Friday, March 11, 2011

Thirst No.1 (The Last Vampire, Black Blood, Red Dice) by Christopher Pike

Book:  Thirst No.1 (The Last Vampire, Black Blood, Red Dice)
Author:  Christopher Pike
Release date:  August 4, 2009
Publisher:  Simon Pulse
Pages:  594
Source:  Bookstore

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….

Thirst No.1 is not like the popular vampire stories of today.  It was a good book but it was very different than what I am used to reading.  I would have to recommend giving it a shot though if you enjoy non-traditional vampire tales.

Thirst No.1 is actually the first three books in the series; The Last Vampire, Black Blood, and Red Dice.  It makes it a bit more difficult to review but I will try my best.  The Thirst books were originally published in the early 90’s and that is one of the main reasons why it is so different.  I liked reading about more traditional vampires with extraordinary stories.

All three stories are about Alisa Perne, the last vampire on earth.  She is a brutal vampire, not afraid to kill people to hide her secret.  I was a bit shocked at all the killing in the book and I didn’t really get over that.  It was my biggest problem with the book.  It was also pretty gory at times.  Probably not the best book for younger readers.

My other problem with Thirst No.1 was Alisa.  I never felt connected to her.  She was cocky, selfish, cruel, and just an all-around bitch.  Of course she changed a little throughout the book but not enough.  She was 5,000 years old.  She should have been way more mature than she actually was.

Overall, Thirst No.1 was just an average book.  I felt like it could have been a lot better and I’m hoping the rest of the series does improve.  Like I said though, still give this one a shot.  You might be surprised by it.

First line:  I am a vampire and that is the truth:

Rating:  B-

Cover:  A-

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2 Comments

  1. Caroline (Bon Bons and Reveries)

    my friend lent me the first two books in this series and they’ve been sitting on my shelf for a few weeks…I’ve been nervous about reading them because I’ve read so many mixed reviews…I feel better about reading it after your review….thank you 🙂

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