Publisher: Berkley Trade on August 3, 2004
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy, Vampires
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"My name is Anita Blake. Vampires call me “The Executioner”. What I call them isn’t repeatable.
Ever since the Supreme Court granted the undead equal rights, most people think vampires are just ordinary folks with fangs. I know better. I’ve seen their victims. I carry the scars…
But now a serial killer is murdering vampires—and the most powerful bloodsucker in town wants me to find the killer… “
In a world where vampires, zombies and werewolves have been declared legal citizens of the United States, Anita Blake is an “animator” – a profession that involves raising the dead for mourning relatives. But Anita is also known as a fearsome hunter of criminal vampires, and she’s often employed to investigate cases that are far too much for conventional police. But as Anita gains the attention of the vampire masters of her hometown of St Louis, she also risks revealing an intriguing secret about herself – the source of her unusual strength and power.
Okay, so I want to try this new thing on my blog. I have had less and less time to read books this past year and it’s been hard to maintain the average 3 reviews per week I strive for. So I thought I would start reviewing the books I read before I started blogging. The ones I never got to review. I am not rereading these books. I am rating and reviewing them based on memory, which I often remember a lot about books I have read no matter how long ago. I don’t know if I am going to make this a feature, or give it a name like Old School Reviews or A Look Back Reviews or Before Blogging Reviews (can anyone think of a good name?). But I always wanted to share my past books with you guys but new books always took over. So it’s all working out in the end. These won’t be as detailed as my main reviews because I can only remember so much. So, here we go:
When I first got into reading again with Twilight (yes, I liked it when I first read it, don’t judge!!) I started looking into books that were similar but for adults. And in my searches I found the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Series. Mad obsession followed. When I first read Guilty Pleasures, I thought it was the greatest thing since sliced bread. I loved the gritty, dark nature of the story and characters. The action was amazing and the descriptions were detailed. But it was the characters that drew me in. Anita was the original badass. You can’t get much tougher and rougher than her. I loved reading about a woman who could take care of herself and kick a lot of ass. Then Jean-Claude was all sorts of yummy and dangerous. Then we had Edward, the psychopath who kills psychopaths. Honestly, Edward is one of my favorite characters of all time. He is creepy but efficient. I also remember the story being in-depth and interesting. I just loved pretty much everything about this book.
However, I do remember it being SUPER heavy in descriptions. Like it took forever to get to the main plot because apparently we had to know every detail of Anita’s house or what a vampire was wearing. It didn’t bother me then, but I know better now. It was too much and it slowed the pacing. I would have given this book 5 stars when I first read it, but I am taking half of a star for the heavy detail.
I don’t know how much my review/rating would change if I read it today, but I know that I have reread a couple books in this series a few times and I still loved those books just the same. Now, a warning, this series gets super sexual in later books and the plot suffers greatly for it. I have stopped reading the series, but I am still fond of the first 10 books or so. Those are still worth the read.