Review: Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris

October 7, 2012 Review 3

Review: Dead Until Dark by Charlaine HarrisDead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
Series: Sookie Stackhouse #1
Published by Ace on September 3rd 2008
Pages: 292
Source: Purchased at Coles
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Sookie Stackhouse is a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana. She's quiet, keeps to herself, and doesn't get out much. Not because she's not pretty. She is. It's just that, well, Sookie has this sort of "disability." She can read minds. And that doesn't make her too dateable. And then along comes Bill. He's tall, dark, handsome - and Sookie can't 'hear' a word he's thinking. He's exactly the kind of guy she's been waiting for all her life.

But Bill has a disability of his own: He's a vampire. Worse than that, hangs with a seriously creepy crowd, with a reputation for trouble - of the murderous kind.

And when one of Sookie's colleagues is killed, she begins to fear she'll be next ...

My Thoughts & Review

Dead Until Dark is the first book in the “Sookie Stackhouse” series which takes place in Bon Temps, Louisiana when vampires are now “out” and in the public eye. The main character, Sookie Stackhouse is a telepathic waitress and she meets Bill, a vampire that was born in her town and has since returned. A string of murders occurs in the town, which seems to be targeting “fangbangers” and soon it’s realized that Sookie may be the main target.

Ok, to start off… holy smokes, this book is sexual. I guess I should have realized that when everyone talks about “fangbangers”  or maybe I’m just used to mild romance scenes from reading too much Young Adult, haha. Charlaine does a really good job of making Bill a very appealing vampire 😉

At first I couldn’t understand why the hype was so big around this book, I felt like it was good but nothing that was “wow”. Then suddenly I couldn’t stop reading and I realized why everyone loves it. I really enjoyed how vampires were out in the open. That’s not normally the case in supernatural stories, vampires are always hidden from the public eye and the mortal world doesn’t really think they exist. I found it was something different to throw into the mix and that played a large part in keeping me interested.

Sookie didn’t really thrill me as a character. I thought she was sooo dumb sometimes and I wanted to scream. I had a very love-hate relationship with her. Bill on the other hand was marvelous… and I absolutely adored Sam. I knew something was up with him from the get go but I was really surprised when it was revealed because that was the last on my mind(which I won’t spoil if you don’t know). The rest of the characters were just kind of present, I didn’t feel particular any feelings towards them.

All in all I really ended up liking this book and I will continue with the series although they aren’t rush out to buy kind of books. The first book ended pretty satisfying, not with a huge cliff hanger and I appreciated that. Especially since I need to get more of my TBR pile down, haha.

If you are interested in picking this up but unsure, I would recommend doing it, it’s a very easy read and it will keep your attention.

Lauren

 

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