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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris

Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse, #1) Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris









My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Ok so I just made a great long review on this and hit exit by mistake so I guess I'm going to have to do it over... so sorry if it's a little so/so. hehe.
I'm behind on reviews, so I may review book 3 in a series before I review book 1.

Dead Until Dark is the first installment in the Southern Vampire Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris.
I was drawled into this series by the covers and found out what was in them was even better. I read these before the books inspired the HBO's True Bloos series, which |I do like.. But I love the books way better. Isn't that always the case?
I found the books got better with each new one, I got more into the plots and characters and found I was hooked. It really is a great series.
Sookie is a fun and sexy character with a cute southern accent.
Sookie has a gift. She can read minds of those around her. She con­sid­ers her telepa­thy a dis­abil­ity because many of the towns­peo­ple con­sider her crazy. One day while working at Merlot's bar she Bill the vampire walks in and she find she cannot hear his thoughts. Which is a over whelming relief to Sookie. She immediately takes to him.
In this series most vampires don't drink from humans anymore they drink synthetic blood.(true blood), which makes them less monstrous to most humans.(and able to associate with humans.)
I really loved this series and would recommend this to fans of the supernatural and vampires/mystery/romance. It's a great series!

Synopsis:

In Dead Until Dark Sookie Stackhouse is a telepath who lives in a world where vampires have come out to the public and become legal citizens since the Japanese developed a synthetic blood. True Blood makes it possible for vampires to live in the open without the need to hunt humans for sustenance. Sookie lives with her grandmother Adele Stackhouse and has an older brother Jason.

Sookie falls in love with a vampire, a Civil War veteran named Bill Compton. Amazingly, vampires' minds are 'silent' to Sookie, which is heaven for her as human minds are difficult to shut out and bombard her constantly with their thoughts. In his first visit, Sookie saves him from the Rattrays (vampire drainers), and Bill returns the favor the next day when the Rattrays attack Sookie.

In the meantime, there are several murders in Bon Temps, and people believe that Bill is behind the murders because many of the bodies have fang marks. The Bon Temps police suspect Sookie's brother Jason and arrest him because he has been romantically linked to two of the victims. Sookie wants to help her brother and asks Bill to take her to a vampire bar called Fangtasia in nearby Shreveport.

Fangtasia is owned by Eric Northman, a vampire sheriff who is much older and more powerful than Bill. Eric soon discovers that Sookie can be useful and orders Bill to have her use her telepathic ability to determine the identity of the person who has been stealing from his bar. Sookie finds out that Eric's partner, Long Shadow (vampire), has been stealing the money and she almost gets killed in the process. Eric saves Sookie's life by staking Long Shadow when he attacks her.

Back in Bon Temps, Sookie finds her grandmother Adele slaughtered in the kitchen.

Bill, concerned with Eric's power over him and Sookie, decides to improve his own position within their vampire hierarchy. He asks Bubba, a dim-witted vampire, to protect Sookie while he is gone.

Sookie discovers that her boss, Sam is a shape-shifter when she lets a stray dog sleep beside her and finds a naked Sam in the morning.

While Bill is gone, Sookie discovers that the murderer is her brother's friend Rene Lenier. He almost kills her, but she fights back. Badly injured, Sookie wakes up in the hospital and finds Bill by her side. Bill tells Sookie that he has become his area's investigator, working under Eric.

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