Kiss the Dead (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #21)
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Kiss the Dead (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #21)

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When a fifteen-year-old girl is abducted by vampires, it’s up to U.S. Marshal Anita Blake to find her. And when she does, she’s faced with something she’s never seen before: a terrifyingly ordinary group of people—kids, grandparents, soccer moms—all recently turned and willing to die to avoid serving a master. And where there’s one martyr, there will be more…

But even vamp...more
Hardcover, 359 pages
Published June 5th 2012 by Berkley (first published June 1st 2012)
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The Holy Terror


The one and only time I will ever put a gif in a review.

Edited on 5/7/12, because I apparently have more to say ...

Hit List was the end of Anita Blake for me, after reading this series for the better part of a decade, so check out my review of it to see why I'm not reading Kiss the Dead. I grew attached to the characters and the story and was thoroughly invested with these books until it just got to the point that I couldn't read them without wanting to stab myself in the eye or tear my hair out...more
Lorena
I know that my compulsion to hate-read these books is far more perverted than anything Anita ever gets up to in this series, but there it is. I almost feel that I am performing a service for those of you who have had the strength to stop reading the books themselves, yet may feel the danger of back-sliding just to see what is up in the lives of Anita and her horde of vaginal slaves. The answer is nothing. Nothing is up that remotely matters or makes sense.

I'm not going to mark anything in here...more
Sarah
I keep hoping this series will go back to its roots and get better again ;)
Nathan
I honestly don't know why I continue to read this series, it's a complete "guilty pleasure" (no pun intended) but always ends up being a disappointment.

The first few chapters of the book were promising, Anita back in the action doing some police work. This is pretty much the highlight of the book, there isnt much conflict elsewhere.

I realized I was about 50%+ through the book and all that happened was Anita was at a crime scene, she came home and had sex.

Also by book #21 I dont need to read the...more
Malleck
I love this series but frankly, please no more sex sex sex, in the last few books I fell like I am reading porn, it's not that the book is bad but in book 15 - 19 I lost a great part of the story simply because i got tired of reading about sex and started skipping pages with it, it seems Anita isn't doing anything besides her many boyfriends.

I loved the virginlike Anita of the firs books, not particularly because she was virginlike but because she actualy did things like policework or have frien...more
Claudia Perez-pineda
I have waited a long time for this new installment in Anita Blake series. It pains me to say this but it kind of disappointed me a little. After having finished reading the book I felt something was missing, it was good but it was only a few steps from being great. Perhaps what was missing was more plot development, I thought that the whole book was going to be centered on the missing 15 year old girl and on the vampire master, Benjamin, as it was mentioned it the synopsis. All though I must adm...more
Galena
UGH. I spoke too soon when in my last review for this series I said it seemed like LKH would get past the "let's add in a sex scene, just because we can! We'll just say it's to feed her "ardeur" but really it's because I want to write as much kinky stuff (reader's note: *YAAAAAAAAAAAAWN*) as possible even if there's NO REASON FOR IT in the story!" I'm pretty sure this entire 400-ish page book took place over 2 days. BE LESS VERBOSE, FOR GOD'S SAKE. Cut out all the "I'm not pretty" Anita whinging...more
Jenna Howard
I read this book without a lot of hope. I'm still pissed about the fight with Marmee Noir in Hit List (or lack of one...sorry you can't build something up for 20 books and end it...like that). I'm glad I didn't go into this book with a lot of hope.

It felt like I've read this before. Anita angsting about the men in her life, Anita angsting about being a monster, Anita angsting about the young man in her life. Angst about what she did to Nicky. (Tip: grown scary men should not be named Nicky. Nick...more
Justyn Kyle
Can't wait!!! Absolutely LUV Anita Blake series!
John
"When a fifteen year-old girl is abducted by vampires, it's up to U.S. Marshal Anita Blake to find her. And when she does, she's faced with something she's never seen before: a terrifyingly ordinary group of people-- kids, grandparents, soccer moms-- all recently turned and willing to die to avoid serving a master. And where there's one martyr, there will be more...

But even vampires have monsters that they're afraid of. And Anita is one of them..."

With the Mother of All Darkness gone, sucked dow...more
Magda
2.5 stars

It's sad to say that the sex was the best part of this book.
I hate that the Anita books have become vampire fashion books. I REALLY don't care about people's hair/length/color/silkiness/curls/shine as much as LKH. The degree to which she describes peoples physical appearance & clothing is RIDICULOUS. I seriously skimmed half this book.
Plus, we KNOW Anita is not tall, thanks for the 5,987 reminders LKH.

I think it's safe to say that anyone reading this book is a fan of the series....more
Stephanie
I really tried to like this book. I tried to actually finish this book. I just can't. I don't even recognize Anita anymore. I actually hate her at this point. I got to chapter 6 only because I skipped several pages at a time. I couldn't read another paragraph about her explaining how amazing she is. She is the best, strongest, most respected cop. She is the know all of the monster community and everyone looks up to her. Every man loves her, even if she doesn't quite love all of them. Blah, Blah,...more
mlady_rebecca
I read an ARC of "Kiss the Dead" in order to review it for the book blog Fiction Vixen. Here's my review. I've been told it should be up on the website on Monday, June 4th.

(Note: I initially read the book on April 22. This review was finished by May 7th, just after I finished my first re-read.)

*****

"Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested: that is, some books are to be read only in parts, others to be read, but not curiously, and some few to b
...more
Beatriz  Lins
Feb 18, 2012 Beatriz Lins marked it as to-read
STOP IT. Seriously! I know what going to happen in this book: Anita will have sex with 6 different people in a matter of weeks, and feel insecure about them all. That's what Anita Blake has turned into since book 14. Jean-Claude and Richard are history now. I used to LOVE this series (and the boys) so much, but I can't even read the books anymore.
Megan Dolle-blaisdell
Ok... I have read this series 3 times. This book I could barely tolerate. They've been going steadily downhill, but I think we finally crashed.

First, we get that Anita is a tiny little he woman badass. Swat trusts her, her men trust her, the community trusts her, the vamps fear her. She's a dwarf with an attitude. For 21 books, LKH beats it in our head that tiny little Anita does the work of a whole squadron while managing to screw 20 men and now 1 woman.

Second, ANITA IS NOT A MAN! She does not...more
Alisa
For a long time now, I've just barely been hanging onto this series. I loved the first books, but wow, has this series changed for the worst. And this one...I have no words for how horrible it is. If someone *tried* to purposely write a bad book I don't think they could make it worse than this one.

The writing is SO terrible. Horrible, horrible editing - over and over again Anita will explain something, only to have a second character say the exact same explanation three paragraphs later. The des...more
Robin
I am a long time Laurell K. Hamilton fan so I feel bad giving a not so great review. This book was better than the few that came before it, but LKH seems to have lost something the past few years. Her writing is repetitious. How many times do we need to be reminded that Anita is small? How many times do we need in depth descriptions of characters we have known for a long time? And how many times do we have to read the same phrases over and over? There was no meat to this book, and there hasn't b...more
Liv
Jul 10, 2012 Liv rated it 1 of 5 stars Recommends it for: No one
Shelves: junk, pnr
Reading this book was akin to watching a train wreck. I could see it coming but I couldn't stop it.

After the last book, Hit List, I thought LKH redeemed the series somewhat by allowing Anita to do some "real" detective work, instead of engaging herself in countless, non-sensical sex with her lovers. When I found out that there was to be a new Anita Blake novel, I was very skeptical. I thought the series could have ended with Hit List. (view spoiler)...more
Karey Owens
I know I'll read this book, but like others have said, I'm wondering if it will be one of LKH's awesome stories or another completion of letters to penthouse. I love so many of the characters, but if I have to hear how Anita likes to gives vamps BJs before they've fed one more time I may puke. It's only those wonderful moments of the old, ballsy, to hell with it all Anita that keeps me reading. That, and I'm caught up on Black Dagger Brotherhood, which at least combines sex with an actual plot....more
Poppy Fields
I am a huge Anita Blake fan and have read the entire series. I never exxxpected such a drop in quality from LKH. I don't think this book was even edited.

I found the case Blake is assigned to underwhelming. The bulk of the book was her inner dialogue about her polymonogamous lifestyle and how to deal with her "sweeties". There are tedious descriptions of the color of her lover's eyes, how well she can perform fallatio, and how she is use to being the smallest person in the room.

