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this is the very beginning of an amazing urban fantasy that will give you as many different emotions as there are characters.
This is my all time favourite paranormal/urban fantasy series.
In Guilty Pleasures we meet Anita. She is a kick arse no apologies given Vampire Hunter with a talent for raising zombies. The beginning is innocent - we are learning to embrace this new world where Vampires are legal citizens of the USA and Anita can no longer run around killing them at her pleasure. I say this is innocent compared to where we find ourselves in book 25!
Anita starts out pretty tough but that does nothing to describe where she finds herself in the books to come.
The world Anita lives in can be gruesome she helps fight preternatural crime - the regular police just are not ready for dealing with the 'monsters'.
It is a wonderful blend of all things paranormal, violent and romantic in one fantastic book. And that is just the beginning. It is very aptly named Guilty Pleasures.
Petite no BS Anita is definitely who you want to walk into a dark alley with. If staying up till dawn is your thing you have found a character to match you here. Fast paced action combined with personalities who charm, terrify and fascinate. Anita Blake will thrill and challenge you. Thank you most heartily LKH.
Guilty Pleasures is book one in the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series by Laurell K. Hamilton and it is probably one of my favourite series ever! The story focuses on the main character Anita, who is not only a vampire hunter but also a necromancer (a person who can raise the dead). She is asked by a Master Vampire to look into vampire slaying which are happening in the city and although she does it rather reluctantly, she runs headfirst into drama, violence and people trying to kill her.
Anita is a great character to read about, she is strong with a touch of vulnerability and full of sass. You are continuously hoping that she gets her man (or rather creature) as she figures out all the players that want power for either themselves or their Masters. We are also introduced to the enigmatic Jean Claude (one of the master vampires and someone who Anita is going to have a lot to do with in the next couple of books) who Anita has an instant attraction to but is also scared of due to her feelings on vampires.
Ms. Hamilton is also good at making horrible characters really mean and draws you into the paranormal world of vampires, were’s and anything else that goes bump in the proverbial night. You really do feel a part of this world as we go through the Circus of the Damned and through the underground tunnels and into the haunted graveyards.
I loved the relationships that Anita has with Edward, Willy and even Phillip and there are true moments of sadness for Anita as she tries to keep everyone and herself alive. This is a fast-paced, action packed paranormal read and I can’t wait to re-read the rest of this series.
No, certainly not too sure about this series yet. I found this book very difficult to get into at first. Mostly because if felt as though I had started at book 2 or 3. It seemed as though so much had happened to the main character, Anita Blake, already that I had missed the beginning. I actually checked on the internet to ensure I had indeed bought the first book in the series!
The author could have done a much better job at introducing the main characters, Anita, Edward, Jean-Claude, without losing the pace of the book and, indeed, making the reader much more comfortable with what was going on and why. Some characters that were introduced, like the vampire Valentine for example, were completely wasted in their parts as they fizzled out fairly abruptly with little or nothing to do. The author just didn't seem to know what to do with them and the promised climax of their story (big fight, threats galore and major redemption) just didn't happen, which was a major disappointment.
The main adversary, the little girl vampire, whose name I can't remember was somewhat of a joke. There was no explanation on how/why she was so powerful. If it was due to her very old age, a 1000 years or more, it would have been good to explain how this works in vampire land. Or did I miss it! Mostly she just came across as a stroppy pre-teen who flitted around and threw a hissy if she didn't get her own way. Apart from the fact that Anita kept saying how scared she was I didn't feel she was in much danger and could just send Miss Preteen Undead to her room without any blood.
Don't get me started on the Ratmen! Hahahahahahahaha. No, they weren't supposed to be funny but terrifying. Ahmm.
Apart from all that I did enjoy most of the book. Anita is a feisty, fun heroine (collects penguins!) who has a real sense of her own mortality and why she does what she does with little or no regret. I will read the 2nd book in the hope that the series improves as I'm not quite ready to reject it totally. I'm curious to see what happens next with Anita and Jean-Claude, the Animators Inc. Agency and Edward so the author, despite all the flaws, must have done something right.
A friend recommended this series and despite my initial doubts I bought Guilty Pleasures. That was 5 days ago, I'm now on the fourth book, closing in fast on the fifth of the series.
Anita Blake has become one of the best heroines (debatable use of language) I've had the pleasure to encounter. She is realistic, down to earth and complex. If theres one thing I hate in a novel its a woman with no real character or who clings stubbornly to stereotypes. Anita, despite her profession in the books and her dealings with the supernatural feels real, she has fears, doubts, prejudice and she walks the line between good and bad - I'm still having trouble deciding if its morally correct to call her the good guy in the stories, sure, she has a reason for everything she does and compared to many of the other character she's as sweet as pie, but objectively its really hard to decide.
As for the story itself, in this particular book we get the full introduction to both the characters and the world they live in, but its not a dump of information, its spread throughout the book and fits in perfectly with the goings on. There was, for me, not a single dull moment in reading this.
My only regret is that it ends before I want it too - both a compliment and a curse really. I so far love this book and the series and if you're into supernatural stories you'll want to give this a try, its like a loving cross between supernatural, horror and thriller genre's.