So… I have a problem. I have serious troubles in saying no when authors or publishers ask me if I want to review their book. Specially, if said book belongs to a series that has been on my radar for a while.
Serpentine is the latest example of that. See, I have heard a lot of good/bad things about Anita Blake. Enough that once I got the email, I immediately said yes. WITHOUT THINKING. Clearly I should have heard alarm bells, right? Because I basically accepted to read a review a book that is number 26 on a series, without having read any of the previous ones.
So, after a bad decision, a even worse one – to read a book out of order – was made.
After all said and done, do I regret them? Hell no.
Why? Because the book was good. It was darn good. I liked the mystery and the plot, sure some things sounded out of context – because I didn’t have it – but other than that, I enjoyed the book a lot more than I was expected.
See, when I look at Anita Blake’s reviews, I mostly see a lot of complains about how the story focus more on romance than the mystery at hand. Well, that doesn’t bother me, specially if I’m in a all-smutt-you-can-fit-on-a-page mood. On that regard, the book actually made me curious to read more polygamous stories, because clearly, I have been missing them on my naughty stories.
That been said. I jumped into the series without reading previous Anita’s, and from what I gathered, the series used to be pure UF instead of romance UF. Maybe, when I’m finally caught up – because this book made me want to read the series – I’ll agree. Which I pretty much doubt because as much as I love pure UF, the romance reader in me always enjoy when it branches out. I understand why the UF purists may not like it, I just don’t agree with them.
ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
Book Info: 512 pages Published August 7th 2018 by Berkley Books
Series: Anita Blake #26
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Vampire hunter Anita Blake has managed to overcome everything she faces. But this time there’s a monster that even she doesn’t know how to fight…
A remote Florida island is the perfect wedding destination for the upcoming nuptials of Anita’s fellow U.S. Marshal and best friend Edward. For Anita, the vacation is a welcome break, as it’s the first trip she gets to take with wereleopards Micah and Nathaniel. But it’s not all fun and games and bachelor parties…
In this tropical paradise Micah discovers a horrific new form of lycanthropy, one that has afflicted a single family for generations. Believed to be the result of an ancient Greek curse, it turns human bodies into a mass of snakes.
When long-simmering resentment leads to a big blowout within the wedding party, the last thing Anita needs is more drama. But it finds her anyway when women start disappearing from the hotel, and worse–her own friends and lovers are considered the prime suspects. There’s a strange power afoot that Anita has never confronted before, a force that’s rendering those around her helpless in its thrall. Unable to face it on her own, Anita is willing to accept help from even the deadliest places. Help that she will most certainly regret–if she survives at all, that is…