72 points, 3 ¾ stars
Warning: Attempted rape
Dating both a vampire and a werewolf isn’t easy. But just to complicate Anita’s already messy life, someone has put a price on her head. Love cannot save her this time, so she turns to Edward, hitman extraordinaire, for help. But finding the person behind the threat won’t be easy, because as both a vampire hunter and zombie reanimator, Anita has made a lot of enemies-both human and otherwise.
“You can’t kill us all, human.’
He was right. I raised the machine gun a little. ‘True, but who’s going to be first in line?”
Typically I write reviews for others. Not this time. This will be full of spoilers, both for present and future books. They will be filled with rants and maybe even a little gushing. I don’t want to read these again.
If you have read them before: Enjoy my pain.
If you haven’t: Enjoy my pain.
You have been warned, we’ll see how long I last.
There are two main things about this book that are really good.
The first is the necromancy. A vampire has come to Anita, a necromancer extraordinaire, to help cure him because his body rotting around him. Which it is only doing that because he tried to quit drinking human blood and instead drink animal blood only. Seriously. This is amazing. I love it. More horror like this, please! Imagine your body rotting around you because you made a poor decision, but your mind is okay? *Shudder*.
The second is that Richard, the fucking asshole that he is, has finally, finally seen the writing on the wall and decided to kill Marcus and become pack leader. Now this isn’t as good as the first, but it is still necessary. Richard had to become leader for this series to progress at all. Yet, I feel that Hamilton never did a good job of explaining why Marcus had to go. Raina was the real problem. She was absolutely insane. She forced the pack to create pornography. She tortured people for fun. She was just all around evil. The only thing Marcus really did wrong that I could tell was that he allow Raina to be crazy and do this shit. And then the “Saintly” Richard doesn’t even have Raina killed. He lets her stay alive to cause trouble another day. Even though she was the only troubles they ever had. I hate Richard.
The most baffling thing of all, though, is the way the end goes. Richard kills Marcus, the alpha of the werewolves, EATS HIS BODY, and shifts into wolf form literally on top of Anita. When she was already a bit hesitant at dating a werewolf at all. Because “she has to see all there is to being a werewolf so she can accept it”. Fuck off. And then the thing that makes the least sense – Anita literally runs to Jean Claude and sleeps with him. Despite ‘waiting for marriage’. There are better ways of ending a relationship, Anita!
Just what the fuck? None of that makes any amount of sense.
It makes less sense when they’re joined together in a triumvirate, forever, shortly after this happens. “To save all three of their lives.” Save me from this awful decision.
And this is in the face of one of the worst love triangles to ever exist in the world. It is completely fueled by petty jealousy. Constantly. Over everything. And Richard is an emotionally manipulative asshole, pitting Anita against herself to get every single thing he wants. And Anita does whatever he wants because in the end, Richard is closer to human than Jean Claude. And Anita actively seems to try and hate Jean Claude, who just keeps pushing against her desire to make him go the fuck away. The dynamic is fucked.
At least a half dozen times between this book and the last, Anita has remarked that “this is the fight that is going to end it forever” with Richard. God how I wish it were the case. These two are completely incompatible for each other and all they do is fight. ALL they do is fight. It is exhausting.
Like it almost isn’t worth mentioning that Anita is also at odds with the police – again – because she keeps killing people because she has a hit out on her life. and that her petty feelings against women and other men are only growing worse as time goes on. Yet that is in this book as well.
I wish the hit out on Anita’s life was more interesting, but it wasn’t. The only cool thing is that we got to see Edward again, one of my favorite characters.
Rereading the review, I realized I didn’t think I had talked about what actually happened in the book. Then I realized that was all that happened in the book.