(Book #1 in the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series)
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Author: Laurell K. Hamilton
Publisher: Ace Books (1993)
Genre: Urban Fantasy, 266 pages
Published over ten years ago by Ace, Guilty Pleasures marked the debut of a series that was destined to grow from cult favorite to a major New York Times bestseller. Now, for long-time Anita Blake junkies and newfound fans, Guilty Pleasures makes its trade paperback debut. Readers will learn how Anita Blake started raising the dead-and killing the undead. And how she met Jean Claude, the master vampire destined to become not only her biggest nemesis, but her greatest lover...
Vampire Hunter, Ma Petite, The Executioner, Animator, those are the many titles Anita Blake goes by. Pulled into a case where Anita is forced to find out who or what is killing master vampires, she can't help but keep those she cares about at bay. Bringing harm unto herself is one thing, but unto her friends? Not an option.
When I first started reading Guilty Pleasures, I was forcing myself to keep going. "Keep reading, Ana. Keep reading." And so I did. I felt the first half of the book was moving really slow for me. But being me, I gave Ms. Hamilton the benefit of the doubt, telling myself "This is the first book of the season, it's introducing you to a whole new world. Stick with it!" And so I did. About a little more then halfway through, the book started to pick up. I was eager to find out what Anita did next and whether or not she was gonna stake those vampire and laugh in their faces! Anita Blake's character is someone to admire, other then her high tolerance for pain (good lawd no!) she has a good head on her shoulders. She's bad ass and a highly trained killer! (of vampires of course)
There are a few things I liked & disliked about this book. What I disliked would have to be, while reading, there seemed to be a whole mess of characters being thrown in my face. I felt like every other page I was introduced to someone new & I was trying my damnedest to keep up & commit them to memory. A few times I had to step back, flip back a few pages (or chapters), flip back to the page I was reading, re-read that page and then finally remember who the hell Zachary, Phillip, Bert, Irving, Winter or Edward was, okay not Edward, because I liked him from the moment he was mentioned in the book. Now, what I did like, I liked when the book picked up it's pace and I started to get hooked. Despite the many characters, I felt they played their part and played it well. I loved the wererats, although I couldn't quite picture them in their were-form. I kept seeing rats running around, but some of the wererats in this book were huge. And I just couldn't see them being bigger than a shoe.
I would recommend this book. Although, I do think it was kinda slow when it started, I did enjoy it and fled through the rest of the book once I was hooked.