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Guilty Pleasures is back! After a short hiatus, the hit adaptation of Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake series continues! What price will Anita pay in order to save her friend's life and solve the Vampire Murders? Will she actually kiss Phillip? How far will Edward go in order to find out where the daytime resting place of the Master Vampires truly is? Where is Guilty Pleasures is back! After a short hiatus, the hit adaptation of Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake series continues! What price will Anita pay in order to save her friend's life and solve the Vampire Murders? Will she actually kiss Phillip? How far will Edward go in order to find out where the daytime resting place of the Master Vampires truly is? Where is Jean-Claude? And most importantly, who is behind the Vampire Murders? What's next for Anita Blake, you ask? The answers to all of those questions begin here!


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Guilty Pleasures is back! After a short hiatus, the hit adaptation of Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake series continues! What price will Anita pay in order to save her friend's life and solve the Vampire Murders? Will she actually kiss Phillip? How far will Edward go in order to find out where the daytime resting place of the Master Vampires truly is? Where is Guilty Pleasures is back! After a short hiatus, the hit adaptation of Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake series continues! What price will Anita pay in order to save her friend's life and solve the Vampire Murders? Will she actually kiss Phillip? How far will Edward go in order to find out where the daytime resting place of the Master Vampires truly is? Where is Jean-Claude? And most importantly, who is behind the Vampire Murders? What's next for Anita Blake, you ask? The answers to all of those questions begin here!

30 review for Anita Blake Vampire Hunter - Guilty Pleasures #7

  1. 5 out of 5

    Bark

    Hmmm, I noticed most of the reviews here dont go into any sort of plot here. I couldnt figure it out at first but now that Im almost finished with this reread I get it. There isnt one. Well, thats not quite true. There were threads of plot, the vampire council has come to town to rape and pillage the beasties, but really this book is all about Anita gaining power, dealing with her two lover boys and gaining new puppy doggies and kitties who follow her every command. Its bloody, its sexual but Hmmm, I noticed most of the reviews here don’t go into any sort of plot here. I couldn’t figure it out at first but now that I’m almost finished with this reread I get it. There isn’t one. Well, that’s not quite true. There were threads of plot, the vampire council has come to town to rape and pillage the beasties, but really this book is all about Anita gaining power, dealing with her two lover boys and gaining new puppy doggies and kitties who follow her every command. It’s bloody, it’s sexual but mostly in a vile, violent way and it’s so not my favorite of the series. I think I need a break from these books now. I found myself getting grouchy and bored with the oh-so-perfect and all-powerful Anita. I want tomboy Anita The Vampire Executioner back and as much as I complained about the Nike swish descriptions I'd give anything to have them back. If I have to hear another description of a whored up Anita outfit I'm going to gag.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jilly

    These books are getting grittier. The Vampire Council comes to town and they are some sadistic motherf*ckers! Torture, rape, and murder are their nice qualities, and Jean Claude and Anita have giant bulls-eyes on their backs. The good news is that Anita keeps getting more and more bloodthirsty herself. Some days I thought I was becoming a sociopath. Some days I thought I was already there. sociopaths have the best senses of humor... In this book we get to meet some awesome new characters: These books are getting grittier. The Vampire Council comes to town and they are some sadistic motherf*ckers! Torture, rape, and murder are their nice qualities, and Jean Claude and Anita have giant bulls-eyes on their backs. The good news is that Anita keeps getting more and more bloodthirsty herself. Some days I thought I was becoming a sociopath. Some days I thought I was already there. sociopaths have the best senses of humor... In this book we get to meet some awesome new characters: Nathaniel the leopard, and Asher the vampire. I'm excited that it looks like they will be around for a while. But, we also get a lot of Richard. Richard really should have the nickname Dick because it fits him so well. He was always a whiny baby, and now he's a whiny baby who is bitter and angry. It doesn't help improve his sparkling personality. Calling for the party of one... pity party of one....Richard? Your table is ready at the Get-Over-It Cafe. The only thing that annoys me more than Richard's jealous baby tantrums is the fact that Anita still finds him so "irresistible". yeah, bitter assholes are so sexy! On the other end of the spectrum is Jean Claude who is sweet, smart, and totally mature and confident. He even encourages Anita to try and make peace with Richard. He may dress-up everyone around him like gay pirate romance novel covers, but he also showers Anita with gifts and romantic notes. I can handle that! I'll dress like a dominatrix pirate for him any day. okay, Jean Claude, what do YOU want me to wear?

