I recently read Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton, and I had some thoughts.
For the past couple of years I’ve been wanting to venture into the forays of adult paranormal/urban fantasy stuff. You know, Richelle Mead’s Succubus Blues series, Patricia Brigg’s Mercedes Thompson series, that sort of thing.
On a whim, I picked this one up from the library*, and after finishing a young adult smutty vampire novel, I jumped into this one.
*over half of the book I pick up from the library return to the library unread.
AND IT IS EXACTLY LIKE A YA BOOK.
Like, if you read YA and you think adult books are intimidating, GO TO THIS GENRE (I’m assuming they’re all alike in some ways)
Action packed, dialogue heavy, smutty romance that’s not R-rated—there was literally almost no difference between reading this book and a YA book. Other than Anita Blake had adult responsibilities, like a job.
Now what did I think about the book?
Solid story. At the end of the book, the author described it as mystery/fantasy/horror mix, which, eh?
In this world, zombies, vampires, werewolves, etc are out of the closet, per se, and the rest of the world has pretty much adjusted. Anita Blake is animator—she raises zombies. But she used to be a vampire slayer, and she was known as the Executioner, cuz she’s just that badass. The story get rolling when she’s kidnapped by some really powerful vampires who want her to figure out who’s killing all the really powerful vampires in the city.
And there are obviously some boys. First off, there’s Jean-Claude, the vampire who got her into this whole mess. Second off, there’s Phillip, the beautiful yet broken boy who dances at the vampire clubs because bad things happened to him as a child and this is how he deals. And thirdly, there’s Edward, the guy she used to slay vampires with.
(Can you tell which one I liked best?)
Omigod, I loved Phillip. I loved him sooooo much.
Unfortunately, I probably won’t be continuing this series because SPOILERS, but if you’ve read it, you know what I’m saying.
Overall, the characters and plot were put together well, nothing fantastic, but definitely well-constructed. But the writing was just so mediocre. I mean, I’m not going to lie here—a lot of the action-packed, dialogue-heavy, smutty-but-not-R-rated YA novels I’ve read are written better than this.
And again I realize things were different when this was published, but I’m reading it NOW, not in 1993.
Solid three stars. Was definitely worth giving it a go.