Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Book Review: Out For Blood by Alyxandra Harvey (Drake Chronicles #3)

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.

My Review:
I read this book back in 2011 but I'm only getting round to writing this review now! Luckily, I took notes when I was reading it which helped me write this!

Hunter Wild comes from a family famous for vampire hunting so she had no hesitation in joining the elite training school that produces Helios-Ra vampire hunters. Her views that all vampires are evil is challenged when she meets the Drake family, and falls for Quinn.

OK it sounds like just another YA teen romance...However, there is much more to this series than just hormones. I don't like YA romance books but I really enjoyed this book so don't be put off by the blurb! There is a lot of action, vampire attacks and humans behaving badly and the romance is nicely mixed in with humour and tension. It is very easy to fall in love with the whole Drake family!

In the first two books we are introduced to the younger brothers, their sister Solange and her human friend Lucy. We also briefly met Hunter in the last book when she mistrusted every vampire. In this book we see a different girl who wants to live up to the family heritage and be the best hunter in her school. She is a kickass heroine who is smart and funny, and I liked her straight away. Her best friend Chloe is an amusing airhead who gives a few funny moments to the plot. I liked seeing the Helios-Ra recruits in a totally different environment where they are not just the people threatening the lives of the Drake family. Here we see them as normal teenagers-worrying about passing exams, worrying that they aren't strong enough to defeat the vampires, having hormonal issues and friendship problems. I liked seeing them as people who think they are doing the right thing, unaware that not all vampires are evil.

There is plenty to enjoy with the Drake family as well. Solange is having trouble adapting to her new vampire life, and fears that her blood cravings mean that there is something wrong with her. I still love the ongoing relationship between Lucy and Nicholas-now THAT is how you write chemistry between two characters! Perhaps some other authors need to take notes here! We also have the continued issues over Helena's disputed crown, the truce between the Drake family and the Helios-Ra and the ongoing battle against the Hel-Blar, who are growing in numbers and intensity. And of course in this book, we get to know Quinn better, which was nice!

The added interest in this book is the problems at the academy because of drug misuse. I liked this story, not only because it brings Hunter and Quinn closer together, but because it shows us the pressure that some of the kids are under to become stronger and better fighters. I'm not going to say anything more about this plot as I don't want to spoil it but there are a few interesting twists and turns.

Overall, another good book in the series!
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