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We use our own and third-party cookies to improve our services and show you related advertising with your preferences by analyzing your browsing habits and generating the corresponding profiles. If you go on surfing, we will consider you accepting its use. The bad vampires were really bad, cruel and even psychotic and the good vampires, while not as bloodthirsty as the bad ones, had their own moments of cruelty and were also mean and cold. You know, old school vampires!

The type that burn under the sun light and don't sparkle!

Vampires that have actually grown to enjoy being a vampire. I still continue to read this series because I want to read more about my favorite vampires Jean-Claude and Asher but sadly, each book continues to add more and more male characters and there is hardly any space for the old ones. This is one of those flaws that I mentioned. I was surprised when Anita first started to create a male harem for herself because I simply wasn't used to stories with multiple partners. I did get used to it and I even came to like her harem, but as the story progressed, her harem continued to expand and now it simply refuses to end!

In each new book, we have less action and more and more pointless sex! There is less and less mystery, there is hardly a plot and there is almost no suspense! I liked her much better at the beginning of the series, when she wasn't a power hungry bitch or the most powerful creature in the entire world. Honestly, these days, I know what happens at the end of each new book before reading it. A very powerful villain will appear that everybody fears, the world might actually come to an end, but no worries, we have Anita!

Other characters are just lurking around to provide her with sex. If this is feminism, I don't get it.

Anita wants to a be a strong, level-headed and unique woman but she comes out as an annoying bitch who doesn't appreciate being a woman and actually wants to be a boy and belittles other females. When she wants to describe herself, she claims to be one of the boys! I really really hate this in a female character that's supposed to be strong.

In my opinion, this is not a strong woman but a whiny sexist woman who has identity problems! And the way she acts like she loves all the men in her harem I don't think she really loves any of them anymore. Maybe she did at the beginning but not anymore. You don't love your boyfriend or girlfriend as much as you used to, when you get a second one Now, I do understand that Anita needs a harem because Jean-Claude is from the house of lust and they need to feed this lust to gain strength, but enough is enough.

Oh, and there isn't a single man in the story who isn't in love with her or who isn't dying to sleep with her! Last but not least, most of the powerful male characters are actually really good people, while most of the powerful female characters are evil monsters, all with the exception of Anita. This series is still unfinished and at this point, that doesn't really matter to me anymore but to be honest, I may continue to read it despite all my nagging and complaining simply because I really really liked this damn series at the beginning! I have given these books high ratings since I enjoyed reading them in a certain period of time that I had nothing else to keep me distracted from life.

I am simply trying to remain loyal to those memories. View all 12 comments. Jul 17, Wanda rated it liked it Shelves: I liked this one and will probably read on, at least for another book or two, in the series. These are old-school vampires, susceptible to both crosses and holy water, something fairly uncommon in current urban fantasy.

Anita knows that she is opposing evil, not just being prejudiced against a new segment of society. There was also, I thought, a nod to Anne Rice's vampires, specifically Claudia. The biggest, baddest vamp in Anita's town is actually a year old little girl! I think it may be a matter of kickass attitude, but Jane is much more comfortable working for and around the undead than Anita.

Anita needs a woman friend right away!! She can't continue to lean on the psychopathic Edward although I must admit that he has a treasure-trove of weapons, making him a handy kind of guy to know. If the women don't find you handsome, they should at least find you handy. Anita also has an unexplained talent for resisting vampire glamour which I will be interested to learn more about. Plus its pretty obvious that Anita is riding for a fall when she declares, "I don't date vampires, I kill them.

View all 4 comments. Mar 08, pinkgal rated it it was ok Shelves: I'd made the mistake of picking up one of Laurell K. Hamilton's later Anita Blake books and reading it first. I had to stop halfway because to be frank, it sucked. It really, really sucked. I couldn't believe people were paying money for that garbage.

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But many of my friends insisted that the first few books of the series were actually pretty good and not quite so wlsh fulfillment-esque. So I read the first book. In fact, it was a much better scale than her later books. But I still couldn't like it. As long as one doesn't try to cross to the other.

