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Cerulean Sins (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #11)

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  39,121 ratings  ·  672 reviews
With her "New York Times" bestselling Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter novels, Laurell K. Hamilton wraps readers up in stories of suspense and sensuality. Cerulean Sins is no exception. Now, Anita learns what it's like to be at the new end of a centuries-old bloodline-and just how far she'll let herself get pushed around by one of the oldest vampires alive...or should we say de ...more
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published April 1st 2003 by Berkley Hardcover (first published 2003)
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I started the Anita Blake series knowing what I was getting into. I had heard the bad buzz, but I also heard that the earlier books were solid good urban fantasy badass heroine writing. And I gotta say, that is true. I loved the first 10 books in the Anita Blake series. Loved them. Obsidian Butterfly ROCKS. The world LKH created in the book is damned scary, gruesome and surprising. I enjoyed the development of Anita from the first few books through books 5-10. Anita progressed, the characters gr ...more

In my defense, I've been trying to make bookshelf space, weeding out books I bought (and read) years ago. But it's hard to part with them--after all, then-me must have liked them for some reason, right? Currently, most of the Anita Blake series is in a box in the basement, but I brought this one up because I couldn't remember when the series finally went bad for me. I'm betting this one was the proverbial straw.

On the positive side, it kept me awake, partly because I was curious if the story sta
Why I did I not like this book? I suppose it could have been the fact that a once kick ass heroine is now a sex fiend. However, Anita is Hamilton's character, and Hamilton has the right to change the character. I just wish she had done it in a more believable way. Why, for instance, can't Anita control her desires when Jean-Claude can? Why doesn't Anita even try? I might not have liked the book because all the sex sounds the same. It really does, and it is really boring sex. The only difference ...more
Vampire games, how fun! In this book we get another sadistic insane vampire coming into town to rape, pillage, and torture, and Jean Claude gets to host her. Anita knows that their pleasant "visit" will turn into a blood bath, but she is trapped by all of the rules of vampire society.

If Jean Claude would just let me shoot everyone in Musette's party tonight, it would save a lot of trouble, I just knew it would.

Good point, Anita. I knew there was something I liked about you. Killing everyone s
I looked at him, and he was pale alabaster with that black, black hair, those blue eyes. The folds and hollows of his body exposed to the overhead lights were as beautiful and familiar to me as a favorite path that I could walk forever and never tire of.
I stared at Jean-Claude, and it wasn't the beauty of him that made me love him, it was just-him. It was a love made up of a thousand touches, a million conversations, a trillion shared looks. A love made up of danger shared, enemies conquered, a
Crystal Starr Light
"Most people don't find me funny at all."

Anita Blake meets a guy in her office. Gasp, shock, horror, she actually accepts his job. She then raises a zombie. Asher arrives to tell her "Surprise! Musette, Belle Morte's cronie, is here!" She rushes to Jean-Claudes to get in a p!ssing match with Musette. Then she has to rush home to feed the ardeur. She argues about who she will have sex with. Asher waffles about having sex. Anita Blake has sex. Anita Blake is summoned to a crime scene, but she is
Tilly Slaton
As much as I love the Anita Blake series, this is another book that I really don’t get too excited over. Blood. Gore. Sex. Lies. Deception. It has it all, but I found myself skimming and reading as quickly as possible just to get to the next book. And regardless of how fast I read, I still found myself watching more tv than reading. Heh ... go figure!

Anita Blake; Vampire Hunter and animator. She raises dead for a living, tries to survive vampire politics and dramatic personal relationships while
"Nothing turns to hate so bitter as what once was love." – Anita Blake in Cerulean Sins.

You tell 'em, Laurell K. Hamilton, cause ooo, were your fans mad at you after that book (see reader reviews at Well, it started with Narcissus in Chains, but I guess they were willing to allow that one if it were an aberration and not the new norm. Oh, well. Poor kids. I know how it feels. I know what Chri$ Carter did to the X-Files.

I'm reading these books as a lark, so the trashier they get, th
Okay, first of all I love the series, big fan of Anita Blake!

But this book, dear lord I did not enjoy this, it was a mixed salad of 50 ingredients. It was messy, hard to go with the flow and it left me with the constant 'move on' feeling. Chapter after chapter of the same scene that kept having twist after twist after twist.

