Dead Ice by Laurell K Hamilton
Goodreads Rating: 3 stars
As much as I do love Anita Blake in all of her poly glory, I really do miss when this series was more horror and gore than sex. Don’t get me wrong, the sex scenes are great and so well constructed that it feels like the reader is a part of the entire storyline, but I miss Edward, and Wicked and Truth…I miss the books that kept me up ALL night reading because I literally couldn’t put it down.
This particular installment had a back story, such as the zombies being raised and their souls being placed in it, but it was primarily based around the many men in Anita’s life. I usually don’t have an issue with it, but I think it is time to have more horror book and a bit less romance, to help balance it out. I don’t think it will damage the integrity of the series to go back to Anita’s beginnings and have some real good vampire slaying and horror that leaves you with nightmares!
My rating: 4 stars
This book is a very quick read. I enjoyed every minute of it.
Let me point out, there are a TON of reviews on Goodreads that this book is all sex and no monsters…well…that is the damn point! This book was a lovely, sexy, break from all the boogeymen. If you don’t want to read it, then don’t. I can’t see how any of what happened will really be pertinent in later books (except if she actually cuts Jade loose).
If you are a prude, or can’t admit you like sexy stuff…then pass this book by because you will be disappointed. If you can’t handle a little “fudge ripple” and only want straight vanilla…move on a long then. This book isn’t for you. If you don’t mind reading about taboos, are comfortable with your own sexy preferences and do enjoy the sexier side of Anita Blake, then you will not be disappointed.
If any of you follow Hamilton’s twitter, you will see how close Anita’s life is to her own. Their little happy poly family, is similar. If those are things you can’t get your head around, why are you still reading this series? This series is so much more than vampire hunting. Anita has to face some really serious stigmas that a lot of women face on a daily basis! Our sex lives are always scrutinized (if we admit we like sex, we are considered whores), if we are hard workers then we had to have sexed up someone to get our position…seriously. SO yes, I enjoy reading about the new challenges Anita faces and how she handles them. How she dissects them. This book is no different. People just need to quit their bitching. You can clearly see from the description of this book that it is going to be sex filled shenanigans. If you don’t want to read it, then don’t.
I also don’t understand how people rate this book without even reading it…based solely on it’s description and their disappointment! Really? What is the purpose of that?
This book makes Anita realize that she is not uncomfortable with having women in her life, but that she needs strong women like the strong men. I keep forgetting who Jade is and trying to remember when she came about in the series. To my knowledge, she is not prevalent that much since her acquisition from her abusive master. I thought the sex scenes were well written, as usual. Of course I will read any scene with Jason, Domino and Nathaniel in them. Not really sure how much more to write for this review, ha. It was all sex and dealing with Anita’s Jade problem, which she did. It was short, sweet and to the point. I do wish it had a bit more of Jason in the story line.