Review: Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
Saturday May 21, 2011 at 12:00 am |


Publisher: Penguin Books
Copyright: 2001
Published: September 3, 2008
Pages: 292
Form: Paperback
Author: Charlaine Harris
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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 with a bad reputation. He hangs with a seriously creepy crowd, all suspected of -big surprise- murder. And when one od Sookie’s coworkers is killed, she fears she’s next…

My Thoughts:

I was excited to start reading this series as I watch the tv series True Blood and love it. I was surprised when the book follwed what I had seen pretty closely since someone had informed me that the books were completely different. I’m assuming they veer off in the other books. Anyway, I was drawn into the story from the first page. While reading I had a tendency to picture the characters from the show except for Bill. For me he was described in a way in which I kept conjuring a completely different mental picture.

I love the small town feel of this book. Harris does a great job in creating a coziness for this book. I love Sookie’s place of work. Merlotte’s is quaint and woodsy, and charming. It’s a great local hangout where the patrons of Bon Temps gather to share the latest gossip or unwind after a long day. And there is a great cast of people who made this book all the more interesting. Although Sookie is small town, I love that she is clever, and a little sassy. I also love her growth in the book. She becomes bolder, stronger, and braver as the book progresses. Bill is the stoic, hardened vampire, but you can’t help but to like him. And Jason…poor, silly, loveable Jason. I feel the same way about the book and tv Jason. He makes some really poor choices and bad decisions, but his heart is always in the right place and he always has good intentions.

I also love Sam cause he’s kind, and understanding, and loyal, and Lafayette is probably one of my favorite characters. He just has so much personality. The book has good pacing, and is pretty compelling. I like how the mystery unfolds, and I love that some of the Vampire customs are explained within this novel. While there was nothing earth-shattering in this book, I did enjoy it and am looking forward to reading the rest in this series. I think with the cast of characters, things can only get more interesting.

And be sure to tune into the premiere of the 4th season of True Blood June 26th!

My Rating:

 

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6 Responses to “Review: Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris”

  1. lena says:

    I love the Sookie Stackhouse series. And I am a faithful fan of True Blood. The first few follow closely to the HBO series…and then veer off slightly with a few characters. I also like the author, I read an interview where she said she didn’t become successful for several decades after writing. Gotta love the tenacity.

  2. Jade jadaloves says:

    @ Lena I just got into True Blood last year when a cousin of mine mentioned it. I had to go back and watch every episode until I was caught up on what they were showing on HBO, which was basically all of season one and two. And I fell in love with the series. I think the second season has been my favorite so far. Then a lady who had to take my blood one day was telling me about the books. Said they were so good but different from the series and I should read them, so that’s really why I picked them up. So far so good, and I hear nothing but good things about this series both book and series!

  3. Okay, so I confess, I’ve not read any of the books. It’s one of those “I’ll get around to it someday” items on my list. But I love reading reviews on them. Does this mean I’m vicariously living through others? Probably. And for the moment I guess I’m okay with that ;-). Great review!

  4. Jade jadaloves says:

    It’s okay to do that! But you really should read them one day. Even though I already knew what was going to happen in the firt book, I still thoroughly enjoyed it.

  5. I’ve seen the first season of True Blood maybe the second. I stopped watching after that. The books end up being very different from the series. You’ll find that there are extra characters in the series and some of the characters that in appear in both manage to stay alive in the series but not the book. I need to watch the other two seasons. I just don’t have HBO.

  6. A Muggle's Magical Book Blog says:

    Great review! Can’t wait for season 4 🙂

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