My rating: 1 of 5 stars
I finally got around to reading this book, and I sort of wish I had waited even longer. I honestly feel okay with the fact that after this book, there is one book left in this series. Either Charlaine Harris has lost her ability to write the series, has someone else writing it for her, or just doesn’t care about the series as much as she used to. I used to enjoy the novels, but the past few have been pretty bad–and this one is definitely worse.
In the previous book, Sookie seemed too flighty. In this one, she seems too snide. I get that in the three years that have passed within the book universe’s time that she has been lied to, cheated on, and nearly raped and/or killed more times than any other character in the history of the written word. Still, Sookie was uncharacteristically angry almost all the time. She was bitchy and cruel. She was extremely self-involved for the second book in a row, and I almost wished that the book would end with her death.
I don’t know if Sookie is supposed to seem like she’s the victim or the bad guy when it comes to the issues with her relationship with Eric. It seems like readers are supposed to feel sorry for her and how he doesn’t always depend on her. Honestly, I felt more sorry for him. Yeah he was a bit of a jerk during this particular novel, but she wasn’t exactly making life easy for him or for any other character.
I didn’t like the plot twist about who the villain in the story is, but it doesn’t surprise me that yet another character who was once enjoyable is now a bad guy. I guess it is easier to end a series if all the likable characters end up being horrible individuals. And that seemed to be the point of this story, to make everyone hate any character that they had ever liked even the slightest bit.
There was no real growth of the story. It was basically just a novel whose sole purpose was to make people glad that the series is coming to an end. I only wish it had ended sooner, before all of this crap went down.