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Kiss the Dead

(Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #21)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  22,709 ratings  ·  1,674 reviews
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
ebook, 368 pages
Published June 5th 2012 by Penguin Group (USA) (first published June 2012)
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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
Jun 08, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, paranormal
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
Jun 11, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 26, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I keep hoping this series will go back to its roots and get better again ;)
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
Apr 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
I am so disappointed.

I used to love this series so much, now everything feels like a mess with all the lovers, and repetitive with the action plots.
It has taken me two very separate tries to actually finish reading this book. The first try was back in 2015 when I ended up pausing it out of utter boredom and disinterest. Now, in 2018 I restarted the book one more time and almost gave up on it once again.

The first half of this book has no story. It's just Anita being an enforcer and doing the
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 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.
Mar 23, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
You know what? I am so sick of this.

It starts rather promising. We even got a new pretty interesting character. A new Marshal who is not blinded as all the other cops.

But then what? Anita goes back to her "sweeties" (hate that word!), and it's all sex, insecurities and talking. And pointless, endless descriptions!

I bet that Hamilton has a file with a long description of every character. And every time they come to the scene she just puts the description there. Every single time! We all know how
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 ...more
May 15, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
"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
Sep 23, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ridiculous
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.
Justyn Kyle
Nov 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: anita-blake, favorite
Can't wait!!! Absolutely LUV Anita Blake series!
Alisa Kester
Jun 06, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
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
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
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
Jun 21, 2012 rated it liked it
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 ...more
Mar 27, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
Shelves: pnr, junk
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)
Jun 09, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
Jun 09, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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,
Karey Owens
May 25, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
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
Jun 15, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
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
♆ 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
Paris        (kerbytejas)
Jun 16, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-to-2012
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
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


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
Lukas Anthony
Anita gets hit in the face, and everyone is sad that she can't perform oral sex for a while. The End.
Jun 08, 2012 added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no-freaking-body
NOTE TO SELF: If you EVER read another of these shits I'm going to kick your ass.

70% through

I'm not finished but... my reaction to the whole Asher scene was "God please no. Please."
I think I'm going to have to create a shelf "NEVER PICK UP AGAIN, FOR GOD SAKE" just to remind me. I'm going to rant, now, mostly because I need it, so this is going to be even more senseless than my usual review.
Why does this damn woman have to do to it to me EVERY FREAKING TIME?? WHY?
Hit List wasn't the best, but
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