- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Roc (1 Sept. 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0451462297
- ISBN-13: 978-0451462299
- Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 1.4 x 20.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 218,339 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Blood Memories Paperback – 1 Sep 2008
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About the Author
Barb Hendee grew up just north of Seattle, Washington. She completed her master's degree in composition theory at the University of Idaho and then taught college English for ten years in Colorado. She and her husband, J.C., are coauthors of the bestselling Noble Dead Saga. They live in a quirky little town near Portland, Oregon with two geriatric and quite demanding cats. Visit Barb's Web site at www.barbhendee.org.
Top Customer Reviews
In America, Eleisha finds friendship with another vampire, Edward, who teaches her how to hunt, how to feed, how to ensure mortals never discover what she really is, and how to use her gift. When turned, a vampire's singular personality trait as a human becomes a tool of manipulation with which to lure mortals. Julian's was fear. Edward's was charm. Eleisha's own gift is to appear angelic but helpless, weak and vulnerable - and make people want to help her, protect her, rescue her.
Little changed over the course of years, decades, centuries - not for the small clan of vampires: Eleisha and William, Edward, Maggie, Philip and Julian. But everything changes when Edward commits suicide, dramatically bursting into flames when he steps into the sun - right in front of the police.
Now Eleisha is on the run, and not just from the police but also from a telepathic police psychologist who has somehow linked to Eleisha. Unable to turn to the cold and brutal Julian, she runs to Maggie in Seattle ... only to have trouble follow her and change her immortal existence, forever.
First published in 1998, long years before the vampire craze took off some time in 2007 (I remember it well - I'd just finished reading Twilight and about two months later, so had everybody else and suddenly vamps were IN!Read more ›
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Blood Memories opens 100 years later, when Edward, worn down by countless years of darkness, commits suicide. Suddenly Eleisha and William are cut loose again, and the spectacular death of Edward has drawn unwelcome attention. They are being hunted by humans, and wherever they flee, death follows. And in England, Julian, Eleisha's fearsome sire, becomes aware that all is not as it should be.
What makes this story is Eleisha's progress. Starting out as a vampire whose greatest power is the ability to appear helpless, she gradually comes into her own. In many ways, Barb Hendee cuts Eleisha free from the many ties that bind her, as she confronts each problem and learns from it. Blood Memories isn't a horror story; it is a vampire coming-of-age tale, if you can imagine such a thing. As such, there is as much focus on the personalities of the characters as there is on the action of the story.
As she does in the story itself, Eleisha at first attracts only sympathy from the reader. But gradually, as she develops, one becomes aware of her charm. Hendee, is the co-author of several other, more mainstream, vampire tales, starring a young dhampir. She has a knack for quickly building a character's presence, and so each of the cast stay in mind more than one would expect from a 'vampire tale.'
In the end I was caught up in the Eleisha's tragedies, mishaps, and mysteries, and elated by her victories. Coming from a small, independent publisher, and cursed with a rather lurid cover, this book exceeded my expectations in every way. If you are looking for a vampire story with more than one unusual twist, try this one out.
I have a lot of Kindle freebies and understand that I am likely to get what I pay for, but I paid more for this Kindle version than I would have for the hard copy and am not happy with the quality.
I have continued to read the series though and have completed 3 of 5 of the books that make up the series.
These are some of the best books I have read in a long time an once I started to read them I can't put them down.
If your use to reading the noble dead sagas then you may find it hard to read Hunting memories. But trust me once you get to the end you'll be hooked for life.
Barb Hendee writes a world of present day vampires with very human-like qualities. As the narration expresses that the main character Eleisha does not have human emotions nor do other vampires, this is clearly not the case. Hendee's vampires feel fear, regret, loneliness, compassion and so on. The main charater Eleisha is a sweet, timid compassionate soul. At first I thought she was whimpy, but I gave her a chance and she grew on me slowly. I guess the theme of the vampire novel would be the transformation of being meak and helpless, to finding one's own strengths and using ones gifts and abilities to grow into a stronger, competent person (vampire).
Beyond the main theme of growing into one's self, another theme is that of building trust in relationships. Eleisha makes friends and the vampires and humans try to learn to trust each other. In truth, this part gets a little sappy at times. Group hug.
The story is told in a mix of present day narrative and vampire past memories, hense the name of the book. Each vampire memory is a vinet of another time and a puzzle piece of vampire history. I think that the author writes these mini-stories well, they are full and rich with color. This is is why I am sticking with the series.
There were some things about the writing style that are minor but I have to mention because they are repetetive even through out the series. The author Hendee tends to stick to one description of certain things and then repeats them almost word for word at various times in the novel. For instance, the word "winced" is over used. Vampires are constantly wincing at sharp words directed at them. Apparently, these vampires are a sensitive lot.
Her description of a human prey being fed upon is always that they "buck" as they struggle to fight off a vampire before dying. Other words such as kick, squirm, wiggle, twist, push, heave, buckle, wreath, tremble ect... are all welcome alternatives.
But, overall I like the series, and they do improve some from the first book.