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Guilty Pleasures
Book one of the Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter Series






"Ever since the Supreme Court granted the undead equal rights, most people think vampires are just ordinary folks with fangs.  I know better.  I've seen their victims.  I carry the scars...

In my job - I'm an animator; I raise the dead - I've seen just about everything.  I've dined with shapeshifters, danced with werewolves and been wooed, but not won, by Jean-Claude, the most powerful bloodsucker in St. Louis.  When a serial killer started murdering vampires, it was Jean-Claude who wanted me to find the killer."


Characters:
   Willie McCoy
   Anita Blake
   Monica Vespucci
   Catherine Maison
   Jean-Claude
   Phillip
   Robert
   R.P.I.T
   Aubrey
   Nikolaos
   Theresa
   Zachary
   Winter
   Valentine
   Edward
   Rochelle
   Harvey
   Mrs. Pringle
   Louis
   Madge
   Lillian
   Veronica Sims
   Clive Perry
   Bert
   Raymond Fields
   Maurice
   Rebecca Miles
   Luther
   Beverley Chin
   Malcom
   Bruce
   Burchard
   Irving Griswold
   Craig
   Thomas Jensen
   Rafael

Nikki Says:
Ryder Says:
Overall Grade:  A+ (96) Overall Score:  9.9999999999
Anita Ranking:  3rd Anita Ranking:  1st
Brownie Points:  
Who can't love the scene where Anita threatens Monica within an inch of her life? Normally I'd say that I can sympathize, but people would look at me funny.  And, of course, any scene with Edward.  I don't discriminate.
Brownie Points:  
<--  Yep, you thief!  That is my all-time favorite scene out of the whole book.  I mean, "I'm going to kill you."  "They'll bring me back."  "I'll cut out your heart, then burn it, and throw the ashes in the river."  But, coming in as a close second is the whole Edward/Anita playing with holy water thing.
Major Pitfalls:
For me, GP was a stepping stone into the Anita world.  It's cool, to be certain, as well as action-packed and poignant, but it lacked a little of the sophistication and intricasies that are so obvious in my 1st and 2nd choices.  Still loved it.
Major Pitfalls:  
Seeing as to how I rated this my favorite Anita Blake book, I can't say that it fell short of any expectations.  Although I can agree with Nikki saying that the book lacked intricasies, yet what it lacked in that area was made up in intimacy and intrigue.
Final Thoughts:  
I still loved this book.  The action was great, and so was the sarcasm (as always).  But like I said before, because of a lack of a certain "flair", if you will, I had to rate this book under a few others.  Really, being the first book of the series, it deserves major cookies for accomplishing so much and opening doors for the rest of the series.
Final Thoughts:  
To start off, let me point out my third favorite scene: "There, now it's dead."  Read the book, you'll understand.  Probably the only place that this book didn't have the complete cast of characters that you see in later books.  Other than that, it was great and I loved how the plot unfolded around Jean-Claude.  Major Jean-Claude fan, here.