E–pub Free Guilty Pleasures AUTHOR Laurell K. Hamilton
heads upI ve finally given up on this series though I m embarrassed to say took me about ten books to get there This is another of those books where I Saphyre loved the premise but the execution made me gag Anita is insufferable self centered and judgmental and her self justification for her transformation from noli me tangere virgin to super slut isaughable God apparently told her directly that it was okay WhateverThe appeal for me was always Richard the werewolf and Jean Claude the vampire whose relationship was obviously the true The Day the Crayons Quit love story about to happen but inater books they don t even appear Contract problems Scheduling conflicts with other projects Why on earth would the author replace the most compelling characters with a series of beta males who Anita can control Knight Esquire like she controls every other aspect of this worldWell obviously because this is Hamilton s fantasy isn t it Right down to the creation of a character that is the male version of Anita so she can makeove to herself Yuck Anita Blake is a vampire hunterslayer among other dealings with the undeadoccult and she s only in her early twenties Story is told in a first person PI style which means there s some wry humor as well as a focus totally from the main character s POV PROS 1 Fast read 2 Vampires are similar to the egends but have enough uniue differences where we are dealing with something new and enticing 3 Anita is a nice mix of male and female which means she should appeal to both genders 4 Well plotted hardly any gap holes of ogic pacing is well done and 5 Big finale climax at the end Satisfying if you Shadow Work: A New Guide to Spiritual and Psychological Growth like things settled well violently Heh CONS 1 Her early books are great I would warn that by book ten she starts to spend too much time in theovemaking which slows everything down Not an issue in this novel but will be Metabolic Repair Manual later if you fall for the series as I did CHARACTERSDIALOGUE B to B plus ACTION SCENES B plus STORYPLOTTING B SETTINGTONE B plus to A minus WHEN READ 2006 revised review mid November 2012 OVERALL GRADE B plus That was something Right I guess it was okHow did vampires become common knowledge I understand they becameegal 2 years prior to the action in the book but why How And who is Anita Blake I could not connect with her at all She felt shallow No not shallow I really can t find the word right now She felt not real but someone that simply went with the flow with no actual starting point or purpose I would Law and Society: A Sociological Approach like to say she feltike a character in a book but I Just an Illusion - Side A love books so that would be insulting to themAnd how on Earth view spoilerdid two humans with n Okay so some of the girls asked that I do a review of the Anita Blake series because I mentioned some things that intrigued themIt s not a finished series and usually I would reserve judgment on a se I finally got around to reading Guilty Pleasures the first Anita Blake book and can ateast see why they re not in the Romance section it s gory and the author doesn t seem to Cybersecurity: Protecting Critical Infrastructures from Cyber Attack and Cyber Warfare (Zones of Religion) like vampires at allI know Hamilton s very well established and has a huge fan base and I know there areots of other people who don t ike her books so I feel pretty confident I m not going to get ynched by saying I m glad I only spent 2 on this bookI really didn t Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement like it This is partly because I was so often confused partly because I was very bored and partly because there s simply no one toike in this book I didn t ike Anita I was very distracted by the way she dresses and the things she thinks about I didn t ike any of the humans or other characters the vampires were portrayed in the non romantic cliche way as opposed to the romantic cliche and I didn t ike all the guns The plot is slow and dull and Anita misses some glaringly obvious things and doesn t ask very good uestions There were many scenes where I kept thinking What the hell is going on It often didn t make much sense to me at all and seemed to contradict itself and I am not a stupid person It s ike during the rewrite stage things got cut out that should have stayed Also what the hell is a hubba hubba motion with your hand supposed to The Craving lookike I have never skimmed a book The Murder Exchange like I did with Guilty Pleasures Jean Claude was intriguing but hardly in it at all and I didn t start properly reading it again until the end I don tike skimming I never usually do it and it s a very bad sign if I do It gets two stars for Jean Claude and the interesting thing about not being able to properly envision or understand a character until you get to see their eyes This book I oved it the first few times I read it And then Not so much I blame reading Fever right before Also There was something I could not uite put my finger on At first What was it The writing style Everythi. Anita Blake is small dark and dangerous Her turf is the city of St Louis Her job re animating the dead and killing the undead. ,
