Guilty Pleasures: An Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Novel by Laurell K. HamiltonGuilty Pleasures: An Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Novel by Laurell K. Hamilton

Guilty Pleasures: An Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Novel

byLaurell K. Hamilton

Mass Market Paperback | September 24, 2002

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Meet Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, in the first novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling series that “blends the genres of romance, horror and adventure with stunning panache”(Diana Gabaldon).

Laurell K. Hamilton’s bestselling series has captured readers’ wildest imaginations and addicted them to a seductive world where supernatural hungers collide with the desires of the human heart, starring a heroine like no other...

Anita Blake is small, dark, and dangerous. Her turf is the city of St. Louis. Her job: re-animating the dead and killing the undead who take things too far. But when the city’s most powerful vampire asks her to solve a series of vicious slayings, Anita must confront her greatest fear—her undeniable attraction to master vampire Jean-Claude, one of the creatures she is sworn to destroy...

“What The Da Vinci Code did for the religious thriller, the Anita Blake series has done for the vampire novel.”—USA Today
Laurell K. Hamilton is a full-time writer and the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series and the Merry Gentry series. She lives in a suburb of St. Louis with her family.
Title:Guilty Pleasures: An Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter NovelFormat:Mass Market PaperbackPublished:September 24, 2002Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:051513449X

ISBN - 13:9780515134490


Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my Favourites! The first book in the Anita Blake series and the very first Urban Fantasy i've ever read (and continue to read!). Vampire, mystery, some serious action and a strong and interesting female lead! Honestly what more could you ask for?
Date published: 2018-02-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The beginning This is the first book in her series and it is the start of one of my favorite series of all time. This is the book where you get to meet many of the main characters that you will see throughout the series
Date published: 2017-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a great series I started reading this on the request of a friend and could not put it down. Although there are many different versions of this same kind of story, I found the Hamilton created a new and interesting world that draws you in and keeps you wanting more. If you have not tried it yet, your in for one exciting ride.
Date published: 2017-11-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Book that began it all It's probably because it's the first in the series that I like as much as I do. It's a good solid intro to the Anita Blake world of horror and mystery. It's the book that got me hooked initially. It IS a bit dated, showing that it was written in the late 80s, early 90s.
Date published: 2017-10-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love anything vampires and this one id s really special!! What a great start to this series. I keep rereading this book. This is why I fell in love with Laurell K Hamilton's writing.
Date published: 2017-08-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved this book This book is fantastic. Read the series once before and am reading now for a second time!
Date published: 2017-07-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Series until I love this series as a teenage it was new and original and the characters were wrote so awesomely. I can't say i'm not disappointed with how long this series has gone and how the characters have changed
Date published: 2017-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun An addictive start to a wonderful series. Really good at fleshing out the characters.
Date published: 2017-03-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful Start to a Series! So far I'm loving this series! Anita is great and I love following her around as she gets caught in the mess of vampires. I thought she was interesting and a very strong female character. Shes going to make a wonderful character to follow during this series and I can't wait to see more of her. My favourite part was how honest she was about herself. She admitted when she was scared but decided to do something about it. I really admired her for that and it makes her a really great character. I was a little disappointed we didn't get to know any other character besides Anita but I think we'll see more of them in the next books (I hope anyways). I'm interested in seeing if there's going to be some romance happening because there wasn't much (if any) in this one. The plot was quick paced though at times I found myself a little lost when something wasn't explained as good as it could have been. It was still a great start to this series and I'll be continuing with it in the near future.
Date published: 2017-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my all time favourite! I really do love this series. I borrow it from someone else and quickly fall in love. Anita is such a strong character.
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Addictive! This was the first book I ever read written by Laurell K. Hamilton; and I loved it. The characters were addictive, and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the rest of the Anita Blake series!
Date published: 2016-12-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesomeness I'm a die hard Buffy The Vampire Slayer Fan. If you are too, read these. You will not be dissapointed. Anita is tough as coffin nails!!
Date published: 2015-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! The fist time I read this I couldn't wait to read more! I have now re-read this book many times and hope you do too!
