Customer Review

Reviewed in the United States on June 7, 2016
“Stupidity isn’t punishable by death. If it was, there would be a hell of a population drop.” There’s no particular reason I chose this quote from the book to start out this review other than I thought it was funny. So sue me.

This book starts only a few weeks after the first book, Guilty Pleasures, ended.

Anita Blake begins by meeting a potential new client in need of her animator skills. Too bad this client is a murderous millionaire who doesn’t care who gets hurt, as long as his zombie is raised. As if that isn’t bad enough, she is also working a case with the local police, trying to figure out what type of creature is ripping apart families…literally. And one of her suspects? Just the most powerful voodoo priestess in all of North America, who just so happens to want Anita to join her in her…less than savory enterprises, and is willing to make her do so by any means necessary. And if that wasn’t enough problems, she also happens to be oh so close to being the new Master of the City’s human servant. Very much unwillingly.

Murder, mayhem, voodoo, and sexy vampires. What more could a girl ask for? Some peace and quiet, if you ask Anita.

I really enjoyed this book, easily as much as the first in this series. Anita is still a tough badass, and there are still so many great, rich characters, that you don’t really get bored at any point in this story, especially with poor Anita having problem after problem thrown at her.

Anita also finds out that she is much more powerful in regards to being an animator than expected, and in a most gruesome way too. It makes you excited to see where just that alone can lead this series. The possibilities are endless.

Something else that I like about these books, other than the great writing and non-stop (yet realistic) action throughout the story, is that, while not necessarily a stand-alone, these books don’t end on a cliffhanger either. Yes, they leave you with knowing that there is more story after the book, that if you want to see what else Anita ends up going through, reading the next in the series is advised. But they end very succinctly, so it makes it a bit more bearable (mostly, haha) to wait a year or two for the next book. Though I still strongly urge you to read this series in order. A lot of things, especially further on (at the time of this writing, I’ve read up to book 24 in the series) won’t make sense if you hadn’t read the previous books. They’re worth it. Don’t skimp!

Overall, I still would recommend this book and series. It covers a lot of bases, such as mystery, crime, paranormal, and fantasy genres, all in one book. It caters to many, which is one of the many things that I think makes them so enjoyable. They don’t try to fit into only one box, so you can enjoy many different flavors at once.
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