Michelle’s Review: Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris


From the Stash is just my way to denote when something is from before I had the blog. I have been reviewing books since January 2010 so I’d like to showcase some of that past work.

dead dark_tie-in comp.inddDead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris

Published: September 3rd 2008 by Ace Books (first published January 1st 2001)
Format/Source: Purchased Paperback
Series: Sookie Stackhouse #1
Originally Reviewed: January 2010
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 292


Sookie Stackhouse is a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana. She’s quiet, keeps to herself, and doesn’t get out much. Not because she’s not pretty. She is. It’s just that, well, Sookie has this sort of “disability.” She can read minds. And that doesn’t make her too dateable. And then along comes Bill. He’s tall, dark, handsome – and Sookie can’t ‘hear’ a word he’s thinking. He’s exactly the kind of guy she’s been waiting for all her life.

But Bill has a disability of his own: He’s a vampire. Worse than that, hangs with a seriously creepy crowd, with a reputation for trouble – of the murderous kind.

And when one of Sookie’s colleagues is killed, she begins to fear she’ll be next …



I watched the True Blood series before reading the books. It was interesting to see where the television series decided to deviate from the books. I’m not entirely certain I would have liked this book had I not been obsessed with the television series. It was certainly not what you could consider literature, but it was a good read that was definitely better written than Twilight. I would have appreciated a bit more concerning the actual mystery than the various grievances of main character Sookie.

Overall, it was a nice, simple read that kept me captivated until I finished it, but did not leave me with a sense of awe once I did.

Having finished reading this for the second time, I can say I still enjoyed it. I agree with some of the other readers that it was sort of confusing to figure out how Sookie felt about her sexuality in the beginning. It is one of those books that maybe isn’t the best but gives you little pleasures that make the book worth it. There’s just moments throughout the book that make the girl in me go “ooooo!” and perhaps blush in public.

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What do you think?

  • I just finished this book a week ago! It was a reread for me, too. Sookie’s sexuality didn’t cross my mind; how do you think she is confused? The Sookie Stackhouse series is one of my favorite fluffy series (and I’ve had the same problem about blushing in public =] ).

    • Michelle Michelle says:

      If I’m remembering correctly, I believe I felt that way because in one instance she’ll be confident that she’s sexually attractive and wear provocative clothing, but then will vascilate into wondering whether Bill will find her attractive and being innocent about it. Admittedly, I reread this a while ago, so I wonder if I were to re-reread it would I feel the same way or if she is just exhibiting some insecurity. But yes, it’s quite the nice fluffy and sexy series! I have yet to finish the series and I’m not sure if I’ll ever have the time to, but it’s still a series (and the TV show!) that remains close to my heart, regardless of how ridiculous it gets.

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