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Review: ‘Bloody Bones’ by Laurell K. Hamilton

Review: ‘Bloody Bones’ by Laurell K. Hamilton

Bloody Bones

by Laurell K. Hamilton
Series: Anita Blake Vampire Hunter #5
Published by Berkley on November 1, 2005
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 336
Format: AudioBook, Paperback
Source: Purchased
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four-stars

In Laurell K. Hamilton's "New York Times" bestselling novels, Anita Blake, vampire hunter and animator, takes a bite out of crime-of the supernatural kind. But even someone who deals with death on a daily basis can be unnerved by its power... 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.


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Review: ‘The Lunatic Cafe’ by Laurell K. Hamilton

Review: ‘The Lunatic Cafe’ by Laurell K. Hamilton

The Lunatic Cafe

by Laurell K. Hamilton
Series: Anita Blake Vampire Hunter #4
Published by Berkley on January 1, 1996
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 352
Format: Paperback, AudioBook
Source: Purchased
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five-stars

Vampire hunter and zombie animator Anita Blake is an expert at sniffing out the bad from the good. But in The Lunatic Cafe-now in trade paperback for the first time-she's about to learn that nothing is ever as it seems, especially in matters of the not-so-human heart.

Dating a werewolf with self-esteem issues is stressing Anita out. Especially when something-or someone-starts taking out the city's shapeshifters.


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Review: ‘Circus of the Damned’ by Laurell K. Hamilton

Review: ‘Circus of the Damned’ by Laurell K. Hamilton

Circus of the Damned

by Laurell K. Hamilton
Series: Anita Blake Vampire Hunter #3
Published by Berkley Books on May 1, 1995
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 329
Format: Paperback, AudioBook
Source: Purchased
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four-half-stars

In Circus of the Damned-now in trade paperback for the first time-a rogue master vampire hits town, and Anita gets caught in the middle of an undead turf war. Jean-Claude, the Master Vamp of the city, wants her for his own-but his enemies have other plans. And to make matters worse, Anita takes a hit to the heart when she meets a stunningly handsome junior high science teacher named Richard Zeeman. They're two humans caught in the crossfire-or so Anita thinks.


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Review: ‘The Laughing Corpse’ by Laurell K. Hamilton

Review: ‘The Laughing Corpse’ by Laurell K. Hamilton

The Laughing Corpse

by Laurell K. Hamilton
Series: Anita Blake Vampire Hunter #2
Published by Berkley on August 2nd 2005
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 301
Format: AudioBook
Source: Purchased
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five-stars

Harold Gaynor offers Anita Blake a million dollars to raise a 300-year-old zombie. Knowing it means a human sacrifice will be necessary, Anita turns him down. But when dead bodies start turning up, she realizes that someone else has raised Harold's zombie--and that the zombie is a killer. Anita pits her power against the zombie and the voodoo priestess who controls it.
In The Laughing Corpse Anita will learn that there are some secrets better left buried-and some people better off dead...


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Re-Post Review: ‘Guilty Pleasures’ by Laurell K. Hamilton

Re-Post Review: ‘Guilty Pleasures’ by Laurell K. Hamilton

Guilty Pleasures

by Laurell K. Hamilton
Series: Anita Blake Vampire Hunter #1
Published by Berkley on August 3, 2004
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 355
Format: Paperback, AudioBook
Source: Purchased
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Goodreads
five-stars

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...


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Review: ‘Jason’ by Laurell K. Hamilton

Review: ‘Jason’ by Laurell K. Hamilton

Jason

by Laurell K. Hamilton
Series: Anita Blake Vampire Hunter #23
Published by Jove on December 2nd 2014
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 255
Source: publisher
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four-stars

"Enjoying pain with your pleasure is something you either get, or you don't. If you get it, then you don't really need it explained, because you know how good it feels, and if you don't get it then no amount of talking is going to convince you it makes sense."
But sometimes you have to explain the unexplainable, especially if the love of your life needs to understand, or she'll leave you. Jason Schuyler is one of Anita Blake's best friends and favorite werewolves, with benefits. J.J. is his lady love, an old flame from childhood who dances at one of the top ballet companies in New York. She's accomplished, beautiful, and she's crazy about him, too. Neither of them wants to be monogamous, so what could go wrong?
J.J. is enthusiastically bisexual, with an emphasis on the female side of things. She plans to keep sleeping with women, because Jason can't meet that need, just like she can't meet Jason's need for rough sex and bondage. J.J. doesn't understand why Jason isn’t content to go elsewhere for a need she can’t fulfil, so Jason asks Anita to help him explain.
Anita is having her own relationship growing pains with her only female lover ever, Jade. Jason suggests that J.J. might be able to help Anita with her girl problem, while she helps him with his kinky explanations. With some encouragement from a few other lovers in Anita's life she reluctantly agrees, and J. J. makes plans to fly into town for an experience that none of them will ever forget.


