Book: OUT FOR BLOOD
Author: ALYXANDRA HARVEY
Genre: YA PARANORMAL
Published: January 2010, WALKER BOOKS FOR YOUNG READERS
From Good Reads:
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?
The Drake Chronicles resumes, this time following the relationship of Hunter Wild, and Quinn Drake. First of all, can I say how much I love the name Hunter Wild? She is very aptly named, as the first page of the book states. How could this character NOT turn out to be a kick-ass girl, who tries her best to do her family of hunters proud?
Though there were times that Hunter seemed very head-strong, there was never any doubt in my mind while reading, that she is a formidable person. Whoever she decided to be with, would have to match her wits, resourcefulness, and drive. Enter Quinn. Ok, he is a playboy and very full of himself, but I liked how Harvey wrote him as a more typical teen boy. And his being a vampire, did not overwhelm his very human-like personality.
OUT FOR BLOOD has danger, action, mystery and romance from the outset. I was sent on a pretty fast rollercoaster ride through Hunter and Quinn's relationship. And, I enjoyed the ride immensely. There was no wishy-washy love triangle, and the mystery surrounding the students' illnesses, along with the unusual reactions of the Hel-Blar vampires, revealed itself without me feeling that it was too rushed or too drawn-out. Everything that I wanted from a good YA paranormal, I found here.
3.5/5 for plot
4/5 for characters
3.5/5 for language
My Rating: 11/15 (3.5 stars)
Recommended, if you liked:
Darkest Powers (series) by Kelley Armstrong
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
White Cat by Holly Black
Links for the author and book:
The Drake Chronicles
Also, here's an exclusive of what Alyx is working on next! A Victorian ghost story that will be out in June. Bloomsbury, her publisher, has offered an excerpt, for blog tour participants only, that I can share with you here: Haunting Violet.
Finally, Bloomsbury is kindly offering a finished copy of OUT FOR BLOOD to one of my blog readers. Just leave a comment with a YA book you are looking forward to reading, that comes out before June. If you don't wish to leave your email address in the comments, please use my Contact Me form to email me. Giveaway runs January, 4th-January 14th, 6pm est.