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Obsidian Butterfly

by Laurell K. Hamilton, Kimberly Alexis (Narrator)
Audio Edition Read December 30, 2014

Original Release Date: January 1, 2000

Length: 608 pages

Official Description: (This is book #9 in the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series)

There are a lot of monsters in Anita Blake’s life. And some of them are human. One such individual is the man she calls Edward, a bounty hunter who specializes in the preternatural. He calls her to help him hunt down the greatest evil she has ever encountered. Something that kills and maims and vanishes into the night. Something Anita will have to face alone…

“MY NAME IS ANITA BLAKE. I’D LIKE YOU TO MEET EDWARD… ” Edward was a hit man. He specialized in monsters. Vampires, shape-shifters, anything and everything. There were people like me who did it legal, but Edward didn’t sweat the legalities or, hell, the ethics. He was an equal opportunity killer. I may be one of the few friends that Edward has, but it’s like being friends with a tame leopard. It may curl on the foot of your bed and let you pet its head, but it can still eat your throat out…

My Take:

From what I hear, this is the last plot driven book in the Anita Blake series and the rest revolves around her sex life. I mean really these last few books revolved around sex, but this one has no actual sex. This book Anita spends way to much time thinking about Richard and Jean-Claude, however she is in a different state as them the vast majority of the time. Once upon a time Edward rescued Anita, and Anita killed his partner, therefore, Anita now owes Edward a favor. This book is Edward calling in that favor. This book gets gruesome, there is even a scene where a zombie is eating babies in a hospital nursery, the babies always get to me. Babies always seems to take it too far for me. Oh and the torture and rape of children seems unnecessary to me as well. I get boundary pushing, but there is a too far mark. Overall the story was pretty interesting, we get to learn a lot more about Edward, I’ve always liked Edward he has always been a favorite of mine. This series seems to turning more and more cruel, more and more shock worthy than I had expected. This book was also hella long. There were scenarios that didn’t really need to exist, plot points that never really got addressed. Will Anita ever figure out what it means to be a necromancer? Well, who knows there are a million other books to find out. What can we take out of this book? Anita is still bad ass, she still impresses men because she’s a woman and is not incompetent. In fact there is a character that Anita deals with in this book who hates all women, murders and rapes women, but can’t figure out Anita. There are many bigots in this particular book that either hate Anita because she’s female or because she’s magic. Over all this book is pretty good, long, gory, repetitive in parts, but pretty great. Anita obsessed way to much about her boyfriends at home, while ogling other men, but never doing anything with them. Also there is a whole penis scene that was gratuitous and unnecessary, but hey whatever. I still enjoy the series, and I loved the narrator.

Quote:

“If you only believe when it’s easy, you don’t really believe.”

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Blue Moon

by Laurell K. Hamilton
Kindle Edition Read May 10, 2014

Original Release Date: September 24, 2002

Length: 418 pages

Official Description: (This is book #8 in the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series)

When she chose master vampire Jean-Claude over her ex-fiancé, alpha werewolf Richard Zeeman, Anita learned that sometimes love is not enough. But though she and Richard won’t be walking down any aisles, she can’t turn her back on him when he’s arrested on a rape charge in Tennessee. Anita knows firsthand that Richard has the morals of a saint—or at least a boy scout. But his guilt or innocence is not the issue. He’s behind bars, and in five days a full moon will rise…

My Take:

Ok Anita Blake has gotten really loose in the bedroom in this book. We don’t really see much of Jean-Claude, this book is all about Anita rescuing Richard from jail after he is accused of rape. Anita brings part of both of her packs, since she’s lupa to Richard and Nimir-Ra to the Leopard pack. She is also super powerful, and we have yet to really get too much in to her powers. We get a closer look in this one. We see a little horror in this one, but it looks like this series has started stepping away from the traditional, or well the horror that the first 7 books really are about. Ya know before Anita starts exploring her sexuality, ok, so I’m guessing about the last bit, I think this book really kind of heads down the slutty path that Anita appears to be destined for. I love Anita though, she is awesomely bad ass, she doesn’t need anyone to be a bad ass, she has that reputation all on her own. She proves over and over again that everyone underestimates her. I hate the fashion of Anita though, is that odd? It is old-fashioned and even in 2002, people didn’t dress the way she does. I love that Anita scares everyone, and she kind of sees a darker character in this book. I don’t know, there was a lot of her learning to accept who she is with the touchy feely wolves and leopards. She has to learn to not be embarrassed at nudity. Heck I would be mortified to be in a group of naked people, but she is not allowed to be, or she could die. Anyway, I’m still not sure where these books are headed, but I have a feeling it is going to get interesting, then get annoying.

Quote:

Love sucks. Sometimes it feels good. Sometimes it’s just another way to bleed.

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Burnt Offerings

by Laurell K. Hamilton
Kindle EditionRead July 1, 2013

Original Release Date: May1, 1998

Length: 392 pages

Official Description: (This is book #7 in the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series)

In Laurell K. Hamilton’s New York Times bestselling novels, it’s often hard to tell the good from the evil. Just ask Anita Blake. She seems to be developing a soft spot in her heart for vampires-one in particular. So, when an arsonist’s fires begin licking at St. Louis’s undead, it’s up to Anita to save the very monsters she’s sworn to destroy.

