LKH never disappoints me. I am hooked on the Anita Blake series. I don't care what critics or haters say, this series stands out among others because of it's unique differences and the way the character has grown and changed.
In Kiss the Dead Anita is being targeted by a rogue group of vampires who are going against all the rules. They have turned children and senior citizens into vampires. Vampires with no master, nothing to keep them in line. And they see Anita and Jean Claude as a threat- which puts everyone Anita loves in danger. But who is in charge of these vampires? They say they have no master yet someone is obviously pulling the strings- and why target Anita and Jean Claude above all the other masters?
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The only thing about Kiss the Dead I did not enjoy was the out in left field story arc and what should have been a plot tie in. I really thought the way the story lead in started that there would be a major connection between the bad guys of this book and Jean Claude. I felt that the connection wasn't established and that left me a little upset because I felt the story was not furthered the way it could have been. In the beginning Jean Claude had an idea about things and said he'd tell Anita later. That never came to be and that part of the story never circled around. This made the ending unsatisfying for me.
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However if you look past that minor plot flaw the story itself was intense and the character development quite advanced.
For those who have has issues with the sex scenes in her books...well this book has them, not as much as some of the books but definitely more than the early books of the series. The sex doesn't bother me because A) I'm an erotica author and B) a lot of the sex, if you actually read through it, does further the story. How she interacts with different men, how she trusts some and not others...it shows who she really loves and who she may choose to stay with in the long run. I'm just glad this book kept the number of men to a minimum because my biggest issue has always been trying to keep track of whose who. I like the main men: Jean Claude, Micah, Nathaniel, even Richard though I was never a big fan of his repressed 1950s ideals of what he and Anita should be together.
Richard did not appear in this book though he was mentioned a time or two. This book focused more on Anita's relationships with Micah, Nathaniel, Cynric aka Sin, and Nicky. She did a lot of inner evaluating of her feelings for Sin and Nicky.
Anita continues to push past her boundaries, cross lines and learn new and amazing things about herself while accepting things as they are. Her feelings towards the men in her life, her happiness, love...all these points were addressed in Kiss the Dead in ways Anita really never let herself explore before. She has always kept things shut off not wanting to accept love and happiness as normal parts of her life. Yet despite everything she's been through she realizes that she is happy. Happy with herself and the men she loves.
And something surprising- she thinks it may soon be time to stop being a Marshal.
Where will this series go if Anita stops being a Marshal. Will she lose touch with the humans? Will she focus more on raising zombies again? Will she live happily among the "monsters"? Will it mean the end of the series?
I hope it doesn't mean the end. I love this series and Anita's crazy world full of beautiful men.
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…