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Skin Trade (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Bk 17)
Skin Trade - Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Bk 17
Author: Laurell K. Hamilton
Anita Blake heads to Las Vegas for a trip that's all business, no pleasure. In Skin Trade, she partners again with Edward to find the source of eleven slain Sin City officials, and a host of were-tigers. — When a vampire serial killer sends Anita Blake a grisly souvenir from Las Vegas, she has to warn Sin City’s local authorities...  more »
PBS Market Price: $8.09 or $4.19+1 credit
ISBN-13: 9780515148053
ISBN-10: 0515148059
Publication Date: 5/25/2010
Pages: 560
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

4 stars, based on 110 ratings
Publisher: Jove
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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reviewed Skin Trade (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Bk 17) on + 2 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 12
Let's here it for a lack of pointless sex! I wasn't going to read this book because it was guaranteed to be more of the same- plot used only as a device to get from one bed (or kitchen, or bathroom, or vehicle...) to the next. But when a free copy showed up at work, I gave it a shot. What else was I to do on an eight-hour plane ride but read and sleep? And I was very, very surprised. There are only two encounters of the naked kind, they are primarily plot-relevant, and only three times did Hamilton refer to kissing Anita as any form of 'trying to climb inside my mouth'. I was also pleased because it looks like they stopped giving Hamilton's books to the junior high English class for proofreading. The grammar was much better, and while she still writes in sentence fragments, it's less distracting than usual. As always, the characters were interesting, and it was nice to focus on a few key people instead of parading the harem and their requisite emotions through every chapter.
reviewed Skin Trade (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Bk 17) on + 29 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 11
For all of you out there who were getting just a bit tired of the non-stop near constant sex, this book is for you. If you have missed Edward, this book is for you. If you liked Anita better when she was killing damn near everything in sight, this book is for you. Yep, for all the fans of the early days of Anita Blake, this book is for you!

This book was the last chance book. If it had been all sex, no plot, I had planned to give up on the series. Thank heaven I gave it a chance.

Anita takes us to Nevada where she meets up with Edward, Bernard and Olaf. It was very reminiscent of book 8, Obsidian Butterfly, since she was surrounded by unknown police officers and there was no sex for the bulk of the book.

They are all there to help Anita find the serial killer Vittorio, who she faced off against in the book Incubus Dreams. He has sent Anita a special invitation to see if she can stop him. While she is working against the sun to find and put a stop to him, Marme Noir has decided she wants to possess Anita and must be on constant guard against her.
We also got some up close and personal time with Wicked Truth, the twin warriors that Anita had wished up some several books back. I was glad we got some more face time with them, since they were supposedly the muscle answer to their lack of soldiers problem that was so catastrophic in nature, but then we barely heard from them ever again.

The ending felt a little rushed, but all in all a great book. Here's to hoping the next one is just as good.
reviewed Skin Trade (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Bk 17) on + 9 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 8
I like this book mostly because of Otto/Olaf, who is by far my favorite character because he scares the hell out of Anita. I also loved the fact that Richard was not in this book. Seriously, I am so tired of Anita collecting men, damn she really needs to try casual sex. What I did hate about this book and the 2 before it was there is no sex with Jean Claude. I could care less about all those other metrosexual pint sized men Anita is sleeping with. Does anybody remember what happened when Anita and Asher had sex, they almost killed each other from pleasure, now thats sex. Anyway, back to the book, things were tied up too compactly for my tastes, the ending was extremely anti-climatic.
reviewed Skin Trade (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Bk 17) on + 108 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 7
Wow - a plot and everything!

I love Ms. Hamilton's books, but it was nice to have a story line and not just 300 pages of wild sex!

I also loved the focus on some "minor" characters: mysterious Edward, creepy Olaf, sexy Wicked Truth.

And Thank God, no Richard!!! Can someone please kill Richard??? With the number of people who die horrible deaths in this series, why is Richard still hanging around?

I did enjoy this book - can't wait to see the next one and hoping that the quality of the story line continues.
reviewed Skin Trade (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Bk 17) on + 3 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 6
Wow! I was seriously impressed with the LACK of sex and the existence of a plot! This was reminiscent of the Early Days of Anita the Executioner/Detective, when she was more than a place for every man to park the pink elephant.

Keep it up ! Less is SOO much more!
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reviewed Skin Trade (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Bk 17) on + 116 more book reviews
I used to LOVE Anita Blake, but now all the books have so much gore and self-hatred, that I can't do it anymore. I'm bored with her books starting now. Maybe if Anita gets amnesia and isn't a sex-addict anymore, I'll pick this series back up.

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