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'Most women complain that there are no single, straight, men left. I'd just like to meet one that's human.'I'm Anita Blake, expert on creatures of the night. I've dined with shapeshifters, danced with werewolves, and been wooed - but not won - by Jean-Claude, the Master Vampire of the City.And now a darkly dangerous vampire named Alejandro has hit town. He too wants me for'Most women complain that there are no single, straight, men left. I'd just like to meet one that's human.'I'm Anita Blake, expert on creatures of the night. I've dined with shapeshifters, danced with werewolves, and been wooed - but not won - by Jean-Claude, the Master Vampire of the City.And now a darkly dangerous vampire named Alejandro has hit town. He too wants me for his human servant. A war of the undead has begun. Over me. I would be flattered if my life weren't at stake....

Title : Circus of the Damned
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ISBN : 9781841490489
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Number of Pages : 329 Pages
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Circus of the Damned Reviews

  • HFK
    2019-05-13 18:32

    Buddy read with Jessica. Our Anita Blake marathon continues with the third installment in the series, and it is scarily starting to cause déjà vu's because I am pretty sure I have gone down this same bumpy road with our previous buddy read series: Pretty Little Liars. What makes it scary is the fact that I know the disaster is coming, and hitting me hard enough to get myself all worked up in the near future, yet I am too busy eating my guilty pleasure cookies while dwelling inside this urban fantasy world to move myself out of the way before it is too damn late for it. Book Gods, I will suffer and bleed for you in the name of bad literature...My two star rating is no reflection of my enjoyment with the Circus of the Damned. I truly had a fun, extremely fast paced reading experience with it, but despite of it, I can't really blind myself from all the things that eventually are wrong with this ridiculously long series. One of the reasons why it is so easy to get yourself hooked with Anita Blake is the action packed pace that doesn't leave much time for breathers between the violent outbursts and the vivid descriptions of Blake's Nike's. Even one would, in theory, want to DNF, there would not be enough of a good time to do so for a brain that is unable to do so in the middle of an bloody scene. Because blood there is and shall be.But it is already coming clear to me that this series is a master of repetition (yo PLL, you have got nothing compared to this one). So far each of the books has had the exact same story structure albeit the nature of the scenes might differ in some levels. The dialogue and the encounters between the characters have been exactly the same after book - after book. There is, of course, new characters thrown into the mix, but what remains IS the same. This really does prevent any legit character development to happen, and one got to wonder how bad it gets the more one reads.Anita Blake is a woman with one dimensional imagination and thought process. She is an empty shell with an obsession to guns, only trait that makes her interesting at least in mild levels. But she will keep doing it, for me, for reasons unknown.There was a little more spark in this book compared to the last two, but it was not something I was able to feel in my bones and soul. There were less descriptions of guns, sweat and Nike's but there is a newcomer to fight with the amounts of mentions: the nipples. Nipples, nipples, everywhere.Editing, where are you? Hello? Hello?I will keep going. Oh yes, I will. Prepare yourself to read the same review +23 times, one each month. Do you feel lucky, punk? Well do ya?

  • Jilly
    2019-05-04 12:27

    Well, it's not going to be Anita. This girl is obsessed with her Nikes. Nikes are mentioned in this book so many times that if you played a drinking game with "Nike" as your word, you would be smashed by the halfway point of the book. But, don't worry, she always color coordinates her Nikes with a sporty fanny pack. To look more fashionable, of course.So, even though we want to picture Anita like this:She is actually more like this:So, in this book we have a pack of vampires murdering people. Anita ends up becoming a target for several powerful vampires who want to either kill her, bite her, or own her. She's total vampire bait. It must be all of the bright colors she wears. Vampires must get sick of everyone wearing black around them. It's like just because they are the undead doesn't mean they don't want a pop of color every once in a while.Anita is also trying to date Richard because she thinks he is just some nice human guy - which once again shows her dumbness. She actually thinks that a guy who is constantly surrounded by werewolves and vampires, and who answers to the vampire king in an overly obedient way, is just a normal human? Riiiiight...There is a lot of action in these books, which is fun, but I think I am getting to the point now where I am enjoying everyone trying to kill Anita more than anything else. She is annoying, bitchy, stupid, and confrontational. I think I would try to kill her myself if I met her. So, I guess I'm rooting for the bad guys. Really, all it would take to kill her is for some kind of Wile E Coyote scheme that includes exploding Nikes. It would work! Wile E could really use a win, too....poor guy.

