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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton (Book 1 in the Anita Blake series)

“My name is Anita Blake. Vampires call me “The Executioner”. What I call them isn’t repeatable.
Ever since the Supreme Court granted the undead equal rights, most people think vampires are just ordinary folks with fangs. I know better. I’ve seen their victims. I carry the scars…
But now a serial killer is murdering vampires—and the most powerful bloodsucker in town wants me to find the killer… “
“In a world where vampires, zombies and werewolves have been declared legal citizens of the United States, Anita Blake is an “animator” – a profession that involves raising the dead for mourning relatives. But Anita is also known as a fearsome hunter of criminal vampires, and she’s often employed to investigate cases that are far too much for conventional police. But as Anita gains the attention of the vampire masters of her hometown of St Louis, she also risks revealing an intriguing secret about herself – the source of her unusual strength and power.”

Laurell K. Hamilton is by far one of my top three favorite author's, especially when it comes to the paranormal world. He ghouls and ghosties are always so well researched that you almost learn something with each book she puts out. I love that she gives a little background behind each of the paranormal aspects so you can even go check it out if you find yourself caught up in their myth/legend.
Because she is one of my top, if not my favorite because her books have yet to get repetitive, I am doing an Anita Blake re-read. This week and next all you will see is Anita Blake's story and get the chance to own one of the books for yourself.

Another great thing about Hamilton's works is the fact that even though the books are a part of a series they are still able to be read by themselves. Yes, you miss some of the history behind the characters but you are not totally lost in her compelling reads.
I have always been a fan, ever since I picked up the 14th book in the series Dance Macabre at a Marsh store when I was a teenager. Ever since then I became hooked on the Anita Blake series and then the Meredith Gentry series.

Because I had started at the 14th book I have had to work my way backwards and kind of play catch up. Luckily I was at a Half Price book store when I stumbled on a couple of books that I didn't recognize in the series, a bonus for me because I am always looking to read some of Hamilton's works, another bonus was that they were huge books.

I got home and much to my surprise I had gotten three in one books, so I got the first six books in the series, which in my opinion is better than a diamond ring. Some girls need jewelry or shoes, I need books and I told my fiancé that.

All throughout the series you will hear about Anita having killed a master vampire, it is one of the big bad things that make her the Executioner and the Vampire's boogey man.

I loved finding out how it all started with Jean Claude and Anita,
the sheer sass of Anita is what sells the book for me. She is always my favorite smart alec kicking butt heroin. Who needs a Prince charming when you have Anita?

This book is full of blood and gore, a mystery that is in need of solving and a love Anita just wants to hate. So check it out.

Favorite Charachter: Zebrowski, who can make me snicker even when he is knee deep in gore.

Rating: 5 Raven's!

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