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Bloody Bones

(Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #5)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  72,679 ratings  ·  1,316 reviews
When Anita Blake's boss at Animators, Inc., informs her that she's expected to raise 300-year-old zombies from a field of jumbled bones just to settle a land dispute, she's understandably annoyed. But as soon as she arrives in Branson, Missouri, to do the deed, the job gets more interesting. A psychotic sword-wielding vampire starts committing multiple murders in the area, ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published September 26th 2002 by Berkley Books (first published October 1st 1996)
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Crystal Starr Light
"Why do I put up with you? You insult me at every turn."

Well, LKH broke the formula with this book. Anita actually TAKES a client and leaves St. Louis to head to Branson, Missouri, where she is being paid to raise an entire graveyard to see who owns the property (because, of course, Anita is the only one in this entire world who can do anything). While she is there, she learns that something is killing young boys AND a vampire is on the loose.

This book, more than any of the earlier books, set my
So, the name of this book is Bloody Bones, right? Well, it is named after a restaurant in the book called Bloody Bones. I have to wonder how many of us would be willing to eat at a place with that name. Seriously, they need to fire the person who came up with that one, cuz yuck.

and mooing...

Oh, and I found another fun fact about this book. Anita actually says a word more often than "Nike." It's "Browning", and apparently it's some kind of gun that she really really likes. The word "Browning" is
Sammy Loves Books
I Got a Hot date with my girlfriend Anita...She's All mine!!

And my friend Shelly just let me borrow her copy of this book!!


Rawhead and Bloody Bones


“Anyone who doesn't believe that the forest is a deadly place has never been lost in one.”

Oct 16, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A perfectly supernatural spooky read for October, there’s something easily readable about the Anita Blake series. With another interesting mystery and a great set of fantastical characters, this series keeps drawing me back in...
It also seemed more gorier too!

Whilst asked to raise an entire graveyard to help settle a land dispute, Anita soon finds herself investigating the nearby brutal murders of three teenage boys.

I really like that you know what your getting with this series and the fifth in
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Come to me, child, and I will always be with you. I will hold you forever.”
- Serephina

3rd Listen: “There is no real safety.” - Anita Blake

2nd Listen: “...the nightmares live on.” Oh yes, they do. This was one of the scariest Anita Blake novels, and nearly Richard free!

The most terrifying monster can see into your heart and give you all you’ve ever wanted.

Anita has been called to the neighboring town to raise the very old dead and hunt a child killing vampire. It will mean dealing with a
Elise (On The Bookshelves)
Anita is such a badass as usual!
Although I never really learned to like Anita Blake, she was always tolerable ~ until Bloody Bones. Didn't Anita complain about all of the Were's alpha fight/dominance nonsense in Lunatic Cafe? Really, she is no better than the Were's here. If you take out all of the "I'm a bigger badass than you are" scenes & descriptions of corny outfits, you are left with nothing more than a short story. Granted.... I do like Hamilton's story telling. But at this point I feel as if I am wading through the sam ...more
Apr 29, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, audiobook
Bloody Bones is one of the more brutal outings in this series. A huge portion of the book follows Anita Blake as she’s working and this time she’s called in on a case that is particularly gruesome. Three teen boys are brutally slain, a young teen girl is left for dead and a young boy has been kidnapped, possibly by a deviant sexual predator of a vampire who enjoys toying with children. It’s dark and painful to read the grief instilled within some of these pages.

Anita must also raise an entire gr
Tilly Slaton
The creativity that seeps into Laurell Hamilton’s book is astonishing.

With that said, Bloody Bones is one of her books in the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series that really doesn’t do it for me.

There are parts of this book that make you read super fast in anticipation of how a scene will turn out! Unfortunately, those scenes are few and far between in this book.

Bloody Bones is a wonderful book filled with profound imagination and lingering betrayal. The twists in this book are interesting, b
I keep giving the series only 2 stars, yet keep reading. Why? Because I like the plot. However, Hamilton's writing style just makes me skim through large chunks of the story until I get to the interesting bits, so it's a love-hate relationship.
I like the love triangle between Richard, Anita, and Jean Claude. The introduction of the fey was interesting as well.
Also, finally Anita is behaving like a religious person (or at least more so than before), although as yet she still hasn't been to church
Danielle is rad
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

The ending was so sad. I cannot stress this enough, it made my want to cry on Anita's behalf even knowing it wasn't true.

I loved this book as well as the rest, this series is so good, like I said I cannot stress this enough. This is by far one of my favorite series I have ever read. I have yet to encounter a book series like this in which I never can assume ahead of time the outcome. Everything links up and makes the series melt together, I love it so much. I don't know now which book I pre
Pretty entertaining, and I liked the Bloody Bones and fairy element.
4.5 Stars. This is my favorite book in the Anita Blake series so far. This is the first AB book that I listened to the audio of rather than reading. In Bloody Bones, Anita begins to bend from her very rigid moral code, which is a good thing. We learn about Jean Claude's background before he was a vamp and his beginning as a vamp. Learning about JC's background makes him seem more like a person, and it was sad but I also saw him as a victim. I still haven't seen a reason in any of the books (exce ...more
Aug 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Most enjoyable. And she seems to be getting closer to Jean-Claude. Yippeee
Jamie (TheRebelliousReader)
“Worry about the things you can control; the rest will either work themselves out, or they'll kill you. Either way, no more worries.”