DOWNLOAD Guilty PleasuresS sarcastic humor To be fair I have to "Kate Daniels writing is better Thus on the negative side the writing is not great but passable and are "Daniels writing is better Thus on the negative side the writing is not great but passable and there are holes and just illogical and just stupid things aplenty Anita s I drops to single digit range sometimes On the positive side any relative of the current ueen of urban fantasy deserves respect I was never bored reading the book It night shock somebody but I will give this novel the same rating as I gave to Kate Daniels 1 3 stars I have to say that there are 3 stars and there are 3 stars This rating can mean Nice but I am not reading the next book and also I am mildly curious what comes next This time I use the second meaning and will continue with the series Reread Back in the day when Anita wasn t a power hungry nympho This book reminds how great the Anita Blake series once was Here Anita Blake has a job as an animator raising the dead for information for the police force and isn t spending any of her time The Million Dollar Goal lazing in bed with her posse of wimpy beauteous men she even has girlfriends and we are introduced to an intriguing character named Edward I had forgotten all about him This is the book where she meets Jean Claude whose charms she is easily able to resist Vampires are being murdered and master vampire Nikolaos sp demands her expertise to track down the killer Here Anita is still known as the Executioner andives by her words I don t date vampires I kill them In order to get information into the secret underground vampire scene she pals around with vampire junkie Phillip Phillip is the first inkling into Hamilton s obsession with weak willed beautiful man boys who show up and take up residence in Securing Caite later books Phillip s character is than physical perfection though he is sympathetic in a way and a useful tool to progress the plot of this book The Anita in this book is strong willed independent judgmental and abrasive but has a wicked barbed tongue which I find missing inater books The black humor Trudy lightens up the darkness and makes Anita approachable while inater books there is ittle if anything eft to The Unlikeliest Hero: The Story of Desmond T. Doss like about the character who is obsessed with power sex and is often just plain mean I may reread the first few books but will stop when the ardour makes its appearance The engaging start of a wonderful series that morphs into erotica partway through If youike VI Warshawski Kinsey Milhoneand other female gumshoes and you ike some fantasy you will definitely ike this series in the beginning Normal world normal woman except that vampires and other supernatural critters are real some have civil rights and coexist with humans or ess peacefully and the protagonist is a 5 2 gun toting butt kicking necromancer Her day job is raising the dead for a company that specializes in it so that answers about wills etc can be settled once and for all Her other job is a vampire executioner which makes her a federal marshal because you can t just run around and stake some poor vampire on sight unless you want to get arrested The monsters are iving among the humans now and Ms Hamilton does a wonderful job of Prisoner of Midnight looking at exactly what that would entail What about mixed marriages What kinds of jobs would vampires have How would the ACLU fit into this What about religion And so on and so forth At this point Anita Blake s world is black and white Vampires bad Humans good There are no shades of gray for Anita This book readsike a decently written female detective book with the small twist of the kind of world the detective exists in and how that impacts her investigation and her BOSH!: The Cookbook: Simple Recipes. 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All Plants. lifeYou must start with the beginning in this series or youl miss some fascinating twists and turns as Anita s world starts to acuire shades of gray and she starts to grow up a Confessions of an Air Ambulance Doctor little bit What happens when the monsters go out of their way to rescue you from the humans who want to kill you What happens when the scariest thing in your world is a human not a monster What happens when the monster thinks you re kinda cute and asks you out on a dateLater in the series Ms Hamilton gets so busy exploring the social interaction side of things what happens when ALL the monsters want to date you At the same time that the mystery solving part goes bye bye which is a shame And right around Narcissus in Chains Ms Hamiltin abandons any pretense at plot and starts writing not so vanilla porn But the series right up to that point is a solidly written engaging and nicelyayered series that can be addictiveAnd the fact of the matter is that not one of the other authors who have picked up on this oh so popular genre of female with unexplored powers doing something dangerous in a supernatural world has come close to what Ms Hamilton managed to accomplish with Anita Blake. 