>Tween Review: Out for Blood by Alyxandra Harvey


Out for Blood (Drake Chronicles)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?

It is Fairy Tale Week on Paperback Dolls, and the first book I thought of was Alyxandra Harvey’s Drake Chronicles. Now before you think I am totally crazy let me explain. Back in June, I got to interview Ms. Harvey and I asked her what inspired her series and she explained that the Drake Chronicles are a re-imagining of the classic tale of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs only instead of dwarfs there are these hunky strong vampire brothers, and instead of an ordinary princess we have a Vampire princess (Solange) and her best friend isn’t the woodland creatures but a human girl (Lucy). Needless to say, I knew I wanted to talk about one of my favorite series that is also a re-vamped (pun intended) fairy tale, and as luck would have it, I had recently finished the ARC of the third book in the series, Out For Blood. Don’t you love it when everything works out like that?;)

Now on to the actual review…where do I begin?

Well, for starters, there are some amazing new characters in this book. Hunter our leading lady is falling for a Drake brother (who can resist the Drake brothers?). This time its Quinn that is the brother in question and he may be the most flirtatious brother of them all.  He sets his sights on a beautiful defenseless girl …well I wouldn’t say *totally defenseless* she is a Helios-Ra agent who could probably kick his bootie. Any way… since I’m not some butt-kicking vampire girl that has power over her self, I fell totally in “book love” with Quinn. Each brother’s story gets better and better and has a little bit of every thing, like heroic action scenes, romance, family, and politics (vampire). Perhaps the best part is that each brother’s love story is unique and original…it isn’t the same tired love scenes recycled over again only to be used with different characters names inserted.

Aside from the obvious romantic angle of the story there is a couple other important plot developments, one  involving Solange (the only Drake sister) and Lucy (her human best friend). Quinn shows his big brother protector ways and Lucy’s life is in danger just by associating with the two people that matter most…her best friend and boyfriend. It is all very touching and totally compelling. The other major storyline involves Hunter’s school and her best friend, Chloe. There is lots of mystery in this book that is sure to keep readers turning pages, and the ending…WOW…that is all I can say! I was speechless and in tears by the end of the book!

I loved Out For Blood so much, it was one of those book I just devoured. Alyxandra Harvey writes books that are consistently good. Each story doesn’t try to “out do” or top the previous one, but they each contribute something special to the overall story that is kind of magical to discover. I honestly don’t have a favorite. I’d have to say that each book is my favorite at the time I am reading it, and I have already re-read all three books a few times.

Peace & Love-

Be sure to follow the author on Twiiter and check out her Website
Miss Desilula’s previous review on the Drake Chronicles? Check it out HERE


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