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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Blog Tour: Out for Blood by Alyxandra Harvey

OUT FOR BLOOD (The Drake Chronicles, #3) by Alyxandra Harvey
Pub. Date: December 2010
Publisher: Walker & Company
Format: Paperback , 304pp
Age Range: Young Adult
Source: Publisher
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?

Once again, THE DRAKE CHRONICLES delivered an action-packed filled plot with a host of new characters. This installment is told from Hunter's POV, a top-notch student at the Helios-Ra academy for vampire hunters. We finally get Quinn's POV - he's the bad boy of the bunch and a serial flirt. My kind of guy *sigh*. As with the previous installments, danger still lurks in the shadows for Solange & Helena plus there’s a new mystery to uncover that could have serious consequences to vampires and humans alike.

I enjoyed the Helios-Ra school setting. It was nice to learn more background on the vampire hunters and their hierarchy. With each installment, I learn more and more about the different vamps and this installment explained more about the different families that are ruled under the crown. It's always surprising to read about the differences between the 3 classes of vamps plus the hunters.

Harvey continues to create a great cast of characters. Hunter is my kind of heroine. She’s kick-ass and she's not afraid to be feminine. I enjoyed her interactions with Quinn. Even his charm wanted to make her giggle considering her reputation. It was endearing, especially, when we get to see how protective Quinn is of Hunter. These two are such a great couple. I thought they meshed well together.

I never know what direction this series is going to take but I do know that I'll be following along as the twists & turns continue to shake up the Drake’s world. There's always one question that I want to know at the end of each book. Whose story will be next? Plus, it's never far from my mind to wonder if the next installment will be just as enticing as the first. I guess I'll have to wait to find out.

Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Check out the facebook pages for Bloomsbury Teen, AlyxandraHarvey, and The Drake Chronicles to find out more info on upcoming books and The Drake Chronicles.

Here's a link to Alyxandra Harvey's upcoming novel HAUNTING VIOLET, a Victorian ghost story which is due out next June.


  1. I definitely need to check this book out! And I need to read the one that came out before it.

  2. I've only read the 1st installment in the series. I thought it was okay. I think what I found lacking was the character development and the setting(s) plot points didn't seem fully fleshed out. However, from what I've heard about both the 2nd and this 3rd installment, the series has improved. Thanks for the review. I'll definitely give this series another chance.

  3. I'm dying to read this book! Glad you liked it so much! I really love her writing!

  4. I really enjoyed your review and can't wait to read this one sounds so good! thank you for the giveaway!

  5. Great review. Thanks for sharing! Really looking forward to reading this one.

  6. This series keeps getting better. I love how she is telling the whole story from different POVs in each book. LOVE IT!

  7. Ooh, yay! I'm glad Out For Blood was as good as its predecessors! Thanks for the review! :)

  8. Great review! I really appreciated all the details you provided. It's interesting that a different character tells the story each time. That doesn't always work but it sounds like it does here. I look forward to this one!

  9. I have been waiting on this one to come out so I can sit down with the 3 books released and have a Harvey readathon, looks like it is worth the wait!

    I am sure since I did not read books 1&2 there are things really need to know but can truly say from this review this book sounds like a winner, thanks Tina!

    jackie >_<

  10. Can't wait to start this series!

    I follow on GFC.

    alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

  11. Great review! I really appreciated all the details you provided. I'll definitely give this series another chance. :)

  12. Sounds like a good read.

  13. I have heard good things about this author and would like to read this book and share it with my teenager! Thanks!
    trixie420247 at yahoo dot com


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