Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Book Review: Blood Feud

Title: Blood Feud
Series: The Drake Chronicles (Book 2)
Author: Alyxandra Harvey
Published: June 2010

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.

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.

My thoughts: If you are an old follower, you might remember that I LOVED Hearts At Stake, the first book in this series. I thought the story, and especially the main characters, were amazing. So when I heard that Blood Feud was told from Logan Drake's and Isabeau's perspective, I was a bit worried that I wouldn't get to see my beloved Hearts at Stake characters again! I didn't have to worry though - all 4 make appearances in Blood Feud, and some of the funniest moments in the book involve Lucy and Nicholas (no surprise there - those two are hilarious!)

But what did I think of Logan and Isabeau, the new main characters? I liked them, didn't love them as much as I love Nicholas and Lucy, but I really enjoyed reading about them! It was really interesting to read about "both" Isabeau's lives. Her life in France and England during the French Revolution - and her new life as a Hound. This gave me a great insight into Isabeau's character, and I understood why she had a hard time trusting people, and why she wanted Greyhaven and Montmarte dead. The only problem I had with Logan and Isabeau were their appearances. When I read I like to picture the main characters in my head, but the way the main characters in this book wasdescribed, I couldn't get a clear picture in my head. Isabeau for example is wearing a leather tunic, and lots of bone beads in their hair. In my mind, the picture of Tia Dalma from Pirates of the Carribean kept popping up every time I read about Isbeau.

Tia Dalma. Isabeau probably doesn't look anything like this, but that's the picture I get of her in my mind.

The vampire society, and the different kind of vampires, were expained more thourough in this book. When I read Hearts at Stake, I got confused by terms like Helios Ra and The Hounds, but after Blood Feud, I have good knowledge of vampire politics and the vampire world.

Finally, I have to say that the Drake's most be the funniest family in literature since the Weasley's!

Rating: 4 of 5

Previous books in this series:
Hearts At Stake (2009)

6 kommentarer:

brizmus said...

Sounds great, even if it's not quite as fabulous as Hearts at Stake!
You've got me really wanting to read these books!

Savannah said...

I bought these books,I can't wait to read them

Faye( Ramblings of a Teenage Bookworm) said...

I have to pick this one up! loved the 1st one.

Bere said...

Great review, Sara! I loved Hearts At Stake as well. Definitely one of my favorites. I just finished reading Blood Feud not too long ago and I loved it as well. Not as much as the first one, but awesome nonetheless. I was super happy when Lucy and Nicholas made their appearances in the book. I can't wait for the third book! =)

french arabic said...

I am waiting for my preorder of this to arrive, and your review makes me curious about it. I didn’t know about the shift in main characters, and that worries me a little.

french arabic said...

I didn’t realize the main characters were going to shift, either… I wonder if she’s going to focus on a different Drake sibling for each of the books in the series?