Title: Sookie Stackhouse Series
Author: Charlaine Harris
Sookie Stackhouse is just a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Bon Temps, Louisiana. She’s quiet, doesn’t get out much, and tends to mind her own business—except when it comes to her “disability.” Sookie can read minds. And that doesn’t make her too dateable. Then along comes Bill Compton. He’s tall, dark, handsome—and Sookie can’t hear a word he’s thinking. He’s exactly the type of guy she’s been waiting for all her life…
But Bill has a disability of his own: he’s a vampire with a bad reputation. And when a string of murders hits Bon Temps—along with a gang of truly nasty bloodsuckers looking for Bill—Sookie starts to wonder if having a vampire for a boyfriend is such a bright idea.
SPOILERS!!! I’m saying it again because this covers all the books and anyone who doesn’t want to know what happens until after they read it should stop now. I give the series as a whole 3 stars which is pretty low considering the first several were 5.
First of all, I read the first few books many years ago and when I decided to re-read and finish the series it turned out I’d read a lot less then I thought I had. I loved the first few books, way more then I enjoyed the tv show (I haven’t finished and now don’t plan on finishing the tv show). I love that she’s got a stronger personality in the books, she breaks up with bill and never goes back to him but they do become friends of sorts. I love Bubba, but who doesn’t (and why wasn’t Bubba in the tv show?!) and I really enjoy the relationship between Pam and Sookie in the books.
What I didn’t like was the last few books, primarily the last 2, I finished the second to last book and my first thought was “Oh she better not be doing what I think she’s going to do” and even considered stopping reading the books. The change in the relationship with Eric was one of my least favorite things but to some extent I can understand the logic. However I felt the execution of it was extremely poor. I also really don’t like that she ends up with Sam (does anyone?) but I think that could have been transitioned way better. It felt rushed, like maybe she was so sick of these characters that she just wanted to be done with it and move on. I also really wish she hadn’t just slipped the fairy story in and integrated it so much to have it removed.
Does anyone like how she ended it? What were your thoughts? I was secretly hoping that she’d end up with one of the weres or Eric and that somehow her fairy background and them living with her would extend her life so that she’d not need to worry about that.
Also, I really liked the idea of the Devil and all that but again, execution! That story and plot could have been so cool and probably even spanned a couple books to really flesh it out.
All in all I was extremely disappointed and will be taking this off my re-read list and donating all my hard copies.