"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. "
Blurb from Dead Until Dark (Book 1) - From GoodReads
I first heard of this series because of True Blood. Yeah, I'm one of those that got late in the game LOL. At the time I hadn't started my obsession with UF and PNR so it was quite understandable that a couch potato like me learned of the TV show before finding out there was a book series behind it.
After I got addicted to reading everything paranormal, this series kept popping into my radar. I had already seen the show and loved it, because of that I was reluctant to read it. That doesn't make any sense? I'll explain. I HATE reading a book that has become as series/movie after I have already watched the series/movie.
An example was the Dresden File series by Jim Butcher. I had seen some of the TV show's episodes and therefore felt tainted when I started reading book one. It took me forever to finish it, but by the end I got really into it. I feel that I need a blank slate when reading a book series and not being influenced by the TV or the movies.
I finally gave in and bought a box with books 1-8 and even after that it took me a while to start it. I did and I have to say I was done for after that. Book one was a bit shaky, because of the damn comparison with the TV show that kept going through my mind, but after that? Damn, I was in love! I read the 9 Books out so far in a week and I want more and more...
The Sookie Stackhouse series is not deep and does not try to be something that it isn't. It's a fun series, with interesting characters that live in a world like our own, but where Vampires are not only real, but have just "come out of the coffin".
The Sookie in the book is so much better than the TV one. She is strong, loyal, fun, interesting and you can't help but love her and feel for her. She is just great. I loved her sense of humor and her loyalty to her friends. I loved that she sticks up for herself even to powerful vamps that would leave anyone else trembling.
A lot goes on from Book 1 until the latest installment and I don't want to spoil anything, but I have to say that all the books so far are fast paced, fun and full of adventure. There are tons of secondary characters that make the world Sookie lives in very interesting and rich.
In the romance department we have to deal with Bill, Sam, Eric and more... Personally I LOVE Eric and am definitely part of TEAM ERIC hehe. The sex scenes aren't up to erotic standards, but they are there and I have to say that at times, they were very steamy, specially where Eric was concerned ::fans self::
Best Book so far: I have to say it was "Dead to the World" (Book 4) - A lot of a Eric and a lot of fun =)
Most Difficult Book to read: "Dead and Gone" (Book 8) - A lot happens in this book and it has a lot of pain. Some people have told me they were very disappointed with it, I actually enjoyed this book a lot. But it was definitely a hard book, specially having to see Sookie suffer so much.
Worst Book so far: "Touch of Dead" (Book 9 - Short Stories collection) - after finishing book 8 I went on the hunt for anything Sookie and was quite disappointed with this one. A couple stories were fun, but it was montly Blah! for me...
All in all, I LOVED this series. Sookie is no Kate Daniels of Allie Beckstrom. She is not the kick-ass heroine we are used to seeing in Urban Fantasy books. However she does kick-ass in her own way, by being brave, fun and flawed. She is far from perfect and that makes her more real and even more lovable. She makes the wrong choices a lot of the time and can be so irritating, but you can't help but love her anyways.
I recommend this series to any Paranormal fan out there. You won't be disappointed!
Smut Level: 2.5/5 =)
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