It’s impossible to be an Urban Fantasy fan without having heard of Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter. If you’re like me, picking up a series that’s 26 books deep is overwhelming, so while this has been on my radar for awhile, I never picked it up. Until now. I was nervous picking Guilty Pleasures up because this is such a beloved series, and I was pleasantly surprised. I really enjoyed this series kick off, but the real kicker – now I have 25 more books to read! That’s not overwhelming at all…
Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton
Series: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publication Date: October 1st, 1993
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Guilty Pleasures kicks off Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series, and it was a book I thoroughly enjoyed. The first thing I want to address is how old this book is. It was first published in 1993, and a lot of things have changed since then. There were a few things that felt dated (like Anita screening her calls through her answering machine,) but overall, I think this book really stands the test of time. Despite its age, it feels innovative to me. Oddly enough, the author sticks with vampires traditional strengths and weaknesses – like crosses, stakes, and holy water, and while that’s part of vampire lore, it’s so rarely used anymore that it’s fun when it is. I really enjoyed Anita’s character. She’s short, scrappy, and feisty, and she does some stupid things in the heat of the moment, but that’s one of the things I identify with with her character. I also like the she feels vulnerable, and that she’s honest and doesn’t mess with bluster. I love watching her go toe to toe with her boss, who has no scruples and will do anything for money, something Anita does not appreciate. As for the vampires, humans are aware they exist, but the alliance between them is very uneasy, and it’s clear that when given a chance, neither will abide by it. I will say that I think the world building here could have been better, but I’m willing to give it the next few books to see how it progresses. We were given enough to get the story, but I’m hoping it’ll be fleshed out in later installments. There were some great characters introduces here, and among my favorites were Phillip, Edward, and Jean-Claude. All for very different reasons, and I liked seeing Anita’s dynamic with each of them. Jean-Claude is especially interesting, because very little was revealed about him, and I want to know more! I’m also interested to see how things change for Anita as technology does. This is a woman who would definitely benefit from a cell phone with all the danger she finds herself in!
Overall, I think this was a solid start to a series. I’m definitely intrigued enough to read more, and I am hoping to find others in the Anita Blake fandom who want to discuss! If you’re a fan of Urban Fantasy and have been giving it a pass, like me, because there are so many books in the series, I recommend picking this one up and giving it a go. It was worth the read!
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