Bookgeek 411: “Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse #1)”

Spoiler Alert: As with all book reviews, there are chances of spoilers so proceed with caution.

Charlaine Harris's Dead Until Dark
From my GoodReads Review:

For a full review you can take peek at my blog,, but overall I enjoyed this story. I like the mix of paranormal mystery-romance. Ms. Harris’ blend of paranormal and reality is well done and Sookie is a strong main character. I’m interested to see her grow throughout the series.

Being a book geek, I was aware of this series for some time, but I never took to it–even though it seemed to merge me two favorite genres: Mystery and the Supernatural. Of course, this serious finally caught my undivided attention when the final book was released earlier this year. Having started my work in the library just prior to this release (February, the book was released in May), the reaction from the fans to the final book took me off guard and I just had to find out what the buzz was all about.

So, The Sookie Stackhouse series made it onto my TBR list.

Having recently finished Dead Until Dark, I’m glad I decided to leap into this world. Sookie Stackhouse isn’t the strongest protagonist I’ve met, but I like her personality. I like her spunk. And I like her ‘disability.’

Sookie is a telepath. In the past, whenever I gave thought to this unique … ability, I always pictured it the way Harris makes Sookie experience it. And actually, perhaps, this view of telepathic powers was pressed upon my mind when Prue, from Charmed, accidentally inherited that gift (remember that episode?). Anyway, I like that she’s a telepath and not a witch or some other supernatural creature.

She’s a fun character and I loved reading through her adventures. The fact that there is some mystery to this story only enhances my enjoyment. And a murder mystery at that. I appreciate that element to Sookie’s adventure. And while I’m not doctor, cop, or detective, I thought the plot for this mystery was put together nicely.

As mentioned in my GoodReads preview, I like how Ms. Harris blends the paranormal with reality. It’s done quite nicely. In Sookie’s world, vampires have ‘come out of the coffin’ and has been recognized, mostly, as … well, that they exist. With the development of synthetic blood, they can live among humans–for the most part.

I am excited to see where this series leads. It’s intriguing and a bit exciting. And like I said, I’m excited to see Sookie grow and develop into her ability.

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