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