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Review: In Memories We Fear by Barb Hendee

Title: In Memories We Fear

Author: Barb Hendee

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Series: Vampire Memories (Book 4)

Publication Date: October 4, 2011

Format: Paperback, 336 Pages

ISBN-10: 0451464222 (Roc/Penguin)

ISBN-13: 978-0451464224 (Roc/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Kristie

Synopsis:

Eleisha Clevon lives a quiet life – for a vampire – in Portland, Oregon. She has learned to feed without killing humans and to train others of her kind. Along with her protector, Philip Brante, and their human companion Wade Sheffield, she seeks out other vampires to offer them a community and to teach them to live in peace with humans.

When a series of killings in England points to a new – and feral – vampire, Eleisha, Philip, and Wade travel to London to make contact with the terrified creature and to offer him sanctuary to stop the bloodshed. But the vampire they find is not what they expect. Maxim is centuries old, with no memory of anything other than living in 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.

Quick & Dirty: An interesting vampire folklore where memories play a huge role and make this book a quick and easy read.

Opening Sentence: Midautumn was approaching, and even at night, the trees lining Naito Parkway were glorious in their shades of red and yellow.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

At the beginning of In Memories We Fear, Eleisha is in Portland with her friends and for the first time since she can remember she is actually feeling happy. She is making a life for herself and she is exploring some of the strange memories that she has in her head. She has developed feelings for Philip that she can’t really explain so she shows him a memory, hoping he may have the same feelings towards her. Eleisha is trying to explore these feelings as her strange group heads to London to save a feral vampire.

In Memories We Fear is the fourth book in the Vampire Memories series. This is a series that I have wanted to read, but this is the first book in the series that I have read. The author does a good job hinting at events in the past but not giving away too much detail to ruin them if you haven’t read the other books. Unfortunately the end events from Memories of Envy are ruined, but not enough so that it doesn’t make me want to go back and read that book. I really believe the events in this book may have been filler for the fifth and final book in the series, Ghosts of Memories.

Eleisha is a 187 year old vampire, but she looks like a teenager, and in many ways she still acts like a teenager, but one who has to make very grown up decisions. Eleisha’s friends are a little more mysterious to me, their actions aren’t fully explained, which may be dealt with in an earlier book. Julian, the big baddie vampire, wants to kill all the elder vampires, but leaves Eleisha and her friends alive for some reason. His motivation towards keeping Eleisha alive is not explained.

Pretty much every character in In Memories We Fear has a point of view in the story. I counted nine different points of view. That is a lot for a book like this, it did make it feel like I didn’t really get to know some of the characters.

I think In Memories We Fear is a very simple story, but it was entertaining. I found the book enjoyable, it was easy to just jump in and know what was going on. The world that has been built around these vampires is realistic. I like how memories play a big role in the story. I could easily follow and picture what was going on in fight scenes and just see the buildings around them. The only thing that was a little confusing to me was the emotional aspect. Eleisha seemed surprised to be feeling happiness, and the fact that love/lust/romance just seems confusing to them just kind of baffles me. Maybe it’s explained more in a previous book, but not in this one.

I found In Memories We Fear, a quick and easy read. I am interested in seeing how this series ends, but it also makes me want to dig out my copies of the first three books in this series. I want to know more about these vampires, the world around them, and what has led up to the events of In Memories We Fear.

Notable Scene:

Something flew straight at her from the darkness, and she tried to duck away, losing any mental connection. Incredibly strong hands grabbed her and threw her against the wall. She hit, striking her head hard against the bricks, and bounced off, falling to the ground. Looking up, she could see the vampire’s white face and black hair as he came at her again, hissing and spitting.

But Seamus fully materialized beside her in all his transparent glory. As the vampire charged, Seamus snarled back and took a swing. Of course, he couldn’t make contact, but he’d used this move before, and it always worked. Just the sight of his fist coming was enough to make anyone flinch.

The vampire spun away.

Everything was happening too fast.

Eleisha pulled herself up, struggling to clear her dazed head, reestablish contact, and send a command, but to her shock, the vampire just kept spinning all the way around, darting under Seamus’ arm and scrambling toward her.

She managed to fire off only one mental scream.

Philip!

The she was pinned to the ground and a blinding, searing pain struck at her throat.

The Vampire Memories Series:

1. Blood Memories

2. Hunting Memories

3. Memories of Envy

4. In Memories We Fear

5. Ghost of Memories

FTC Advisory: Penguin/Roc provided me with a copy of In Memories We Fear.  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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