Monday, 19 May 2014

Book Review: Living Dead in Dallas by Charlaine Harris (Sookie #2)

Sookie Stackhouse likes living in Bon Temps, Louisiana, and she likes working as a cocktail waitress at Merlotte's. But she is having a streak of bad luck. First her co-worker is killed, and no one seems to care. Then she comes face-to-face with a beastly creature which gives her a painful and poisonous lashing. Enter the vampires, who graciously suck the poison from her veins (like they didn't enjoy it).

The point is: the vampires saved her life. So when one of her bloodsuckers asks for a favour, she obliges-and soon Sookie's in Dallas, using her telepathic skills to search for a missing vampire. She's supposed to interview certain humans involved, but she makes one condition: the vampires must promise to behave, and let the humans go unharmed. But that's easier than done, and all it takes is one delicious blonde and one small mistake for things to turn deadly...


My Review:
Sookie is attacked by a creature in the woods and Bill has to take her to Eric to get her healed. Eric has a mission for the pair-to go to the Dallas vampires and use Sookie's psychic gift to see who knows anything about the disappearance of a vampire there. The trail seems to lead to an anti-vampire cult so Sookie has to go undercover. And at the back of her mind is the violent death of one of her co-workers that she might have to get involved with.

This was a really great book. It was the only book in the series that the library had available when I was looking for this author so I ended up reading the series a bit out of order. Sookie is very sweet and funny and great as a MC. She gets into trouble constantly and has to rely on her vampire friends every time she gets hurt. She is emotional when she gets hurt or things go wrong which makes her seem more real as the weak human in amongst all the supernatural creatures. She has a happy relationship with Bill which Eric is always trying to ruin, and is learning to use her psychic gift to help the vampires sniff out trouble amongst their human employees.

In this case Sookie is able to reach into the mind of a girl to uncover what happened to the missing vampire, bringing her into direct contact with the Fellowship of the Sun, a cult who want to kill all vampires and the humans who consort with them. The cult have a vampire willing to kill himself for their entertainment but they plan plan to sacrifice the missing vampire and any nosy person who gets in the way. We also see Sookie have her first run in with the shifter community.

Eric is just the star of this book! I love the creepy sleazy way he acts around Sookie, always trying to get her into bed and not being subtle about it. My favourite scenes are when Sookie is playing detective to find who killed Lafayette. She is invited to an orgy where the killer may be and is forced to take Eric along for protection. Eric's reaction to being asked to pretend he is gay and not have sex with the women there is pretty funny. And who wants to imagine the Viking Lovegod in dodgy lycra leggings?!!

Great plot and action, mixture of humour, romance and horror, this book has it all for the urban fantasy fan. 
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