I think the main problem is that there are just too many characters, Anita, Jean-Claude, Asher, Micah, Nathaniel, Jason, Richard, Zebrowski, Dolph - and as they are all great
There are only so many times one can read about Jean-Claude’s deep blue eyes before you feel like clawing them out just so that it will be mentioned no more. The same goes for Asher’s beautiful golden head of hair…one more mention of that and I will be sorely tempted to leap into the book armed with a razor to shave it all off. I’m also thinking of buying Anita a chastity belt. That way, maybe she can focus more on the plot rather than trying to have sex with as many guys in as short amount of t ...more
The Flooze
The ardeur is the most irritating plot device I have ever encountered. Going from an interesting paranormal mystery/romance series, to "oh, I can't control myself and I must have sex with everyone" is just ludicrous.

I agree with those who say that this book degenerates the characters to crappy soft core porn, and I'm not even half way through yet.

Give me vampire politics, assassins, zombies, and hey, even pack rituals. This poor excuse to fill every ten pages with porn is exasperating.

Perhaps i
Lisa (Harmonybites)
It's hard to believe, but when Anita stopped being celibate in The Killing Dance my reaction was "finally." I thought Hamilton had overdone the sexual tension leading up to that book. Oh, the good old days! When this was a fun series about Anita the necromancer and vampire hunter with her werewolf on the side. I knew it was a bad, bad thing when the ardeur rose up its ugly head in the previous book. In fact, I thought, "no, Hamilton didn't just do that!" but I thought it an aberration that Anita ...more
Aimee mcmillan
A must for all Hamilton fans!

After reading the whole series i couldnt believe that the last was still as good as the first. I loved this book as it concentrated more on the vampire politics and introduced Belle Morte, and her brand of malevolance into the series, should make the next book a little more interesting as we are allowed to delve more into the council and its strange brand of politics.

It allows us to get past the "anita and Richard" part of the book as richard features very little in
Some Writing Tips for Laurell K. Hamilton:

1) Try to limit the phrase "it was as if" to 500 uses or fewer per novel.

2) Use pronouns or synonyms to avoid using the same word too many times in the span of 2 sentences.

3) It's OK to use a repetitive adjective to denote intensity once in a while, but don't do it multiple times in every book! It has gotten to the point that I wince every time I see it. "Blue, blue eyes" and "white, white walls" and "pale, pale skin" and "black, black hair" gets really,
Mary Grace
I am again disappointed. I don't know what happened to the series after Blue Moon. From a plateau, it went down and fast. I used to love Anita, don't get me wrong I still love the series but I just think that the plot of the series was lost with all erotic scenes and the coming of the ardeur.

I have come to the point where I skip all the sexy scenes to where the action is and I am left with only a few pages to read. I mean that's a great degrade to the previous books that the series had. The sens
Reviewed by Ciara

*Warning: possible spoilers ahead.*


That’s this book in one word, more or less.

This book is, so far, furthest from all the things I loved about the first few books. I became addicted to the ABVH books because it combined crime, detective work and supernatural elements.

Don’t get me wrong, I love sex, and I enjoyed the early days of examples of how awesome Anita’s sex/romantic life, but I enjoyed that as part of the overall books, when it fit in nicely with a decent plot and ch
I think I need to take a break from these books for awhile. I'm getting way too caught up in the lives of the characters. I really wanted someone to rip out Richard Zeeman's throat. He is far too whiny for an Alpha Werewolf. Oh well, that is what makes these books such fun. They are books about people who just happen to be werewolves, vampires, regular humans, etc. The emotional drama is the same no matter what type of non human is involved. On to the next one!
Nov 05, 2008 Mari rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mari by: Mike
Now that I've read all the other books in the series, lovely Mike bought me the latest, "Cerulean Sins" as a Christmas present. I wanted to wait to finish other books before I started this one - but of course I have no will power, and I read it immediately.

If, dear readers, you've read the books leading up to this one, you know that our heroine, Anita Blake, has gone from being celibate to boinking nearly everyone in the books. This story is no exception. I won't divulge who - but I doubt you'd
Cerulean Sins is the eleventh book in the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series. In this episode, Ms. Blake is contacted by a man she quickly pegs as a hired assassin who says he wants to hire her for the purpose of raising one of his ancestors from the dead. As you follow the story, you discover that Ms. Blake is more than a “vampire hunter”. She is an animator, macromancer, part shapeshifter, and the girl friend of the Master Vampire. After completing a successful session of “animating” (raising a ...more
I really love this story, because in it we see Anita going after a lycanthrope with a court order of execution for the first time. The fact that Zerbrowski is in it certainly doesn't hurt, either. ;-)

There are actually two storylines in this book: one involves the aforementioned lycanthrope, who (view spoiler) The other, unconnected, is about Musette, Belle Morte's representative, and the vampires she brought with her
BWT (Belen)
This was the book that, to me, started the decline of the Anita Blake series.

