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I really don't know where to start. I love the Drake Chronicles, each book so far centres around one particular member of the Drake family. The family tree shown at the beginning highlights the characters to be focused on while showing the connection to the other characters.
I really don't feel as if I can go into to much plot detail with this book as it will certainly spoil the enjoyment of reading it yourself. Let me just say that I have not been disappointed yet with any of these books and this is no exception.
It is a brilliant piece of craftsmanship how Alyxandra Harvey is able to write a story with central characters and yet still progress the other characters that we have already come to know in the previous books. Nicholas and Lucy/Kieran and Soalnge from My Love Lies Bleeding alongside Logan and Isabeau from Blood Feud. Having chatted to a few authors on twitter and knowing that the characters actually talk to them inside their heads; makes me wonder what on earth must be going on inside Alyxandra's head. All the characters are well developed, easy to relate to (you can even sympathize with the Drake's craving for blood) and their interactions are realistic.
This story revolves around Hunter, the last in a long line of prestigious Helios-Ra agents. Revolving around the inner workings of the Helios-Ra training school. Great insight into how the other side work, giving a rounded picture of both the Vampires and the Helios-Ra. Some incredible twist and turns, leaving the reader wondering just who are the 'enemy'. Courageous, loyal with some kicking martial arts skills, Hunter is a great role model. Here connection to Kieran adds to the storyline and parallels the Quinn/Solange relationship dynamics.
I absolutely adored how Quinn was portrayed; although not my 'type' you can appreciate his appeal. A true 'ladies' man playing the field with unabashed fervour. That is until he meets Hunter. They are inexplicably draw to each other, although they both try to ignore it initially. It brought to mind the ideal of soul-mates and how you cant fight your destiny.
I could continue to waffle about how great the Drake Chronicles are but I will spare you. I will leave you with this - Out For Blood is the latest great addition to a phenominal series.
I'm really into this fun, new vampire series, The Drake Chronicles! I'm actually not sure which book out of the three I like the best. It might just have to be this one. I really like the writing style of Alyxandra Harvey and she is making her way to my favourite authors list!
Hunter Wild comes from a very long line of incredible vampires hunters and attends a special training school for the Helios-Ra. She knows how her grandfather (one of the best hunters around) feels about vampires, but she can't help but think about Quinn, one of the infamous Drake brothers. It can't hurt getting to know him, can it? Especially because she might even need his help...
The Quinn brothers are the kind of people you just have to know, and I *still* can't decide who is my favourite one. I think why I really liked Quinn is his nature is just such of what one might call a 'player'. LOL. He will date any girl, human or vampire. And vampire hunters aren't exactly out of the picture. *giggles* Quinn is cheeky and confident and is really good at getting what he wants, which made him extremely likable.
I love how there is quite a contrast between him and his twin brother Connor. One of my favoure line's of Quinn's had to be *can't find quote but will update this soon* because it showed the personalities of both boys; the geekiness that's in Connor, and pretty much what Quinn's life revolves around: girls!
I know that this book was mainly about Quinn, but he does have a twin brother and I would've really liked to see a bit more of Connor! He seemed really fab and I would've liked the book even more if we got to see more of him and had a better look at the connection between Quinn and Connor, although I'm pretty sure Connor will get a book of his own!
I also think I'm developing a (girl) crush on Hunter. Yeah. She's one of the most kickass females I've ever met in a book. Even though she's a hunter for the Helios-Ra, I loved how she was still such a girly-girl. The scene where they've gone to go stake some vampires has to be one of my favourite's EVER! Just because of her. It was also very interesting to see how life is for the opposite side, for Hunter and the other Helios-Ra.
When Quinn was falling for Hunter, it really made me laugh because he's just not the kind of guy who stays in long relationships - he'd rather mix things around a little bit. His cool attitude was fantastic alongside her stubborness, it was sheer amazingness people. They are everything you'd look for in a book like this.
