If you have read my blog for a while now, you would know that I am a big fan of True Blood. You would also know that I have read the book series for it. For a while now, I have been wanting to reread the whole series again. I don’t know why but I did. And I loved it. It reminded me of why I started this series in the first place. Anyway, let’s just jump into the review now, which is spoiler free, because as always, you need to check this book out.
Title: Dead Until Dark
Author: Charlaine Harris
Publisher: Ace Books
Released: May 1, 2001
Pages: 292 (Mass Market Paperback)
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….
About the Author: Charlaine Harris Schulz is an American New York Times bestselling author who has been writing mysteries for thirty years. She was born and raised in the Mississippi River Delta area of the United States. She now lives in southern Arkansas with her husband and three children. Through her early work consisted largely of poems about ghosts and, later, teenage angst, she began writing plays when she attended Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. She began to write books a few years later. Her later books have been in the urban fantasy genre. She is best known for The Southern Vampire Mysteries series, which HBO later adapted for its dramatic series entitled True Blood.
Sookie Stackhouse had a pretty regular life. She went to work as a waitress at a bar. She came home and spent the rest of her time with her grandmother and cat. Something that she does that no one else is doing is reading people’s thoughts. But since vampires are out of the coffin, literally, Sookie Stackhouse is finally going to learn things she never imagined. Sookie soon learns that she can’t hear their thoughts and why people don’t really think about them as people. Well, at least people who are living.
I forgot how well this book captivated the reader. And even when you have read the book, you still learn and figure something else new about this book. It was just so fun to read. There really wasn’t a moment that I felt like I was bored or that I had to go back and reread something to understand what was going on.
Charlaine Harris’ writing is just so creative and so descriptive that I love it. She has some sort of way of describing stuff that you can really see it in front of you. The characters come out. Basically, it is like the show coming out in front of you. This is probably something that I only do but since I love the show so much, I’m sort of imagining the cast as in the book and their voice is basically what I hear when I read their part. But in my opinion, I feel like this has to be one of my favorite vampire books in the work. I also feel like this is the reason that we have so many vampire books out there. It has to be one of the best since it goes into so much detail and describes so much more of the vampire world.
I love the characters in this series, no matter how crazy they might be. I feel like they are so thought out and they have a great backstory. There were so many added details that were added from the very beginning of the book. You might think some of these details aren’t needed at the beginning of the book but you really are going to need by the end of the book. Almost all the characters are connected, either they like it or not. And I love that. The characters are so different but yet at the same time, they are so similar.
One of my favorite things about this book is the fact that it is not just a book about vampires but it is also a mystery. There are these people who are being killed, possibly because they are vampire ‘hookers’ in a sense. While you are reading the book, you are trying to figure out who is behind it. You are also trying to figure out all these little pieces and how everyone is heading in the next book, which I can’t wait to pick up.
Overall, I would have to give this book a 5 out of 5. It has to be one of the best books I have read in a while. It even pulled me out of this reading slump I didn’t even know I was in. This book also reminded me why I am not buying books in a while. If you are looking for a good mystery and about vampires, this is the book you need.
Have you read this book? What did you think about it? Did you read the whole series? What was your favorite book in the series? Who was your favorite character? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!