When Anita, who had, up until this point, been very, very practical and always worn her feminism as a badge of becomes a totally different person because the ardeur has forced her to take multiple lovers.

Instead of Hamilton treating this as another opportunity for Anita to be practical and say, "Hey, it is what it is. You can't deal? Fuck off."

Such a lost opportunity.

UPDATED 03/04/2015 for the audio book:

I'm finally waving my white flag. I can't bear to read this garbage any more. Back in '99-'00 I read the Anita Blake series up to that point (Blue Moon?) and enjoyed it. It opened up a new love of Urban Fantasy (which is still my favorite genre) so I continued to read the books as they came out over the years until "Kiss the Dead". I couldn't make it through that pile of shit. Recently I thought maybe I had been right in thinking the beginning books were good....surely I couldn't have been compl ...more
Faye Bryrdan Morgan
Reading the series nonstop has been both a blessing and a curse.
I loved Anita from the start for her stubborn, bitchy attitude that never ceases to amaze me.
The plot is well written, the series constant and the consequences of each of the character's actions and decisions rational and complicates the story.
And the men, :)
Oh, Laurell, the men. XD
Jean-Clause has been a constant, always beside Anita, always the seductive vampire.
Richard is an ASSHOLE.
Micah is a new addition and I can't wait to arri
Ezinwanyi~Boo boo kitty  (Oh My Shelves)
Richard hates himself, that's why he is cantankerous to Anita. He can't stand his non-human side and she seems to accept herself and all the supes around her. She even seems to revel in her new abilities, but she doesn't join him in his disdain and that's really what upsets Richard.

This was two storylines, both dealing with killers. This new narrator, Cynthia took me time to get use to because she doesn't pronounce Nimirah and other words the same way the prior narrator did. It was okay though.
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Fangs for the Fantasy
Musette, the representative of Belle Morte, her vessel, is in town as an ambassador. And she’s three months early.

Normally such an unexpected, uninvited visit would be met with hostility and a quick boot outside the territory. But Belle Morte is their Soudre de Sang the head of Jean-Claude’s line, he owes her fealty and loyalty. It’s a tricky maze of vampire politics to navigate, especially since Belle is bitter about Jean-Claude and Asher leaving her and her embassy is determined to be as diffi
Danielle Parker
Book Review: “Cerulean Sins” by Laurell K. Hamilton
Jove, 2004, 547 pages
ISBN: 0-515-13681-6 (Paperback)
Available in paperback for $7.99
Reviewed by D. L. Parker

I really hate picking up books that are part of a long-running series and finding out that to make sense of (at least number 10 in this case) I must read all its prequels. Never having read an Anita Blake story before, I was almost at sea in Cerulean Sins. Anita’s a vampire hunter, but seems to be more than cozy with the old bloodsuckers?
Robert Beveridge
Laurell K. Hamilton, Cerulean Sins (Berkley, 2003)

Wait, what? We're ten books into this series and Hamilton stops with the bar-name theme in her book titles? Yes, it's true, for the first time, she's named her book after something other than a bar, perhaps because the only one that features in the book is Circus of the Damned (which was, of course, already used). It could also be because, while she does get back into Anita's actual day job in this one (which begins with an appointment for a rais
Laurell picked up the pace from the last book, Narcissus in Chains, in this book. There is a new villain who is ultra-badass and seems much the formidable foe we have come to expect to fight Anita Blake, there is a back story of serial murders going on behind the scenes, along with something very wrong with Dolph, but the main story still revolves around the heroine, Anita Blake, which is a good thing.

The thing I am not liking about the series as a whole at this moment, is that Anita seems to ha
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Laurell K. Hamilton is one of the leading writers of paranormal fiction. A #1 New York Times bestselling author, Hamilton writes the popular Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter novels and the Meredith Gentry series. She is also the creator of a bestselling comic book series based on her Anita Blake novels and published by Marvel Comics. Hamilton is a full-time writer and lives in the suburbs of St. Louis ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter (1 - 10 of 25 books)
  • Guilty Pleasures (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #1)
  • The Laughing Corpse (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #2)
  • Circus of the Damned (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #3)
  • The Lunatic Cafe (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #4)
  • Bloody Bones (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #5)
  • The Killing Dance (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #6)
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