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Review – Burnt Offerings

From the publisher: In Laurell K. Hamilton’s New York Times bestselling novels, it’s often hard to tell the good from the evil. Just ask Anita Blake. She seems to be developing a soft spot in her heart for vampires – on in particular. So, when an arsonist’s flames begin licking at St. Louis’s undead, it’s up to Anita to save the very monsters she’s sworn to destroy….

Good girls do not have premarital sex, especially with the undead. But here I was, doing it. Me, Anita Blake, turned into coffin bait. Sad, very sad…You can’t trust anyone who sleeps with the monsters….”

This is the seventh book in the Anita Blake series. The premise is this: It’s modern day, and vampires are legal (i.e. you can’t just kill a vampire just ’cause you don’t like ’em). Anita Blake is a necromancer (not to be confused with a necrophiliac), which means she has an “affinity” with the dead. She can raise zombies and has quite a bit of “power”.

I picked up this book after my failed attempt at reading Atonement. My next book is the His Dark Materials trilogy, and I wanted some fluff in between Atonement and His Dark Materials. The Anita Blake series is definitely fluff.

Unfortunately, I don’t know if I like where the series is headed. However, it’s been a great series so far, and it’s really non-stop action coupled with Anita Blake’s very sharp tongue. The action is so non-stop, that I’ve often wondered when this lady sleeps. I can suspend my disbelief about vampires and all that weird stuff, but when she has so much adventure that she never gets to sleep, I just start wondering how realistic this really is… 😉

My only other complaint is that from the back of the book it seemed as if the book would revolve around some “thing” setting things on fire. Strangely, that seemed to be more of a side story rather than the main plot. It was irritating to be half way through the book and wonder when this arsonist was going to join the story. Oh well. That’s what I get for reading fluff.

Rating: 85 out of 100

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