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Blood Memories (Vampire Memories #1)

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Eleisha, a vampire, is far older than she looks and makes men yearn to care for her. Then she usually kills them, since self-preservation comes first. So when an old vampire friend kills himself, Eleisha is shocked. And what she finds in his home shows how world-weary he had become; hoarding corpses and keeping records of vampires actual names and addresses. Now the police ...more
Paperback, 243 pages
Published October 7th 2008 by Roc (first published November 1st 1999)
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Wanda
3.5 stars

A pretty good vampire yarn. Great for those looking for just vampires. No annoying werewolves, faeries, or other supernatural creatures. The vamps are after blood, not sexy times, and have limited abilities. The main character has been made a vampire (against her will) to do a specific task and left without instruction or assistance from her maker.

It would seem that there are only half a dozen vampires in her world and that number is shrinking, as Eleisha’s current companion commits su
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Kelly
May 01, 2009 rated it liked it
Originally published in 1998, Blood Memories is an odd book. In some ways, it's more in line with the gothic vampire-fiction trends begun by Anne Rice, while in other ways it's more reflective of the newer urban-fantasy trends influenced by Joss Whedon and early Laurell Hamilton.

On the Rice side of the scales: Barb Hendee's vampires kill, but are presented as sympathetic characters who don't enjoy killing. (In current urban fantasy, it's more common to find vamps who rarely kill, or else vamps w
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Natasha
Jan 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Blood Memories is the first book in the first book in the Vampire Memories series by Barb Hendee.
Blood Memories is an amazing book. Once I started this book, I was hooked.

Blood Memories is about a female vampire named Eleisha Clevon who has been around since the mid-nineteenth century. She was turned into a vampire by another vampie named Julian, who wanted her to take care of his crazed father, William Ashton. Julian turned his father, thinking the change would make him sane again. Then the f
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Sarah Mac
Nope. DNF, pg 80-something.

I snagged this from the clearance rack several years ago -- back when I was stockpiling UF/PNR, especially the vampire variety -- but honestly? I was on the fence even then, & I should've listened to my gut. It's one big yawn. The characters have no spark, the dialogue is flat, & the delivery of backstory is a trance-inducing snore. I like the idea of each vampire being assigned a specific 'survival gift' when they change -- there's intriguing possibility there
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Faith Hunter
Oct 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Very dark urban fantasy. This is the first book of a series, limited 3rd person POV, with rich detail and intense internal dialogue. The characters all all dynamic and very different from the Nobel Dead series, yet it reads just as easy. I admit that I am totally hooked and started on book 2 in the series five minutes after I finished this one! Go get this book!
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Eleisha is one of only a handful of vampires in the world. Once a servant in a lord's castle in Wales, she was turned in the 1830s at the age of seventeen by Julian, the lord's son, a man everyone fears. She's put on a boat to America with a very specific responsibility: to care for William, a vampire everyone but Eleisha is repulsed by.

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
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StarMan
May 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: vampires, paranormal
An above-average vampire novel (~3.5 stars), and the 1st book of a series.

PLOT (NO SPOILERS): There are fewer than 10 vampires left in the entire world, or so our heroine vampire has been told for ages. Most of them remain hidden. But then one of the vamps suddenly commits suicide. And our heroine encounters a man with most unusual talents. She begins to wonder if what she has believed for years is all just a lie. And who is the cop who knows about hidden vampire society?

No werewolves, fairies,
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Julie (jjmachshev)
Oct 15, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2008-reads
I enjoyed reading "Blood Memories" by Barb Hendee. This is definitely an urban fantasy vice romance novel (at least so far and there is at least one more novel to come) as there is no one special relationship that the story focuses on. Instead, it's an interesting look at a young woman turned vampire to be a caretaker but not given any information on her existance. The story is told mostly in first person from her POV and it's strangely fascinating to read about how she lives and how she learned ...more
Jean
Sep 30, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Don't let the cover fool you, this isn't like other Urban Fantasys. The plot set up on the back cover serves more as a catalyst then anything, driving a mediation on what it means to be immortal, different, a vampire? How does living for so long, and how does coming to be that way, affect you?

