Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Book Review: The Sookie Stackhouse Series (True Blood)

I remember my bookstore transition from the grade school section to the young adult section. I only lasted there for about a year then I moved onto the regular fiction section. I remember thinking the young adult section was beneath me, like when I would pass over the juvenile Goosebumps section for the more teenage Fear Street section. Even now, when we reference R.L. Stine and Jon brings up Goosebumps, I have a fleeting feeling of superiority.

To clarify, I'm not a mean person or elitist, but I could read at a very high level when I was very young and so I skipped over most of the intermediate reads. I didn't understand why someone would want to read something (I considered) so basic, but I see now that not everyone was reading Stephen King and Anne Rice at 11. It's very likely that the only age-appropriate books I read back then were required reading for school.

When The Twilight Saga came out, I thought it was for teenagers. I thought it couldn't have substance. I saw the movie and enjoyed it so much that I bought the box set of books. To be frank, I wasn't impressed. The story was interesting, but the characters were so whiny! I know that Bella is a teenager and that Edward is a centuries-old teenager, but there's a reason why no one but teenagers can stand teenagers. They are really annoying. So, Twilight was a bit of a bust for me.

Cue one year later, I'm at Mike and Sarah's house watching Real Estate Intervention with them and they mention that they've been watching True Blood. They assured skeptical me that it was good and most importantly, that it was ADULT, so I gave in and we watched an episode. This was episode 6 of season 2.

I WAS HOOKED. That same night, we watched 3 more episodes in a row  and the next night, we finished season 2. As I drove home around midnight, I called Adam and said, "OMG, we have to watch this amazing show." Adam and I have finished season 1 now and are now in season 2, past where I started. He has this habit of saying, "Oh no, what's going to happen now?" and he means it rhetorically, but I have to try hard not to answer. :)

Way back in October, I ordered the Sookie Stackhouse 8-copy Boxed Set (the series True Blood is based on). I received it 10 days ago (because the other book in my order was a pre-order that hadn't been released yet) and as of this morning, I'm just starting book 8. I am DEVOURING these books. They are amazing. They're funny, dark, witty, sexy, surprising, engrossing, and suspenseful. Yesterday, I ordered Dead and Gone (book 9), but I don't think I'll get it before I finish book 8. And Dead in the Family (book 10) doesn't come out until May!!! What a travesty. That's why I don't like reading series, because I freak out when I need the next installment.

I would LOVE to give you a synopsis of each book in the series, but that would give away a lot of the story. Here's a link to a basic synopsis of each book, if you're interested.

If you're a fan of True Blood, be prepared for a bit of heartbreak when you read the books. Characters that are major in the show are minor in the book. Lafayette, one of my favorite True Blood characters, is barely a blip on the radar in the Sookie Stackhouse books. Also, while Bill and Sookie are a fixture on the HBO series; in the books, Bill becomes more of a minor character and Sophie gets involved with a parade of really hot guys - none of whom are humans. These developments made me angry at first, but as I've moved forward in the books, I've realized that this is almost more exciting because you get TWO Sookie storylines.

That aside, I HIGHLY recommend the Sookie Stackhouse books. If you liked Twilight, read them. If you like True Blood, read them. If you like Anne Rice's Complete Vampire Chronicles, read them. At less than $40, the box set is a great Christmas present, too.


  1. I love these books, especially number 4!! If you like these you will love Laurell K Hamilton - she has two great series which I love (though they are alot racier then the Sookie ones, I should warn you)

  2. Oooh, I will check those out. :) Haha, the raciness of the Sookie books are one of my favorite features! :) Thanks for the heads up!

  3. i definitely fall for twilight everytime i think about it :) but here's the thing: i haven't read the series.. i'm just talking based on the movies and i don't know how healthy that is :) you know, i'm in love with RPattzz and that crazy chick playing along with him.. i'm jealous of her *sigh*..

    and i'm so glad to meet you Kate!!! you have a lovely blog actually and yeah, i'd absolutely like to have you as a guest poster on my blog and to do one for you.. so please email me so we can see what we can do ok??



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