First – Happy 20th Anniversary to Anita and her creator Laurell K Hamilton. That’s pretty amazing when you think about it. 20 years of the same character and she’s still going strong despite how fans ebb and flow. That’s pretty freaking amazing.
I put off reading this book for many reasons: 1) I knew it would focus around Micah somehow and no matter how much he tries to prove differently I still cannot trust him. I’m still waiting for the shoe to drop because he’s just too perfect. Always has been. I don’t trust it. 2) Anita is one of those literary friends you have to spend time with. You can’t just have a quick conversation with her, you have to commit some time to catch up and see how life’s been treating her. 3) I find it increasingly hard to read them with all the lovey-gooey stuff. I admit it, I’m old school Anita. I want fighting, zombie raising, bad vamp mind rolling, what gun do we use next – Anita.
Finally I picked it up and I’m of two minds.
Never ending lectures about love, which basically start to repeat themselves. All variations on a theme and all feel like it’s preaching to the choir. Kind of like when someone asks me if I’m a Christian. I say yes and they still try to convert me to Christianity. What? Shouldn’t you be trying to save someone else? I just feel if we’re reading these books then we’re all pretty open minded about the relationship stuff in them. Just saying.
Repetitive character descriptions. I say once and done. The burden is then on me to remember how they’re built, what color hair/eyes, etc. Especially for characters that have been in the series for a while. I get you have to do a little for anyone picking this up as their first book of the series (why you’d do that is beyond me), but some of it got a little overkill.
The ending. Really? All that build up and that’s it? No real fighting? No battle? No, being scared she might lose a lover? I get that sometimes things just work in your favor and goes a lot easier than planned, but this felt like skipping dessert after a really good meal. It’s not as satisfying. But kudos to Anita for getting it done so quickly!
Asher still lives.
Edward comes to play.
Jean-Claude comes to play albeit too briefly for my tastes J.
Firepower: lots of guns, flamethrowers, grenades, exciting action – yum, yum, yum.
The Bad Guys: lots of rotting zombies and vamps to fight, super scary bad guy, killing zombie virus, vamps mind rolling people, zombies eating people….
Creep/Scare Factor: Pretty high up there. I mean between the zombies eating and adapting super fast, considering who made them and how they can control them from any distance even through a secondary bite…that is super duper creepy. You know it’s bad when Anita is stumped on how to proceed.
MAJOR SPOILER ALERT HERE…..I REPEAT SPOILER ABOUT TO HAPPEN….
OMG Jean-Claude proposed!?!?!?!?! WTAF? I expected it of Micah or Nathaniel, but Jean-Claude???? Girly squeal here!
Also, who wants to take bets she’s pregnant? C’mon, the signs are there. And oh, holy f**k but that would be a big ‘ol crap storm and a half.
SPOILERS ABOVE…REVIEWING BELOW…YOU HAVE BEEN TOLD…..
In the end:
I enjoyed it. Despite the things I really didn’t like, I did appreciate that my angry, cynical, fight to the death, Anita showed up here and there. I liked that there were moments where I wondered how they’d get out alive and who might not. I even kind of liked the whole progression of the relationships. Although with certain people coming back that’s gonna get totally screwed to hell and back. I think I might have finally reached a place of acceptance that the arduer is not going away and the men in her life will not start dwindling, at least it seems we’ve reached a place of stasis here. I’m making peace with the mellower Anita, and by that I mean biting my tongue hard and forcing a smile when she starts in about her relationship issues. I want to be a supportive friend, I really do. It’s just hard when I don’t like 85% of the men in her life and I’ll just admit it again I am completely biased against the cats. I don’t trust any of them. Why couldn’t she have been queen of the werewolves, or even the wererats! WHY CATS?!?!?! Ok, supportive friend…grin and bear it….
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