  3. 4 out of 5

    Tilly Slaton

    Out of the entire series, one of my favorite characters is Nathaniel. So when I realized that this is the book he would be introduced into .. I was like woo hoo! Ok, now that I have that out of my system, I can move forward with the tid bits of this and thats I have for this book. Another brilliant piece of work by Laurell Hamilton! The twists in this book are amazing, and they end up playing through to the end of the series. Its neat to be able to reread a series and pick up on all the little Out of the entire series, one of my favorite characters is Nathaniel. So when I realized that this is the book he would be introduced into .. I was like woo hoo! Ok, now that I have that out of my system, I can move forward with the tid bits of this and that’s I have for this book. Another brilliant piece of work by Laurell Hamilton! The twists in this book are amazing, and they end up playing through to the end of the series. It’s neat to be able to reread a series and pick up on all the little things you missed. Blake: Mercy will get you killed, but sometimes it’s all that makes us human. Love triangle, Anita, Jean-Claude and Richard. It really eats at you and I’ve discussed this book with many others and we all end up disagreeing .. wholeheartedly lol .. about whom she should be with. Go figure. Lupa was the word the werewolves used for their leader’s mate. I was the first human so honored. I wasn’t even dating their Ulfric anymore. We’d broken up after I saw him eat somebody. Hey, a girl’s got to have some standards. Thus far, the books in this series hop back and forth within basically the same theme. Find the bad guys. Get hurt. Seek revenge. Kill the bad guys. Make love to a hottie. In Burnt Offerings, the ultimate law, a vampire council visits Jean-Claude’s city. There have been many deeply disturbing scenes in a few of the books so far, and this book definitely does not disappoint. You have the Traveler. A super-duper vampire that finds a suitably sexy male host and takes over the controls for a while. The Traveler and his sexy homosexual lover use and abuse the borrowed bodies as they deem fit. A little whoaness factor there but I thought it very interesting as I read about some of Blake’s friends’ bodies being abused by the traveler and his lover. You have the Master of Beasts, Padma and his sidekick rapist son Fernando. Being the Master of Beasts, Padma is able to put forth a call to the shapeshifter leaders of the city and they apparently are unable to refuse. The leopards, the werewolves and the rats. Between being skinned alive for wall decoration, repeatedly raped or forced into an eternity of furriness, Padma is one of my least favorite characters in this book. It is not to say he isn’t an amazing character! He is. I just dislike him And his bastard of a son. After finding out that Fernando is one of a gang that raped Sylvie, Blake promises Sylvie that they will all die. Hell YES! “Is he your only son?” I asked. “My only child,” Padma said. “My condolences,” I said. Then you have Yvette! A vampire whom can rot her body at will and punish others by forcing a similar state, she’s just gross. It’s one thing to be furry. It’s one thing to be raped. It’s one thing to be skinned. Now, can you imagine being intimate with a woman who all of a sudden starts rotting and oozing bodily fluids all over the place? Gross. Asher is introduced in this book. A lost lover betrayed by no other than Jean-Claude himself, threatens Anita’s life. The choking bitterness of hate engulfs him, and he wants to see Jean-Claude suffer as he has for the past two centuries. The progression with Asher, Anita and Jean-Claude is fun. Enjoy! Filled with a pyrokinetic psycho that is burning down empty buildings, sexually sadistic members of the vampire counsel, and Anita slipping into the spot of protector for the leopards, Burnt Offerings is totally rockin’ awesome! I recommend this book to adults ONLY. This book contains moderate to extreme deviant sexual scenes. The violence is astounding with a two thumbs up from me. ~Happy reading!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    Seriously, Laurell K. Hamilton used to write good vampire-slayer novels. Now she writes erotica. Don't get me wrong, I like erotica as much as the next guy (or gal), but when I want to read a vampire slayer novel, I want to read a vampire slayer novel!!! Damn you, Anita Blake.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Crystal Starr Light

