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Requiem for Blood by Alexandra Hope

Blurb: Seventeen year old Olivia Cohen has always had an appetite for blood and an aversion to the sun as a human and when she is killed by a mysterious young woman, she finds her appetite has heightened and her skin is now burned by the sun. Living her life in a colony with other people who live a “vampire-like” lifestyle, she has grown up hunting humans and believing there is a blood so powerful it will turn them from vampire-like into true vampires. On one of Olivia’s final nights as a human she meets eighteen year old Troy Evans and is immediately drawn to the unique scent of his blood. Now as an actual vampire, she must learn how to suppress her need to hunt and kill for his sake and decide if his unique blood is worth saving from those who seek it.

 

Review:

The beginning of this book is very confusing. Olivia opens with a strange dream in which she believes her best friend, Noah, is being killed. The setting is odd, a colony of what I assumed were actually child vampires. They’re in class at night and clearly secluded. Their classes are not exactly normal. She starts in human anatomy, an innocent sounding class. Until she’s called to explain the best places to feed from a human. Ok, still innocent sounding, and everything seems to be pointing towards this group being vampires.

Until she tells us she’s not. Or at least, not the kind of vampire you generally see in fiction. No, this community is full of the type of vampires that exist in real life. Humans that choose to feed off blood. But these are far different than those. They are striving to become the vampires they hear about in lore. Their leader, call Mar, is searching for the right blood to turn them. Until then, all the people in this community feed on blood. Some even hunt humans for it. This brings a logical issue from the state. They apparently make routine visits to check on the welfare of the children. The true purpose of the colony is hidden of course, and Mar has motives even the colonists don’t know about.

Olivia is oblivious to the true nature of her mother. I’d even go so far as to say she’s in denial. Noah wants out of the community and a chance at a normal life. Once they turn seventeen, this becomes possible because they are sent on their first hunts at this age. Sadly, Olivia is the oldest and chooses not to run. She returns home. While out she meets a young man named Troy and she finds herself drawn to the scent of his blood. Hmm, Ok. She’s not an actual vampire but drinking human blood has heightened her senses. Alright, I’ll buy it.

Then things get a bit more confusing. Olivia is killed and reborn as a true vampire. She’s unable to control her bloodlust, however, and problems begin quickly. Troy is her long lost sister’s boyfriend. Her sister is pregnant. And Troy is apparently a kitsune, a Japanese fox spirit, or at least he’s half of one. And only kitsune blood can create an actual vampire. Oh, and it only works on a human that already drinks blood……ok, what? No seriously, wth is this? I have to know how the kitsune discovered this.

The rest of the story is filled with a lot of lows, to be honest, with plenty of deaths of important characters. Olivia’s eyes are finally opened and the door is opened for what is clearly a series to continue.

All in all, not a bad read. There were some grammatical errors that didn’t take away too much from the story but the author could stand to go back through and correct. I will continue to the next book just to see how it goes.

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