4 stars. Where book four was heavier on the romance and relationships this one was all action from the very beginning and it was a fun ride. This was definitely the darkest book in the series so far and I loved every single moment.

The murders in here were so brutal and the story overall had a really dark tone to it which I really enjoyed. I loved that Anita enl
Mar 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
I have enjoyed this entire series so far and this one was no exception. I like that the characters are in constant motion. They seem to be moving forward, even if at times it feels like they are moving slowly. But it seems that by the end of the book, they have all learned something new and have adapted. Usually in series, that is hard to keep up, but this author has figured that part out.

These have been a fun escape for me. I have a couple more that I hope to get to soon.
Jun 06, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vampires
This is undeniably an iconic series and I fully admit that because of its distinctness I am more generous in my ratings of Anita Blake books than I am with other books. The "Anita Blake Vampire Hunter" series hit its stride in The Lunatic Cafe and keeps it up in Bloody Bones. The novel brims with Hamilton's unique brand of horror, while crime novel and romance elements become more pronounced.

Bloody Bones finally delivers a little bit of the series' legendary sensual promise. I know (and I don't
This review publishes on A Weebish Book Blog on 11/08/2017.

When Anita Blake is asked to raise 300-year-old zombies to settle a land dispute in Branson, Missouri, the job becomes a lot more interesting than she originally expected. A psychotic vampire begins committing murders in the area and Blake must call on her fanged boyfriend for help.

What I enjoyed:

- Anita Blake finally stops thinking of Jean-Claude as a monster anymore, and finally sees him as not just a powerfully seductive vampire, but
taveena kade
it was a little all over the place near the end, but i still like it so far
Dark Sith Lordette♔

Another one done and I loved how it felt as if I was reading this for the first time.

And my love Jason is now firmly in the series. I love that mutt.

Jul 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a really good story, powerful vampires, conniving humans and some fae thrown in for good measure. Not to mention un-dead pedophiles....yeah that's a disturbing one.

Anita and Larry get the full limelight and it's a really good team story, the dynamic with Jean-Claude is fun too and although the subject is there the 'who-to-choose' romance isn't at the top of agenda.

There's the usual mix of good and bad characters, odd individuals and true bad guys. There's guns and magic and blood and go
Dez Nemec
I read a short story in a zombie anthology where Anita raised the dead, and I thought: "Cool!" So I grabbed a couple of these books. This was okay, but I am so over vampires, especially french vampires. I did rather like the fey and Bloody Bones. But I don't know if I can handle another in the series. If you like vampires though, go for it! ...more
Timothy Boyd
Good interesting story. I enjoy the way that so far each book in the series has been about a different supernatural creature. The overall world is getting set up nicely with many interweaving story lines. Nice action and flow of the story. Recommended
Fangs for the Fantasy
Anita Blake has been called out to an animating job in Branson, far away from her usual connections. But she’s the only one in the country who may be able to do it – raise an entire graveyard full of 200 year old bodies, preferably in one night.

As if that weren’t a big enough problem, the motivations of the parties involved is far from clear – and the presence of fae magic in the graveyard, and faeries willing to guard it, raises many more questions.

And there are vampires running amok – as the n
Jan 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anita Blake fans, and paranormal crime mystery fans
Recommended to Seth by: Krystal Edwards
Ms. Anita Blake and I have had a very rocky history in the short time she and I have made acquaintances. For the first few books, I was absolutely enthralled with her take-no-prisoners attitude, her bravado, and her insistence upon keeping the monsters in check. However, with The Lunatic Cafe, she became absolutely frustrating in her passionate distaste for Jean Claude. That is not to say that I was not already getting annoyed with her before then with the way she was treating him when he was cl ...more
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Feb 12, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

For all the Anita Blake books - I started this series with my then friend, Meredith - she actually got me hooked that fateful summer of 2000 when I was living on her wooden floor in Brooklyn. We were both unemployed and bored and got hooked into this series. I loved Anita Blake because it was before I discovered the new genre - what I like to call "badass chicks who kick ass!" written in first person - and so she was all empowering and of course there were hot vampires and werewolves in it.


May 31, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hamilton-l-k
Bloody Bones continues Anita Blake’s non-stop exploits in a book containing faerie characters and multiple story lines which added to the brilliant book. The gore factor is high in this book.(view spoiler) ...more
Katherine Madison
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Jody Mena
Aug 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
My favorite in the series so far! Hamilton's take on fairie lore made for some intriguing twists. Serephina was an intriguing villain, I really enjoyed the imagery of her and her powers really made things interesting. The character development was exciting for me, especially Anita's internal struggle with her mother's death, as wel as learning more about Jean Claude's past. The only thing that tripped me up a bit was that Jason seemed different than in the previous book; this may be because he w ...more
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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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