Monday, September 1, 2014

Book review of Guilty Pleasures (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #1) by Laurell K. Hamilton

Published over ten years ago by Ace, Guilty Pleasures marked the debut of a series that was destined to grow from cult favorite to a major New York Times bestseller. Now, for long-time Anita Blake junkies and newfound fans, Guilty Pleasures makes its trade paperback debut. Readers will learn how Anita Blake started raising the dead-and killing the undead. And how she met Jean Claude, the master vampire destined to become not only her biggest nemesis, but her greatest lover...

I mean, listen.  If you haven’t at least STARTED to read Laurel K Hamilton’s Anita Blake series, I don’t know what you’re doing calling yourself a paranormal romance fan.  Hamilton gives us a heroine who is gritty and polished at the same time.

We follow her struggle to work in a man’s world as the leading US Marshal in paranormal vampire policing.  Her nickname? “ The Executioner.” 

I love me a good romance, girl, but sometimes its great to fall into a fabulous PLOT too.  Through Anita’s eyes, we get to feel a bit empowered, a bit sexy, a bit smart assed, a bit insecure, and a bit terrified.

The setting of Anita’s story is a better and more well written world akin to True Blood. Honestly, this book has done a much better job giving us a story where the world is aware of and policing vampires as citizens.  Also, we follow Anita- who is sharp, resourceful, bold, and totally unaware of how hot she is.  She is a petite, yet curvy Hispanic heroine who absolutely embodies Shakespeare’s well quoted “And though she be but little, she is fierce.” Oh, and she is also the most kick ass necromancer (read: ZOMBIE queen!)

Yes, she raises friends and family from the dead- just call her agent.

What would a bad ass vampire Executioner be without a tempting male lead vamp??? Luckily, we don’t have to find out…We have Jean Claude: the French- wet-dream of a vampire, who is just delectable in every way.  

But, don’t worry; you won’t get bored.  I also adore how fast paced it is and how dynamic every single character is.  I didn’t even skim.  No lie. I also happen to thoroughly enjoy Hamilton’s writing style and the voice she gives Anita.  Give me a heroine with sassy one- liners and a take no shit attitude anytime. She also shares my love of coffee and an affinity for stuffed penguins.

This is the beginning of a beautiful affair.
Just go read it.  You’re Welcome.

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