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Throwback Thursday Guest Review: The Killing Dance by Laurell K. Hamilton

Posted May 30, 2019 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Features, Reviews | 4 Comments

Throwback Thursday Guest Review: The Killing Dance by Laurell K. HamiltonReviewer: Melissa
The Killing Dance by Laurell K. Hamilton
Series: Anita Blake #6
Also in this series: Guilty Pleasures, The Laughing Corpse, Circus of the Damned
Publisher: Penguin, Berkley
Publication Date: April 4, 2006
Format: Print
Source: Purchased
Point-of-View: Third
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 368
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Series Rating: four-stars

Dating both a vampire and a werewolf isn't easy. But just to complicate Anita's already messy life, someone has put a price on her head. Love cannot save her this time, so she turns to Edward, hitman extraordinaire, for help. But finding the person behind the threat won't be easy, because as both a vampire hunter and zombie reanimator, Anita has made a lot of enemies-both human and otherwise.

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This review was originally posted on May 14, 2008.

Melissa‘s review of The Killing Dance by Laurell K. Hamilton.

So, I saw the new LKH book at a bookstore. It interested me. I started the series from the beginning. I’m now up to the 6th book in the Anita Blake series. I love them all.

One reason why I love Anita is that she has a hitman/hitmen after her and she is still making threats to monsters. She just can’t seem to keep her mouth shut and doesn’t give f*** who she pisses off. There are a couple of different bad guys in this book.

The bad guys caught me off guard. One, I totally didn’t see coming, I just thought it was beneath him/her to hire a hit man. The other, well traitors are among us. Good old Edward appears in this book. He is such a mystery to me, he just pops in and out of books, but we really don’t know too much about him. Anita’s love triangle is getting complicated. She knows she can’t date both of her monsters indefinitely, but can’t choose either. What’s a girls gonna do.

All 3 of them are powerful. More powerful together than apart. Richard is her ideal man, except he has one flaw, he is a werewolf that won’t kill. His morals are starting to make Anita think less of him, cause trouble in the pack for him, and piss him off. Jean-Claude is a vampire and although he turns her on, she can’t get down with it, because he is the undead. I will tell you that she makes some sort of decision in this book. But, was it the right one??? And how will it affect their combined power?

Now for the part, I didn’t like..there wasn’t one. I liked the whole book.

Favorite quote:

“Gag me with a spoon”

(you gotta admit, that’s just funny)

Grade: 4.5 out of 5

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Sunday Spotlight: The Serpentine by Laurell K. Hamilton

Posted August 12, 2018 by Holly in Features, Giveaways | 5 Comments

Sunday Spotlight is a feature we began in 2016. This year we’re spotlighting our favorite books, old and new. We’ll be raving about the books we love and being total fangirls. You’ve been warned. 🙂

Sunday Spotlight

Sunday Spotlight: The Serpentine by Laurell K. HamiltonSerpentine (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #26) by Laurell K. Hamilton
Series: Anita Blake #26
Also in this series: Guilty Pleasures, The Laughing Corpse, Circus of the Damned, The Killing Dance

Publication Date: August 7, 2018
Point-of-View: First
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 496
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Series Rating: four-stars

Vampire hunter Anita Blake has managed to overcome everything she faces. But this time there's a monster that even she doesn't know how to fight...

A remote Florida island is the perfect wedding destination for the upcoming nuptials of Anita's fellow U.S. Marshal and best friend Edward. For Anita, the vacation is a welcome break, as it's the first trip she gets to take with wereleopards Micah and Nathaniel. But it's not all fun and games and bachelor parties...

In this tropical paradise Micah discovers a horrific new form of lycanthropy, one that has afflicted a single family for generations. Believed to be the result of an ancient Greek curse, it turns human bodies into a mass of snakes.

