Dead On Arrival – A Review of Dead Ever After

May 16, 2013 in Character & Plot Analysis, Dead Ever After - Book 13, Uncategorized

This review has been a long time coming, and I apologise for that – like many of you, I needed some time to process.

At the risk of stating the obvious, plowing through this final book in the Sookie Stackhouse series was….painful. No, scratch that. It was excruciating. It was the reading equivalent of being strung up and repeatedly kicked in the nuts, while having your fingernails pulled out with pliers.

I’m talking Theon Greyjoy type painful, OKAY?

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Dead Ever After Spoilers – Prologue Now Online

April 24, 2013 in Book Spoilers, Dead Ever After - Book 13, Sookie Stackhouse

With less than two weeks to go, I’d pretty much given up hope that the publisher might see sense and release something….ANYTHING…to generate some buzz for this damn book.

It seems the marketing department have finally realised that keeping it in a dusty box under the bed probably won’t cut it. Penguin have released Dead Ever After’s prologue on their official site, and it’s kind of juicy.


So it seems we have the set up for a good versus evil showdown of epic proportions in the pipeline.

  • Cope Carmichael (Amelia’s father) and Tyrese have sold their souls to a devil for a questionable price.
  • Mr Cataliades is all over “Just call me Cope” like white on rice.
  • It’s highly likely that Cope’s rage at not obtaining the cluveil dor before Sookie used it will result in her having the crap bashed out of her…again.
  • The Devil saw fit to inhabit the body of someone “standing behind” Sookie either just before, or at the time she was using the CD on Sam. At that time, both Alcide and Eric were in her immediate proximity. Now I’m wondering who else has “sold their soul”…Alcide….cough.
  • Steve Newlin is off sunning himself on the beach somewhere, lamenting opportunities lost when he’s approached by a man who fits the physical description of Johan Glassport – Sophie-Anne’s lawyer from All Together Dead. Glassport specialised in vampire law. Cast your mind back, and you’ll recall that Mr Glassport was seriously injured in Steve Newlin’s bombing of the hotel in Rhodes – and swore to exact revenge. Now he’s accosting an unsuspecting Newlin on a beach. Chew that over for a bit.
  • Amelia has once again proven that she has a yap-hole the size of the Grand Canyon, and is not to be trusted for any reason whatsoever. She MUST be the Crappiest Friend, Ever.
  • This Devil is all up on Sookie – he knows who she is, and finds her “interesting”. Just add the devil to an endless list of supes who can’t seem to resist the charms of everyone’s favourite telepathic waitress
  • Crossroads are mentioned as preferred meeting places for the devil. This adds some clarity to the frequent references in earlier books to a crossroads existing outside Hot Shot.

There’s quite a bit to digest here, for a prologue. It certainly seems like the set up for something rather awesome – what do you think?

Stop the Presses!

April 7, 2013 in Book Spoilers, Dead Ever After - Book 13

An audio sample of Dead Ever After has surfaced at through their audio book partner Audible. If you’re heading over to listen, I’d warn you to be prepared.


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It seems like we’ve got a third person omniscient narrator describing a scene where Copley “Just Call Me Cope” Carmichael and his chauffeur Tyrese Marley sell their souls to the devil in what I assume are the streets of New Orleans. Yep, you read THAT right – the freakin’ devil. Sorta explains where those hellhounds came from, now doesn’t it?

It seems Amelia’s father is not as prosperous in the wake of Hurricane Katrina as he had hoped, and he’s maneuvering for more influence, prosperity, and  a promise of “something” he’d like in the future. A one-of-a-kind magic fairy object his daughter told him about just might fit the bill.  Or perhaps it’s something more?  The sample fades out before we find out what Tyrese would like in exchange for his soul – something he doesn’t believe he possesses.

I have to admit, I’m a little surprised by the appearance of the devil, although I suppose I shouldn’t be.  Perhaps it’s time I reread Must Love Hellhounds?  I was also surprised by the POV aspect of the sample, and, of course I’m even more anxious to read this book.

If you’re not spoiler averse, I’d suggest you head over to to listen to the sample.  Be sure to let us know what you think in the comments below.

Dead Ever After Review and Interview with Romantic Times

March 29, 2013 in Book Spoilers, Dead Ever After - Book 13, Reviews

We interrupt all this After Dead cover talk to bring you some Dead Ever After news. Romantic Times Book Reviews has a mini-review up for DEA, and it has some spoilery goodness we haven’t seen before. In order to view it, you must be a subscriber. Luckily for you all, I am.  Unfortunately, it means we won’t be posting it here, but we’ll try to cover the highlights.

