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Burnt Offerings

(Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #7)

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"You can't trust anyone who sleeps with the monsters."

That's what I've always said. That's what I've always believed. But now I'm the one sharing a bed with the Master Vampire of the City. Me, Anita Blake. The woman the vampires call the Executioner. From part of the solution, I've become part of the problem. So it hits close to home when an arsonist begins to target vampi
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Mass Market Paperback, 392 pages
Published September 24th 2002 by Berkley Books (first published May 1st 1998)
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Bark
Apr 29, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror, audiobook
Hmmm, I noticed most of the reviews here don’t go into any sort of plot here. I couldn’t figure it out at first but now that I’m almost finished with this reread I get it. There isn’t one.

Well, that’s not quite true. There were threads of plot, the vampire council has come to town to rape and pillage the beasties, but really this book is all about Anita gaining power, dealing with her two lover boys and gaining new puppy doggies and kitties who follow her every command. It’s bloody, it’s sexual
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Jilly
These books are getting grittier. The Vampire Council comes to town and they are some sadistic motherf*ckers! Torture, rape, and murder are their nice qualities, and Jean Claude and Anita have giant bulls-eyes on their backs. The good news is that Anita keeps getting more and more bloodthirsty herself.
Some days I thought I was becoming a sociopath. Some days I thought I was already there.

sociopaths have the best senses of humor...

In this book we get to meet some awesome new characters: Nath
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Tilly Slaton
Oct 27, 2011 rated it really liked it

Out of the entire series, one of my favorite characters is Nathaniel. So when I realized that this is the book he would be introduced into .. I was like woo hoo!

Ok, now that I have that out of my system, I can move forward with the tid bits of this and that’s I have for this book.

Another brilliant piece of work by Laurell Hamilton! The twists in this book are amazing, and they end up playing through to the end of the series. It’s neat to be able to reread a series and pick up on all the littl
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Amanda
Seriously, Laurell K. Hamilton used to write good vampire-slayer novels. Now she writes erotica. Don't get me wrong, I like erotica as much as the next guy (or gal), but when I want to read a vampire slayer novel, I want to read a vampire slayer novel!!! Damn you, Anita Blake.
Crystal Starr Light
"Why does everything with you have to be so [darned] serious?"

A fire chief approaches Anita Blake to let her know about vampires going up in flames. She notes that then heads off on a date with boyfriend and Undead Master of the City, Jean-Claude. But Anita never can have a date without a million things going off at once. Richard is off his rocker and creating a vacuum in his pack, one that Anita as his lucoi must fix. Jean-Claude is being pressured to join the Council--or face being destroyed.
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A.M.
Apr 15, 2009 rated it it was ok
I have to admit, Hamilton manages to introduce a new, interesting and intriguing supernatural creature in each book.
Thus it's a shame her main character is so utterly predictable. I now skim through any paragraphs which contain descriptions of Anita's scars, guns, clothes, and hair.
Would it be interesting to extract all these passages from the Anita Blake series and see how much copy-pasting Hamilton has done? Naw.
(Is anyone else sick of reading 'naw'? Naw!)
Faye
First read: April 2006
Re-read: May-June 2017

The plot: Anita is asked to help out on a Firebug case while also figuring out how to balance her responsibilities to Richard's pack and her private life as the girlfriend of Jean-Claude now that the European vampire council have come to town.

What I liked:

- The mythos behind the Firebugs. The idea of these supernatural humans who control fire was fascinating and I liked the casual way in which Anita imparts information about them to the reader. The ide
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Diane Ehrlich
Jan 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
The first several novels in the Anita Blake series are great. Funny, scary, a touch gory and a touch sexy. As you read each book, you can really see the character development as Anita becomes more sure of herself and more comfortable with the "monsters". However, some the later books have deteriorated into little more than soft porn for women. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

However, I feel it cheapens the series, which features a great role model in Anita as a women who has accepted
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Amy
Jun 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, paranormal
Where is all the sex reviewers keep talking about. There are some sexually charged scenes but everything is really tame thus far. This is however my favorite so far. I absolutely loved the fact that Jean-Claude was in almost every scene. I think that he is sometimes portrayed as too weak but I still love me some JC!

I am glad that Anita realized it wasn't that Richard is a monster but that she was afraid of wanting to join the pack feasting on Marcus. Now, she just needs to explain that to Richa
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Denisa
4.5
I really like this series.
Normally I'd get bored by now but these books are just that good. Everything is so well written that I can't put them down.
Nick
Jul 19, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an interesting one but at the same time had some serious flaws for me.

The relationship story was back in force *groans* but at least we saw some interesting shapeshifter dynamics from Anita's leftover role of Lupa and her new role for the wereleopards.

Richard is still annoying, the squeaky clean upstanding citizen with a deep dark lust filled side, its like some bad porn movie plot almost. They could have been made into an interesting character but instead they are the stereotypical sco
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Spider the Doof Warrior
I'm too generous with stars.

She just has too much going on. It's like one moment Anita is talking to some firedude and suddenly all kind of shit hits the fan. LKH CRAMS tons of stuff into her books. It's not totally a good thing because there's too much going on and the story could be tighter. Things like clothing descriptions can be reduced. Better yet, no clothing descriptions. No one cares if their pants are too tight or if Anita doesn't want to flash her underwear. And why is she running aro
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Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘
Loving this one! It had a lot of Jean-Claude, who i LOVE, and im pretty sure that's why i gave this one four stars.. Or perhaps because a lot happen, nothing was boring, and i actually love the new characters we got to meet! Like Asher, and The Traveler! i do hope we get to see more of those two :)! Anita keeps being hardcore, independent, snarky and a kickass heroine, though if she doesn't really let Jean-Claude all the way in, -not just trough the marks, but in to her heart,- im seriously gonn ...more
Chelsea Moreen
May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-i-own
[Feb 2020] For some reason I picked this one up and reread it a couple of months ago. The ending section of this book is magnificent and is what keeps this book as a 4 star, the rest I can take or leave.


