Requiem For Blood by Alexandra Hope
|Requiem for Blood|
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.
Requiem for Blood was different to what I was expecting. It is very dark, gory at times and also has several rather sad moments. The book is about Olivia, a teenage girl who has spent her entire life in a colony of humans who want to be vampires. They hide away from the sun and slaughter other humans to then drink their blood in the hope that one day the will become true vampires. Olivia deals with a moral struggle about the life she lives that is only made worse when she is turned into a full vampire.
Despite it being much darker that I expected, I really enjoyed Requiem for Blood. The blurb also made it seem like there would be a stronger element. I thought it was more of a tale of self-discovery and dealing with turning into a monster. The lore about vampires used is this tale was really unique and original. It was very different from what is generally used in books.
All the characters were strong and well developed from Olivia and Troy who I both felt for to all the secondary characters. I recommend this book to everyone who can handle darker elements and wants a unique paranormal tale.
I really hope that this is the start of a series. I want to see more of Olivia and Troy and the world they live in and I hope that they both finally get a happy ever after.
*I received an ecopy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This has not affected my opinions or rating in any way*
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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