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"Don't Call My Name, Alejandro; I'm not your SLAVE, ALEJANDRO!"
Circus of the Damned - Laurell K. Hamilton
Member Name: Jonni_boi
Circus of the Damned - Laurell K. Hamilton
Advantages: Anita Blake Novel, brilliant gripping storyline
Disadvantages: The start is slightly on the slow side
This book was published in 1995; therefore this book is the same age as my brother. I was born in 1993, so I was 2 years old when this was published. Of course, I have only read it recently and never knew that this series has been going on for that long, although I am aware of other book series that have been going on for longer.
The author of this book is Laurell K. Hamilton. I have only ever read this series from her, and so I cannot possibly tell you if she is a good writer or not since I am unaware of her writing style in other books. But her writing grips me within seconds in this series, and I look forward for every new book I come across, as I know I am going to be gripped with excitement. She has written many books, all of which have appeared on my wish list, and the ones that are no longer there, are now on my bookshelf waiting to be read. However, I reckon it will take me a while to get around to them, but I have them nonetheless. And eventually you will see a review of them on here, if this review site is still going.
Anita Blake is a vampire hunter, however do not confuse her with "Buffy The Vampire Slayer", since they are both very different, and "Buffy" books are aimed at a teenage audience, whereas "Anita Blake" books are very much aimed at young adult +. I definitely wouldn't give these books to anyone two or more years younger than me, although who am I to judge what people should or should not be reading?
This book is the third book in the series, and we follow Anita Blake's troublesome and hectic life. Anita is an expert on creatures of the night, she has dined with shape shifters, danced with werewolves, and been wooed - but not won - by Jean-Claude, the Master Vampire of the City. But now there is a bigger, scarier, and older vampire in town, who goes by the name of Alejandro.
Jean-Claude has already attempted to make Anita into his human servant, only a few more bites to go and she will be his. But Jean-Claude is not the only vampire who wants Anita for himself. Alejandro has now marked Anita, and n a true test of power, who will Anita obey? And who will become the Master Vampire of the City? This has trouble written all over it, and Anita is the cause of it all.
This book is definitely a pure escapism type of book, it is perfect for those vampire fans, and this book has everything you want in a vampire book and MORE! It is gripping and exciting all at the same time and I love reading Anita Blake books as I really do know that they are amazing and definitely a series I want to keep reading for the rest of my life, although, I have heard that the books change and become a little obsessive and not as good, if this is true, then I don't know how I shall react, but I guess we'll just have to wait and see won't we?
There are a few books that I am aware of that are similar to this series. The Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlene Harris is definitely a series that is very much similar in lots of different ways. If you are a fan of Charlene Harris' vampire novels (like I am) I totally recommend this series to you. Is it similar to Twilight? Well yes, and no. The fact that it contains supernatural beings could suggest that the books are similar, however if you think of the readers for both books, this one contains a few sex scenes, sometimes they are horrific, which Twilight does not have. However I would say if you are looking for something similar to Twilight, that is a little more for Adults, then I totally recommend this to you.
As I think you can tell by now, I am obsessed with this series and I do want to read more and more. But this book did capture me just the same as the two previous books did, and I was really interested in the way the storyline may go on. I think the ending was brilliant, and I was aware of my reading pace quickening up, which proved to me that I was really getting into the book, right at the end. I wouldn't say that I felt emotional while reading this, as this is not what it intends to do, but I was reading quicker which showed my anxiety for Anita Blake. Also the fact that it is written in first person gives you a connection towards Anita Blake.
Personally I believe this book series would definitely work as a TV Series, however I believe that they wouldn't have to change much, apart from adapting the novels into a near-enough script which is pretty similar. However I have heard they did think about doing this, but it has been scrapped, which is such a shame as I know this would be brilliant if you could tune in once a week.
So who should read this book? Well people who are into Vampires and Shape shifters and Ghouls and Lycanthropes and Zombies and various other supernatural beings. This is the perfect book for you! I personally think that people who are fifteen years old or younger should stay away from this series, but who am I to judge, as parents can decide themselves. But the books do contain sex scenes and references that are horrific at times.
I did give this book 4.5 out of 5, because it is a brilliant novel, and kept with the consistency of the two other books, however it was slow at the beginning, but what does that matter. It is a brilliant third novel in a fantastic series, so far and definitely one I recommend to people as I personally find it amazing!
Summary: An Anita Blake Novel