Even at it's slowest and most introspective the pacing clips along at a good speed. There are some real heart-string pulling moments. Every character is drawn in detail, even the worst of the antagonists is
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Katie(babs)
May 07, 2009 rated it it was ok
Blood Memories is about vampire, Eleisha Clevon who has been around since the mid-nineteenth century ever since she was turned into a vampire by another, Julian, who wanted her to take care of his crazed father, William Ashton for all eternity. Julian turned his father, thinking the change would make him sane again. That did not happen, and Julian was ashamed by what he did, so he banished both Eleisha and William to the states. They were able to survive and have been living in Portland, Oregon ...more
Brenda
Jun 16, 2009 rated it liked it
Imagine a life that revolves around only two other people, and one of those dies. How alone would you feel? How desolate?

This is a dark and haunting tale of a young woman turned into a vampire and then sent of to care for a mentally deficient vampire with no training and no knowledge of what she had become. More than 150 years later, she still survives, still caring for her charge, but is suddenly thrust into danger.

I really enjoyed this and am looking forward to reading another in the series.
Delores
Mar 20, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
This book was about a young girl who was "turned" when she was 17 against her will. She wasn't given much information about what she had become or what her "new" life would be like. She was turned because of selfish reasons by her "maker." The reader learns her "modern" story as well as glimpses into her past dating back to the early 1800s. The basic plot was good. The story had some good twists and turns but it wasn't completely enthralling. It had just enough to keep me reading but not enough ...more
Karen
Dec 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This was a 'thoughtful' vampire story. It seems at first to be going slowly, but that's an illusion - it flows smoothly despite having three of the characters stories told in 3rd person and injected amongst the normal 1st person chapters. The suicide of Edward by stepping into sunlight starts a chain of events, that lead to an exciting confrontation where I swear I had to remind myself to breathe. All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed it
Alex
Jun 28, 2016 rated it liked it
I had a hard time getting into this book at first but it got better as I kept reading. And I hope that as I read the second one it will continue to get better. However, after I read the second one I don't think I'm going to continue with the series because of how long it is, and I have so many other books that I want to read. But it was good.
Deanna Roberts
Apr 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
This was a completely guilty pleasure... vampires and all the goodness that goes with them.

I loved the twist that Barb Hendee put on the vampire society....

I am seriously hoping that this is not the end of what I am hoping is at the very least a 3 book series.
Helen Robare
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book. However, I'm wary about beginning another series by this author. You see, I starting reading the Noble Dead Series and I really like the first books because they were about Magiere and Leesil. (So far I am enjoying the mist torn witch series.) But going back to the Noble Dead Saga(s) once the authors began making Wynn the focal point of the books and forgot about Magiere and Leesil. The end came for me when we found out that Magiere and Leesil went on a quest to return ...more
Iona
Dec 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
The story started as another vampire story no idea where it was heading and nothing exciting to wet the appetite.

A third of the way through and things started hotting up. The story began to unfold and I wanted to read more.

It turns out to be not just another vampire story. A strange tale but compelling and an ending that isn't really. Room for more to come...
Theresa
May 06, 2009 rated it really liked it
If Barb Hendee's name sound familiar, it's probably because you have read "The Noble Dead Saga," written by her and her husband. Because I have read some of Hendee's other books I knew her to be a good author and I was interested to see what she would come up with as she took on the paranormal genre.

Elisha Clevon is a tiny, fragile looking vampire who uses her talent of seeming-helplessness to survive. Unlike other vampire myths in which the vampires have super strength, speed, flight and any nu
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Shelley
Aug 02, 2010 rated it liked it
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Patricia
Jan 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
The lovely Eleisha Clevon has spent the past hundred years in Portland, OR. Her house is secluded, not easy for anyone to find, and that is as it should be. She does venture out at night, sometimes with her only friend Edward. When hungry she hunts for a victim, and often finds one in the seedy bars of the city. When she has them alone she acts quickly, tears out a portion of the neck and drinks their blood, the only life force that can sustain her. Eleisha doesn't like to kill, but she must in ...more
Jim Nolt
Feb 26, 2017 rated it did not like it
Ever since I was a kid and saw Dracula for the first time, vampires have intrigued me. And over the past sixty some years, I must have read dozens of good, goose-bump-raising stories. So when I needed something to read and saw "Blood Memories" on my shelf, I was prepared for another thrill ride. But this story disappointed, and in the ten days since I finished it, the only word I can conjure up to describe it is tedious... very, very tedious.
Melissa
Jan 26, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, vampire
In the world of Vampire novels, this is an older one. Written in the nineties I saw a lot of similarities to recent vampire novels in this book. It was an ok book, not the best in its genre, but it wasn't bad either.

