Yes, I’ll admit it…I have a thing for Vampires. I‘m not talking Twilight vamps, however I have read the Twilight books and thoroughly enjoyed them, I’m talking dark, scary, sexy vampires. The ones that come out only at night and hide in the shadows waiting for their victims. The ones that grab onto a person’s very soul by just holding their eyes in a stare. I’m talking Bram Stoker’s Dracula…beautiful, mysterious, and deadly! Now as much as I love the vampires, I also have a keen affection for all the supernatural/paranormal in literature. I find that I can escape into this world and forget about the daily stresses. Inside these books…anything can happen!
This brings me to one of my favorite paranormal writers, Laurell K. Hamilton. I discovered her Anita Blake series right after my mother passed away. I was in true need of an escape from real life. A time where not thinking about myself and my pain was of the essence. I had grief in my reality, so I needed an outlet of fantasy to take it all away. If only for a few hours. Isn’t that what a good book is suppose to do? Maybe this is all a little too Freudian, so I’ll just move on.
There are 22 books in the Anita Blake series and I’m here to write about number 22…Affliction. Now, I have read them all and I have to say Hamilton lost me about 3/4 of the way through the series. The writing became well…you know how Shades of Grey was called “Mommy Porn”? I think you could call this series, “Paranormal Porn”. Don’t get me wrong, I love a little dirty dirty in my reading but only up to a point. The books were just too much…Sex that is and not much story. I missed the action and the characters I had come to know and love. FYI..it didn’t stop me from reading them. 😉
However, I am happy to report that Laurell K. Hamilton turned it around in #22. She got back to the amazing characters she created in Guilty Pleasures, especially Anita and Jean- Claude. I LOVE me some Jean-Claude! He is the perfect vampire character, in my opinion. He is aristocratic, HOTT, and FRENCH! He can be ruthless to those against him, but he has a love for Anita that is interminable …he is perfection! Oh and the way he talks…ooh la la!!! However, he is only one of the many men Anita has at her beck and call. There are so many throughout the series that I can’t even begin to list them. They consist of vampires, were-animals, a serial killer, and just normal guys. Men either love her or hate her.
Anita Blake is a kick-%$@ sort of girl who goes up against anything and everything. She faces her demons head on only thinking of the destruction of evil and the kill. This time she might just be out matched. She has faced zombies before, but these aren’t the normal zombies she has destroyed previously. These Zombies are being controlled by someone. Making it so they can hunt in daylight and making them super fast, like a vampire. This is a new trial for Anita and it will take her, the local police and all her men to fight this evil. I am leery to write more, because you know I hate to give things away. I want every reader to experience the book themselves, so I’ll stop.
Keep this in mind…this is a series I would recommend to SERIOUS paranormal readers. It is a fun and exciting ride and once you jump into Anita Blake’s world…you won’t want to jump out!