Saturday, November 29, 2008

Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris

Dead Until Dark is the first book in the Southern Vampire series and centers around Bon Temps, Louisiana waitress Sookie Stackhouse. Although she is not a vampire, she is not quite human either, as she has the ability to read others thoughts. So you can imagine her desire not to date!

During one of her shifts at the bar Merlotte where she works, she can't help but notice a vampire sitting in her section with the Rattrays (aka the Rats), two town locals known for causing trouble. A vampire sighting is not all that strange, as they are becoming more mainstream since the invention of synthetic blood, available at most bars and convenience stores.

Smelling trouble, Sookie follows Bill the vampire to the parking lot and saves him from the Rats. In return, Bill rescues Sookie from the Rats' retaliation, and the two are attracted to one other, especially since Bill seems to be the only one whose thoughts she cannot read.

While Sookie and Bill are embarking on a romantic relationship, women from Bon Temps seem to keep turning up dead with old bite marks on their necks, suggesting a vampire may have something to do with their deaths. With a killer on the loose, Sookie fears for her life. Will she be the next victim?

Dead Until Dark features a quirky cast of characters, from Sookie's womanizing brother Jason to Bubba, a vampire with a penchant for cat blood. I will admit that I am not a huge fan of vampire fiction, but this book was just so cute; I devoured it!

Also note that Sookie Stackhouse appears in the television series True Blood. I am a bit skeptical to see this series, as I am afraid it will ruin the book!

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