So, luckily, before I was sinusy last week, I had picked up two of Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse series – labeled as Southern Vampire Novels. Last time I had read one, Bill was her vampire boy friend. These are later in the series, with two new boyfriends – Bill is clearly history.
In 2006’s Definitely Dead, Sookie’s cousin Hadley is dead. She’d been the lover of the vampire Queen of New Orleans, and evidently left some valuable possessions behind. Her boyfriends is a were-tiger named Quinn. Sookie has lots of adventures, hangs out with many kinds of creatures, including a fairly normal witch, is almost wiped off the planet several times and emerges, as always, battered, triumphant – and with a cocky attitude. I like Quinn a lot.
The next adventure I picked up was published in 2011, and focused on vampires. Her boyfriend is a very set in his ways vamp called Eric Northman, who owns a major vamp bar – humans evidently love vampire bars. As a side note, there is trouble at Merlotte’s, the bar where she works, whose owner is a shape-shifter named Sam Merlotte. They are called two-natured – and Sam’s other nature is an adorable collie. The real trouble comes near the end, when Eric’s group of vampires wipes out – bloody and awful – another big important group. Elvis is in here, too. I just did not like Eric.
These are fast paced and funny – very creative – and addictive. Pick one up at your peril. : >