Thirst by Claire Farrell
Summary: Ava Delaney calls herself a hybrid - a living, breathing human who happens to have vampire poison running through her veins. The only thing greater than her thirst for human blood is her capacity for guilt. She does her best to avoid the human world, for everyone's sake.
When Ava accidentally enslaves a human while saving him from a vampire, she realises she has to look for help setting him free. Despite her misgivings, she expands her world but finds herself dragged into a possible vampire civil war. With the help of some new friends with ambiguous loyalties, she tries to find a way to keep her human, and herself, alive.
Review: A solid vampire read with likable characters and a slightly different take on vampires.
I must admit to not expecting that much from this book since it was a free Kindle ebook (perhaps I'm a tad prejudice, but a lot of self published books are pretty bad), but I was pleasantly surprised. Farrell had a take on vampires that was between totally sexual creatures and complete and utter monsters. My only issue with the vampires is that if vampires are vampires because of the poison in their blood, why do they still get burned by crosses and silver?
Ava was an interesting character. She never let herself give into her urges, which takes a lot of self control. She wanted to protect humans from herself, which is pretty damn noble. Saving humans from vampires was another good trait of hers. Her OCD traits made her very human like. She goes to great lengths to try to free Carl after she accidentally claimed him. Carl wasn't much of a character for most of the book due to the thrall, but he seemed like a good guy. I liked Peter and enjoyed the budding feelings between Ava and Peter. Eddie is a jack ass and I know he's up to something.
There was a lot of build up in this novel and the plot moved swiftly. I enjoyed the scraps of knowledge that the reader learned about vampires and am quite eager to learn more. And who exactly is Eddie? The book does leave you lacking a lot of knowledge, but I did not find that to be an issue since it makes you eager to read the next book. The ending was sudden and I felt a little let down since there was such a build up to it.
Recommendation: I would recommend this to fans of supernatural/vampires fans. Plus it's free (on Amazon) and a quick read.