Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Book Review: Blue Moon by Laurell K Hamilton (Anita Blake #8)


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…

My Review:
Richard is arrested on trumped up rape charges by crooked cops who want him to stop interfering in local matters, so Anita and the gang go down to bail him out. Soon it becomes clear that the police are happy to kill everyone while Anita deals with werewolf politics, supernatural psychos and learning to rule her pard.

OK this book was a real let down for me. Anita has turned from feisty human to whiny bitch in this book. It was obvious that she was going to have sex with Richard which was fine but her attitude really bugged me. She had dumped Richard for Jean Claude but kept moaning about Richard sleeping with other people as if he was cheating on her. Then when she agrees to date Richard again, she thinks its unfair that he intends to sleep with other people as well-Anita, you are not intending to give up Jean Claude to be faithful to Richard so why in the blue hell should he owe you monogamy??? The constant whining about this really got on my last nerve.

Secondly, Richard's mother and brother are raped by the bad guys this time instead of his pack members. The rapes are just thrown into the conversation as an excuse for Anita to torture a man and then it isn't deemed important enough for more than a quick summing up paragraph at the end. Why bother having it happen then? I'm not bothered by having rape used as a storyline as such if there is a point to it and the story is followed through but I don't think that happened here which left me wondering why it was used.

The werewolf politics really bored me to tears-whole sections on how to great each other correctly and where to sniff and all that stuff and in the end, Anita doesn't even go to the pack meeting! So what was the point in all that stuff being described? It was a waste of time. All this political stuff is just shoved in to pad the book up and it is not interesting or relevant to what happens in the book. Can I also add that Nathaniel continually getting into trouble is becoming old very fast? I'm getting tired of the constant explanations about her being lupa and queen Leopard and how soft and used her leopards have been. I got it the first time you wrote it, I don't need to hear it another 50 times in each book thank you.

As for Richard, if I was Anita I would have kneecapped him. What the hell kind of man are you? You are such a good boy that you can't lie to the crooked police about leaving town to save the woman you love from being molested by one of them? Really classy Richard. It also bugged me that we never found out what the hell happened to the trolls which was the whole reason for Richard being there and being arrested.

There was too much in this book that annoyed me-the constant meetings being arranged, the weak leopards, Anita's whining, half baked plot threads that led nowhere, over descriptive pack political crap, repetition of the story so far about 100 times, descriptions of every outfit that every single person was wearing, the usual description of every weapon every time her hand touched one...Grr.

The only thing left to wonder at the end of this book is when Anita is going to start screwing Asher, Damien, Jason, Zack and Nathaniel.
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