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else I could mentionOkay in all seriousness don t do whatI could mentionOkay in all seriousness don t do what did Don t read this book after reading Fever because you l be trying to absorb descriptions of Jean Claude and then the Jericho Barrons that s taken up residence in your head will Corps Values: Everything You Need to Know I Learned In the Marines look out through your eyes andaugh before giving you a heart stopping The Sun Shines Over the Sanggan River look of possession that makes you want to spike this book on the ground and flounce back over to Barrons Books and Baubles for a uickie To be blunt Jean Claude seemsike a total wuss compared to JZB I know I know who doesn t The dude wears THIEME Atlas of Anatomy: Head and Neuroanatomy lace trimmed shirts and tighteather pants tucked into hooker boots which would be fine maybe if I hadn t just read about a man that hasn t fully pulled himself out of the primordial ooze and could murder JC and his entire city While smiling And then we have Anita What a biased narrow minded holier than thou misogynist Her fashion decisions will make you silently ong for Mac s engthy descriptions of her pastel colored outfits and the affinity she feels for others of her own sex I really didn t River Bodies (Northampton County, like Anita this time around But if I remember correctly she does get better as the series progresses That is until it all starts to unravel around book ten or so I stilliked all the blood and guts and the fact that vampires were vampires not the glittery kind the monstrous kind I still enjoyed the plot and Anita s necromancing I really enjoyed the flawless world building Still I think I m going to wait to read the next until after I successfully manage to burn the memory of Barrons from my mind FML view spoilerGROUP READVictims Volunteers1 ME2 Alisa3 Anna4 Ellis5 Joanna6 JennyJen7 Beth8 Brandi9 Ally10 Faye11 Georgette12 Angela13 Seaskew14 Cinward15 Haven16 Sharon17 Barbara18 Kitty19 Khanh20 Sherill21 Penny hide spoiler It was ok I guess Before Kate Daniels it was Anita Blake However it is one of those rare instances where the copy cat is much better than the original Anita is a raiser of the undead and killer of vampires She is coerced to help a powerful vampire ueen and to investigate the murder of several powerful vampires The main problem with the book was its heroine She was so unlikable so proud of herself that she does no drink doesn t have sex and is such a good Christian Oh she is so judgemental Taking in consideration that the series will turn into a porn fest after book 6 7 I call her a hypocrite Also the humour and the fight scenes did not work for me Kate Daniels on the other hand is a fun Dept. of Reproductive Management likeable kick ass character Even the character Ilona Andrews copied from Guilty Pleasures Rafael is so much better I might try the next one in the series but I am in no rush to do so This was one of the first UF PR books so it might wort a try if you are interested how it all began The book belongs to urban fantasy genre it was writtenong before the term was created So humans did something really stupid in my opinion formed after I finished reading and Beneath This Ink legalized vampires despite the fact that these creatures need to kill people to exist as everybody knows To justify this I can only say that this is not the first time the humanity actedike complete retards we can all give countless real The Psychology of Work life modern examples Anita Blake was a reanimator meaning she could raise zombies This skill often comes handy as dead people can tell interesting tales She also did not belong to vampire fan club Bella Swan she was not One day the master vampire of her city offered her a job she could not refuse it was all about the right motivation obviously It seemed somebody was killing innocent huh vampires and Anita was to investigate orose her ife as well as get her friend killed As the title implies Anita had some experience of dealing with annoying bloodsuckers so when they finally got on her nerves she realized it was time to uit acting stupid and start kicking some undead butts Some ong awaited action finally came I was very surprised by some things about the book Unlike what reviewers said it did not suck outright In fact it was decent enough I also found Kate Daniels granny Anita For those unfamiliar with the The Woman You Want to Be: Margery Wilson's Complete Book of Charm latterady Laiden's Daughter let me just say that Kate was heavily influenced by her and the influence is uite clear Anita even possesses trademarked Kate. Who take things too far But when the city’s most powerful vampire asks her to solve a series of vicious slayings Anita must.