Monday, January 30, 2012

Review of In Memories We Fear by Barb Hendee


Publisher: Roc
Release date: October 4, 2011

Series: Vampire Memories #4
Buying Links: Amazon    The Book Depository


Reviewed By: Liz

Book Blurb: 

*MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS FOR EARLIER BOOKS*
 

Eleisha Clevon lives a quiet life in Portland, Oregon — for a vampire. She has learned to feed without killing humans and to train others of her kind. Along with her protector, Philip Branté, and their human companion, Wade Sheffield, she seeks out other vampires to offer them a community and to show them they do not have to exist alone. 

 Now, a series of killings in England point to a new — and feral — vampire. Eleisha, Philip, and Wade travel to London to make contact with the terrified creature, to offer him sanctuary and stop the bloodshed. But the vampire they find is not what they expected. Maxim is centuries old, with no memory of living anywhere besides the forest and feeding on animals. Now, he’s gained a taste for human blood. Philip thinks he’s too dangerous to save, but Eleisha won’t give up... even at the cost of Philip’s love and her own life.

My Thoughts: 

*MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS FOR EARLIER BOOKS*



This is the fourth in the Vampire Memories series, and another well written book by an author that I enjoy reading.  I enjoyed the book, reading it was a pleasure.  This installation scratched a few well timed plot itches, and made me go ‘squee’ a time or two.  I love that she didn’t make them oversexed misunderstood eternal good guys.  That shtick got old fast for me. She has a couple good lines that jump out at me.  Talking about watching Hitchcock for the first time: "If the word 'artistic' came out of her mouth even once, he would revolt."  It was kinda corny and made me smile. 

Here comes the big ‘but’… BUT there was something niggling the back of my mind when I was reading this book.  So much so that I put it down and didn’t pick it back up for over a week while I tried to figure it out.  It wasn’t until I finished the novel that it walked up behind me with the 2x4 and one heck of a swing.   Now I might be over thinking this but it bugged me.  It was, in fact, just about the only thing that I didn’t enjoy about this book, and I suspect that’s why I didn’t just shrug it off.  It’s like putting a screen door on the most advanced submarine in history, a glaring oversight.

 Here’s the deal for those of you who haven’t read this series yet; the vampires are psychic.  Nothing groundbreaking or terribly exciting, I admit for those of you hiding yawns, but they can share memories.  I had no problem with this as she introduces a telepathic human as a main character in the very first novel.  My problem lies with this sheltered vampire, Eleisha, using a recently awakened memory sharing ability without any noticeable side effects except difficulty pulling out of the flow their memories.  Essentially she’s stuck in their memories.  By this book she has roughly a thousand years of FIRST PERSON memories straight from other people’s heads and no difficulty processing it or separating her memories from theirs.  I have trouble pulling myself out of a character’s head after one novel, much less experiencing their every thought and movement first hand.  This made it difficult to enjoy a well written and otherwise perfectly useful plot device.

With that one (huge to me) issue noted I want to reiterate that I really enjoyed this novel, and if you are thinking “meh, no biggy I can deal with that” then please read this book! 


I received a paperback from the publisher for review. 

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