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Rushed & disappointing,
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This review is from: Dead Ever After: A True Blood Novel (Sookie Stackhouse 13) (Hardcover)
I have been a fan of the books long before the TV series, and along with other readers have also felt the last couple of books weren't living up to expectation. I was hopeful though, that as the last book, it would end with a bang - a gritty, gripping page turner but sadly have been let down.
The plot felt rushed & erratic. It seemed watery at best & took second stage to the characters - allowing some that have been long gone (with story lines at the time that wrapped up their own parts in the series) to return with cameo appearences. It was clear that the book was heading in a certain direction from the start. While many would be happy at the return of many of the faces, it felt like a poor ending to a mediocre TV series with cameo's of famous characters rather than a compelling emotion ridden book.
Characters that we have been led to love have been left out almost entirely for reasons that do seem to not fit in with their previous nature.
Harris has stated that she has known the ending since almost the beginning, but if true then the series has been planned poorly. We readers have been swept up in the romance of Sookie/Eric & even her pasts relationships (Quinn/Bill/Alcide) would have held more credibility than the one that have been given. It does unfortunately seem that Harris has become very bored of the Sookie series & rather than be inventive with her plot & ending. She has not stood true to the characters that she has written & created, nor has she moved with the direction her series had taken, and when the ending which she anticipated so long ago no longer fit - she forced it upon us anyway.
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Initial post: 3 Apr 2014 18:33:50 BDT
I agree with you absolutely. When reading earlier books in the series I was spellbound and could not put them down. The last few books have been very lacking in interest and plot, and this final one was sketchy and really disappointing - I just skimmed through it. Charlaine Harris has not done her characters justice. Maybe she has become complacent and over-confident, as you get the feeling she really didn't put much effort into this book!
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