Book review: Circus of the Damned by Laurell K. Hamilton

30274.jpgCircus of the Damned by Laurell K. Hamilton

Series: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter (#3)

Published: 2nd of January 2007/ 1995

Publisher: Berkley

Goodreads: “First time in trade paperback: the third novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling series.

In Circus of the Damned-now in trade paperback for the first time-a rogue master vampire hits town, and Anita gets caught in the middle of an undead turf war. Jean-Claude, the Master Vamp of the city, wants her for his own-but his enemies have other plans. And to make matters worse, Anita takes a hit to the heart when she meets a stunningly handsome junior high science teacher named Richard Zeeman. They’re two humans caught in the crossfire-or so Anita thinks.”

 

Review

Circus of the Damned did not scare me or grossed me out as much as Guilty Pleasures or The Laughing Corpse. I also didn’t like it as much as the last two books of the series.

Jean-Claude is turning Anita’s life into one hell of a big mess; Anita is firstly baited by a vampire Master called Alejandro, who controls a pack of rabid vampires who have chewing up people and leaving them on the cemetery. Alejandro wishes to know who is the Vampire Master controlling the city of St.Louis, and his where he rests daily.
Secondly, there’s a pre-historical vampire master, who is millions of years old, a miniature of a man, with a monkey-like face called Oliver. He also wants to know who the vampire master of the city is.
Anita is aware that she and Jean-Claude are both lusting for each other, but she tries not to get that lust get in the way – I have to say that I admire her resistance, she isn’t even tempted with immortality or super strength, which she can have, if she only allows Jean-Claude to give two more marks to complete the human-slave/vampire master bond.

Reasons why I didn’t like Circus of the Damned as much as the two last books:

– less action-packed;
– a lot of characters getting on my nerves.

I’m still really intrigued by Edward, I was happy to see him again, even if the circumstances weren’t the best, but hey, we’re talking about Edward right? If Edward is around it means that shit is about to get down.
Still, the drama between Anita and Jean-Claude is beginning to be infuriating.

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Jean-Claude is always determined to seduce her, and she is stubborn as usual. I hope that after this book they either end up ripping each others’ clothes off or simply ending their flirting, and they continue their paths separately. I believe I won’t be able to handle this on and off thing anymore.

Larry is a new character who is introduced in this book, furthermore, he was also the one who peeved me the most. He is a new animator, he hasn’t even finish college, and he certainly has never had a brush with death before. Larry’s experience with vampire hunting, raising zombies from their graves is zero, the lad is as innocent as they come, not good for the kind of job he has, and definitely not good in terms of survival. If I were Anita I would’ve slapped him a couple of times, Larry really got on my nerves, as all he was good for was being a distraction. Helpless as a lamb.

Despite not having liked Circus if the Damned as much as the previous books, I still loved it so very much. I’ll have to keep on reading xD

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4 Chibis

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Book review: The Laughing Corpse by Laurell K. Hamilton

 

15309.jpgThe Laughing Corpse by Laurell K. Hamilton

Series: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter (#2)

Published: 2nd of August 2005 / 1994

Publisher: Berkley

Goodreads: “Harold Gaynor offers Anita Blake a million dollars to raise a 300-year-old zombie. Knowing it means a human sacrifice will be necessary, Anita turns him down. But when dead bodies start turning up, she realizes that someone else has raised Harold’s zombie–and that the zombie is a killer. Anita pits her power against the zombie and the voodoo priestess who controls it.

In The Laughing Corpse Anita will learn that there are some secrets better left buried-and some people better off dead…”

Review:

What a rush!!!

I’m officially part of the Anita Blake fan club. I would love to see this on TV (it would be terribly gory, even worse that The Walking Dead, I’d have to skip those parts, I have a weak stomach).

Anita Blake is once again in trouble, this time she has to deal with some kind of meat-eating zombie, she doesn’t really know what it is, and she fears it may be the worst thing she will ever have to catch. This monster ate a family of three members, leaving only blood splattered everywhere and a few half-eaten remains (yum!).
She also gets another job proposal, this time from a very dangerous man called Harold Gaynor, who offers her a million dollars to raise a 300-year-old corpse. However, to raise a dead body this old she must sacrifice a “white goat”, aka a human being. Evidently she refuses to do so, as it breaks all moral codes she has. Gaynor doesn’t take her refusal well. (let’s keep it that way)
The third person who threatens Anita’s life is the voodoo priestess Senora Dominga Salvador, a very dangerous woman who Anita suspects has had a hand in raising the zombie who’s been murdering families. Dominga Salvador wishes to train her, to make Anita reach her true potential. Again, Anita refuses to have anything to do with her, especially after she sees what Dominga has hidden in her basement.
Also, there is still the remaining problem with vampire Master hottie, Jean-Claude who wants Anita to become his human slave.

