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Quote of the day: “I’d have been dead a long time ago if not for my friends, one of whom had just jumped off the cliff after me.
I’d have been a lot more appreciative if he hadn’t pushed me first." Cassandra Palmer ― Hunt the Moon by Karen Chance

Monday, February 1, 2010

FLIRT by Laurell K. Hamilton

Flirt (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #18) Flirt by Laurell K. Hamilton







My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Synopsis:
When Anita Blake meets with prospective client Tony Bennington, who is desperate to have her reanimate his recently deceased wife, she is full of sympathy for his loss. Anita knows something about love, and she knows everything there is to know about loss. But what she also knows, though Tony Bennington seems unwilling to be convinced, is that the thing she can do as a necromancer isn’t the miracle he thinks he needs. The creature that Anita could coerce to step out of the late Mrs. Bennington’s grave would not be the lovely Mrs. Bennington. Not really. And not for long.

Anita has been relaxing just a bit with the men in her own life. The affectionate warmth of being with them brings out something softer in her, a sense of safety she can almost trust. They do love her; that part is forever and for sure. But flirting with feeling safe is a dangerous thing…


My thoughts:
Flirt is the 18th installment in the Anita Blake series. It's not a full novel like her usual's, it's about the size of her novel MICAH. (approx. 200 pages). No matter, I was excited to get another Anita dose. The wait for each novel is a year(like most series) and it's always a killer.

This time around, the usual characters who are in this story are Micah, Nathaniel, Jason and of course, Anita. And when her lovers are threatened, Anita will go through anything to save them...

I'm super happy Anita is getting back into her Necromancer ways (which sounds funny). I never read a book from the series that I didn't like...but I found it going a little off track with all the lust around Anita. Even with that though, the books always had a good story. Hamilton always writes a good story.
As much as I like Anita's character, I find the other key characters always make the stories. I'm a huge fan of Nathaniel and Jean Claude(which doesn't seem to get as much face time in these past books). Micah is a great guy and Jason's a sweetie. The only character that gave me headaches was Richard. One minute he was a good guy, the next a big jerk. Towards the end it was 5% good and 95% jerk. I'm glad it's been a few books since his appearance. I think even Hamilton needed a break from him! (hehe).

I know I'm off track with the book and more with the series in general but the synopsis pretty much sums it up. I'm not going to give away anything big so I'm mostly telling the other key points of the book. I will say though, that I found myself liking the character Nick, even though all odds pointed to 'not like him'. I really felt bad for what was done, even though it had to be done. I'm glad I don't make Anita's choices for her.

The cover could have been so much better. I'm a big fan of the older covers. Or any cover that isn't just blank with one symbol or item on it. Blood Noir, Skin Trade, Flirt and now Bullet are all pretty bad covers. ( I know there's more than one cover and it's obvious the crow one is much better... but that's the UK version..) For paperback it's fine but for hardcover you should at least get something out of it for the price. (Besides the good writing).
As for the price of the hardcover of FLIRT. That's a different story...
30.00 CND for a 200 apx. page story. I think since it was a short novel it should have came out in mass paper back, or even trade paperback. It would have gotten even more sells for sure. Not many people want to pay 30 bucks for a 2 or 3 hour read. If your a collector on the other hand, it's always good to buy the hardbacks. I personally buy whichever is out, hard or paperback.

No matter the cover or cost, the book was refreshing and new. One of her best as of late. Flirt packs quite an emotional wallop. From the moment a oddly grieving Bennington begs her for help to when Anita's at her worst. It's always upbeat and interesting. I think and regret that Anita may be becoming the thing she fears. I look forward to Bullet!



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2 comments:

gumbootiner said...

good review~

vslavetopassionv said...

I've read Laurell K Hamilton's Merry Gentry series and have just gotten this series. Thank you for the review. <3

~smooches~
Jase

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