As you all know vampire-lit is not my usual thing.
All the ones I've tried to read before just leave me cold. They're either too tedious and ernest or too teenage-angsty. So I started reading the first book in the Sookie Stackhouse series reluctantly.
Sookie lives in a world where vampires and shape-shifters are accepted into polite society - even the polite society of small country town America. Vampires can walk into a bar and order a pint of artificial blood and having sex with a vampire is pretty darn special...for those that survive the experience!
Sookie is also special. She can read peoples thoughts. When we first meet Sookie this special gift is a curse. She has to work very hard to keep these thoughts out of her head as they drive her crazy.
When Sookie meets her first vampire she is pleasantly surprised to discover that she can't hear him. His thoughts are blocked and for the first she can truly relax around someone.
But no sooner does the first vampire turn up in town than locals begin to mysteriously die.
Sookie is sexy, funny and sassy. There is lots of sex, lots of death and lots of laughs. Charlaine Harris doesn't take the genre seriously and as a result has written an engaging, light-hearted block-buster!
She left me wanting more.