Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris – A Review

I remember picking this book up because of the show, I figured that I would give it a shot because the show wasn’t terrible in season one. It’s been a bit since I read it but I do remember it so I figured that I would post a review because I haven’t put up reviews of the books on my shelf so here it goes!

Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse #1)

Sookie Stackhouse is just a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana. Until the vampire of her dreams walks into her life-and one of her coworkers checks out….

Maybe having a vampire for a boyfriend isn’t such a bright idea.


I didn’t like this book all that much. The biggest part is that it’s slow, because of so much exposition and Sookie, besides having that name, just was infuriating. The descriptions of her daily routine were not necessary at all. She didn’t do the thing that you thought she should do and while that’s fine it just left me annoyed at every turn. I love vampire stories, and I remember thinking that the idea that vampires aren’t in hiding anymore was so interesting. It was part of why I even watched the show.

Sookie however wasn’t the kind of main character that I liked reading about. Bill was boring and there was so much of him in the book that it was hard to really like it. The other characters aren’t fleshed out enough to really like them at this point which is disappointing considering the characters that we do learn the most about aren’t interesting.

Sookie feels her ability is a disability, and it’s clear that why she likes Bill is because she can’t hear his thoughts. Her reaction to her Gran dying is so not the way a person would act that it felt like she didn’t care which doesn’t make any sense.

Overall I think that the world in Dead Until Dark is interesting but it’s a poorly written start, the future books could have gotten better for all I know but really I don’t understand why this couldn’t have been better. I wanted to like this book and I’m sure that it’s well liked because it has a bit of that trashy romance feeling at times that it appeals to a large audience. There is also the fact that the show was super popular and it was the only reason I bought the book in the first place.

What did you think of this series? If you liked it what did you like about it? Comments always welcome.

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