Kiss the Dead (Review)

Book cover for "Kiss the Dead" by Laurell K. Hamilton.Title: Kiss the Dead

Author: Laurell K. Hamilton

Publication Year: 2012

Pages: 368

Genre: Fiction, Horror, Mystery

Source: Borrowed from the public library

From the cover:

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…

(This is the nineteenth book in the Anita Blake series, after Guilty PleasuresThe Laughing CorpseCircus of the DamnedThe Lunatic CafeBloody BonesThe Killing DanceBurnt OfferingsBlue MoonObsidian ButterflyNarcissus in ChainsCerulean SinsIncubus DreamsMicah (novella), Danse MacabreThe HarlequinBlood NoirSkin TradeFlirt (novella), BulletHit List, and Beauty (novella).)

To be honest, I mostly could’ve done without this book. Asher spent most of it being a whiny baby, with everyone else trying to tiptoe around his feelings until finally they had just had enough. There was just too much relationship drama going on for me.

The only redeeming feature was the actual action plot with the authority-averse vampires running around trying to make their own ways. But even that wasn’t as great as most of the other adventures have been in the series. It was almost like, now that Marmee Noir’s dead, there’s not really a good villain or case for Anita to crack.

I’m just going to hope that upcoming books will improve again, because Kiss the Dead was kind of disappointing.


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