I just finished “Dead Ever After”, the last installment in Charlaine Harris’ “Southern Vampire” series.
I read the first book when I had just started university.
Sookie soon enchanted me, with her clever snarkiness and down-to-earth attitude. I loved the first few books, the mysteries that kept me reading and kept surprising me. I loved her and Bill, and I was thrilled when her and Eric’s storyline started – always expecting that their relationship might not last.
Though I’d read that the last book’s reviews weren’t that great I started reading with what I hope was a fairly open mind.
Unfortunately, me and the book didn’t really hit it off.
I was quite intrigued at the beginning, but quickly lost interest.
Yes, Mrs. Harris re-introduced some old aquaintances of Sookie, so that things might come full circle. Sadly, they didn’t. Since I don’t want to vaguely write about what irked me about the book, there’ll be
Many people have written looong reviews about what they did and didn’t like and I’ll try to keep mine short.
First of all, I’ll address what many of the (female) readers were most upset with: the guy Sookie ends up with.
I’ve always liked her and Eric together. I’ve liked them best when he’d been bewitched and lost his memory – which says an awful lot about Eric and his relationship with Sookie. Throughout the last books it’s always been clear that their’s was a lovestory which would have to be over sooner or later. Sookie’s always been adamant about not wanting to be turned into a vampire any time in the future. She’s a family-gal down to her toes and I think she’d never trade in a possible future family of her own for being with a vampire.
Not all human-vampire couples can have it as easy as Bella and Edward – mysteriously being able to get pregnant (by dead vampire-sperm!), having the baby and then becoming a vampire themselves. Pleaaase!
And, truth be told: as much as Eric seemed to care about Sookie, one always suspected that he cared about power just as much, ambitious as he is.
Sookie and Eric weren’t built to last. Harris chose the only possible road for the two of them, frustrating as it might be for those who’d wanted to see them end up together.
Sam on the other hand makes more sense. She can’t read his mind because he’s a shifter, in that he’s better suited for her than a human man. He’s always had a thing for her, stood by her and been there for her – and Sookie has stated before that she find’s him attractive. If the two of them will last – which we’ll probably never know for sure – it still is the more probable ending, compared to her and Eric.
What irked me about this last book is how Harris re-introduced some of Sookie’s old enemies – and just made them team up *like that* in trying to bring her down. Harris tried to bundle up those threads but somehow just jumbled them.
Anyone who hoped Sookie’s story would end with a big bang surely was disappointed at how “Dead Ever After” was finished.
As for me:
It was somehow like meeting an old boyfriend I hadn’t seen in years:
Less perky with fewer hair, making me wonder what I saw in him in the first place.
Maybe I should have handled the books like “True Blood” and just stopped reading as they spiralled downwards. Since I couldn’t bring myself to do that, maybe I should read the first few installments again – and leave it at that, sad as it might be.