Invite Sookie Over for Halloween: Sookie Stackhouse Series by Charlaine Harris (Review & Give-Away)

Thursday, October 01, 2009


My sister and I have the same taste in books. But when she told me I had to read a series of books about a telepathic waitress who solves mysteries that envelop her in a world of vampires and other supernatural beings, I had to start wondering about her. But, since she is older and wiser - (right?)- I decided to take her word for it, visit the local bookstore, and picked up the first 3 books in the series, the Sookie Stackhouse Novels by Charlaine Harris:
  • Dead Until Dark
  • Living Dead in Dallas
  • Club Dead
I finished those books, approximately 300 pages each, in three days. Without a doubt, I was hooked. And whenever someone my age (in my thirties here) starts talking about the Twilight series - you know the stories I am sure, with Edward, Jacob and Bella - I tell them they have to put down the kiddie books and pick up a novel for adults! Honestly, I much prefer following the story line of a 20-something year old telepathic waitress and her ties, whether they be romantic, friendships or simply tolerance, with the other characters in the book. Reading Twilight just makes my mind twist as Bella contemplates ending her human, high school life to be with a vampire boy. No-No-No!

In the Sookie Stackhouse novels, the star of the novels is obviously Sookie. She has a talent for reading people's minds, but at times it can be more of a curse. I mean, imagine dating when you are telepathic! You know every thought on your date's mind! Awful! So while she tries not to date - or freak out her friends - with her ability, there is something else peculiar going on. You see, synthetic blood was invented, so the seclusive vampire community came out of hiding since they no longer have to hunt humans and could drink the synthetic blood instead - like True Blood. (If that sounds familiar, that's because there is an HBO series called True Blood based off of the Sookie Stackhouse novels.)

Within minutes of seeing her first vampire, as it enters the bar that she works at, she realizes she has to save his life from people trying to steal his blood. From there, a romance blooms and she enters a world that most people can't fathom. There are other "supes", from shapeshifters to werewoves and witches to fairies. Sookie gets a better idea of why she is "special", and most supes accept her on some level because of her ability. But you see, it just seems like the little town Sookie lives in is a haven for trouble, often related to the supernatural. So Sookie used her telepathic abilities to help her human friends and the vampires through some heavy mysteries.

And of course, there is romance. The people who watch True Blood often love her boyfriend Bill. In fact, Anna Paquin is engaged in real life to her co-star Stephen Moyer. But, my sister and I are on "team Eric", thanks to reading the novels. Bill is so dull and not half as passionate as Eric! And honestly, while the Twilight fans are arguing over whether Bella should be with Edward or Jacob. They are all teenagers, people! It is so much more interesting to argue about whether Sookie should be with a vampire, shapeshifter, werewolf, werepanther or weretiger. Choices, choices, choices.


So here is a lowdown on the nine books I have read thus far.


Dead Until Dark: This is the introduction into Sookie's telepathic talent and the vampires that are emerging. There is a mystery for Sookie to solve, as women who are involved with vampires begin to die. And there is definitely some romance between Sookie, the vampire Bill and someone else who has taken a liking to our Sookie!

Living Dead in Dallas: Sookie has yet another mystery to solve as a coworker is murdered. Plus, when vampires save her life, she has to return the favor by using her telepathic skills to help solve a mystery for the vampires, as well.

Club Dead: Vampire Bill is acting distant ... both emotionally and physically. So his boss Eric sends Sookie to a Vampire Bar in another state to help solve a mystery that revolves around Bill and what he is up to - and what he is up to is betrayal! Thankfully, Sookie is able to count on another hot "supe" to get through this mystery!

Dead to the World: This book is for all the people that love Eric. You see, Sookie finds him naked running along side the road. But although mystery starts there, it sure doesn't end. That's because Eric has amnesia! And the only one who can protect him from the deviants that cursed him is Sookie. Of course, she puts herself in the path of a lot of danger, hiding Eric. But she enjoys his company, as well, since he's still just as hot, but a helluva lot sweeter when he can't remember how he used to act.

Dead as a Doornail: A sniper is killing supes in the area! With so many "friends and family" in danger, Sookie knows she has to put a stop to this before too many supes die!

