Guilty Pleasures (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: Book 1) by Laurell K. Hamilton
What is it about:
Anita Blake may be small and young, but vampires call her the Executioner. Anita is a necromancer and vampire hunter in a time when vampires are protected by law--as long as they don't get too nasty. Now someone's killing innocent vampires and Anita agrees--with a bit of vampiric arm-twisting--to help figure out who and why.
Trust is a luxury Anita can't afford when her allies aren't human. The city's most powerful vampire, Nikolaos, is 1,000 years old and looks like a 10-year-old girl. The second most powerful vampire, Jean-Claude, is interested in more than just Anita's professional talents, but the feisty necromancer isn't playing along--yet.
What did I think of it:
Hamilton's writing and world building are solid, her characters interesting and the story is quite good. Still I didn't much care for this book and that has to do with the lead character: Anita Blake.
I really didn't like her! Now why is that you ask?
As far as I could make out from this story and the background info that is given in this book Anita Blake is a bigot. She hates all vampires for something that only a few rotten apples did. At the same time she herself does things in her role as necromancer that had me wincing in sympathy with the ghosts she encounters. I really couldn't live with these character traits and I found myself cheering on the bad guys instead of Anita.
All in all I do not think I will read other books in this series.
Why should you read it:
It's a decent vampire story and maybe you will like Anita better than I do.