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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Review: Hit List by Laurell K. Hamilton

Hit List (Anita Blake, Bk 20)
By Laurell K. Hamilton
Publish Date: June 7, 2011
Publisher: Berkley
Format: Hardcover
Source: Personal

**I try not to include spoilers in my reviews but since this is part of a series, some spoilers are unavoidable.**

Anita Blake and Edward have been called in to investigate a slew of killings that have the mark of a serial killer. This draws Anita away from the protection of Jean-Claude and out into the open for the Mother of All Darkness and her henchmen The Harlequin. I smell a trap for sure!

Anita has always progressed in her character from one book to another in this series. Still deep down we feel how much she is still that small town girl who is unsure of what she is doing. We see a lot of resentment from men towards Anita. As she puts it, they think she is sleeping with everyone so they hate her because she is slut or she just hasn’t slept with them. Very hard to work when you have those feelings directed towards you. Anita, of course, perseveres with her quick wit and straight forward in your face attitude.

I miss the comfort of Anita with her group of merry men (as I call them). Having the story take place away from all the other characters and only inject a few familiar characters made Hit List fall short for me. We end up being introduced to more minor characters that play an intricate part in the ending. Olaf is also brought back and might just have a more starring role in books to come. Not entirely sold on this installment but hopefully Hamilton gets back on track with her next one.



Mary said...

I liked this installment of the series and am impatiently waiting for the next book. I should just get the next few books, not read them and when I have all of them together, lock myself in a room and read all back to back...Maybe then that will satisfy me. lol

SacredmOOn said...

Great review Kelsey! I had loved this series up to book eight, but I just don't like the direction Hamilton took after that. I own up to book 16. I've tried numerous times to start book 9 with no such luck. *sigh* Such a shame. I've threw up my hands with this series sadly. :(
DeAnna S.

Sverige said...

I'm shocked to say that I really liked this!!! I've had some serious issues with this series in the last few years to the point that I've nearly walked away more than once. In this book Anita is away from her many men in her role as a US Marshal. She's working with one of my favorite characters, Edward, to find out who's killing weretigers not tied to any clan. It turns out to be The Harlequin who are trying to kill any gold tigers and draw Anita away from her protection so she can be kidnapped for Marmee Noir.

One of the big pluses for me with this book is that Jean-Claude, Richard, Micah and Nathaniel make only a teensy-tiny appearance toward the very end of the book but that's it. I loved it! This felt more like the Anita of old who's out finding the bad guys and ruthlessly killing when needed rather than playing musical sex partners. It's not a constant whine fest between the men over who's getting her attention and her blaming the ardeur for adding another new partner. She does add one more person this book but it made perfect sense to the plot, there was genuine attraction between them outside of the ardeur and the sex was hot but not overdone. If I remember correctly there was just one sex scene! ONE! This book also really deepened the relationship between her and Edward and except for one brief and interesting exchange this wasn't remotely sexual. It was a revelation to realize how much Edward respects and relies on her and the lengths he'd go not to lose her. This becomes very apparent when Olaf joins the team later in the book. He's still as obsessed with Anita as always and it escalates even further. He is one of the creepiest characters I've ever read and by the end of this he becomes an even bigger threat to Anita.