Review: Guilty Pleasures (Anita Blake, #1) by Laurell K. Hamilton

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Rating: ★ ★ ½ ☆ ☆
Date read: September 01 to 24, 2012
Read count: 1

The writing and mystery are fine, and I like Anita Blake’s urban fantasy world. But for some reason, I have a hard time getting into this book. I like it while I’m reading, but once I put it down, I don’t feel like picking it up again. Does that make sense? Don’t know why that happens exactly. It must have something to do with the main character because I don’t find her interesting. It isn’t that big a problem though. I don’t find most main characters in UF interesting, but somehow it matters here and it got in the way of my reading of this book.

As for the writing though, it seems too simplistic and straightforward for my taste. There isn’t enough background info or mythology to pull me in. But since this is the first book of the series, I know I should go easier on it and maybe give the second book a try before writing off the whole thing off. The only reason I’m putting that off is because of Anita Blake. I just don’t like her enough to read on.

What I look for in urban fantasy is a rich world filled with monsters with some level of complexity and have some depth to them. The further the writing delves into their existence and biology, the better. I don’t really care for much of anything else, beside the monsters, to be honest. It always helps if a series has some humor and a funny main character, but that’s not necessarily a requirement. An interesting plot wouldn’t hurt, but again, not necessary. And also, the plot doesn’t necessarily have to be a murder mystery.

I will probably pick up the second Anita Blake book, mostly because I’ve heard the writing gets better. But then I also heard it gets worse after a certain point–around book #8? And people tell the latest books are all sex (maybe?) and not enough mystery. So I will probably not make it past book #5. We’ll see how it goes.

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