Love in vein: listen to more tales of Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter.
©2002 Laurell K. Hamilton; (P)2009 Phoenix
"The zombie-raising business gets slow in December, so Anita Blake is starting to see some oddball cases. She's got a neatly typed list of eight missing lycanthropes given to her by Marcus, the leader of the local werewolf pack, who wants her to find them. The trouble is, Anita's occasionally furry boyfriend Richard is locked in a power struggle with Marcus. Jean-Claude, master vampire of the city and Anita's other love interest, is getting jealous as well. To top it off, Anita has to solve some horrific murders and keep her bounty-hunting friend Edward from killing Richard and Jean-Claude. Hamilton alternates between funny and fearsome in this larky series about a monster hunter with a few dark secrets." (Amazon.com review)
So far all the books have been great. Im actually a romance reader and thought thats what these were, but they are not. But Im hooked. Love them!
I started this series in the later books, and I usually go back and listen to the first books if I can. This was an instance where I should have left good alone.
The writing itself was not very polished on every level. The plot was weak and for the first time in a Luarell K. Hamilton story I found myself bored. Add to that the tedious self analysis Anita seems to do every single step of the way.
Quite frankly, if this was the first book I read for this series, I would never have read any others.
The single most annoying thing is Anita herself. Anita is such a cliche in this book, that I found that I couldn't stand her. She is SOOOO full of herself all of the time, I just kept thinking what an absolutely terrible girlfriend she would be. Everything was about her, constantly. This made the rest of the characters, especially anyone interested in Anita, seem so flat.
I will say that this review is bias because I'm coming from the perspective of having listened to the newest books. I will say that if you are a current listener to Hamilton's books and are thinking about listening to the early books, save yourself the heartache.
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