  • Bark
    2019-05-16 15:31

    I am really enjoying my rereading of this series. Going back to the beginning of the series has reminded me why I continue to read along even though it has morphed into another beast entirely. These early books were so great because the men and the sex weren’t the focus of the entire freaking plot.Here Anita is still working as an animator and an assistant to preternatural police force. Anita has a full plate, as usual, after a full night of corpse raising, she’s then hounded by members of “the vamp hater Church or somesuch” to give up the resting place of the Master of the City (Jean Claude), then a body turns up drained by what appears to be a rogue pack of vamps which leads her to The Circus of the Damned and into close proximity with vampire Jean Claude, a sexy vampire she’d rather avoid. He’s been trying to make her his human servant but she stubbornly refuses, even when it means putting her own life in jeopardy. There’s a whole lot of that “Ma petite I have marked you, you are mine” “I kill vampires, I don’t serve them” nonsense going on. She must train an apprentice animator, face down an angry lamia, crazed humans, out of control zombies and deal with a dangerous master vampire. It sounds exhausting but I have to hand it to Hamilton because I was never lost. We’re also introduced to Richard when he was still sweet and sexy and not quite so angry and rigid as he appears in the later novels..Once again there is way too much focus on clothing (who cares) and the gun descriptions (snore). Personally, I am still not dying to discover what color Anita’s Nike swishes will be every other page and if the match her t shirt. I already know that she is not a girly-girl because it’s mentioned over and over. We all know Jean Claude has a preference for lacy floofy blouses and his own nipples. Do we need to be constantly reminded of this? It’s a little painful to read this stuff the second time around but the quick pacing and intriguing characters carry the book for me and I enjoyed the many plotlines here, none of which focus on sex I might add.Despite a lame-ass villain and too much arguing from Anita, I enjoyed this as much as the previous two in the series.

  • Crystal Starr Light
    2019-05-04 10:16

    "Your questions will make something simple last" Just three books in, and already we can see a pattern forming. Dudes come to Anita to have her do something; she says, in no uncertain terms, "No". Dolph calls her to investigate a murder; it ends up being the weirdest, most unusual murder Anita has ever seen. Jean-Claude makes the moves on her; Anita tells him to [email protected]#$ off. Anita does minor investigating, bad guys come out of the woodworks to try to kill her, Anita is rude and sarcastic to a bunch of people, and suddenly Anita is fighting off the Most Powerful *FILL*IN*THE*BLANK*.This book is no different. Some Human First members want Anita to rat out Jean-Claude; she refuses. She is called to a murder scene; the victim has been bitten to death by 5 or more vampires. Back to Jean-Claude where she and he fight like cats and dogs. FIGHT SCENE! Then Anita is racing off to her "night job". FIGHT SCENE! Bad guys try to kill her, Anita stumbles onto some new vampires, and before you know it, the city is about to be turned upside down by a 1million year old vampire--the oldest EVAH.I'm rather torn about this book. There are actually things I like. Anita values her independence and free will and does NOT like Jean-Claude's stalker-ish behavior. The book is pretty fast-paced, and if you don't go in expecting Anita to do much investigating (pretty much everything just falls into her lap--how nice!), it's pretty exciting. It's also nice to have some action scenes, instead of many, many kissy-kissy scenes we see in vampire books. And, oddly enough, I actually LIKED Richard and Anita's cute meet (though I have heard tons about how THAT ends up...and it makes me sad :( ).But there are oh, so many things that drives me nuts about these books.1. Anita Blake. God, this is an unlikable woman! I can only take so much of this, "I am better than everyone else, even though I am ONLY 24 years old and have been in the business a whopping THREE years". Half the time, she sounds like a petulant child, bragging about how many toys (guns) she has and how well she can use them or telling someone to [email protected]#$ off (and she does the latter A LOT). Or playing p!ssing games with the police (who should be fired for all the sexual harassment!). The other half of the time, she sounds like a 40 year old woman, coaching someone who is ONLY FOUR YEARS YOUNGER THAN HER and calling him "kiddo".2. Action Scenes. Is it possible to have too many? When you forget what was going on and what the plot was, yes. This happened to me frequently. Why the big fight at Circus of the Damned with the Snake? Why did the vampires reveal themselves to Anita (when she had NO IDEA who they were before) at the cemetery with Larry? Why was Anita so easily duped into driving an hour into the boonies only to be chased into a cave where the vamps try to kill her? Isn't this supposed to be Anita, the most awesome, [email protected] Vampire Hunter in the Mid-West?3. Clothing. Every person has to have a run-down of what they are wearing. And not just once; no, we have to know what EVERYONE is wearing at any time. So when Anita changes, you hear about it. When Jean-Claude is on the scene, expect at least a paragraph or two on his frilly shirt.4. CTRL+C -> CTRL+P. New "characters" have nearly the same description as old ones. St. Louis must have the highest population of beefy, muscular men who lift weights, because, I swear, it seemed not a page went by before Anita mentioned how muscular so-and-so was and how he must lift weights.5. TMI. In case you were ever curious what exercise routine Anita and Ronnie do when they hit the gym, don't worry. LKH will let you know what machines they start at, who is best at what (Anita is better at arms, Ronnie with legs), and when they do cardio. Just what I open a Vampire novel to read. NOT.6. Super-powered villains. For once, couldn't Anita just defeat a troup of vampires, instead of a showdown between her and the Most Awesome, 1 Million Year Old Vampire? What about a voodoo practitioner instead of The Best Voodoo Practitioner in Missouri? I have no idea how all these super powered beings keep coming to St. Louis (not the biggest city in the US) and just throw themselves in front of Anita's Browning.Okay, so that was a lot of complaining. This book wasn't horrible. It was okay, it's just that after reading three Anita books in a row, I'm burned out. I think I need a break before I attempt to tackle Book 4 (if I want to at all--I am beginning to think this series is just not my cup of tea). Certainly not the worst out there, but I've read better too.

