Blood Memories (Vampire Memories #1) by Barb Hendee

I thought it would be nice to welcome the new year (and decade) with an extra post. Here’s hoping that 2010 is a good one!

Released: October 6, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Pages: 339
Publisher: Roc
ISBN-13: 978-0-451-46305-0

I’ve enjoyed reading Barb and J.C. Hendee’s Noble Dead series and so I was pleased to hear that Barb Hendee was branching off on her own to write an urban fantasy about vampires.

In the Vampire Memories series, vampires all have a special gift. Eleisha Clevon, the protagonist of Blood Memories, is able to make herself seem helpless and make people want to take care of her. She uses this gift to hunt. Originally from Wales, she has settled in Portland, takes care of a senile vampire named William and socializes with her friend Edward, also a vampire, until the day that Edward commits suicide. With his death, Eleisha is forced to confront how lost he’d become, thanks to the bodies in his basement and the address book of vampires. Now that the police are looking for her, she has to flee.

This book is on par with the Noble Dead series in terms of quality. The characters are interesting and the plot is sound but I didn’t find the book quite as compelling as some of the others I’ve read. This is not to say that it’s a bad book; on the contrary, it’s a good, solid read. It just didn’t grab me the way that Patricia Briggs’ or Kelley Armstrong’s work does. The second book in the series, Hunting Memories, is out now so I may pick it up some time in the future.

This book is 1/6 for my Vampire Series Reading Challenge.


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