Wounded

Wounded

Be proud of Life’s battle scars, it means you were stronger than whatever hurt you, and you didn’t die—and Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter and U.S. Marshal will be the first to show you hers in this sweet and sexy story of celebration and connection from #1 New York Times bestselling author Laurell K. Hamilton.Anita attends the wedding of her close friend but finds that even o...

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Wounded Reviews

  • Julaine
    Jun 27, 2016

    Bad, just really, really bad. Did I happen to mention that it's bad?

    Included in the paperback version of Dead Ice. Ebook to be released as a standalone in December 2016 and containing a *preview* of Crimson Death (scheduled for release in Oct. 2016, two months earlier.) So your choices are to buy a second copy of Dead Ice or wait another 6 months and get a preview for a book already released. In other words, just as slipshod as the rest of Hamilton's recent output.

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    Bad, just really, really bad. Did I happen to mention that it's bad?

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    Anita Blake not only manages to make someone else's wedding all about her, she's insulting to Manny's wife and the most important life lesson she and her ridiculous harem decide to teach a 13 year old boy is how to ogle a women's breasts without getting caught. Yeah, that's a real useful skill for a group of adults to teach an adolescent.

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    This reads like a cut scene from a really bad telenovela. Like most recent Anita Blake novellas it is frankly pointless and only emphasizes how far this series has gone downhill and how utterly unlikable the protagonist has become.

  • cola_bear
    Jun 27, 2016

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    The Good: nothing. Absolutely nothing about this story was good.

    The Bad: where to start...

    1) Over-description. But there's nothing new there.

    2) Why does Anita have to wear a gun to a wedding? Is she expecting warfare?

    3) Anita, Micah, and Nate did nothing to help Tomas, as the blurb says. The only thing they felt relevant to teach 13 year old Tomas is how ogle girls/women's breasts without getting caught.

    4) Anita's treatment of Rosita is sickening,

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    The Good: nothing. Absolutely nothing about this story was good.

    The Bad: where to start...

    1) Over-description. But there's nothing new there.

    2) Why does Anita have to wear a gun to a wedding? Is she expecting warfare?

    3) Anita, Micah, and Nate did nothing to help Tomas, as the blurb says. The only thing they felt relevant to teach 13 year old Tomas is how ogle girls/women's breasts without getting caught.

    4) Anita's treatment of Rosita is sickening, but unfortunately all too common for her now. She basically says that Rosita is built like her brothers:

    "...tall but wide, like big, burly refrigerators"

    "Rosita was built like her brothers, though I'd seen pictures of the wedding and she'd been a tiny slip of girl, but that's what can happen when you marry a girl before she's stopped growing taller..."

    But wait, there's more!

    "She'd been a couple inches below his five-foot-six once, but now she was five-eight or maybe five-nine, and three children plus several miscarriages had broadened the rest of her..."

    ...Really? She goes on later to say that her body is okay, that's the way it was meant to be. You know, because she's had children and miscarriages so she can't possibly be beautiful. So because she's now tall, fat, and ugly, Anita can't understand how Manny can look at his wife (a wife he loves and adores completely) like she's still that "tiny slip of a girl". I'm just disgusted at that whole paragraph.

    Especially since the descriptions of Anita's body make her utterly cartoonish. Also, it really annoyed me that she portrayed Rosita as a "simpering teenager" when she (Rosita) was dancing with JC.

    5) JC is yet again written as third wheel, which isn't surprising. LKH has stated in interviews and tweets that if she could she'd just write about the leopard and other cat shifters and nothing else.

    6) The inappropriate public displays of affection are getting out of hand. This is someone else's wedding, and they are forcing guests (that include children) to watch their orgy of kissing and groping. There are ways to kiss/show affection in public that are appropriate and Anita knows nothing of them.

    7) Why is JC even there? He is not a friend of anyone in that family, and Anita already has two dates. He has no reason to be there, and shouldn't be.

    Overall: I don't recommend this. Unless you are diehard fan of this series, all this story is going to do is make you want to throw up and/or want to punch something...like Anita. I thought her behavior couldn't get worse after Shutdown and Dead Ice (the scene with the jeweler).

    Will I read Crimson Death? Possibly, just because it's been so thoroughly edited and rewritten that I'm curious if Penguin actually made the book readable. Dead Ice had wonderful scenes that were well edited, but they weren't enough (see my review of DI for more on that).

  • Adele
    Dec 31, 2016

    short story. no sex (for once). not bad but probably could have had more. but I suppose what do expect from a short story!!!

  • Sherily
    Nov 15, 2016

    Pretty good short. You only get the wedding reception and an inside look at the main character's feelings of their past and how they coped. The ending was funny and made me LOL.