  • Cassandra
    2019-05-24 18:26

    Without a doubt, better than the first two. I really like Jean-Claud. He is the reason I am reading these books. I have never wanted a bad guy to get the girl before, it's fun. Anita was a bit disappointing. I'm beginning to wonder if Jean-Claud deserves better.The swearing is excessive and redundant. And I realize that in a series you have to make each book a stand alone and therefore have to explain the same thing several times. But does it have to be word for word? There are literally paragraphs that are cut and pasted into each book. Would it be too much to ask for at least new wording.... a new angle on the info?? Something!

  • Tilly Slaton
    2019-05-20 10:16

    I love Laurell Hamilton’s work. The Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series is outstanding!The first two books in this series, Guilty Pleasures and The Laughing Corpse are amazing pieces of work.This book declares no less awesomeness. This is the book that wraps you around the series and pulls everything together. This book is really the beginning of the journey that whips and turns you into a reality that is completely twisted, morbid and simply put, cool!Anita Blake is introduced to a few characters that you will no doubt adore and look forward to reading about in the future.Being yanked from one Master to another, Anita is faced with a choice. A choice to betray those she is running from or a choice to try to save the humans from the monsters. Tough choice right?Jean-Claude is relentless in his desires and efforts to seduce the one woman who has the power that once bound to his, will make him even more incredibly strong and deadly.A new character is brought to life, Richard Zeeman. His charming smile and human body draws Anita into a chance to live a normal life. Well, as normal as raising zombies and hunting and ripping hearts out of vampires. Unfortunately, she is was deceived by the very monsters she avoided.Instead of trusting her instincts, Anita tip toes across the lines she carefully placed in life. The line has wavered since the second book. In this book, she considers that not all monsters are evil. She wonders if Jean-Claude is a monster. Sure, he is the walking dead. But could she love him?Thrilling battles ending in death and blood shed, Anita chooses which side of monsters to fight beside. The interesting whoas in this book are grin worthy!Fighting against a vampire that is over a million years old (that is the only mark in this book that is a little ridiculous in my opinion), and the servants that betray each other, the relationships become unpredictable. It was a pleasant surprise, to find myself smiling as the scenes hit me from the blind side.As the other two books, I would recommend this book to anyone that is interested in paranormal (or what seems to be science fiction? weird..) worlds centered around blood and guts with a pinch of lust.I would strongly suggest that this book not be read by children or immature young adults.

