Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Bite Sized Review: Burnt Offerings by Laurell K. Hamilton
Hmmm, I noticed most of the reviews on Goodreads don’t go into any sort of plot detail for this book. I couldn't figure it out at first but now that I've finished rereading Burnt Offerings I get it. It's because there isn’t one.
Well, that’s not quite true. There were threads of a plot, the vampire council has come to town to rape and pillage the beasties and something is setting vamp hideouts aflame 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 and it’s sexual but mostly in a vile, violent way and I have to say this is my least favorite of the series rereads to date. Richard was a prick; Anita was too prickly and it was just a big jumble of unsatisfying and rushed plot threads that left me as grouchy as Richard. But mostly it was boring which is a weird thing to say about a book filled so much almost sex and violence. I miss tomboy Anita the Vampire Executioner and as much as I complained about the Nike swish descriptions in the previous books I'd give anything to have them back. If I have to hear another description of a whored up Anita outfit I'm going to gag.
Again, narrator Kimberly Alexis does a fabulous job with voicing Anita Blake and most of the characters but I can't recommend rushing out to to read this for the first or second time.