    I like that this was a bonus short read attached to the end of Dead Ice. Gives you a glimpse into a piece of the story that she was not able to put in otherwise. I hope she continues to do this. There are just some things that are left unanswered or wondering how it turned out etc. So to get a small glimpse of after Dead

    Pretty good short. You only get the wedding reception and an inside look at the main character's feelings of their past and how they coped. The ending was funny and made me LOL.

    I like that this was a bonus short read attached to the end of Dead Ice. Gives you a glimpse into a piece of the story that she was not able to put in otherwise. I hope she continues to do this. There are just some things that are left unanswered or wondering how it turned out etc. So to get a small glimpse of after Dead Ice was nice.

    I still wish there was some kind of conclusion to Rafael's state. Perhaps it will be included in the next book and it is just a cliff hanger - That would be understandable and acceptable!

  • BWT (Belen)
    Dec 19, 2016

    That's when this short story ends. Which, frankly, ticks me off because I definitely thought it would be longer. It also adds absolutely nothing to the series, and simply regurgitated the same old, same old.

    If you haven't dropped the three bucks on this already, I'd recommend a hard pass.

  • Andrea
    Dec 06, 2016

    I usually like the Anita Blake Series, I would even go so far and name it my favourite. I like the world LKH has created with the preternatural, how Anita and the people around her have progressed over the series, hell, I even like the sex. But what I don't like (and I don't like it in general) are all the meticulous explanations of every single thing. Why the fuck do I need to know what Rosita's brothers do for a living? Or how tall they are. Or how tall every single person on this wedding is (

    I usually like the Anita Blake Series, I would even go so far and name it my favourite. I like the world LKH has created with the preternatural, how Anita and the people around her have progressed over the series, hell, I even like the sex. But what I don't like (and I don't like it in general) are all the meticulous explanations of every single thing. Why the fuck do I need to know what Rosita's brothers do for a living? Or how tall they are. Or how tall every single person on this wedding is (I'm used to the metric system, so this is an even greater pain in the arse).

    But what I find even more annoying is that every single detail about every character and every past event is explained IN EVERY SINGLE BOOK. I can understand that you have to do at least a quick recap if you mention something from an earlier book but what is happening here is over the top. And this is only a short story. Half of it (at least) was wasted on things we already know if we follow the series closely and the other on something that could be told in a paragraph. Max. I would have really liked it to get an interesting story with maybe a bit of action (not necessarily the carnal kind) and the usual snarky Anita we all love. Something like Flirt or Micah with a progressing story where Anita can be something else than an annoying person who is better than anyone (first thought was condescending bitch, though) and not only get a glimpse on half an hour of an event not many are interested in (I wasn't).

  • Robin
    Dec 14, 2016

    This was awful. Hamilton starts off telling this short piece was in response to readers wanting to read about the upcoming wedding for Manny's daughter Connie from the end of Dead Ice. What few pages are devoted to the reception felt like a deja vu of the wedding reception for Anita's friend earlier in the series: Anita's dance hang-ups, Nathaniel's pushy insistence for attention without reading the room, and Anita not playing well with others. Most of this is how not to be a victim, an ongoing

    This was awful. Hamilton starts off telling this short piece was in response to readers wanting to read about the upcoming wedding for Manny's daughter Connie from the end of Dead Ice. What few pages are devoted to the reception felt like a deja vu of the wedding reception for Anita's friend earlier in the series: Anita's dance hang-ups, Nathaniel's pushy insistence for attention without reading the room, and Anita not playing well with others. Most of this is how not to be a victim, an ongoing theme in this series. Nothing new except for the person receiving self-help advice. We get a teasing gratuitous cameo of Jean-Claude, but it doesn't fulfill any emotional promise because before there is a true sense of connection and intimacy, Nathaniel pushes his way into Anita's moment with him. This isn't the place to rant but I really have had enough Nathaniel to last me a lifetime. And poor Micah always gets short shrift. If you are a regular reader of the series this adds nothing new, and for me at least, hits all the weaknesses of the series and almost none of its strengths.

  • Racquel
    Dec 15, 2016

    On the plus side, this is one of the more tame stories. On the other side, it still has a lot of issues. Anita comes off as both happy and condescending to those not a part of her group, which seems in bad taste at a wedding. It's been well established that she never goes anywhere without her personal arsenal, but it still seems in poor taste to be flashing it at a wedding. I guess you could liken it to a cop carrying his sidearm, which I have seen, but it doesn't have the same ring to it. There

    On the plus side, this is one of the more tame stories. On the other side, it still has a lot of issues. Anita comes off as both happy and condescending to those not a part of her group, which seems in bad taste at a wedding. It's been well established that she never goes anywhere without her personal arsenal, but it still seems in poor taste to be flashing it at a wedding. I guess you could liken it to a cop carrying his sidearm, which I have seen, but it doesn't have the same ring to it. There's also the obvious lack of follow through. Mrs. Conroy states very clearly she's going to send her husband over and talk to Manny and Rosita about Anita carrying concealed at the wedding..... but we never see any of this. In fact, Anita and her two leopards decide not to disturb Manny and Rosita's dancing about Tomas and instead talk to the sister. Okay....

