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Hit List (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #20)

3.92  ·  Rating Details ·  23,097 Ratings  ·  1,486 Reviews
A serial killer is hunting the Pacific Northwest, murdering victims in a gruesome and spectacular way. The local police suspect "monsters" are involved, and have called in Anita Blake and Edward, U.S. Marshals who really know their monsters, to catch the killer.
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published June 7th 2011 by Berkley Hardcover (first published 2011)
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The Holy Terror
Mar 18, 2012 The Holy Terror rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Nobody - please, stop reading this series, they won't get better, we've all wasted our time

Here is the "plot" of this installment: The Harlequin are killing people. Anita teams up with Edward and they become BFFs. Bernardo and Olaf are called in for shits and giggles. Jean-Claude, Micah, and Nathaniel are not even mentioned until page 175. Laurell K. Hamilton STILL has not bought a thesaurus. Anita has sex with a new guy for fuck knows why. Her animals "inside her" react to other shifters and save the day, and the actual main plot of the story doesn’t rear its u
Ive been on this train wreck for so long I might as well ride it out.
Jun 11, 2011 ALPHAreader rated it did not like it
I can’t do it. I can’t do another straight-up review of an Anita Blake novel . . . it’s too depressing. I need alcohol to get through this, the 20th instalment of a once-great series.

Let the alcohol poisoning begin!

  The Anita Blake ‘Hit List’ Drinking Game  

Drink When . . . you read this common phrase / description;

• Someone’s hair is ‘spilled around their shoulders’ - 1 drink

• Someone’s hair isn’t just black, it’s blue-black – 1 drink

• Somebody asks the conveniently open-ended question: ‘
*Rating* 3.0
*Genre* Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance/Erotica


Hit List is the twentieth installment in the Anita Blake series and it nearly made me rethink my desire to abandon this series. Why? Because it actually felt like Hamilton was trying to return to the old Anita Blake that I knew and enjoyed for the first eight to ten books before it turned into Erotica Incorporated. With other more enjoyable series out there, something had to be done to change the course of this series. Did it ch
Jun 02, 2011 Roxanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Now there's the Anita Blake I've been looking for! This book was great and I loved every moment.

This book felt more like the earlier books in terms of trying to solve murder cases and focusing on the storyline instead of Anita's romancing troubles. There's alot of Edward in this one and we got to see another side of him in little glimpses. The action scenes were great aswell. Full of blood and screaming...ahhh music to my ears. We do meet a new addition in this book called Ethan. He was quiet an
Jul 18, 2011 Lorena rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy, paranormal
Oh, Laurell. What happened to turn this series from interesting mystery (featuring fascinating lesser-known creatures of a variety of mythological and folk traditions) into involuntary cautionary style book on how NOT to write (featuring mostly Rainbow Weretigers)? Just for fun, let's point out some of your more egregious crimes against the coherently written word...

1. When even your own characters feel the need to comment self-consciously on the fact that the only name you can come up with for
Jul 14, 2011 Bee rated it really liked it
Warning: rant about the Anita Blake series in general about to commence.

I'm a long time fan of Laurell K. Hamilton. I started reading when she only had three books out, and despite my current frustration with her writing I have faithfully continued to read the entire series.

I don't mind reading about sex, even graphic depictions of sex. I do mind when an author starts turning a strong, interesting female character into a two-dimensional woman with a magical vagina who everyone loves and desires.
Jan 08, 2012 Hitandmiss rated it it was ok
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Nov 02, 2011 Jane rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
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Tilly Slaton
Jan 28, 2012 Tilly Slaton rated it it was ok

I love Laurell Hamilton. I have been seduced and enthralled with the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series. I have been looking forward to the release of Hit List for some time.

With that said, this book has profoundly disappointed me.

The phrase “love’s triangle” is a silly understatement when it comes to the relationships in Anita’s life. Although her latest books have become somewhat repetitious with the lustful scenes and never-ending additions to her sec life, it was a nice change to read a bo
Tara b
Jun 03, 2011 Tara b rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those that loved Obsidian Butterfly.
Anita Blake book #20. That’s impressive.

All old Anita Fans will enjoy this book, especially those that loved Obsidian Butterfly.

I opened the book and prepared myself for sex scenes and clothing descriptions. So I sat down with Hit List, grabbed myself a coffee and prepared to find out what Anita was up to/wearing/screwing/shooting lately.

I read the sample chapter a while ago and was glad to see Edward and hoped it went down that path. So let’s kick it off there. It’s a crime scene; bodies lying
Jared Vincent Lacaran





Catherine Banks
I've already been on this ride this long, I might as well wait until the car stops
Jun 19, 2011 Jenn rated it it was ok
I have no real reason for why I'm still reading this crap. I guess since I've been with it so long, I just have a hard time letting go. So, as long as I don't have to shell out any money for it and can get it at the library, I'll probably keep reading. But make no mistake: this series has gone to shit. Anita can't take a crap without analyzing it to death first. So many things seem to be so urgent in this novel, but instead of hunting the bad guys, we have to have page after page about why Anit ...more
Anita, Anita, Anita...what has happened to the series I loved so dearly? Let me start by saying that I am NOT one of those fans that complained about LKH writing too many 'naughty' scenes in the books! In fact, I loved them!! I also loved how Anita balanced sex w/her multi-partners w/her kick ass ability to solve crimes/hunt monsters. I honestly can't get my thoughts organized enough to write a decent review, but here it goes...