    "Why does everything with you have to be so [darned] serious?" A fire chief approaches Anita Blake to let her know about vampires going up in flames. She notes that then heads off on a date with boyfriend and Undead Master of the City, Jean-Claude. But Anita never can have a date without a million things going off at once. Richard is off his rocker and creating a vacuum in his pack, one that Anita as his lucoi must fix. Jean-Claude is being pressured to join the Council--or face being destroyed. "Why does everything with you have to be so [darned] serious?" A fire chief approaches Anita Blake to let her know about vampires going up in flames. She notes that then heads off on a date with boyfriend and Undead Master of the City, Jean-Claude. But Anita never can have a date without a million things going off at once. Richard is off his rocker and creating a vacuum in his pack, one that Anita as his lucoi must fix. Jean-Claude is being pressured to join the Council--or face being destroyed. People are getting raped right and left. Can Anita save the day once again? This is probably one of my more favorite of the Anita Blake books. That said, pretty much every single problem I've had with the previous books in the series remains. One of the things I liked about this book was the interesting story elements. The combustible vampires. The appearance of the Council. Anita having to keep her pack together. The new, highly fascinating character, Asher. Even the tendrils of reconciling between Anita and Richard (whom I think have amazing chemistry and actually FEEL like lovers, not just people in lust) were fascinating. There are some really great ideas in this book, ones that most definitely kept my interest. Which is why it is so frustrating when LKH gets in the way of her story with the usual suspects: 1) Anita Blake. What a misogynistic, hypocritical b!tchy woman! I swear to God, there is no pleasing her! If people ignore her, she is upset at how she isn't the center of attention. But when Tammy tries to befriend Anita, Anita brushes Tammy off as a shallow person only interested in the zombie raising aspect of Anita's life. As for Anita's rampant misogyny, I'll let her speak for herself: "Women are just not designed to look tough." "No, I was not in tune with my feminine side." "It made me feel girlish in the worse way." And then some random character makes the absolute stupidest remark I've ever heard: "'What a man you would have made!' I'd spent enough time around macho guys to know it was a compliment, a sincerely meant one. They never understood the implied insult." I work in a male-dominated field. Before that, most of my classmates in college were men. NEVER have I heard ANYTHING so sexist. The other thing I can't stand about Anita is her raging hypocrisy. She tries continually to sell us that she is "in love" with Jean-Claude, but then she makes statements like this: "I had to trust him. Trust him not to hurt me. Trust him not to do something awful or embarrassing. I realized that I didn't trust him. That no matter how much I loved his body, I knew he was other. I knew that what he thought of as okay, was not necessarily okay at all." What does Anita love about Jean-Claude other than his body or his seduction techniques? Does she love how he makes breakfast? How he calls her up at work to check on how she is? How he makes coffee in the morning? Does she like spending time with him mountain climbing or watching musicals (two things she enjoys doing with Richard)? The only things Anita appears to like about Jean-Claude are A) his incredibly, breath-taking body and B) the sex. Last I checked, both those things were lust. But when Ronnie attempts to call Anita out on her dating Jean-Claude, Anita becomes snippy. What's even worse is that when either Ronnie and Louis or Larry and Tammy act like a couple, Anita immediately jumps to the conclusion that they are in lust with each other and probably not in love. Honestly, I see more examples of love in Ronnie and Louis' relationship than I ever had in Anita and Jean-Claude's. 2) Clothes, clothes and more clothes! LKH can't go a few pages without detailing everything that a person is wearing--or not. Which means Anita talking about the evening gown she's wearing, and, of course, griping about not wearing her black Nikes, which hide all the blood she steps in. And because LKH's entire male cast pretty much goes commando in the entire series: "The pants were black linen, clinging smooth and perfect to his body, so form-fitting that I knew there was nothing under the pants but him." LKH makes it even worse by having Anita stop in the middle of a scene where people are seriously injured to detail all the flowers she planted in her yard. Yes, people, flowers. 3) Too much in too little time. LKH has no sense of pacing. Instead of giving her characters breaks or time to process events (and her audience as well), she pretty much has them facing one crisis after another. Which is why for most of this book, Anita is wearing some stupid dress that would flash her @$$ if she attempted to reach her gun hidden in a belly band (if she felt the need to bring a gun, why make it so unreachable?) and ridiculous 3" heels (that she b!tches about endlessly--honestly, Anita, if you hate them so much, wear something else!). Anita goes from the office to a date, to several posturing events with vampires, to rescuing some of her weres, to a shootout at her house, to Dolph calling her to a crime scene--it's TOO BUSY. It's like eating an entire package of Double-Stuf Oreos in one sitting: SICK and BLOATED! 4) Constant arguing. As usual, most of the "investigating" occurs in long dialogue sessions. And during these sessions, people of course have to argue with Anita for half a lifetime. It's so bad, that when someone DOESN'T put up a fight with Anita, she has to mention it: "Truthfully, it was a damn relief not to have to argue with anyone. No debate--what a relief!" You gotta wonder, doesn't Anita ever perhaps notice how SHE'S the one involved with all these super-long, drawn-out, excessive talky scenes? 5) Rape, rape and more rape. My God Almighty, is there rape in this book. I swear, everyone gets raped or sexually assaulted. Nathaniel, Sylvie, Jason, even Anita (though Jean-Claude "helpfully" tells her to turn it into "enjoyment" to make it "more tolerable"--instead of, I don't know, KILLING THE GUY WHO IS SEXUALLY ASSAULTING HIS [email protected]#$ING GIRLFRIEND!!). It's just...disturbing. Rape is a serious subject; it shouldn't be tossed around helter-skelter and not treated appropriately (no one really needs any therapy). 6) Good Old Fashioned Misogyny. There is no other woman in this book whose name isn't "Anita Blake" that A) can rescue herself, B) isn't a victim, C) isn't an evil biotch, or D)isn't hated by Anita. Ronnie resolves into a puddle of tears after shooting a guy (Anita also does not respect her opinion); Sylvie is raped and must have Anita enact revenge on her killer (although Sylvie is a shapeshifter). Vicky is a horrible woman who tried to kill a vampire and lied about sexual assault. Liv participated in Sylvie's rape. Yvette abuses Jason and makes him rot while taking Pleasure from him. Anita views Tammy as a slut who sleeps with Larry to learn more about Necromancy and questions Tammy's shooting abilities, even though Tammy is a cop. The female fire officer is killed. Other than Anita herself, there are no strong, capable women in this series that aren't psycho or evil and who are at least respected by Anita. It's sick. It's disturbing. 7) Sex. Already, I can see how sex is beginning to be a more dominant force in the book. I have no problem with it cropping up in Anita's romantic life. My problem with it is this: LKH is starting to use it to solve problems. To heal people. To feed vampires. Anita basically gives Nathaniel a lap-dance, but she is in a dating relationship with Jean-Claude that seems pretty steady. She does something similar with Asher when he demands to be fed (after a billion years of arguing about it, of course). In the previous books, Anita would have rolled up a sleep and slit her palm, and the vampire would have fed off her blood. Slowly, that is going away. And it seems a bit odd, since it hasn't been established in the past. If you are a fan, you'll probably enjoy this one just as much as the others, maybe a bit less because of the Jean-Claude vs Richard or because of the increasing sex. If you are brand new and wonder if this is indicative of the previous ones: yes and no. Yes, Anita pretty much acts like this in the previous books; no, the previous books had less sex. My personal opinion: there are probably better vampire hunter books out there, with better action, better plots, better romantic interests, and better heroines. You could do worse, of course, but there is better. I'll be hanging on to the ride, because there are bits I'd like to see how they are addressed in later books.

  6. 5 out of 5

    A.M.

    I have to admit, Hamilton manages to introduce a new, interesting and intriguing supernatural creature in each book. Thus it's a shame her main character is so utterly predictable. I now skim through any paragraphs which contain descriptions of Anita's scars, guns, clothes, and hair. Would it be interesting to extract all these passages from the Anita Blake series and see how much copy-pasting Hamilton has done? Naw. (Is anyone else sick of reading 'naw'? Naw!)

  7. 4 out of 5

    Faye

    First read: April 2006 Re-read: May-June 2017 The plot: Anita is asked to help out on a Firebug case while also figuring out how to balance her responsibilities to Richard's pack and her private life as the girlfriend of Jean-Claude now that the European vampire council have come to town. What I liked: - The mythos behind the Firebugs. The idea of these supernatural humans who control fire was fascinating and I liked the casual way in which Anita imparts information about them to the reader. The First read: April 2006 Re-read: May-June 2017 The plot: Anita is asked to help out on a Firebug case while also figuring out how to balance her responsibilities to Richard's pack and her private life as the girlfriend of Jean-Claude now that the European vampire council have come to town. What I liked: - The mythos behind the Firebugs. The idea of these supernatural humans who control fire was fascinating and I liked the casual way in which Anita imparts information about them to the reader. The idea that the majority of them die through spontaneous combustion as they get older and lose control is so clever and sounds realistic for that type of power. - Anita's protective instinct towards Nathaniel and the other wereleopards and werewolves. - The details concerning the vampire council in Europe and the political manoeuvrings were very interesting, particularly the inclusion of the Traveller and his abilities. - The underground/underwater scene at the Church of Eternal Life was especially creepy and horrifying. - Anita's powers and influence in the supernatural world are starting to grow and make her a force to be reckoned with. - The inclusion of Dolph and the growing distance between him and Anita is sad but realistic. - Raina's continued influence on the pack. What I didn't like: - Richard. He's moody, angry, blames everyone else for his issues but especially Anita, and worse he strikes one of the female members of his pack across the face hard enough to leave a bruise because she was reluctant to go back and confront a group who until recently had held her captive. I don't understand why Anita has this blind spot where he's concerned; she seems to still believe he's a good guy and he really, truly, isn't. He's a manipulative, abusive, waste of space. Rating: 5/5 stars

