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Blue Moon

(Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #8)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  64,308 ratings  ·  1,123 reviews
Anita's ex Richard is jailed in Tennessee, accused of rape. When Anita arrives with a lawyer and an entourage of vampires and 'weres' supplied by Jean-Claude, it's clear that something is rotten in Myerton. The local cops are corrupt, and the trolls Richard was studying are threatened. But if she sticks around to investigate, the local Master vampire will attack her and he ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 418 pages
Published November 1st 1998 by Ace
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Tilly Slaton
Oct 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I realized this was the next book ony my list in the series, I was totally bummed. I don’t really care much for Richard. I don’t. I just don’t like him, or crap that comes along with him What can I say? A dramatic and goody boy scout just isn’t the guy for me.

It wasn’t until I was about 15% into the book that I remembered all of the delicious things that were awaiting me

I’m quoting a pretty large paragraph from the book, but it’s a great way to explain the relationship between Anita and
If you want to read a synopsis, there are plenty of places for you to do that elsewhere. This is what I thought of the book:
Though I did end up liking this in the end, for about the first 1/2 of the book, all of the things I don't like about Hamilton's style were out in full force. She has a tendency toward cliches, ridiculous repetitiveness (Note to Laurell K. Hmailton: ok, its the 8th book in the effing series - if we don't know certain things, we should start from the beginning, but you sure
Hey, I found out why Richard is such a whiny dick in this book! His mother - the domineering bitch! Nothing like a horrible, bitchy mother who keeps her sons' testicles in her handbag, to raise a punk-ass, spoiled baby of a son! And, don't forget Richard's brother, Daniel, who we meet, and is just as afraid of their smother, I mean mother.

Richard's mommy gets in a bar-fight in this book and Anita has to try and stop her because Richard's brother is too afraid to stop mommy-dearest. Of course, hi
Crystal Starr Light
"You are making this too complicated."

Anita Blake is woken in the middle of the night by a call from Daniel, Richard's younger brother. It appears while Richard was in Tennessee studying trolls and such for his master's thesis that he has been thrown in jail for rape. Anita immediately comes to the rescue, along with Asher, Damien, Jason, Jamil, Cherry, and a few other were's, against the explicit orders of the Master of the City, Colin. Can Anita clear Richard's name, keep her troop alive, and
Jul 02, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Sex, violence, poor plot, irrational prudishness combined with irrational sexual behavior... Dont know what else to say really. Except wheres Larry? The most interesting supporting character has been lost somewhere. And wheres Animators Inc? Does she even have her job anymore (it is mentioned in the end in one sentence and thats it...). Oh and Anita is turning into very, VERY unlikeable. She isn't satisfied with ANYTHING! She gets everything she wants and whines about it. Total immature bitch. O ...more
4 1/2

I reviewed Blue Moon when I read it many years ago but I can’t find a copy and can’t remember what my thoughts were. I’m sure I thought it was “one of the best books ever” because I was still a fangirl and it features a whole hell of a lot of Richard and back then I was a fangirl of him too. Now? Eh, I can take him or leave him but that’s only because the author turned him into an alpha-hole of the worst kind and replaced him with likes of Micah and the shifter crew. But that’s a rant for a
First read: May 2006
Re-read: July 2017

The plot: Anita is called away from her home in St. Louis to a small town in Tennessee where Richard has been arrested on a rape charge. Anita is convinced he is innocent, and with the full moon coming, if Richard isn't freed from jail before then, his parents and his employers will learn he's a werewolf and he could lose everything.

