Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Dead Ever After, Charlaine Harris. Book review #7

Sookie Stackhouse has one last adventure in store. Life has taken her from a waitress in Merlotte's bar, Bon Temps, to part owner; from social outcast to the heart of her community; from a vampire's girlfriend to the wife of one of the most powerful vampires in the state.

She has survived explosions, revolutions and attempts on her life. Sookie has endured betrayal, heartbreak and grief.. and she has emerged a little stronger, and little wiser, every time.
But with life comes new trails...
The question is, in the end: who will love, who will live, and who will be dead ever after?

I want to tell you how bad this book is, I just want to scream that its the worst book ever and that if you're a fan of Sookie Stackhouse not to read it. Unfortunately I'd be lying because this book was in fact somewhat good I mean I couldn't put it down but I don't know maybe it was because I was so nervous about the ending?  So get ready for some serious fangirl review. 

First of all I want to start with saying I've been a fan of this book series since I was 14 I just fell in love with the characters and the whole world Charlaine Harris created, oh how I cried with characters, shouted at them, shouted at Charlaine for not writing the book the way she should have ie how I wanted it to be written. I've shipped Sookie and Eric since book 4 and hated Sam, seriously he turns into a flipping Collie 90% of the time, thats not cool and had a slight dislike for Bill for the majority of the books. So with this being the final book I had the ideal ending in mind Sookie and Eric's problems would disappear Sookie would almost die somehow and Eric would get Pam to turn her into a vampire so Eric and Sookie could be together forever. The reason I want to say this book is the worst book ever is because this did not happen, after everything she put us through with the previous books. My first reaction was anger she should have just written the ending after book 3 and then it wouldn't have been such a blow but no 13 books and 2 side books and she did what she did. 
Anyway shall I get on with the actual review of the book itself and not the contents of it before I get too angry? Haha

Spoilers will be included from this part onwards, there's no way I can review it without spoilers. To be honest though I'd read the review and spoilers so you can save your money. Also I might swear a little so I apologise in advance.

Oh how I rushed into Waterstones last Tuesday to pick this up, I'd read it within four hours and had no idea how I felt. I've left it a week to write the review so my first feelings about it would calm and I'd be able to write an honest one and not one based on how much I hated what she did to the characters. The book itself was odd, the first few pages I was extremely confused like what the frick? The devil, ok Charlaine you've got; Telepaths, Vampires, Weres, Shapeshifters, Fairies, Wiccans, Witches, Humans, Demons, Elves, Goblins, Maenards and whatever else more in your world why the fuck did you add the Devil? It was a pointless thing to add. Ok at first it was like oh this has a bit of mystery you know since its The Southern Vampire Mysteries and the last few bits have lacked this but the mystery aspect was quickly forgotten about, I didn't guess who the characters were plotting about sookie until they were reviled and to be honest I completely forgot Arlene had been sent to jail for trying to kill Sookie.
The whole book felt slightly rushed and out of place in the series, I expected more action and to see more of the characters to give them a farewell but we didn't really get that it was just a rushed sighting and this is what they're going to do now. Oh and Charlaine where the frick was Bubba? Charlaine states that she kept Sookie true to character I'm sorry but near the end when she's doing something with Sam Merlotte that is completely ridiculous and should never have been written she uses language that Sookie Stackhouse would never have used I'm sorry but Sookie doesn't swear she's a good christian.
I hated reading this book, I had to read it just to see if somehow the rumours that Eric and Sookie not being together was a lie. One thing I did like is how we got to see everyone sookie had sex with in previous books one last time, one hope I had was if Sookie doesn't end up with Eric, Quinn is fine. I was breaking down throughout it, I just couldn't take it because I was so worried. I don't even know how to sum it up, a disappointment really, I feel as if Charlaine had fallen out of love with the series and just wanted a quick ending. 

Just to give you a few of my feelings on the book I'll leave you with a few of my favourite tweets from whilst I was reading it;

♦If Sam doesn't fuck off and leave sookie alone soon I'm going to cry. Why couldn't she just let him die man?!

♦Just turn her into a vampire already please you've got to I can't take another 200 pages of this
♦I want to shout at all the characters in this book and tell them their doing it wrong this isn't what's meant to happen.
♦Will everyone stop going on about how amazing Sam is. Fuck off he's one of the worst characters! Urgh.
♦I am so angry Sam needs to fuck right off she hasn't got many pages left to sort this out but she bloody better.
♦I hate authors they never write it the way you want it to happen.

I keep thinking maybe she wrote it as a joke and in a few weeks she'll be like 'I TRICKED YOU ALL THE REAL BOOKS OUT NEXT WEEK' but I then realise she was serious and this is the final book.

Stars out of 5? ★★
Have you read this book? Are you a fan of the Sookie Stackhouse books?
Feel free to leave your opinion on the book in a comment and I'll happily reply to any questions too.
Kloe x

I'd really like to apologise for how angry I seem in this post but seriously I'm a massive fan of this series and I felt let down. I know a lot of other fans feel this way too. I'm also sorry if my language has offended anyone.

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