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Author: Alexandra Hope
Pages: 352 pages
Format acquired: eBook (ePub)
Published on: March 25th 2013
Source: Received for blog tour (Thank you, Xpresso Book Tours and Alexandra!)
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Marrying East Asian mythology with Western folklore, this novel has a surprising twist for fans of the paranormal genre!
Seventeen year old Olivia Cohen has also 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.
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Requiem for Blood is definitely an interesting book. The cult idea and the uniqueness of Alexandra Hope's interpretation of the vampire mythology.
Olivia belongs to a group of human-vampires. They're the type of people who want to be vampires and devote themselves to drinking human-blood and staying away from sunlight. Her cult long to achieve the ultimate goal, to become real vampires. And Olivia achieves that goal, with the help of Erika the kitsune. This is where it gets interesting because not only is this book about vampires, it's about Japanese fox-spirits too! They, Erika really, plays a big part in this book. She's literally one of those sly and manipulative foxes, but her character is very... interesting? I can't really explain how she is but she gives so much life to this book. And Olivia is a really great heroine as well. You can really see how much it hurts her to harm humans even though she needs to. She's a very sensitive vampire because she sympathizes with humans and that's what makes her so great.
This is a very refreshing book because it's definitely taken vampires to a whole new level. The story left me kind of iffy because there were parts that really frustrated me but once it worked out the kinks, it went really smoothly. I can't really say much else about this book except that it's a really painful but enjoyable book. There were a lot of sacrifices made and you'll really empathize with Olivia. I'm definitely looking forward to more of Alexandra Hope.
About the author:
Alexandra Hope was born in New York, raised in Atlanta and has lived in Germany for the past three years. She writes pretty much whatever she feels like and for her debut novel she chose ninja-like vampires. She's a (Linguistic) Anthropology major, language lover, vocalist in a Japanese band and part-time bad fanfic writer.
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