Series Review: Sookie Stackhouse by Charlaine Harris


Overall Rating: ☆☆☆.75
Author: Charlaine Harris
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Audience: Adult
Publisher: Ace

Titles & Pub. Dates:

  1. Dead Until Dark (2001)
  2. Living Dead in Dallas 2002)
  3. Club Dead (2003)
  4. Dead to the World (2004)
  5. Dead as a Doornail (2005)
  6. Definitely Dead (2006)
  7. All Together Dead (2007)
  8. From Dead to Worse (2008)
  9. Dead and Gone (2009)
  10. Dead in the Family (2010)
  11. Dead Reckoning (2011)
  12. Deadlocked (2012)
  13. Dead Ever After (2013)

Content Warnings: sexual assault, rape, child molestation, torture, violence, kidnapping, infertility, pregnancy loss, infidelity, and probably more. Expect a lot of triggers going into this series, sorry I didn’t keep track of them all.


Sookie Stackhouse is just a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana. Until the vampire of her dreams walks into her life-and one of her coworkers checks out….

Maybe having a vampire for a boyfriend isn’t such a bright idea.


This series is like cotton candy. Sweet, fluffy, and ridiculously addicting, even if there’s not a lot of substance. I loved the show True Blood, my cousin is a huge fan of the book series, and I’m obsessed with vampire in general, so these books seemed like a perfect fit for me.

Every book has mystery, romance, humor, supernatural drama, and a host of endearing characters. Several plot lines are intense or ridiculous. The series definitely goes in some unexpected directions, but that’s what makes this series so enjoyable.

I love Sookie. I love her sass and no nonsense attitude. She is tough, humble, and independent. I appreciate that she preserves normalcy in her life despite her ever increasing involvement in the supernatural world: she worries about paying bills and maintaining her home; she refuses to quit her job as a waitress; she enjoys suntanning, getting dressed up, and painting her nails; and she never loses her Southern charm and hospitality. I also think it’s hilarious that Sookie never dated anyone before the first book, but throughout the series she goes through a series of passionate supernatural lovers.

This series is so bingeworthy. I listened to the first three audiobooks in fall of 2019 until library holds thwarted my plans, but I powered through the remaining 10 audiobooks in October. I really enjoyed this series on audio.

As much as I enjoyed this series, I was disappointed by the last book. My ship did not sail, and I think the author tried to give satisfying endings to too many characters from throughout the series. Still, I recommend this series if you are looking for a vampire romance to sink your teeth into. I rated each book (except the last book) between 3 and 4 stars, and I give the series 3.75 overall. My favorite was All Together Dead.

Author: Caroline | Carolibrary

Hello! I’m Caroline! I am a teacher, a book lover, and a nerd. My passions include reading, writing, bookstagram, barre & yoga, baking, binging TV shows, and Star Wars. I love stories in all formats because they can transport you to a different world while helping you understand the world around you. I have always found books to be a particularly magical source of imagination.

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