Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Requiem for Blood by Alexandra Hope



"You are telling me that drinking another human's blood has enhanced your senses to near animalistic?" 

This book has a whole different take on the traditional vampire traditions. A view that I found quite intriguing. Olivia is a blood drinking human in a secluded colony of blood drinking humans. These humans basically live the life of a vampire while searching for the key to becoming a true vampire. Olivia, the main character, is the daughter of this colonies leader and unknowingly embarks on an adventure that will bring her face to face with her mother in a search for answers. I have rated this book with THREE STARS.

I found the changes to the traditional vampire stories refreshing. The characters were fully developed and they all faced some inner conflicts that made this novel a real page turner. Not only was this a story with vampires, but it also held the tale of some Japanese supernatural beings as well. I found it interesting how the whole book tied together both of these supernatural elements. I had a difficult time putting this book down and for the majority of my reading time I was racing to the finish to discover the answers in which Olivia was searching for. 

The reason I have taken a few stars off of this rating is due to the lack of editing. A lot of the times I felt as though the author had an idea in her head and simply raced to put it on paper. Normally I can see past these typos and errors but with this story I felt as though there were just too many. Had it not of been for these mistakes throughout the entire novel (typos, grammatical errors, wrong name used, double words, etc) this book would have been rated 4.5 stars. I know I generally do not rate for half stars, but one other small issue with this book just did not sit right with me. The hallucination after the overdose on blood was poorly put together and extremely difficult to follow. With the elimination of these two issues within this novel this book would have been a FIVE STAR read. 

The book ends with a bit of a hook, and will potentially be part of a series. With that being said, I hope the author takes a little bit longer during the editing process in order to up the stakes in her future work. This book had amazing potential, this series could be one of the great ones. 

All in all, I enjoyed the story greatly. It was difficult to stop reading and was a real page turner. I would recommend this novel to any patient urban fantasy reader.



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