Book Review: Guilty Pleasures (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #1) by Laurell K. Hamilton ★★★★


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Meet Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, in the first novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling series that “blends the genres of romance, horror and adventure with stunning panache”(Diana Gabaldon).

Laurell K. Hamilton’s bestselling series has captured readers’ wildest imaginations and addicted them to a seductive world where supernatural hungers collide with the desires of the human heart, starring a heroine like no other…

Anita Blake is small, dark, and dangerous. Her turf is the city of St. Louis. Her job: re-animating the dead and killing the undead who take things too far. But when the city’s most powerful vampire asks her to solve a series of vicious slayings, Anita must confront her greatest fear—her undeniable attraction to master vampire Jean-Claude, one of the creatures she is sworn to destroy…

“What The Da Vinci Code did for the religious thriller, the Anita Blake series has done for the vampire novel.”—USA Today


My thoughts:

Okay, so I’ve heard of this series for a long, long time now and I wasn’t interested because vampire books bored me (I binged on them for years) but I found the audiobook on Libby available so I decided to try it out.

It’s not a very long book, about 7 hours and since I listen at double speed, I was done in a few hours. This is good guys! For anyone who has read The Dresden Files, it definitely gave off that vibe except Anita Blake is one badass vampire slayer/necromancer/animator. She does not take crap from nobody and although she has the cliché angsty, mysterious past that makes her bitchy, she still has more personality than most heroines I’ve read so far in these kinds of series.

The writing is of course, nothing spectacular but the humor in the book is really good! I caught myself giggling or straight out laughing pretty hard in some parts of the story. The characters of Laurell are witty and they do grow on you. Not to spoil anything but there is one character in this book (clue: hot guy) that honestly made me feel all kinds of emotions since he was introduced until the end of the book. That makes for a good book in my opinion.

Besides Anita Blake, there’s the smoking hot vampire who has the hots for her called Jean Claude. Kimberly Alexis (the audio narrator) did a great job with her accents and the attitudes with the characters really did set them apart that I was never confused who was talking. Jean Claude in particular has a very strong French accent and although it kind of irked me at first, it grew on me.

The romance in the book is also done pretty well I’d say. There’s sexual content but it’s nothing too explicit, it just sets the sexy mood of the story. So far I’m on the third book of the series and this pattern does continue so if you’re not into too much erotica, I would recommend this series.

I give this book a whooping 4-stars because it’s a fairly fast read, the mystery/crime part is well done and the supernatural/magic aspect is good as well. It’s definitely geared towards adults more but if you’re younger and want to try this, go on ahead! Overall I’ve enjoyed this and will continue with the rest of the 23286247 books in the series haha


Have you guys read this series? What did you think about it? Also, any more long romance/supernatural book series you can recommend? Comment your thoughts down below, let’s chat!


Lots of love,


3 thoughts on “Book Review: Guilty Pleasures (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #1) by Laurell K. Hamilton ★★★★

  1. eviebraithwaite says:

    Vampire stories are my guilty pleasures so this sounds like something I’d really enjoy! Also loving the Damon Salvatore GIF, makes this review 10x better tbh. Haha, thanks for sharing, definitely going to check this out!

    Evie x |

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