Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse, #1) by Charlaine Harris

Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse, #1)

Sookie Stackhouse is just a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana. Until the vampire of her dreams walks into her life-and one of her coworkers checks out....Maybe having a vampire for a boyfriend isn't such a bright idea.

Details Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse, #1)

TitleDead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse, #1)
Release DateMay 1st, 2001
PublisherAce Books
GenreFantasy, Paranormal, Vampires, Urban Fantasy, Romance, Fiction, Mystery, Paranormal Romance, Supernatural, Horror

Reviews Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse, #1)

  • Vanessa
    After reading a succession of more serious books, I felt the need to read something light and trashy. As I discovered from reading this book, you should be careful what you wish for. Light? Yes. Trashy? Oh yes. Oh yes, yes, yes. But not in a good way - just trash, trash, trash.It is hard to say what I disliked more about this book - the sophomoric writing, or the annoying, vapid, 2-d, Harlequin-romance-heroine-helpless-twit persona of Sookie Stac...
  • Jayson
    (C+) 67% | Almost SatisfactoryNotes: Its supporting characters are flat and uninteresting, the plot's banal, and the mythology isn't explored to its potential.
  • Jennifer
    The first book in the Sookie Stackhouse series. I confess - I picked this up at the bookstore for a few reasons:1. The cover was sparkly and I liked the art. 2. Vampires! Having spent a huge chunk of my youth hoping the vampires in Anne Rice's novels would knock on my window late at night (shut-up, like you didn't???) I have been looking for the next Brad Pitt with fangs. (shut-up, like you aren't???) And yeah. That was all it took. Sparkles and ...
  • Emily May
    I started reading this series because I was currently watching True Blood and had developed a slight obsession with Eric. Since then, the books have become an absolute guilty pleasure of mine. They are not the best written and occasionally we get a little too much of what we don't care for (i.e. fairies and shifters) but amid the hot vamp sex and murder mysteries... who really notices those anyway??Most characters have both annoying and redeeming...
  • Melissa β™₯ Dog/Wolf Lover β™₯ Martin
    I can't remember if I started the books before the show or started the books after becoming obsessed with the show. But who really cares! I loved this world and still do! Mel πŸ–€πŸΊπŸΎ
  • Fabian
    Stephenie Meyer has nuthin' on this woman (...understatement!). Harris has in one pinky all the talent of the aforementioned hack, and her huge fan base must take note. "Dead Until Dark" is a loud middle finger to all those in deep love (& therefore those with questionable tastes) with the "Twilight" series.This book reminds me that not all fiction has to be poetry. This one has a clear plot, it ties together all loose ends. It's enthralling, add...
  • ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
    πŸ§›β™€ December 2014 buddy read with Shelly, Carole, Evgeny, Karly, Jess, Allison, Catherine & Monty Cupcake πŸ§›β™€πŸ’€ DNF at 50%.Sookie, Sookie, Sookie. Because of you most of my friends either hate me or think I'm a total freak. They think you're quirky, I think you're silly. They think your story is better than candy, I think your story is the most uninteresting ever. Sorry guys, I don't think this review is going to go well.I was recently ...
  • Trin
    Sigh. I tried to give this a fair chance, I really did. I went into it hopeful, despite some other negative reviews that Ive read, because I quite liked the pilot for True Blood, the new HBO series based on these books. Dark, however, loses points from me right away because the two most interesting characters on the showSookies cranky best friend Tara, and Lafayette, the fabulous (in every sense of the word) chef at the bar where Sookie workseith...
  • Shannon (Giraffe Days)
    I'd never heard of these books until a few months ago, and as usual, once one person recommends them, everyone seems to be talking about them, you see them everywhere, and you get curious. They're in the fantasy section, though for some bizarre reason I was under the impression, at first, that they were YA and silly. They are fun, but they are definitely for adults. The vampire/mystery style reminds me of the one Anita Blake book I read, the firs...
  • Sean Barrs