Definitely Dead: This is a fun book, as you get to  meet some interesting characters - including witches and a closer look at a were tiger! Since Sookie is no longer with Bill, she starts working on a project with Were Tiger Quinn, which has the downfalls of some business with vampires ... and the perks of dating a were tiger! So what's the mystery? Well, Sookie's cousin Hadley, a vampire, has been murdered, and Sookie goes to New Orleans to uncover the mystery surrounding the death and the Vampire Queen.


All Together Dead: Sookie is all business here, as she is working for the Vampire Queen at a vampire summit! She is being used to sense when lies are afoot, to help her defend the Queen during her trial of the death of her husband. Crazy, but fun, as Sookie works with another telepathic to solve mysteries and murder that surround the summit.


From Dead to Worse: A lot is going on in this book. The short of it is that Hurricane Katrina (which happened before All Together Dead) already ravaged and hurt the territory that the Louisiana vampires held. But after the bombing and the death of even more high-level vampires, some other vamps have decided that Louisiana is up for grabs. So there is fighting, witchcraft and mystery - meanwhile Sookie learns a little more about why she has the gift that has helped her enter the dangerous supernatural world.

Dead and Gone: This is the last book I have read so far. It's probably one of the more gruesome ones. Where fairies live - let's just say it's not such a nice place. And since Sookie has ties with the secretive faes - they want her out of the way. Meanwhile, a young werepanther was murdered behind the bar where Sookie works. So trying to solve that murder, while simultaneously trying to avoid being killed by fairies leaves, plus she still has to deal with the very posessive Eric ... makes for a very busy, fun book that is hard to put down!


And available on October 6th is her new novel, A Touch of Dead. A Touch of Dead is every short story ever written about Sookie Stackhouse,  all together in one volume!


One buzz reader will have an opportunity to win Charlaine's new book - A Touch of Dead!


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  1. TheAngelForever said...

    One of Charlaine's favorite charities is Habitat for Humanity. I have been told these books are amazing by my brother and would love to read them. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  5. TheAngelForever said...

    Right now I would love to read her first Sookie Stackhouse book Dead Until Dark, but there are so many others that look great as well.

  6. karenmed409 said...

    besides being a writer Charlaine is the past senior warden of St. James Episcopal Church
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  7. karenmed409 said...

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  9. karenmed409 said...

    another a book I would like to read is Must Love Hell Hounds
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  10. Anonymous said...

    Many of her books have been translated into other languages. She has a list on her website.

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  11. Anonymous said...

    Dead and Gone would be my #1 pick.

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  12. Anonymous said...

    Email subscriber.

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  13. kakihara said...

    I just started reading the stackhouse books--and I love them-- I'm a huge fan of Trueblood--On the website I learned that in Charlain Harris's take on vampires it’s not possible for a vampire to impregnate a human ---sad I would love Sookie to have a baby.
    kakihararocks@gmail.com

  14. The McDougles said...

    I read in the FAQ that she has hired a continuity editor to catch inconsistencies in her writing.

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  15. The McDougles said...

    I have your button

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  16. The McDougles said...

    I'm a subscriber

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  17. The McDougles said...

    I would like to start with the first Sookie Stackhouse book since I have never read any of the books yet but love True Blood

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  18. Naomi said...

    Charlaine supports some excellent charities: Doctors Without Borders, Habitat for Humanity, the ASPCA, and the Crime Lab Project, which I hadn't heard of before.

  19. Pixie said...

    Charlaine Harris has several other book series besides the Sookie books which I simply HAVE to read now. :D

  20. Pixie said...

    Tweet link:

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  21. Pixie said...

    The next book I want to read by Harris is Shakespeare's Landlord (Lily Bard Mysteries, Book 1). Lily Bard appeared in a Sookie book once, so I'd love to check out her story.

  22. Pixie said...

    Subscribed by e-mail. :)

  23. Terra H. said...

    I'd like to read this book. I learned that her publicist is Jodi Rosoff. Her appearances are booked from nine months to two years in advance.
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  24. Terra H. said...

    email subscriber
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  25. Tracy said...

    I found out the next sookie book will be out in May.

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  26. Deedles said...

    Charlaine is the past senior warden of St. James Episcopal Church
    I would love to be entered. I love the Sookie Books.
    djeanq(at)gmail(dot)com

  27. joshua holmes said...

    I didn't know that the show was based on a series of books.
    joshuantonya@yahoo.com

  28. moushka said...