Trust me guys, there a lot of wtf/mind-blowing moments…

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Again, I really enjoyed myself, LKH is a master at keeping me thoroughly addicted and at the same time completely grossed out. This series is definitely not your cup of tea if you don’t like to read stuff about corpses getting eaten or ripped apart, as these kind of things tend to happen a lot.

All I can say is that I will keep reading, I can’t stop now, I literally can’t stop flipping the pages!

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5 Chibis

Book Review: Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton

30281.jpgGuilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton

Series: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter (#1)

Published: 1st January 1993

Publisher: Berkley

Goodreads: “Published over ten years ago by Ace, Guilty Pleasures marked the debut of a series that was destined to grow from cult favorite to a major New York Times bestseller. Now, for long-time Anita Blake junkies and newfound fans, Guilty Pleasures makes its trade paperback debut. Readers will learn how Anita Blake started raising the dead-and killing the undead. And how she met Jean Claude, the master vampire destined to become not only her biggest nemesis, but her greatest lover…”

 

Review

My reaction after reading Guilty Pleasures:

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Thing is… there are 25 books in this series (26th on the works), so how am I going to do this?

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We got a badass in town, her name is Anita Blake, aka the Executioner, she raises the dead for a living and kills vamps whenever she has to (it also gives her tremendous pleasure to do so).

One day Anita gets a visit from Willie, recently turned vampire, who wants to hire her to investigate the vampire murders going on in St.Louis, however, Anita refuses, she doesn’t to put her life in danger, again. Things don’t go her away, when the life of one of her friends gets threatened at Guilty Pleasures, the vampire strip bar she goes to on a bachelorette party. To save her friend from enslavement, Anita investigates the murders, getting herself involved in more trouble than she thought.

Not going to tell you more, the fun thing about this book was not knowing what was going to happen next.

Just be aware that this is your book if you like UF books with crush-worthy characters *coff-Edward-and-Jean-Claude-coff*, badassery in general and let’s not forget that reading this book is the equivalent to getting into a Horror House, it was scary as f***!

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*SPOILERS AHEAD*

Anita is one of my fav characters ever, I read loved how in one moment she is talking about how hiding a gun in a purse means to get killed, and in the other she tells you about her penguin stuffed animal collection, or her natural orange juice secret xD

4.5 Chibis

Sofyy’s Book Review: Poison Princess by Kresley Cole

Poison Princess (The Arcana Chronicles, #1)Poison Princess by Kresley Cole

Series: (The Arcana Chronicles #1)

Published: October 2nd 2012

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Goodreads:  “She could save the world—or destroy it.

Sixteen-year-old Evangeline “Evie” Greene leads a charmed life, until she begins experiencing horrifying hallucinations. When an apocalyptic event decimates her Louisiana hometown, Evie realizes her hallucinations were actually visions of the future—and they’re still happening. Fighting for her life and desperate for answers, she must turn to her wrong-side-of-the-bayou classmate: Jack Deveaux.

But she can’t do either alone.

With his mile-long rap sheet, wicked grin, and bad attitude, Jack is like no boy Evie has ever known. Even though he once scorned her and everything she represented, he agrees to protect Evie on her quest. She knows she can’t totally depend on Jack. If he ever cast that wicked grin her way, could she possibly resist him?

Who can Evie trust?

As Jack and Evie race to find the source of her visions, they meet others who have gotten the same call. An ancient prophesy is being played out, and Evie is not the only one with special powers. A group of twenty-two teens has been chosen to reenact the ultimate battle between good and evil. But it’s not always clear who is on which side.”

Review

This book is so good!  It’s one of those books you simply must have on your shelves! Somehow, Kresley Cole was able to put together an Apocalypse, Tarot cards, weird super-powers, blood-sucking zombies and a sexy bayou guy! And guess what? The story is amazingly built 🙂

The Flash was the Apocalypse, on the day of the Flash there was a huge lightning that turned everybody that wasn’t in-doors into ashes. It also burned every plant and it is believed that the water from the rivers and the sea evaporated, although the characters on the book are never able to see if that was really true or not.

This book begins in Requiem, Tennessee, on day 246 A.F., with a creepy man who’s watching a girl just outside his house, he lures her in. Through his POV you realize this man, Arthur, has kidnapped and tortured a lot of girls before. He drugged them and them kept them on his basement, where he performed experiments. He them drugs the girl, Evie aka the main character, when he slips something on her drink. He asks Evie to tell him her story, what happened to her on the Flash, when all ended and everything began (I feel so cool to say this, I sound like an Oracle xD).

Then Evie starts telling her story (her POV now), she tells her story starting from day 6 B.F., she was in Sterling, Louisiana.