When long-simmering resentment leads to a big blowout within the wedding party, the last thing Anita needs is more drama. But it finds her anyway when women start disappearing from the hotel, and worse--her own friends and lovers are considered the prime suspects. There's a strange power afoot that Anita has never confronted before, a force that's rendering those around her helpless in its thrall. Unable to face it on her own, Anita is willing to accept help from even the deadliest places. Help that she will most certainly regret--if she survives at all, that is...

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Excerpt

Donna’s hand hesitated above my arm, as if she was going to touch the claw marks just below the burn. The scars from the shapeshifted witch made the cross a little crooked. Edward hadn’t been there for that wound. I’d been working with the police on my own that time, before I had a badge and was officially on the job myself, back when I’d just been a vampire executioner, consulting with the police. Edward had just been Edward, cold-blooded assassin who specialized in killing monsters, both human and otherwise. I hadn’t even known he had a legal identity as Ted Forrester, bounty hunter. Now we were both U.S. Marshals with the Preternatural Branch. We did the same job legally and for Edward, for far less money.

She pointed vaguely at the small slick scar on the side of my arm, and then the thin, almost dainty scar on my right arm that was barely noticeable. “I know that’s a bullet graze and that’s a knife wound, because Ted has similar ones.” She looked at me, her brown eyes going large in her tanned face. She looked suddenly younger, or more innocent, as if I got a glimpse of what she might have looked like at fifteen. “I stopped asking about where the other scars come from, because Ted told me the truth and they were almost all stories like the werewolf attack that killed my first husband, except that Ted goes out hunting the monsters. The monster that killed Frank broke into our house. It was a once-in-a-lifetime tragedy, but Ted and you go out looking for it.”

“We hunt rogue vampires and lycanthropes that have murdered people. We keep people safe by killing the things that kill them.”

She nodded, biting her lower lip, the frown lines deep between her eyes. There was real fear in them. Maybe she was remembering the death of her first husband, and that was probably in the mix of terror, but I thought it was more anticipating future tragedy than dwelling on the past. I looked into Donna’s eyes and saw the fear that every time the man she loved left for work, he might not come back. I could tell her that he was more likely to die in a car crash, or from a dozen innocent household accidents, than be eaten by monsters, but it wouldn’t help the emotions I saw in her eyes.

“I know you and Ted save lives. I know you keep other families safe from the monsters. I know that.”

I reached out and touched her arm. “You know that Ted is the best, the absolute best at this job.”

She nodded again, a little too fast and a little too often. “He says the same about you.” She grabbed my hand where it touched her arm and held on. “I always feel better when you’re with him, because he says you’re the best, next to him.”

“He helped train me, so he’s still complimenting himself.” I smiled when I said it and got a weak smile in return.

“I don’t know what I’d do if anything happened to him,” she said. She started tearing up. I hugged her because I didn’t know what else to do, but apparently it was the wrong thing, because she started crying harder, clinging to me like she was really going to start sobbing. Fuck, what did I do now? How did I make her feel better about one of the truths of our job?

She went very still in my arms, and the crying slowed. She pushed away with her face still wet with tears and asked, “What’s on your back?”

“Nothing,” I said.

“I felt it.”

I half turned and she touched the edge of the place where a vampire servant had tried to drive one of my own wooden stakes into my back. It was low on my back, and they’d just tried to shove the stake in without using a mallet. It doesn’t work that way in real life, not if you’re only human-strong, anyway. Lucky for me it had just been a human in league with the vampire I’d been hunting, and not a vampire.

“That’s one of your own stakes driven into you, isn’t it?” she asked. She wasn’t crying anymore, so it was better, right?

“Yeah,” I said.

“Ted has one like it; that’s why I know what it is. You know it’s right there.” She touched the side of my hip where bathing suits and underwear covered.

“I’ve never seen that one.”

“Oh,” she said, and looked confused.

“I’ve never seen Ted nude, so I missed that one.”

There was a derisive snort, half laugh and half just rude noise, from the other side of the dress rack. Dixie, one of Donna’s oldest friends and a bridesmaid, came into view.

Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter

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About the Author

Laurell K. Hamilton

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Laurell Kaye Hamilton (born February 19, 1963) is an American multi-genre writer. She is best known as the author of two series of stories, Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter and Merry Gentry.

Her New York Times-bestselling Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series centers on Anita Blake, a professional zombie raiser, vampire executioner and supernatural consultant for the police, which includes novels, short story collections, and comic books. Six million copies of Anita Blake novels are in print. Her New York Times-bestselling Merry Gentry series centers on Meredith Gentry, Princess of the Unseelie court of Faerie, a private detective facing repeated assassination attempts.

Both fantasy series follow their protagonists as they gain in power and deal with the dangerous “realities” of worlds in which creatures of legend live.

Laurell was born in rural Arkansas but grew up in northern Indiana with her grandmother. Her education includes degrees in English and biology from Marion College (now called Indiana Wesleyan University).


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Guest Review: Kiss the Dead by Laurell K. Hamilton

Posted October 23, 2012 by Ames in Reviews | 2 Comments

Genres: Urban Fantasy

Ames’ review of Kiss the Dead by Laurell K. Hamilton.

When a fifteen-year-old girl is abducted by vampires, it’s up to U.S. Marshal Anita Blake to find her. And when she does, she’s faced with something she’s never seen before: a terrifyingly ordinary group of people—kids, grandparents, soccer moms—all recently turned and willing to die to avoid serving a master. And where there’s one martyr, there will be more…

But even vampires have monsters that they’re afraid of. And Anita is one of them…

Reading other reviews on Goodreads, this seems to be the book that breaks the camel’s back, and that’s exactly how I felt reading it.

It was nice to see Anita acting as a Marshall back in St. Louis…but then it went on forever.  I was getting tired of it and just when I was about to throw in the towel, Anita went back to the Circus where some shenanigans went down…and I didn’t like those shenanigans.  What the heck is going on with Asher?  That felt like it came out of left field.

I did like that Anita was questioning her lifestyle…if she could even continue to be a Marshall and needing to weed some of her harem out.

I hated the angst she felt over Cynric.  She compared it sooooo much to what she went through with Nathaniel.  Like hitting us over the head with it already.

Also, since when were JC and Richard sleeping with a weretiger together?  I have a vague recollection of it being talked about…but didn’t realize that it had begun.  And the way it was handled, thrown into Anita’s face?  I mean, her reaction to it was very mature, but way to remind us!

As for the summary, 3/5 of the book is Marshall stuff and the other 2/5 is bedroom/relationship stuff.  Meh.

And yeah, 21 books into Anita Blake and I’m done with this series with one caveat: I’m only going to read the next book if it’s about bringing Otto down.  Why am I done?  Nothing new is happening – with the earlier books I felt like they were building up to something, but now that something is a big unwieldy beast with no end in sight.  The writing is annoying as crap (“What does that mean?”  I know I’ve carped on that in the last couple of books.) And I hate to say it, but I just don’t care about the characters the way I did before.

2.75 out of 5

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Guest Review: Hit Lit by Laurell K. Hamilton

Posted September 14, 2012 by Ames in Reviews | 0 Comments

Ames’ review of Hit List by Laurell K. Hamilton.

A serial killer is hunting the Pacific Northwest, murdering victims in a gruesome and spectacular way. The local police suspect “monsters” are involved, and have called in Anita Blake and Edward, US Marshals who really know their monsters, to catch the killer.

But some monsters are very real. The Harlequin have been the bogeymen of the vampire world for more than a thousand years; they are a secret so dark that even to speak their name can earn you a death sentence. Now they are here in America, hunting weretigers…and human police.

The Harlequin serve the Mother of All Darkness, the first vampire. She was supposed to be dead, but only her body was destroyed. Now she needs a new one, and she’s decided that Anita Blake’s is the body she wants. Edward thinks the serial killings are a trap to lure Anita closer to the most dangerous vampire they’ve ever hunted. The vampires call Edward “Death,” and Anita the “Executioner,” but Mommy Darkest is coming to kill one and possess the other, and she doesn’t care how many others have to die along the way.

