12. Guilty Pleasures (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter) by Laurell Hamilton. 320 p. Published 1993; Republished October, 2002.
So apparently this series has been around for over a decade, but I’m just reading it now. Then again, with it being a little older, there may not be that many reviews for it online (outside of amazon and the usuals).
In a twisted mirror of our own world, Vampires and other undead have become recognised by the government. Now you need a court order to kill a Vampire, and raising a zombie is as simple as hiring an Animator. Enter Anita Blake, an Animator based in St. Louis, MI. She is, however, known by another name among the undead – “The Executioner.” Anita has a relatively famous reputation for tracking and eliminating vampires that have overstepped their bounds, and she has the scars to prove it.
In Guilty Pleasures, Anita is called upon to investigate a series of brutal vampire murders. She refuses. After all, it’s a little strange to work for those you normally hunt. As her day progresses, however, it seems the vampires aren’t going to give Anita much of a choice. With her friends’ lives now in the balance, Anita is forced to look into the dak depths of the city’s vampire culture. There she encounters the city’s oldest – and most powerful – vampires, and their obvious efforts to shake her are working. Just not in the way they had hoped. From a nightclub to the new ‘Church of Eternal Life’ to a private feeding party, to various graveyards, Anita tracks possible suspects and gathers her allies. Because whatever can tear a vampire limb from limb isn’t something she wants to take lightly.
With Hamilton’s knack for quirky characters, witty banter, and descriptions that easily border on erotica, it’s pretty easy to understand the popularity of this series. Hell, there’s even a comic book adaptation. The action is fast paced but manages to stay away from the pitfalls of complicated twists that often leave a reader lost and bewildered. Instead, Hamilton carries you along, defining Anita’s world as you pass through it. In all honesty, it’s to her benefit that the novel’s world so closely mirrors our own. Hamilton knows it and uses this to her full advantage. That being the case, Guilty Pleasures is a good choice if you’re looking for a light read to pass the time.
Rating: 3 out of 5
Other Reviews of Guilty Pleasures: Book Central