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What is Bookcrush-A-Thon?

Bookcrush-A-Thon is a fangirly celebration for the best part of every YA book... the totally dreamy fictional guy who could never exist in real life!

There's been a lot of hoopla lately about Team Edward and Team Jacob, Team Peeta and Team Gale, Team Stefan and Team Damon, Team Vampire, Team Werewolf, Team Mortals, Team Immortals, Team Team Team Team Team team team team...

...and I thought, "I wonder whose Team really has the most might."

So now Bookcrush-A-Thon is borne! It's a friendly competition ONLY. NO BASHING IS ALLOWED!

Each round of bookcrushathon will last approximately six months. Twenty-four dreamy bookcrushes. One ultimately dreamy winner per Round! Each week, one more bookcrush will be eliminated until only one is left! It's like Survivor, only not stupid.

Nominate and support YOUR Favorite Bookcrush @ bookcrushathon!

From Thea's Dungeon

Any other Christopher Pike fans in the house? Anyone that grew up in the 80s and 90s is familiar with a few key authors that wrote young adult series’. There’s “Francine Pascal” of Sweet Valley Twins fame. There’s R.L. Stine (and I’m talking BEFORE the Goosebumps phenomenon, with the Fear Street books). R.L. Stine has been called the Stephen King of young adult novels, but I beg to differ–if anyone deserves this title, it is the master of YA horror, Christopher Pike.


I’m gonna make a big statement here and put it out in the universe–Christopher Pike is one of the most under-appreciated authors of our time. In my humble opinion, he has ideas that make Stephen King’s imagination look pale and meek in comparison (and this is big stuff from me as King is one of my favorite authors). Indeed, some of the newer YA paranormal/horror books ain’t got NOTHING on Christopher Pike.

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For today’s guest, we are very lucky to have young adult authors Diana Peterfreund (of Rampant fame) and Carrie Ryan (genius behind YA zombie novel, The Forest of Hands and Teeth) over to guest blog. For their topic, they’ve decided to write about another young adult author: The Awesomeness That Is Christopher Pike.


Hi, we’re Carrie Ryan (The Forest of Hands and Teeth) and Diana Peterfreund (Rampant). Our first teen novels came out this year. They’re filled with supernatural horror and teenage girls who must fight for their lives – sort of like the novels we read and loved when we were younger… the novels of Christopher Pike. In honor of Halloween, we decided to have a Pike reminiscence and love-fest. This is the conversation that transpired.

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Thirst & CP Spoofs

Look, Kevin, I love you. I always have. You were my all-time favorite for a long time. You are the reason for incest lizards. Season of Passage still scares the crap out of me. But when I reread that, I started to realize something, something that I am sure of now that I’ve finally, for the first time in my life, finished up The Last Vampire series. You are bad with endings.

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So when my attention wandered today, it headed back here to Like Pike. I’ve read everything now but for the Spooksville stuff, because I was too old to know it even existed and there’s no nostalgia factor. As I read through all of it these past couple days, I realized just how repetitious he was, and, for your enjoyment, I have created the CHRISTOPHER PIKE BOOK GENERATOR.

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Remember in Rambo II when Rambo spears some unfortunate evil dude and said evil dude BLEW UP? Something of that nature happens in this re-issue of a ‘90’s vampire classic. Rest assured, people will explode, sometimes spontaneously, sometimes on account of sniper rifles and rocket launchers, and, if you’re a pro at suspending your disbelief, Pike will take you on a high octane roller costar ride and then blow YOU up.


Count me in for Thirst No. 2. I have to find out what happens after Sita launched the nuclear warheads and nuked Vegas. Don’t you dare laugh! The way I see it, vampire stories are already far-fetched; why not crank the lever to full-throttle and juice the horror/sci fi genre for all it’s worth? Pike holds nothing back. And it shows. I suspect Pike had as much fun writing The Last Vampire as I had reading it.
This series may win no awards, but an annoying character is blown up and that’s the biggest award of all. Suffice to say, many a coma-inducing classic could use an unnecessary explosion.
As for a rating, I give this a B+ for Blockbuster.

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The Book Eater Likes Thirst

First and foremost, I despise vampire stories even before trying them out. It’s because all of them just came popping out after the success of Twilight! And I just hate that book because I think it’s nothing but a love story (sorry for the fans), but I guess it’s wrong to judge them all that way. ...

The good thing about Thirst is that it stays to the thought that vampires are bloodthirsty creatures but emphasizes that they too can have a good nature and can be admirable at times. Sita’s story is a tale of life, of love, of faith, and of death. Follow her story with Thirst no. 2 which includes the next three books of Pike’s The Last Vampire series.

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Thirst #2 Review

Thirst no. 2 is crazier and more action-packed than the first book but still holds the same problems that made the first a little ineffective.


Bookizzle Likes Thirst

Overall consensus: Thirst is a dark and gritty vampire book with unique mythological aspects, some - yet very little romance, and plenty of violence. Not cutthroat by any means, but there are some explosions, copious amounts of fighting, and some folks losing their heads. If you're looking for a light read, look elsewhere. But if you want a book that deals with vampires like they should be (ruthless paranormal creatures) then this is a book to be added to your "TBR" pile. Although I won't go as far as saying it's a "must-read".

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Good review of Thirst 1 at Book Lovers

This was a new take on the "Vampire" Alisa, is basically the last living vamp...and she is honestly...badass! She is one tough woman, who can use just about anything to get anyone to do what she wants...then when she gets it...she kills, sometimes =) this isn't the typical love story where everything turns out just fine...in fact it's opposite! This book was a breath of fresh air...and I have been looking for THIRST No. 2, but haven't been able to locate it.

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I didn't find this book much exciting unfortunately... The legeng about the vampires' birth that is told here is very interesting, and Alisa's vampire capabilities are original. The fact that she's been 'alive' for 5000 years also has its interest. I've always loved the 'immortal' side of the vampires, I've always thought that it gave some depth to the characters and stories. We discover scraps of things she lived throughout the centuries (her meeting with Plato, her life as a princess in the Middle Ages,...), and I loved that. But I felt like it wasn't sufficiently exploited, given the fact that I found her past lives more interesting than the story itself.

I thought the time treatment was weird and not quite believable, and that many things weren't really logical : Alisa's relationship with Ray, her contradictory principles,... I didn't really become attached to Alisa, maybe because of the tone which I found cold and clinical. At times, I felt more empathy towards the baddies than the protagonists.

Overall, I wasn't hooked nor bored. I just read it without really enjoying it. And this book did not stir my curiosity regarding the sequels.

I recommend it to vampire fans, particularly those who enjoy the immortal part.

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Thirst Discussed At 'Today I Read'

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.

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