Saturday, October 2, 2010

Review: Blue Moon by Laurell K. Hamilton

Blue Moon (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Book 8)Book: Blue Moon (The Vampire Hunter #8: Anita Blake Series)
Author: Laurell K. Hamilton
Pages: 432
Publisher: Jove
ISBN: 0515134457
When she chose master vampire Jean- Claude over her ex-fianc√©, alpha werewolf Richard Zeeman, Anita learned that sometimes love is not enough. But though she and Richard won’t be walking down any aisles, she can’t turn her back on him when he’s arrested on a rape charge in Tennessee. Anita knows firsthand that Richard has the morals of a saint—or at least a boy scout. But his guilt or innocence is not the issue. He’s behind bars, and in five days a full moon will rise

After book 1-7 showing Anita as one tough babe, Hamilton decided that this book becomes the window to seeing Anita's vulnerability. I always enjoyed Anita's kick ass attitude but this twist to the character made me love Anita more. It's a complete circle already. A girl with beauty, power, and incredible strenght who is not just capable of doing efficient job but also is vulnerable to pain and love.

What is alarming about the book for some is the injection of the sexual aspect of the characters involve. Anita no longer balances a few powers but also made a triumvirate of power with the two most powerful creatures in St. Louis. Which makes Anita, Jean Claude and Richard a strong force to defend and protect the people they care about but can also be a deadly force against enemies. Since Hamilton is a great story teller, you don't expect a mild sexual read. So to people who are not yet open to this kind of novel, might as well read the first seven books.

Though I am not hating the sexual tension, I just felt that the insertion of the sexual aspect in the series lost the impact of the books altogether. From the uphill climb of the previous book, this on the flat surface of the mountain. A plateau.

So overall, still a good read with a little precaution because of the sexual aspect for readers who doesn't enjoy that. Still packed with gore, kick ass and details fight scenes, and the usual love triangle of Anita - Jean Claude - Richard.

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