Eleisha is a vampire and her task is to take care of William, a vampire who was turned while having Alzheimer's and now has lived undead with the disease for many years. Taking care of William is about to get harder though. Normally solitary beings, they had made the friendship of Ed
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Christine
Jun 03, 2011 rated it liked it
Blood Memories was Barb Hendee’s first novel written over 13 years ago. From what I understand, the final three chapters have been deeply revised, if not completely rewritten and the book has been re-released with a new cover.

This is the first in a series about Eleisha Clevon, a vampire whose gift is helplessness. Yep, that’s right ladies; she gets what she wants by pretending to be helpless. In other words, she does exactly what women have done since the beginning of time. Eleisha just has an e
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Sandy Williams
Nov 16, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
This was a strong 3.5 stars for me. I really enjoyed it. It's been so long since I read a vampire book, it was nice getting into one again, and I felt, especially toward the beginning, a bit of a BITTEN vibe, which is definitely a good thing. We had to discover how Eleisha reached the point where she is. I thought the writing was excellent, and while I wasn't sure about the lets-leap-into-someone-else's-memories-of-the-past storytelling at first, it grew on me.

This book probably would have been
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Mell
Jun 04, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, vampires
Vampire reading spree continues! This review is for Margaret, who is now tired of my 2 star reviews.

Was excited to find a vampire novel that wasn't
1.) set in a high school
2.) yet another bad romance.
This book was originally written in 1998, before the latest vampire craze. This might be why it doesn't use the most recent pre-packaged bag of romancey vampire cliches. I think it's been re-issued or newly promoted to meet the current interest. I almost skipped because of the cover, which is just o
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Esther Diaz
Aug 18, 2011 rated it liked it
okay for the first book i read of this author, i don't know i like the story but i not sure i want to keep reading only the fact that in coming book is going to be a little romance make me want to read a little more, personally i don't like the book i read it and enjoy it but didn't make go crazy like some book. i did like the character and that what keep me reading. one thing i didn't like is that for a first book almost everyone she love is gone i mean come on at least leave someone but hey i ...more
Whitney
Aug 19, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
This was a good book and I did enjoy it. But I think I might have enjoyed it more if I would have waited a bit to read it. I just came off reading the entire Vampire Academy series, the first three books in the Bloodlines series, followed by the last Sookie Stackhouse book. I think I might be vamped out for awhile, which I think might have hampered my full enjoyment of this book. Especially since it also had a telepathic element to it as well.

That all being said, I still very much liked it, tho
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Jules
May 27, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: purchased, reviewed
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
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Ithlilian
Jan 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urban-fantasy
The cover, the description, and the thinness of this book gave me some doubts to it's quality, but I was very pleasantly surprised after I finished it. Eleisha, a vampire, witnesses the suicide of her only friend Edward, only to be confronted by cops with strange mental abilities immediately after. Since Eleisha's car was parked out front of Edward's house when the cops arrived, she and the feeble vampire she takes care of must flee and seek help from anywhere they can get it. Throughout the ent ...more
Nikki
Nov 01, 2011 rated it liked it
I have to say I was not sure what to expect with this book! I am very surprised at how much I liked it. This is definitely a first book in a series, which I am fine with. The characters are built up in this book, glimpses in the past through mind reading make the characters complex and more understood. You can tell as events unfold and things change for our vamps, evolution in their thinking starts to change. You can feel the hope and emotion from them as they discover how things can be as oppos ...more
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