July 3, 2013

Review | Affliction (Anita Blake #22)

Author: Laurell K. Hamilton
Published: July 2, 2013
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Format: ebook
Pages: 576
Genres: Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, Supernatural, Vampires

I was so thrilled to see this was coming out. I checked months ago but forgot the date. I checked a couple days ago and was excited to see that I didn't have long to wait. As soon as it was out, I hurried and got a copy.

The sex has been steadily decreasing in this series much to my delight. Hamilton comes up with some awesome plot lines that are diminished by how much pornographic material is added. I wonder if someone complained about it or if there was some indicator that caused her to decide to decrease its amount.

I was excited that they were going to Micah's home. You don't hear or see much of anyone's home life. You hear back stories of some people, but aside from Jason, no one returns home or sees their family much. You hear every once in a while that Anita's family doesn't approve of something she does, but it's usually a passing comment touched on and left quickly. I would like to see Anita in a setting where she had to return home too.

One thing that was surprising, was that Jean-Claude hardly made any appearances. He was only around 2 or 3 brief times in the book. I feel like Hamilton has given the character too much power, and it's causing problems in the story. Most books are the stories of people rising in power whether they want to or not. I don't see how the characters can go much higher than they already are. Is Jean-Claude going to be leader of the world next?

It was interesting to see that some of Micah's greatest fears about going home quickly became irrelevant. He was so worried that his family would disapprove of him that it was touching to see (most of) his family rallying in around him. Even many of the towns people seemed to stand by him. They kept brushing it off as being because of his dad being sheriff, but it was said so much that it seemed more like an excuse.

Overall, it was a new, interesting story. It was nice to get out of St. Louis even if there was an unexplainable zombie apocalypse occurring in Micah's hometown. I hope the next book has another outing with Edward. I like it when he shows up. He's easily my favorite character, and I'd like to see a little more of him.

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