So I’m starting the challenge today. Let’s see if I can actually finish it in 30 days shall we? (considering my laptop is a massive P.O.S.)
This is tough – there are a lot of series I’ve gotten sucked into in the last year.
The Thoughtless Series by S.C. Stephens
50 Shades of Grey by E.L. James
The Crossfire (was trilogy – now series) By Sylvia Day
The Beautiful Bastard Series by Christina Lauren
The Breathing Series by Rebecca Donovan
The Gabriel Series by Sylvain Reynard
and A LOT more – lemme’ tell you there is nothing more torturous than having to wait MONTHS for the next book to come out – especially when there’s a cliffhanger. You LOVE to HATE them amiright?
But it needs to be said, as much as I loved the beginning of Charlaine Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse Series – it started to loose me at about book 8. Then picked up again at book 10 – there’s just something about a vampire – use to be viking – whose ridiculously hot and loves an everyday chick like Sookie – and then, well duh – we get to see this:
play him on Sunday nights during the hot-summer making all our fantasy’s come true! But, alas, the books started dwindling down to no more vampire love triangles – but just trying to figure out how so many people would want to kill Sookie. Sure, she’s full of fairy blood and is attractive to vampires and it seems almost any kind of Supe there is lingering in her back woods – but c’mon! Every book she’s running from someone knew that wants her dead – and it always seemed to come back to Sam. So at the end of the series – we get Dead Ever After. We’re finally going to find out who Sookie chooses to spend her life with. And of course, someone new is trying to kill her and we have to spend the entire book trying to find out who.
The story is getting old. It started getting old after book 8 when someone was going around shooting at supes of any kind. The love triangle between Sookie, Eric and Bill was done – they even threw Alcide and Sam in there a time or two to mix things up. Because there are no other available blonde women with big boobs in Bon Temps right? C’mon!
Sookie has always had issues with me – and relationships in general because she’s a telepath – but all of a sudden once she embraces it she is not lacking in the men department. She has people fighting tooth and nail to protect her – in and out of her bedroom.
This series could have easily been told in 6 books and probably have been better off. There comes a time in a supernatural series that you have to ask yourself, is this new supernatural character going to ADD to the story, or is it just filler?
The Maenad – Filler
Sam’s crazy ass girlfriend – Filler
The Fellowship of the Sun – Adds
Eric’s Maker & New “Brother” – Semi Interesting Filler
The heart of the books from the beginning was Bill and Sookie. There is an underlying political statement through out these books in relation to bigotry. People hate the vampires – they’re afraid of what they don’t understand. You can lump just about any minority group into that and you’ve got a really interesting story. The fact that Sookie can’t hear Bill’s thoughts – is what attracts her to him in the first place. Not because he’s a vampire – but because she can finally be herself and have a normal relationship with someone – regardless that he’s dead.
But once we find out that it was all based on lies? We all felt betrayed – and of course want her to fun into the open arms of Eric causing a fantastic love triangle, and then we are back to where things start slipping – whose trying to kill Sookie this time?
Books 1-4 were awesome, both 5 and 6 could have been tossed. Book 7 brings us back to an interesting story line with the Fellowship of the Sun – and incorporates some interesting terrorist attacks against minority groups. But then 8? Toss it – Book 9 I enjoyed but I didn’t feel like it added anything to the story. Book 10 was interesting finding out about lies that Eric is keeping – again, we find out someone in Sookie’s life isn’t being complete honest with her – and we question again is this relationship going to last? Will this send Sookie running back into the arms of Bill?
And book 11 doesn’t really answer any more – toss it.
Book 12 – interesting and we find out more people have lied to Sookie through out their friendship – relationship.
Book 13 – The Finale – What a waste of pages! Although i gave it 5 stars on Goodreads because Harris gave us a nice little perfect bow ending to an otherwise HORRIBLE existence! Sookie should be in a freakin’ nut hut after everything she’s been through – but no she finally gives it up to Sam and they live happily ever after right? (Well there’s a mild kidnapping – but then they have happily ever after.) and I’m sorry, the sex scenes between them I felt dirty reading, it was like reading about a brother and sister getting it on. Not-Good.
So, instead of the 13 that we had? I think it could have been cut down to 7 books – and honestly, I would have been more happy having Sookie die – or a cliff hanger ending then the sappy creepy one we got to the series. BUT that’s just my opinion.
I still read every single one religiously – and have them all on my shelf – so that has to say something for them good/bad regardless right?