Publisher: Ace (September 3, 2008)
With the first taste I got from the world of Charliane Harris is that everything is basically the same as in ours, only Vampire’s are out and about. They are talking on Oprah, have civil rights and their blood is considered quite the enhancer. May this be health wise, to spice up once bed activities or get an overall high. I got acquainted with Drainers, who drain the vampire’s from their blood and I met fang-bangers, who are men and women that let themselves get necked by vampires.
Now the downside of the first person narrative is that the reader needs to like the character from whose point of view everything is told. Though I liked Sookie and felt she had enough quirky thoughts and feelings to keep my interest at a steady level I couldn’t feel myself wanting to dive head on in to know all about her life and love. Bill remains a bit of a mystery throughout the story and the author gives very little that makes me get all hot and bothered about him. The chemistry between her and Bill are - to say the least - a bit odd. Though the attraction is there I fail to feel the emotions between them, the humor is there but I can’t seem to completely understand or pick up on it. The plot is evident but I wanted it to be more fleshed out. My mind say’s it is a good, qualitative and amusing story that spins off a fresh series but I can’t seem to feel it…and that is what I ultimately want. I want to succumb myself into a story that makes me flip the pages in anticipation and makes me feel the exchange of the words: ‘I love you.’
Through Sookie a small town comes alive for me with all the habitants and distinctive architecture. If there is one thing I feel the author has hit spot on is the atmosphere of a true southern small town with various colorful people. The issue of the vampires being recognized by the government still proves to be difficult to accept for many. With a substantial secondary cast it holds interesting character development for future novels and it completes the setting of this tale. In Dead Until Dark I got a mere taste of a few like Sam, the owner of Merlotte’s, Eric a vampire not to mess with, or the brother of Sookie, Jason.
I feel that if you’re in the mood for a different, slightly dark vampire read then Charlaine Harris with her Southern Vampire series is the way to go.