Anita Blake may be small and young, but vampires call her the Executioner. Anita is a necromancer and vampire hunter in a time when vampires are protected by law—as long as they don’t get too nasty. Now someone’s killing innocent vampires and Anita agrees—with a bit of vampiric arm-twisting—to help figure out who and why.
Trust is a luxury Anita can’t afford when her allies aren’t human. The city’s most powerful vampire, Nikolaos, is 1,000 years old and looks like a 10-year-old girl. The second most powerful vampire, Jean-Claude, is interested in more than just Anita’s professional talents, but the feisty necromancer isn’t playing along—yet. This popular series has a wild energy and humor, and some very appealing characters—both dead and alive.
This review comes from a different perspective than many of my other reviews because I have read this book before – not once, but three times before.
I was introduced to Anita Blake by a faraway friend who thought that with my love of (traditional) vampires, I may enjoy it. He was right. I argue though that it may not have been appropriate reading material for a 16 y/o, but what happened happened and I loved not only reading this series in high school, but passing the books around in my group of friends. Guilty Pleasures is the second-most tattered book I own, and that is saying something considering the fact that I love to keep my books looking shiny and new.
I love, and always have loved, Anita’s cattiness and witticisms. I think she is delightful in a sort of I-am-so-glad-I-don’t-know-her-in-real-life-but-I-love-reading-about-her sort of way. Of the series, I will endlessly argue that Guilty Pleasures is the best because it has (to me) the most substance. My personal downfall as the series goes further is that Hamilton’s focus switches from the supernatural to supernatural sex, which is well and good for some readers, but not really my forte. I love Animators, Inc and the way Hamilton has crafted Anita’s necromancy abilities into a sort of business. I love her ideas and her writing as well… I don’t often get into first person but Anita has so much passion and so much life, how can you not gobble the story up?
I recently bought this book for a friend with similar tastes and she told me, halfway through, that “something seemed not quite right about it” and as I reread it, I think I understand what she meant. Despite the fact that at the end, I still want to pick up The Laughing Corpse, in the middle there is a lot of information and people and yet nothing is happening, and the stuff that happens, you wonder why. As a reader, I try to push past knowledge out of my mind so I can enjoy the book without already knowing the ending but that’s almost impossible. I think that maybe the reason that Hamilton changed the plot of her books is simply there was too much – vampires, were-animals, sex, zombies… a girl can’t have everything.
I would still recommend this book because despite the fact I have stopped reading her books, I love Hamilton’s writing style and I think she is worth a read to anyone who enjoys fantasy, urban fantasy… and seriously, any fan of the Sookie Stackhouse series.