Monday, May 13, 2013

Review & Giveaway: Requiem for Blood by Alexandra Hope

Welcome to my stop on the Requiem for Blood blog tour, hosted by the awesome Giselle @ Xpresso Book Tours. Check out my review below:

Requiem for Blood 
by Alexandra Hope
Released: February 7th 2013 

Purchase: Amazon
*Received ebook to review for the tour.

Synopsis via Goodreads:
Seventeen year old Olivia Cohen has always had an appetite for blood and an aversion to the sun as a human and when she is killed by a mysterious young woman, she finds her appetite has heightened and her skin is now burned by the sun. Living her life in a colony with other people who live a "vampire-like" lifestyle, she has grown up hunting humans and believing there is a blood so powerful it will turn them from vampire-like into true vampires. On one of Olivia's final nights as a human she meets eighteen year old Troy Evans and is immediately drawn to the unique scent of his blood. Now as an actual vampire, she must learn how to suppress her need to hunt and kill for his sake and decide if his unique blood is worth saving from those who seek it.

This book is without a doubt not for the modest, but far from grotesque. I would say if you can tolerate the graphic rudiments that pop out in the author's descriptive style of writing then you'll make it to the end. 

Requiem for Blood was an interesting read. I liked how different the story was from the usual vampires, and the fact that it didn't start out with "real" vampires to begin with but rather, lunatics in love with the idea of being creatures of the night until it happens for real. 

At first, I was a bit confused with what was taking place and I couldn't relate well with the main character but as the story progressed I opened up to her. Olivia's basically a good girl following the teachings of her mother without ever questioning her beliefs. She placed her mother on the highest pedestal ever until the truth began to unravel. Suddenly, Olivia comes to the realization that everything she once believed in was all part of her mother's crazy plans for her. Anyways, that intriguing aspect aside, meaning the mystery surrounding the colony or in my opinion, psychotic cult,  it wasn't a bad read. 

The writing was believable; the world building was different. I wasn't bored at all, just at times confused by some details as I read along. Also, there were characters I had a bit of trouble with: Troy and Alexa, along with a few others. To me, they seemed a bit off at some point, and for some reason I couldn't quite soak them in.

Once again, it was an interesting story. There was a sense of uniqueness that pulled me in and I couldn't help but continue on. The scenes came to life in my head, the little element of humor was a nice addition here and there as well, and it was intriguing to read about a character who lived a life as a "pretend" vampire and then transforms into a real one. That was the most interesting aspect of the story to me.

About the Author
Alexandra Hope (a pen name)  was born in New York, raised for the most part in Atlanta, GA and lives somewhere in the German state of Bavaria. Her earliest days of writing were on the back of her tests before she discovered that she could write on her own paper and keep it at home. Lot of good that did her though, she still wrote in school to pass the time and got her writings thrown in the trash by the teacher for all her work. Soon after, she discovered the internet and the world of K-pop fanfiction and is an unabashed fanfic writer, though she hasn’t dabbled in it for a while. She’s also a professional TV watcher and a vocalist in a Japanese band. Seriously.


  1. Don't really know much about the kitsune, but a fox sounds pretty awesome compared to the cliched vampire or werewolf!

  2. Thanks for being on the tour, Shane! Glad you enjoyed it, some! :)

  3. Seems kind of cool. I'm glad you liked the book, Shane!

  4. This looks rather interesting and different, glad you liked it. Great review, thanks for the chance to win it!
    I would want to be a Kitsune or Werewolf--even though I like reading about Vampires, I don't think I'd want to be one! :)

    1. Me neither, i can't hurt people or drink blood eww :)

  5. I rather be a vampire. They have excellent teeth.

  6. Oh Gosh I don't know....I have never heard of a kitsune so that might be interesting :)

  7. The minute you said vampires I was interested. SO many people are sick of them but I still love those suckers (haha). Great review!

    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives

  8. Thanks for the great review. I am not sure if this is something I would enjoy or not, though it does sound interesting.

  9. Eeek. None of the above?? Though werewolves are rather interesting...

  10. Well, I think a vampire. It would be annoying be a spirit and being a werewolf, would be our second choice because it may be painful (we see Vampire Diaries too much).

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