Guilty Pleasures – Book Review

Since I've gotten into Buffy, The Vampire Slayer lately, I thought I'd see if there were any good vampire slayer series in print.  After reading fantastic reviews of the Anita Blake series by Laurell K. Hamilton, I picked up Guilty Pleasures.  I was not impressed.  The premise is really interesting and seemed promising.  The books take place in a future St. Louis where vampires have been given rights by the government and slaying them is considered murder.  This creates a situation where the slayer must deal with the politics of killing vampires.  It was a fun story, but the negatives outweigh the positives with this novel for me.  From what I've read online, the series turns into vampire-themed porn after book 9 so I may not put any further time into the series for that reason alone.

This is one of those books where, in an attempt to get the reader to relate to the main character, there is too much inner dialog that has nothing to do with the story.  I really don't like Anita at all.  There are also some jabs at atheists and agnostics that turned me off.  She basically says that atheists are so weak and afraid of death that they are more likely to be seduced by vampires and eternal life.  This alone is enough for me to stop reading at book 1.  I almost put the book down right after that sentence, but wanted to know how it ended since I was only 50 pages from the end.  Vampire stories will always have a religious element, but they need not be offensive to everyone else. 

I need to read something with substance now.

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3 thoughts on “Guilty Pleasures – Book Review

  1. I wish I didn't finish it. It was so bad it put me in a horrible mood. My brain feels empty, and I'm thirsty for something with more meaning than this trite novel had. I expected light reading, not completely vacant reading.

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