Date published: 2015-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! Great fantasy novel. The main character, Anita Blake, is one of my favorite fantasy characters of all time. This entire series is a great read and I highly recommend it to all fantasy lovers out there.
Date published: 2013-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! Very good read. I've only just started the series of these books, but this one was the lure that made me want to continue.
Date published: 2013-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome I totally love Anita!
Date published: 2013-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love anita About to buy the next book!!! Starting to be addicted!!
Date published: 2013-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best Vampire series Ever. No joke. If you were ever a Twilight fan, please, ditch that rubbish and pick up an Anita Blake book. There are 20 published Anita Blake books, with #21 being released this summer. Sometimes, when you're contemplating beginning a new series, knowing there are 21 books can be a bit daunting. But once Anita draws you in, and she will, I guarantee it, 21 is not NEARLY enough. What I love love love about the Anita series are the characters. There is great development, and each book sees every character growing in fantastic ways. Anita lives in St. Louis, in a world where Vampires are legal citizens. She works as an Animator (someone who raises the dead) and as a legal vampire executioner. Anita is one of the most bad ass female characters I've ever had the pleasure of getting to know (fictionally, of course). She is stubborn, she is tough as nails, she's got a mouth on her, she can't be bullied, she can fight, she's great with a gun, she's got guts galore, she's better than the boys. These books are packed with action, with suspense, with gore (there are tons of bloody murder scenes!). Some of my all-time favorite characters live within these pages (Anita, Edward, Jean-Claude!). As with a lot of books that are series, the first book is always the slowest, the most unsure, as there has to be plenty of development, but by book 3, I was so so hooked on Anita and her world that I read the entire series in just a bit more than a month. If you love the fantastical and love a great strong female lead, this series is for you. It will put every other vampire novel you've read to shame. And in response to the review below me, there is a lot of sex in the series but it only starts getting really intense around book 10, and it's pivotal to the storyline even if sex gets boring to read. Pick it up. You won't regret it.
Date published: 2012-03-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Enjoyable Anita Blake, vampire hunter, finds herself in some deep trouble when she attends her friend’s bachelorette party one night. When things start to go amiss, she finds herself dealing with old enemies, a vampire murderer, and a thousand-year old vampire who wants to see her dead. Now as she struggles to keep her friends safe while investigating a bizarre murder case, Anita is also fighting to stay alive long enough to see the morning and rescue a vampire who risked his life for her. I was actually really surprised at how well Hamilton wrote this novel. It was entertaining with suspense, thrills, romance and a plot that was not only interesting, but very believable at the same time. Hamilton was able to joke around a lot too, which made the book even more enjoyable. I can’t wait to get started on her sequel. :)
Date published: 2010-04-03
Rated 2 out of 5 by from disappointed I picked up this little book because of all the positive hype surrounding the series and as something to hold me over until the next sookie stackhouse comes out. Unfortunately Guilty Pleasures did not meet my expectations, although the character of Anita Blake is very three dimensional I just found the plot all over the place and i just couldnt really absorb myself in it.
Date published: 2010-02-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Good Vampire Novel This is the first book that I have read of the Anita Blake novels and it was good read. Not being really into vampire novel's this one I truly enjoyed would like to read more of her series.
Date published: 2010-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Good What a great story. The writing reminds me a lot of Patricia Briggs and I love all of her books. I could not put this one down. Christmas baking will have to wait!
Date published: 2009-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Definitely a Guilty Pleasure This is the first book in the Anita Blake Series by Laurell K. Hamilton. Anita Blake is an animator which means she can raise zombies from the grave. She is also a vampire hunter who kills rogue vampires that were court ordered for their execution. Anita hates vampires, but she finds herself blackmailed into working for the city’s Master vampire Nikolaos. Anita needs to find out who is killing some master vamps or Nikolaos will kill her and her friends. I really enjoyed Anita’s character; she is strong, tough and has a good sense of humour. This book has plenty of horror and suspense and I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves the supernatural.
Date published: 2009-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I'm a fan! I finally gave in and tried the Anita Blake series and am hooked! I loved Anita's character, LOVED! The book had me thoroughly entertained with every page. I'll be continuing with this series for sure!
