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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

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Skin Trade by Laurell K. Hamilton

Skin Trade (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #17) Skin Trade by Laurell K. Hamilton

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
When a vampire serial killer sends Anita Blake a grisly souvenir from Las Vegas, she has to warn Sin City's local authorities what they're dealing with. Only it's worse than she thought. Ten officers and one executioner have been slain-paranormal style. Anita heads to Vegas, where's she's joined by three other federal marshals, including the ruthless Edward. It's a good thing he always has her back, because when she gets close to the bodies, Anita senses "tiger" too strongly to ignore it. The weretigers are very powerful in Las Vegas, which means the odds of her rubbing someone important the wrong way just got a lot higher.

My thoughts:
This is the seventeenth installment in the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series. It follows Anita, Edward and Olaf as they track their latest vampire threat. When a very unwanted package is mailed to her office, the hunt for its sender becomes personal. Naturally with Anita, she takes the flight out to Las Vegas to track him down.
What awaits her there isn’t just a body count. She realizes the sender is making it very personal...Starting by murdering a fellow Federal Marshall.
Cat and mouse games don't sit well with Anita. And needing all the help she can get with Edward and Olaf by her side she's ready to take him down.

Personally Olaf creeps me out, but I really like his character. I couldn't see me wanting to be around him, but sometimes I think I see something ok in him. Even if it's just for .2 of a second..
Edward is one of my favorite characters. I always know it's going to be an awesome one if Edward is involved. Not to mention, it's going to be gruesome. Edwards character would be one hard to write.. sure he's unemotional and dark, but to imagine his thoughts is always something I try to do. It's pretty hard. If I had to compare him to anyone, it would probably be Dexter. They both have that on purpose split personality. And one of their personality's is the love of the kill.

As for Anita, she's going through a hardship with herself. She's terrified for becoming what she feared and doesn't know who to trust with her thoughts. This time around was afresh start in the series. Like everyone has been saying, the past lot of books were mostly smut then plot, but I really saw a change with this book. There's the usual stuff, but it's not so over the top. I really feel she deserves a second chance because she really is a great story teller.

I also love Wicked and Truth. ("The Wicked Truth"). The ideas for their characters are genius. I've been a fan of them from the start. I'm glad they made some what of a bigger part in this book. They will probably be more of a part in the future books now.

The downfall is, there are many different characters in this book(and series) and sometimes it gets hard to keep up with everyone. I do get bugged about that sometimes. But I really do like the series, so I try to go back and remember a certain character if I really can't put my thumb on them. And for the cover..It's not one of my favorites. Is it just me, or does it remind you of the Saw movies? Lol. It's still better than the Flirt/Bullet covers though..

As for the book itself, I loved it. The plot was great, the anticipation of the 'sender' was intense and fun. And the characters were awesome. I enjoyed this more than Blood Noir and liked the new setting in Law Vegas. I like when Anita travels and we get to see new and exciting creatures and things. If your an Anita fan, this may have been better than the last few(IMO)and I recommend it for those who haven't decided on reading it yet. I also loved Flirt so I'm now very excited for Bullet.

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Wendalyn said...

Another series I want to read but haven't yet... Oh so many books not enough time.

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