    The television show True Blood was better than this in every sense; it completely transcended it. Well, at least, before the fourth season hit and the writing went down the toilet. But thats a separate issue altogether. The show took Charlaine Harriss book and made the story better; it made it sexy and scary. But, lets not forget that without this there would have been no show whatsoever. So fans of the television show do owe a lot to Charlaine H...
  • Helen 2.0
    I might have enjoyed this one more if Sookie was a bit more relatable. In a paranormal romance, the reader is supposed to be able to project themselves into the main character, right? I mean, we pretend like that's not the point but that's kinda sorta really the point. But Sookie is so emotionally distant and half the time I can't even tell if she's happy or sad or angry or what. Her motivations are hard to decipher from the text. Perhaps I misju...
  • Choko
    *** 3.44 ***A buddy read with the folks @ FBR... I finally got to read a book that has been on my TBR for many, many years. I own the complete series and have been thinking about starting, only every time I get distracted by something newer and shinier, thus I have to thank FBR for having a buddy read scheduled, because I have a feeling if I didn't get to it now, I never would have... "...This was pretty exotic stuff for a telepathic barmaid fro...
  • Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more
    2/7/18 - ON SALE for $2.99: by: Rabid Reads3.5 starsI basically had two separate lives growing up. My main life involved my nurse mother, my pharmacist (legal) father, and two of my three sisters, all living a suburban life just outside of Charlotte, NC. My secondary life involved my biological father and his entire family which was (theyve since departed) headquartered in Bon Aqua (pronounced ACK-qua), TN. Bon Aqu...
  • Mary Beth
    3.5 stars This is the first book in the Sookie Stackhouse Series and I did enjoy it but I don't think I will be continuing with this series. It just did not really excite me so much. I guess the main reason why is because I really do not care for vampire stories too much. I thought this would be an exception since there was a mystery in the book, and that was the part that I enjoyed. Welcome to the small town of Bon Temps in Louisiana, where a mi...
  • Erin
    I enjoyed Dead Until Dark more than I thought, I had only watched the first season of True Blood and I liked it alright but I never felt any desire to watch any other seasons. Season one stays very loyal to the book. I did miss Tara, she was my favorite character from season one. Since I remembered the first season I knew who the killer was but that didn't bother me because this book was just so much fun to read. As with the show I found Sookie t...
  • Kylie🐾
    I definitely loved this book because Its basically just the first season recaped, with Soockie meeting Bill and her Gran dying etc...I really enjoyed this book and now I am looking forward to the second one. Fantastic series.Jan 9th 2020So this is the second time Ive read this and I enjoyed it as much as the first time. I honestly forgot what half of it was about so I was pleasantly surprised for it to feel like the first time Id read it, rather ...
  • Emma
    A quick, light fun urban fantasy read. Apparently this series is the basis for True Blood. As I don't really watch TV this doesn't mean anything to me! Will definitely continue intermittently and see how the series pans out.
  • Scott Sigler
    First off, paranormal fiction of any stripe really isn't my bag. I'm more of a hard-science/horror, horror/thriller kind of a guy. I'm a big fan of the TRUE BLOOD television series. My wife tricked me into watching it, because I was convinced I "couldn't possibly like yet another kissy-vampire show." Well, I was wrong; I got hooked on the campy fun of TRUE BLOOD right off the bat. Since I'm an author and have high hopes of seeing one of my own bo...
  • Evgeny
    A group read with my GR buddies. Sookie Stackhouse has a disability - at least she thinks she has one. She can read minds and she always has to block this ability of hers to keep herself from going crazy from constant buzz of thoughts from everywhere. She also wants to meet a vampire, so when one finally walks into the bar she works as a waitress in, she literally jumps at him the way poor creature does not stand a chance. For people who read Twi...
  • Sh3lly
    Original Rating: 5 starsNew Rating: 2 StarsThis was a Buddy read (re-read for me) with Sarah, Karly, Carole, Kristin (when we get to book 3), Kelly (when we get to book 4), Jess, and Catherine.Ok, I don't know what I was thinking when I gave this book 5 stars. This is not a 5 star book. This was my 4th time reading this and I think my last. The main reason is: it's BORING. There was WAY too much Bill. I didn't realize how boring Bill was. I mean,...