What I liked:
- Blue Moon was a much more enjoyable re-read than I had been expecting. I despise Richard as a love interest and
Diane Ehrlich
Jan 08, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
If this had been the first Anita Blake I had read, it would have been the last Anita Blake I had read. There is a plot. It is an interesting plot even. The plot, however, takes a different car than the sex that gets pushed to the fore. (Yes, I know the correct expresssion is "the plot took a back seat to the sex", but the plot is farther back than that). The main problem, however, is that in this book I found Anita to be totally unlikable (I wanted her to get hit by a Mac truck). I also think it ...more
Mar 28, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I might need to take a little break from Anita and all of her vampires, wolves, and leopards. It's getting to be a bit much. Hamilton clearly must have found her (weird and twisted) audience, but as I've said a bunch of times, I would have liked her series better if she had stayed on the path it looked like she was originally on, with Anita solving preternatural crimes, rather than becoming Queen of the Underworld. You know how it's annoying that Stephanie Plum can't decide between Ranger and Mo ...more
Nov 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: top-fav-s
Blue Moon is my favourite Anita Blake chapter to date. The initial plot takes a backseat through most of the book, but seeing Anita deal with her place in the pack, delve deeper into her connection to Richard and all that that entails was entertaining. I loved all of the secondary characters, and seeing Anita explore the camaraderie of those relationships. LKH has a great talent in developing characters that are complex and compelling enough that makes me want to know everything about them.

I rea
Pam Nelson
I found Richard to be a little petty in this book; it was like tit for tat. She hurts him so he becomes a bit of a slut. He wants her attention but he doesn’t want her help to get him off the rape charges. It’s so much back and forth.
The sound effect during the sex scene was weird.
It was bound to happen though we all saw it coming.
The crime scene I don’t know if I will ever get over how descriptive the author is. I mean it's good and bad you know.

I really enjoyed the connection between Anita
Jan 11, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I hate to say it but, this is my least favorite book in this series. The first 300 pages dragged so much. Richard is in jail on false charges so Anita comes to investigate and free him. Unfortunately, the master of the city there does not take kindly to super powerful vampire killer invading his lands. There are issues with the local were pack as well. After plenty of killing and countless annoying Anita and Richard squabbles, Anita finally sleeps with Richard. Only to find out that it makes the ...more
♥ Ashleigh ♥  Contrary to popular belief I'm not actually mad!
Whats is wrong with Anita?? how does she not shoot Richard in the leg?? he almost got her killed AGAIN and rapped this time just because he wouldnt lie to crooked cops, he's fine with eating people but you mustn't lie to cops its a sin. IDIOT!

Alrighty just to let people know there will be possible Spoilers in this review.

both Anita's men were kinda douches in this book. at the start anita drops everything to run to richard to get him out of jail on false charges and the first thing he tells her
LaTonya Reed
May 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm officially connected to all the main characters in this book. The audiobook just brings everyone to life. Sometimes I want to just shake the hell out of Anita, but I I wouldn't trade her for nothing!! I love this series ❤ ...more
Anna 'Bookbuyer'
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James Mourgos
In keeping with her naming her books after places, L.K. Hamilton's novel, Blue Moon, has several connotations. One, it's a place. Blue Moon is a camping area that people come to play or in this case people come to die. Blue Moon is like the old jazz song, "You left me standing alo ho hone..." And thirdly, Blue Moon is rare - a full moon twice in a thirty day period - which can spell havoc for werewolves, who are drawn to the lunar light and have a nasty habit of getting hairy at the drop of a pa ...more
I have had a huge break from reading Anita Blake series. It was one of the first vampire series I get involved in and previously I really enjoyed it. But after few books I decided I need a break and it took me a lot of time to come back to the series. I still like it in spite of the love triangle I usually hate in every book.

The story is good and grabbing with lots of pack and shifters stuff. However, some parts are rather dark and I'm not sure about what to think about them but I didn't feel th
Aug 31, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh, I wish it was not true. Richard is my least favorite of “the sweeties,” a proper pain in the ass.

2nd Listen: I loved it! So much action, intrigue, lust and violence. Even with so much Richard, I loved it.
That said, this was a great story! Whenever Anita leaves town the plots are better, and this time the bad guys are evil.

“Nothing like a real live demon to give you that old time religion.”