  8. 4 out of 5

    Diane Ehrlich

    The first several novels in the Anita Blake series are great. Funny, scary, a touch gory and a touch sexy. As you read each book, you can really see the character development as Anita becomes more sure of herself and more comfortable with the "monsters". However, some the later books have deteriorated into little more than soft porn for women. Not that there's anything wrong with that. However, I feel it cheapens the series, which features a great role model in Anita as a women who has accepted The first several novels in the Anita Blake series are great. Funny, scary, a touch gory and a touch sexy. As you read each book, you can really see the character development as Anita becomes more sure of herself and more comfortable with the "monsters". However, some the later books have deteriorated into little more than soft porn for women. Not that there's anything wrong with that. However, I feel it cheapens the series, which features a great role model in Anita as a women who has accepted that her life works the way it is and makes her happy, even it is not what the rest of the world thinks is normal. She is strong, independent, and accepting of her sexuality.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Where is all the sex reviewers keep talking about. There are some sexually charged scenes but everything is really tame thus far. This is however my favorite so far. I absolutely loved the fact that Jean-Claude was in almost every scene. I think that he is sometimes portrayed as too weak but I still love me some JC! I am glad that Anita realized it wasn't that Richard is a monster but that she was afraid of wanting to join the pack feasting on Marcus. Now, she just needs to explain that to Where is all the sex reviewers keep talking about. There are some sexually charged scenes but everything is really tame thus far. This is however my favorite so far. I absolutely loved the fact that Jean-Claude was in almost every scene. I think that he is sometimes portrayed as too weak but I still love me some JC! I am glad that Anita realized it wasn't that Richard is a monster but that she was afraid of wanting to join the pack feasting on Marcus. Now, she just needs to explain that to Richard. I still prefer Jean-Claude to Richard though. If Richard would just claim his beast I would like him much more. I am not sure what I think about Nathaniel yet. I know he is a big character but he seems more like a pet than a lover for Anita. I am not sure how I am going to feel about that storyline. I do think I will like Asher though. Jean-Claude needs a friend and it doesn't bother me that Asher might be in love with Jean-Claude. There are many different relationships in these books. It can get overwhelming but they also keep me very interested.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Denisa

    4.5 I really like this series. Normally I'd get bored by now but these books are just that good. Everything is so well written that I can't put them down.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Nick

    This was an interesting one but at the same time had some serious flaws for me. The relationship story was back in force *groans* but at least we saw some interesting shapeshifter dynamics from Anita's leftover role of Lupa and her new role for the wereleopards. Richard is still annoying, the squeaky clean upstanding citizen with a deep dark lust filled side, its like some bad porn movie plot almost. They could have been made into an interesting character but instead they are the stereotypical This was an interesting one but at the same time had some serious flaws for me. The relationship story was back in force *groans* but at least we saw some interesting shapeshifter dynamics from Anita's leftover role of Lupa and her new role for the wereleopards. Richard is still annoying, the squeaky clean upstanding citizen with a deep dark lust filled side, its like some bad porn movie plot almost. They could have been made into an interesting character but instead they are the stereotypical scorned not-quite-lover with lots of dark pouty looks thrown in for good (or bad) measure. The Council members had some interesting abilities but these were in no way really explored or explained, it was just 'here is the big bad, be scared' and the seemingly constant threat (and reality) of rape and violence just seemed a really poor way to show menace when it could have been so nuanced. I liked Warwicks character and I hope that gets explored a bit more later on, Yvette was just a rehash of the rotting girls, Padma (not queen Amidala) and his son were too much 'I WILL CONTROL YOU' and Asher was partly interesting and at least his change of heart on Anita and Jean Claude seemed reasonable. Traveller was just odd, you got a bit of a sense of him but again it just seemed like she needed to reach for a bigger power since Anita et al have gained power themselves. As an episode it was ok but not great, I've heard too much that this series goes downhill in later books I just hope i'm not seeing it already.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Spider the Doof Warrior

    I'm too generous with stars. She just has too much going on. It's like one moment Anita is talking to some firedude and suddenly all kind of shit hits the fan. LKH CRAMS tons of stuff into her books. It's not totally a good thing because there's too much going on and the story could be tighter. Things like clothing descriptions can be reduced. Better yet, no clothing descriptions. No one cares if their pants are too tight or if Anita doesn't want to flash her underwear. And why is she running I'm too generous with stars. She just has too much going on. It's like one moment Anita is talking to some firedude and suddenly all kind of shit hits the fan. LKH CRAMS tons of stuff into her books. It's not totally a good thing because there's too much going on and the story could be tighter. Things like clothing descriptions can be reduced. Better yet, no clothing descriptions. No one cares if their pants are too tight or if Anita doesn't want to flash her underwear. And why is she running around in high heel shoes if she hates them so much? If I walk in high heel shoes it would be stumble stagger fall slip trip crash AUGH!!!!! Yet Anita's all like Rambo in heels chasing people with her Uzi all ready to shoot everyone. Also, why are these weres so wussy? I'm sorry, but if you can bench press cars, you have no business allowing an almost ordinary human to boss you around. It's as bad as in the Merry series were all of these men have special hands of power and allow that bitch Andais to dominate them and tell them what they can and can't do with their penises. Also, do you really need so many scenes with out of town vampires tormenting people and raping them? Why do her books have to have so much dang rape in them? Even if you're at the bottom of the pack, you should not put up with that crap. And why does Ronnie puke all over the place when she is a Private Eye and has shot people? Do not weaken strong characters to make Anita look badass. Why do I keep reading these books? They are entertaining until you get after Either Obsidian Butterfly or Cerulean Sins. Once you get to those books, stop. Don't read any more for your own sanity. I do like the penguins. It's cute how they were all on the desks and Anita thought, should I take them all? Ignore them? That was adorable. But at some point, you have to jump off of this train of insanity and I can't really find blue Moon anyway.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘

