Review of Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton
The book known as Guilty Pleasures is a great vampire book about Anita Blake who is a Vampire hunter. She lives during dangerous times when vampires live among the humans and the law says that they are okay. Life is good as a vampire hunter until the oldest vampire asks her to find out who is killing the vampires in her city.
- Story Begins
- Anita is Tricked
- During the walk to meet the Head Vampire
- Meeting Nikolaus
- Circus of the Damned
- Meeting Phillip
- Raising the Dead
- Ronnie helps Out
- The Fight
- The Ending
- My Opinion
The story starts with Anita Blake (an animator- which means that she could wake the dead into zombies) talking to Willie McCoy, a vampire, about the possibility of her taking a case to find a vampire killer. However, Anita dislikes vampires and she is a vampire hunter made her decide not to take the case. Even though vampirism is now legal in the United States, she truly hated the vampires and tells them that it would be better if they have the local police look into the matter. Laurell K. Hamilton tells a great story and lets you see everything from Anita's side of the story.
Anita is Tricked
Anita is tricked into going to a vampire strip club with her friend Catherine and Monica who is a friend of Catherine and a lover of vampires. There she sees Jean Claude, a master vampire in St Louis and is attracted to him. During her visit, she is attacked by Aubrey and told that if she did not help with the investigation her friend Catherine would die. After she agrees to do this investigation she is take to meet the head vampire to ensure that Catherine would be safe.
During the walk to meet the Head Vampire
During the walk to meet the head vampire, she must act as if she and Jean Claude are lovers, and she gets a kiss from him. The kiss makes him tremble and her weak at the knees. Then she gets to the place where she is to meet Nikolaos, she meets a strange female vampire who says that she is Nikolaos, but she knows that is not true. Then Aubrey attacked her again, this time leaving her with life threatening injuries which Jean Claude healed by giving her a little bit of himself and making her into a human servant. She is then put in a room with bars to wait for Nikolaos and is attacked by wear rats and the ratmen king comes to her rescue.
Anita is then taken to meet Nikolaos, the 1000 year old vampire, who has hired her to find out about the murdered vampires. Anita noticed that she looks about 12 or 13 years old and that she is extremely powerful. Nikolaos sought her fears by opening her mind to Anita. She scared her then she introduced her to Zachary who was also an animator, this animator had a zombie that had seen the death of the vampires but had damaged his mind. This made Nikolaos very angry and she kicked them both out and then she fought with Jean Claude.
Circus of the Damned
When Anita had escaped from the building, she met up with Valentine a vampire she thought that she had killed two years previously and he said that once her job for the master was over he would come to find her again.
Once Anita finished dealing with the undead, she finds herself going back home to her apartment, only to discover that the door is open. She enters her home to find that her friend Edward, another vampire slayer, has let himself into her home. He wants to know where Nikolaus sleeps during the day and he wants Anita to tell him, he tells her he will be back in a few days to find out what she has learned.
Phillip showed up at Anita's job, after introducing him as her friend, she went and bought lunch for them, the explained what had happened to Jean Claude. After they talked a little while longer she decided to do some investigations with him along for help. Phillip was human but he was also addicted to vampire bites and thus accepted by them. After speaking to a vampire addict Anita dropped Phillip off at Guilty Pleasures strip club and went on her way to Dead Dave's to speak to the manager and get more information about Phillip. Then she went to a "freak party" with Phillip,
Raising the Dead
After being bitten by Phillip and leaving the party, Anita went outside and noticed that someone was trying to raise the dead. Theresa (a vampire) and other vampires were trying to get Zachary to raise a body from its grave that was too old to raise. He needed her help or he would die, Anita would help him but during the process she learned that he was not alive anymore and that he was a zombie. She had run away after raising the zombie and run right into Nikolaus. Nikolaus threatened to bite her until the vampires from the Church of Eternal Life showed up and she left. Phillip had protected her during the struggle with Nikolaus so now he feared for his life. Theresa dies after all of this happens.
Ronnie helps Out
A friend of Anita Blake named Ronnie Sims helps her out by going to the Church of Eternal life to discover if they were a part of murdering the vampires and Theresa. They were both almost killed and Anita felt as though she was a member of the free-fire zone. Anita would go back to the Church later on that day and speak to the master vampire,Malcolm. She would accuse him of killing the vampires but he would not give her one bit of information about the deaths and she was left with the feeling that he was telling the truth.
The vampires called her to come and see what they wanted because they had Phillip and she went. Anita would kill Winter (a human body builder) and Aubrey (the vampire who had Catherine under his spell)or so she thought, but she herself would be contaminated by Nikolaus, she would be bitten by the vampire and soon she would change into one of them. She was afraid and she was infected by the vampire, she would fight it and then she would destroy Nikolaus.
Anita got Edward to put holy water on her, then they planned how to get into the dungeon, with the help of the King of the Ratmen. Before that they found out that Zachary was the killer of the vampires, and they would tell anyone who would listen to this. That night they went to the dungeon and they killed Valentine and then they killed Aubrey,who they thought had died. Once this was over they got into a fight with the master vampire Nikolaus and once she was dead, they were free. Then Anita found Jean Claude's coffin and opened it for him. He was the new master of the city.
This book was very interesting, and it was totally a surprise, I had no idea that any of the things that happened would happen. You will enjoy this book, and you will not be able to put it down. Laurell K. Hamilton has written a winner when she wrote this book.