Monday, October 31

Book Review: Dead Until Dark

Title: Dead Until Dark

Author: Charlaine Harris

Pages: EBook (Approx 218)

Summary: Sookie Stackhouse is a cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana, but she keeps to herself and doesn't date much because of her "disability" to read minds. When she meets Bill, Sookie can't hear a word he's thinking. He's the type of guy she's waited for all of her life, but he has a disability, too--he's a vampire with a bad reputation. When one of Sookie's coworkers is killed, she fears she's next

My Rating: 7.5/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: The book surprised me. I didn't love it, and I'm not about to run out and grab the whole series, but will likely read the next couple books, perhaps slowly crawl my way through the rest of the series, as I did enjoy the book and its overall plot.

I never realized it was more murder mystery with a paranormal and paranormal romance twist. From what I've seen from the show and experience from other books in the genre, I kind of assumed it was the grandmother to the Twilight series - and there were some interesting similarities to the books - but it was nothing like I originally thought, which made for a really good read. I enjoyed the murder mystery aspect of the book, the author did a great job at setting up the scene and kept you guessing at who the murder was. I also enjoyed her paranormal side of the book, I wish more was explained about it though. Vampires seemed to be accepted that they exist and walk amount the world - I'd like to see more about the why and the how this all happens and what other paranormal critters are accepted as part of everyday life.

What I didn't like - the characters weren't ones that are very memorable, so far they are similar to all the other characters in similar books - I was waiting for that extra push to make them jump out, I'm hoping in later books this happens. I also didn't like the romance between Billy and Sookie. Well, more one aspect and that was the feeding-drinking blood while - being romantic with each other. I just find that - disturbing on so many levels. And I'm not thrilled with the prospects of a love triangle in future books.

Otherwise, I did enjoy the book - the author is a talented writer and her novel has surprised me in how much I enjoyed it.

Would I recommend it to read: I would, after reading it and realizing the book was different than what I thought I would recommend the book to fans of paranormal/mystery books.

What to read next: The next book in the series, The Women of the Otherworld Serie.

Challenges: 11 in 11, 100+ Challenge, Fantasy Reading Challenge,


  1. I recommended these books to my mom, and she is tearing her way through them. I haven't started them yet though, which is slightly ironic! It sounds like I could really get behind this series and use it as an escape during those rough patches. Great and very reflective review, Jules!

  2. So many people really like this series, but despite a couple attempts I just can't seem to get to a place where I enjoy them. It's really too bad! Good review!

  3. I read this one awhile back and while I liked it, I didn't love it. I've never continued on with the series so maybe I'll end up rereading this one before I try to continue on. I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed it so much!

  4. Zibilee - They are good choices for a lazy weekend afternoon. A good choice if you enjoy the genre.

    Kailana - Series isn' for everyone. I'm not completely hooked my self, it was better than what I expected, which is probably why I enjoyed it so much.

    samantha.1020 - I'm not sure when I'll read the next one, to many other books in the way, eventually I'll try.