Book Review: True Blood: Living Dead in Dallas (Novel 2)

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  • Author: Charlaine Harris
  • Series or Standalone: Series: Book 2 in the Sookie Stackhouse series. 
  • Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
  • Source: Bought 
  • Goodreads Rating: 3.98
  • Buy it on Amazon here
Read my reviews of books from the same series: 

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    “‘They at least are human, part of Gods plan’ he said quietly ‘Vampires are an abomination’.
    ‘Yet you`ve been nicer to me than this human.’” 

    Synopsis: 
    “Cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse 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: they saved her life. So when one of the 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 said than done, and all it takes is one delicious blonde and one small mistake for things to turn deadly …
    The Sookie Stackhouse books are delightful Southern Gothic supernatural mysteries, starring Sookie, the telepathic cocktail waitress, and a cast of increasingly colourful characters, including vampires, werewolves and things that really do go bump in the night.”
    My Review: 
    Living Dead in Dallas is the second Instalment of the Sookie Stackhouse series. I think the speed with which I read this book is a testament to how entertaining and easy it is to read it is. 
    This book showed the natural progression of the public opinion on vampires following their legalisation. In fact, there being an organisation hating vampires seems likely and realistic after reading about the everyday prejudices against them from normal people over the two books. And, it was interesting to see how this book created a polar opposite to the vampire-obsessed “Fang Bangers”. I liked the murder investigation in this book despite it lacking some of the intrigue of the first book as the culprits were revealed early on. 
    I think this book had more focus on the increasing danger Sookie is in just by association with Bill and the “morality” of the vampires. Relationships were also developed which was good as we saw a natural decline in some, and a rise in others. If I was to change anything I would have wanted a little more time spent in Bon Temps with some characters, we already know rather than bringing in a whole cast of new faces.  I found it worth noting that Sookie herself didn’t seem to change much through the book, her personality could be seen as one of the experimental controls. (Stories are like experiments in the sense that if you change something this has a direct effect on other variables). 

    To Conclude: 

    In retrospect, I preferred the first novel over this addition to the series. That said this is still an enjoyable read and if you liked the first one you will want to read this book too. And it only took me a day to get through, which is a testament to the easiness of this book to read. Happy Reading!

    My Rating: 2.5/5

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