    Loving this one! It had a lot of Jean-Claude, who i LOVE, and im pretty sure that's why i gave this one four stars.. Or perhaps because a lot happen, nothing was boring, and i actually love the new characters we got to meet! Like Asher, and The Traveler! i do hope we get to see more of those two :)! Anita keeps being hardcore, independent, snarky and a kickass heroine, though if she doesn't really let Jean-Claude all the way in, -not just trough the marks, but in to her heart,- im seriously Loving this one! It had a lot of Jean-Claude, who i LOVE, and im pretty sure that's why i gave this one four stars.. Or perhaps because a lot happen, nothing was boring, and i actually love the new characters we got to meet! Like Asher, and The Traveler! i do hope we get to see more of those two :)! Anita keeps being hardcore, independent, snarky and a kickass heroine, though if she doesn't really let Jean-Claude all the way in, -not just trough the marks, but in to her heart,- im seriously gonna strangle her... Because, im pretty sure you get that im #TeamJean-Claude! I took me a while to get really started on this book, probably cause i'd read 6 Anita Blake books in 6 days, which probably made it to... much? So i took a break from Anita, and thank god i did, cause then the book because so much more good and exiting :)! Can't wait to read the next book. Rate: 4 stars.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Marianne

    Except for Yvette and her constant "I'm going to rot on you" threats, this was as enjoyable as the rest. You can certainly sense that this series is taking a turn for sex fest town.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lena

    Yvette pulled Jason in against her legs, cradling his face against her thigh. Watch, Jason, watch and see what I do to bad little boys... His eyes collapsed inward, crumbling with rot... The Vampire Council has come to town: screams rend throats, blood flies, and flesh peels. These vampires give Pinhead a run for his money all while maintaining the height of civility. I enjoyed the expanding cast of characters and Anitas adoption, ok takeover, of the Pack/Pard. This is the book where Richard Yvette pulled Jason in against her legs, cradling his face against her thigh. “Watch, Jason, watch and see what I do to bad little boys”... His eyes collapsed inward, crumbling with rot... The Vampire Council has come to town: screams rend throats, blood flies, and flesh peels. These vampires give Pinhead a run for his money all while maintaining the height of civility. I enjoyed the expanding cast of characters and Anita’s adoption, ok takeover, of the Pack/Pard. This is the book where Richard becomes the pain in ass he is for the rest of the series. It’s an entirely different kind of horror knowing you are eternally bound to a Richard. Some of my casting choices:

  16. 5 out of 5

    Cindy

    Although some readers didn't like this book as much as the earlier ones (due to the increased sexual violence) I found I liked it quite a lot (not the violence, the story around it). There is an increased need to suspend my disbelief, though, and that is not a good sign. I was scared in that wet, dangerous basement . . . and I wish Hamilton would spare a little more backstory for some of the police/fireman characters. I'd like to know more about Dolph, and Wren, the fireman new to this book, Although some readers didn't like this book as much as the earlier ones (due to the increased sexual violence) I found I liked it quite a lot (not the violence, the story around it). There is an increased need to suspend my disbelief, though, and that is not a good sign. I was scared in that wet, dangerous basement . . . and I wish Hamilton would spare a little more backstory for some of the police/fireman characters. I'd like to know more about Dolph, and Wren, the fireman new to this book, seems like he is interesting too. I'd like to see Larry (and Officer Tammy, for that matter) a bit more, too. The council members who have, for lack of a better term, invaded St. Louis are a scary, creepy bunch. I liked the Traveler . . . well, like might not be the right word, but y'all know what I mean, right? I found the Master of Beasts, Padma, more than creepy . . . and his interactions with his son did nothing to endear him. Pretty sure he will return at some future point to seek revenge from Jean-Claude, Anita and Richard. The emotional links among the triumverate have only gotten stronger, and Anita is coming to appreciate her increased strength and healing abilities. She is also quite a lot more comfy with the monsters than say, Dolph would like. Even should Richard succeed in finding a new lupa, the pack already loves Anita, and transitioning to another lupa will not be easy. Then there are the leopards . . . Nimir-ra, leopard queen, they call her.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    Sigh....A big disappointment. I returned this to the library after only 150 pages. This is book 7 in the Anita Blake series and I loved books 1-3, liked books 4-6 and then this one just blew. The objections: No real plot to speak of, an officially loathsome unlikeable Anita who is becoming increasingly worshipped by the other characters who have become ridiculous, and uninteresting. Scenarios only seem to be set-up for their sex appeal - At one point Anita's erstwhile werewolf ex-boyfriend is Sigh....A big disappointment. I returned this to the library after only 150 pages. This is book 7 in the Anita Blake series and I loved books 1-3, liked books 4-6 and then this one just blew. The objections: No real plot to speak of, an officially loathsome unlikeable Anita who is becoming increasingly worshipped by the other characters who have become ridiculous, and uninteresting. Scenarios only seem to be set-up for their sex appeal - At one point Anita's erstwhile werewolf ex-boyfriend is installing some equipment in the house. Said installation obviously requires he take his shirt off (though not pull back his sexy,wavy golden brown locks which fall alluringly in his eyes) and parade around the house in only his jeans and a layer of drywall. It makes no sense and screams porn flick. After this the novel devolves into a series of increasingly personal conversations and actions which take place in front of an audience of anywhere from 3-20 people. I was pretty crushed that the series that started off great became this dull, uncreative and annoying. I don't recommend straying past book 6 in this series though who knows, maybe it improves again?

