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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Spoiler Free Review: Out for Blood by Alyxandra Harvey

*Spoiler Free reviews are reviews of 2nd (or 3rd or 4th) books in a series  - 
with no fear of spoilers!*

Publication Date: December 2010
Pages: 304
Series: 3rd book in the Drake Chronicles
Acquisition: received an ARC for review

Goodreads link

My thoughts:
Another win! The Drake Chronicles has never been your typical vampire series and Alyxandra has proven her worth once again with this third installment.

In book 1, Hearts At Stake, we are introduced to the Drake family and follow the tale of soon to turn vampire, Solange and her human best friend Lucy. Falling in love with Solange's 7 brothers and the rest of the Drake family clan wasn't hard to do. Book 2, Blood Feud, gives us Logan Drake the beautiful, Isabeau and even more adventure and romance. In Out for Blood we meet another Drake brother - the impish, playboy of the family, Quinn.

One of the things I loved about Blood Feud was the fact that it picks up right where Hearts At Stake leaves off. The same can be said of Out for Blood. All in all, the total time lapse of the first three books is a couple of weeks or so. It gives the entire series an edge, in my opinion. I feel like I'm not missing anything and that I'm getting the whole story. With the different points of view of each book, the story is that much more enriched.

Another thing that I really enjoyed was the fact that with the introduction of Hunter,  not only do we get more insight into another layer of the vampire world we still get all the yummy Drake brothers and other characters we have grown to love from books 1 and 2.

Reminded me of:
The setting very much reminded me of the first book in the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead. The characters aren't a direct match up but the Helios-Ra Academy, with it's secrets and young students, had me thinking of Rose, from Vampire Academy and her experiences.

Final verdict:
I really love this series. It's one that I can see myself reading again and again. The Drake family, with it's gorgeous 8 siblings and equally alluring parents, would be interesting even if they weren't vampires. 

I highly recommend the Drake Chronicles. If you haven't yet started this series and you're a fan of vampire young adult tales, you should defiantly pick these books up

Overall Rating:
5 / 5 Stars

The Drake Chronicles:
Hearts At Stake
Blood Feud
Out for Blood
Bleeding Hearts - November 2011

Linkage Love:
Bloomsbury Teens
Author's Website

*A quote from my review of Hearts at Stakes was quoted in the ARC of Out for Blood! I literally fell over when I saw this! Thank you Bloomsbury!


  1. I'm a huge fan of this series too! Thanks for the spoiler free review. :)

  2. I've been meaning to read this series. Great review. I'll have to start this one soon.

  3. Great review. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  4. Good review--I was curious before but now I'm intrigued.

  5. Great review I really love this books and can't wait to read this one!

  6. I just bought the first book in the series. If you says it's like VA that makes me want to read it even more.

  7. You convinced me. Adding the books to my TBR list.

  8. I got a chance to meet Alyxandra last summer at a conference and she is so nice. I've had her books on my TBR pile, but this reminded me to move them to the top. Thanks for the review!


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