I’ll confess: I didn’t expect to get sucked in to the Sookie Stackhouse series. I’m not really into the vampire craze (I tried to read Twilight and HATED it), so when someone told me I’d enjoy the HBO series True Blood, as well as the novels, I laughed it off. But then, my husband and I watched the first episode out of curiosity, and we were both interested enough to continue. I started to read the books, and here I am, at book #5.
In short: Sookie, having housed and bedded Eric in Dead to the World, is now dealing with the repercussions of shooting and killing Debbie Pelt out of self-defense, worrying about her brother Jason turning into a werepanther, and trying to solve the mystery of who is shooting shapeshifters in Bon Temps. Of course, the entanglements with Eric, Bill, Alcide, Sam, and possibly newcomer Quinn, all come into play.
Don’t get me wrong, the Sookie Stackhouse novels are not exactly highbrow reading, and it seems like Ms. Harris is well aware of it. But as a stressed-out doctoral student, I find the books to be a quick and easy read, sort of like candy. Sookie is an energetic, independent young woman, who, in spite of her bad taste in Bill (I’ll be honest: Bill’s mopey attitude drives me nuts), is an interesting character with a lot of amusing asides to share with readers. If you like a quick read that doesn’t require a lot of thought and some suspension of disbelief, then you might enjoy the Sookie Stackhouse series. Definitely worth a one-time read for me.
This review is also posted on my blog, The Universe Disturbed.