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Series: Sookie Sackhouse #2
Published by Orbit on April 1st 2004
Genres: fantasy, paranormal, romance
Source: the library
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Cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse is having a streak of bad luck. First her co-worker is killed, and no one seems to care. Then she comes face to-face with a beastly creature that gives her a painful and poisonous lashing. Enter the vampires, who graciously suck the poison from her veins (like they didn't enjoy it).
The point is: they saved her life. So when one of the bloodsuckers asks for a favor, she obliges - and soon Sookie's in Dallas, using her telepathic skills to search for a missing vampire. She's supposed to interview certain humans involved, but she makes one condition: the vampires must promise to behave and let the humans go unharmed. But that's easier said than done, and all it takes is one delicious blonde and one small mistake for things to turn deadly....
I originally read this book in 2008, and I’m pretty sure I’ve read it at least once since then, but not recorded on goodreads.
I read most of the books – I think all but the last one – before ever watching True Blood, and I’ve only watched the first four or so seasons of True Blood, though I will finish them (I got interrupted by new fall television).
I also skip 99% of the sex, so won’t touch upon that in the review really. I’m not a prude, I’m just not really interested in reading romance/sex.
I’ll also mention briefly that I always have grave difficulty in reviewing a book that has hundreds or thousands of reviews, especially a book that most people rave about – what I can possibly say that no one else has?
(I’ll also mention I’m planning on cutting / pasting the above for however many SS books I happen to reread and review. Right now, I’m planning on doing all of them, along with the Anita Blake series, but we’ll see).
So, here goes.
This one is another quick read, and very different from the show in a lot of aspects. I’m realizing part of the appeal of this series is just how quick/fast of a read they are. There’s still more world-building in this one, and we meet a few new characters and learn more about the old ones. Sookie continues to get herself and others into trouble, and this bothered me a bit in this book. The big mystery of who kills her coworker almost feels like an afterthought. It’s mentioned a few times, and then all of a sudden there’s a big scene at the end where Sookie feels really uncomfortable and embarrassed and then some people die and the mystery is solved and the book just ends (like honestly, all the books in the series do). I think I mentioned this for book one: if I was reading these books for the first time now, I don’t think I’d continue because there’s just no meat in the book at all, the plot is just so thin/light, and nothing really happens except a lot of little scenes.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges: