Skin Trade is a partial return to the original theme of the series-- crime solving and Anita's expertise as a vampire executioner and general badasserSkin Trade is a partial return to the original theme of the series-- crime solving and Anita's expertise as a vampire executioner and general badassery. Shockingly, there is no sex for the entire first half of the book although ironically, it seems much of the time instead is spent on the misogynistic police giving Anita flack for being a slut, which she whole-heartedly denies (Sorry, if it quacks like a duck...) and tells them to 'get over it' (I agree.). I can not imagine any macho man willing to talk about their feelings and condemnation of Anita's personal life for pages and pages on end. At first I cheered the return to crime fighting, but then realized, I only thought my problem with this series was the random orgies interrupting the plot every other chapter. Rather, the issue is the tedium. The first few sex scenes in the story were compelling, the next hundred were boring. The author is the one that needs to 'get over' Anita's sluttiness, or that Anita is a girl in a macho male dominated field. Too much time is spent rehashing the same points, and the dialog scenes in general are too wordy.
Although my commentary is harsh, I did think the book itself was good, and I did enjoy reading it. It had an interesting plot and the same great characters (the return of Edward and Olaf!), but each time Anita feels the need to reiterate what a bitch she is, I have to roll my eyes, which seriously interrupts the flow of the novel....more
The newest addition to the Merry Gentry series was okay. It was an entertaining, fast read, but there was too much drama, which do little to further tThe newest addition to the Merry Gentry series was okay. It was an entertaining, fast read, but there was too much drama, which do little to further the storyline. It was more romance than fantasy with only a dash dedicated to the 'murder of the day' and even less to character / world building. I liked that the men were far less clingy, needy than they have been in some of the past books, and the repetitiveness in the writing also was less pronounced (but still present -- Both the 'talking about what I'm going to talk about before talking about it', e.g. 'I realized that his hair was tangling in the wind like mine had earlier. "Rhys's hair tangles in the wind," I said. ...' followed by half of a page of dialog about whose hair does or does not tangle ..., and introducing the same facts multiple times, e.g. the explanation / reminder that Frost use to be 'little Jackie Frost' happened five(+) times throughout the course of the book.)....more
Anita is blackmailed to animate a rich client's wife.
The book was pretty good. I appreciated that the writing was less repetitive, and that it was ploAnita is blackmailed to animate a rich client's wife.
The book was pretty good. I appreciated that the writing was less repetitive, and that it was plot driven. I really enjoyed the plot. I find it interesting that I use to love the relationship driven books, but now I'm tired of them and cheer for the plot driven ones. I thought Anita's decisions were huge for her character, and I wish that there was more time spent on the impact / consequence. There was definitely room for it. The actual story is only about 160 pages, with another 20 about the writing process. ...more
The seventh installment of the series focuses on Rehvenge, and sets some background for John Matthew and Xhex's story. The plot/story was pretty good,The seventh installment of the series focuses on Rehvenge, and sets some background for John Matthew and Xhex's story. The plot/story was pretty good, and I liked the writing better than the sixth book. I'm losing interest in the series (or maybe the genre in general) because I don't feel the same connection with the newer characters....more