Title: Dead Until Dark
Author: Charlaine Harris
Series: Sookie Stackhouse
Date Started: February 4
Date Finished: February 6
Format: Mass Trade Paperback from my own shelf
Welcome to Bon Temps, Louisiana where the vampires are out and trying to go mainstream with the humans. Sookie Stackhouse has been wanting to meet a vampire ever since they came out of the coffin two years ago, and it isn’t until a fateful night while she’s working at Merlotte’s that a vampire walks in and sits in her section. She’s excited to finally meet a vampire and she’s even more excited when she realizes that she can’t hear him. It tuns out that Sookie has had a disability since she was a kid where she can hear everyone’s thoughts. This disability has pushed people away from her over the years and not a lot of people definitely know about the ability. They suspect but don’t really know for sure. Hence her nickname ‘crazy Sookie.’
When she realizes that the vampire – Bill – is silent to her she’s even more over the moon. But things are short lived when the Rattray’s ( a really nasty couple) leave the bar with the vampire. The Rattray’s are drainers and have moved on to their next victim. Sookie goes to stop them and succeeds much to Bill’s astonishment. A few nights later the Rattray’s get her back though with every intention of killing her until Bill interferes. An uneasy friendship blossoms between the two of them, with him agreeing to stop by her grandmother’s group the Grateful Dead to talk about his time during the war. But her grandmother, being the sneaky woman she is, sets the two of them up and they do fall for each other.
However, there are mysterious murders going on in town and the victims have bite marks on their inner thighs. Not to mention of group of vampires show up who are looking for trouble and then there is that blonde vampire Eric who runs a bar in Shreveport and has taken an interest in Sookie much to Bill’s disdain.
To be completely honest I have read this book before, about five years ago. I was in college and was really into vampires but the ones in the world of YA weren’t doing it for me. I had also heard about the TV show True Blood and that these books were what the show was based on. I’m the kind of girl who likes to read the books first before watching the TV show or movie, just so that way I can do an honest comparison. I read them all – there were only 10 at the time – and then watched the show. There were some aspects of the show that I liked better than the books, while there were some aspects in the books that I liked better than in the show. But isn’t that usually the way?
It’s been five years since I’ve last read the Sookie Stackhouse series and to be honest this time around I have a love-hate relationship with Dead Until Dark. I still like the premise of the story and the twists and turns with who the murderer is of these women was well done. I still didn’t see the killer coming until Arlene pointed it out. Bill acts more like a vampire than I remember he did in season one of True Blood, but it kind of grew on me. Jason is still an idiot. Sam’s affection towards Sookie still kind of drives me crazy, and Eric…where to even begin with the Viking vampire? I don’t know but he’s definitely something else.
What I hated though was how down on herself Sookie is. She doesn’t find herself attractive even though she has all these guys coming after her – I think I counted at least four. Her mind is very innocent even though she has seen things no regular person should see. And she does like to blather on a lot even when she isn’t supposed to.
Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. Still a good paranormal romance mystery novel, hopefully the main character smartens up a bit. Especially with a looming Eric/Bill fight over her in the near future.
Bookshelf worthy? Even though I do own my own copy, support your local library!