Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Review: Blood Feud, by Alyxandra Harvey

Blood Feud, by Alyxandra Harvey
Published: June 22, 2010
Publisher: Bloomsbury US
Pages: 272
Overall Rating: 4/5

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.

(Is it just me, or does the girl on the cover look a lot like Emily Browning?)

Just like Hearts at Stake, the romance is hanging in the backdrop. It's definitely there, but it isn't the main focus of the novel, though at certain times, it starts to feel that way. But then it switches back to battles, where more is at stake than just the relationship of Logan and Isabeau. (I really hope "Isabeau' is pronounced more elegantly than it sounds in my head.)

Also, like Hearts at Stake, I loved the double point of view. I enjoy reading from multiple character's perspective, as long as the author can pull it off. Harvey can.

The characters are well done, once again. Logan and Isabeau were completely different than Nicholas, Keiran, Solange, or Lucy. I was glad we got to see the four of them again, though. It was nice to see how their story was going. But I was more concerned with Isabeau and Logan, which is refreshing, because I was expecting to only care about the characters from the first novel. Was not the case. Isabeau, having lived in a coffin for 200 years, wasn't really up to date on the culture of the current world, so there were times when her lack of knowledge about little things, made me laugh.

I wasn't a huge fan of the "flash-back" chapters. I know we needed to see Isabeau's past, and I enjoyed the story there, but it slowed the book down a bit for me. There was a lot more narrative in these chapters, and very little dialogue.

Magic, and the dogs are introduced in this one. Both things were fun to read about, and once again it was a quick, enjoyable read. Harvey has created a special little world, and I am anticipating the third installment!!

Most memorable lines:
   "I can do this, Logan," she said confidently. "Kala trained me for this."
   "What if something goes wrong? I can't exactly wave a magic wand over you. I'm not Harry Potter."
   "Never mind." I said.


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