    Charlaine Harris has been a published novelist for over twenty-five years.

  29. moushka said...

    Subscriber!

  30. Pat said...

    I learned Charlaine chose Alan Ball to bring the Sookie books to the screen because she trusts his vision

  31. Pat said...

    I want to read Living Dead in Dallas because it's next in the series and I've already read the first one.

  32. Randominities said...

    I'm a big fan of the Sookie series, but I went to her website just to look around.

    Learned (already knew) True Blood is based on her novels. But I don't think the series is near as good as the books.

    Glad to have this bookmarked. I didn't know she had come out with a new book.

  33. Kathy said...

    I learned that she lives in southern Arkansas with her husband, her three children, three dogs, and a duck.

  34. Kathy said...

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  35. Kathy said...

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  36. Kathy said...

    My number 1 pick would be Grave Surprise a Harper Connelly Mystery. I really enjoyed that one.

  37. tawnda said...

    she also supports The Crime Lab Project

  38. tawnda said...

    rss subscriber

  39. Emilie said...

    I started watching True Blood from the beginning and fell in love with it. So for Christmas last year I asked for the paperback set (books 1-7) and read them all within a couple of weeks. I was so hooked. They are like crack! I have read them all! I liked the t.v.series but Charlaine is such a gifted writing that I love the books more. Twilight might be more popular but I think this series is better (having read them both) This is definitely more for adults and I appreciate that. So would you believe that I've already been to her website? Yep, but I went there again today. I learned (already knew) that she knows how she wants the series to end but she doesn't know how many books she'll write to get there. My favorites are Dead to the World (love Eric) and All Together Dead which is so action packed and I love that she has to make a choice near the end on who to save.

    Hmm... if Charlaine is EVER looking for more bloggers, send them over my way at www.babylovingmama.com I'd love to spread the word about how awesome this series is. :)

  40. Emilie said...

    Oops. Answered my favorite books in my last comment. I love Dead to the World and All Together Dead. Can't choose between them!

  41. Emilie said...

    I added you to my blogroll!
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  42. onangelwings said...

    That Charlaine is very lnvolved in charity causes and that she started out writing mostly ghost stories. I really need to check out more of her early books.

  43. onangelwings said...

    Following on twitter and left a tweet
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  44. onangelwings said...

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  46. onangelwings said...

    There are so many great books it would be hard to choose just Night's Edge: Dancers in the Dark\Her Best Enemy\Someone Else's Shadow

  47. Alexis AKA MOM said...

    In addition to her work as a writer, Charlaine is the past senior warden of St. James Episcopal Church, a board member of Mystery Writers of America, a past board member of Sisters in Crime, a member of the American Crime Writers League, and past president of the Arkansas Mystery Writers Alliance. She spends her “spare” time reading, watching her daughter play sports, traveling, and going to the movies.

  48. Alexis AKA MOM said...

    Mom button up ;)

  49. Alexis AKA MOM said...

    I subscribe ;)

  50. Alexis AKA MOM said...

    All Together Dead was the first one I read and loved the book. I've only been able to read a few of them would love to get this to catch up on what I missed!

  51. Anonymous said...

    On Charlaine's website, one of her favorite causes The Crime Lab Project. I didn't realize that the crime lab backup could be so long. I also didn't know there was a group to raise funds to update crime lab...I think that is very interesting.


    I love these books. My favorite is Dead to the World...I love Eric.

    Jessica (mahonyjt@yahoo.com)

  52. Holly B said...

    I learned that the series True Blood is based on her books!

    hblaser at gmail dot com

  53. Cindy B.of Montana said...

    I learned that she supports Doctors Without Borders, Habitat for Humanity, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and The Crime Lab Project.

  54. Cindy B.of Montana said...

    follow on twitter(sendtocindy) and tweeted
    Book giveaway:"A Touch of Dead" by Charlaine Harris http://bit.ly/2VOgRZ

  55. Cindy B.of Montana said...

    follow on twitter(sendtocindy) and tweeted
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  56. Cindy B.of Montana said...

    blogged about the giveaway
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  57. Cindy B.of Montana said...

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  58. Cindy B.of Montana said...

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  59. Cindy B.of Montana said...

    I haven't read any of her books, but I am really excited to after reading your review! This series sounds wonderful, so I think I'd start reading her cooks with Dead Until Dark.

