When a 15-year-old girl is abducted by vampires, it’s up to U.S. Marshal Anita Blake to find her. And when she does, she’s faced with something she’s never seen before: a terrifyingly ordinary group of people - kids, grandparents, soccer moms - all recently turned and willing to die to avoid serving a master. And where there’s one martyr, there will be more.…
But even vampires have monsters that they’re afraid of. And Anita is one of them.…
©2012 Laurell K. Hamilton (P)2012 Penguin
I started reading the Anita Blake series with a true appreciation for the story and characters. As the series developed, I treated the series like an old friend, overlooking the annoying traits and focusing on the familiar good qualities. Like many fans, in the later books I enjoy parts of the story and cringe at other aspects. In book 21 it becomes even more difficult to wade through the slimy swamp to get to the island of plot.
In fairness, there is a bit of story here, and there is a crime to be solved. In typical LKH fashion and without spoilers, there is a speedy conclusion without a lot a detail -- LKH's usual, "Oh, by the way, we got the bad guy" ending. The villian is not well integrated into the story and the wrap-up is much too simplistic after drama point is reached.
While there was not quite as much sex as some of the books in the middle of the series when the ardeur ran amuck and bad guys were forcing events, this book reached a new level for passionless, emotionless, thoughtless, mechanical sex. The in-the-moment discussion and analysis of size and position, coupled with post-game player comparisons and performance appraisals of "you were AMAZING," were at times truly cringe-worthy. While in the past I did not agree with many of the sex-scene decisions made by LKH, I could feel that the author thought they were necessary to her vision of the events and characters. In this book, I didn't get the feeling that LKH wanted to include the sex.
For me, the Anita Blake series has been like a delicious nut with a tough and enormous shell, but there is usually enough enjoyment to reward the effort. LKH has a fantastic imagination and has created a wonderful world for her characters. I feel that these 21 books could be edited and culled down to about 3 or 4 works of fantastic fiction, but that is pure hindsight. What I do know is that this book was greatly overwhelming in shell with very little nut to be found.
The story is again very short, like someone cut everything out of the book. The sex scenes feel like it was mandatory to put them every 30% of the book, first time they don't fit. It's like reading abridged book with parts not making sense or feeling flat.
Add a storyline between first part and the second.
I enjoy her narration, hard to say since i never read erotic novels.
Honestly it was bad enough for a low budget adult movie.
If you must, then listen to it. If you didn't get addicted to 20previous books, then stay away.
Lackluster plot. I usually enjoy this series, but this one was a little boring.
I think Kimberly Alexis usually does an excellent job, but what is up with the new Micah voice. It almost sounds irish. Completely different from past books.
I enjoyed the Anita Blake books back in the day when Anita was a heroine and her story had a plot.
Unfortunately, Anita has become a pathetic example of a pseudo-heroine with such poor decision making skills when it comes to her personal life that she is forced to call herself "poly-amorous" and "hetero-flexible". I know this is fiction but really...no one has time for a successful career and THAT many lovers and so much time to whine about them.
The best thing I can say about this book is that FINALLY the use of the word "spill" and all of its accompanying forms has been greatly minimized compared to previous Anita Blake books.
I'm sad to see that Laurell Hamilton's writing talent has been reduced to such drivel so my advice to potential readers is to find something else to read. It's time for Anita Blake to be put to rest.
I feel this was just a quick fix, something to sling out to fans of Anita Blake to tide them over. It was boring at best, AB isn't advancing in her life she stalled, the last book Hit List and this book were just OK. Add more action, more storylines, stop being so predictable with AB and her story, make it more thrilling, scary, gruesom, add some unexpected twist with the story line...
Either end the series LKH or write a better story....sorry, but I am a big fan of the AB series, but come on, give us something.
Wish I had listened to the reviews! This book lacked any real plot and cohesion. Anita has progressively gotten whinier and annoying as the series has progressed. It seems like the books are following a similar pattern of "Bad guy killing, sex, guilt from sex, guilt from not having sex, back to killing bad guys." Repeat ad nauseam.Another point of annoyance was the over use of "sullen". Everyone is sullen at one point or another, often more than once in a paragraph!I wish she'd write more about Edward, he's at least interesting in his interaction with Anita, AND he's not trying to sleep with her. A refreshing change to the repetitive nature of this series.
The only redeeming thing about this book is the narrator. Kimberly Alexis is a brilliant voice, and she's only gotten better through the series.
I didn't like much about this book, although Kimberly Alexis did a good job. Unfortunately, she was reading what sounded like filler text much of the time. It was like a student writing a term paper, trying to fill pages by saying the same thing over and over. Too much junk filler, not enough story.
I would be less inclined to buy anything by her. I might take out from the library, but not likely waste my money again.
She makes each character's voice so distinct and individual that it almost seems there is more than one person reading.
No, there's not enough story. It would be about twenty minutes long.
Shame that this author did such damage to her reputation by ripping off her loyal readers. She'd have been better off putting out a shorter book, so I didn't feel I'd wasted my time reading her filler text.
This reads like a non-final draft that was rushed to print. It would have benefited greatly from a strong editor.
First, a small thing, isn't the wereleopard who wants to get pregnant Vivianne, not Vanessa?
Second, there are large holes in the police/action drama. In the beginning, we are led to believe that there is a monster master vampire who is turning old women and young children into vampires against their will -- and has been making a veritable army of them in recent years. Yet as the story unfolds, I don't think the master vampire we meet at the end did create them all -- so then are they just creations of assorted evil vampires, did they want to be turned? Are all these vampires are originally from St. Louis (made without Jean Claude's knowledge) or did they move here? If so why? Is it a coincidence or a "master" plan?
Third, the repetition of the attempts to give Anita the "cop/street" cred -- is too much. We could have done with one less long discussion of how "we stand shoulder to shoulder" and how our job is "to run in to where the monsters are."
Fourth, while some of the relationship development was natural and seemed to be long in the making/foretelling -- Sin, but especially Asher -- there are some relationship developments that seem very abrupt and could have been fleshed out more -- Dolph's regaining respect for Anita, but especially what happens with Larry (WTF??).
I did like the continuing evolution of Anita's metaphysical powers -- I think that was well done -- both the additional abilities and the control over the ardour. I liked Nathaniel's continuing maturation and the depictions of the relationships between him and Sin and Sin and Nicky.
The sex was okay - same old, same old
For the narration -- which is good as usual -- one comment. Did she change the way she did Micah's voice? It sounded foreign and was distancing and distracting to me.
If it weren't for Otto -- I would think there is nothing left to tell about this world.
Add to the story. There seems to be something missing from the story.
This book was not as thought out as previous books. It feels like LKH rushed the writing of this book. I hope the next one is better.
Kimberly Alexis is, in my opinion, a Top Notch Narrater! I was a bit disappointed with the story. Seemed like a recap of the 20 previous books. I mean if you have read the books you dont need a recap on every person, sigh. I think out of 11 hours maybe 3-4 was actually spent on new things. I love the series but hope that the next book has the essence that the previous books had. I almost wish she had ended the series with Bullet. To me it would have been the perfect ending.
If you are the die hard fan I have become over the years get the book, and enjoy revisiting the characters with a twist here and there.
I hope Kimberly continues to read for her in the future as she has all the characters down pat and brings them to life. 5 stars to her!
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