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Recent Arrivals: Thirst (No. 1) by Christopher Pike

by Ann-Katrina

Recent Arrivals chronicles the books that have made their way onto the Today, I Read… bookshelf. Here’s the latest arrival: Thirst No. 1 by Christopher Pike

Thirst No. 1 Cover

First line: I am a vampire, and that is the truth.

Initial thoughts: I was walking through a department store and this book was sitting haphazardly on some magazines. Not being able to resist a book with an interesting cover that just seems to appear out of nowhere, I read the first few pages while standing there and decided to get it.

When I read the first line, though, I was about to put it back down; after the recent young adult vampire craze, I wasn’t sure whether I was ready to read yet another book featuring all too sexy vampires that possibly sparkle. But something pressed me forward and I realized this wasn’t the same ol’, same ol’ and as far as I could tell, there would be no sparkly vampires to contend with, so I dropped it in my basket.

I came to learn later that this is actually a two part compilation which combines the previously published six book series from the early 90’s. Knowing this makes me wonder where I was when these books were coming out…oh, that’s right, reading Anne Rice.

No. 1 includes The Last Vampire, Black Blood, and Red Dice. No. 2, which is scheduled for release Jan. 2010, includes Phantom, Evil Thirst, and Creatures of Forever.

Book description:

As to blood—

ah, blood, the whole subject fascinates me. I do like that as well, warm and dripping, when I am thirsty. And I am often thirsty….

Alisa has been in control of her urges for the five thousand years she has been a vampire. She feeds but does not kill, and she lives her life on the fringe to maintain her secret. But when her creator returns to hunt her, she must break her own rules in order to survive.

Her quest leads her to Ray. He is the only person who can help her; he also has every reason to fear her. Alisa must get closer to him to ensure her immortality. But as she begins to fall in love with Ray, suddenly there is more at stake than her own life….

Book Details: 624 pages; Simon Pulse; Pub. August 4, 2009

Comments on Recent Arrivals: Thirst (No. 1) by Christopher Pike

  1. # Nikola wrote on August 13, 2009 at 7:04 pm:

    After all the teen vampire romances, I am looking forward to reading your review on this!

  2. # Ann-Kat wrote on August 13, 2009 at 7:19 pm:

    Hey Nikola,
    I’m a bit over a hundred pages in and there are a couple things that I already like: 1) the language is spare; and 2) the vampire protagonist (though very cocky IMO) is believable in her beauty and fierceness. In other words, so far, so good.

  3. # Nikola wrote on August 15, 2009 at 7:55 pm:

    Nice!! :)
    .-= Nikola´s last blog ..Sookie Stackhouse Box Set =-.

  4. # Sunday Salon: It’s Official, There is No Escape From Sparkly Vampires and Sunday Sketch - Today, I Read… wrote on August 17, 2009 at 1:04 am:

    [...] how I said I grabbed a copy of Thirst (No. 1) by Christopher Pike because I thought I wouldn’t have to contend with any sparkly vampires? I believe I may have [...]

  5. # Nastassja wrote on August 26, 2009 at 2:42 am:

    i loved this book, don’t get me wron i love twilight, newmoon eclipse & breaking dawn also as well as the house of night series…..just wondering if the second book coming out in jan 2010 if it is ray that has come back ?

  6. # Hannah_girl wrote on September 20, 2009 at 6:17 pm:

    I am already on the second part of the book called red dice the first part was really good. I couldn’t put it down. I agree with Ann-kat, she is very cocky. She accomplishs what she said was going to do.

  7. # joleeluna wrote on September 23, 2009 at 2:09 pm:

    I read the 6 books about 9 years ago, and have reread it since, picking up these new releases soon. I have always thought of this as the best vampire series! When you finish reading it, trust me you won’t be disappointed. :D

  8. # SouthernGirl wrote on October 31, 2009 at 7:36 pm:

    i just picked up this book today and completely LOVE it….it so great everyone has to read it..

  9. # barbara wrote on November 20, 2009 at 7:10 pm:

    I just bought this book and cannot wait to read it..I loved the twilight saga..hoping I will like this also! any other book suggestions?

  10. # Shalihah wrote on November 24, 2009 at 2:27 am:

    I’ve read the books ten years ago, back then, I was wondering why his books werent popular among teenagers. I’m happy now that a good author like Christopher Pike is going to get all the credits he deserved.

