Thursday, June 16, 2011

Thursday Book Review

HIT LIST by Laurell K. Hamilton (Rated PG-15) (13 is still to young)

I'm a huge LKH fan. I've read everything she's published. I've met her at book signings. Talked with her and her husband, Jon. Seen them multiple times. I love love love Anita Blake, so I was very excited when Hit List hit the shelves. To say I'm an Anita junkie, would be putting it mildly. I do go through withdrawals and crave the books like a drug.

But, here's the deal (this is my opinion - my review) DISAPPOINTING. The book was well written, more character development, more time with Anita, Edward, Olaf, Bernardo and the introduction of a few new characters. There is the continuing struggle with the Mother of All Darkness and Olaf's obsession with making Anita his own serial killer girlfriend. I just feel slighted - as I know many others do too... the reviews on this book go from bad to worse. 

It's missing its awesomeness!!! Fans of LKH have gotten spoiled with awesome plots, big fight scenes, lots of explosive action, big guns and sex, sex, sex and more sex - oh and can't leave out the harem of men.  We had a whole year of waiting for Anita, we all had high expectations for the book, built it up in our minds and waited impatiently for its release, then we get it and poof the spark, was not a spark it was an ember. 
I don't do spoilers here if I can keep from it... but there were a lot of plot holes and issues that were resolved in a very anti-climatic way. There was only one gratuitous sex scene (YAY!!!) with yet another new were-tiger to add to her harem. The orders of execution for this book belonged to other Marshals, until they were no longer able to complete the mission. So, Anita is fighting her reputation as a sex machine and men collector, instead of fighting the big bad guys. If the shoe fits... or hey here's a concept, try limiting your collection, send the kid home, no more **** buddies and let the ones with lovers just do them. Anita says she's not bothered by all of the insults and it doesn't matter what others think of her... she's fooling herself but she's not fooling us. She's strong but it does matter. 

Will I stop buying or reading the Anita Blake series??? Are you serious? Its just one book. I love the characters, I love the plots and Anita's world. Honestly I feel like both LKH and Anita are tired. IMO -Vacations are in order for LKH, Jon, Trin and everyone she works with. Leave both series for a bit and come back to them... hopefully it will get better with the next books. I'll be waiting impatiently for the next Anita book. 

PLOT - The Harlequin, under the control of the Mother of All Darkness, are committing seemingly random brutal murders of were-tigers across the country in an attempt to lure Anita away from the security of her home city of St. Louis, giving their mistress access to attempt to metaphysically inhabit Anita's body. Realizing it's all a trap, Anita and Edward must find a way to stop the Harlequin before they can both kill again and capture Anita. 

  Product Description

The #1 New York Times bestselling Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series continues! 

A serial killer is hunting the Pacific Northwest, murdering victims in a gruesome and spectacular way. The local police suspect "monsters" are involved, and have called in Anita Blake and Edward, U.S. Marshals who really know their monsters, to catch the killer.
So there you have it... all wrapped up in a nice neat thud. I'll be waiting for the next installment... ♥ out of 5. (worst review I've ever given...and not happy about it)

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