  • Wanda
    2019-05-19 14:13

    I’m still enjoying the Anita Blake series, although I have to tell you, Anita does not seem like a 24 year old character to me. I think she would be much more believable as someone in her late 30’s or early 40’s considering how jaded she seems to be and how experienced she thinks she is. I wonder if Hamilton got any money from Nike for product placement? It seems like she mentions the shoes by name at least once per chapter. Although I suppose I could say the same thing about 2-3 brands of gun….In this installment, Anita learns:1. Working two full time jobs will wear you out2. When you meet a guy in a vampire’s house, there is very little chance that he’s normal3. Vampires will always choose dramatic ways to fight each other4. Snake-creatures are not her friends5. Training new employees is twice as much work as it should be6. Jean Claude has nipples. Honestly, she mentions it every time she sees him.

  • Nicole
    2019-05-05 10:24

    For all the Anita Blake books - I started this series with my then friend, Meredith - she actually got me hooked that fateful summer of 2000 when I was living on her wooden floor in Brooklyn. We were both unemployed and bored and got hooked into this series. I loved Anita Blake because it was before I discovered the new genre - what I like to call "badass chicks who kick ass!" written in first person - and so she was all empowering and of course there were hot vampires and werewolves in it. Unfortunately, Laurell K Hamilton doesn't have much taste in the way of clothing and mood...and sometimes I think she "tells" too much instead of "shows." I also think that somewhere down the line the editors decided to just give her cart blanche because she most definitely has cut and paste some paragraphs here and there from one book to another. The other thing I find annoying is that Anita likes to pick fights for no reason and seems to have the little dog syndrome - always barking up at the big guns. And for some reason as the series goes on, the more sexual it gets and also the more ridiculous it gets. She has some interesting elements and some interesting characters and definitely isn't afraid to be violent - which I love. But then I got annoyed and moved on to other authors who still work with their editors!!! Needless to say, I stopped reading the series after Incubus Dreams. My fav of the series is Obsidian Butterfly. It has the least "retelling" and show boating.

  • Damecatoe
    2019-05-24 14:04

    I also thought the premise of Anita Blake was pretty cool. She's an Animator, see? She raises zombies for a living. And vampires are legal citizens. Eventually, she's supposed to get involved with both a vampire and a werewolf. I say eventually cause even though I thought this was a central theme of the books, I've read 2 and a half of them and there have been nary a creature-of-the-night and vampire hunter smoochie. I take that back. There was one, but it was one of those contrived "fake kiss so the cops think we're just a couple, but ooo, did you feel the attraction anyway" snogs.And I am over both the Sweet Valley Syndrome* and the Too Cool for School Because I Am NOT GIRLY, Dammit themes. Yeah, yeah, Anita, you had to go buy a dress to sneak into the vampire freak party because you are Not Girly and therefore did not own a black dress. Fine, fine, that pink shirt in your closet must have been a gift because "the thought that I had actually spent money on anything pink was more than I could bear." And the whole making fun of wedding dresses and bridesmaids' dresses? Yes, we know, Anita. Stop rolling your eyes so damned much, we get that you are NOT GIRLY. Over it.* Yes, I read Sweet Valley Twins and Sweet Valley High books once upon a time. And though the books are a series, each one is written so that if it's your first foray into Sweet Valley, you get the paragraph description of how the girls are a perfect size 6 and they have matching gold lavalieres and Jessica is the wild one and Elizabeth is the book worm, yadda, yadda, yadda.

