Book Review: Guilty Pleasures, Part 1

This is part one of my book review for Guilty Pleasures. This part will cover my introduction and the main character, Anita Blake. I will be breaking up reviews for the interest of keeping them short for you, the reader. Plus, it gives me time to work on other reviews.

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Today, I will be reviewing Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton. Empathy (why should you care): If you like Twilight, Buffy the vampire slayer,  or vampire stories, then this is one of the best books to read. Credibility(why should you listen to me): I appreciate the horror monster genre and I’ve seen vampire-related media.  I will be covering the Characters, Setting, and Plot. Let’s begin with the main character of the book, Anita Blake.

The series is named after Anita Blake, who is a vampire hunter.  In Guilty Pleasures, she is 24 years old. She is half-Mexican on her mother’s side and her father is Caucasian with blonde hair.  Anita is short and thick, something she refers to especially when facing larger opponents or comparing herself to other women. Anita has burn marks on her neck and shoulder from holy water after a vampire attack.

Her mother died when she was a kid. Her dad, a blonde, remarried and Anita never felt like she fit in. Her stepmother who always pointed out to others that Anita is Mexican. Anita also had a stepsister and a half-brother.

She studied Preternatural Biology in college, In college, her fiance broke up with her because his parents didn’t want a Mexican for a daughter-in-law. At the age of 21, she was recruited by Bert Vaughn to work for an animator for his company Animators, Inc.

She practices Judo and is a black belt. The book points out that Anita collects toy penguins. Anita runs so she can run from monsters when the time arises. On page 98 (Kindle Edition), she even references that she also runs to lose weight. “This is why I jogged, so I could run like hell when something was chasing me. Thinner thighs was not incentive enough.”

Anita is a very private individual. She has two friends. The first being Catherine and the other is Ronnie. Anita spends most of her time reading and studying. Anita is analytical and aware of her surroundings at all times. She has a hard time letting go of the past. A trait that is both helpful and impractical at times. She is logical in her approaches and tries not to let her emotions cloud her judgment. Anita is decisive and proactive in most situations. She refuses to be intimidated and is expressive when force 

Anita’s goal is to solve the vampire murders on behalf of the master vampire in St. Louis. Her journey takes her through a theme of love as she is pursued by Jean-Claude. She constantly states she won’t date him and that she kills vampires. The real story is her overcoming her fear of the master vampire, Nikolaus, and eventually killing her nemesis.

Next week, I will cover the other major characters and the setting. Until then, my friends.

Be Terrific!