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text 2017-09-13 21:31
Not feeling it...
Goddess of Light - P.C. Cast

I've been reading this for over a month, and I just cannot find momentum. So I'm just moving on. It's not a terrible story, but it isn't holding my attention. I'm feeling forced to read this, and nothing turns me off more than forcing me to do anything.

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review 2017-08-08 00:00
Guilty Pleasures
Guilty Pleasures - Laurell K. Hamilton This review first appeared on A Weebish Book Blog.

GUILTY PLEASURES by Laurell K. Hamilton is the first book in the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series. It is a series that I have re-read countless times and I never fail to enjoy myself. This is the only time I’ve attempted to review them, I’m not sure why I never got around to it, but I guess this is as good a time as any.

“Welcome to Guilty Pleasures. We are here to serve you. To make your most evil dream come true.”

Anita Blake is the ever popular zombie animator for Animators, Inc., licensed vampire hunter, and the bogeyman—dubbed The Executioner—to vampires everywhere. After the Master of the City not-so-politely blackmailed her into investigating the vampire murders shocking Saint Louis, Missouri, Anita must use her skills as preternatural expert, vampire hunter, and even as a zombie animator to solve the mystery and save her friends from harm.

Anita Blake is a character I’ve admired for years. The woman is flawed. She’s frustrating, stubborn, bitchy, and judgemental, but she’s also tough-as-nails, loyal, and will never stop seeking justice for victims, humans or otherwise. The facets of her personality never fail to fascinate me. She will kill to protect her loved ones. She is feared by monsters, respected by cops, deeply religious, prude, compassionate, and collects stuffed penguins. Plus, she’s a reader. How can I not be in love with her?

Another beloved Anita Blake character is Jean-Claude, a master vampire and local business owner. He’s deliciously French and is intrigued by the challenging vampire hunter. He’s not my favorite character of the series, but I am a fan of the seductive vampire. He is a puzzle that I doubt I’ll ever truly understand, but that is one of his draws.

Hamilton created a world that stands out from other horror or urban fantasy stories. It is detailed and dazzling and sports an alternate history where humans and supernatural creatures live in recognition of one other’s presence, but certainly not harmoniously. Though the police and average humans do live woefully ignorant of preternatural species and their cultures, which gives more depth and conflict to GUILTY PLEASURES and the rest of the series. It does also make for a plausible human race. When aren’t we ignorant of other cultures?

Every time I re-read this series, I find new books have been written. I am a die-hard fan of Laurell K. Hamilton and no doubt I always will be, though it is crazy to think this series was first published in the early ’90s and new books are still coming out. Yet somehow, I am still eagerly awaiting more Anita Blake adventures.

Romance does not come into play in GUILTY PLEASURES, but there are a couple of heated scenes to enjoy. Fear not, there is intricate world building, supernatural creatures out the wazoo, and a captivating mystery to devour in the first book of this treasured series.
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review 2017-07-24 20:02
Guilty Pleasures / Laurell K. Hamilton
Guilty Pleasures - Laurell K. Hamilton

***2017 Summer Lovin' Reading List***

Another title in what seems to be morphing into my Summer Vampire Reading List. I liked this one and will probably read on, at least for another book or two, in the series.

These are old-school vampires, susceptible to both crosses and holy water, something fairly uncommon in current urban fantasy. Anita knows that she is opposing evil, not just being prejudiced against a new segment of society.

There was also, I thought, a nod to Anne Rice's vampires, specifically Claudia. The biggest, baddest vamp in Anita's town is actually a 1000 year old little girl!

I'm not exactly sure why, but Anita reminds me of Faith Hunter's Jane Yellowrock. I think it may be a matter of kickass attitude, but Jane is much more comfortable working for and around the undead than Anita.

Anita needs a woman friend right away!! She can't continue to lean on the psychopathic Edward (although I must admit that he has a treasure-trove of weapons, making him a handy kind of guy to know. If the women don't find you handsome, they should at least find you handy). Anita also has an unexplained talent for resisting vampire glamour which I will be interested to learn more about. Plus its pretty obvious that Anita is riding for a fall when she declares, "I don't date vampires, I kill them." I predict she'll be dating one in the next book.

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review 2017-07-22 23:47
The Devil in the Junior League
The Devil in the Junior League - Linda Francis Lee

The Devil in the Junior League 

 

Starring...

 

Miss Piggy

 

Snooki 

 

And that weird, snooty girl in glasses you went to high school with...

 

Also starring:

 

And the entire cast of

 

I deducted half a star despite how much I loved this ridiculous book because it was riddled with grammatical errors. But wow, this was so bad/good I couldn't help but enjoy it. If you enjoy some high Texan society drama you should pick this up. So funny.

 

 

 

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review 2017-04-22 03:32
Goddess of Love (and vanity....and no modesty)
Goddess of Love - P.C. Cast

Okay, this series is my guilty pleasure but this one fell so flat I wanted to barf.

 

The main character is called Pea. Seriously. She's a grown woman of 30, and she is called Pea. She has curly hair and doesn't have enough brains to know not to brush her hair. That's curly hair 101. She brushes it constantly and wonders why it's a frizzy nest. She also thought she could learn style and confidence from a book. 

 

Venus is supposed to help her, but all she seems to know about is shallow fixes. Shoes, clothes, hair. There was no depth to this "Goddess". She is also prone to asking strangers if they pleasure themselves frequently. 

 

This was a teen movie (girl doesn't know how beautiful she is) with a lot of dicks thrown in. I'm so disappointed. The only character I liked was Vulcan....until he spied on Pea pleasuring herself and decided to get off himself. It was all way too creepy.

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