  • Katherine Madison
    2019-05-20 10:25

    Okay Anita, I admire that her character is hardcore, strong, independent, but I think she goes a little overboard in describing how tough she is. Okay, we get it, you are almost a man in a woman's body. No wait, you're better than a man in a woman's body. It's amazing to me how she never seems to get any sleep because she keeps getting into trouble every three hours. How can you walk around with no sleep and still fight the bad guys. Speaking of bad guys, how is it that no matter how much trouble she's in, she always find someway to get out, whether she's shot, stabbed, bleeding to death, broken arm, ten vampires coming at her at once and yet somehow she survives and manages to make sarcastic comments along the way. Now as for Jean Claude...I seriously despise the way she treats him. We all know you really do like the vampire, and the guy hasn't done anything that's so bad to her that she has to be so bitchy to him all the time. Sometimes during simple conversations with him she's just rude and nasty to the guy and that is what I don't like. I don't know how Jean Claude can continue to love her, especially when she betrayed him in this novel just because she didn't want to become his human slave. She actually tried to get him killed. Who needs a woman like that? And Jean Claude just takes it all in stride and still chases after the woman who claims to hate him so much. Circus of the Damned is the best book I've read as far as action and the mention of Jean Claude. I love the different vampires and the snake woman. Pretty darn cool. Oh and her description of Richard when she first met him, naked in a bed surrounded by vampires and lycans was unbelievably sexy. Although I often wondered what the hell was he doing? That was never explain, my only guess is that he turned into a wolf and was sleeping off the affects when Anita came into the room.

  • Kami
    2019-04-27 17:17

    Absolutely hated the book. Maybe it's a case of reading too many in the series so close together but I am so done with the love/hate thing Anita has with Jean-Claude and her supposed badass attitude. The writing misses the mark trying to create what I would consider a strong dominant character and instead the character comes across as very insecure, hates herself and everyone around her and has a really lousy sense of fashion. Maybe others like that kind of psychological baggage but it's not for me. If Anita truly hated Jean-Claude that much then why does she keep going back when she needs his talents and then hates him for it. Why would Jean-Claude keep going back to Anita? It's like there should be some history between them that has fostered Anita's hostility towards Jean-Claude but I'm tired of waiting for it to come out if it ever does. The storyline has become way too predictable.

  • Aifos
    2019-05-14 15:06

    Circus of the Damned did not scare me or grossed me out as much as Guilty Pleasures or The Laughing Corpse. I also didn't like it as much as the last two books of the series.Jean-Claude is turning Anita's life into one hell of a big mess; Anita is firstly baited by a vampire Master called Alejandro, who controls a pack of rabid vampires who have chewing up people and leaving them on the cemetery. Alejandro wishes to know who is the Vampire Master controlling the city of St.Louis, and his where he rests daily. Secondly, there's a pre-historical vampire master, who is millions of years old, a miniature of a man, with a monkey-like face called Oliver. He also wants to know who the vampire master of the city is.Anita is aware that she and Jean-Claude are both lusting for each other, but she tries not to get that lust get in the way - I have to say that I admire her resistance, she isn't even tempted with immortality or super strength, which she can have, if she only allows Jean-Claude to give two more marks to complete the human-slave/vampire master bond.Reasons why I didn't like Circus of the Damned as much as the two last books:- less action-packed;- a lot of characters getting on my nerves.I'm still really intrigued by Edward, I was happy to see him again, even if the circumstances weren't the best, but hey, we're talking about Edward right? If Edward is around it means that shit is about to get down. Still, the drama between Anita and Jean-Claude is beginning to be infuriating.Jean-Claude is always determined to seduce her, and she is stubborn as usual. I hope that after this book they either end up ripping each others' clothes off or simply ending their flirting, and they continue their paths separately. I believe I won't be able to handle this on and off thing anymore.Larry is a new character who is introduced in this book, furthermore, he was also the one who peeved me the most. He is a new animator, he hasn't even finish college, and he certainly has never had a brush with death before. Larry's experience with vampire hunting, raising zombies from their graves is zero, the lad is as innocent as they come, not good for the kind of job he has, and definitely not good in terms of survival. If I were Anita I would've slapped him a couple of times, Larry really got on my nerves, as all he was good for was being a distraction. Helpless as a lamb.Despite not having liked Circus if the Damned as much as the previous books, I still loved it so very much. I'll have to keep on reading xD

