**SPOILER FREE** Review: Dead Ever After (Sookie Stackhouse #13) by Charlaine Harris

May 14, 2013 Review 6 ★★★

**SPOILER FREE** Review: Dead Ever After (Sookie Stackhouse #13) by Charlaine HarrisDead Ever After by Charlaine Harris
Series: Sookie Stackhouse #13
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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Published by Ace on May 7, 2013
Pages: 338
Format: Hardcover
Source: Publisher
Cover Artist: Lisa Desimini
Reviewed by: Abigail
3 Stars

Sexual content

A brief sex scene.

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...

**SPOILER FREE**

There is a specific cadence to the Sookie Stackhouse series, one that is simple and straightforward, and oddly sweet, just like Sookie herself.  After thirteen books, I was anxiously awaiting the happily ever after that she so richly deserved.  DEAD EVER AFTER may be the book that finally puts the stake in the series, tying up loose ends, resolving relationships, and giving fans a clear vision of the future...it just isn't the future that many fans were hoping for.

Series enders always garner backlash to some degree, and with a series like Sookie Stackhouse where fans were vehemently divided about who should win Sookie's heart, I expected grumbling from the loosing team.  But at the time of writing this review, DEAD EVER AFTER was averaging 2 stars based on over 600 reviews. Ouch.  I knew this going in, so while I'm disappointed by the way the romance ended, I'm not wholly surprised by it either.

In typical Sookie fashion, murder and mystery muck up the lives of Bon Temps characters we either love or hate by this point.  Sookie ends up in prison and a few big names end up pushing daises.  It's a pretty standard storyline for the series, not my favorite, but not my least favorite in that respect either.   There is even a point in the book towards the end where someone remarks at how convoluted everything was and I have to agree.

As for the romance resolution that has everyone up in arms, Bill, Eric, Alcide, Quinn, and Sam all interact with Sookie in varying degrees (she kisses three of them).  I'll admit I had my guy picked out long ago, but I think I could have been okay with a few different guys if I felt adequately led in that direction with enough emotional build up.  In the end though, I feel like both Sookie and I settled. I also don't really like how the runners up fared since I think one in particular deserved a less ignominious fate.

At any rate Sookie has her ending.  Not the one any of us deserve, but it's her ending and the one Charlaine Harris has given us.  I still love this series and the characters Harris brought to life.  Do I hope that Harris revisits Sookie and Bon Temps in the future?  Absolutely.  Am I outraged by this finale?  No, just a bit wistful for what could have been a true bright spot on an otherwise bloody good urban fantasy series.

Series Titles

1. Dead Until Dark
2. Living Dead in Dallas
3. Club Dead
4. Dead to the World
5. Dead as a Doornail
6. Definitely Dead
7. All Together Dead
8. From Dead to Worse
9. Dead and Gone
10. Dead in the Family
11. Dead Reckoning
12. Deadlocked - 4/5

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6 Responses to “**SPOILER FREE** Review: Dead Ever After (Sookie Stackhouse #13) by Charlaine Harris”

  1. Jessica@a GREAT read

    I have heard about the outrage over this book, but I haven’t actively looked for it. I want to experience this book on my own. I look forward to seeing how this series ends for it was one of the first “adult” series I picked up when I decided I needed to stop reading YA–years before Paranormal YA manifested and then I did return!

    Nice review though! I like that the mystery element is coming back. I felt like it was lacking in some of the later books. Very nice review!

    • Abigail

      This really doesn’t feel like a series ender for me, even though things do get tied up. I think it all comes down to the romantic outcome which I really don’t see lasting for Sookie. Oh well.

  2. Angela

    I’ve sort of been on the outs from the Sookie series for the last three books. I made a decision to wait until the remainder of the series was complete and available before I tried picking them up again. At this point I barely remember what’s happened so I know I’ll need to re-read prior to finishing. I guess that’ll determine if I ever really do.

    I saw the HFN (which is how I’ve heard some people put it) coming since book 1. I’m not surprised. Disappointed a bit (unless there’s a lot I’ve missed in character development in the last 3 books), but unsurprised.

    • Abigail

      I know what you mean. There have definitely been misteps in the last few books. I read the first 10 back to back in like a week, so my overall impression is of the series as a whole–and I like it as a whole. I don’t think the character development for Sookie’s choice was substantial enough to really feel satisfying, but I’m still holding out for another book that ‘fixes’ things.

  3. Dani

    I didn’t like this book, but it had nothing to do with the HEA. Honestly, that’s what I expected half way through the series. What I hated was the utter pointlessness of it. It was poorly written, and the bad guys-what!?. Anyways, an overall lackluster ending to a previously good series.