Thursday, July 25, 2013

Reader Review- Affliction, Book XXII in the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series by Laurell K. Hamilton

Review for Affliction (Book XXII of Anita Blake Vampire Hunter) by Laurell K. Hamilton

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I seem to be one of the few people who have enjoyed all the books in the series and don't
scream about all the sex from books 7 onward. Plus I don't pay attention to author's personal lives, so I stayed out of that "controversy" as well. Whatever she does in her personal life is no one else's business, although I'm pretty sure that the people who are complaining are straight vanilla. Most people into any kind of kink aren't as judgmental.

It's a book people, you KNOW what's going to be in it (it's glaringly obvious from Narcissus in Chains what's going to happen) and if you don't like it, don't read the damn book if you know it's going to piss you off. And don't complain about it if you don't like it because she took the series in a different direction than you wanted her to. She's the writer, she can do whatever she wants.

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Now, for the review   :-)

I LOVED IT! Anita is getting control of the Ardeur and the books are going back to preternatural crime solving. Micah's dad is dying from a zombie bite  - but zombies (in Anita's world) don't usually bite, and they certainly don't infect people. They are raised by magic, not infection. So, what the hell?

Turns out an old foe is back and he's majorly pissed off.

But the best part...EDWARD! Oh lord, I love Edward, even though he's a total sociopath. He's fun. He's Anita's best friend. And he brings fun toys to the party.

We also get to see Nathaniel taking a more aggressive role in a a couple of ways (and in one, holy crap, get the ice water!) We get more Nicky (her lion-shifter "bride"), Nathaniel in leopard form, Wicked and Truth are back, and even Jean-Claude is along for the ride, and he has a big surprise.

So all in all, Affliction has the normal vampire action, lots of shifter chaos, and Edward. A few secrets about Micah's family (OMG she meets Micah's parents!) come to light that gives a few shocks all around, and a HFN ending. Can't wait for the next installment, I'm kinda hoping Olaf comes out of hiding for a final showdown.

Reviewer- Jill

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