Title: Guilty Pleasures
Author: Laurell K. Hamilton
Series: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter; Book 1
Paperback: 266 pages
Source: Goodreads Giveaway
Summary: (taken from Goodreads)
Ever since the Supreme Court granted the undead equal rights, most people think vampires are just ordinary folks with fangs. I know better. I’ve seen their victims. I carry the scars…
But now a serial killer is murdering vampires—and the most powerful bloodsucker in town wants me to find the killer…
*I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review.*
Overall Rating: 4 out of 5
I was thoroughly surprised by how good this novel was. I’m sure the series has a different mood/atmosphere later in, but this first book was absolutely phenomenal. Anita Blake is a vampire hunter and does consulting work to help the police bring killer vampires to justice. In this book, the vampires are the ones being killed and they want to hire her themselves and try everything in her power to get her agree to their terms.
I was expecting a paranormal romance for this book, but what I got was strictly urban fantasy thriller, which I loved so much more. Anita is an amazing main character to have; competent, sarcastic, human enough to make the danger she faces seem tough, but also more than capable of handling herself. Hamilton doesn’t hold back and gives a dark view on this world, where vampires are in charge and have little to limit their activities since humans are so outmatched by them. The mythology surrounding the vampires and other supernaturals is on point; vampires are incredibly dangerous and being a vampire hunter is akin to having a death wish. I enjoyed that there aren’t only werewolves, but other animal shapechangers as well. Also, including necromancers in it? Brilliant and awesome. I love the world Hamilton has created; it’s dark and dangerous and makes for an entertaining read.
The mystery itself was well done; it took me an embarrassing amount of time to figure out who the vampire killer culprit was. However, this is. This is definitely a start to a series, taking its time in giving background information so that future books can just get going. I enjoyed it a lot and can’t wait to read the next one!