[Aug 2019] Definitely enjoyed this Reread, I’m not urging to continue reading it right now but I will pick up the next at some point soon.

[2016]
I loved seeing the change begin in Anita. Excited to continue.
Marianne
Except for Yvette and her constant "I'm going to rot on you" threats, this was as enjoyable as the rest. You can certainly sense that this series is taking a turn for sex fest town.
Lena
Jul 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Yvette pulled Jason in against her legs, cradling his face against her thigh. “Watch, Jason, watch and see what I do to bad little boys”... His eyes collapsed inward, crumbling with rot...

The Vampire Council has come to town: screams rend throats, blood flies, and flesh peels. These vampires give Pinhead a run for his money all while maintaining the height of civility.

I enjoyed the expanding cast of characters and Anita’s adoption, ok takeover, of the Pack/Pard.

This is the book where Ric
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Cindy
Although some readers didn't like this book as much as the earlier ones (due to the increased sexual violence) I found I liked it quite a lot (not the violence, the story around it). There is an increased need to suspend my disbelief, though, and that is not a good sign. I was scared in that wet, dangerous basement . . . and I wish Hamilton would spare a little more backstory for some of the police/fireman characters. I'd like to know more about Dolph, and Wren, the fireman new to this book, see ...more
Stephanie
Mar 22, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: horror
Sigh....A big disappointment. I returned this to the library after only 150 pages. This is book 7 in the Anita Blake series and I loved books 1-3, liked books 4-6 and then this one just blew.

The objections: No real plot to speak of, an officially loathsome unlikeable Anita who is becoming increasingly worshipped by the other characters who have become ridiculous, and uninteresting. Scenarios only seem to be set-up for their sex appeal - At one point Anita's erstwhile werewolf ex-boyfriend is ins
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Jammin Jenny
Not my favorite Anita Blake book so far, but still a really good read. Fun characters, and Anita is up to her usual witticisms. (view spoiler) ...more
Peter Tillman
Sep 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.4 stars, strongest Anita Blake since The Laughing Corpse.

I realize I'm a ways behind here -- I've found that if I read these without a few months break between books, I get vampire-overdose. Anyway, the previous 3 or 4, while good, didn't blow me away.

So I'm pleased to report that Anita Blake is back to full voltage, with more complex plot and characters and a (somewhat) lower body-count. The Grand Guignol's still here, as is Hamilton's ability to make a fundamentally silly premise into a grea
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Pam Nelson
I loved this book.
We learn more about how the three are connected and you can genuinely see how much Anita loves both Richard and Jean-Claude. I wish she would let one of them in wholly though I don’t know if she even knows how. She calls them monsters but she isn’t completely human either so she doesn’t really have room to talk.

The traveler was an interesting character I would like to see more of him. I feel like he was a him.

Thank god for not a lot of fire, I have a huge phobia of it and it
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AndrewP
Right at the beginning of this book a person with pyrokinetic abilities is described as being loose in the city. Sounds good and fits the title of the book and the description. But, then nothing happens on this theme for over 300 pages. This is a case of literary bait and switch.

Almost the whole book is about petty squabbling between members of the Vampire Council, the local vampires and various factions of shape shifting were beasts. Hamilton does a good job of forging an emotional connection
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taveena kade
Apr 17, 2018 rated it liked it
honestly, i’m surprised i’m not bored yet
Lisa
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Amyiw
Jan 19, 2017 added it
Shelves: series, urban-fantasy
I kept on thinking I would come back and finish this one but....
I rarely do a DNF but this I'll have to call it as it is. Why? Because when you put a book down at over 60% read and just don't want to come back to it and when you do, you rehash then don't get much further, you realize that it is just not a book (series) for you. Anita was always throwing herself into situations over her head, then things would get really dark, then she would happen upon solving the situation. Her love life was a
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Laura
Aug 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Although the plots are brilliant understanding Anita still baffles me...... She is an enigma that is for sure.....

She cant love Richard as he eats people but straight after that jumps into bed with the sexy french vamp for all intent purposes also knaws on necks..... Still finds Richard (her ex fiance, whom she never confronted before having sexy times with Jean Claude) attractive but feels guilty for kissing him because of said vamp.... Like this girl wants to have her cake and eat it.... She i
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William
Aug 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anti dropped her thinking about everything. THat over used line drove me crazy in book six. What can i say. I enjoy her character. I do wish it would stop driving toward the love story and stick with hunting vampires and may kill the Master of St Louis. half her problems would vanish it she would. Not that dating a werewolf is any better. I also want learn how she has such necromancy powers. that, im sure, future story line interests me. the love story does not.
Anti is a fun character and stron
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Anna 'Bookbuyer'
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Jill Wood (Midnight Book Obsessions)
**Update: Did a re-read with the audiobook. I really enjoyed the narration.

This might have been my favorite in the series so far. Overall, I would probably give it a 4.25, but there are still plots, writing and characterizations that give me pause.

Firstly, rule number one when writing a strong female lead, do not cross the line from smart, independent woman to arrogant misogynist. When that happens, she’s no longer smart or likable. We’re on book 7 and so far, there’s been two women in the enti
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Jenn
Despite what Goodreads says, this is probably the bazillionth time I've read this book. I used to do this thing where when a new book in the series was released, I would go back and reread all the prior books. I have since stopped this with this series. But I've also lost where I stopped reading them. So I decided to just reread from the beginning with the intentions of getting caught up.

Burnt Offerings is number 7 in the life of Anita Blake and by now we mostly know her and the main players (J
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