Tuesday, June 22

Review: Blood Feud by Alyxandra Harvey

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Title: Blood Feud

By: Alyxandra Harvey

Series: The Drake Chronicles Book 2

Publisher: Bloomsbury Books (Special Thanks for Review Copy) Released June 22nd, 2010

BookWhisperer Rating

 four stars

Book Description:

The action and romance continue as the Drakes face a new vampire with a 200-year-old grudge. It’s been centuries since Isabeau St. Croix barely survived the French Revolution. Now she’s made her way back to the living and she must face the ultimate test by confronting the evil British lord who left her for dead the day she turned into a vampire. That’s if she can control her affection for Logan Drake, a vampire whose bite is as sweet as the revenge she seeks.
The clans are gathering for Helena’s royal coronation as the next vampire queen, and new alliances are beginning to form now that the old rifts of Lady Natasha’s reign have started to heal. But with a new common enemy, Leander Montmarte—a vicious leader who hopes to force Solange to marry him and usurp the power of the throne for himself—the clans must stand together to preserve the peace he threatens to destroy.
This second adventure in the Drake Chronicles—told from both Logan’s and Isabeau’s perspectives—has all the same butt-kicking action, heart-pounding romances and snarky humor that readers loved in Hearts at Stake, as well as exciting new revelations about the vampire dynasties to keep readers coming back for more.

reviews plate copy This is the second book of The Drake Chronicles by Alyxandra Harvey. Hearts at Stake (Book 1) was an instant follower for many. With a book of so much action, emotion, and humor it was a winner from page one. I have been waiting for Blood Feud seen completing my ARC of Hearts at Stake, and was ecstatic when I also received the ARC for the second installment. Book two carries much of the same momentum and velocity of the first novel promising to be an enjoyable read. Although, I quickly realized that the emotion that was crammed in the first installment was not a pronounced in Blood Feud. Never fear if you were reluctant to move on from the Nicholas and Lucy relationship in book one; I found that this novel continues this original relationship, as well as, the new budding relationship with Isabeau and Logan Drake. Though, the regretfully the  quality of this relationship did not seem to compare to that of the first book. I very much enjoyed this book, but it was not everything that I expected. As generalization I felt that the first book was altogether better than the second. I am hoping that the third book Out for Blood, to be released in December, will follow more of the first books momentum than the second. As an action packed and humorous book continuation of the first book , but I just felt that the first book was very masterfully created and the second did not feel as complete. As the reader I felt that I was following along with the story, but unlike the first I didn’t feel a part of the story. I hope that the third book jumps right back on track, and flows together more fluently than this book. This is a promising author that I tend to greatly enjoy every all her stories, even in a book that I feel held room for improvement I enjoyed the characters and every moment reading. I very much believe that Logan and Isabeau relationship in Blood Feud held a large part  in the difference between the two stories; I believe that the Isabeau and Logan relationship was a different kind of relationship that was intended to fit a couple with a very different personality. This could be what made this book take on a much different feel than Hearts at Stake. In wrapping up this is an upcoming and rising series that I look for to become a very  common read with the vampire craze, and it will prove to have been worth it.

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Monster of Books said...

Aww man I was at the book store today and forgot about today's release of it :( totally sad I didn't buy it, might buy e-reader version if available.

Nice review, sad to hear it lack some stuff the previous novel had.

Alyssa Kirk said...

I think since Nicholas and Lucy knew each other for so long it gave their relationship more depth. But I did like this one too. So much action and excitement! Great review!