Summary from Goodreads:
Sookie Stackhouse is a cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana, but she keeps to herself and doesn’t date much because of her “disability” to read minds. When she meets Bill, Sookie can’t hear a word he’s thinking. He’s the type of guy she’s waited for all of her life, but he has a disability, too–he’s a vampire with a bad reputation. When one of Sookie’s coworkers is killed, she fears she’s next.
What I thought:
First off, I have to admit that I was totally turned off by the cover when I first saw it. This is not the cover I would have chosen for the book. I’m not really sure what it is, but it just hits me the wrong way.
However, I enjoyed reading this book a LOT. I read about it on a blog (I unfortunately can’t remember which one), and thought I’d check it out, since the TV series True Blood is based on it. I thought it couldn’t be too bad if it was on TV.
Once I started I couldn’t put it down. The world of vampires that Charlaine created totally sucked me in. It was like she thought of all the little things that really made the book believable.
My favorite character has to be Sookie of course. She’s a strong woman who isn’t afraid of letting people know what she thinks and doing things for herself. She’s willing to stick up for people and do what needs to be done. I really like Sookie’s independent attitude when it’s contrasted by Bill’s old fashioned chivalry. It makes me smile.
The pacing was great – I wanted to keep reading to find out what would happen next, while feeling like there wasn’t too much going on. Knowing that it’s a series, I was a little worried that the ending wouldn’t feel like an ending, that there would be a cliffhanger or things wouldn’t be tied up as much as I’d like, but I thought the ending was great, answering all the important questions while leaving a few unanswered to make you want to read the next book. I know a lot of people didn’t like Charlaine’s writing style, but I really did.
I’m pretty excited about reading the next one in the series, Living Dead in Dallas. In fact, I already have it on hold at the library.
Disclosure: I borrowed this book from the library.