Written by: Christopher Pike
Publication date: October 5, 2010
Released in Paperback
Synopsis: Alisa has spent the past five thousand years as a vampire, living alone and fighting for survival. In her loneliness, Alisa cannot resist bringing Teri—a descendant of her human family—into her life. But Alisa is surrounded by death and destruction, and just by knowing Alisa, Teri’s life is at risk.
Alisa’s guilt grows when she becomes involved in a dangerous conspiracy. A top-secret group knows Alisa’s secret and will stop at nothing to use her powers for their cause. As Alisa desperately tries to protect herself and Teri from the unknown enemy, she discovers a force more powerful and more lethal than anything she has ever seen. Alisa doesn’t know who to trust, who to challenge, or who she will become….
My Review: First, let me just say how thrilled I am that Christopher Pike gave us a third book in this series! Thirst No. 2 had an actual ending so it surprised me to get another one! You can find my reviews of the first two books here!!
What I love about this series is that you're never bored! It's almost like every sentence is incomplete until you read the next sentence, and the next one and the next one and so on. Christopher Pike does not waste words. Each sentence tells you something important or leads you to the next sentence. It's hard to take a break while reading this book because you're always anxious to read the next thing.
Alisa is a 5,000 year old vampire; the girl is ancient! Try to imagine the mentality of a person who lived that long ago. The only things that would have mattered at that time, would be her family and her beliefs. Before her vampiric transformation, Alisa was likely a very simple, spiritual person and probably very primitive. These traits often surface in her present day life when necessary. I find that Alisa, even in her old age, can be ruthless yet vulnerable and the most superior being you've ever seen yet naive. In other words, she's managed to hold on to her humanity.
In this story, Alisa gets caught up in a huge conspiracy that involves beings she's never encountered before. She's always had faith in her powers and abilities but this situation causes her to doubt she'll be able to make it out alive! She never gives up. She never backs down. She knows one day her actions will get her killed but she's willing to take that risk when she discovers she has a living descendant, Teri. Alisa knows that the reason she needs to protect Teri is because she got her involved in the first place. Alisa is looking to settle down, so to speak. She wants to create a family and live happily and peacefully. But there is always some kind of evil breathing down her neck. But Alisa is a one-woman army and she diffuses threats with such style, creativity and finesse. She gets herself into such tight spots, I'm sitting there wondering "How is she going to get out of this one? There's no way!" There is such a twist at the end of this book, you never see it coming!
You can't go wrong with this series, it's got everything! Action, thrills and dry humor (which happens to be my favorite kind of humor). Some new characters are introduced and it all makes for a very exciting page turner!
Who Should Read This: Who doesn't like an action-packed story about a butt-kicking vampire?
Keep your eyes peeled for THIRST NO. 4, Summer 2011!!