Aug 2, 2012

Book Review: Kiss the Dead

When a fifteen-year-old girl is abducted by vampires, it’s up to U.S. Marshal Anita Blake to find her. And when she does, she’s faced with something she’s never seen before: a terrifyingly ordinary group of people—kids, grandparents, soccer moms—all recently turned and willing to die to avoid serving a master. And where there’s one martyr, there will be more…

But even vampires have monsters that they’re afraid of. And Anita is one of them…

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I have been a follower of this series since the very beginning and I am ecstatic to see that it is heading back to the grittiness of the earlier books.  Yes there is still sex but it is no longer the main theme because while I do enjoy erotic romance I expect more of this series.  

Anita is starting to become more comfortable with her emotions.  While the men in her life still have fight her to get to acknowledge some things, they don't have to fight quite as hard.  And she is starting to accept that there are times when love just isn't enough to make it all right.  

In KISS THE DEAD we also get a chance to get to know some of Anita's tigers and their motivations.  Don't get me wrong, her main squeezes Jean Claude, Micah and Nathanial are still part of the storyline.  We just get to know Dev, Sin and Nicky better.

I enjoyed KISS THE DEAD and really hope that the future novels keep this level of grittiness.  However there were a couple things that bothered me that should have been caught in the editing process like a paragraph that was repeated a couple times in the book.  Also one timeline that seems off.  That is why I am rating it lower because editing is all part of what it takes to make a good story.

I rate this book a 3.5.

***I picked this book up at my public library.


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