Evie is a 15 year-old teenager, who’s  rich and popular, has a quarterback boyfriend, a mansion and is on the cheer leading squad. But she hides a secret no one knows besides her and her mom, she spent three months on an Asylum. She had nightmares, hallucinations and sometimes even heard voices. Evie drew on a journal everything she saw, but after her mom found it, she was sent to an Asylum.

But after her summer holidays spent at the Asylum, she goes back home to start school. Even though her mom believes Evie is “better”, she wasn’t, she is still hearing voices,  having gory and creepy nightmares about monsters, a red-headed witch and Death, who is looking for her.

On her first day back she meets Jackson Deveaux, typical bad boy with family problems and traumatic childhood,  he is a Cajun. Cajuns are, in case you don’t know, an ethnic group living in the state of Louisiana. They’re descendants of the Acadian exiles (French speakers).

On Evie’s 16th b-day and also the day of the Flash, her friends make her a surprise birthday party and her boyfriend, Brand, is a total douche, he wants to “pop her cherry” and is constantly pressuring her. But naive Evie fears that Brand will dump her if she doesn’t have sex with him (typical).

She wanders by herself, to take a break from the party, where she runs into Jackson, he almost kisses her (this part was so hot!), later you realize Jackson was just distracting Evie cause his friend was stealing everybody’s cellphones and wallets (asshats).

I’m going to move on faster, or I will never end writing xD So Flash day and all, big, massive explosion of light, most humans are dead, no plants, almost no animals, Evie stays with her mom, mom gets sick, Evie finds out her blood is able to create plants, more hallucinations, nightmares and voices (she realizes the dreams she was having are actually visions of the future. Also, Bagmen, blood-sucking zombies who used to be humans.

Jackson finds Evie and tries to convince her to leave with her mother, because Militia men are coming and would enslave them. Evie doesn’t want to leave, but her mother dies shortly after, she then takes off with Jackson to look for her grandmother, who’s supposed to have all the answers to what’s happening to her. It seems that it is all connect to the Tarot cards, Evie is the Empress.

Later, Jack and Evie find a mansion with everything they could ever ask for, water, food and fully protected. Jack and Evie have a very heated moment by the pool, but horn-dog Jack quickly tries to jump on Evie’s panties, way to go dude *please note sarcasm*

“He was staring at my lips, and before I could think better of it, I’d wetted them.”

“That’s it, bébé,” he said in a coaxing rasp. “Ma bonne fille.” My good girl. He wrapped one of his arms behind my back, cupping my chin with his free hand. “Evangeline, I’m goan to kiss you until your toes curl, until we’re breathing for each other.”

The house belongs to someone (aka annoying b*tch of the story), the Archer one of the Tarot cards.

Evie starts talking more often to one of the voices, this voice belongs to Matt, who is also the Fool. Through him she discovers that she is supposed to fight Death and it’s allies who threaten her life and the whole world’s fate. She also finds out she can grow poisonous deathly claws.

“Come touch,…but you’ll a price”

“Remember my titles? I don’t get poisoned, I do the poisoning. I’m the Princess of it”

I will stop here, but I assure you this book has a lot more than what I have told you, this book is something very difficult to sum up xD so many things happen that it is just impossible to cover all of them!

Trust me, you want to read this book, it is a must!  – I just ordered the second book, can’t wait to have my hands on it!! ^.^

4.5 Chibis

Sofyy’s Book Review: Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

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Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

Series: (White Rabbit Chronicles #1)

Published: January 1st 2012

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Goodreads:  “ She won’t rest until she’s sent every walking corpse back to its grave. Forever.

Had anyone told Alice Bell that her entire life would change course between one heartbeat and the next, she would have laughed. From blissful to tragic, innocent to ruined? Please. But that’s all it took. One heartbeat. A blink, a breath, a second, and everything she knew and loved was gone.

Her father was right. The monsters are real….

To avenge her family, Ali must learn to fight the undead. To survive, she must learn to trust the baddest of the bad boys, Cole Holland. But Cole has secrets of his own, and if Ali isn’t careful, those secrets might just prove to be more dangerous than the zombies…. I wish I could go back and do a thousand things differently.

I’d tell my sister no.

I’d never beg my mother to talk to my dad.

I’d zip my lips and swallow those hateful words.

Or, barring all of that, I’d hug my sister, my mom and my dad one last time.

I’d tell them I love them.

I wish… Yeah, I wish.”

Review:

I actually read this book last year, (and read it again this summer), it’s so good that I felt the need to share it with you guys, I recommend it to everyone who simply enjoys reading an awesome book!

I know, Alice in Wonderland and Zombies? Weird, right? I know, it doesn’t sound good, I,  myself wasn’t really into it when I started reading it… In my head Alice would be a little girl who would find herself in a different world, in this case, Zombieland, a land full of, guess what? Zombies!  It even made me remember the Resident Evil movies! If I’m not mistaken, the main character’s name is Alice.

Happily this book didn’t go the way I thought!