  • destiny β™‘βš”β™‘ [howling libraries]
    #1 Dead Until Dark β˜…β˜…β˜….5#2 Living Dead in Dallas β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…#3 Club Dead β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…This was pretty exotic stuff for a telepathic barmaid from northern Louisiana.Like many, I first picked up the Sookie Stackhouse series years ago, in my teens, when paranormal fantasy was all the craze and I couldn't get enough of those sexy, brooding vampires. You know how it goes. I remember loving this book back then, and being exceptionally fond of ...
  • Vampire Lady
    When I first read the premise for the book, I thought it was slightly intriguing. Nothing I would rush out to get and read right away, but still enough for me to put on my list of to-read. Now that I've read it, I want my brain back. I like the idea that vampires are a known part of the human world. I really do. I liked Sam, about the only character in the entire book I did like, and how Harris explained him. I just think it took to long for her ...
  • Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
    4/18/19 - So I listened to this one again and wasn't quite as impressed as I have been in the past. Certain things kind of annoyed me this time around but it was still fun to revisit the beginning of this series.Buddy read starting December 29 with Sarah, Shelly, Evgeny, Karly, Jess, Allison, Catherine & Monty Cupcake.Discussion Thread2014 Review:This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life.5 Stars!When I saw that some of my friends on G...
  • Buggy
    Opening Line:"I'd been waiting for the Vampire for years when he walked into the bar."I must be one of the last people on the planet to read Dead After Dark. I also havent had a chance (yet) to watch True Blood, although because its been all over the media I had a pretty good visual reference for the characters here without actually having to compare the two. I was able to just go along for the ride. And what a ride, I can definitely see now what...
  • Annie
    Let's get one thing straight...Sookie Stackhouse is no Bella Swan. You may have read the myriad reviews that list the similarities between Charlaine Harris's novels and the Twilight Saga and I can assure you that most of them are true. Harris refers to her vampires 'glowing', Bill drinks synthetic blood, Sookie can read minds...the list goes on and on.But after finishing this book, what I can assure you is that in so many ways these books are so ...
  • Jonetta
    I'm in that small minority of readers of urban fantasy who hasn't read this series or watched True Blood, the television show based on these books. After reading this story, I'm not quite sure what all the fuss is about but I'm intrigued enough to continue on. Sookie Stackhouse is a waitress at Merlotte's in the small Louisiana town of Bon Temps. She has what she refers to as a "disability," simply a telepathic "ability." Yes, she can hear people...
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse, #1), Charlaine HarrisDead Until Dark, published in 2001. Dead Until Dark like the rest of the series to which it belongs, is narrated by Sookie Stackhouse, a telepathic waitress from the small fictional Louisiana town of Bon Temps, not far from the non-fictional town of Shreveport. It is set during the early 2000's, approximately the same time as the book's publication. In the world of the novel, vampires (and ...
  • Wanda
    2019 Re-ReadI dont know how other people handle stress, but my favourite diversion is to re-read books that I know that I will enjoy. When my life is uncertain, I love the certainty of an entertaining book. So, as I prepare for major life changes, I picked up Dead Until Dark a few nights ago and found myself completely immersed in the life of Sookie Stackhouse in Bon Temps, Louisiana. How can you not have a good time in a town called Good Times? ...
  • colleen the convivial curmudgeon
    So, what can I say? I enjoyed the book, but in a guilty pleasures, sort of embarrassed to admit kind of way. Let's admit it - this is hardly well written, but it's quick and light and fun, and there's something to be said for that.That said, I didn't really like Sookie's voice. I found it rather irritating right from the start. And the dialogue - ugh, who talks like that? And if people really do talk like that, then I'm glad I don't know them.And...
  • Kezzy Sparks
    Very good. Sookie is lovable