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jammin Jenny

    Not my favorite Anita Blake book so far, but still a really good read. Fun characters, and Anita is up to her usual witticisms. (view spoiler)[ I liked she picked Jean Claude but still feels bad for Richard. (hide spoiler)]

  19. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea Moreen

    [Aug 2019] Definitely enjoyed this Reread, Im not urging to continue reading it right now but I will pick up the next at some point soon. [2016] I loved seeing the change begin in Anita. Excited to continue. [Aug 2019] Definitely enjoyed this Reread, I’m not urging to continue reading it right now but I will pick up the next at some point soon. [2016] I loved seeing the change begin in Anita. Excited to continue.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Peter Tillman

    4.4 stars, strongest Anita Blake since The Laughing Corpse. I realize I'm a ways behind here -- I've found that if I read these without a few months break between books, I get vampire-overdose. Anyway, the previous 3 or 4, while good, didn't blow me away. So I'm pleased to report that Anita Blake is back to full voltage, with more complex plot and characters and a (somewhat) lower body-count. The Grand Guignol's still here, as is Hamilton's ability to make a fundamentally silly premise into a 4.4 stars, strongest Anita Blake since The Laughing Corpse. I realize I'm a ways behind here -- I've found that if I read these without a few months break between books, I get vampire-overdose. Anyway, the previous 3 or 4, while good, didn't blow me away. So I'm pleased to report that Anita Blake is back to full voltage, with more complex plot and characters and a (somewhat) lower body-count. The Grand Guignol's still here, as is Hamilton's ability to make a fundamentally silly premise into a great story. In this outing, the Vampire Council's come to town from Europe, on suspicion that Jean-Claude has gotten uppity after killing councilor Earthmover (aka "Mr. Oliver" in the last book) -- not realizing that J-C's human servant (& girlfriend) Anita is the one who pulled the trigger. Moving at the usual breakneck pace, Anita becomes both acting-alpha werewolf and leoparde-lionee' for the St. Louis Wereleopards. Thankfully, Rafael narrowly keeps his throne as King Wererat -- for a while it looked like Anita would win the Triple Crown. I know this sounds silly -- and it is -- but the mixture of silly with serious -- giggles with gore -- is one of Hamilton's signature -- and best -- story-devices. Add the well-researched police (and, this time, firefighter) procedural, and the snappy tough-girl dialog: Dolph, her boss on the Regional Preternatural Investigation Team, is admonishing Our Heroine: "Try not to kill anyone this month, Anita. Even in clear self-defense..." "I haven't killed anyone in over six weeks -- hell, nearly seven. I'm cutting down." I suppose by writing up Anita Blake #7 I'm preaching to the choir -- if you're new to the series, this *isn't* the place to start (go all the way back to #1, Guilty Pleasures; all are in print) -- but whathehell, I write these things mostly for my own amusement. Good thing, too -- be tough to make a living (or even much spare change) writing book reviews. Anyway, I'll soon be caught up to Hamilton's newest, and be reduced to impatiently waiting for the next new Anita, just like all the rest of you guys.... Also see Christina Schulman, http://www.epiphyte.net/SF/burnt-offe... "This is the sort of book I stay up all night reading, even though I won't respect it in the morning." [review written 1999, first posted to rasfw. Lightly revised, 2019]

  21. 4 out of 5

    Pam Nelson

    I loved this book. We learn more about how the three are connected and you can genuinely see how much Anita loves both Richard and Jean-Claude. I wish she would let one of them in wholly though I dont know if she even knows how. She calls them monsters but she isnt completely human either so she doesnt really have room to talk. The traveler was an interesting character I would like to see more of him. I feel like he was a him. Thank god for not a lot of fire, I have a huge phobia of it and it was I loved this book. We learn more about how the three are connected and you can genuinely see how much Anita loves both Richard and Jean-Claude. I wish she would let one of them in wholly though I don’t know if she even knows how. She calls them monsters but she isn’t completely human either so she doesn’t really have room to talk. The traveler was an interesting character I would like to see more of him. I feel like he was a him. Thank god for not a lot of fire, I have a huge phobia of it and it was nice that there wasn’t a lot in this book. The scene with the vamps in the basement that was pretty intense I liked how this book it felt like all action all the time. Liked the narration as I have with the ones before.

  22. 4 out of 5

    AndrewP

    Right at the beginning of this book a person with pyrokinetic abilities is described as being loose in the city. Sounds good and fits the title of the book and the description. But, then nothing happens on this theme for over 300 pages. This is a case of literary bait and switch. Almost the whole book is about petty squabbling between members of the Vampire Council, the local vampires and various factions of shape shifting were beasts. Hamilton does a good job of forging an emotional connection Right at the beginning of this book a person with pyrokinetic abilities is described as being loose in the city. Sounds good and fits the title of the book and the description. But, then nothing happens on this theme for over 300 pages. This is a case of literary bait and switch. Almost the whole book is about petty squabbling between members of the Vampire Council, the local vampires and various factions of shape shifting were beasts. Hamilton does a good job of forging an emotional connection to the characters but uses various methods of torture and violence to achieve that. People have told me the first half a dozen books of this series are the best. Based on this one (#7) I believe they are right and I may drop the series at this point.

