Guilty Pleasures (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #1)

Published in: 1993
Pages: 355
Edition read: Paperback
Book #: Book 1 in the Anita Blake series

Book description:
Anita Blake may be small and young, but vampires call her the Executioner. Anita is a necromancer and vampire hunter in a time when vampires are protected by law—as long as they don’t get too nasty. Now someone’s killing innocent vampires and Anita agrees—with a bit of vampiric arm-twisting—to help figure out who and why.

Trust is a luxury Anita can’t afford when her allies aren’t human. The city’s most powerful vampire, Nikolaos, is 1,000 years old and looks like a 10-year-old girl. The second most powerful vampire, Jean-Claude, is interested in more than just Anita’s professional talents, but the feisty necromancer isn’t playing along—yet. This popular series has a wild energy and humor, and some very appealing characters—both dead and alive.

My review:
The first books in this series are amazing. Anita is a strong wonderful character, she’s got a weird sense of humour I totally connect with, she’s tough as hell and doesn’t need a guy around to help her but will take the help if it is on offer- Anita is no chump! She’s just awesome. Later books in the series are all about the sex, but the earlier books are action packed stories rich in detail and fun.

We meet Jean-Claude, who is the vampire pain-in-the-ass that will be a major player in all Anita’s stories, and her small group of friends and co-workers and psychopaths like Edward, who also feature in future stories. It’s really good to see where it all began.

There are a few dated references that throw you though. Anita has a pager and has to keep finding phones to return calls- took a moment to get my head around that way of life again! But for a 22 year old story, it’s still quite current (minus the few dated references to technology and clothing choices) and I really enjoyed every moment of it.

Final review:
Guilty Pleasures rating:
8/10. Really strong first book in the series
Would I re-read it? Yes I would, I really loved this book
Who would I recommend it to? For fans of the series- if you haven’t read the first book, I highly recommend it as it’s awesome. Otherwise, for fans of paranormal fiction.

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