Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris

For those of us who sometimes wish we could read other people’s minds, Sookie Stackhouse would probably warn us to ‘be careful what you wish for’.  Sookie’s been able to read minds since childhood—assuming that everyone could, she revealed this ability and because of others’ reactions, soon learned to hide it.  She now tries to block other people’s thoughts but that requires a lot of effort and it causes her to appear somewhat scattered, earning her the nickname ‘Crazy Sookie’.

Being able to read minds is also a handicap when it comes to dating—her limited experience has been distracting at best and intimidating at worst.  She’s delighted to meet a man whose thoughts are blocked to her—he’s a vampire but at least she doesn’t know if he thinks the dress she’s wearing makes her look fat.  Bill is also intrigued by Sookie—she’s not afraid of him and she’s not drawn to him because she has a vampire obsession—plus his ‘glamour’ doesn’t work on her at all.  Unfortunately, the vampire community is rather intimate and Bill’s fellow vampires aren’t as interested in ‘mainstreaming’ (co-existing with humans).

In addition to antisocial vampires, Sookie also faces danger from an unknown serial killer who seems to be targeting ‘fang-bangers’ (women who date vampires).  Dead Until Dark is a good mix of paranormal, romance and mystery—highly recommended!  Twilight fans should definitely check out this series.

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    Melissa said,

    I’m nearly convinced to read it. I may give it a try but I can’t get passed the accents from the show.

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    lightheartedlibrarian said,

    I haven’t watched the show–it sounds like that may be a good thing! Try it, try it, try it . . .

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