Whereas in Blood Feud we got to read from the perspective of Isabeau and Logan, Out for Blood gives us access to the inside of the heads of vampire hunter, Hunter, and the next awesome Drake brother, Quinn. I'm glad we got to read from two different viewpoints like the previous two books, I felt like I could really get to know the main characters, as well as learning about the other characters that are described. I also got to really connect with them both as individuals which was nice.
I'm a bit disappointed that we didn't see much of the other characters in the Drake family though. But it was also a good thing, because unlike the first two books, the plot of Out for Blood isn't all about what's happening in the family, but something different, the weird going-ons in the academy.
The latest addition to the Drake Chronicles, Out for Blood, is fun, fast-paced and highly recommended by me; a remarkable novel in a phenomenal new series.
Out for Blood is the third book in The Drake Chronicles by Alyxandra Harvey. It is released on 1st November 2010 by Bloomsbury and it is 304 pages long. Thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy for review!
Hunter Wild is a vampire hunter in training at the Helios-Ra academy and also one of the top students. As a new school year starts, she thinks it is going to be a good one, especially after attending the new vampire Queen's coronation.
As the school year gets into full swing, it doesn't take long for strange things to start happening. Students are getting ill left, right and centre and no one has any idea why but Hunter has her own suspicions. There is only one person that she seems able to trust and that is Quinn Drake who also happens to be a vampire. If Hunter's Grandfather knew she was friends with a vampire he would probably have a heart attack. Quinn is stunning and Hunter has a hard time concentrating around him but will she be able to pay attention enough to solve the mystery and save her friends?
What I thought
The Drake Chronicles just keeps getting better and better. Each new book that I have read is so much better than the last that I keep changing my mind about which I like the most.
Hunter is really the ultimate female in this genre for me. I'm really against all of these silly names in books but for some reason, Hunter fits her perfectly and I couldn't imagine her being called anything else. As a vampire hunter, she is strong, determined and independent with none of the whining that I hate. I think what I loved most about Hunter was the fact that she was able to be a part of Helios-Ra but still keep her feminine qualities. Hunter refuses to cut her long, beautiful blonde hair and she likes to be able to paint her nails with roommate Chloe. I really don't see any reason why vampire hunters still can't be beautiful and feminine at the same time as kicking some serious ass. Although Hunter has these qualities, they aren't over the top or in your face at any time and I felt like this part of her personality was balanced really well with the more fierce side of her.
I don't know if I am ever going to have a favourite Drake brother but I did really like Quinn. Each of the Drake brothers have different qualities that make them so different but so loveable at the same time. What I liked most about Quinn was the fact that he was extremely cheeky. He knows he has a certain way with the girls and he's used to getting who he wants. It was also nice to see how different he is to his twin because of this. I was expecting Quinn to be quite cocky and arrogant, knowing how good looking he is and being able to have who he wants, but he wasn't at all. He was very aware of himself and what he is capable of and funny with it at the same time and I think this is what made him so likable. Quinn has a certain charm that makes him quite irresistible.
Like the previous two books in this series, the story is told from different points of views which this time around are from Hunter and Quinn. I like the fact that we only get to hear from the two main characters because I like to know how people are feeling from both sides of the story. I think that this way of telling the story really made me connect with both Hunter and Quinn and get to like them both for different reasons.
A big part of the previous two books have been about the assassination of someone in the Drake family so it was nice to see that this wasn't the case this time around. The main story revolves around Hunter and her friends at the academy. I liked the fact that there was quite a big mystery that didn't really involve the Drakes. Yes, they do get involved but the story doesn't begin and end with what is happening around them. I couldn't quite figure out what was really going on or what exactly was behind the strange going ons at the Academy. I always like to be kept guessing so this was a good aspect of the book for me.
I'm excited to see which Drake brother's story will come next and how book four will be different from the three in the series so far. I love Alyxandra Harvey's series and would definitely read anything of hers from now on. I loved this book and highly recommend that you read the whole series!