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Cerulean Sins

(Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #11)

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3.85  ·  Rating details ·  46,372 ratings  ·  852 reviews
Cerulean Sins, the eleventh entry in the hugely-popular Anita Blake series, finds everyone’s favorite vampire hunter keeping house and kicking butt.

Anita Blake is trying to get her life back to “normal” after a break-up with her werewolf lover. She has settled into a pattern of domesticity, which means that the new man in her life, the leopard shapeshifter Micah, has no
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Mass Market Paperback, 529 pages
Published August 31st 2004 by Berkley Books (first published 2003)
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Regina
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 ...more
carol.
May 11, 2014 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: fans of Laurell K. Hamilton

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
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Christine
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
Jilly
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
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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
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Damecatoe
Aug 02, 2007 rated it it was ok
"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 Amazon.com). 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,
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Catherine
May 18, 2011 rated it did not like it
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 ...more
Tilly Slaton
Oct 27, 2011 rated it liked it
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
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Niina
Jul 11, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Hilda
Sep 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: vampire
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
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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
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Jeri
Mar 06, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
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!
Faye
First read: July 2006
Re-read: January 2018
Rating: 4/5 stars

As usual there is a lot going on in Anita's world at the start of Cerulean Sins. A representative of Belle Morte's arrives unexpectedly early at Jean-Claude's door. Musette is an evil and devout follower of Belle Morte, and she is out to cause as much trouble as possible for Jean-Claude and Anita. Meanwhile Anita is also called in on two murder cases; one which is set up to look like a ritualistic killing and another which looks like a
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Aimee Convoy
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
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Myvampfiction
Jan 17, 2012 rated it it was ok
Reviewed by Ciara

*Warning: possible spoilers ahead.*

Sex.

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
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Lisa (Harmonybites)
Oct 18, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
B.
Sep 02, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: train-wreck, 2012
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,
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Jenn
It's funny because in rereading this series, I'm realizing how much of Anita I really dislike. But I still love almost all of the surrounding characters and that keeps this series in my top.

In the 11th installment, Anita finds herself meeting the in-laws, so to speak. Jean-Claude's maker, Belle Morte, has caught wind of Anita and has decided that she wants to know more, thereby sending a surrogate vampire to scope the scene. This of course doesn't go over well with the group and tension grows.

I
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Donna
Aug 24, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ugggghhhhh, fantasy, dnf
I have enjoyed this series. I like Anita, Jean-Claude, and even Richard (most of the time)....but sadly....this one landed in my DNF pile. I could hardly believe it. So it's official.....I'm done with the series and I'm not even half way through it yet. I just don't like the direction this series is going. There used to be some substance with the "romance" (those are air quotes) and now .... well, not so much. It is all about the one thing and I feel like the author forces more of "that" in ...more
MGGMMGGM
Oct 19, 2010 rated it did not like it
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
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Jen
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
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Anna 'Bookbuyer'
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Sofi
I was honestly so utterly bored while reading this. I'm so sad at how this series has become, I used to love it so much.

What baffled me the most was how such a long book has barely anything going on in it.

The only redeeming quality was Jason, I love him so much, I felt like he was voicing my every thought LOL
Laura
Mar 30, 2014 rated it it was ok
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 ...more
Barb
Mar 23, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mari
Nov 05, 2008 rated it liked it
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
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Faye Bryrdan Morgan
May 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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Diana Stormblessed
I'm calling it. This series is officially dead to me. Hamilton isn't even pretending there's a plot anymore. I stopped reading 45% through and I think there were 2 or 3 chapters that didn't have any sex, sex talk, or general relationship talk in it. Anita has been reduced from a kick as heroine to a whiny inflatable sex doll. Insert penis here. We don't even need a relationship build up cuz it can all be explained by the ardeur. Eye roll. I love a good adult book but I want to read actual ...more
Wonda
Jul 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
4! This book gave me a little bit of whiplash...Murders...a bunch of vampire politics and drama...back to murder...The execution...way too quick! And it wasn't even a vampire killing! I am still having a hard time understanding the name of this series...Still dislike Richard...so very much! Hopefully he works his shit out next book! Saddened at Sylvie's defeat! But overall I enjoyed reading this adventure of Anita's!
BWT (Belen)
Sep 20, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015, audiobook
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 honor...now 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:

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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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