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…
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!
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