Dead Until Dark | Charlaine Harris

As you all know vampire-lit is not my usual thing.

All the ones I’ve tried to read until now just leave me cold. They’re either too tedious and ernest or too teenage-angsty. So I started reading Dead Until Dark, the first book in the Sookie Stackhouse series reluctantly.

Sookie lives in a world where vampires and shape-shifters are accepted into polite society – even the polite society of small country town America. Vampires can walk into a bar and order a pint of artificial blood with anyone batting an eye. Having sex with a vampire can be pretty darn special…for those that survive the experience, that is!

Sookie is also special. She can read peoples thoughts. When we first meet Sookie this special gift is a curse. She has to work very hard to keep these thoughts out of her head as they drive her crazy. When Sookie meets her first vampire she is pleasantly surprised to discover that she can’t hear him. His thoughts are blocked and for the first she can truly relax around someone.

But no sooner does the first vampire turn up in town than locals begin to mysteriously die.

Sookie is sexy, funny and sassy. There is lots of sex, lots of death and lots of laughs. Charlaine Harris doesn’t take the genre seriously and as a result has written an engaging, light-hearted block-buster!

She left me wanting more.

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 type 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 of Sookie’s coworkers is killed, she fears she’s next….

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