Date published: 2009-05-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Lukewarm start Guilty Pleasures is Laurell K. Hamilton’s first novel featuring Anita Blake, Animator and sometimes Vampire hunter, and my first foray into Hamilton and Blake. Anita Blake lives in St. Louis where the Supreme Court has granted vampires equal rights. When a serial killer starts to murder vampires, Anita is enlisted by the master vampire to solve the mystery. While reading I was a little unsure of how I felt about Guilty Pleasures at first. I like Anita’s personality, her caustic, sarcastic wit. But I was also confused a little by some of Hamilton’s imagery. Like when Anita is locked in a cell by the city’s master vampire and she meets some wererats, like werewolves but rats. I couldn’t quite get the image in my head, nothing that looked sensible anyway. I kept seeing large puppet like creatures, or men in rat costumes. Also, I felt that the storyline kept jumping around a little, one minute Blake is at a freak party, the next she’s outside helping to raise a corpse. I did like the invention of the Church of Eternal Life, a church basically for vampire and those wanting to become vampires. As she explains in the book, it’s the only church that can guarantee true eternal life. This did seem like a first novel to me. However I can see that the character of Anita shows great promise and I am intrigued to read more. Story ** Characters **1/2 Readability ** Overall rating **1/2
Date published: 2009-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sucks you in and keeps you This is the first book in Hamilton's Anita Blake series. I first read it years ago and I have been a fan of the series ever since. This weekend I found myself in the mood to start back at the beginning (sometimes you just have to visit old friends). Anita Blake is an Animator - she can raise the dead. She is also the local vampire slayer, known within the vamp community as 'The Executioner', a fact that many people find hard to believe when they first meet her. One of the best lines in one of the books (I don't think it's this one) is when a guy says to the sexy but feisty Anita, "If only you matched your packaging". I can't print her response here, but let's just say Anita has an attitude and the mouth to back it up. This series is found in the horror section of the bookstore and that is where it should be. It is dark, gritty and graphic. If you are squeamish, maybe this isn't the book for you. But if you don't mind the dark, don't have a weak stomach and like a kickass heroine, you should definitely check it out. The story is fast-paced and the action brutal. It will suck you in and take you for a ride leaving you wanting more, but don't worry, there's plenty more where that came from...
Date published: 2009-04-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent start to a series First book in the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series. Along with being a Vampire Hunter, Anita is also an Animator of the Dead (she makes Zombies) and a consultant of the Regional Preternatural Investigation Team, R-P-I-T, a special police service. Someone is hunting and killing vampires. While she agrees to work with the police she is tricked into investigating on behalf of Nikolaos, Master vampire of the City. Anita doesn't like vampires, not at all and she likes Nickolaos even less. I really liked the character of Anita. Other than a most unusual job, she comes across as a person with the same job concerns and friend challenges as the rest of us. The image of her sleeping with a stuffed penguin after a rough day is very endearing. Each author takes licence with the 'rules' concerning vampires. Laurell has '4 marks' of the making of human into a vampire servant. Jean-Claude has applied two of these to Anita (to save her life?). It will be interesting to read how their relationship develops in future novels. I enjoyed "Guilty Pleasures" much more than I did "Cerulean Sins" which I reviewed recently. Lesson learned, start at the beginning of a series, don't jump in at Book 11.
Date published: 2009-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent I truly enjoyed the beginning of Anita Blake series. Although the police work parts didn't really interest me. I immensly enjoyed the characters involved. Edward was quite frightening, Jean-Luc was saucy, Bert was an ass, Ronnie was a great ally, Irving was the typical reporter, Monica was a moron, ahhh and lovely Philip simply broke my heart. I felt Anita was beautifully and realistically portrayed and I was happy to see that Hamilton wasn't in a rush to get her laid. She was unafraid to explore her main character. Loved it!!!
Date published: 2008-12-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing series! I was told to read these books from a co-worker, and now cannot put them down! I will recommend them to anyone that loves vampire romance novels! and really who doesn't! haha
Date published: 2008-10-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Awesome Anita Blake Anita Blake is an awesome character! I LOVE her. In the other hand, the storyline is great, but not excellent. I really liked it, but I was hoping for "more suspense", "more thriller", "more excitement". Although I will read the second book, because I would love to know what Anita Blake is up to next! I do hope there'll be more excitement in the next story!
Date published: 2008-10-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A little... Overall, it was okay. It still got me interested to continue with the series.
Date published: 2008-08-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quite enjoyiable. I wanted to read something fun and light before classes resumed in the fall, and my friend was reading a lot of this supernatural romances - so I asked her which ones were good (stearing away from the romance side and more to the horror side, cause I really liked buffy and stuff ... so I wanted the humour and the well researched paranormal filler with some needless sex ... of course). I looked at LA Banks and Vicci peterson ... or something like that ... the Sheerylynn Kenyon stuff ... and I went with this one. I'm so glad - it was exactly want I wanted. "It's like a R-rated Buffy the vampire slayer" - quote from the back of the book from some reviewer - they're right.
Date published: 2008-08-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book This first in the series is excellent. I also have the graphic novel as well. It has my recommendation. Warning however, the first 7 books of her series are good, after that it is all downhill at warp speed but don't let that put you off Guilty Pleasures. It is still a good read.
