Book Review by Debbie Winkler
Target Age Group: adults
My Rating: 4.5/5 stars, Funny, Fast Paced & Unforgettable Vampire Mystery!
Sookie is devastated to find Lafayette’s body in the back of policeman Andy Bellefleur’s car. The colorful, openly gay Lafayette, who worked at Merlotte’s as the fry cook, was one of the few people who was kind to Sookie in her small Southern town. She is hoping that her vampire boyfriend, Bill, can help her find who committed the crime, but, before she can even start investigating, she is attacked by an insane maenad, who is haunting the forests around the town, and demanding tribute from the local supernatural leaders. Sookie is lucky that Eric is able to heal her after her run in, but now she finds herself even more indebted to the hunky, blond vampire. And Eric knows it. He has agreed to send Sookie and Bill out to Dallas, where Sookie needs to use her telepathic powers to hunt down a missing vampire. But if you think that investigating in Dallas is going to be any easier than investigating in Shreveport, Louisiana, you would be sadly mistaken. Not only does Sookie have to try and remain politically correct in a group of vampires who see humans as blood donors or slaves, but she finds herself kidnapped by a deadly vampire-hunting group called The Fellowship of the Sun. Sookie will need all of her wits, talents and a lot of help from Bill to make it home alive!
This is the second in the Sookie Stackhouse/Southern Vampire Series series and continues the adventures of Sookie Stackhouse, a telepathic Southern waitress, and Bill, her vampire boyfriend. Although I really enjoyed Dead Until Dark, I thought that Living Dead in Dallas was better. It had a faster pace and more subplots to keep me interested. I recommend reading the first book, though, because you will appreciate the characters more. And speaking of characters – every character in Charlaine Harris’s books is very memorable and fun to get to know. Sookie is just a scream and readers will fall in love with Bill as he struggles to balance between being a vampire and being human. I love the main characters, but I also want to know more about the supporting characters – the blond-Adonis vampire Eric, the geeky head vampire Stan, the insane maenad, and many, many more. All of Harris’s characters are fun to get to know and I hope that I will see more of them in the next book.
Charlaine Harris also has some very interesting vampire ideas that make them seem more real. She adds little random touches throughout the novel that answer questions that you never really knew that you had. For example, some vampires can fly, but how do the rest of them get around? They fly Anubis air, of course. The airline will transport vampires in their coffins during the day and is heavily guarded so that they cannot be attacked. Once you have reached your destination, the discerning vampire will immediately seek out the finest in accomodations. In Dallas, The Silent Shore is a vampire-friendly hotel that even offers room service delivery of “snacks” in whatever blood type you prefer.
If you have not done yourself the favor of reading Charlaine Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse/Southern Vampire Series books, I recommend that you go to your nearest bookstore and buy them now (and be prepared to stay up late to finish them).
This book contains a lot of violence, death and blood. It also includes sex, torture, insane cults, and other mature scenes and themes. Recommended for ages 18 and up.