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This post contains affiliate links you can use to purchase the book. If you buy the book using that link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton
Published by Berkley on August 3rd 2004
Genres: fantasy, horror, paranormal, romance
Source: the library
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Published over ten years ago by Ace, Guilty Pleasures marked the debut of a series that was destined to grow from cult favorite to a major New York Times bestseller. Now, for long-time Anita Blake junkies and newfound fans, Guilty Pleasures makes its trade paperback debut.
Readers will learn how Anita Blake started raising the dead-and killing the undead. And how she met Jean Claude, the master vampire destined to become not only her biggest nemesis, but her greatest lover...
I originally read this book in 2008, and I’m pretty sure I’ve read it at least once since then, but not recorded on goodreads.
I read most of the books – I think all but the last few – and used to really love the series, until it turned into erotica. I used to really like Anita, too, and have fond memories of the first half or so of the series, enough that I want to reread and review the series. I also skip 99% of the sex, so won’t touch upon that in the review really. I’m not a prude, I’m just not really interested in reading romance/sex. (hence my problem with the latter boxes; I can’t really even review them, because there is 0 plot & 100% sex)
I’ll also mention briefly that I always have grave difficulty in reviewing a book that has hundreds or thousands of reviews, especially a book that most people rave about – what I can possibly say that no one else has?
(I’ll also mention I’m planning on cutting / pasting the above for however many Anita Blake books I happen to reread and review).
So, here goes.
Rereading the book, I don’t like Anita nearly as much as I used to / thought I did. I was actually really surprised by that; I kept waiting to see what attracted me to the series in the first place (it did dawn on me eventually, that I’m pretty sure I started the series with the second book, not realizing it was the second book, and I’m not sure I ever went back to to read this first book). Nothing really happens in the book; it is definitely setting the scene for the series, letting us get to know the characters, etc., but the plot itself isn’t terribly exciting.
I really don’t like Jean Claude. I never really cared for him, never really understood how Anita ended up getting so attached/attracted/involved with him. Of course, you only see the barest hints of the beginning of something with this first book, but I just don’t get it.
Quick comparison to the Sookie Stackhouse books, because a) how can you not and b) I’m re-reading both series more or less at the same time, at least for now.
Anita is more “real” and developed for Sookie, at least as far as book one is concerned. Anita is almost more lovable because she has the more developed personality, but Anita is just a little too hard assed for me to really like. The vampires are darker, scarier, and more like what vampires should be, and they are definitely less human.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges: