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In Laurell K. Hamilton's New York Times bestselling novels, Anita Blake, vampire hunter and animator, takes a bite out of crime-of the supernatural kind. But even someone who deals with death on a daily basis can be unnerved by its power...

When Branson, Missouri, is hit with a death wave-four unsolved murders-it doesn't take an expert to realize that all is not well. But
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Hardcover, 336 pages
Published November 1st 2005 by Berkley Hardcover (first published 1996)
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Crystal Starr Light
"Why do I put up with you? You insult me at every turn."

Well, LKH broke the formula with this book. Anita actually TAKES a client and leaves St. Louis to head to Branson, Missouri, where she is being paid to raise an entire graveyard to see who owns the property (because, of course, Anita is the only one in this entire world who can do anything). While she is there, she learns that something is killing young boys AND a vampire is on the loose.

This book, more than any of the earlier books, set my
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Tilly Slaton
The creativity that seeps into Laurell Hamilton’s book is astonishing.

With that said, Bloody Bones is one of her books in the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series that really doesn’t do it for me.

There are parts of this book that make you read super fast in anticipation of how a scene will turn out! Unfortunately, those scenes are few and far between in this book.

Bloody Bones is a wonderful book filled with profound imagination and lingering betrayal. The twists in this book are interesting, but
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Bark's Book Nonsense
Bloody Bones is one of the more brutal outings in this series. A huge portion of the book follows Anita Blake as she’s working and this time she’s called in on a case that is particularly gruesome. Three teen boys are brutally slain, a young teen girl is left for dead and a young boy has been kidnapped, possibly by a deviant sexual predator of a vampire who enjoys toying with children. It’s dark and painful to read the grief instilled within some of these pages.

Anita must also raise an entire gr
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Megan
Although I never really learned to like Anita Blake, she was always tolerable ~ until Bloody Bones. Didn't Anita complain about all of the Were's alpha fight/dominance nonsense in Lunatic Cafe? Really, she is no better than the Were's here. If you take out all of the "I'm a bigger badass than you are" scenes & descriptions of corny outfits, you are left with nothing more than a short story. Granted.... I do like Hamilton's story telling. But at this point I feel as if I am wading through the ...more
Regina
4.5 Stars. This is my favorite book in the Anita Blake series so far. This is the first AB book that I listened to the audio of rather than reading. In Bloody Bones, Anita begins to bend from her very rigid moral code, which is a good thing. We learn about Jean Claude's background before he was a vamp and his beginning as a vamp. Learning about JC's background makes him seem more like a person, and it was sad but I also saw him as a victim. I still haven't seen a reason in any of the books (exce ...more
A.M.
I keep giving the series only 2 stars, yet keep reading. Why? Because I like the plot. However, Hamilton's writing style just makes me skim through large chunks of the story until I get to the interesting bits, so it's a love-hate relationship.
I like the love triangle between Richard, Anita, and Jean Claude. The introduction of the fey was interesting as well.
Also, finally Anita is behaving like a religious person (or at least more so than before), although as yet she still hasn't been to church
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Katherine Madison
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Pete
Bloody Bones continues Anita Blake’s non-stop exploits in a book containing faerie characters and multiple story lines which added to the brilliant book. The gore factor is high in this book.(view spoiler) ...more
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Nicole

For all the Anita Blake books - I started this series with my then friend, Meredith - she actually got me hooked that fateful summer of 2000 when I was living on her wooden floor in Brooklyn. We were both unemployed and bored and got hooked into this series. I loved Anita Blake because it was before I discovered the new genre - what I like to call "badass chicks who kick ass!" written in first person - and so she was all empowering and of course there were hot vampires and werewolves in it.

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Jody Mena
My favorite in the series so far! Hamilton's take on fairie lore made for some intriguing twists. Serephina was an intriguing villain, I really enjoyed the imagery of her and her powers really made things interesting. The character development was exciting for me, especially Anita's internal struggle with her mother's death, as wel as learning more about Jean Claude's past. The only thing that tripped me up a bit was that Jason seemed different than in the previous book; this may be because he w ...more
Fangs for the Fantasy
Anita Blake has been called out to an animating job in Branson, far away from her usual connections. But she’s the only one in the country who may be able to do it – raise an entire graveyard full of 200 year old bodies, preferably in one night.

As if that weren’t a big enough problem, the motivations of the parties involved is far from clear – and the presence of fae magic in the graveyard, and faeries willing to guard it, raises many more questions.

And there are vampires running amok – as the n
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Myvampfiction
review by Ciara

*Warning: possible spoilers ahead.*

Bloody Bones follows quickly on from the action of The Lunatic Café. Fans of the French vampire Jean Claude, as wells as fans of the murder and crime and investigation that characterized the first few installments in the series, will love this book.

Anita travels to Branson, Missouri to raise an entire cemetery in order to settle a dispute about the ownership of the land. A property developer wants to build a high-class resort, while a local man,
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Anna
Again more like a 3.5. Good but a bit gory at times. I do feel that Hamilton is beginning to shift her 'world rules' a little here to facilitate more books. Anita feels weaker than in her last book. I liked the 'twist' in the final 'escape' but Anita's final 'position' seems a little dubious. I would have felt that her experience with Seraphina might have left her a little more hostile-especially as she understands her own power more. Larry is good - and we see a lot of him - as are the police. ...more
Ela
Apr 17, 2013 Ela rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ela by: Anna
Almost a four but not quite
This is my favourite Anita Blake book so far, I felt it was funnier and much more developed. I liked the fact that she: worked with other characters much for in this book rather than just trying to kill everyone, we learned more about Jean-Claude and I think Larry is really sweet.
One thing I am sad about is that Dolph and the other cops aren't really in this book. Also I thought that the whole issue with Xavier never really amounted to anything.
Samantha (Book Lover's Cozy Cafe)
I liked this one overall because yay some finally steamy or somewhat steamy scene with Jean Claude and no Richard I like richard and all but he's no Jean Claude, and he's sometimes annoying. but speaking of annoying, I got really annoyed with Anita in this book, I mean real annoyed with the way she acted with Larry, but come on, that was just a little high on the annoyance scale there.
Gardavson
Not bad. I rated a 3 because there were just to many "things that make you go huh?" moments. I didn't always get everything. I never did exactly understand how and when Serephina became more powerful. Was it from feeding on the fey? If feeding on an immortal or fey made a vampire more powerful, I'd think they would have figured that out by now and all be feeding on immortals and/or fey. I never did exactly figure out the whole sword thing and who or what (tho it was narrowed down to two) was doi ...more
Seth
Apr 11, 2012 Seth rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anita Blake fans, and paranormal crime mystery fans
Recommended to Seth by: Krystal Edwards
Ms. Anita Blake and I have had a very rocky history in the short time she and I have made acquaintances. For the first few books, I was absolutely enthralled with her take-no-prisoners attitude, her bravado, and her insistence upon keeping the monsters in check. However, with The Lunatic Cafe, she became absolutely frustrating in her passionate distaste for Jean Claude. That is not to say that I was not already getting annoyed with her before then with the way she was treating him when he was cl ...more
Misty
I liked this book which surprised me a little bit. I have read so many reviews that were either one way or the other with this series that I have just really had to allow myself to get into it and decide for myself. So far my ride has been kind of like a roller coaster, there have been books that I really liked and some that were eh' but I definitely liked the story line for Bloody Bones and I kept wanting to read more to find out what would happen. Despite what I have read from some, I am kind ...more
Janet Morris
Oy. I've tried to be positive about the Anita Blake books, but this book has been the worst in the series, by far. I almost gave up on it a few times, but I stuck with it.

There weren't as many issues with this one & the blatant copy-paste issue that existed in The Lunatic Cafe or other books from the series, but I would've almost traded anything to have those instead of the awkward prose that did exist. I wondered at times if maybe I got a version of the book that just had a choppy writing t
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Stephanie

BLOODY BONES
Laurell K. Hamilton
Kindle Edition: 730 KB
Print Length: 384 pages
Publisher: Jove (December 29, 2002)
Sold by: Penguin Publishing
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Jove (September 26, 2002)
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In this fifth entry in the Anita Blake franchise LKH demonstrates her ability to plot truly intricate and horrific stories and stay consistent. She also continues to develop Anita’s character growth as she continues learning to love “the monsters” and coming to grips with not being entire
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Richard
Book 5 of the Anita Blake series. Anita is called in to raise a graveyard full of zombies and gets called off to investigate murders.

This was a solid urban fantasy, but had a couple tropes that I find increasingly annoying.

For one, the whole, "Oh no! I could date you, except you are immortal, supernaturally beautiful, strong and powerful! That makes you not human enough" thing. I understand the need for character conflict. And, xenophobia would even make sense for a new character. But, at some p
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Regina Martinez
had started to read this book about a year ago and I kept putting it down and had finished the first 8 chapters and just put it away on the top shelf of my room. I picked up countless other books and decided that Anita Blake was not for me...then I ran into a problem, I had finished all the Night Huntress series, and for some reason had picked up Black Dagger Brotherhood books 1, 3 and 4 and not picked up #2!! I had read #1 and wanted to read #2 and was told I must read them all in sequence...n ...more
Chrissie
Really 2.5 starts would be more appropriate....2 stars seems harsh, but definitely not worthy fo 3. I think this is the weakest of the Anita Blanke books so far. If I didn't know for a fact that the next few books were incredible, I'd probably drop the series right here.

I feel like Hamilton's writing style has improved, but character building was a little weak. Her relationship with Larry is drawn out too long in this book, Jason whines and is a bit bratty for the entirety, I'm still not sure wh
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Kathy Davie
First read Nov 19, 2009.

Fifth in the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter horror series based in St. Louis, Missouri, although most of it takes place in or near Branson, and revolves around a young animator who raises the dead for a living.

My Take
It’s greed, pure greed for power that drives this story. It does not lack for action, but it’s not one of my favorites, primarily because it’s so sad, the bad guys are too strong, and too many of the innocents die. One in particular just made me cry and cry… It
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Eneya Vorodecky
Oh, damn...
Really?
Such a disappointment.
Once, Anita is this huge Mary Sue, which is utterly ridiculous.
Second... enough with the idiotic sex scenes already... I picked the series because of the "the vampire hunter part, this should be changed to - the vampire boner).

Don't get me wrong. I am interested in the fact that we are seeing a complicated polygamous relationship and that we see BDSM and the like, but... something is rubbing me the wrong way about this.

Also... seriously, in every friggin
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İlkim
Bu yorumu Kitap Esintisi sayfasında bulabilirsiniz.

Bu kitapta ve aslında serinin genelinde beni rahatsız eden birkaç şey var. Birincisi, Anita'nın gittiği gibi katili tahmin etmesi, yani tamam türünü bulsun da, seri katil bir vampiri nasıl tahmin edersin anlamadım. Her defasında böyle.

İkincisi yıllardır öldürülemeyen garip yaratıkların hep Anita tarafından öldürülmesi. Ya da bir şekil yok olmaları işte. Kimse yüzyıllarca bu kitaptaki canavarla yüzleşememiş, Anita yanlışlıkla İskoç canavarını sal
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Carina
I forgot how much I like this book. It isn't mind blowingly amazing or anything but we get character growth.

We find out that JC isn't some pompous french aristocrat but in fact a french peasant who was bought to be used as a whipping boy. We find out that his beauty isn't vampire tricks (though I *think* that still helps if I recall some later events re the fountainheads?) and that he was turned because of his attractiveness.

We're re-introduced to Jason and Larry (where was he last book????),
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Bookworms
This book is a little better in my opinion again than volume 4. Larry Kirkland, animator and vampire’s hangman in education, plays a stronger role in this tape. This is very positive from my view, because Larry is a small brother a sort of Anitas and the dialogues between the both break up whole a little. He also creates a little the balance to Anita becoming nevertheless slowly colder and colder.

Also Jean-Claude receives more place in this book again and one gets to know more about him and his
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Naomi
Bloody Bones is the fifth instalment in the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series by Laurell K. Hamilton.

Anita, is yet again thrust into a job, out of town, by her boss that pushes her capabilities as an animator just so he can reap the benefits, i.e. lots of money. Larry gets to go along for the ride and learns more about being a vampire hunter. This trip causes a lot of tension between Anita and Larry. Larry is the young protégé and Anita is the overprotective master who is unwilling to let her p
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