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That's actually a bit interesting. Vampire fiction is overdone and often overwrought. I think the times of Buffy and Anne Rice are over; I just couldn't bring myself to care in the least bit about the characters, not even the enigmatic Jean-Claude. And the less said of Anita, perhaps the better. I've skimmed the later books to get a feel of where Hamilton is going with Blake's character and it's not good.

Not good at all. It was disappointing because so many people adore the series and I totally though I'd love it. But alas, that was not to be. Jan 06, Kayleigh rated it did not like it Shelves: I present to you, a haiku about Guilty Pleasures: No no no no no. What the fuck did I just read? My brain is melting. Sep 13, Donna rated it it was amazing. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Anita is an animator and vampire hunter in a time when vampires are protected by law--as long as they don't get too nasty. Now someone's killing innocent vampires and Anita agrees--with a bit of vampiric arm-twisting--to help figure out who and why.

Trust is a luxury Anita can't afford when her allies aren't human. The city's most powerful vampire, Nikolaos, is 1, years old and looks like a year-old girl. The second most powerful vampire, Jean-Claude, is interested in more than just Anita's professional talents, but the feisty necromancer isn't playing along--yet.

This popular series has a wild energy and humor, and some very appealing characters--both dead and alive. Jean Claude has given Anita the first two vampire marks. What makes the series unique is the strong, tough-minded character of the heroine and narrator. Before "Guilty Pleasures" vampire stories rarely had female leads, let alone one with the hard-nosed style of Anita Blake. She is a professional animator one who raises the dead and a licensed vampire killer in an alternate earth where vampires have come out of the closet coffin?

She is also on contract to the police - the "Spook Squad" which investigates crimes in which the supernatural beings are suspected to be the criminals or to have played a part. Hamilton's vampires are of the Anne Rice genre. They are beautiful, deadly and follow their own code of ethics. Many humans have become enthralled with them, but many are deeply suspicious. Many of the vampires work for or in nightclubs; the city of St. Louis in this universe seems to have a really kinky nightclub district! The vampires do drink blood, human, and by no means necessarily from consenting adults.

The drinking of blood doesn't have to be associated with sex, but sometimes is. To Anita they are monsters who, when they go out of control, must be killed. Even so, when someone starts killing the vampires of St. Louis, authorities make little progress. Angered, two of the strongest vampires in the city, Jean-Claude and Nikolaos, convince Anita to hunt down the killer. Jean-Claude is one of the modern romantic vampires, easy to look at with fine manners and style.

Nikolaos, on the other hand, is a thousand year old sadistic horror in the body of a thirteen year old girl. Her powers are unimaginable and dark hungers hide under her innocent looks. The vampiress takes an immediate dislike to Anita's feisty style and our heroine spends as much time dodging Nikolaos' efforts to injure and enslave her as she does seeking the killer.

Oct 27, Tilly Slaton rated it liked it Shelves: Laurell Hamilton was completely new to me. Well, I was pleasantly surprised. I love her work! I flew through the Anita Blake series. On average, I read a book a day. And on a super lazy day, one and a half. She is an animator. She raises the dead for a living and occasionally consults the new task force that covers all possible paranormal homocides.

Surrounded by monsters, dodging the manipulatice powers that continue to attempt Laurell Hamilton was completely new to me. Surrounded by monsters, dodging the manipulatice powers that continue to attempt to lure her farther into their world. Anita is an arrogant and rude character. Apparently, she never developed the filter between her brain and her mouth.

She is brave and bold. Adventurous and loyal to her friends. Although, in the beginning, her morals were black and white. As the book progressed, monsters became unclear. Lines were being crossed. Jean-Claude is a master vampire, a seductive and sexy man who gets under her skin. He is a monster. But his charm does not elude her. He owns the club, Guilty Pleasures, a vampire strip club.

