Friday, July 17, 2015

Review - Dead Ice by Laurell K. Hamilton

Dead Ice
An Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Novel
by Laurell K. Hamilton
Publisher: Berkley
Pub. Date: June 9, 2015
ISBN: 978-0425255711
Pages: 576
Buy Link: Amazon

Do you remember a time when you could buy several books for $1.00 when joining a book club? Well, I do! It was a great way to be introduced to many exciting new authors. I recall buying a huge book by Laurell K. Hamilton that had two or three titles in one. They were the first few entries in the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series. At the time, I was a huge of fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, so anything with vampires in it caught my attention. To find out, the author lives in my home state of Missouri, so I quickly became a fan of her works.

Dead Ice is the 24th installment (Yes, I said wrote that correctly! The 24th!) and once again centers on U.S. Marshall Anita Blake, a vampire executioner that has the ability to raise the dead. Despite her job, she is now engaged to the master vampire Jean-Claude.

The FBI recruits Anita to help them with a major zombie problem as it seem someone is making zombie porn! While this isn't the creepiest thing that Anita has seen before, something really bothers her about this case - the female zombies still have their souls attached.

I enjoyed the earlier books in the series, but the latter sequels dropped the fantasy bit and had a bit to much erotica for my taste. That being said, I went into reading Dead Ice with very low expectations and I ended up with mixed feelings about it. Let me start out by saying the book is way too long at 576 pagers. Two hundred pages could have been easily edited out to give the novel a better flow to it. The plot is all over the place and once again has too much unneeded sex scenes. Despite my nitpicking, there were a few positive things I liked about the book, such as it was better written the last few novels and it didn't completely bore me to death, though if it literally did, Anita can just bring back from the dead. Overall, Dead Ice is slight improvement in the long-running series.

*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

About the Author:

Laurell K. Hamilton is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of two series that mix mystery, fantasy, magic, horror and romance. Her Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter novels from Berkley Books began with GUILTY PLEASURES (now a hugely successful graphic novel from Marvel - the first sexy paranormal comic ever!) and continues with the SKIN TRADE, number seventeen in the series, in which Anita's complex personal and professional relationships with a master vampire and an alpha werewolf continue to evolve. There are now more than 6 million copies of Anita in print worldwide, in 16 languages. Hamilton's Ballantine series features Fey princess and private investigator, Merry Gentry and there are now six novels exceeding one million copies in print. Divine Misdemeanors, the eighth in the series will debut Octobe 29, 2009. She lives in St. Louis County, Missouri with her husband Jonathon Green, daughter, one pug dog and one boxer/pug dog. 

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