Dead Until Dark, by Charlaine Harris
Finished 9-26-11, rating 4.5/5, Vampire mystery, 292 pages, pub. 2001
You can tell I don’t get out much. And it’s not because I’m not pretty. I am. I’m blond and blue-eyed and twenty-five, and my legs are strong and my bosom is substantial, and I have a waspy waistline. I look good in the warm weather waitress outfit Sam picked for us: black shorts, white socks, black Nikes.
But I have a disability. That’s how I try to think of it.
The bar patrons just say I’m crazy.
Either way, the result is that I almost never have a date. So little treats count a lot with me.
And he sat at one of my tables-the vampire.
Sookie is a waitress in Louisiana. Bill is a vampire trying to assimilate into the human world. While vampires are now legal beings they are not really accepted so when dead waitresses start showing up, Bill is in trouble.
I really don’t read vampire stories. I did read the first Twilight and was entertained, but not so overwhelmed that I wanted to read more. So, I skimmed all the reviews on this one and thought that I would give it a try someday, but it wasn’t until I picked this first one up at Border’s and then realized it would help me on two challenges that I started to read. The verdict is still out on vampires in general, but I totally loved this book.
What’s there to say about Sookie that has’t already been said? Sookie knows who she is and isn’t afraid to show the world. She hadn’t really considered the upside of her ’disability’ and it was fun to see her start to see herself in a new light. I loved that she was brave and impulsive and looking for some excitement.
The plot had more serious twists than I was expecting and that’s a good thing. The mystery was solid, but it was much more fun finding out more about vampire protocol. A vampire book I loved. Who knew?
This was so much fun to read that I know I will be continuing on with Sookie, Bill & Co. It was light and fun and told with great humor and sass.
This was from my personal library. I picked it up (and way too many other books from my wish list) from Border’s for practically nothing.