Below is one of his opening lines to the audience that is eagerly awaiting a sexy performance. My lips along your neck. The hard brush of teeth. The sweet, sharp pain of fangs.

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Your heart beating frantically against my chest. Your blood flowing into my veins. Knowing that I truly could not live without you, all of you. A life changing and unbearably perverse relationship is formed, forced upon her friend. Anita confronts the betrayer, and below is what she declares to that person. Do you understand me? The Master vampire of the city demands obedience from all those beneath her. Take the woman and see her safely to her car. If you fail me again, large or small, I will tear your throat out, and my children will bathe in a shower of your blood.

The mystery kill continues to elude the police, and Anita. She struggles to solve the crime and unveil the homocidal serial killer of vampires. May 29, Ezinwanyi rated it it was ok Shelves: So I avoided it like the plague. A lot of those popular series have a lot of hype and they never live up it.

Well this book was one of the pleasant surprises. Guilty Pleasures was engrossing from the first chapter. Anita Blake, the vampire hunter, was a confident and capable heroine. She lived in St. Louis, Missouri where vampirism was legal. In fact, they were so immersed in society that they had their own churches, strip clubs etc. Anita was a police liaison, working with the Supernatural Division. Someone one was killing vampires and Anita was assisting the police in their investigation into the murders.

The Vampires were nervous because the murderer was slaughtering Vampire Masters, so it was clear that the killer was powerful. Nicholaos, a thousand year old yet pubescent vampire, demanded Anita find the killer or she will kill those important to Anita. Nicholaos sent Jean-Claude, third ranked master, to make Anita agree to solve the crimes, but Jean-Claude became intrigued with Anita.

This is where things got really interesting. The action scenes became non-stop and Anita began juggling her murder investigation with struggling to keep Nicholaos from killing her friends. Expect a lot of twist and turns in this one! One of the things I liked about Anita was her wit.

She has a sarcastic wit that made me chuckle often. She was strong and resourceful. I wished that there were more scenes with Jean-Claude in this book, but I realize that the author was probably building up her world first. The author created an interesting world, and I will definitely read book 2. Aug 26, Carly rated it it was ok Recommends it for: Even I found the worldbuilding fascinating. However, I did not enjoy it, and, as usual, I'm going to work off my ill humour by enumerating precisely why.

With all my complaints, I do not exactly regret reading this. Hamilton's influence is visible throughout almost all of the books in our current urban fantasy genre, from the Dresden Files Jim Butcher explicitly acknowledges his debt to Hamilton to Kate Daniels to Rachel Morgan. Due to my failure to sympathise with the protagonist and the story's rather unsettling fascination with rape themes, I was unable to enjoy the book on its own merits.

However, if you're a more easygoing reader than me and are interested in seeing the birth of many of the themes that echo throughout UF, take a look. Due to my disapproval of GR's new and highly subjective review deletion policy, the rest of my rather verbose, quote-filled, and exceedingly cranky review is posted over here at Booklikes. View all 14 comments. She is so awesome! DO NOT read this series if you don't like sex in your books.

At first there is no sex, but as the series goes on, there is more and more of it! The stories are so action packed and there are so many twists and turns that you just can't put these books down!! Honestly, I started with book one, Guilty Pleasures, back in February and I did not stop reading these books until I got through the entire 15 book series!!! Seriously, this is my all time favorite series of books!!! Nov 10, Stephen rated it did not like it Shelves: When I picked this book up, I was hoping I had found a new series to dive into.

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Unfortunately, it was not nearly as good as I was hoping and I do not see myself reading additional books in the series. Mar 15, Gary rated it really liked it. I am a die hard fan of three different series. I am now going to have to add Anita Blake to that list.

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I very rarely love the first book in any new series. I tend to cut them some slack though, because I know there is a lot of background info and world building that the author has to pack in to the first one. However, once I I am a die hard fan of three different series. However, once I picked up Guilty Pleasures, I couldn't put it down! The whole book was action packed and totally engrossing. I haven't been this excited by a new book in a while, and I am looking forward to reading the next one!

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