Early Review: Crimson Death by Laurell K. Hamilton (Giveaway)

Posted October 3rd, 2016 in book review, Giveaway / 13 comments

Early Review: Crimson Death by Laurell K. Hamilton (Giveaway)Crimson Death by Laurell K. Hamilton
Series: Anita Blake Vampire Hunter #25
Publisher: Berkley on October 11, 2016
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Adult
Pages: 720
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon
Add to: Goodreads
Rating: three-stars
Heat: four-flames

In her twenty-fifth adventure, vampire hunter and necromancer Anita Blake learns that evil is in the eye of the beholder...

Anita has never seen Damian, her vampire servant, in such a state. The rising sun doesn’t usher in the peaceful death that he desperately needs. Instead, he’s being bombarded with violent nightmares and blood sweats.

And now, with Damian at his most vulnerable, Anita needs him the most. The vampire who created him, who subjected him to centuries of torture, might be losing control, allowing rogue vampires to run wild and break one of their kind’s few strict taboos.

Some say love is a great motivator, but hatred gets the job done, too. And when Anita joins forces with her friend Edward to stop the carnage, Damian will be at their side, even if it means traveling back to the land where all his nightmares spring from...a place that couldn’t be less welcoming to a vampire, an assassin, and a necromancer.


At A Glance

Better than previous books but still a long way to go.

The Good

So it’s been some time since I gave Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter another chance. This series got too sexual. I know, that’s crazy coming from me. This series use to be my favorite but when you take a badass character and change the focus from action to sex midway into the series, it’s just not right. So I missed quite a few books, but I easily fell back into the series.

This series still has it’s positives. Anita Blake is still a badass. And now that she has gained paranormal powers from all her vampire/wereanimal connections she can take a lot more damage and fight people with her mind, sorta. It’s pretty cool because she is capable of almost anything and we are still learning what ‘anything’ is.

I was excited to see Edward was in this one because he is my favorite neighborhood sociopath. Shit goes down when he is around. I was so excited for Anita to go to Ireland and join up with Edward to kill some badies. If only it didn’t take half the effing book, but that’s beside the point. Seriously, when Death (Edward) and the Executioner/War (Anita) get together things get so much more interesting. These two work like chocolate and peanut butter as they try to stop all the new crazy vampires running amok in Ireland, a supposed supernatural creature free place. Woops!

I was really excited to see Damien finally get his place at Anita and Nathaniel’s side. I always felt bad for him. I love their power triangle and all it’s new oddities.

I don’t know if I will continue the series or not because I have been burned so much, but I will say Crimson Death is making me tempted.

The Bad

OMG, half this book, and I mean literally half, consisted of talking about sex, feelings, relationships. Anita’s many, many relationships are just coming too much to handle, for Anita and me. Get this, there was dialogue during the sex. And I don’t mean, “Ooh, that feels good.” or “Harder.” I mean full on conversations that took you out of the mood, “So will you love me after we finish because I have been feeling left out lately, and you give all your attention to Nathanial, and blah, blah, blah.” Shoot me now. It’s effing exhausting! The dialogue in general became monotonous and boring at times. It just went on forever, and ever, and ever.

I really disliked the rushed ending. I felt like the action just started and everything was going to revealed at 96% into the book. I was freaking out because I didn’t think that was enough time to wrap everything up. No worries, we get a 2 page narrated epilogue that does it for us Pffffftt!!! Two effing pages?? Are you kidding me? So annoying.

The Snuggly

Obviously there is sex because, well, it’s Hamilton. I do feel like it was less than previous books I read, which was nice. The sex was good but the talking beforehand was tedious as frick.

Final Thoughts

If you love this series, you will love Crimson Death. If you are like me and stopped reading it because of all the orgies, you may still like this book. If it wasn’t for the first half I would have given this book 4 stars.  Kinda recommended.


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13 Responses to “Early Review: Crimson Death by Laurell K. Hamilton (Giveaway)”

  1. kindlemom1

    Well at least it is better than some of the previous ones right? I’ve heard this series/writer has gone downhill a bit. Sad to see that happen but who knows, maybe it will only get better from here?

  2. Erick Alexander

    I’ve enjoyed the series for quite some time. In any lengthy series there will always a be a great paradigm shift. The sex and action sequences are great and it nice to see the author trying to bring more of a balance between the two. The endings of a couple of her novels seems to rush just as the action begins building. It’s like frenzied sex without the carnal payoff.

    • Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

      I have noticed her endings feel rushed recently. Not the worst thing to happen though.

  3. Melissa (Books and Things)

    I’ve not read to this point yet. I keep hearing how sexual it becomes but I stopped before she really got to that point. It is still UF where I’m at (I’ll have to check which one). At least you found something to enjoy about it.

  4. Bookworm Brandee

    I haven’t really stuck with this series because so many were complaining about it. I quite at like #6. 🙂 I’m glad this was better than the last few but still… lol

    • Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

      Yeah, not a series to get into again but nice to try it again. It’s been so long,

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