My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Ahem, I am probably gonna be in the minority here, had heard so much about the True Blood TV series and the Sookie Stackhouse book series on which it has been based, that I had been waiting to give it a try.
After having read quite a few books with hidden vampires, Dead Until Dark gave a total flip to the ‘hiding’ element. The world created by the author was fabulous with vampire bars and words like vampire groupies, fang bangers and what not. The humorous elements in the book were absolutely delightful and I can see why it is so easy to conceptualize into a TV show. However, Dead Until Dark was, I should say like a cracker sputtering or it probably could be too many paranormal books in my bag right now, but I just couldn’t enjoy it wholly. Parts of the story were exciting and I loved how Gran uses Bill to talk about Civil War for her group, Sookie’s physic abilities, and the slow romance that develops between Sookie and Bill.
The murder mystery adds an intriguing layer but there was something about the character of Sookie that just didn’t work for me. There were places that her naivety highlights the blonde bimbo stereotype and I hate it when waitresses are categorized in that way. All the same, I loved how the author showed Sookie’s courage in dealing with the murderer and there was no vampire always rushing in to save the damsel in distress.
Sookie Stackhouse is just a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana. Until the vampire of her dreams walks into her life-and one of her coworkers checks out….
Maybe having a vampire for a boyfriend isn’t such a bright idea.
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