I think this was a 'filler' book. I liked the beginnin
Taria Reed
Jan 04, 2015 Taria Reed rated it did not like it
Dear Anita Blake,

How vain is it that after x amount of adventures you still insist that EVERYONE and their mother is either jealous of you or wants to do you? If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck then honey it's a duck. Book after book you defend to everyone that you aren't a whore, but in each book you sleep with a virtual stranger for "food". And what's with every man you do boink falling madly in love with you? Do you have magic fairy dust sprinkled in your whoo haa that keeps you "
Jul 05, 2011 Jen rated it did not like it
This book was beyond awful. It's without a doubt the worst Anita book that Laurell Hamilton has ever written - and that includes Micah which was another horrible book. Unfortunately this series jumped the shark several books ago and has never bounced back.

There are about 30 pages of fresh content in this one... the rest (of an already very small book with wide margins) is repetitive character introductions (if you don't know who the main characters are after 20 books what is the point of readin
Anita Blake has grown to a fully mature woman, finally!

Hit List brings a confident Anita back to her faithful readers who rolled along with her emotional self- discovery and her seemingly endless sexual hang-ups.

I understood in previous novels we were all watching a character develop as if she was a real human being working through major emotional issues and questioning her own morality. Many people have complained she and her paramours are too whiny, too demanding, too… much and I have always
Jun 14, 2011 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
SO SO SO SO Much better than the last few books! I felt like the old Anita we had loved in the beginning was starting to peek her head out a little in this new book.

I received this book yesterday in the mail and just couldn't wait to read it so two other books got put on hold so I could have time to speed through it. I've already finished it though and I'm dying for more.

This book brought Anita back in the field doing her work the fact that it also happened to revolve around the Harlequin as b
"Hit List" is her best Anita Blake book in probably the last 8 or so. My hopes that Hamilton would get her head out of her vagina came true. There was only 1 sex scene that was easy to skim through & a fair amount of action took place. The edge was missing, because there was also too much talk with tons of angst going on during it. I know far more about everyone's motivations & thoughts than I wanted to.

I doubt we'll ever get the old Anita Blake back, but the world is still pretty cool &
Wow. I love Anita. Yes some of the books in the series have been stronger than others but that's the case in every series. While I liked Bullet, the last book in the series, I loved Hit List and read it in one sitting.

There were so many great things about this book. First of all Edward. I love Edward, he shines in every book he is in and I would love to read something from his POV. I'm sure it will never happen but a girl can always hope. As with other books Edward is in, we also get to see Bern
Ms. Nikki
Started out good. Ted and Anita about to kick some un-dead ass. All was great. Anita started projecting what might happen: Yeah, I don't want the new girl to get hurt. The new girl is too new and is gonna get hurt. What happens? Wait for it--------NEW GIRL GETS HURT!

Secondly, Ted. Ted, Ted, Ted. He used to despise what Anita was becoming, but is now having meaningful conversations with her about how she should go get sexed so she can get stronger. And he's getting all emotional. Fail.

I am so ov
So, this is the strongest Anita Blake book since Obsidian, easy.
-AMAZING action.
-One sex scene, which was actually good. Unlike most of them.
-Cutting back on the men.
. . . And, we finally get to see some bodyguards, you know, guard Anita. LOVE IT. Ugh. I'm not going to spoil it and say who shows up, but it was perfection.

Also, many things were tied up this book, we even get to hear about how other folks are doing back home and abroad. Two books ago, I thought Anita was dead in the water. But b
The Novel Strumpet
Jun 11, 2011 The Novel Strumpet rated it liked it least there's only 1 sex scene...I know hard to believe but true. Almost like the old Anita I was so fond of, but somewhere along the way I either forgot that Laurell K. Hamilton repeats herself or she picked up a very bad habit. How many times do you have to tell me what that "look" in Edward's eyes means, or that you have to visualize the cats/wolves to better understand how they behaved? I'm not stupid I got it the first time! and the second, third, fourth....

However, I will say that
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Jun 13, 2011 Bethany rated it did not like it
Was really really disappointed by the ending. It was so anti-climactic and then i was left with a summary of what was happening with a few characters that were't even on stage in the book. The rest of the book was another version of scenes that have been in so many other books, such as, the cop doesn't like Anita because she's a woman. Anita is better than everybody and Edward likes her more. Oh no, i didn't eat so i have to feed the ardeur. I was hoping for more plot and story line than I got. ...more
Sep 09, 2011 Amy rated it it was ok
I don't know why but this book has been keeping me up at night. Actually, I do know why. Because I can't figure out what happened. I feel like I need to reread the series to dissect when everything went horribly wrong. It has been many years so I can't pinpoint the exact book, but I'm sure many readers could spout it off the top of their heads.

I have one theory that has to do with something major happening in the life of the author. It seems as if Anita changed so dramatically and against charac
Cat Russell  (Addicted2Heroines)
"Lately, I didn't have to disassociate to pull the trigger. That probably should have worried me, but it didn't. Olaf worried me. One monster at a time, even if one of them is yourself."

I enjoyed the change in Edward and Anita's relationship. He's finally admitting that he cares for her and wants to keep her safe. Edward's character has been one of my favorites ever since I started this series, so I was glad to see that he played a larger role in this story.

I'm not afraid to admit that I love O
Jun 28, 2011 Rin rated it it was ok
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May 26, 2011 Ingrid rated it really liked it
I'm giving it four star because it sucks less that the last 9 books she wrote.

I thought LKH was done and AB series was over, it is revived with a good book (finally).

I just finished reading it last night (book store by me has them for sale already). I have to say that the Hit List is better than the last 9 books and it offers some, if not total, closure. It was a good quick read and there was only one sex scene in the whole book (which in my humble opinion made it a much better read). Edward and
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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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“Never throw stones if you think they're going to come back and hit you.” 76 likes
“Edward's grief if you die will be a terrible thing. It will hurt him, a lot, and men like him never grieve alone. He will spread his grief all over us, not because we failed, but because it'll give him something to focus on so he doesn't have to feel the pain.” 52 likes
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