  60. Cherry said...

    Charlaine will be at the RT convention in April which I am hoping to be as well! Yikes!! *big grin*

    Cherry
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  61. Cherry said...

    I would like to have Living Dead In Dallas since I already have Dead Until Dark :)

    Cherry
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  62. Cherry said...

    Re-posted your blog at: http://contests-freebies.blogspot.com/2009/10/touch-of-dead-giveaway.html

    Cherry
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  63. clynsg said...

    The next original Sookie Stackhouse novel will be on sale in May 2010.

    clynsg(at)yahoo(dot)com

  64. clynsg said...

    Don't really have a favorite, have liked all of the ones I have read so far. I guess Grave Surprise would be a good choice, since it introduces a different type of paranormal ability.

    clynsg(at)yahoo(dot)com

  65. mindy said...

    her publicist is jodi rosoff minsthins at optonline dot net

  66. throuthehaze said...

    I learned Charlaine Harris is a native of the Mississippi Delta
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  67. throuthehaze said...

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  68. throuthehaze said...

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  69. throuthehaze said...

    I have not read this series so I would want to read Dead Until Dark
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  70. Ladytink_534 said...

    I learned Charlaine Harris is going to be in New Orleans (really close by to me) October 30-31

    Ladytink_534(at)yahoo(dot)com

  71. Ladytink_534 said...

    My favorite Sookie book is Dead to the World

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  72. demmi said...

    True Blood is on hbo con5459(at)gmail(dot)com

  73. Spencer said...

    In Charlaine's series, humans cannot get impregnant by vampires.

  74. Spencer said...

    My favorite Sookie book is Living Dead in Dallas! :)

  75. Amy L. said...

    She has a book coming out in November called "Grave Secret".

    Thanks.

    melazy1(at)gmail(dot)com

  76. courtneystoffel said...

    I leanred she lives in Arkansas. I love her books!

    hebert024 at aoldot com

  77. courtneystoffel said...

    I learned that she lives in Arkansas.

    hebert024 at aol dot com

  78. tetewa said...

    I've just finished Dead as a Doornail, looking forward to the rest! tWarner419@aol.com

  79. sweetsue said...

    I learned that the next original Sookie Stackhouse novel will be on sale in May 2010. I recently became a fan of the series, but have yet to read any of the books.
    smchester at gmail dot com

  80. sweetsue said...

    I have your button on my sidebar.
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  81. latishajean said...

    I learned she has other books other then the Sookie Stackhouse books. nice giveaway I heard these are good never read them yet!
    tishajean@charter.net

  82. latishajean said...

    Im a subscriber too!
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  83. chromiumman said...

    learned that the next sookie book will be out in May

  84. Staci said...

    I learned that she lives in southern Arkansas with her husband, her three children, three dogs, and a duck.
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  85. Staci said...

    I have your button.
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  86. Staci said...

    I subscribe.
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  87. Anonymous said...

    I went on to Ms. Harris' website yesterday, and the first thing I saw was the link to Penguin Publishing interview with her. I jump at the chance to see any interview with this prolific author, so that's where I went! In this interview with her friend and her publisher, Ms. Harris talks about the premise of the Sookie Stackhouse novels, why she chose to write them, how long she'll continue to write them, and most importantly, that she (as well as her publisher!) knows what will happen in the end. The one fact that I didn't know prior to this interview was that Ms.Harris "shopped" the first manuscript of the Sookie Stackhouse mysteries, "Dead Until Dark", for TWO years before she could find a publisher that would touch it!!

    mrsc2011106@comcast.net

  88. tina werner said...

    The first thing i learned is the next original Sookie Stackhouse novel will be on sale in May 2010. i can't wait!!! i love sookie!!! i've devoured the entire series so far, so i'd love a chance to win this book!

    stampitchick at yahoo dot ca

  89. listening2u said...

    Hi!
    I visited Charlaine Harris' site and learned (much to my dismay) that another book doesn't come out until May 2010!!! I was sad, but I never even knew that there were Sookie Stackhouse Short Stories, so I'm excited by your giveaway. I don't twitter, blog or do any of the social networking stuff, so my only other entry is...

    #1 book is "Dead to the World" because the lost, confused Eric is just adorable and this is the book that caused me to be firmly on "Team Eric!"

    Vickie
    Middletown, DE
    listening2u at gmail dot com

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