January 3, 2011

Blog Tour: Out For Blood (Alyxandra Harvey) Review

Out for Blood
Publisher: Bloomsbury Teen (December 21, 2010)
Paperback: 304 Pages
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Series: The Drake Chronicles #3
Book from Publisher*

From Goodreads. 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?
OUT FOR BLOOD, by Alyxandra Harvey, is the third installment of The Drake Chronicles series. As I read each book, I am finding it harder and harder to choose my favorite. Harvey is a master of creating fantastic characters and actually making them captivating narrators.

This book alternated between Hunter Wild, vampire hunter, and Quinn Drake, vampire. I was interested right from the start since this book begins with the introduction of Hunter who is enrolled in an elite vampire hunter school. She is brave, strong, and extremely talented with a stake. Quinn Drake has been in the background as one of the older siblings of the Drake family but in this book I got a closer look at this stud. Quinn is an unapologetic flirt who doesn't need to do much to gain a girl's affection, even Hunter. But Hunter is torn between who she should be and who she is with Quinn.

The romance between Quinn and Hunter was E-P-I-C. This is not your typical love/hate relationship, it's a 'I was born to kill you' relationship on both sides. But love definitely gets in the way of what these two think they should want and they have to tread carefully as their relationship is a dangerous one.

Aside from the romance, Harvey introduced a twist of mystery. Students in the Helios-Ra Academy are getting sick, and vampires are more prevalent around campus. I was definitely kept on the edge of my seat wondering if they would figure out the villain in time and also if they would finally put aside their differences and be together.

Overall, this was a great book for those who love this series. And if you haven't read any books in the series yet, be sure to check them out!

*FTC Disclosure: I received this ARC from the publisher. I do not receive payment of any kind in exchange for a review. I do not receive monetary compensation from any book links in my review.

My Reviews of The Drake Chronicles:
Hearts At Stake (AKA My Love Lies Bleeding )

Check out some awesome links below:
Alyxandra Harvey's website, Twitter, Facebook
Excerpt from Alyxandra Harvey's new book (not Drake-related), Haunting Violet
The Drake Chronicles Facebook Page
Bloomsbury Teen Facebook Page

Alyxandra Harvey Author Video

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