  23. 4 out of 5

    taveena kade

    honestly, im surprised im not bored yet honestly, i’m surprised i’m not bored yet

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Vampire Hunter? Vampire humper more like...and feel free to replace the vampire with whatever creature takes your fancy as, since breaking her vow of chastity in the last book, it seems that now everyone is invited as Anita stops using her guns to solve every situation and relies on groping instead. It's a wonder what it seems a good snog can do! Anita's powers also continue to inexplicably grow - now she's not only 'The Executioner', liaison to the Regional Preternatural Investigation squad, and Vampire Hunter? Vampire humper more like...and feel free to replace the vampire with whatever creature takes your fancy as, since breaking her vow of chastity in the last book, it seems that now everyone is invited as Anita stops using her guns to solve every situation and relies on groping instead. It's a wonder what it seems a good snog can do! Anita's powers also continue to inexplicably grow - now she's not only 'The Executioner', liaison to the Regional Preternatural Investigation squad, and necromancer, but also Jean-Claude's human servant (and part of a power triumvirate with he and Richard), lupa to Richard's werewolf pack and leopard lionne/munin/Nimir-Ra (and the kitchen sink) to the wereleopards and easily more powerful that anybody that she comes across. In short, a Mary Sue, and hopefully something shall come along shortly to limit her powers otherwise it's going to become incredibly dull reading, no matter how many sex scenes Hamilton throws in. And while we're on that subject, I love a good sex scene as much (if not more so!) as the next person, but there has to be a reason for including it before it becomes nothing other than titillation for titillation's sake. If I'm not invested in the characters or their stories, they could hump the world without my pulse quickening in the slightest. So, whilst I'm still enjoying reading these the pleasure is tinged with annoyance - see also the douche-ing up of Richard to make Anita's preferences more palatable, the over-reliance on rape or the threat of rape and one last niggle - how in hell is Anita keeping her job at Animators Inc? I can't remember the last time she did any work for them and if I were Bert I'd have told her to sling her hook by now.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Amyiw

    I kept on thinking I would come back and finish this one but.... I rarely do a DNF but this I'll have to call it as it is. Why? Because when you put a book down at over 60% read and just don't want to come back to it and when you do, you rehash then don't get much further, you realize that it is just not a book (series) for you. Anita was always throwing herself into situations over her head, then things would get really dark, then she would happen upon solving the situation. Her love life was a I kept on thinking I would come back and finish this one but.... I rarely do a DNF but this I'll have to call it as it is. Why? Because when you put a book down at over 60% read and just don't want to come back to it and when you do, you rehash then don't get much further, you realize that it is just not a book (series) for you. Anita was always throwing herself into situations over her head, then things would get really dark, then she would happen upon solving the situation. Her love life was a triangle and in this it becomes a "triad" yet one, Richard, who I loved from previous books, is a total dick. So I put it in the "I'll come back to it" category but I don't think I will. The books are too dark and I don't like the characters much. Usually the stories end up being pretty good but that is just not enough for me. I don't rate that which I don't finish. The story was pretty interesting but the characters and conflict off putting. It might have been good in the end but the struggle, I just could not do it.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Although the plots are brilliant understanding Anita still baffles me...... She is an enigma that is for sure..... She cant love Richard as he eats people but straight after that jumps into bed with the sexy french vamp for all intent purposes also knaws on necks..... Still finds Richard (her ex fiance, whom she never confronted before having sexy times with Jean Claude) attractive but feels guilty for kissing him because of said vamp.... Like this girl wants to have her cake and eat it.... She Although the plots are brilliant understanding Anita still baffles me...... She is an enigma that is for sure..... She cant love Richard as he eats people but straight after that jumps into bed with the sexy french vamp for all intent purposes also knaws on necks..... Still finds Richard (her ex fiance, whom she never confronted before having sexy times with Jean Claude) attractive but feels guilty for kissing him because of said vamp.... Like this girl wants to have her cake and eat it.... She is also so very very cold i really don't like her character at all, Yes she is the good guy with grey areas but shes condescending and is always right..... Rant over .... Other than Little miss tease the story was really interesting as we got a look at the dreaded vampire council and the different attributes they could master.... 4 star

  27. 5 out of 5

    William

    Anti dropped her thinking about everything. THat over used line drove me crazy in book six. What can i say. I enjoy her character. I do wish it would stop driving toward the love story and stick with hunting vampires and may kill the Master of St Louis. half her problems would vanish it she would. Not that dating a werewolf is any better. I also want learn how she has such necromancy powers. that, im sure, future story line interests me. the love story does not. Anti is a fun character and Anti dropped her thinking about everything. THat over used line drove me crazy in book six. What can i say. I enjoy her character. I do wish it would stop driving toward the love story and stick with hunting vampires and may kill the Master of St Louis. half her problems would vanish it she would. Not that dating a werewolf is any better. I also want learn how she has such necromancy powers. that, im sure, future story line interests me. the love story does not. Anti is a fun character and strong. She takes no crap off of any one and follows through on her word. A great action hero and she is all woman even if she won't kiss and tell, hell she barley kisses which makes some fun conversations when propositioned by the undead. i will pick up book 8.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Anna 'Bookbuyer'

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I still hate the council. Padma is a the worst. Raping?! Really? The traveler's power is really cool but also really freaky. I wonder how he feels when he possesses a woman's body? I still don't understand why so many of the old ones don't want to be legal. I still kind of understand. But also still think it's really stupid. I mean why? You gain a lot and lose only a little. -.- Stubborn old bast*rds. Warrick still pulls my heartstrings. I would have to have Yvette as my master. She is a true I still hate the council. Padma is a the worst. Raping?! Really? The traveler's power is really cool but also really freaky. I wonder how he feels when he possesses a woman's body? I still don't understand why so many of the old ones don't want to be legal. I still kind of understand. But also still think it's really stupid. I mean why? You gain a lot and lose only a little. -.- Stubborn old bast*rds. Warrick still pulls my heartstrings. I would have to have Yvette as my master. She is a true piece of work.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jill Wood (Midnight Book Obsessions)

