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Dead Ever After (Sookie Stackhouse, Bk 13)
Dead Ever After - Sookie Stackhouse, Bk 13
Author: Charlaine Harris
THE FINAL SOOKIE STACKHOUSE NOVEL  — 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....  more »
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ISBN-13: 9781937007881
ISBN-10: 193700788X
Publication Date: 5/7/2013
Pages: 338
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.

3.9 stars, based on 175 ratings
Publisher: Ace Hardcover
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback
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Impy avatar reviewed Dead Ever After (Sookie Stackhouse, Bk 13) on + 17 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
What. The. Hell.

Ever So Spoilery...

This was so oddly written. The voice didn't sound like Sookie at all, but a person going through the motions, alternating between teenager sullenness and elderly worn out apathy.

Harris' choice to alternate between 1st person Sookie and 3rd person all-the-many-villains was pure laziness. In the past, there had always been a certain amount of cleverness to how the plot had to play out due to it all being 1st person. In Dead Ever After, Harris decided to just spell it out for us, as if she couldn't care enough to make the effort.

The plot was a jumbled mess. Characters came and went for no particular reason, casseroles were made and delivered, villains ganged together. Where previous books could nearly stand on their own, this tangled web was hard to follow, what with dragging in characters from all over the Sookie timeline and mashing them together without much explanation--- and definitely no plausible explanation.

Harris steadily went about trashing one beloved character after another. No one could be redeemed, all that was once cherished was suddenly meaningless and dropped like used tissues to roll ploddingly towards its doom for the sake of just ending it already.

I don't care who Sookie ended up with. A couple of books of heartbreak and angst and realizations and what not and Sam could have been her soul mate. Instead, he's a shadow of a character whom she has creepy creepy CREEPY dirty trailer park sex with. Seriously, it would've been less creepy for her to end up with Dermot, the visual twin of her brother. Well, maybe not...

I keep going back to the beginning. When Bill was the love of her life and then vampire politics made him a villain and things went to hell. Or when Eric forgot his centuries as a vampire and we got a glimpse of what he would be as a human.

A magic get out of jail free card and Harris doesn't use it to return even one vampire to their humanity? And when it is used, it turns Sam into a beaten dog despondent over having been momentarily dead?

Any way she turned the story, it could've been beautifully done. Hell, with her former effort and passion for writing, Harris could've made Claude the fricking hero. It would've been weird, but...

Or, she could've just killed Sookie. That could've been pretty spectacular. Sookie could've gone down in a blaze of glory or a martyr for everyone she loved.

It wasn't what happened, it was that it happened badly. This was a horribly written book, not at all in line with the established story.

It was wholly disappointing, even though, secretly, I kind of always loved the idea of steady, affable Sam being the last man standing. Now it just makes my skin crawl.

Shame on you, Harris, for foisting this mockery of a book on your loyal fans. I'm going to pretend this never happened. Actually, I may pretend Dead Reckoning and Deadlocked never happened as well.
BetsyP avatar reviewed Dead Ever After (Sookie Stackhouse, Bk 13) on + 566 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
Final installment of the Sookie Stackhouse series. Sookie has to contend with old adversaries, but she has the help of lots of old friends. I don't want to give too much away. This book is just as good if not better than any of the ones that came before. Good storyline, lots of twists and surprises and a really great HEA. I will miss Sookie.
tiffanyak avatar reviewed Dead Ever After (Sookie Stackhouse, Bk 13) on + 215 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
This was a brilliant conclusion to a great series. I confess that a part of me was disappointed with how it ended at first, but upon further reflection, I now realize that it is the perfect conclusion to Sookie's story. Which is not to say that I don't hope she's given a very different ending in her alternate universe that is the TV show, so that I can hopefully be pleased on both counts. More than that, and back to the book, it was a completely gripping read, so good that I read it in one day. I don't want to say too much, for fear of spoilers, but this was certainly one of my favorite installments of the series. Considering how many volumes there are, that's saying a lot.
solarawynn avatar reviewed Dead Ever After (Sookie Stackhouse, Bk 13) on + 724 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
Charlaine Harris did a fine job of ending the Sookie Stackhouse novels.I cried.I laughed out loud.I will miss this series.
ra7 avatar reviewed Dead Ever After (Sookie Stackhouse, Bk 13) on + 1006 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
As someone who has enjoyed this series, I was worried about the final book. I successfully stayed away from the spoilers posted before the book was even released (and post release). What I did know was people were pissed. The dedication is fitting: "This book is dedicated to the loyal readers....There isn't a way I could make all of you happy with the ending..."
Like most of the previous Sookie books, this one takes some time to get started. Strangely, I don't mind reading about Sookie doing mundane things (cooking, shaving her legs, etc) and there's plenty of that here. I loved how Mr C, Diantha, Quinn (who left abruptly), Barry, Bob, and Amelia all came to help Sookie. I thought it was nice the turn-out in the courtroom. Sookie had more support than she knew. Now Sookie's enemies are gone. My only issue is I thought the ending was too abrupt. I'm not surprised at the ending, this person has been present in the previous books and a good friend to Sookie.
(A bit of my own rant follows- read at your own risk!)
I am surprised at all the hate with this character though. Yes, I'm an Eric lover too, but come on, he hasn't behaved all the well in the last couple of books. And knowing that Sookie had never wanted to be turned and would like to be a mother, the ending that is, is much more fitting.
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twosey avatar reviewed Dead Ever After (Sookie Stackhouse, Bk 13) on + 52 more book reviews
This book felt like a season finale. While there was a mystery in the midst of it, the meat of this novel is the parade of previous characters. The only character that didn't show up was Bubba who I'm sure Ms. Harris tried to write in at some point.

