I just find that the Anita Blake books are genuinely getting better as I progress through the series. I found in the first one especially a bit confusing and it didn't grip me hugely but now... I'm addicted.
I love Anita's character. She is definitely not perfect and she has a skewed outlook on a few different parts of her life but she's just so gripping and it's the flaws in her personality that make you love her all the more. Jean-Claude, also, I've grown to really love as a character. He's so dangerous and mysterious but at the same time you can't help but feel like he definitely has a certain respect and even love for Anita that makes you think that he does have a softer side even if it may be buried deep within him. I'm also so glad that Larry was reintroduced in this book as I was really looking forward to seeing Anita's teaching methods and she sure didn't disappoint. He's a cutie though and even though he's new at his job and everything is hugely new to him he handles it surprisingly well and has strong morals that he tries desperately to hold onto even though Anita has let her's slide hugely.
The plotline was really interesting with first the whole graveyard of 300 year old bodies to raise and then the whole scary pedophile vampire murdering young boys. The parts with Serephina and the rest of her gang were scary to say the least. I feel like Hamilton really has a great method of pulling her audience into a scene and making it feel really tense and terrifying. I loved it!
All in all these books keep getting better and the Killing Dance is already winging its way to me in an envelope from somewhere!...Continua
While not perfect, I think this has been the best of the series so far. I've always loved the plot action in these books but found the over-the-top caricaturization of the main character incredibly annoying. In this installment Anita actually makes mistakes, she experiences doubts, desire, and even some defeat which goes a long way towards making her a character rather than just a caricature. Giving her a side-kick, and thereby a mirror in which to see herself differently, really helped add dimensions to her. Yes we still have to hear about her black Nike's and her inner-pants holster (time after time), but she comes across as much more natural in this book. That, along with a wide and varied host of new monsters, made for an excellent read....Continua
I love this series. It just gets more in depth and unbelievable as it goes. I could not put it down. I loved that I got to find out a bit more about Anita's past. Something that had been missing from earlier books.