Book Review: Living Dead In Dallas (Sookie Stackhouse #2) by Charlaine Harris

Waiting tables, sweeping floors, reading minds and solving mysteries for the undead. It's all in a day's work for Sookie...

Cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse is on a streak of real bad luck. First, her co-worker gets murdered and no one seems to care. Then Sookie is attacked - and poisoned - late one night by some weird and apparently mythical beast. She only survives because the local vampires roll up and graciously suck the poison from her veins (like they didn't enjoy it). But in return the blood-suckers need a favor.

Which is why Sookie ends up in Dallas, using her telepathic skills to search for a missing vampire, on the condition that her undead friends don't do anything, well, vampiric while she's there. Easier said than done. All it takes is one delicious blonde and one small mistake for things to turn deadly...
The second Sookie Stackhouse book is even better than the first.  Here we meet some new characters, including werewolves and another telepath.  Sookie has a major run-in with the anti-vampire association The Fellowship of the Sun.  As is par for Sookie books, she gets into trouble, partially gets herself out of trouble, and requires a little rescuing along the way.  Sookie starts to use her telepathy more in this book; although she is forced to do so by the vampires she seems to start to embrace it a little.  Eric starts to show his feelings for Sookie a little more, which is pretty exciting.

Just One Gripe:
I don't think Bill treats Sookie with enough respect.

The Best Thing About This Book:
Eric.  As they used to say on Saved By The Bell, he is so hot he makes my teeth sweat!

Appropriate for a younger audience:

Characters:  5/5
Plot:  4/5
Setting/Imagery:  4/5
Originality:  5/5
Ending:  5/5
Total Score:  23/25

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