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Cerulean Sins by Laurell K. Hamilton

Cerulean Sins

by Laurell K. Hamilton

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Series: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter (11)

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I have decided to catch up on series/authors I used to like. I have read many of the Anita Blake books. It was a few years ago, and I have forgotten where I left off in the series. I know for sure I read books 1-10, so I decided to start again with #11. I remember feeling like the books were just becoming like one long orgy, with very little plot in between the sex. So I will have to see how long I continue with them.

After finishing the book, I think I had read it in the past, but it was still a fun read. I liked that the book showed Anita raising zombies, and also being an executioner. The rest of the book was more about visiting vampires, and how sadistic they are, and feeding the ardeur. It made me remember how much I enjoyed the first books in the series, when it was more about Anita's life as an executioner/raiser of the dead, and less about vampire politics. I wish the books could get back to that, but I know they don't. I am still planning on reading the next one, [b:Incubus Dreams|30271|Incubus Dreams (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #12)|Laurell K. Hamilton|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1310503013s/30271.jpg|2963636] ( )
  readingover50 | Jun 11, 2019 |
This one was a bit confusing to read for me. If you'd read all the other in the series up to this point it may have been easier. This one has a number of plot lines running at all the same time. There's visiting vampires from Europe who break a number of the rules. There's a serial killer on the loose. Also an international terrorist. The vampires are there and before their scheduled time, which is breaking one of their cardinal rules. They also try to take advantage of as many things as they can. We also learn that the "mother of darkness" is awakening. I'm sure that will play into later books. The serial killer destroys the bodies of his victims, similar to what we've seen in some of her previous books. It seems that the terrorist may be leading up to another book later. This one seems to pull out all the stops in supernatural creatures as well, there's the vampires, mention of zombies and numerous different kinds of were creatures. ( )
  ChrisWeir | Nov 20, 2018 |
More truly excessive amounts of boring discussion about vampire politics. Like, some of the politics might be interesting if they didn't talk soooooooooooo damn much. DON'T CAAAAAAARE. It's a real shame they didn't go into the other story lines more, they were actually kind of interesting. ( )
  themjrawr | Dec 1, 2017 |
It's been some time since I've picked up an Anita Blake novel but I have read most of them. My favorite of the series is still Guilty Pleasures because of Blake's handling of the monsters, her own budding necromancy and the detective aspect of things.

Cerulean Sins is a far cry from that! I was quite disappointed in the direction the book was going. We are going to have sex and a confused relationship with Anita. That's a given. But this becomes the main thrust (sorry) of the book! Richard wants to be normal and is a werewolf. OK. And Jean-Claude loves his petite. Swell. But the triumvirate gets invaded by Bella Morte, an old-school vampire who wants Anita for herself. There's a struggle and there's some cool vampire powers. Great, back on track. Except... Asher. Asher, the vampire who was disfigured by holy water, needs protection from Bella as she wants him back too. The snarky arrogance of Bella is quite gross. She brings in a gift of a painting of Asher designed to make him feel like mud. And we go through several pages of this kind of covert hostility that is hard to read.

Anita's solution is to get the boys in bed and screw them good. The book at this point takes a turn for the near-pornographic which was disappointing as well. Hamilton can usually write a decent love scene without the gross imagery as she has done in earlier books.

Relationships: Dorph goes off the deep end and refuses to work with Anita. He really hates the monsters now and feels Anita is corrupted. She makes a few less-than-tactful remarks and he goes off the deep end. This thread is never fully wrapped up at the end either.

Oh, there's a few gruesome murders from a serial killer, Anita meets a hit man who wants an ancestor risen, and she meets an international killer who is following her. Great, huh? Except that's a minor, oh so minor part of the story. The book is really all about Anita and that's a real shame. A story of Anita struggling to find the killer would have been a lot more interesting than a story of Anita struggling with the mind games of vampires and her adoration of Asher's long, flowing locks!

Hope the next installment is better!

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Marvel Comics-Anita Blake Vampire Hunter-Guilty Pleasures Handbook (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter-Guilty Pleasures, Handbook)
Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: The Laughing Corpse Book 1 - Animator (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter (Marvel Paper))

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Laurell K. Hamilton Boxed Set - Guilty Pleasures, The Laughing Corpse, Circus of the Damned and The Lunatic Cafe
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  James_Mourgos | Dec 22, 2016 |
One of the weaker ones in the series, around this time the plots & the executioner are definitely 2nd string to the erotica. This one you read and in the last pages it seems like she remembers she has several serial killers & top spies to take care of & they are disposed of in around 30 pages of the book.
Not complaining, sometimes mindless escapism is exactly what you need which is why I re-read this; but it is a jarring tchange of pace towards the end. ( )
  jkdavies | Jun 14, 2016 |
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Now, Anita learns what it's like to be at the new end of a centuries-old bloodline - and just how far she'll let herself get pushed around... How the mighty have fallen! Once a sworn enemy of all vampires, Anita is now the human consort of both Jean-Claude, the Master Vampire, and Micah, the leopard shapeshifter. But her love life doesn't stop there. It can't. For Anita - not quite as human as she once was - is consumed by both the lusts of the vampire and the primal hungers of the wereleopards. Desires that must be sated - time and time again... But it is Jean-Claude who needs her now. His oldest ancestor has sent one of her vicious and powerful underlings to St. Louis, putting Jean-Claude and his clan on the defensive. Unsure of where she stands with the interloper, Anita finds herself tested as never before - needing all the dark forces her passion can muster to save the ones she loves the most.
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Laurell K. Hamilton's legions of eager fans will be pleased to see Cerulean Sins), the eleventh novel in her Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series, which is set on an alternate Earth where magic works and vampires and werewolves are real. When a sinister stranger tries to hire the magically potent Anita Blake to raise the dead, she finds herself embroiled in the search for a vicious, supernatural serial killer, and also in the clandestine international politics of the vampires. And as she becomes more deeply enmeshed in cruel plots and counterplots, her tangled personal life only becomes more demanding, more wrenching, and more erotically fraught.

With ten previous books in the Anita Blake series, Cerulean Sins is not the place to start. Though author Hamilton artfully reveals the backstory in small doses, the numerous returning characters and the complex history will overwhelm most newcomers (and even the most devoted fans may find that the backfilling slows the pace). Also, the characters frequently stand around talking and psychoanalyzing one another, which makes for static stretches unlikely to hold a new reader's attention. Newcomers should start with the first book, Guilty Pleasures. --Cynthia Ward

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The #2 "New York Times" bestseller is now in paperback. Once a sworn enemy of all monsters, Anita is now the human consort of both Master Vampire Jean Claude and leopard shapeshifter Micah. When a centuries-old vampire hits St. Louis, Anita finds herself needing all the dark forces her passion can muster to save the ones she loves.… (more)

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