Cerulean Sins by Laurell K. Hamilton

12 Oct

Favorite Lines: “It must be difficult to never being able to tell the truth. I know I’d find it exhausting.” (p. 6)

Anita Blake is still solving murders and muddling through her life as human servant to Jean-Claude and Bolverk to the local werewolf pack. In Cerulean Sins, she must stand up to Jean-Claude’s maker, figure out her personal life and stop a serial killer.

I think I’m one of the few people that has not fallen into the Hamilton trap; the only other Hamilton book I’ve read is Obsidian Butterfly. CS was interesting and I flew through the book. I didn’t get lost while reading it, so it’s possible to read this book without the other books of the series. (CS is book 11 in the Anita Blake series.)

I don’t really get the opening thread of the book. She meets a man who wants her to raise a relative from the dead, but it never happens. He is reintroduced at the end of the book. I guess I really don’t care enough to find out. I like the pace that the story progresses the best. I enjoy the amtrack train approach: speed until you reach your final destination.

I think that not having read this series from the beginning has given me an advantage. I’m not sick at Anita’s having sex with everyone. I don’t like any of the characters more than the others, although I don’t care for Richard. I see where the series could be addicting. (I enjoy her style of writing and the sex is HOT!) I don’t see myself buying and searching out other books though.

I borrowed this book from the library but you can buy it here.

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7 Responses to “Cerulean Sins by Laurell K. Hamilton”

  1. Susan Helene Gottfried October 12, 2007 at 11:47 am #

    I fell off the LKH bandwagon. I don’t want to say too much ’cause I try not to be negative, but while the sex WAS nice and hot, like you say, other things bothered me to the point that I’d rather read other authors.

  2. scooper October 12, 2007 at 12:47 pm #

    Susan- Did you start with book one in the series? What made you stop reading her work or this series?

  3. Kimberly Swan October 12, 2007 at 7:17 pm #

    I read the Anita Blake series, and her Merry Gentry series as well. I still look forward to each new one being released. 🙂 For me, the increase in sex scenes was a plus, but there are a lot of people who don’t agree that it was a good direction to take.

  4. SQT October 12, 2007 at 7:46 pm #

    I read a few and then burnt out. They just all seemed to be the same after awhile. The sex did get old to me, but I’m not primarily looking for sex in my books. I wonder, do they still market this as fantasy or have they moved it to erotica? It seems like it belongs in the latter category.

  5. scooper October 12, 2007 at 11:29 pm #

    Kimberly- I’m really bad about reading books that people rave or rant about. I usually steer clear of them, unless I catch them before the hype begins. I’ve thought about reading the Merry Gentry series but I know that I won’t go back and read the Anita Blake books that I’ve missed, not will I search out the latest books in the series.

    SQT- I think they’re marketed as fantasy. I did feel a bit like there was too much gratuitous sex. I like sex in my books, but I don’t like sex thrown in for the shock factor. If I want to read about sex I’ll get an erotic book or go to a free porn site.

  6. LesleyW October 13, 2007 at 4:26 am #

    I started at book 1 with the Anita books, and Obsidian Butterfly was the turning point of the series for me.

    It wasn’t that I objected to the increased amount of sex. It was the decreased amount of plot that put me off.

  7. scooper October 15, 2007 at 9:52 am #

    Lesley- Maybe if I’d have been with the series from book one I’d understand what you mean.

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