Kiss the Dead is the 21st book in the Anita Blake – Vampire Hunter series by Laurell K. Hamilton. This series began with an interesting bang .. a slow one at that but it quickly built into an extremely erotic black hole that sucked all the time out of me.
With that said, Hit List (Book # 20) and Kiss the Dead (Book # 21) have both fallen below the standards and expectations that the series has earned.
Kiss the Dead, although an immense improvement from Hit List .. left me wanting. The writing style has completely changed .. although Hamilton is writing “better” .. it has changed the tone of the Blake books and this is unacceptable. 😦
50 pages into the book, and I was still crossing my fingers that it would get better. Thankfully, it did .. but unfortunately .. *sigh* it didn’t pull itself out of the shit list to which I had placed it. Crude .. brutal .. but that’s me being honest.
I will not bother going into a basic, all around whatnot about the book. I have a college paper to write 🙂 Below, you will miscellaneous tidbits and quotes! Enjoy .. for there may be nothing else worthy .. bummer.
“They’d say how you’re bad for shacking up with vampires and wereleopards, but in a firefight they’ll take your vampire-loving, furry-fucking ass over most anyone else’s.”
Anita Blake’s character has taken a turn of complete happiness .. As nice as the thought it .. Seriously? Anita Blake isn’t happy. It’s a dream come true sure .. she has accepted her love of the sweeties .. but seriously? Thankfully .. Asher comes to save the day with drama!
He nodded. “That is fair. I am sorry, truly sorry, but you are right. Apologies that do not lead to better actions are empty things.”
Occasionally Blake rambles to herself .. the struggles with morals and thoughts .. feelings of love or resistance .. I did find the quote below rather hilarious .. It’s from a woman (Blake) .. relationship problems rock!
“Was I his? Was he mine? Duck, I didn’t know. How could I not know after more than a year? How could I not know the answer to this? What the fuck was wrong with me? What the fuck was wrong … with me? With … him and me, with us? No, with me. With me. What was wrong with me?”
I recommend this book to Anita Blake fans. And even then .. If you are saving money for this book just for that reason .. save it until it hits the Barnes and Noble $5 bargain shelf. I do not recommend this book to immature adults or children. Although the sexual content has leapt from 160 to 35 mph .. the content is still significant.
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