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 who take things too far. But when the city’s most powerful vampire asks her to solve a series of vicious slayings, Anita must confront her greatest fear—her undeniable attraction to master vampire Jean-Claude, one of the creatures she is sworn to destroy…
A fellow P Turner talks about these books a lot so it didn’t come as a huge surprise when she picked it as her blog book club read for the year. As an added bonus she gave me my copy as a gift so I had no excuse not to take part.
I haven’t read a huge amount of supernatural books. The Twilight series and the first few on the Vampire Diaries is pretty much where my supernatural repertoire ends so I was intrigued to see what Anita Blake had in store.
I really really enjoyed this book. I found myself eager to read and discover what would happen between these pages. Although it is mainly about hunting vampires, there are lots of killing and deaths in Guilty Pleasures (don’t read if your squeamish), I found Anita’s sarcasm added just the right amount of humour to make it less dark than it otherwise would be. Anita is likeable and probably even relatable if you take out the whole animator/vampire killer thing, and I am sure we will get to know her a lot more and why she is who she is in future books. I definitely enjoyed her wit and sarcasm both as a narrator and a character.
There did seem to be a huge amount of characters introduced throughout the book. I did struggle at times to keep track of who was who as you would just get your head around someone and then someone else was thrown into the mix. That being said I did get used to the names and it didn’t affect the story. I also imagine that some of the people will make appearances in future books which may make it easier to keep track as we get to know them better.
Guilty Pleasures it turns out is a club that is run by vampires. As Anita is taken there by her friend’s friend for a hen night it leads to a whole load of trouble for Anita as she tries to protect her friends, do her job as an animator and find a vampire killer whilst also trying to stay alive. I did really enjoy the killer storyline and couldn’t guess where it was leading. It’s not really a whodunnit story though so don’t pick it up expecting lots of clues but do expect a whole heap of twists and turns because it sure has that.
This story is very different to what I would most probably pick for myself but overall I thoroughly enjoyed Guilty Pleasures and will definitely be looking for more in the series in the very near future. Can’t wait to see what other trouble Anita can find herself in.
This book was read as part of The P Turners Book Club
As I have previously read this story of Anita Blake I knew roughly
what to expect. Despite this I still found the novel as enjoyable as
the first time I read it. In a world where vampires are real and live
amongst us Anita is a take no nonsense Animator who is also a part
time vampire slayer. In the first of this series Anita is coerced into
investigating a series of vampire murderers, which draws her
unwillingly further into the vampire world.
This book gives an intriguing insight into what the world could be if
vampires were real (or are they already real but just in hiding?) True
folklore descendants of Vlad the Impaler and Dracula, these are not
your cute and sparkly Twilight vampires, these despite appearances and
civility are the vampires of nightmares and horror stories. If book
one is a good example of the series, holding a number of characters,
human and immortal, I cannot wait to see where Anita’s story takes us
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