  • Selin
    2019-05-24 13:32

    Ve sonunda lanetliler sirki bitti,öncelikle çok kaliteli bir kitaptı,gerek dialoglardan gerek betimlemelerden usluptan kolayca anlaşılıyor zaten... İki kitaptır sadece çok sevildiği için bir şans daha verdiğimden okuyordum ama bu kitaptan sonra 4.yü büyük bir heycanla alacğım.Bir şeyi söylemeden geçemem anita hayran kalınacak bir karakterdi,ama bazen o inadı insanı çileden çıkaracak noktaya ulaşabiliyordu. Yan karakterlere bayıldm dolph ve polisler,larry hatta bert süperdi :D erkeklere sylenicek sz yok zaten :DOlay örgüsü gerçekten ustacaydı ama sanki biraz yavaştı.Uzun zamandır doğru düzgün etkilenebildiğim tek kitaptı,cesetli ve zombili kısımlarda baya bi midem bulandı okumak isteyenin iyi bir mideye ihtiyacı var :D heycan aksiyon tavan yapmıştı ilk iki kitap için sadece polisiye derken bunda fantastiğide hissediyorsunuz,hamilton ın vampirlerine ayrıca hayran kaldım çok gerçekçilerdi,öyle yok hayvan kanıymış da yok çok evcilmişte zararsızmış kendini tutabilirmiş vs vs herşeyden önce vampirdeki vahşiliği ortaya koymuş ve bir vampirin mantığı çözebilmiş anne rice'tan ve C.pike tan sonra okuduğu en iyi vampirlerdi, ama likantroplar da süperdi fantastik yanı çok sağlamdı iyi bir araştırma ve tecrübenin sonucu olduğu yazılmış,çok güzel bir romandı. Hamilton'ın tarzı hemen alışılamasada alışnca ciddi bir bağımlılık oluşturabiliyor...Not: anita'ya çok acıdığm bir nokta var zavallı kz kitap boyunca bir türlü uyuyamadı :D

  • Donna
    2019-05-21 15:28

    I've read 4 books in this series, and I enjoy the entertainment value of them. They are just fun! I love Jean-Claude. The narrator does a great job on his voice, as well as with the other characters. I always love a good narrator. I also like the MC, Anita. She is, for the most part, humorous. Sometimes the dialog feels forced and causes some eye rolling, but for the most part it keeps me interested. As long as I can say that and mean it, I'll keep reading more in this series.

  • Tonya
    2019-04-30 11:07

    So far this book is the best in the series. I am only on book 4. They keep getting better. The ending was dramatic and had me immediately reaching for book 4 (Lunatic Cafe).

  • Jennymort ~The Dark Lord, House of Slytheread~
    2019-05-10 10:11

    I don't like Richard the bitch. He annoys me greatly.I don't like my "supposed-alpha-wolfman" acting like a pussy whipped idiot. Jean Claude all the fucking way.

  • Myvampfiction
    2019-05-19 17:11

    review by Ciara*Warning: possible spoilers ahead.*Circus of the Damned, the third of the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series by Laurell K. Hamilton, opens with Anita meeting with members of Humans First, an organization campaigning to have vampires criminalized again.They ask for the daytime resting place of the Master of the City. Anita refuses, but there is a bit of deliberation. Not so long ago, she would have believed that staking a vampire wasn’t murder. Things have changed over the course of three books.Naturally Anita must also investigate a crime. The police want Anita to confirm that a gruesome murder was carried out by a rogue vampire so that they can get an order of execution, and she turns to Jean Claude for more information.While all this is going on, she also has to deal with a very old and powerful vampire, Alejandro, who wants to take her as his human servant. His offer to kill Jean Claude so that Anita will be free of him genuinely tempts her, if not for very long.It may sound like too much is going on for just one book, but the complex and interwoven plot is handled excellently, and the book never feels cramped, or overly full.This book gives the very distinct impression that Laurell K. Hamilton knows exactly what’s ahead for Anita and friends. The introduction of Richard Zeeman, the first real (possible) love interest coincides with the moment when Anita realizes that maybe; just maybe, she does have feelings for Jean Claude. Perfect timing.The reader also gets a true glimpse of how scary the monsters can be. We meet a million (yes, a million) year old vampire with the power to cause earthquakes, as well as the prerequisite sadistic killers.Hamilton chose the first-person narration wisely. Insights into Anita’s thoughts and feelings lend a truly realistic feel to the book, and when she laughs in the face of vampires hell bent on killing her, the reader knows that inside, she’s quaking. Without those insights, Anita would be an unlikable character, and unrealistically powerful and fearless.Check out our blog!

