Ever since I read my first book by Christopher Pike, Bury Me Deep, I’d been a huge fan. Except for the Spooksville books, I’ve probably read every single book he’s ever written.
Thirst No. 1 and 2 are actually compilations of the six books in his The Last Vampire series, which I read when they came out more than 15 years ago.
In the series are:
- The Last Vampire
- Black Blood
- Red Dice
- Evil Thirst
- Creatures of Forever
I’ve read a lot of vampire stories since then, but Pike’s The Last Vampire series remains my favorite of the genre. Alisa, who is 5000 years old and whose real name is Sita, is the ultimate vampire that every vampire should be. She was the first one that I knew of that didn’t die if exposed to the sun, and didn’t need to drink blood everyday, and had the ability to compel people, and had super cool powers.
Since then there are many other vampire books that have followed some of Pike’s ideas of what a vampire ought to be, but I believe Pike’s Alisa was the first quintessential modern vampire.
Seeing that they were actually written for Young Adults 15 years ago, and they were six individual books, it’s easy to feel that the stories are a little disjointed when reading them as omnibuses.
Enough time has passed that I’ve forgotten much of the stories so it’s as if I’m reading them again for the first time, and I’ll admit that because it’s six different books compiled into the first two books of Thirst, it feels like there’s not much of a flow with the stories. It’s six different stories, connected by Alisa’s pasts and a couple of regular characters.
Thirst No. 3 takes place 15 years after the first two books. It’s also written 15 years after The Last Vampire series, so that totally makes sense.
It’s times like these that I love vampire stories. Alisa never ages even after 15 years. She still looks as young and hot as ever, and is even more powerful because a vampire gets more powerful as they age.
Thirst No. 3 is even more exciting than Thirst No. 1 and 2, and I really can’t wait for Thirst No. 4! Yes, there’s gonna be a fourth book!
All in all, this series is one of the must-read vampire books for any true vampire lover.
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