Thursday, 18 November 2010

Book Review: Out for Blood by Alyxandra Harvey.


Product details:
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC.
Paperback, 292 pages.
Release date: November 1st 2010.
Rating: 4 out of 5.
Series: Drake Chronicles #3.
Other books in series: My Loves Lies BleedingBlood Feud.
Source: Received from publisher for review.

Hunter Wild is the youngest in a long line of elite vampire hunters, a legacy that is both a blessing and a curse at the secret Helios-Ra Academy, where she excels at just about everything. Thanks to her friendship with Kieran Black, Hunter receives a special invitation to attend the coronation of Helena Drake, and for the first time, she sees the difference between vampires that must be hunted and vampires that can become friends—or even more. When students at the academy fall victim to a mysterious illness, Hunter suspects they are under attack from within. She will need someone she can trust to help her save the future of Helios-Ra . . . help that shockingly comes in the form of Quinn Drake, a drop-dead gorgeous vampire. Who said senior year would be easy?

The Drake Chronicles is a series that just keeps getting better and better, and Out for Blood, the third instalment is my favourite book by far.  If you look back on my reviews of this series you’ll see that I got off to a shaky start with the Drake vampire clan. Now though,  I’m so glad that I stuck with this series.  Alyxandra Harvey  has created a fun, fast paced and seriously sassy vampire series, and now there’s even a little sexy involved, as Quinn Drake takes centre stage.  He’s my favourite Drake brother, and I think I’ll even be adding him to my ever-growing book crush list. High praise indeed…!

As with the previous two books in this series, Harvey uses a dual narrative format in this book.  Joining Quinn is Hunter Wild, a vampire hunter at the Helios-Ra Academy.  The dynamic between Hunter and Quinn is wonderfully done, and although I was a big fan of Isabeau in Blood Feud, I think that these two have now replaced her as my favourite characters in the series. Quinn is a total player, and totally dreamy too. He’s hot and he knows it, but Hunter is pretty kick-ass and although she totally approves of his hotness, she doesn’t totally fall at his feet within ten seconds of meeting him.

I could probably gush about how droolworthy Quinn is all day, but, of course, in this book there are far more serious matters at hand with the ever constant threat from those pesky Hel-Blar and some mysterious goings on at the Helios-Ra Academy causing some students to act very strangely and other students to fall mysteriously and sometimes even fatally ill.  It’s up to Hunter and Quinn to team up and get to the bottom of this. And maybe do a little bit of flirting along the way.

I really enjoyed this book.  The story moves at a fast and exciting pace, there are some great plot twists along the way and of course we get to meet all our favourite characters from the previous books in the series and see how they are doing too. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series, due for release in winter 2011. Book four will  feature Quinn’s nerdy-but-hot twin Connor along with new girl in town Christabel.  I just hope Quinn is heavily involved in this one too. I miss him already!

6 comments :

  1. Ohhhh I'm not familiar with this series! Love the sound of the Drake clan, and it's good to know that even though you started out a little unsure of the books, they've improved as you've gone along. Love it when that happens. Definitely going to add these books to my list. Thanks!

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  2. thanks for the awesome review! i really need to start this series!

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  3. This book sounds great! I love the other Drake brothers so I'm excited to meet Quinn! Great review.

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  4. I'm sooo jealous. I can't wait to read this book, but I have to wait a whole month. It's a private school paranormal and Quinn was my favorite of the Drake brothers. I just finished the first two books in the series and really enjoyed them.

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  5. I haven't read the series myself but have heard that they are really good. This is definitely going to be the next series I read.

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  6. I've only got book one in this series but it sounds like a fascinating series.

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