Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
Series: Sookie Stackhouse, #1
Genre: Fantasy | Paranormal | Romance
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 326 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on July 9th 2009 by Gollancz
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I read the Finnish version, “Veren Voima”.
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…
I first picked this series when first few seasons were on TV. I really enjoyed the show and I heard that there were more Eric in the books, so I decided to pick it up. I DNF’d the series after few chapter in book ten. I just knew some spoilers and weren’t that into it. I’m hoping that I get to finish this series now that I’ve had few years to cover from the shock of those spoilers and how the show ended.
Dead Until Dark is another book I never planned re-reading. I always thought if I wanted to re-read this series I’d start from Dead To The World but then I saw Destiny @ Howling Libraries reviewed this book, so of course my brain immediately went to ‘I need to re-read that book”.
I like that the heroine in this book knew that she was pretty and went to detail what she thinks that is pretty about her. There’s so many female characters that think they’re ugly and plain but then they have like ten guys after them, so this was refreshing. I also like how Sookie knew what about her would make people turn off from her, like the fact that the whole town thinks that she’s crazy because of her ‘disability’.
The romance was enjoyable enough, even though I found Bill not to be a good character. There were few things that especially annoyed me, like him telling Sookie to wear longer skirts or complaining about the iron in her blood. That is not an okay thing to say to any woman. Women can wear whatever they want without a man (or vampire) having to comment about it.
Can I just say that book! Jason is so much better for me so far than TV! Jason. It’s so sweet that he always stands up when he sees her grandmother and hugs her even though he is as conceited as in the show.
All in all I actually enjoyed this re-read more than I was expecting, considering how I feel about the hero. I did enjoy the little differences between the book and the show. there were also some characters I hope to see more in later books, besides Eric. One of these characters is JB. I have mixed feeling about him at the moment since he’s so sweet and nice but some of his thoughts can be disturbing.