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Review: ‘Affliction’ by Laurell K. Hamilton

I received a complimentary copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ‘Affliction’ by Laurell K. Hamilton

Affliction

by Laurell K. Hamilton
Series: Anita Blake Vampire Hunter #22
Published by Berkley on July 2nd 2013
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 570
Source: publisher
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four-stars

Some zombies are raised. Others must be put down. Just ask Anita Blake.
Before now, she would have considered them merely off-putting, never dangerous. Before now, she had never heard of any of them causing human beings to perish in agony. But that’s all changed.
Micah’s estranged father lies dying, rotting away inside from some strange ailment that has his doctors whispering about “zombie disease.”
Anita makes her living off of zombies—but these aren’t the kind she knows so well. These creatures hunt in daylight, and are as fast and strong as vampires. If they bite you, you become just like them. And round and round it goes…
Where will it stop?Even Anita Blake doesn’t know.


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Review: ‘Kiss the Dead’ by Laurell K. Hamilton

Review: ‘Kiss the Dead’ by Laurell K. Hamilton

Kiss the Dead

by Laurell K. Hamilton
Series: Anita Blake Vampire Hunter #21
Published by The Berkley Publishing Group on June 5th 2012
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 359
Source: Purchased
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three-half-stars

When a fifteen-year-old girl is abducted by vampires, it's up to U.S. Marshal Anita Blake to find her. And when she does, she's faced with something she's never seen before: a terrifyingly ordinary group of people - kids, grandparents, soccer moms - all recently turned and willing to die to avoid serving a master. And where there's one martyr, there will be more...
But even vampires have monsters that they're afraid of. And Anita is one of them...


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Audio Review: ‘A Kiss of Shadows’ by Laurell K. Hamilton

Audio Review: ‘A Kiss of Shadows’ by Laurell K. Hamilton

A Kiss of Shadows

by Laurell K. Hamilton
Series: Merry Gentry #1
Published by Ballantine Books on March 28, 2006
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 468
Format: AudioBook
Source: Library
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four-stars

My name is Meredith 'Merry' Gentry, but of course it's not my real name. I dare not even whisper my true name after dark for fear that one hushed word will travel over the night winds to the soft ear of my aunt, the Queen of Air and Darkness. She wants me dead. I don't even know why...
I fled the high court of Faerie three years ago and have been in hiding ever since. As Merry Gentry, I am a private investigator for the Grey Detective Agency: Supernatural Problems, Magical Solutions. My magical skills, scorned at the courts of Faerie, are valued in the human world. Even by human standards, my magic isn't flashy, which is fine by me. Flashy attracts attention and I can't afford that.
Rumour has it that I am dead. Not quite. I am Princess Meredith NicEssus. To speak that name after dark is to call down a knock upon your door from a hand that can kill you with a touch. I have been careful, but not careful enough. The shadows have found me, and they are going to take me back home, one way or another.
So the running is over. But the fighting has just begun...
Rich, sensual, brimming with dangerous magic, A Kiss of Shadows is a dazzling tour-de-force where folklore, fantasy and erotically charged adventure collide.


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Review: ‘Beauty’ by Laurell K. Hamilton

Review: ‘Beauty’ by Laurell K. Hamilton

Beauty

by Laurell K. Hamilton
Series: Anita Blake Vampire Hunter #20.5
Published by Penguin on May 8th 2012
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 33
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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five-stars

The steamy outtake that takes readers even further into Laurell K. Hamilton’s bestselling novel, Kiss the Dead.
You’d think I’d get used to seeing such a beautiful man and knowing he was mine, but it never grew old, as if his beauty and the fact that he was mine, and I was his, would forever surprise me.
With a vampire like Jean Claude around, it’s far too easy for Anita Blake to doubt her own appearance—and the hold it has on those who love her. But one hot tub and two incredibly sexy men—Jean Claude and Asher—will make her feel like the most lusted-after woman alive…or undead. Not bad for a mere human…
Includes an excerpt of Kiss the Dead, the new Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter novel.


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