Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Book Review: Blood Prophecy by Alyxandra Harvey (Drake Chronicles #6)


Solange Drake has been officially crowned Queen of the Vampires, fulfilling the centuries old prophecy that foretold the rise to power of a daughter born to an ancient vampire line. Except Solange's thoughts and actions are no longer her own—she's been slowly being possessed by the spirit of Viola, the first daughter born into the Drake line, since her bloodchange. And instead of uniting the vampire tribes under the rule of an ancient daughter as the prophecy predicted, Viola would rather destroy them all and enslave humans in a personal vendetta for the devastation both wrought to her life centuries ago. Can Solange break her hold in time to save everyone she loves from a vampire civil war, hunter attack, and each other? Not everyone will survive the prophecy, perhaps not even her.

My Review:
The first four books in this series were packed with action, humour and romance, and I had really loved them. Sadly the last two books did not live up to this promise and the series ended with more of a whimper than a bang for me. It's very unlikely that I'd read Blood Moon and Blood Prophecy again.

The chapters where Viola fully takes over Solange, leaving Solange trapped in a castle inside Viola's mind, were very dull and confusing. We have Solange wandering around this castle looking for answers and an exit. This was repetitive and dull on a grand scale and I did not enjoy this at all. Endless memories that Viola was 'sharing' with the reader through Solange bored me and added nothing to the plot. It just slowed things down again. It took so long to move the plot forward when we kept having to suffer these dramatic mental interludes until Solange found an idea on how to escape Viola. I was ready to cheer with relief when we finally got to that stage.

The other thing that bored me was the author deciding to resort to that boring YA cliche of the heroine being bullied at school. It was really getting on my nerves to see Lucy constantly having to deal with bullies in this book. We got through the rest of the series without dreadful cliches so I don't understand why the author decided to drop all that into the plot now. It was not a great plot advancement. And frankly, why is Lucy there? She never seems to actually go to classes! Or sleep, for that matter.

This book does not have enough kickass Drake Brother action. It is focused too much on the terrible ordeal of poor possessed Solange and Lucy being bullied, and not enough of all the great characters introduced in earlier books.

So what I did like about the book? The ending. The book finally kicks back into gear with Solange learning how to fight Viola, Lucy getting herself into a pile of trouble and trying to find a way to escape, the attack on the school and on the Blood Moon camp. Basically you could miss out all the boring stuff at the start and go straight to the end of the book where things start to kick off. This is where we get to see the things we loved about those first four books! I still don't understand why the author deviated from that great writing in book five and the start of book six. I was thankful that things were salvaged by a satisfactory end to this book.

However, the ending alone did not make this a great book and I cannot bring myself to rate it higher than a three, and it's only getting that because of the big finish. 
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2 comments:

  1. Bummer. Sounds like the series has lost it's magic.

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    1. Yeah I hate when the series goes downhill at the end-a bit like Kelley Armstrong's WOTO series where the last books were disappointing.

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