Hit List is book 20 in LKH’s Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series. It sees a return of Anita acting in her US Marshall role…and Edward…and Olaf.

Anita and Edward are in Seattle on the trail of a serial killer. This is the fourth weretiger victim and some things are clicking into place for Anita. The ‘serial killer’ here is the Harlequin and it doesn’t take long to figure out that they were killing tigers to draw Anita away from her men in St. Louis so they can kidnap her. The Mother of All Darkness wants to possess Anita, and the Harlequin are to capture her alive. Along the way, Anita has to deal with some misogynistic Marshalls, some newbies and an old friend, Olaf, who we remember is a sociopathic killer who considers Anita his girlfriend.

We don’t really see anything new here. I mentioned in a comment on goodreads that this book had a very episodic feel to it. If the repetitive stuff was scrapped and the redundant dialog edited out, this would have been more of a novella I feel. So you can see where some of the problems were for me. In past books I’ve mentioned that Anita says “What does that mean?” a lot and in Hit List it was said by various other characters. It got annoying. And it’s like Anita would say something, that we the reader get (because hey, it’s book 20!) and then the character she was talking to would say “What does that mean?” Which would basically make Anita say the same thing over, in a different way. Not to be repetitive myself, but that was annoying.

Another reason this felt episodic was that it takes place over just a few days. And the ending wrapped up very abruptly. In fact, there was so much talk talk talk that I was wondering when the action would pick back up and then it did and then it was over. Really fast, just like that.

One thing that got on my nerves was Rabborn, the other US Marshall that hated Anita because she was a woman in law enforcement. Soooo much time was spent on that and then it went nowhere. It was redundant and like Anita said, she doesn’t have to prove herself to anyone so why bother? I honestly felt like that was filler. Hit List was just full of filler.

All the good things I liked in Bullet (book 19) were absent in this installment. But there was a new thing, or a new someone: Ethan. He’s a weretiger who’s living with the red tiger clan in Seattle. He’s not a red tiger so he just lives on the edges of the clan, not accepted, but tolerated. For some odd reason, I liked this new character and yes, bedmate, of Anita’s. Ethan actually has 4 tiger strains in his system. And Ethan gets added to the mix because despite the fact Anita thinks she has the ardeur under control, she really doesn’t it, and it rears its ugly head again. Blech.

I’m giving Hit List a 3 out of 5 (C).

Oh and before I forget…something’s really up with Olaf by the end of the book!

This book is available from Berkley. You can buy it here or here in e-format.

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Guest Review: Flirt by Laurell K. Hamilton

Posted April 9, 2010 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 0 Comments

Genres: Urban Fantasy


Kris‘ review of Flirt (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter, Book 18) by Laurell K. Hamilton

When Anita Blake meets with prospective client Tony Bennington, who is desperate to have her reanimate his recently deceased wife, she is full of sympathy for his loss. Anita knows something about love, and she knows everything there is to know about loss.

But what she also knows, though Tony Bennington seems unwilling to be convinced, is that the thing she can do as a necromancer isn’t the miracle he thinks he needs. The creature that Anita could coerce to step out of the late Mrs. Bennington’s grave would not be the lovely Mrs. Bennington. Not really. And not for long.

This book for me felt similar to Micah in that I feel it makes a great short story but would not buy it in hardback. There was no real bad guy in this installment. It furthers the storyline, yes, but there is no real strong antagonist like in most of the books. Anita is kidnapped by a group of lion mercenaries who have been hired to force Anita to do a zombie raising that she has previously refused to do.

They show her pictures of her men who currently have snipers following them and will shoot them if she does not cooperate. She does find her lion to call in this story, but there is not much interaction between her and the other guys in this story. And I mean talking 🙂 There is actually only one sex scene in the book. Of course it is also a short book. All in all I thought it was a good story but I would not pay hardback prices for it. I would get a library copy and wait for paperback.

I give it a 3.5 out of 5.

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