Narrator: Kimberly Alexis
Length: 10 hrs 4 mins
Series: Anita Blake #24
Published by Berkley on June 9, 2015
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Anita Blake has the highest kill count of any vampire executioner in the country. She’s a U.S. Marshal who can raise zombies with the best of them. But ever since she and master vampire Jean-Claude went public with their engagement, all she is to anyone and everyone is Jean-Claude’s fiancée.
It’s wreaking havoc with her reputation as a hard ass—to some extent. Luckily, in professional circles, she’s still the go-to expert for zombie issues. And right now, the FBI is having one hell of a zombie issue.
Someone is producing zombie porn. Anita has seen her share of freaky undead fetishes, so this shouldn’t bother her. But the women being victimized aren’t just mindless, rotting corpses. Their souls are trapped behind their eyes, signaling voodoo of the blackest kind.
It’s the sort of case that can leave a mark on a person. And Anita’s own soul may not survive unscathed . . .
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It seems like we are slowly getting back to cases or situations that don’t completely revolve around Anita using the ardeur and gaining more animals to call.
I was glad we were back to Marshall Anita. Out doing her job trying to be a normal person. Well as normal as she can be being engaged to the Master of the City. The plot line was really good. The complete horror at having your awareness back while being a zombie is off the charts. It gave me goosebumps.
Anita finds herself at a loss of how these things are happening. The amount of power it would take to do such a thing. Then she does incredible stuff. She’s baffled by what she’s accomplished and is flying by the seat of her pants. I don’t know what it was, but I felt like she had so much doubt in herself. She wasn’t the tough, confident hard ass she used to be. That threw me off. I wanted to scream at her.
The stress everyone in her personal life was putting on her probably helped throw her off. Being engaged to the Master of the City just dumped a huge amount of responsibility on her head. There were a few times when she really got to step up and use her authority. It was good to see those glimpses of her assertiveness.
The animals and their prophecies are just getting ridiculous. I’m including Micah and Nathanial in that too. Everyone is after Anita to add a tiger to their little commitment circle. They all have requests and what type of qualities they would like to have added. It overwhelms Anita and it just annoyed the shit out of me. She was the one that needed to make the decision and have the connection with this person. The guys were just forcing their “needs” down her throat.
This series has made it all the way to this 24th book. It has had some really big ups and downs. There are people who became totally offended and angry at the path the series took. I feel like we are trying to pull some of the old spice that made us love Anita back into the books. Granted, there is still a ways to go, but maybe some of those readers will find their way back.
Overall the likes and dislikes kind of evened out. The FBI and zombie storyline kept me glued while I admit I skimmed over some personal things when they started to piss me off. I will continue the series. I’ve come this far, it would be a crime to give up now. I hope Anita continues to get some of herself back and we get some really exciting stories. I am definitely going to research before starting the next one though. Its hard when I can never remember who is who.
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