Title: Kiss the Dead
Author: Laurell K. Hamilton
Publication Year: 2012
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 Pleasures, The Laughing Corpse, Circus of the Damned, The Lunatic Cafe, Bloody Bones, The Killing Dance, Burnt Offerings, Blue Moon, Obsidian Butterfly, Narcissus in Chains, Cerulean Sins, Incubus Dreams, Micah (novella), Danse Macabre, The Harlequin, Blood Noir, Skin Trade, Flirt (novella), Bullet, Hit 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.