According to the review, DEA closes out the series in a “spine-tingling manner” and brings back many familiar characters.  Ms. Harris has confirmed on her forum that we’d be seeing Quinn, Amelia and Bob, Mr. Cataliades, Diantha, and even Barry the bellboy in the final book.  We’ve also known for quite some time that Arlene would be back in Bon Temps, so none of this comes as a surprise.  Can you think of any other old characters who might stop by and why?

There were few specific details in the review, but it was mentioned that Sam is dealing with what it means to come back to life, and that Eric is still upset with Sookie for using the cluviel dor.  I have to wonder if this isn’t how the book opens, shortly or even immediately after DL closed, with all the confusion and emotion from the last book still fresh and raw.  Perhaps Eric has interpreted Sookie’s use of the CD like so many readers did – inferring that it means she loves Sam romantically.  I would bet the farm that this misunderstanding is cleared up quickly as we get into the meat of the book.

The one specific spoiler revealed in the RT review is that Sookie’s scarf is the murder weapon of choice, and that this circumstantial evidence is what prompts her arrest for the crime.  Who would have access to her scarf?  Perhaps those lockers at Merlotte’s aren’t as secure as Sookie thought.  Obviously someone is out to frame Sookie.  Who do you think it could be?  And why?

Finally, the review said that the end of the series will spark “some controversy”, but that it “felt true to the evolution of Sookie”.  Well, color me surprised.  Controversy?  In this fandom?  Well, I never.  Sarcasm aside, this is not a surprising comment to me.  We’ve been told repeatedly that Sookie will have an unconventional HEA, no white-picket fence and 2.5 kids, etc.  We know lots of readers hope that Sookie will settle down with someone warm and sperm-producing.  Something tells me that choosing to spend your normal human life with a 1,000 year old Viking vampire might just appear a bit controversial.  Just sayin’.

Additionally, RT Book Reviews May 2013 issue has a nice feature interview with Charlaine Harris.  On the evolution of Sookie as a character:

…it only made sense that the reactions of the people and creatures around her would cause Sookie to reevaluate her “disability”.  And it only made sense (in telling the story) that Sookie would be challenged morally by the choices she’s had to make.  She discovers that she values her own life and her own survival more than she’d ever realized.  She learns that you pay a price every time you step out of the box, but that the reward can be amazing, too.

And lest you think there was no suitor talk at all, there was this little nugget about Bill:

Discovering that Bill had been sent to seduce Sookie, if necessary – that he’d been on a mission – was a real revelation, and I was horrified.  I thought it was too bad to do to Sookie.  I was agitated for a whole morning trying to decide if I could even write the revelation of such a betrayal.  Of course, I could!

I don’t know about you, but I enjoyed reading THAT.  I might even need a cigarette, it was so satisfying.  You can subscribe to the RT Book Reviews magazine online or purchase a copy at most bookstores.Enjoy the cap to read the rest of the interview. And let us know what you think in the comments.


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Once Upon a Time

March 13, 2013 in Dead Ever After - Book 13

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And so it begins. With only 56 days (but who’s counting) to go until the release of Dead Ever After, Charlaine Harris has granted an exclusive book trailer and interview to Entertainment Weekly.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How does it feel to be done with the Sookie Stackhouse novels?
CHARLAINE HARRIS: Mostly I’m just excited about doing something different. This is the longest I’ve ever written a series and I’m really ready to do something else. I’ve sure enjoyed living in Bon Temps and seeing Sookie so much, but I just came to realize that I’d come to the end of what I’d wanted to say about her.

That’s not really a surprise, to those of us that follow her faithfully. Nor is this:

Are you satisfied with the ending?

CH: It’s the ending I had planned all along, maybe from like the second book on. There will be people who are super happy and there will be people who will not be happy, but you have to stay true to your own vision.

And lest you think there was no mention of Eric.

I feel like Eric is especially a source of controversy. I have a friend who told me to ask you, and I quote: “Why did you decide to create a character that everyone fell in love with and then rip him from are our nimble little page-turning fingers?”

CH: When I created Eric, I felt I’d created a complete person, with both a very attractive side and an unattractive one. Of course, no one’s perfect, human or vampire or Were! There’s no perfect “happily ever after.” But I get a lot of indignant feedback from a small but vocal group of readers whenever the narrative requires that one of Eric’s less lovely characteristics play into the story.

I’d recommend you take a look at EW.  They have an exclusive trailer with some great book artwork narrated by The Maker herself, and the rest of the interview appears on page 2.

Is it May yet?


UPDATE – the book trailer has become available to share.

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