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Black Blood by Christopher Pike
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Mar 06, 14

Read from May 25 to 26, 2011

Can a heart still break if it isn't beating?

This book takes place after Sita's (alias Alisa) battle with Yaksha. She's recovering from her injuries, both to the heart and the body, and trying to love her boyfriend, Ray, who isn't taking his transformation to vampire well. Falling in love again has opened up a door to her heart that Alisa is afraid of, because she finds herself becoming less and less cold. Spirits of Rama, her departed husband, and Krishna, the god she is devoted to, haunt and confuse Sita. Why would Krishna have allowed her to defy the rules he forced upon Yaksha, and let her create one more vampire for love, if things are bound to end hopelessly?

As if Sita doesn't have enough problems already, strange human deaths are popping up in the worst parts of Los Angeles. The human police officers are perplexed by these inhuman displays of violence, but Sita recognizes them for what they are: vampire attacks. Somebody is creating new vampires, and from the damage that the fledglings are creating, it's somebody powerful. But who could it possibly be? Yaksha was killed in the blast; she watched him die with her own eyes. So, either he recovered, or he lied about killing all of his fledglings back when they first met, at the dawn of history.

Once again, I'm impressed by the underlying messages Christopher Pike has tactfully embedded into his prose. There's so much about life, death, religion, spirtualism, sex, forgiveness - I'm amazed how this book has managed to slip under the radar considering how amazingly deep it is. It also makes me sad that an amazing series like this is barely skirting a thousand ratings when books like Twilight have been read by millions. I'm really enjoying watching Sita transform, becoming more human with each installment in the series. Plus, the author is great at refreshing your memory for what happened in the last book, without having one of those annoying chapters in the beginning that basically act as cut-and-paste "this is who I am, this is what I do, blah blah blah" instruction manuals for reading the series and understanding the characters. That's just lazy writing. The Last Vampire series is ANYTHING but lazy. I'm sad, because Red Dice is the last book that I own in this series. I'll have to try and see if I can find the others the next time I go to the library...

And yes, that opening blurb was stolen from Corpse Bride. :)
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