  • Jo ★The Book Sloth★
    2019-05-13 17:07

    Now this book, this probably is my second best in the series. I loved almost everything in it.The most important pro is that there is Edward to be had. Cold, ruthless Edward with a soft spot for Anita but for Anita the friend, maybe even Anita the baby sister, not Anita the "sex bomb".Then we have the first Richard appearance. Damn but the guy was full of potential. Charming and full of humour. The Richard we meet in this book has nothing to do with the whinny, cruel, jealous SOB he becomes later on. He is interesting and funny.The bad guys are as always perfect. LKH knows how to write the "bad" ones. She makes them just crazy enough to never know what's gonna happen next. Also the fact that she usually has more than one bad guy around gives the books more to keep your attention.Larry is also first introduced in this book. He seems so young and naive. He gives the book something fresh and different from all the jaded "monsters".JC is at his worst. He keeps on his manipulative ways once again. What boggles the mind is that he actually has the nerve to play the "hurt" party because Anita won't play servant for him although he never actually asked her opinion before marking her. Oh, the nerve.The story was captivating. You have to give it to LKH, she knows how to write a book. Maybe you don't agree with what she writes, maybe you want to curse and rave at the characters but you still keep on reading. The books seem kind of alive. They don't have boring moments. I would be the first to admit that the series is full of faults but I still keep coming back to it every time I want something action packed.

  • Jennifer
    2019-04-28 11:28

    My main gripe with this book is that it could have been pretty good, but it wasn't. First of all, Mr. Oliver fails as the ultimate scary vampire. He is mildly manipulative, but doesn't come across as all that powerful. The most powerful act he does is stand next to sunlight. Not particularly frightening. He doesn't even have control on his underlings. He is the most powerful vampire on earth and he's forced to live as a nomad? He's too vulnerable at the end and is easily staked with Anita's "Ha! Ha! I tricked you!" move. It isn't until later books that we learn how really powerful he is. It doesn't have the same effect that way.Second, if any of the band of vampires had their own novel, it might be decent. (In fact, novels 10-14 really could have used them.) I liked Alejandro and the child vampire is creepy - especially when acting as a decoy. But I felt as if Anita was being pulled from one to another with none of them being developed. The whole plot came across as slightly scattered.The werewolf thing was a little obvious. "Hi, I'm hanging out with a master vampire as a random, normal human." No, really?The rookie biting it? Oh, please tell me she didn't write that.Otherwise, the action scenes were interesting and made for good brain-candy. I just felt as if they were barely strung together.

  • Bunnycore
    2019-05-17 17:14

    I don't have much to say about this one with the exception I believe this was the moment that I started to fall in love with that Frenchman. I have to say that I love the visual that LKH brings in this book. I love every part of him. I can not wait for the two of them to come here since I do not have an official review for you have some saucy men images.. I am honestly curious what other people think their male characters would look like?

  • Rebecca
    2019-05-16 18:15

    I enjoyed the first two books in the series but this one didn't work for me. I'm deducting a full star from my rating because Jean-Claude sucks (you SUCK Jean-Claude). He dresses like a reject from "Purple Rain" and seems to need to attend a few seminars on the nature of consent and yet Anita thinks she might love him a little. Or something. Whatever. Their "relationship" has always been the weakest part of the three books I've read so far (and yes, I know the author switches from UF to erotica a few more books down the line so I guess I'm in for more disappointment.) Richard seems interesting though.

  • Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
    2019-05-08 11:26

    This one was actually pretty good. While reading this, I was thinking, 3 books in and the series is really good. I like that Anita is flawed but she has personality and some character development. Even the tension between her and Jean Claude I kind of like.Which makes me nervous, since I hear the rest of the series isn't as good as the first couple of books in. For now, I'll try to keep up with some of the books in the series. Maybe I'll read the other books as well. Not sure...keyword maybe.

  • Diana
    2019-05-17 18:12

    Re-read 2018This is the third book in the series, this one starts the relationship/s that will carry on in various ways throughout the rest of the series. I can't say much due to spoilers, but I will mention that Anita's luck or lack thereof is still going strong. The re-read started due to the fact that I'm behind on the series, and need a refresher to catch up prior to the new book being released this summer.

