Saturday, December 18, 2010
Book Review: Out for Blood by Alyxandra Harvey
Australian Pub.: November 2010
Imprint: BLOOMSBURY CHILD
Subject: Young adult fiction
Suitable for ages: 13-18
The third book in The Drake Chronicles following My Love Lies Bleeding and Blood Feud. Meet Hunter Wild. Vampire hunter.
Hunter Wild just wants to get through her last year at the secret Helios-Ra Academy. To do so, she'll have to betray her grandfather, date a vampire and possibly take down the entire League - all before the end of term.
About Alyxandra Harvey
Alyxandra Harvey is the author of the first two books in the Drake Chronicles, My Love Lies Bleeding and Blood Feud . She studied Creative Writing and Literature at York University and has had her poetry published in magazines including the Antigonish Review, Room of One's Own, OnSpec and CV2. When not writing, she is a bellydancer and jewellery maker. Alyxandra Harvey lives in Ontario, Canada.
This is the third book in the popular The Drake Chronicles series, following on from My Love Lies Bleeding and Blood Feud. This story revolves around Hunter, the last in a long line of prestigious Helios-Ra agents, around the inner workings of the Helios-Ra training school. The story give the reader a great insight into how the other side work, giving a rounded picture of both the Vampires and the Helios-Ra. It is actually hard to determine who the bad guys are at times, with both sides showing attributes of evil.
Hunter Wild comes from a long line of vampire hunters and was raised by one of the best vampire hunters around, her grandfather. She knows that she shouldn't like vampires, but something about Quinn just makes her forget all her training. Now with weird things happening at the school the only person she thinks she might be able to trust is Quinn, a vampire. Students at the academy are mysteriously becoming ill and dying. And supposedly no one knows why. But Hunter knows something suspicious is going on. Meanwhile, thanks to Kieran, a longtime friend, Hunter is introduced to the Drake family and, more importantly, to Quinn.
Harvey writes a very smooth story that flows nicely with well developed characters and settings. Long term fans will be extremely pleased with this new instalment in the series and will also be happy to note that the book is left open for another book in the near future.