Date published: 2008-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mary-Sue At Her Best The Anita Blake series is not for the faint of heart with its graphic depictions of gore and horror. Other than that it's a fun, quick, easy read where the heroine's inner dialouge will make you smirk and laugh.
Date published: 2008-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Start To A Series! A friend recommended this series to me while we were having a discussion on Tanya Huff, Kim Harrison and Kelley Armstrong. They are all rather wonderful horror-romance authors. If you enjoy supernatural thrillers with a darker edge to them you'll love this series. Anita is full of snark and dark wit and is easy to relate to. She has a rather interesting 'power', she can raise the dead. Oh and those squeemish about gore....I suggest you head somewhere else.
Date published: 2008-04-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Wasn't the best, but it wasn't the worst either I like it when a female character is tough, but Anita Blake is a little too tough and the worst dressed character ever. I think if the author took half of Anita's tough guy attutide and gave to to Jean Claude, then the book would have been alot better. He was too femme for my liking.
Date published: 2008-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Read I'm an avid fantasy fan and this book combines all the great elements of a fantasy story into a world that's not so far from you and I. I would suggest this book for romance fans, fantasy, and fiction fans alike.
Date published: 2008-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Surprisingly fun I was surprised by how much I'm enjoying the Anita Blake books. I didn't think the vampire thing would do it for me. Honestly I adore the casual, conversational first person style of her writing. I find it relaxing while at the same time exciting and engaging. This is a fantastic book in a fantastic series.
Date published: 2008-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I couldn't put it down Amazing and captivating. Anita's sarcasm had me grinning like an idiot, and the suspence left holes in my arm chairs.
Date published: 2007-11-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Give me a break I tried this book from a suggestion, and I wish I hadn't bothered. The storyline was okay, but Hamilton's writing style is atrocious. It's in first person, which is maddening in itself, but then she continues to write as if she's talking to one of her friends in a casual conversation. If you don't mind an easy read, and love vampires, you'll probably love this book.
Date published: 2006-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Addicting I was given this book for my birthday and after I read it I promptly went out and bought the rest of the books in the series. I finished those 12 books in a week and a half. Laurell K. Hamilton is an awsome writer. I highly recommend her. I don't normally like books written in the first person, but with Hamilton I don't even notice. Anita Blake is cool, and Jean Claude is the best.
Date published: 2006-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from thrilling A brillent story of a strong female. the plot has twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of you seat.
Date published: 2006-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous The first of a great series, filled with vampires, were-animals, necromancer and an assortment of other creatures. It has enough gore , love/sex and action to appeal to everyone. The series is amazing totally worth buying you'll read it more than once, every friend i let borrow a book had to run out and buy the series. Absolutely Fabulous.
Date published: 2006-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Lust for more!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I absolutely fell in love with this book at the first words being read. I loved her sense of individuality, her sassy attitude, and the romance intertwined into a fascinating plot. I have fallen in love and am going to buy every book!!!!!!!!!! I thank you Hamilton for these wonderful reads
Date published: 2005-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from YESSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!! This book made me want more right from the begining! I was so happy to find out that it was part of a series! I cant wait to read the rest!
Date published: 2004-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from hooked from the first few pages.... It was bought for me as a Christmas gift, and after the first few pages.... I WAS HOOKED! I'm now anxiously waiting my next trip to Chapters to hopefully find the four others i need to complete my Anita Blake collection!
Date published: 2003-03-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent I love romance horror novels. This book makes you feel like you're there with Anita. She brings you into the book. If you like this one you'll love the books by Karren E. Tylor, Blood Ties.
Date published: 2002-10-21

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Laurell K. Hamilton and the Anita Blake Novels“Hamilton remains one of the most inventive and exciting writers in the paranormal field.”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris“If you’ve never read this series, I highly recommend/strongly suggest having the Anita Blake experience. Vampires, zombies, and shifters, oh my! And trust me, these are not your daughter’s vampires.”—Literati Book Reviews“A sex-positive, kick-ass female protagonist.”—Starburst “Number one New York Times bestseller Hamilton is still thrilling fans...with her amazing multifaceted characters and intricate multilayered world, a mix of erotic romance, crime drama, and paranormal/fantasy fiction. Her descriptive prose is gritty and raw, with a mosaic of humor and horror to tell this complex, well-detailed story. But it’s her enigmatic stable of stars that continues to shine, managing their improbable interpersonal relationship dynamics.”—Library Journal