So this weeks review is on the first book of a series of books I like to read. I’ll probably end up doing review on each of the books, but I really wanted to start with book one. Mostly because her most recent installment of the series just came out. The series is called the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series by a lovely woman names Laurell K. Hamilton.
So, this book itself came out in 1993. I probably started reading this series… well there were quite a few of the books out by the time I picked up the series, so lets say maybe 2003 or so. So by the time I came into the series there were several books already out so I got to work through the books pretty steadily at first, then had to be a patient little reader waiting for the next set of books to come out. All in all wasn’t too bad of a way to start off the series.
I quickly got addicted to the characters and the story line that followed the series, so about seven years of being an avid reader of hers (including diving into her other series as well, which I will talk about later) I thought I would do a little review on the series. So… here we go.
Guilty Pleasures is a series of books that follows a woman named Anita Blake. Anita starts off the series as a full time Animator (someone who raises zombies) and Vampire Hunter as well as a part time helper of a police squad called RPIT, and goes through this first book introducing us to the world that she lives in where those monsters under your bed and in your closet are real. Here is a good snippet on what happens in the book brought to you by Wikipedia:
Anita Blake lives in St. Louis, Missouri, in a world where magic, vampires, werewolves, and the like are, and have always been, “out of the closet” and, in some cases, even legal. Anita is an “animator,” with the ability to raise or inter zombies. She uses this ability in employ at “Animators, Incorporated,” where she raises the dead for various purposes including murder investigations, will explanations, and other legal services. Anita also works as a “vampire executioner,” killing vampires (by court order) and advising the police on supernatural crimes. This first book takes place in July when Anita is 24.
In Guilty Pleasures, Anita is blackmailed by Nikolaos, the vampire master of the city, into investigating a series of vampire murders. During the course of this investigation, Anita begins her relationship with Jean-Claude, another master vampire, and receives two of the four marks necessary to make her Jean-Claude’s “human servant.” Ultimately, Anita identifies the murderer, but by that point has sufficiently antagonized Nikolaos and her underlings that she is forced to confront them. Ultimately, with help from Jean-Claude and Edward, a human associate who specializes in assassinating supernatural targets, Anita kills Nikolaos and many of her followers, making Jean-Claude master of the city.
So that wraps up what the basis of the first book is about and it sets it up for things to come. That is one thing I like about Laurell. She has a habit, of when writing, that its like life (even though our idea of a life doesn’t include what Anita’s does) and she writes her books like she’s telling a story, like someone retelling an event that has happened. Instead of it being a definitive ending like a lot of stories, where you asking what comes next for these people? and then are left hanging when there is nothing that follows about them. When these stories are written you get the feeling that that story has been told and you know that there will be a new adventure and story with her.
Really that’s why I like series books because you get to know characters a lot more then you would in a single book story. You get to get more into the world and the characters in the stories. Things get so rushed in single books, in series you get a chance to explore people and worlds better.
Anyways, to wrap it up, I give this book a 5 out of 5 for books.
Cara Mia Amore