Review: Requiem for Blood by Alexandra Hope (Blog Tour & Giveaway)

Posted May 17th, 2013 in Blog Tour, book review, Giveaway / 25 comments

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Requiem for Blood

by Alexandra Hope


Publisher: Self-Published (Feb 2013)
Genre: Paranormal, Dark Fantasy, YA
Format: Paperback (347 pages)
Source: From Author
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository
Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3 stars)

Summary

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.

At A Glance
Requiem for Blood is a hard one to rate. I gave it 3 stars because of it’s originality, but I still had quite a few problems with it.

The Good
Requiem for Blood is a world-building book. That’s its focus. And I simply fell in love with the concept. A colony of humans who drink blood and live like vampires in the hope of one day becoming real vampires. That’s just full of awesomsauce craziness. I have never read a book like this before.

Olivia was a VERY interesting character. Her mother, the leader of the wannabe vamps, has taught her to be cold and unemotional. And Olivia is just that. She always has this sense of detachment in her interactions with others. When she kills, she feels a small sense of regret but mostly gets her fill of blood and gets rid of the body afterword without batting an eye. You would think it would have been hard to like a non-feeling killer, but you actually come to like her a lot. Because you are right there with her every step of the way. You know why she does these things and how she internally struggles even if her actions don’t portray it.

This is not a gentle book. It has death, gore, brutality, and the like. Hello! The main character kills people to stay alive! And she mostly accepts it. But that’s what made this book so different. You had to work at accepting what Olivia is willing to do and how it affects others. People die in this book, like important characters, so be ready.

I enjoyed the other characters as well. Troy is the one I felt bad for. He loses people he loves and is given no time to grieve because a hole bunch of paranormal crap has just been dumped on his lap. He has much hatred toward Olivia which made it awkward since they are forced to live together. Erika is both hilarious and kind of evil. We never really know what her plans are but she manipulates people like a pro to get her way. Felicity is just all around vicious and scary. Loved her. 🙂 And Olivia’s mom still creeps me out just thinking of her now. Oh, and I can’t forget Noah. Such a sweetheart. I would love to have a friend like him.

The paranormal lore and world building was quite well done. It kept me reading and interested the whole time. The vampire cult mentality and procedures were fascinating to learn. And I really enjoyed coming to know the kitsune, a different kind of paranormal race.

The Bad
I had a hard time with the constant POV shifts, often happening mid-paragraph. It made the book confusing, especially during the action scenes.

The plot was all over the place. The beginning was confusing. Then as the book went on the story as a whole wasn’t focused enough. It was more about random things that happen to Olivia pre and post vampire. Then, at the end, the story really doesn’t come together at all. Nothing is wrapped up. Questions are still not answered

Also, the pacing was off sometimes and this book could use a good edit.

The Snuggly
There really is no romance in this book. And no snuggling either. Which was fine with me.

Final Thoughts
I don’t know if this book will be for everyone. There is a lot you have to forgive to really enjoy it. But the world building was good and the characters were interesting. The rough, violent elements and unique concept were definitely worth the read to me. Recommended to some.

Quotes
This quote is a bit spoilery, so I will omit one word so I wont give too much away:

“I told you, I didn’t want your blood!”

“Ah,” said Erika, rising to her feet, a finger tip at her chin. “Laced the cranberry juice with blood? Brilliant.”

“It’s not brilliant!” he yelled. “There’s nothing brilliant about being force fed blood of the vampire, who, hey, happened to have killed my *****!”

“Not even a teensy bit brilliant?” she asked, pinching her fingers together.

Author Bio

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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25 Responses to “Review: Requiem for Blood by Alexandra Hope (Blog Tour & Giveaway)”

  1. Giselle

    Olivia sounds like a great character! I love how dark this book sounds and surprisingly I’m not sick of vampires yet! >.< Great review, Jennifer I’m glad you liked it! 🙂

  2. Elisa

    Interesting, though looking at the cover it doesn’t really depict a dark, brutal world…
    Not sure about mid-paragraph POV shifts! That would be a tough read. I like the idea though!

  3. kimbacaffeinate

    Wow very original concept! I love the sound of it, and I actually love multiple pov’s but like you I like the transition to be clear and actually prefer when it happens in the beginning of each chapter. Thanks for sharing this one!

  4. Jaclyn Canada

    OK definitely new concept here. I can see why you enjoyed the originality. I also really like to read author’s take on kitsunes because they generally have a different feel in any book you find them in. Certainly sounds interesting. Excellent review! Jaclyn @ JC’s Book Haven.

  5. Jovon Tucker

    I would prefer to be a vampire to be honest! All the power and with the power usually comes wealth, beauty and abilities sometimes! Best part of being a vampire would be I could all the books I would ever want to!

    Where you were not fond of the POV changes I usually love them!

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