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Guest Review: Kiss the Dead by Laurell K. Hamilton

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

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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eBook Sale: Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton $2.99 TODAY ONLY!

Posted July 10, 2012 by Holly in Reviews | 0 Comments

Today, you can pick up LKH’s Guilty Pleasures for $2.99 in digital format. This is a 24hr sale, so buy now!

Guilty Pleasures marked the debut of Hamilton’s iconic series, which has been called “one of the most significant series in the history of genre fiction” (Paul Goat Allen, BN.com Explorations blog). It introduces Anita Blake, a necromancer and licensed vampire hunter known as “The Executioner,” and an alternate modern society where vampires and other paranormal creatures we think of as make-believe or legend actually exist, and the Supreme Court has granted them legal rights as citizens. When the most powerful vampire in St. Louis asks Anita to find the person killing innocent vampires, she reluctantly agrees. And when she meets the city’s second most powerful vampire, Jean-Claude, she faces the man destined to become not only her biggest nemesis, but also her greatest lover.

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Guest Review: Flirt by Laurell K. Hamilton

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


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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Surprise Anita Blake Novel Coming in February

Posted January 6, 2010 by Holly in Promotions | 1 Comment


The next Anita Blake novel, Bullet (book 1), from bestselling author Laurell K. Hamilton isn’t slated to be released until June 2010. But apparently she couldn’t get Anita out of her head (a scary prospect from what I’ve heard) and is offering a surprise release. On February 2nd, Flirt (book 18) will be released in hardcover.

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.

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