    I guess the whole side conversation with Tomas helps him, or it seems to, but really it seems like an excuse to hash out everyone's bad histories again. Granted, the purpose is supposedly to highlight the benefit and possibilities of actually following doctor's orders and working to improve yourself, but that seems to be the icing on the proverbial cake.

    Then of course Jean-Claude has to show up. Of course it's this big deal because he's the American king now and Anita's public fiance out of the whole group, but does he really belong in this scene otherwise? His past is tied in neatly to the whole bad past/having to survive bit with reference to his scars, but again, it's add on. Not to mention the whole hash about the gossip/media circuit and how careful they all have to be.... as they take over the center spotlight at someone else's wedding. Classy. Of course everything has to revolve around Anita and her men or it wouldn't be an ABVH story, right?

  • Jessica
    Jan 06, 2017

    Maybe it would have been better if 2/3 of the book were not going over the same damn info as every other book. Look, if someone doesn't know, Anita's/ Nathaniel's/ Micah's stories by now WHY can't they just pick up a previous book?! Maybe I am just over it and I need to move on, which is too bad since I have loved them for the most part, until recently. Lately I get to the repetitive parts and skip them but if they make up most of the book it seems pointless. I do not think I have read any other

    Maybe it would have been better if 2/3 of the book were not going over the same damn info as every other book. Look, if someone doesn't know, Anita's/ Nathaniel's/ Micah's stories by now WHY can't they just pick up a previous book?! Maybe I am just over it and I need to move on, which is too bad since I have loved them for the most part, until recently. Lately I get to the repetitive parts and skip them but if they make up most of the book it seems pointless. I do not think I have read any other series that acts like the readers can not keep the basic info in their memories from one book to the next.

  • Adam Duclos
    Jan 24, 2017

    Whoa, this has a high average rating considering it's just a rehash!

    In the previous book, Dead Ice, Anita saved some of her friend's kids from a bad guy, but one of them, a 13 year old boy, got shot up pretty badly. He went to the hospital and lived!

    Here's what happened in this story:

    The kid lived, but he's in a wheelchair. Anita and her main squeezes are at the kid's sister's wedding, and talk him into doing his physical therapy, because he was slacking on it.

    Here's why it's a rehash:

    1: Anita

    Whoa, this has a high average rating considering it's just a rehash!

    In the previous book, Dead Ice, Anita saved some of her friend's kids from a bad guy, but one of them, a 13 year old boy, got shot up pretty badly. He went to the hospital and lived!

    Here's what happened in this story:

    The kid lived, but he's in a wheelchair. Anita and her main squeezes are at the kid's sister's wedding, and talk him into doing his physical therapy, because he was slacking on it.

    Here's why it's a rehash:

    1: Anita recounts her various weapons, then, because she brought a gun to the wedding, she gets into an argument over why it's okay for her to bring guns everywhere.

    2: Anita is beautiful, but doesn't believe it, which is fine, but goes through the exact same thought process she always goes through.

    3: Anita wonders, again, why she's not aging at a normal human rate. Then she suddenly remembers that she's part lycanthrope, and they age slower. (First of all, BS, that's the first that's ever been mentioned. Second of all, she was already aging slower because of her 3rd level vampire marks. Third of all, she knows damned well that she'd be immortal if she ever got around to closing her obvious weak point of not having her fourth vampire mark.)

    4: Anita recounts her various scars one by one, again, although this time she has to preface it with 'Uh, these came from before I had regeneration'.

    5: Micah recounts his origin story.

    6: Nathaniel recounts his origin story.

    7: Jean Claude shows up and they recount vampire politics and that they're getting married.

    The only new thing that happened is that Anita uses the power of her boobs to help get a kid to work out more. Really, she tells him he'll walk again, and then run again. Which is nice and all, but didn't they say the bullet hit the nerve to his leg? The kid's right, he screwed unless he get's lycanthropy like he wants, so he can regenerate.

    Maybe they'll finally find some healing magic in this series? Why not? Maybe an angel will show up, they've already gotten demons, even though it's been a while.

    Surprise #8! Another reader noted that Antia, though she feels like she's not beautiful herself, has some seriously bitchy issues with the looks of her own friends. She snarks on their weight, their lack of weight, how young they are, how old they are... That, added to her anger issues, her lack of any diplomacy, her bad personal choices, all show why the only people who are in love with her are either in it for the power like Jean Claude, or were mind raped into it by the ardeur like literally everyone else.

    Speaking of which... Anita could literally boink the kid and heal him (she should wait until he turns 18 though). It would probably give him super powers too. This is one of those many weird idea crossovers that Laurel K Hamilton has with the magic systems between this series, "Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter" and her fae based "Merideth Gentry" series.