I'm a fan of Twilight, and the House of Night series, not to mention my early obsession with Buffy the Vampire Slayer, so it was only a matter of time before I picked up the first Sookie Stackhouse book. With the buzz surrounding HBO's True Blood, and, quite frankly, all things vampire, I couldn't help myself.
I really liked this book. It is certainly an adult series, with more gore and a lot more sex than I'm used to, but not opposed to. The main character, is Sookie Stackhouse (big shocker there), and is unlike me in every way. I was sure she was going to annoy me, but instead, she really started growing on me. She's a small-town girl, who works as a waitress in a small-town bar, and all her friends have always lived in the same small town...and makes no apologies for her small-town Southern ways. She has pride and guts, and even though she's not always the sharpest knife in the drawer, she is interesting. Sookie has an ability to read minds, which keeps her from becoming too vulnerable. The vampires in the book are your more traditional breed -- they bite, they're sexy, they can't go out in the sunlight, they sleep in coffins, and they can be staked to death. Did I mention the sex and gore? These vamps also came out of the "coffin"into mainstream USA, and one walks into the bar where Sookie works. Enter Bill, the book's main vampire, and Sookie's new boyfriend. I have a feeling I might have found myself a new vampire series.