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I received an ARC of Out For Blood from the publisher, Bloomsbury, as part of the Out for Blood Blog Tour.
Publication Date: 21 December 2010
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?
A funny and engaging story of the romance between a vampire hunter and a vampire, against the backdrop of danger from an unknown enemy.
What Worked (for me)
After reading the first two books in the Drake Chronicles series, I was very excited to read Out For Blood. And I wasn't disappointed. The third book in the series is just as engaging as the previous novels, with the addition of new characters, a look into the famous (or infamous) Helios-Ra Academy, and of course a great romance.
In Out For Blood, the story centers around Hunter Wild, a human attending the Helios-Ra Academy, a training ground for vampire hunters, and Quinn Drake, one of the many sons of the new vampire queen, Helena Drake. I liked how the author, Alyxandra Harvey, focused on the story of Hunter and Quinn, but still continued the stories of the other characters introduced in the first two books.
I also liked the mix of drama and romance in Out For Blood. Harvey created a nice balance between action scenes and romantic interludes. There was also the perfect amount of hilarious dialogue and comedic scenes to relieve the tension of the drama and make the characters believable and realistic.
Harvey has created well developed characters in all three of her books and the story of Hunter and Quinn is interesting and pulled me into the world of the Drake family and the people in their lives.
MY RATING IS 4 STARS
As a special surprise to my blog readers, Bloomsbury has provided me with a link to a preview (one month earlier than it will be released to the public) of Alyxandra Harvey's next novel, Haunting Violet, due out in June 2011. Haunting Violet, a departure from the Drake Chronicles, is a Victorian ghost story. To check out the excerpt, click here.
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