My favorite vampi...more
Jennifer
This series has become a train wreck that I can't stop looking at. This installment falls into the same pitfalls as the last few

1) The main character spends most of her time accusing any male who isn't devoted to her as being sexist/racist/homophobic or in general ignorant asses.

2) At the same time she is doing this there is a tedious internal monologue of how she can't seem to accept her own choices.

3) The plot is buried under pages and pages of what everyone is wearing, how tall they are, h...more
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Quick review:

Cover: Love the color
Rating: NC-17
Steaminess Scorching
Thumbs Up: 4.5
Overall: Back to all things great in a Anita Blake book
Characters: Well done
Plot: It was what is expected, danger, sex, lies and videotapes (JK on the last)
Page Turner: Yes
Series Cont.? yes
Recommend: Yes
Book Boyfriend: Nicky (and Jean-Claude, Micah, Nathaniel, Dev, etc…..)

SUMMARY (50 words or less)

This wasn’t an Edward book so we got more good stuff in this one. We had a bit of a storyline with a case Anita...more
Anna
It started off so well, I was happy to be reading about Anita working again and the case was interesting and so damn hopeful that the series had found some direction and balance again. Then she went home and chapter after chapter after chapter of really dull sex and relationship drama began, totally downhill until the last few very short chapters that sum up the case.

Another terrible thing about this book was the editing, really there didn't seem to be any. If the reader was told something once...more
Fangs for the Fantasy
On the plus side, this book managed to get past half way before the sex scenes started. Ok, once they started they were pretty much chained, sex after sex after sex, but we did manage to go a full half book without unnecessary, excessive sex scenes.

On the minus side we didn’t have much to fill in the gap. The overall plot is a group of vampires who think they can live without a master and they’re being ornery about it. But this plot is a pretty minor point. We start with one battle scene and cle...more
Paris        (kerbytejas)
Well I'm sure we all have our Anita book that we don't like - well I have just found mine......This was the hardest, longest read for me, repetitive, boring book. It would have been an ok short story, maybe 150 pages...plot was simple - group of vampires wants to not be bound to a master (freedom), wants to kill Anita & Jean-Claude, issues with Asher (jealous), typical Anita and her love interest issues, and then some cops & bad guy scenes.

what I can't figure out
1 )Is Ms Hamilton writing...more
♆ BookAddict ~ La Crimson Femme
Anita is back again and the first police scene, she's wearing some kind of smexy unprofessional nail polish, a short skirt and Mary-Jane style stiletto heels. Yes, Nathaniel dressed her again and she's looking like stripper rather than a US Marshall. Guess this is what happens when a 23 year old male stripper picks out her clothes. One would think she would learn by now. In case people were confused about what Mary-Jane style stiletto heels look like.

Within the first 83 pages

1. Anita's already...more
Kirstin Mcfarland
For as many complaints as there have been about where the series is going, I am BEYOND excited to see the next book, and where it's going. AH! I can't wait! I love the diversity of the characters, and i sincerely hope that there is a lot more Nathaniel in this one... I love him. :D

6/27/2012

I just finished the book. While I'm a LKH fan all the way, I think I'm slightly disappointed in this one. You can tell it's a filler book, of some sort. I think that's my only complaint, though. The character'...more
✽ Sharon is an emotional book junkie ✽
A rogue vampire seems to be attacking very young and much older people and changing them all in the name of freedom. The problem is they don't have the restraint they need and they end up killing people. Marshal Anita Blake is on the job with the rest of the team.

Sounds like the old Anita doesn't it? Well, it would be IF that was the only problem. Unfortunately, it's not. This book is extremely heavy on the narrative. LKH goes on and on and about the same things. I mean how many times can we he...more
Cynfully Sweet
I used to really like this series. It had everything I wanted- a little mystery, violence, death, crime solving, multitude of various characters, weapons, Ted Forrester (drool, heavy panting)

And then it turned super Young & the Restless. The The Furry XXX version.




Which, at first didn't bother me too much... but the drama around all of these stupid relationships was, "annoying" comes to mind, but I don't think that particular word is cringe-worthy enough.

But this book- wow. There's just huge...more
Ryan Zimmerman Carstairs
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