Review: Dead Until Dark (Southern Vampire Mysteries, #1) by Charlaine Harris


Rating: ★ ★ ½ ☆ ☆
Date read: May, 2009
Read count: 1

What I liked most about this book was its Southern small-town feel. There’s a hint of gothic and a sense of something deeper and darker beneath the quaint small-town atmosphere. Other than that, the story is average urban fantasy fare. The childish/naive style of narration did it no favors. If it weren’t for the vampire appeal, this book would have been just another mid-grade romance with a mystery running in the background.

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What tragic cover art. If it weren’t for True Blood, I don’t think I’d consider picking up this book.



Something that’s always bothered me in urban fantasy is vampires living in warm climates. It makes no sense. If you’re allergic to the sun but weather doesn’t pose a threat to your livelihood, you’d live as far north as possible. You’d bunk down in the artic, wouldn’t you? It’s dark most of the year, even in the daytime, and sparsely populated. You’d have the run of the place and could get away with basically anything. Why wouldn’t a vampire want to live in the artic?

And why are all these vampire-centric urban fantasies set in warm climates? Makes no sense, no sense at all.


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