Love, Love, Love ALL the Anita Blake series!
Vintage Anita at her best! I read this book with non-stop gusto, and loved every minute of it. I was sad when I reached the end...luckily there was another in the series right after. :) A great re-read for any AB fan who has missed the "old" Anita. A terrific read for any newcomers open to, or looking for, a kick-ass female who means business, takes crap from no one, and is funny (sarcastic) to boot. Plus, the added supernatural bonus of vampires, wereanimals, and other preternatural creatures. I would recommend reading the first of the series, "Guilty Pleasures," to began.
Ok now we are getting somewhere. WE GET MORE VAMPIRES...Love it...I was so ready to see some action there. You have alot of new characters introduced (and go away).
We start to see the first love triangle...You start to really be intrigued by Jean Claude. My mind goes crazy wondering what he would look like.
Anita is really a hard A$$. But you see a change in her.
Question is : Does she doubt? Could she really?
I enjoyed this book better the first 2. It made me gobble this one and get ready for book #4 in 1 day time.
After reading the first book in this series, I thought it wasn't really up my alley but am so glad and decided to try the second. From the second book on I have found the content more engrossing and entertaining and find my self plowing through each book in a day. Although some of the content can be graphic and very disturbing at times, there is enough humor and relationship interaction to balance it out. I will be disappointed to read the last book for thankfully have a ways to go since I am only on Book 7!
I am really enjoying my rereading of this series. Going back to the beginning of the series has reminded me why I continue to read along even though it has morphed into another beast entirely. These early books were so great because the men and the sex werent the focus of the entire freaking plot.
Here Anita is still working as an animator and an assistant to preternatural police force. Anita has a full plate, as usual, after a full night of corpse raising, shes then hounded by members of the vamp hater Church or somesuch to give up the resting place of the Master of the City (Jean Claude), then a body turns up drained by what appears to be a rogue pack of vamps which leads her to The Circus of the Damned and into close proximity with vampire Jean Claude, a sexy vampire shed rather avoid. Hes been trying to make her his human servant but she stubbornly refuses, even when it means putting her own life in jeopardy. Theres a whole lot of that Ma petite I have marked you, you are mine I kill vampires, I dont serve them nonsense going on. She must train an apprentice animator, face down an angry lamia, crazed humans, out of control zombies and deal with a dangerous master vampire. It sounds exhausting but I have to hand it to Hamilton because I was never lost. Were also introduced to Richard when he was still sweet and sexy and not quite so angry and rigid as he appears in the later novels..
Once again there is way too much focus on clothing (who cares) and the gun descriptions (snore). Personally, I am still not dying to discover what color Anitas Nike swishes will be every other page and if the match her t shirt. I already know that she is not a girly-girl because its mentioned over and over. We all know Jean Claude has a preference for lacy floofy blouses and his own nipples. Do we need to be constantly reminded of this? Its a little painful to read this stuff the second time around but the quick pacing and intriguing characters carry the book for me and I enjoyed the many plotlines here, none of which focus on sex I might add.
Despite a lame-ass villain and too much arguing from Anita, I enjoyed this as much as the previous two in the series.
Love this book and pretty much any book by Laurell K Hamilton.