#Review Guilty Pleasures (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series #1) by Laurell K Hamilton

Book: Guilty Pleasures
Author: Laurell K Hamilton
Series: Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series (1)
Genre: Adult Horror/mystery/paranormal
Pages: 352
Publisher: Headline
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Rating: ✪✪✪ .5 

Note: The Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series is a long ass series. As in the first book above was published in 1993 and I think the series is on Book 22/23. As you can image there are many editions of this book but I am going to continue to buy the edition's above from headline. The covers are so pretty.


I was really looking forward to this book as I was told if you love the Sookie Stackhouse books by Charlaine Harris, which I do , you will love this series and I have to say I really did enjoy it but there was just something holding me off loving it. I also struggled with a rating but the last couple of chapters boosted my rating to 3.5 stars instead of 3 stars.

As I mentioned above this is the first book in a current 22 book series. This first book Guilty pleasures was published in 1993. It's a kick ass vampire book. I kept thinking this book is 21 years old how I am going to connect with it as books I usually read are only a few years old and have "modern" things in them like the internet, high Tec stuff and in Guilty Pleasures Anita has just got her first answering machine. However when reading this book I didn't feel like it was an "old" book which I was grateful for.

Guilty Pleasures is a great example of portraying a kick ass heroine. Anita Blake can take care of herself, she is super kick ass, she needs no rescuing from a knight in shining armour however I am a sucker for Knights In shining armour and romance in books. Now this book didn't have romance per say,  it is a total world building book f
or the rest of the series, learning about how these vampires work, there mythology, what other creatures exist and the main players in this world. But I can see a definite set up for romance in the next set of books which I am looking forward to.

Guilty pleasures is a mystery/horror. The mystery was good and it didn't slow down it kept going and flowed really well which I liked. This is definitely a lot more gory/a horror read than the Sookie Stackhouse books. I can understand the comparisons this gets but these vampires seem more evil if you can say that and don't have a bit of "humanity" (a lot of the vampires not all of them) and even though I love Sookie she's know heroine like Anita. (Note: I know I am going to struggle reading this series because I will keep comparing it to the Sookie Stackhouse books *bad bookworm*)

This was a good start to a series that I know I will continue with, I have ordered the next few books already. If you are looking for another vampire series, with mystery and Gore and a kiss ass heroine pick up the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series!


  1. I have the first book in this series, but it's so daunting when there are that many books. Like you, I'm afraid I'd compare it to the Sookie Stackhouse books, but you've definitely got me curious and I think I'll give it a try one of these days. I look forward to your reviews of the next books!

    1. I am definitely going keep comparing it to Sookie Stackhouse and it is going to annoy me. I think it's because I love the series so much. The size of the series is also scaring me LOL

  2. This is a series I have not read but I love that you connected despite the age of the tale Megan. First answering machine..LOL now most of us don't have house phones.

    1. I wasn't sure I was going to connect but am glad I did. My house phone sits like a ancient relic in my house LOL