  • Sara
    2019-05-11 16:31

    Okay, I made it to book 3. Why? I'm not sure. It's like eating potato chips. I don't really like them, but the bag is there so I keep on eating them. . . .This is so over-the-top and silly. But I kept on turning the pages. Had to see just who she was going to blow away with her gun(s) or stab with her knives.One small woman, all those ancient vampires. And no one can kill this woman? Really?Sigh. Against my better judgement, on to book 4. . . .I'm opening another bag.

  • Subinita(BOOKAHOLIC) Mazumder
    2019-05-02 14:15

    This one was a little bit better than the previous ones. Anita Blake has started dating a man name Richard Zeeman (who is a werewolf) whom she met in a very strange circumstance. There is another battle going on between the master vampires and etc etc. She introduces Lamia an Egyptian half woman -half snake creature. Blah blah blah....Read it if you want. Three stars.

  • Krissy
    2019-05-22 11:30

    Anita really pissed me off in this one

  • Louisa
    2019-05-10 12:31

    Ok, this book was a big creepier than normal thus far, with the giant snake and all. This is more of a vampire book, and yeah, can't wait to read more!

  • Kirsti
    2019-05-21 10:04

    The third in the Anita Blake series, and another one of my favorites. This time around we're introduced to a character that soon became my most hated in the series; Richard. He screams of everything in a man I dislike from the very beginning, so of course I hoped she would end up with Jean Claude.I liked the mystery in this one, because it wasn't the sole focus. we get to see more of Anita in her daily life, and more of her interactions with Jean Claude. Her animating is brought more into focus as well, and the vampire hate group, Humans first comes more clearly into the picture.Perhaps a love of these books taints them while I judge them, but I could never hate Anita Blake. I move past the clothing descriptions, Anita's grandstanding about guns and women's rights. I accept that she's a little nutty, and doesn't read like a human, perhaps because she isn't the average person.Mr Oliver was one of the weirder parts of the books though- a million years? How old is Mommie Dearest then?Still a great book series, although I don't know if I feel like reading the rest right at this moment. I'll have to see how I feel when I go into my book room and choose from around 4000 books. I do know that I read Anita every few months, and this is a series that I will continue going back for more for years to come.

  • Amy
    2019-05-17 12:33

    I'm tapping out. I can't understand how anyone could be motivated enough to continue this series. This book reinforces all the things that bugged me about the first two and manages to drum up some new irks at the same time. Anita is awful. I long for the day when authors can write independent, strong women without making them into raging assholes. I checked myself and thought whether or not her behavior would be more acceptable if she were a man, but no. Insulting others is not a form of wit. It doesn't matter if you feel a twinge of guilt afterward; no matter how much you feel you need to prove yourself, you don't have to belittle others. Constantly mentioning how skilled you are, how many guns you have, and stressing that anything pink or dressy is disgusting to you is annoying to me and not proof that you're strong. If you hate pink, you hate pink (I do), but consistently distancing yourself from anything remotely girly seems a bit much. It comes across as insecure. When you can't root for the main character, the plot is fill-in-the-blank, and the writing isn't as witty as it tries to be, there's no point in reading. I was really hoping I'd like this series (20+ published books sounds amazing), but I won't be going on.

  • Megan
    2019-05-13 18:05

    "Jean-Claude sat on one corner of the couch. He wore black jeans tucked into knee-high leather boots, dyed a deep, almost velvet black. His shirt had a high lace collar pinned at the neck by a thumb-size ruby pendant. His black hair was just long enough to curl around the lace. The sleeves were loose and billowing, tight at the wrists with lace spilling over his hands until only his fingertips showed. 'Where do you get your shirts?' I asked. He smiled, 'Don't you like it?' His hands caressed down his chest, fingertips hesitating over his nipples. It was an invitation."My one big issue with this whole series is Jean-Claude. He sounds so corny, and more than a little gay. I had a very difficult time finding him dangerous, let alone attractive.... until I remembered Duran Duran in their early years, when they were still New Romantics. Suddenly, I realized that a man in a billowy lace shirt can be incredibly sexy. Now, when ever my eyes read "Jean-Claude" I imagine John Taylor! Suddenly, I am hungry like a werewolf for the next Anita Blake novel. Bring on the Master Vamp! =)