The story starts with happy blond Alice playing in the garden with her little sister, Ema. Ema’s birthday is in a few days and she begs Alice to talk to their mom because she wants to participate in a ballet recital. She never had the chance before because their father is afraid of the monsters who wander out in the street at night. My first impression on Alice’s father was that he was a crazy, agoraphobic and alcoholic man! He was always wandering around the house at night, drunk and armed (a dangerous combination if I might add), to see if he found any of those monsters he always referred to. Of course, I understood he was talking about zombies, that part seemed obvious, but what it didn’t was, if there were zombies, why would they only come out at night? And also, why could only Alice’s dad see them?

Alice’s mom is able to convince her husband to allow Ema to take part in her ballet recital on her birthday. As such, the family leaves and watches the recital, Alice’s dad always acting paranoid and crazy (but I guess that would be the normal him). Unfortunately, when they’re returning home, Alice’s dad starts screaming and yelling that there are monsters on the road, although no one sees them besides him.  Alice’s mom loses control on the wheel and they crash. Alice sees Ema, dead, her father, also dead, and her mom being devoured by zombies!

Alice then awakens in the hospital, where she’s told her family died, and she escaped with mere scratches. Then she moves to her grandparent’s house which is in a different city.

Eight months later (I can’t remember is it was eight months or not…), is Alice’s first day of school, Alice is now obsessed in finding out what were those things eating her mother and starts seeing things, sometimes when she is looking through her window at night. Anyway, Alice befriends Katy (love this character, she’s funny, awesome, badass, feminine, idk, she rules), whom she had met at the hospital after the accident. Alice then sees a group of rough-looking guys: black, leather, bruises, cuts, metals chains, tattoos, you know the drill, but then she sees Cole, whom I must say is described as:

“He was gorgeous, and I absolutely, no question, had to be drooling. After a quick and hopefully stealthy check – big show, I wasn’t!- I found myself wonder what color his eyes were. Brown maybe. Or even hazel. Either way…wow, just wow. (…)”

But once they look at each other’s eyes, something happens… No, it is not an imprint like on Twilight (THANK HEAVENS!), nor what happens on Significance series by Shelly Crane (if you haven’t read the Significance series, you have to do it!). Even though neither of these happen, I daresay, that what happens is…: hot, sexy, heart-throbbing, amazing, but nonetheless, wtf just happened in here? I mean, they were there and now they’re like… playing hokey with their tongues, not that I mind, but still, it’s confusing me!

But, worry not, all your doubts will be answered to further in the story.

I want to tell you more details, but I feel that I would be spoiling you! I don’t like it when people do that to me, so I won’t do it to you… BUT, if you want to know more ask me! Or if you have read this book want to talk about it, feel free to talk to me, I would love to hear your opinions!

This book is a lot more than a zombie story, or a love story, or even a story where the main character fights dark forces, I feel I have said a lot, but not nearly enough! Trust me, this book has so much to say, and has FREAKING PLOT-TWISTS that killed me! After reading Alice in Zombieland I was dying to read the second one! (which I read last month, and it was even better that the second one! I didn’t even think that was possible! Yes, I am currently dying to read the third one, which will only be out next year, October…. *cries*)

Gena Showalter is a genius who takes you into a world which is both frightening and compelling…

5 Chibis

Short Reviews #4

Short Reviews is a feature in where I write really really small reviews of books I’ve read sometime ago because I simply haven’t had the time to write a full review for them. Today I review Taste, The Fault in our Stars and Avoiding Commitment.

.TasteTaste by Kate Evangelista

My first ever zombie book! I didn’t know what to expect but, boy, did it surprise me! It reminds me of Vampire Knight zombie version. Phoenix had everything I like about a female heroine, she was badass and strong. The zombie world with all the royalty and the political system and conspiracies created a whole mysterious and enthralling vibe to Taste. However, I really wanted Phoenix to choose someone who was obviously not the main love interest, bummer! Yes, there is a love-triangle but it’s really subtle and it isn’t the focus of the book.

4.5 Chibis

The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in our Stars by John Green

OMG WHAT IS THIS ENDING???
John Green should be “stalked” like Peter Van Houten was by Hazel and Augustus!
That was just evil John Green, plain evil -.-

This was a indeed a great book but I can’t get myself to give those fabulous 5 solid stars.
Hazel is such a strong character and you just cannot not fall in love with Augustus.
My favourite one although was Isaac.
Come on! That guy is hilarious even though is life is pretty shitty. (I won’t quote any joke so that you have to read the book to know what I’m talking about.)

4 Chibis

Avoiding Commitment (Avoiding, #1)Avoiding Commitment by K. A. Linde

I think I just lost some hair reading this book.
It wasn’t because it was a bad book. It just wasn’t for me.
The protagonist just made me so angry and I’m not even going to talk about Jack.

2.5 Chibis