Some of my casting:
Timothy Boyd
I really enjoy the world of Anita Blake. The complex interplay between the various Vampire clans and Werewolf tribes is done well. The different approach to the various supernatural creatures is a nice fresh view. I don't mind the love interest side of things, however I am not impressed with the slide from Urban Fantasy romance to Supernatural Erotica that the series is experiencing. I know the writer is just giving her readers what they want, as is evidence by the fact that the series is still ...more
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was really liking these at first. Anita Blake is a bad ass. I was liking the paranormal, and mystery aspect that was happening. Now it's getting a bit like a soap opera. I was looking forward to the next and the next up to this point. I think I will have to take a break and read something with a bit more horror, and come back to the series a bit later on. ...more
I did not like the previous book in this series, it was to much romance and not enough actual story. Most of the previous books were enjoyable so I decided to give Hamilton one more shot. Glad I did, this one stepped up and went back to a serious plot and less romance. There's still a bit of the stuff I don't like, endless paragraphs on peoples physical appearances and how to dress like an 80's goth etc. But Jean Claude was absent for all of this book and Richard was wimping off in the backgroun ...more
{2.5 rounded up}
The book was somewhat inconsistent for me with various sections that were good and others which were tiresome or off {my} taste. On the plus side the main protagonist is developing both in strength and heading deeper into the dark{er} side of her profession. Hopefully the series will not keep bouncing from one side of the triangle to the other each book and let her focus on her own as well as with additional recurring well balanced characters.
Sex, magic, violence, and gore.

Anita Blake books are so horny for a series with 2 sex scenes over 8 novels.

So far, as this series progresses, each book's plot is more exciting and unpredictable. Hamilton's worldbuilding is excellent; there is so much creative potential and she uses it to the best advantage.

The triumvirate dynamic's development is fascinating. After book 6 I wasn't sure if we would see less of Richard, but I love that he is just as involved as before. Richard, Anita, and Jean Cla
Jun 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hamilton-l-k
Book 8 in Anita’s series takes off like a rocket and never slows down. Deliciously, Anita is gaining powers and morphing with her questioning every nuance she doesn't understand.

For me, this book showed to be well written with great character and relationship development among were-leopards, were-wolves and vampires.

I enjoyed not having so much Jean-Claude in this book. Richard got more time in this book which was delightful in some of the revelations of his escapades.

From trying to rescue Rich
Some friends have read 50 Shades (yes, I do point and laugh when they admit it) and either hate it and want to read a "good" dirty book or love it and want more of the same. Since I am the book guru they come to me for advice and I have none. I don't read "naughty" books. I am a prude. So, to the delight of some contrarian somewhere I have a stack of books I am working my way through in hopes of finding something to recommend. This book was on the clearance rack at the local used bookstore for $ ...more
Anna 'Bookbuyer'
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Danielle Folker
Dec 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Anita barely sat down in this book. There was so much going on. But not so much that you were completely overwhelmed. Anita also is a complete badass even though she feels out of control. I really missed Jean Claude. I'm hoping to see more of him in the next book. This was a really great read. Although I felt the ending was kind of ridiculous. There were tons of battles and tough situations but she survives the final battle with prayer? I mean I guess that is the only way to defeat a demon but c ...more
Aug 07, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
i'm not even going to defend this rating so don't ask. like yes these books are objectively terrible AND YET

alternate review: come for the vampires, stay for the slow slide into debauchery, kink and polyamory

i will admit that every time someone ends a statement with a question mark and we get told they "made it a question" i want to smack Ms Hamilton like yes WHAT DO YOU THINK A QUESTION IS and also WHERE IS YOUR EDITOR
Jan 31, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: own, favorites
This book brought out so much potential but it turned out to be a really big mess.
The ending especially left a bad taste. I did not like the cliche in the plot resolve.
In truth I would have loved to read about the things being mentioned in the last chapter in more detail and again I am left agitated by the wrap up of the 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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