  11. # Nikki wrote on December 23, 2009 at 1:59 am:

    I really dont like it. The whole aura of the main character screams mary-sue and is way too full of herself. I cant stand it. I suually like all books I read, but I really dont like this one. Hopefully it gets better because I want to finish it, to atleast said I read it.

  12. # Crystal wrote on January 29, 2010 at 10:00 pm:

    does anybody know where i can read this online??

  13. # Valerie wrote on February 8, 2010 at 7:12 pm:

    This book is amazing. Alisa Perne is a kick butt vampire. I picked it up and could not put it down. I finished it in a week, and just finished Thirst No.2 yesterday. MUCH better than the Twilight Saga, I can tell you that. (:

  14. # Lexie wrote on March 6, 2010 at 4:13 pm:

    omg i cant wait to read this i have been looking EVERYWHERE for it!

  15. # celyyyy wrote on March 26, 2010 at 6:48 pm:

    ahh i love these series i hope there is a 3rd one please!!! i love how christoper pike wrote the books….. bye bye twilight and hello thirst!!!

  16. # celyyyy wrote on March 26, 2010 at 6:50 pm:

    im done with all the two books yeahhhhhhhhhhh great i started with twilight and was like tottaly abossedsd but now its all boutt thisrt atlest to meahhhh byuueee byuueee nice talking!

  17. # Amanda wrote on April 23, 2010 at 9:58 am:

    I could not stand to read twilight after the first page, but i could not put this book down. I loved it i finished both books in a matter of 2 days. Goodbye to twilight and welcome a real book thrist.

  18. # Erika wrote on May 1, 2010 at 11:47 pm:

    My 11 year old really wants to read the Thirst books. Is it appropriate for her? She has read and re-read all of the Twillight series, but not the House of Night Series, which I thought were too inappropriate for her. Any thoughts for people who have read it?

  19. # Ann-Kat wrote on May 2, 2010 at 12:34 am:

    Hi Erika,
    My first response to your question was no. But if she is mature for her age, then maybe. The reason I say this is because the book has some explicit situations (sexual and violent) which I believe would be inappropriate for children under 16.

    Hope that helps.

  20. # Erika wrote on May 3, 2010 at 2:36 pm:

    Thanks Ann. That was my first impression just thumbing through it as well. I usually read all these types of books before her to check for content, but I am in the middle of a different series for myself and didn’t want to do it this time. :0) She actually just started The Summoning. She had to sleep with us last night as she was scared!! Hmmm… Maybe not quite ready!! Thanks again!!

  21. # tkssoccer wrote on August 26, 2010 at 7:09 pm:

    all i want to know is how many words will you plz answer this as soon as possible plz

  22. # Mercedes wrote on October 12, 2010 at 6:07 pm:

    this book is the best book ever i luved it i recommend it

  23. # Michaela wrote on November 6, 2010 at 11:45 pm:

    How do I read this online! I started it and couldnt stop readiin it at wal-mart but my mother said i cudnt….): how do i read it online?

  24. # jane wrote on November 18, 2010 at 6:17 pm:

    my friends let me borrow the book and im currently reading black blood and its really good. im suggesting anyone whos in the mood to read an awsome book out of no where..read this one

  25. # ashley wrote on November 19, 2010 at 1:27 pm:

    This series is just incredibly amazing. Christopher Pike is one of my favorite authors. I sudgest if you havent read the “Thirst” series you should, they are amazing!

  26. # Brittany DelMastro wrote on November 30, 2010 at 10:48 am:

    The book’s are amazing I love reading them. Don’t get me wrong I love the Twilight saga but this book has more to it. When I read it I feel like I am in the book and I can feel fell what Alisa is going threw, I can feel what she feels like what she touches and how she kills and how she kisses…. Mostly when she fall’s inlove I can feel the way she feels. I can’t wait for the 4th one :D

  27. # lionelle wrote on May 21, 2011 at 1:50 am:

    yeah….i hope there is the 4th one. I had finish all the three books. :D

  28. # Ameerah Cullen wrote on July 8, 2011 at 7:06 pm:

    Wow so i read most of the comment here i was wondering if this Thirst Series involves alot of love or action?

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