Anyone who's been with Sookie since the beginning was hoping for the final romance to begin, but it was glossed over and made too practical. This is Fiction, where are the grand gestures and simply said devotions of love that women wished men would say in real life?

This book was just "meh" for me.
froot avatar reviewed Dead Ever After (Sookie Stackhouse, Bk 13) on + 178 more book reviews
Wrapped up well in Bon Temps. I finished this, closed the book and stared at the cover for 10 minutes trying to soak it into my noodle. I can't say as I agree with it all. I guess I expected more people dead. It seemed like an appropriate ending. The previous few books were too disappointing it was refreshing to read a good one. I just wish there was less of her worrying about all her guests and what they were going to eat, or where they were going to sleep. It was too repetitive I felt like reading my mom's diary after a while. Great series. Good luck miss Stackhouse!
reviewed Dead Ever After (Sookie Stackhouse, Bk 13) on + 1113 more book reviews
Great paranormal fun and a good wrap-up to the series. You see the main characters interact and find out how Sookie will spend her "ever after." If you've read the other 12 books, you won't want to miss this one!
robinmy avatar reviewed Dead Ever After (Sookie Stackhouse, Bk 13) on + 2045 more book reviews
Sookie Stackhouse's life is in turmoil. Currently, her boyfriend, Eric, isn't talking to her since she used a Cluvial Dor to save Sam's life instead of saving it for Eric. Sam is also avoiding Sookie since she brought him back to life. And, her arch enemy Arlene Fowler is out of prison and asking Sookie for a job. Things go from bad to worse when Arlene is found dead in a dumpster and Sookie is the prime suspect. Someone wants Sookie out of the way and they're framing her for murder.

This is the thirteenth and last book in the Sookie Stackhouse series. I liked some of the story, but had some real problems with other parts. I thought the mystery portion of the story was good. There were a handful of people who wanted Sookie either dead or out of the picture. Charlaine Harris brought back many characters from previous books. A couple of times I had to strain my brain to remember who they were, but it was nice to see so many characters involved in this last story.

I hated the sudden personality changes in a couple of characters...especially Eric. He was always written as a fun-loving vampire who was smart and cunning. Suddenly he is a brooding vampire, pouting because he can't have his own way. He was mad that Sookie had the capability of getting him out of his forced marriage to the Queen, but chose to save Sam instead. The Eric we know and love would have got himself out of the mess. The character was ruined for me. I also had a hard time believing Sookie's sudden love for Sam. Yes, they've been best friends and co-workers for years, but I've never seen any real feelings between them. I like Sam, but would have loved more build up to this relationship. My rating: 3.5 Stars.
momof2furkids avatar reviewed Dead Ever After (Sookie Stackhouse, Bk 13) on + 57 more book reviews
This was kind of a letdown as far as series endings go. After such a strong start, the series went downhill. It's hard to follow a storyline when the main character is almost always miserable.

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