroine that introduced me to Urban Fantasy/PNR and still the heroine I love the most. Do I wish there was more? Of course! Would I read it all again? You bet! Sookie in the end had to find herself. We all make mistakes and let our hearts lead us down paths we shouldn’t be traveling. It’s our job as people to let things go, move on, grow and learn. I think that’s exactly what happened in Dead Ever After, Sookie came to terms with herself and decided what’s right for her. And frankly, I couldn’t be happier!
4.5 out of 5 Controllers
I went in blind, refusing to read spoilers or the opinions of other fans. For me this series has always been way better than the show will ever become, but I started watching the show long before I picked up the actual series.
With that said, I don’t have years invested into the books, but I became hooked the moment I picked up my first Sookie Stackhouse novel, and read them straight through. For the past two years, I’ve picked up the books with increasing haste, and devoured them in a day. This time, I savored the story knowing it would be the last.
We all have our teams, and I’ll leave mine out. The story itself in Dead Ever After was excellent. We have the Sookie we’ve all come to love, with her quirky, laughable sayings. She gets herself caught up in a few messes, though they are never really ever her fault. But the most enjoyable, for me, was having everyone back in the same book. I got to “listen” as all the past favorites came together for one last final hurrah.
Does Sookie get a HEA? Maybe she does, maybe it’s just for right now, and we’ll never know for sure. If you’ve fallen in love with crazy Sookie, and go into this book wanting to read her end, then pick it up and give it a read. This is her series as much as it is the author’s series, and I knew that no matter what anyone else said (or thought) that I would read it for myself.
5 out of 5 Controllers