My Take:

Alright it seems like we’ve turned a corner in the Anita Blake series, much like book #6 this book is much less gory, less scary and has way too much going on. I am sad to say that where before I was team Jean-Claude now I seem to be team Richard, maybe I’m just never going to be satisfied with the love interests in Anitas life. Also in this book, Anita kinda makes out with everyone or a few people, we go from moral high ground to macking on everyone. Also her special skill of zombie raising isn’t used, rather the power of the triumvirate gets used up and Anita taps into some new power or learns how to use her own. We still really haven’t delved into what being a necromancer really is. I don’t know if we’ll ever know that with all these life or death situations that Anita gets put in. This book is really interesting, we get to see the vampire council, there is some police work, kinda and Anita actually has a love life. I am really hoping the stories take us somewhere with answers because now it seems like we’re leaning more toward the romantic angle than the action/adventure/horror angle that this series started out with. I will definitely keep reading but I am not sure where we can go from here.

Quote:

“Never trust people who smile constantly. They’re either selling something or not very bright.”

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The Killing Dance

by Laurell K. Hamilton
Hardcover EditionRead May 13, 2013

Original Release Date: June 1, 1997

Length: 368 pages

Official Description: (This is book #6 in the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series)

Dating both a vampire and a werewolf isn’t easy. But just to complicate Anita’s already messy life, someone has put a price on her head. Love cannot save her this time, so she turns to Edward, hitman extraordinaire, for help. But finding the person behind the threat won’t be easy, because as both a vampire hunter and zombie reanimator, Anita has made a lot of enemies-both human and otherwise.

My Take:

Yeah I’ve read another book in a series that has broken out of the mold, which is awesome. Where books 1-5 center around some gory, horrific crime(s) this one focuses primarily on Anita and who’s out to kill her, or rather it mainly focuses on the choices Anita has to make, Anita’s power and embracing who she is and who she is becoming. So, yes the other books were about Anita, this one is just a different aspect of that story. This book has two of my favorite male characters so far in this series, Edward and Jean-Claude, though Richard is ok  he is a big focus in the story too. I have never really been a fan of Richard, I don’t really get what Anita sees in him, he seems weak, yes an Alpha werewolf, but still weak. I think that in the long run she would bore of him, though I LOVE Jean-Claude he doesn’t seem like the staying around type and Anita is too jealous for that. For some reason I’d love to see and Edward love interest. Why? I don’t know he seems more on the same scale as Anita and he’s mysterious. We’ve gotten to know Richard and Jean-Claude so their mystery is kind of fading. Though I’d like to get through this interesting love triangle first. This book does see a little crime/murder going on but it’s brief, like an after thought and it really never gets addressed again. Some new players get introduced, some old players are sitting this one out, but all together I liked the progress that was finally made in this epic (20+ book) series. I don’t know how long the magic of Anita will last, but right now it seems good, not great, but it’s good… and fun.

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“If I let you get killed, the other bodyguards will make fun of me.”

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Bloody Bones

by Laurell K. Hamilton
Paperback Edition – Read January 10, 2013

Cost: $12.20 (As of this Post)

Length: 336 pages

Official Description:

When Branson, Missouri, is hit with a death wave-four unsolved murders-it doesn’t take an expert to realize that all is not well. But luckily for the locals, Anita is an expert-in just the kinds of preternatural goings-on that have everyone spooked. And she’s got an “in” with just the kind of creature who can make sense of the slayings: a sexy master vampire known as Jean Claude.

My Take:

This particular book in the Anita Blake series was originally published in 1996 and it shows, at least in the wardrobe choices of Ms. Blake, oh the impracticality of panty-hose and beepers. This book shows the first car phone in the series though. I know that these things aren’t crucial to the plot but it’s interesting to read older books and kind of see the changes in trends through the years. On to the point. I liked this book, it was fun to see Anita to be removed from her element  having spent four books in St. Louis we’re following her and Larry to Branson and of course nothing is what it seems. The more books we get into the more I question what Anita really is she is a necromancer and all that but it seems to everyone that is around Anita that she’s a little bit more. This book was all over the place crazy, but in a good way, Anita is hired to raise a mass grave for some millionaires  is called in on some gruesome murders, is then called in a about a simple and seemingly unrelated vampire kill, winds up calling in Jean-Claude, meeting with the Master of the City of Branson and nearly dying….again. Oh and there is so much more going on too. I admire her self-control around the men in her life, her abstinence policy is still going strong (though I hear that changes in subsequent books) I think adding too much romantic flair would distract from the story. There is that sexual tension between Jean-Claude and Anita going on but for the majority of the time their lives were in danger so it didn’t really matter. There were so many bad guys in this book and so much lore being added to the story it was almost too much…almost, they probably could have made a few books out of the subject matter that was in this one. Then they just tied a quick and pretty bow on the end kind of like those “And they lived happily ever after” endings. Except you know that isn’t true. This book though violent and brutal in parts were still not as gory as some previous books. It is and easy read the characters flowed well together and  I enjoyed it and am ready to go get book #6.

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“Worry about the things you can control; the rest will either work themselves out, or they’ll kill you. Either way, no more worries.”

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