Friday, June 12, 2015

Christie's review: The Last True Vampire by Kate Baxter


Title:The Last True Vampire
Series: Last True Vampire #1
Author: Kate Baxter
Release Date: June 2, 2015
Rating:5 stars
Cliffhanger: No

As Michael’s eyes lit on a female not twenty feet away, he knew without a doubt that it was her blood that called to him and her scent that had awakened him.This female had tethered his soul and returned it to him.

Soul Survivor

He is the last of his race. The one true king of the vampires. Michael Aristov roams the nightclubs of L.A. after dark, haunted by his past and driven by his hunger. The last of the Ancient Ones, he alone has survived the destruction of his race at the hands of the slayers. Now he is forced to hunt and feed like a common vampire, a creature of lust. Nothing in this world can fulfill his needs…until he meets a woman who’s everything he’s ever wanted. And more.

Sweet Salvation

Her name is Claire Thompson. Her blood is so sweet, so intoxicating—the smell alone draws Michael to her like a moth to the flame. Sly, sexy, and seductive, Claire seems to be the only mortal who can satisfy his craving and seal his fate…forever. Can she be trusted? From their very first kiss, the last true vampire sweeps Claire into a world in which darkness rules desire—and where falling in love is the greatest danger of all…

"The future waits to do the Sortiarti's bidding. We are fate."

I feel a little kinship with the hero in this book. His cold, dead vampire heart was resurrected like a bolt of lightning to his chest at first scent of the heroine. Kind of like my cynical, doubting, reader's heart started pumping again when I was finally able to give a book a full 5 stars. I wasn't sure if that was ever going to happen again! Yes, 3 and 4 star books are fine. Truly acceptable. But to have that feeling while reading that you have something really special in your hands? It's priceless.

I literally started reading this on a whim and from page one, I had a feeling of complete absorption and absolute fascination. I'm not even kidding when I say I almost forgot what that's like. The listlessness I've been struggling with has been obliterated with this red-hot vampire tale filled with action and a meticulously assembled paranormal world. Needless to say, this was a smashing success. After my first taste of what Kate Baxter has to offer the PNR genre, I'll be the first one eagerly one-clicking The Warrior Vampire in December.

Michael (Mikhail) is the only surviving true Vampire in existence. The only sole carrier of the collective memory, a consciousness of the history and memories of everyone who lived before him. It's a heavy burden to bear alone, and he's not shouldering it well. He's walked the earth since the 1600's all alone since the slaughter of his race by the Sortiarti. They're a secret society who use slayers (creatures cloaked in priest's garments who are the antithesis of holy). These vicious killers are hell-bent on finally eradicating these "soulless" beings no matter what the cost.

"The Sortiari have killed your females, ripped the wombs from their wretched bodies, and burned the abominations growing inside of them in sacred flames. Your warriors are gone, torn limb from limb, their black hearts speared, and pieces buried in consecrated ground."

And this was only the beginning of the book.

Michael is what is known as an "untethered" vampire. When you are born or made, you are a black void inside. You sacrifice your soul for eternal life in hopes that one day you will be tethered with it one day again when you reconnect with your true mate. Michael's mate is the one person on earth who can bring strength, vitality, and the promise of regeneration to the true Vampires. Too bad she hasn't shown up in the last 400 years or so. Unless she is one of the Dhampirs (kin to vampires but they need to be turned by Michael in order to become full vampire), all hope is gone. Until Michael finds his mate, he's powerless to change anyone, and he continues to be the only source of energy that they can feed from.

And then everything changed in an instant.

In a dark, pulsing club, Michael senses a woman whose scent calls to him like nothing he's ever experienced before. And he feels power and vitality roar inside of him like a tsunami. He is the predator, and she is the prey.

All I can say is, these two had incendiary heat. When he stalks her in the club, pushes her against the wall, and shoves his face in her neck? Well, I may have been panting and holding my breath all at once. Holy shit. Mother of hotness. They are a feral frenzy of hunger.

Her hips rolled in time with each pull of his mouth and her legs tightened around his waist. She pushed herself from the wall and her breath was hot in his ear as she moaned, "Don't stop until I come."

She's a street wise girl with sharp instincts and everything is screaming inside her to run. These odd feelings he's awakened, how he compels her to behave irrationally has her listening to her gut and making her escape. And in a city the size of Los Angeles, it's like finding a needle in a haystack when Michael searches for her. Time is not on his side either because the monsters from his past who lurk in the darkness are going to be hunting for her as well.

I LOVED this heroine. She was incredibly tough, resilient, and intelligent. She's also a hustler and a survivor. She's the type of heroine that I'm always searching for. Just an all-around badass with a sense of humor who can stand on her own two feet. But she's been given a shitty start in life and it's taught her to trust no one, love no one, and don't expect anyone to love you. And that's worked just fine-until Michael. He tracks her, captures, her, and claims her. But how can they have eternity together when her humanity is like a fortress to their forever?

This. Book. It was everything you could ask for in a PNR read. It was unpredictable, it had a wide group of supporting characters fleshed out the story and created exciting branches to future books. What this book didn't have was an overkill of too much information and plot devices slowing the pace down and making it lag. I was thoroughly lost in the world inside this book from beginning to end. Lost to the creatures, the fight scenes, the fated love, the intensity and tenderness of this couple fighting to find a way to change the fate of the world together. If only they could figure out how to alter their own fate. All I have to say is, read this book! The writing struck a spark in me and lit me up until the very last page.


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