Dead Until Dark
By Charlaine Harris
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's a very cute bubbly blonde - or not interested in a social life. She really is . . . but Sookie's got a bit of a disability. She can read minds. And that doesn't make her too dateable. And then along comes Bill: he's tall, he's dark and he's handsome - and Sookie can't 'hear' a word he's thinking. He's exactly the type of guy she's been waiting all her life for. But Bill has a disability of his own: he's fussy about his food, he doesn't like suntans and he's never around during the day . . . Yep, Bill's a vampire. Worse than that, he hangs with a seriously creepy crowd, with a reputation for trouble - of the murderous kind. And then one of Sookie's colleagues at the bar is killed, and it's beginning to look like Sookie might be the next victim . .
Sonnet Says:Anyone whose watched the True Blood series on HBO will love the books the spawned it.
While waiting for the last book in this series, Dead Ever After, (yes sadly the series is coming to an end) I thought I would go back and read the Sookie books from the very beginning. I absolutely love it. The first book introduces us to the world of Bon Temps Louisiana and after waiting to meet one since their coming out of the coffin, telepath and waitress Sookie Stackhouse sets eyes on her first vampire. This leads her into a world of trouble where she will have to use the ability she's considered a curse her whole life to save hers and those around her. In this book her love interest is Bill Compton, vampire and native son of Bon Temps whose returned home to reclaim his family land now that its legal to do so. Bill is dark haired and handsome and intriguing. I love their relationship in this first book, its very sweet. Also I love that the vampires in this book are real vampires, no pining over the evils of their past, no whining teen angst and they bite. Real vampires do, they bite, they drink human blood and they show off how strong and fast they are to mortals. Otherwise where is the fun in being undead.
This was also the first book I came across with a telepath for a lead character. I hadn't seen that since I was a kid and used to read X-Men comics. Sookie is very realistic, she isn't like the super heroes I used to read as a kid, she doesn't know everything about her power, even after years of living with it she's still learning what she can do, she tells us about the down sides of telepathy as well as the ups and she works a regular job. She doesn't want much more from life than to work, live and find love. Despite having a supernatural power she just wants to have a normal life. Which admittedly gets harder when you start dating a vampire, discover your boss is a shapeshifter with a crush on you and that someone is killing off people that she herself fits the profile of.
This book is exciting, the action draws you in and the character dynamics keep you enthralled from page to page. By the end of the book you'll be rushing out to get the next one. (Which is Living Dead in Dallas btw)