January 31, 2003
Living Dead in Dallas by Charlaine Harris

Living Dead in Dallas by Charlaine Harris: second book in the Southern Vampire series. Another fun, quick read involving Sookie Stackhouse, a telepathic barmaid from northern Louisiana, and Bill Compton her vampire boyfriend. This time they have to go to Dallas to uphold a bargain that Sookie made with another head vampire and things really ignite. The relationship between the dead and the living is explored, giving the book a bit more depth.

While these books aren’t as deep or probably as perilous as the Anita Blake series, there still a lot of fun and I highly recommend them.

January 30, 2003
Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris

Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris: first book in the Southern Vampire series. Immediately upon starting this novel, I found Harris’s voice irresistible. You can tell she’s from the south and there’s just something so comfortable about her. I loved how easy it was to get into this book.

It’s your typical Louisiana telepath meets nice vampire and they fall in love story. The characters are great, especially if you’re from the south. I really love Sookie. She’s sweet, smart, and you can’t help but adore her and her plucky spirit. It’s a quick read and I was strongly recommend this book, particularly if you enjoy books in the mystery or horror genre.

Bitten (Women of the Otherworld, Book 1) by Kelley Armstrong

Bitten (Women of the Otherworld, Book 1) by Kelley Armstrong: excellent novel by first time author Kelly Armstrong. It deals with Elena, a woman turned werewolf, who has distanced herself from the only family she’s really ever had - The Pack. She has to return home after some alarming circumstances arrive, threatening the carefully crafted life she’s made for herself.

I really enjoyed this book and feel that it was a great book, especially considering it was penned by a first time novelist. The characters were real and very interesting, especially the conflict between Elena and Clay. Very good book, with a nice new twist on the werewolf concept.