Dead Until Dark Review

Synopsis:

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/517BWVKUFZL._SX318_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg In this first installment, the author introduces the character of Sookie Stackhouse, a young telepathic waitress from the fictional town of Bon Temps, Louisiana, and her world, an alternate history where vampires, shapeshifters and other supernatural beings coexist with humans. In Dead Until Dark, Sookie begins a romantic entanglement with her vampire neighbor and is faced with a series of murders in town.

Review:

 I am giving Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris 4/5 stars.

I went into this novel/series quite blind compared to most people I know who have read it. I’ve never watched True Blood, I personally thought it was a soft core vampire fetish  porn based on everything I heard about it, but after finishing this novel, I must watch the TV show. I found myself being pulled into the story and the world that Harris created the moment I started reading it. Between the personality of Bon Temps and the characters living there, it is hard not to get sucked in.

Hands down, I love Sookie as a character. What I loved most about her throughout Dead Until Dark was watching her develop so much. When you are first introduced to her at the start of the book, she seems like this scared small town girl who is curious about the world and those who are not human, but as it goes on she develops into this brave and at times badass girl ready to take on whoever is in her way. I think my favorite moment from Dead Until Dark is when Eric summons Bill to bring Sookie to him, and when she gets there, she tries to make a deal with Eric, instead of just doing as she was told. It shocked me to see her act this way, as when the book started I felt like she wouldn’t of been so headstrong and well careless as we later find out how making that deal will affect her life.
I was definitely shocked overall by Dead Until Dark. I thought it was going to be this very romantic adult version Twilight type book, but found out that yes it was romantic, but also offered a great mystery that kept me wanting more and more as the story went on. And the identity of the killer! Holy crap! I did not see that coming! There was one point in which  I felt like I had figured out who the killer was, but right at that moment I learned about shapeshifters (which was a shock in itself) and ruined what I thought I had figured out. Any book that can hold my attention to a mystery and I can’t solve it until the last 20 pages of the book definitely deserves all kinds of love from me. I’m usually amazing at figuring out who murderers are in books or solving mysteries, but I literally gasped out loud when the murderer was revealed.

About the Author:

Charlaine HarrisCharlaine Harris (born November 25, 1951 in Tunica, Mississippi) is a New York Times bestselling author who has been writing for over twenty years. She was raised in the Mississippi River Delta area. Though her early works consisted largely of poems about ghosts and, later, teenage angst, she wrote plays when she attended Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. She began to write books a few years later.

After publishing two stand-alone mysteries, Harris launched a lighthearted series “starring” Georgia librarian Aurora Teagarden, with Real Murders, a Best Novel nominee for the 1990 Agatha Awards. Harris wrote eight Aurora titles. In 1996, she released the first of the much darker Shakespeare mysteries, featuring the amateur sleuth Lily Bard, a karate student who makes her living cleaning houses. Shakespeare’s Counselor, the fifth–and last– was printed in fall 2001.
After Shakespeare, Harris created The Sookie Stackhouse urban fantasy series about a telepathic waitress who works in a bar in the fictional Northern Louisiana town of Bon Temps. The first of these, Dead Until Dark, won the Anthony Award for Best Paperback Mystery in 2001. Each book follows Sookie as she tries to solve mysteries involving vampires, werewolves, and other supernatural creatures. The series, which now numbers nine titles, has been released worldwide.
Sookie Stackhouse proved to be so popular that Alan Ball, creator of Six Feet Under, announced he would undertake the production of a new show for HBO based upon the books. He wrote and directed the pilot episode for that series, True Blood, which premiered in September of 2008. It was an instant success and was quickly picked up for a second season.
In October 2005, Harris’s new mystery series about a young woman named Harper Connelly debuted with the release of Grave Sight. Harper has the ability to determine the cause of death of any body. There are now three Harper titles (GRAVE SIGHT, GRAVE SURPRISE, AN ICE COLD GRAVE) with a 4th (GRAVE SECRET) to be released in 2009.
Harris has also co-edited three very popular anthologies with her friend Toni L.P. Kelner. The anthologies feature stories with an element of the supernatural, and the submissions come from a rare mixture of mystery and urban fantasy writers.
Professionally, Harris is a member of the Mystery Writers of America and the American Crime Writers League. She is a member of the board of Sisters in Crime, and alternates with Joan Hess as president of the Arkansas Mystery Writers Alliance. Personally, Harris is married and the mother of three. She lives in a small town in Southern Arkansas and when she is not writing her own books, she reads omnivorously!
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