    **Update: Did a re-read with the audiobook. I really enjoyed the narration. This might have been my favorite in the series so far. Overall, I would probably give it a 4.25, but there are still plots, writing and characterizations that give me pause. Firstly, rule number one when writing a strong female lead, do not cross the line from smart, independent woman to arrogant misogynist. When that happens, shes no longer smart or likable. Were on book 7 and so far, theres been two women in the entire **Update: Did a re-read with the audiobook. I really enjoyed the narration. This might have been my favorite in the series so far. Overall, I would probably give it a 4.25, but there are still plots, writing and characterizations that give me pause. Firstly, rule number one when writing a strong female lead, do not cross the line from smart, independent woman to arrogant misogynist. When that happens, she’s no longer smart or likable. We’re on book 7 and so far, there’s been two women in the entire series that Anita could even tolerate. There is no network of support between women. The women are always immediately jealous of Anita and within 30 seconds she’s threatened to kill them if they don’t do exactly as she says. Then there’s the constant battle of trying to be “tough as a man” with her squad mates and every new man to make her acquaintance. Constantly. I think that more than anything else, drives me absolutely crazy. Please move on from this line of thought. It makes me want to throw something across the room. “Are you threatening me?” I shrugged. “You asked a question. I answered it.” He threw his head back and laughed. “Oh, what a man you would have made.” (Gag me with a spoon!) Secondly, I wish Hamilton would finally decide whether she wants this series to have a secondary plot of romance or not. Honestly, I don’t care either way. I just can’t stand the indecisiveness of it. Anita loves Jean Claude, but she doesn’t trust him, says she can’t give her heart to a corpse, and is embarrassed of her relationship with him. This does NOT make sense. All of that means that she actually doesn’t really love him. If she truly did love him, those things wouldn’t matter. Then there’s Richard. I’ll be honest, I’ve never been too attached to him. Whiny Boy Scout types just aren’t my bag. With that said, how do you break up with the overly moral werewolf and choose the vampire? So he ate a man, Jean Claude drinks blood and tortures people daily. Eating that man was actually pack ritual. Don’t get me wrong, I would have chosen JC too, but Anita’s reasoning does NOT make sense. That doesn’t even take into account the fact that I think Anita is by far the bigger monster when compared to Richard. Pot meet Kettle. When writing a romance plot, it’s imperative (in my opinion) that there be an emotional connection. Heck, there’s almost always an emotional connection even in erotica. I don’t think Anita has an emotional connection to anyone(thing) other than her Browning. Therefore, the underlying romance is subpar and boring. Hamilton might as well ditch the romance and just go back to mystery/fantasy/horror. Not all books have to go there, but if you choose to, then actually commit to it. The wishy washy back and forth is annoying. Lastly, I could go a thousand lifetimes without reading about Anita’s Browning, Firestar, Wrist Sheaths, Nike’s or wardrobe chosen to hide aforementioned weaponry and be happy as a pig in mud. Let’s be real, if you haven’t caught on to all of that by now, it isn’t happening anyway. And if you’re starting the series at book 7, then you really need to close your book and go back to the beginning. With all of that said, I actually like the progression of Anita’s character. I like seeing her develop and come into her power. And personally, I like monsters so I’m happy there was a deviation in character there. I know there are many complaints about that; her being (now) a promiscuous vampire slayer that isn’t actually a vampire slayer (per se) anymore. She seems to protect the monsters more than slay them now, and I’m okay with that. Many people aren’t and I get it. It’s a far cry from where it began. However, personally, I like progression in a series. I’m not a fan of mystery books that continue to repeat the same scenario with only different places/characters every book. That gets boring in a hurry for me, and one thing this series definitely is not is boring!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jenn

    Despite what Goodreads says, this is probably the bazillionth time I've read this book. I used to do this thing where when a new book in the series was released, I would go back and reread all the prior books. I have since stopped this with this series. But I've also lost where I stopped reading them. So I decided to just reread from the beginning with the intentions of getting caught up. Burnt Offerings is number 7 in the life of Anita Blake and by now we mostly know her and the main players Despite what Goodreads says, this is probably the bazillionth time I've read this book. I used to do this thing where when a new book in the series was released, I would go back and reread all the prior books. I have since stopped this with this series. But I've also lost where I stopped reading them. So I decided to just reread from the beginning with the intentions of getting caught up. Burnt Offerings is number 7 in the life of Anita Blake and by now we mostly know her and the main players (Jean-Claude, Richard, Dolph, Ronnie, etc...). The book jumps right in with Anita being asked to help find a firebug loose in the city. While committing to this, she hasn't yet realized that the Council has arrived and they aren't happy with whatever her and Jean-Claude are setting up in St Louis. The shit hits the fan, needless to say, and our triumvirate are forever changed. I've seen some of the other reviews on this one and there is one part I have to agree on. This book was really busy. Had Hamilton chosen to just focus on the fires or just the Council, I think the book may have flowed better and not been so compacted. Like I don't think Anita slept once, unless she was knocked out. Another thing I'm noticing now that I'm rereading these at an older age than when I started is just how much Anita kind of annoys me. Her whole view of how she can't possibly be good because of all the bad things and good girls don't have premarital sex with vampires and blah blah blah. Girl, own your shit. You're a sexual being and there's nothing wrong with that. Also, the way she treats other females is really lacking. She's often like, yay another female around and then promptly finds a way to dehumanize them. There's a way to write a strong female character without putting all of the others down. So why did I rate this four stars? All the other characters who aren't Anita, for one. Even when I read this years ago, I remember Anita not being my favorite. What held my interest was Jason, Richard, Jean-Claude, Jason, Stephan, oh, did I mention Jason? The background/side characters are so rich and witty and just fun. I love getting to know all of them again. And then there is the cunning of the plots. Yes, they are busy and sometimes convoluted. But more often than not, I have an 'oh shit!' moment where either I figure something major out or I had just been fooled and I love it. So while it may not be the best vampire hunter series out there, it fits for me.

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