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Dead Until Dark: A Sookie Stackhouse Vampire Mystery - Charlaine Harris
Advantages: keeps you gripped but is easy to follow, great story, exciting!
My younger sister has recently developed a love for vampire novels, since reading the Twilight saga, so when I read about Dead Until Dark I had to order it for her for Christmas. However, I got very bored at work on the day that the book arrived and decided to start reading.
Dead Until Dark follows Sookie Stackhouse, a small town waitress who has a unique gift, she can read other people's minds.
The world has changed drastically and vampires are now accepted in society and can live among humans, due to the developement of synthetic blood by the Japanese which means vampires no longer have to feed on humans.
When a vampire comes into the bar that Sookie works in one night, her life changes dramatically. Bill, the vampire, instantly attracts Sookie's attention, when she reads the thoughts of someone he is talking to in the bar and realises he is in danger, she sets to save him. This brings the two together and aids them in developing an amazing relationship.
As everyone begins to accept Bill into their community, the police begin to come accross a series of murders and people begin to doubt Bill's innocence.
Is Bill killing the young women of Bon Temps or is someone trying to set him up?
I am very happy that I picked this book up, I thoroughly enjoyed it and devoured it in one sitting!
The story does remind me a lot of Twilight, I don't want to say how as this will give some of the story away but if you read it you will see what I mean. Whilst reading, I was thinking that maybe Harris had taken her ideas from the Twilight saga, however, after a little investigation, I found that this book was released years before Twilight. This did upset me a little as I feel Twilight has received way too much attention in comparison to this novel, despite this being better and having the ideas first. But what can you do?
Mentioning Twilight again (this is the last time, I promise), I find I get bored reading it as it is just the basic love story, with a little action in the background. Dead Until Dark was the opposite, with a huge murder investigation going on and then a love story building up throughout. I think I found this book so interesting as it kept me gripped and held my attention, plus the characters don't seem as pathetic as Twilight (I'm done with the Twilight now!).
I would definately, 100%, recommend this book to anyone who loves a good vampire story, it is very easy to follow but keeps you gripped.
The novels have now been made into the True Blood TV series, I have never seen any of these so cannot compare them but I may have to invest in the first season.
Summary: A great read, definately recommended to vampire fans!