TITLE: Blood Memories
AUTHOR: Barb Hendee
INFO: Paperback, Fiction, 243 pages
PUBLISHED: Roc, 2008
SOURCE: Purchased myself
FROM GOODREADS: Eleisha Clevon has the face of a teen angel, but she is no angel. Unlike most vampires, she doesn’t like to kill, but self-preservation comes first.
When an old friend destroys himself by walking into sunlight right in front of her, Eleisha is shocked. And what she finds afterwards points to how very sick of his existence her friend had become—piling drained corpses in the basement and keeping records of other vampires’ real names and addresses. That’s a problem.
Because now, there are policemen on the case: two very special humans with some gifts of their own. They know who Eleisha is, and, even more dangerous, what she is.
MY TAKE: This book was first published in 1998 and has been reprinted. There are two more books in print with two scheduled in the next year or so. Barb Hendee is the author of The Noble Dead saga as well as The Vampire Memories series.
With all of the sexy, sparkly teenage vampire stories out there right now, this was a welcome change in the genre. Eleisha and her fellow vamps were much more cerebral, darker and maybe "realistic"? This was a very nice change of pace from the love triangles and teen angst. This was a short book that read very quickly. There was a lot of action and drama that kept me turning the pages.
The characters were quite interesting. Besides Eleisha, I really enjoyed Maggie, Wade and eventually even Phillip. They added quite a bit to the story. In some small ways, this reminded me a bit of Anne Rice's Interview with the Vampire. I think it was probably because of the dependant relationships the vampires shared.
Enjoyable book that I think most vampire fans will enjoy - especially if you're looking for something a little less sparkly.