Monday, February 6, 2012

Thirst - Claire Farrell

Thirst - Claire Farrell

Goodreads blurb:
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.

Megan's Review:
For me, Thirst falls into the "it was ok" category.  There wasn't anything I hated about the book or the story, but I certainly didn't fall in love with it either. To start with, I didn't feel much a connection to Ava, the main character. There's a lot you can do with a human-vampire hybrid, but Ava came off a little whiny. Instead of "Hey, look at all this cool stuff I can do, maybe I should figure how it all works!", it was a lot more "My life is really hard." Also, I liked the idea of an OCD main character, but I felt it was not handled consistently and I actually forgot she was OCD for a big chunk of the book.

The secondary characters weren't memorable or special either. Peter didn't appeal to me, Eddie felt underdeveloped and Nancy seemed like a 2-sided coin. I think the Farrell did the best job with Carl and his circumstances.

The writing lacked polish, but moved along decently and I did want to know what happened in the end, though the plot wasn't particularly novel. I think with more engaging writing, I would have enjoyed this book.

The cover, however, is gorgeous and was the main reason it stood out on my kindle app and made me start reading it. That said, that is not at all how I picture Ava and I'm not sure how it relates to the story.

Based mainly on potential and actual plot line, I give Thirst 2 and a half hearts.

Available at Amazon (ebook - currently free) or Sony (ebook - currently free).


  1. Hmm...while it sounds okay for a free read, I don't think I'll be in any hurry to read it soon after seeing this review. I have quite a few books in my to-read pile, and I'd rather save this one for a day when I don't have as much to read. Thanks for sharing your thoughts though, Megan! I hadn't heard much about it, so I was wondering how it would be, especially since I got it in a free download!