Friday, 25 July 2014

Book Review: The Lunatic Cafe by Laurell K Hamilton(Anita Blake #4)

In Laurell K. Hamilton's New York Times bestselling novels, Vampire Hunter and zombie animator Anita Blake is an expert at sniffing out the bad from the good. But she's about to learn that nothing is ever as it seems-especially in matters of the not-so-human heart...

Dating a werewolf with self-esteem issues is stressing Anita out. Especially when something-or someone-starts taking out the city's shapeshifters.

My Review: 
Anita is dating Richard but Jean Claude is determined to stick his nose in and demand equal dating time as his love rival which infuriates Richard. Now Pack Leader Marcus demands Anita's help with some supernatural murders and a jealous vampire wants to kill Anita to get her away from Jean Claude. Enter Edward who is happy to kill any monster available...

I do enjoy when Edward comes to town. He is such a dangerous, menacing guy and I love him. Maybe Anita should just let him kill Jean Claude and Marcus to make her life a bit easier. I'm so sick of Jean Claude right about now, acting like a whiny brat all the time. I do know what happens next in the love triangle as I've read books 5 and 6 previously but I won't spoil it for anyone. Richard is decent but his refusal to tell Anita anything gets on my nerves sometimes. He is a werewolf who doesn't really want to kill people but is part of a pack with two twisted, evil leaders yet he is on at Anita constantly about her use of violence. Gretchen is an evil bitch who wants Jean Claude for herself and will happily kill Anita to get him so I got annoyed at Jean Claude refusing to deal instantly with her. If he loves Anita as he claims to, why does he keep letting his pet monsters hurt her? He's become a real asshat.

In this book we see that the monsters aren't always the monsters if you get my drift. The humans, especially the cops, are really obnoxious and evil. I liked the missing shapeshifter story which brings Anita into conflict with Richard's pack as she won't bow down to Marcus, the pack leader. We also get the interesting sidestory about the missing wererat.

The whole ending of this book was tense and exciting, and very enjoyable. I'm not going to spoil it with two many details and give away the plot but it is an action packed urban fantasy read. It would have rated four stars if it wasn't for my annoyance with Jean Claude and the usual bugbear about the endless descriptions of weapons and clothing. Swoosh off! 3.5 stars probably.
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