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09/07/2002 Entry: "CERULEAN SINS by Laurell K. Hamilton--cover blurb"

Here's the dust jacket copy...

With her New York Times bestselling Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter novels, Laurell K. Hamilton wraps readers up in stories of suspense and sensuality. Cerulean Sins is no exception. Now, Anita learns what it's like to be at the new end of a centuries old bloodline--and just how far she'll let herself get pushed around...

How the mightly have fallen! Once a sworn enemy of all vampires, Anita is now the human consort of both Jean-Claude, the Master Vampire, and Micah, the leopard shapeshifter. But her love life doesn't stop there. It can't. For Anita--not quite as human as she once was--is consumed by both the lusts of the vampire and the primal hungers of the wereleopards. Desires that must be sated--time and time again...

But it is Jean-Claude who needs her now. His oldest ancestor has sent one of her vicious and powerful underlings to St. Louis, putting Jean-Claude and his clan on the defensive. Unsure of where she stands with the interloper, Anita finds herlself tested as never before--needing all the dark forces her passion can muster to save the ones she loves the most...

See our comments on
GUILTY PLEASURES, Book 1 in the series.
OBSIDIAN BUTTERFLY, Book 9 in the series.
NARCISSUS IN CHAINS, Book 10 in the series.

Based on the dustjacket blurb above, it seems even the publishers now admit the books are about Anita's lusts and passions and desires (which must be sated "time and time again" !!!) more than anything else. Bleh. And I so used to love this series.

P.S.-I will no doubt still purchase this book.

P.P.S.-According to Merriam-Webster, something "cerulean" resembles "the blue of the sky".

Replies: 12 Comments

I no longer read anything by Laurell K. Hamilton. The mysteries and strong convictions that were at the heart of her old stories is gone. Anita has turned into something I do not care to read about and the stories have become pointless. Well, pointless except for indiscriminate sex with everyone in the books. Anita has morphed into Merry Gentry and I do not like it at all. Sorry this is a bit strong, but I used to love this series and its characters so much and feel let down by the author.

Posted by Dawn @ 09/08/2002 09:29 AM ET

I can more than understand the comments of the first person. I've not finished narcissus in chains yet and Hamilton has turned one of my favorite characters into a tramp. I only hope this book will switch anita back into her old self.

Posted by Rodney @ 09/08/2002 10:49 AM ET

I agree with most everyone else. Anita has turned into a tramp. She used to have such high morals and wouldn't even think about degrading herself like this. Ms. Hamilton you need to turn your character around or I think you are going to lose a lot of fans. I mean sex is fine in a book but that doesn't need to be the driving force for the plot line of the book.

Posted by Roger Howell @ 09/08/2002 12:11 PM ET

I still love the Anita Blake books, even with the sex. It would seem that people are forgetting the Sci-Fi/ Fantasy the novels are about anyway. Which one of us can say for a fact that if we were indeed wereleopards or vampires that we could control any of the urges that she is having any better than Anita can? I would truly be more concerned about how easily she can kill anyone or anything so.....You Keep Going Girl!!!!

Posted by K. Weathers @ 09/09/2002 11:01 AM ET

There's nothing wrong with the Blake story as it is developing--kinky sex is okay by me--but people who began reading the series for the element of action will no doubt be disappointed in the turn it has taken.

Posted by Jen @ 09/09/2002 05:53 PM ET

I have to say that characters change. Those wanting just another action hero who doesn't change and morph according to the life she lives is a character not worth reading about. Sex is a part of life, and hers just happens to be more complicated than most. I would hardly call Anita a slut - she has proven that she's far from it, and she hardly enjoys the fact that she now has to 'sate her desires' - desires unfortunately given to her by Jean Claude. Try looking beyond the sex and understanding the forces at work developing the characters as who they are. Who wants to read about a heroine who never changes and stays constant? Who wants to read about someone so unhuman?

Posted by Kate @ 09/11/2002 03:41 AM ET

Everyone is allowed to have there own opinion however i believe that Laurell K. Hamilton has done a wonderful job with the newest addition to the Anita Blake series Though the sexual content is high it's tasteful. Many of you may disagree though one must understand the situation. We are not talking about regular people having there day to day regular "human" rompings were talking about vampyres and other mystical creatures. There sexual preferences are going to be very different then from what we may think is appropriate. Were talking about beings with animal instincts, people that have been unaffected by the prudeish nature that was and is still common to todays society. God forbid we talk about sex!! Anita herself is not competley comfterble with how sexual she has become however it is beyond her control now that she is affected by the Adeur. So for all you prudes out there take another look at the book and open your mind to new possiblilites and be a little understanding with her situation.

Posted by Chantle @ 09/23/2002 06:52 PM ET

I completely agree with the reviewer. I used to love these books but now I find myself flipping through whole chapters looking for anything that could remotely resemble a plot. Don't get me wrong I like a smattering of sex every now and then but not at the expense of plot, and unfortunately, that is what has happened. On top of that if I hear Anita lament about how moralistic she is and how she won't have sex with just anyone while she's jumping in bed with every new character introduced I'm going to scream! Come on Mrs Hamilton, we know you can do better.

Posted by Delilah @ 09/23/2002 07:22 PM ET

I don't know why you are all complaining! LKH is a wonderful author and Anita Blake is a wonderful character!!
Congrats to LKH for a wonderful series!

Posted by Emmi @ 09/27/2002 12:04 AM ET

I never read the series for the mysteries. Who couldn't see through most of them anyway? Please, you just knew anytime a new character was introduced, vampire or otherwise that they were behind the mysterious magical effects/death/slayings/changes in the preternatural community. I read the series for the downward spiral that Anita has walked from the beginning as the moral, righteous, god-fearing girl she was down to a more realistic human who had fallen slightly, and now she's walking through the fires of hell. tis far better to reign in hell then serve in heaven.

Posted by Archange @ 10/04/2002 08:21 AM ET

I was hooked on the Anita books the minute I read Guilty Pleasures. I'm not borthered by the sex in the book at all. I am a little disapointed by her not choosing Richard, but I still love the series. I continue will to buy each new book in hard back. I just want Hamilton to bring back her older characters!

Posted by tara @ 10/08/2002 01:03 PM ET

I used to love these books to the extreme when I first started reading them - I'd re-read at least one Anita Blake book every week. I still like the books and will still buy them, although I admit I don't like the fact that the sex is now written like it is more important than the actual plot. I used to not have to much of a problem with that until I realized that I only re-read Narcissus in Chains once and even then, not the whole way through. Narcissus in Chains had a lot of little subplots - they would have been good if the author had chosen one and made a story out of it. But instead just about the whole book was sex scenes. Don't get me wrong, I don't have a problem with sex scenes - as long as there is still a plot (I've been reading romance novels since 7th grade). I also agree that Anita and Merry Gentry have begun to merge into the same character - they were pretty close in certain ways to begin with. Merry has been getting more powerful just like Anita always does - she doesn't think her way out of problems as much now as she used to - she just overpowers everyone into submission (Anita that is). So in return for giving Merry power, Anita gets to have sex. Does that make sense or was I rambling?

Posted by Sarah @ 10/12/2002 03:19 PM ET

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