Book Review: Sookie Stackhouse Series

by Margo on March 26, 2012

Finally, an entry to my bookshelf! I read. All. of. The. Time. I was addicted to my Kindle (until it was hit by a car…long story), and I have four overflowing bookshelves spread out across three rooms. This is something I have wanted to do for a while, and I’m excited to finally get it up and running. :)

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If you haven’t heard of Sookie Stackhouse and the Southern Vampire Mystery Series, it’s time to crawl out from under the rock. All of the books spent an extended time on the bestsellers’ list, and the series has its own TV show on HBO (True Blood). ┬áMerchandise is sold online and in little tourism stores (at least it is in Boston).

I’m not a big fan of vampires. There. I said it. I did hear very good things about these books, though, so I finally ordered the box set (it features the first 8 books) as a birthday gift to myself. I didn’t know what to expect going into it. Corny vampire jokes? Bad plot that only worked because of the Twilight craze?

Whatever I was expecting, it wasn’t what I found in the books. Sookie is a little awkward, but very likable. Her brother is an idiot, but not nearly as much as the TV show makes him out to be. Her boss (Sam) is a sweetheart, and Bill (Vampire #1) didn’t fit my idea of what a vampire should be, at all. But in a good way.

I really related to Sookie’s awkwardness, and I loved watching her learn to understand and appreciate the supernatural world around her. I really loved the series (I’ve now read all but the last two books), and I would recommend them to anyone who wanted a vampire series that was a bit more mature than the teen fang-fics. Also, there’s Eric, a super-yummy, emotionally stunted vampire that I would love to bring home as my new plaything. (Sorry, Mark.)

The only thing that I don’t like is that Sookie can’t quite seem to settle on any one guy. I get it; she has a lot of scrumptious men practically throwing themselves at her. But there comes a point when the “new guy in every novel” format starts to get a little tiresome. Call me old fashioned, but I don’t think picking one guy and sticking with him would ruin the storyline, and it might be a nice change from the parade of new guys every book or two.

Book Info: Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood Novels

Author: Charlaine Harris

My Rating: 8/10 ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 

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