Saturday, July 7
Book Review: Living Dead in Dallas
Author: Charlaine Harris
Pages: EBook - 192
Summary: Cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse is on a streak of bad luck. First, her coworker is murdered and no one seems to care. Then she's face-to-face with a beastly creature that gives her a painful and poisonous lashing. Enter the vampires, who graciously suck the poison from her veins (like they didn't enjoy it). Point is, they saved her life. So when one of the bloodsuckers asks for a favor, she complies. And soon, Sookie's in Dallas using her telepathic skills to search for a missing vampire. She's supposed to interview certain humans involved, but there's just one condition - the vampires must promise to behave, and let the humans go unharmed. Easier said than done. All it takes is one delicious blonde and one small mistake for things to turn deadly.
My Rating: 7.5/10
What I liked/disliked about the book: I read the first book in the series last year, and was surprised on how much I enjoyed it, the second installment was also a pleasant surprise. While I'm not in love with the series, I will continue on with it. I find them to be good books to read for a more casual, mindless read. And they are generally good paranormal books. I'm not a huge fan on the romance side of things, but it's not what I expected it to be either, which for me is a good thing and it's nothing like the television series, of what I've seen. Which in the small clips I've watched, made me want to have nothing to do with the series. I'm glad I took the chance.
Now one big issue I have with the series is the characters. I hope Sookie branches out on to her own self, and less hanging on to her vampire boyfriend. She seems to have a lot of strength to her, and I'd like that to shine more. I'm not a fan of Bill at all, but he is tolerable. He just rubs me the wrong way. So far, there isn't a character I love. Some I like, but there isn't that one character yet who you want to read about. I do like the paranormal, world tied in with the real world. I'm enjoying the different species, or creatures that are appearing, and want to see more of them. Especially the shape shifters, I'm very intrigued by them, and would like to see more.
This story was interesting, I do enjoy the mysteryesque story line tied into the main plot line that is continued throughout the series. This one was fast paced, and kept my interest. I pretty much read the book in a sitting. It did leave a few questions unanswered but I think these will be answered later on in the series. Overall it was a good book, and will be reading the next book in the series sooner rather than later.
Would I recommend it to read: I would. The books are well done, and nothing like the television series (at least from the few glimpses I've seen). The books content is similar to what you find in Kelley Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld series.
What to read next: More books from the series, women of the other world series
Challenges: 12 in 12, 100+ Challenge, Speculative Challenge