2022 Book Review: Dead Until Dark

Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris

A Paranormal, 2001 by Ace Books, 292 Pages 

What I Didn’t Like:

  • First instinct: the author seems obsessed with traditional beauty standards. It died down a bit as the book went on, which is a good thing, but it’s definitely there. 
  • I didn’t love Sam. This led to problems later when it became clear we were supposed to like/trust him and he was not a character we were getting rid of anytime soon. I can’t even put my finger on why I don’t like him, but it was a bit of a problem. 
  • The Bubba thing was funny but funny in an OMG I can’t believe they tried to do that sort of way. Felt like a parlor trick. 

What I Did Like:

  • The audiobook narrator is PERFECT. As always this won’t affect my rating but it’s worth mentioning.
  • Love the concept this starts with. Mind reader, a society where vampires are accepted, illegal blood draining OF vampires. Yes! I’m invested right away.
  • The romance line worked. It was interesting and believable. 
  • The mystery was solid. I didn’t have it all figured out and it was satisfying when we learned the truth. 

Who Should Read This One:

  • Readers who enjoy a good paranormal story but want something a bit unique. The mind reader in this one twisted up with vampires who are accepted in society gave this one a good angle. 

My Rating: 4 Stars

  • Well done book that is recommended for paranormal fans!

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