Guilty Pleasures (Review)

Book cover for "Guilty Pleasures" by Laurell K. Hamilton.Title: Guilty Pleasures

Author: Laurell K. Hamilton

Publication Year: 1993

Pages: 266

Genre: Fiction, Horror, Mystery

Source: Borrowed from the public library

From the cover:

When St. Louis’s most powerful vampire comes to Anita Blake for help, she is faced with her greatest fear: a man capable of arousing in her a hunger strong enough to match his own.

(This is the first book in the Anita Blake series.)

I’ve been following Hamilton on Twitter for a few years now, even though I’d never read any of her books. I’d heard lots about them, especially in recent years when they shifted more towards … well, when their focus shifted off of so much mystery and crime-fighting and into more of the erotica genre. But I always found reasons not to get around to reading the books. I always figured that I would eventually, but never seemed to get there.

So this summer, when I was back home, I decided to pick up the first few books in the series from the library. And I finally got around to reading about Anita Blake for the first time.

I have to say, Guilty Pleasures wasn’t exactly what I was expecting. For starters, I hadn’t realized that Anita started out the series actually rather hating vampires. Since I had only heard about the books over the last 10 years or so, when the newer books were coming out, it hadn’t even occurred to me that such a dramatic shift could have taken place. But, apparently, it has.

What I liked most about this book as the first in the series is that it does a great job of introducing the major characters not only in terms of their basics, but in terms of how everyone relates to each other and how this alternate world is set up. The opinions and prejudices of humans and vampires towards each other were made very clear throughout the book, even when there are varying opinions depending on who’s asked.

I particularly liked the focus on Anita’s necromancy/animator abilities, as this is something that’s different from so many other paranormal series going around. Guilty Pleasures is just what its name implies – a fun, quick, action-packed read, nothing too serious or sentimental, but still a good read.


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