Author: Charlaine Harris
First Published: 2002
Page Count: 291
Film/ TV Adaptation: Yes*
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Note: Book 2 of The Southern Vampire Mysteries
Otherworldly mysteries converge in the small town of Bon Temps where feisty Sookie Stackhouse once again finds herself in the middle of dangerously thrilling vampire business.
*Variety of supernatural elements *Delicious Love Triangle
“You’ve reached Fangtasia, where the undead live again every night. For bar hours, press one. To make a party reservation, press two. To talk to a live person or a dead vampire, press three. Or, if you were intending to leave a humorous prank message on our answering machine, know this: we will find you.’” Sookie Stackhouse is a telepathic bar waitress in small town Bon Temps, who is just trying to lead a normal life. However, her boyfriend, Bill Compton, is a vampire and she also has caught the eye of the leader in their vampire area Eric Northman. She soon learns that being this connected to the undead seems to lead her into dangerous encounters with other supernatural beings. Sookie must try stay alive while helping Bill and Eric solve the mystery of a missing vampire in the latest entry in the series.
The main characters, Sookie, Eric, and Bill, are what bring me back to this series. The love triangle between them slowly builds throughout the story but is just enough tension to make you want more. Without the interfering ways of the hunky Eric Northman, the Bill and Sookie love story might fall flat after a while. This book was also very interesting because it wasn’t just focused on vampires. And it’s not like the author just went the extra step and added werewolves; there are quite a few new groups (supernatural and human) that Sookie and the gang encounter which really liven up the book. When’s the last time you read a paranormal book with a maenad in it?
There really was nothing wrong with this book in my eyes. It’s fast paced and to the point. You don’t feel bogged down in useless dialogue between pivotal scenes. There are also a couple different plots in the short almost three hundred pages of the book which give the reader a lot to be interested in. Then you’ve got the sexy love story to add just enough spice to the plot. At book number two in this series, you don’t feel tired of the world Harris created or the characters.
Even if you’ve seen the TV show, the books differ slightly and I think they’re worth reading. This series has short books that deliver on every page and the stories are fresh with each book (so far). I’m bummed I’m only at the beginning of this series and there are so many books to go, but if they stay consistent to what I’ve read and enjoyed so far, then I don’t mind shelling out the cash to complete the series.
*TV Adaptations: (True Blood Starring Anna Paquin 2008-2014)