Monday, January 31

Book Review: Blood Feud

Title: Blood Feud

Author: Alyxandra Harvey

Pages: 258

Summary: He looked about eighteen, same as Magdla and me - though technically I was really 232 years old. He must be one of the legendary Drake brothers . The shape of his jaw and his narrow nose were distinctly aristocratic; he would never have been more at home among his nobles of my time. It made me both distrust him and feel oddly drawn to him. I straightened my spine. I wasn’t here to admire pretty boys It was inexcusable to be distracted, even for a moment.

It’s been centuries since Isabeau St. Croix survived the French Revolution. Now she’s made her way back to the living and she must face the ultimate test by confronting the evil British lord who turned her into a vampire and left her buried for two hundred years . . . That’s if she can control her affection for Logan Drake, a vampire whose bite is a sweet as the revenge she seeks.

My Rating:7.5/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: This is the second book in the series, and I have to say, I enjoyed it far more than the first. Although I had similar problems with this book as I did with the first book in the series, it turned out to be a pretty good story.

What I like best about the book, is that the author’s version of vampires is so different than what we see out there in the fictional world, yet familiar at the same time. There seem to be so many different subsets of them, and only a handful of details is given to the reader, that I can’t help but want to read more and learn more about the vampires in this “world.” I also enjoyed the story itself more, and what was happening ot the characters. I even enjoyed some of the background stories of the characters, although I didn’t really connect with any of them, I did enjoy (for the most part), reading about their history.

Overall I found the characters to be more tolerable, the lack of Lucy as a man focus helped a lot, but I don’t have a favourite character, and there is only so much of the young adult mindset, (how they think and pursue love etc.) I can take. The romance side of the book made me want to gag. It was a little cheesy. Again, this is a case where I enjoy the story of the book, but wish the romantic side of the book would be less emphasized. I want the characters to grow more, before we see them all matched up, just for the sake of it. I don’t see or feel any real connection between the characters except the convince and need to have then matched up. Characterization is my biggest problem with the book. I can’t connect to the characters, and so many characteristics and the way they think bug me.

All in all, I enjoyed the book. Not my favourite out there, but still a worthy read, and I will more than likely finish the rest of the series. And for a young adult book, it is pretty well done.

Would I recommend it to read: I would, I have enjoyed the series so far. It’s not my favourite in the genre, but it is a well told story, fairly interesting. Not bad for a young adult book, if your not a big fan of YA Lit, but want to experiment more in it, this is a good place to start.

What to read next: The rest of the series, the third book is out and I think there is a fourth coming out in the near future. Also, I think Kelley Armstrong’s series might be a good companion. I think the first book is the Summoning, or is it the Awakening?

Challenges: 11 in 11 Challenge, 100+ Challenge, 2011 Countdown Challenge, A - Z Challenge, Fantasy Challenge, NaJuReMoNoMo,

1 comment:

  1. After reading your review on this one, I am sort of on the fence about this series. On the one hand, the vampire aspect sounds like it's fresh and interesting, and very different than many of the other books out there. But on the other hand, it might be too filled with teen drama and angst, which is something that can drive me nuts at times. I think the best solution in the case of this series might be to give the first book to my daughter, and see what she thinks of it. Our reading tastes in YA are a little similar, and she also knows just what I like in my reads.

    I am glad that you mostly liked this one, Jules, and that you are going to continue on with the series. I will be interested to hear how it goes for you.