Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Review: Living Dead in Dallas by Charlaine Harris

“When a vampire asks cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse to use her telepathic skills to find another missing vampire, she agrees under one condition: the vampires must promise to behave and let the humans that are involved to go unharmed. Easier said than done. All it takes is one delicious blond and one small mistake for things to turn deadly.”

Just when Sookie Stackhouse thinks she has enough problems in her life – her strange ability to read the minds of others around her, her new vampire boyfriend, and the odd way that she seems to attract attention from other vampires in the area, just to name a few – she somehow finds her way into a mess that is sure to make her life just a little bit more complicated. In this case, Sookie has agreed to help a powerful vampire in Shreveport, Louisiana find another vampire who has gone missing, by using her telepathic abilities. What follows is a fast-paced story of intrigue, action, and plot twists at almost every turn. Living Dead in Dallas is the second book in the Southern Vampire Mysteries series by Charlaine Harris. And it is one that will definitely leave you wanting more.

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What I really liked about this book is how we were able to see Sookie stand her ground, even when she seems to be in way over her head in the task that she takes on. Most human characters that you read about in vampire novels are quiet, submissive, and generally don’t question what it is they’re asked to do by the vampires in the story. They always act as if they fear the vampires involved. Not Sookie. While she may fear them on the inside, her outward appearance shows her as a stubborn, determined young woman who isn’t going to back down from what it is she wants. Charlaine Harris has done a fantastic job of developing her character into someone that isn’t always seen in books similar to this one. If you’re looking for an interesting and quick read, then you should definitely check out this series. If you’ve already read the first book, Dead Until Dark, then you absolutely must pick up Living Dead in Dallas. You won’t be sorry that you did.

Charlaine Harris grew up in the Mississippi Delta and was raised by two avid readers. So, naturally, she was too, which lead her from writing plays and poems to her first two hit series that came out in the 80’s. Her most successful series was the Sookie Stackhouse/Southern Vampire Mysteries, which debuted in 2001 and has been adapted into the hit HBO series, True Blood. To find out more about Charlaine Harris visit

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