Okay, weighing in on this now that some more of you have read the book.
I personally liked the book A LOT. Yes, it wasn't as action packed as the more recent ones but after the craziness of the past few books, I was glad that Sookie had a breather from everything. She didn't get shot, staked, mauled, attacked, captured, tortured, really anything bad; in fact, she fought a vampire and WON. I was happier to see some character development and that some of the characters are maturing and changing. I was left very unsettled after DAG and was really hoping for many of the story lines to be resolved and new ones to be opened. This book accomplished that for me. Victor is still an issue and now we get to add the dynamic of Dermot and Claude being active parts of Sookie's life.
The ending of the book WAS a bit odd to me but I think Sookie has longed for a familial relationship since the death of Gran. She briefly got it with Niall but now he has gone.
Overall, I am pleased with the book and felt it was much more light-hearted and "playful" than the recent ones but I think Sookie needed that because she has become a very dark individual with all that has happened in her life.