Burnt Offerings and Blue Moon

Posted January 8, 2018 in Book Review / 4 Comments

Hey y’all! I’m back with more Anita Blake! Today I’m reviewing BURNT OFFERINGS and BLUE MOON, books seven and eight in the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series. I was featuring these reviews as Chibi Reviews (my mini review feature) when I realized… they haven’t been turning out all that short! So I’m nixing that idea and going forward I’ll just keep them as semi-short, less in-depth book reviews. 😛

BURNT OFFERINGS

Burnt Offerings and Blue MoonBurnt Offerings by Laurell K. Hamilton
Series: Anita Blake Vampire Hunter #7
Published by Berkley on September 24th, 2002
Genres: Horror, Mystery, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 392
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Purchase on: Amazon | B&N
Also by this author: Guilty Pleasures, The Laughing Corpse, Circus of the Damned, The Lunatic Cafe, Bloody Bones, The Killing Dance
Goodreads
One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star

“You can’t trust anyone who sleeps with the monsters.”

That’s what I’ve always said. That’s what I’ve always believed. But now I’m the one sharing a bed with the Master Vampire of the City. Me, Anita Blake. The woman the vampires call the Executioner. From part of the solution, I’ve become part of the problem. So it hits close to home when an arsonist begins to target vampire-owned businesses all over town — an arsonist who seems to want to destroy more than just property. It’s the monsters who are in danger now. And it’s up to the Executioner to save them from the inferno…

Blake is a busy bee in the seventh novel of Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter. BURNT OFFERINGS redefines “firebug” as Anita Blake investigates a series of arsons, deals with a threat to her vampire lover Jean-Claude as he fends off a challenge from the Vampire Council, and is once again immersed in the world of werewolf/leopard politics.

“It’s not the fur or the fangs that make you a monster… Sometimes, it’s just where you draw the line.”

After seven excruciatingly long books, Anita and Jean-Claude are finally lovers. As always, it’s taking Blake a while to deal with the “embarrassment” of dating a vampire and the sin of having sex before marriage.

We’re not yet at the point where this continuous struggle with the choices she makes annoys the hell out of me. In fact, they’re understandable—even though Jean-Claude is way too beautiful to be an embarrassment of any kind. She is the Executioner, after all. Someone who’s been known to say, “the only good vampire is a dead vampire.” And as a person that spent her childhood in a deeply religious household, I get the struggle with the voice in the back of your head telling you this is wrong, evil, bad… even when if I disagree.

Anita isn’t always a character that is easy to love, but she is also relate-able in some ways.

BURNT OFFERINGS also introduces the beautiful and scarred Asher, Jean-Claude’s onetime lover and friend turned frenemy, and one of my all time favorite Anita Blake characters, Nathaniel.

Another exciting Anita Blake adventure, BURNT OFFERINGS offers readers new lust-worthy characters, an intriguing crime to sink your teeth into, and more of Hamilton’s signature gory horror.

BLUE MOON

Burnt Offerings and Blue MoonBlue Moon by Laurell K. Hamilton
Series: Anita Blake Vampire Hunter #8
Published by Berkley on September 24th, 2002
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Mystery, Horror
Pages: 418
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Purchase on: Amazon | B&N
Also by this author: Guilty Pleasures, The Laughing Corpse, Circus of the Damned, The Lunatic Cafe, Bloody Bones, The Killing Dance
Goodreads
One StarOne StarOne Star

When she chose master vampire Jean-Claude over her ex-fiancé, alpha werewolf Richard Zeeman, Anita learned that sometimes love is not enough. But though she and Richard won’t be walking down any aisles, she can’t turn her back on him when he’s arrested on a rape charge in Tennessee. Anita knows firsthand that Richard has the morals of a saint—or at least a boy scout. But his guilt or innocence is not the issue. He’s behind bars, and in five days a full moon will rise…

After ex-fiance Richard Zeeman is arrested for attempted rape, Anita Blake (and her ragtag group of preternatural creatures) travel to Myerton, Tennessee to solve the crime. While investigating the criminal scheme Richard’s frame-up, Blake is drawn into a supernatural conflict with the town’s Master of the City and makes friends with the city’s werewolves. Suffice to say, bloody encounters ensue.

Despite the entertaining trouble Anita manages to stir up in small town Tennessee, BLUE MOON was not the most enjoyable reread. I’ve never been a Richard fan, so it came as no surprise to me that a novel focusing on one of my least favorite Anita characters turned out beyond frustrating for me.

Why BLUE MOON was not my favorite book:

  • Richard’s naiveté made for much eye-rolling. He’s like the male version of Anita, but in even more denial about who he is and what he wants.
  • Anita continues to keep Jean-Claude at arm’s length, but this time uses Richard as the excuse. In doing so she makes the over-two-hundred year old vampire who could probably make a girl orgasm with his voice alone insecure. Sigh.

The presence of the beautifully submissive Nathaniel and his flirty wolf bestie Jason, and the mystery of uncovering those responsible for Richard’s cover up are probably the only reasons BLUE MOON didn’t rate a worse rating. Anita and her Jean-Claude/Richard love triangle just killed it for me in this book, but the secondary characters saved the day.

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About Laurell K. Hamilton

Laurell K. Hamilton is one of the leading writers of paranormal fiction. A #1 New York Times bestselling author, Hamilton writes the popular Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter novels and the Meredith Gentry series. She is also the creator of a bestselling comic book series based on her Anita Blake novels and published by Marvel Comics. Hamilton is a full-time writer and lives in the suburbs of St. Louis with her family.

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4 responses to “Burnt Offerings and Blue Moon

  1. Blue Moon was my favorite of the series and the last enjoyable book in Anita Blake series. I loved Richard, but the direction the author went after that, I was done with

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