Series: Thirst | Book No.: 1-3 (Bind-Up) | Source: Bought | Pages: 594 | Publisher: Simon Pulse | Rating: 3.5 / 5 (☼ ☼ ☼ 1/2)
As to blood -- ah, blood, the whole subject fascinates me. I do like that as well, warm and dripping, when I am thirsty. And I am often thirsty....
Alisa has been in control of her urges for the five thousand years she has been a vampire. She feeds but does not kill, and she lives her life on the fringe to maintain her secret. But when her creator returns to hunt her, she must break her own rules in order to survive.
Her quest leads her to Ray. He is the only person who can help her; he also has every reason to fear her. Alisa must get closer to him to ensure her immortality. But as she begins to fall in love with Ray, suddenly there is more at stake than her own life....
Promising to be a pretty refreshing vampire bind-up written in the early to mid-90's, I was interested and bought it at WalMart. I was pretty satisfied even if it wasn't the greatest book ever.
This book follows the character Alisa, Sita to people she's close to, (and trust me, that doesn't happen a lot in this book) a five thousand-year-old vampire who was among one of the first vampires to be made by Yak-something-like-that. What interested me is that she was from India, (if I remember correctly) and as you can tell from the cover, she's pretty pale. Well, I guess that just happens when you're a vampire.
This book is a bind-up of three books: The Last Vampire, Black Blood, and Red Dice. I'll review each one separately.
The Last Vampire: This is a pretty...interesting start to a series. You get to see how powerful Alisa is, and you meet one of the only people she has fallen in love with recently: Ray. But here's the downfall. He's the son of the detective she murdered. You saw that coming, right? So did I. That's the whole thing with this part of the book. It was overly predictable and hard to go through considering you knew what was just around the corner, but you get to meet one of my favorite characters in this part! Seymour. (: I have to love my nerds.
Black Blood: This is the story where Ray and Alisa are adjusting their new lives in Los Angeles, but something bad happens. Since Ray and Alisa are suppose to be the 'last vampires' considering that the other vampire (which they THOUGHT there was only one other) swore never to make another one of his kind, they are surprised when they discover vampire attacks all through the city. Just to let you know, it doesn't end very pretty.
Red Dice: Alisa comes face-to-face with an old love, an alchemist who I'm not going to name because I forgot his name. D: You're revealed more of Sita's past, how she became a vampire, and her new friends and enemies. Yes, that's about all this book is about.
The end of Red Dice is a MAJOR cliffhanger just-to-let-you-know, so that makes me glad that I have the second book in hand, which makes me want the other two books now.
The only thing wrong I have to say about that is that Sita brags. . . a lot. She keeps going on and on and on and on and ON about how powerful she is, how pretty she is, blah blah blah blah BLAH. That got kind of old after a while. Seriously. REALLY old.
And if you're still alive and holding on to those last couple of brain cells functioning to comprehend the book, then you'll loose them with the writing style. I admit, it's not horrible, but it's wordy and sometimes it can get just overly annoying.
BUT AT LEAST ONE PERSON DIES IN EVERY BOOK THAT'S IMPORTANT TO THE CHARACTER. Christopher Pike is depressing. Overly depressing.
Other than that, it can provide an interesting read. Since it was made in the early to mid-90's, it's Twilight-free, so you don't have the stereotypical vampires but the hardcore vampires that I fell in love with.
Meet the Author
Christopher Pike is the pseudonym of Kevin McFadden. He is a bestselling author of young adult and children's fiction who specializes in the thriller genre.
McFadden was born in New York but grew up in California where he stills lives in today. A college drop-out, he did factory work, painted houses and programmed computers before becoming a recognized author. Initially unsuccessful when he set out to write science fiction and adult mystery, it was not until his work caught the attention of an editor who suggested he write a teen thriller that he became a hit. The result was Slumber Party (1985), a book about a group of teenagers who run into bizarre and violent events during a ski weekend. After that he wrote Weekend and Chain Letter. All three books went on to become bestsellers.
His other well-known works include The Last Vampire (a series of six books), the Final Friends Trilogy, Remember Me (a trilogy), The Lost Mind, Witch, Whisper of Death, Alosha, The Shaktra, The Yanti, Bury Me Deep, The Tachyon Web, and Fall into Darkness.
McFadden is also the author of the popular children's series Spooksville, and several adult novels: Sati, The Season of Passage, The Listeners, The Cold One, The Blind Mirror and Falling.
That's about all I could find! D: