Blood Feud

Blood Feud

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by Alyxandra Harvey
     
 

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It's been centuries since Isabeau St. Croix barely 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 left her for dead the day she turned into a vampire. That's if she can control her affection for Logan Drake, a vampire whose bite is as sweet as the revenge she

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It's been centuries since Isabeau St. Croix barely 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 left her for dead the day she turned into a vampire. That's if she can control her affection for Logan Drake, a vampire whose bite is as sweet as the revenge she seeks.
The clans are gathering for Helena's royal coronation as the next vampire queen, and new alliances are beginning to form now that the old rifts of Lady Natasha's reign have started to heal. But with a new common enemy, Leander Montmarte—a vicious leader who hopes to force Solange to marry him and usurp the power of the throne for himself—the clans must stand together to preserve the peace he threatens to destroy.
This second adventure in the Drake Chronicles—told from both Logan's and Isabeau's perspectives—has all the same butt-kicking action, heart-pounding romances and snarky humor that readers loved in Hearts at Stake, as well as exciting new revelations about the vampire dynasties to keep readers coming back for more.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Robbie Flowers
The Drakes are back in this second installment of The Drake Chronicles. Readers will find the Drake family settling into their role as the ruling family of vampires. But heavy is the head that wears the crown, they discover, as there is an attempt on the mother's life and bonds to forge. One of those bonds is with a vicious band of vampires known as the Hounds. Their princess, Isabeau, comes to meet with the family, only to begin a series of adventures and action. Keeping true to the style of Hearts at Stake (Walker, 2010/VOYA April 2010)—the first novel of this series—there is romantic tension and adventure with the book's star-crossed main characters, Logan and Isabeau. This title offers all the excitement of the first title but fleshes out another character from the Drake clan. Important vampire back matter is spread throughout the tale and does not overwhelm the reader—in fact, it is just right for establishing the plot. It also serves as the basis for the well-developed character of Isabeau. This is a well-crafted book and will easily appeal to teens. It is recommended for public and school library collections. Reviewer: Robbie Flowers
Children's Literature - Amanda MacGregor
Isabeau St. Croix has spent the past 200 years buried in the ground. Now she is back and seeking revenge on Greyhaven, the vampire who turned her and then left her in a grave. Isabeau's tribe, the Hounds, joins forces with the Drake clan to try to defeat the evil and power-hungry Montmartre, who is determined to make Solange Drake his queen. Isabeau is disturbed to find herself falling for Logan Drake because she does not want anything to distract her from her mission. Logan and Isabeau prove to be a cunning and fearsome team, especially when it comes to the final battle. The narrative alternates between Logan and Isabeau, which helps move along the prolonged fight scenes. Many chapters are flashbacks to Isabeau's life during the French Revolution, before she became a vampire. Isabeau lived on the street and picked pockets to get enough money for her passage to England. These flashbacks add very little to the main narrative, but are well-written and perhaps even more interesting than the vampire storyline. This is the second book in "The Drake Chronicles," but readers can easily follow the plot without having read the first one. Though not the most original book, this will have widespread appeal (especially with a female audience) and fans of the genre will likely be won over. Readers who like a lot of action and a strong female lead will appreciate Isabeau's fierce strength, and readers who like romance in their vampire stories will swoon over Logan. Reviewer: Amanda MacGregor
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—This book picks up where Hearts at Stake (Walker, 2010) ended. As the various clans convene for the coronation of Helena Drake, the new vampire queen, her family is frantically negotiating to create alliances and bring peace to the vampire world. Isabeau St. Croix has been sent as a delegate from the Hounds, a misunderstood clan that practices magic and has strong connections to animals. When Leander Montmartre, a legendary evil vampire, threatens the royal family with his desire for the throne, Isabeau and Logan Drake work together to protect their loved ones. Their relationship becomes intense as they uncover a sinister plot that could destroy all of vampirekind. Harvey continues to weave an action-packed story full of intrigue, suspense, and romance with a great cast of characters. The historical flashbacks into Isabeau's life and the unique vampire lore of the Hounds add a new twist to the genre. A satisfying read in a series that is sure to have a strong following.—Donna Rosenblum, Floral Park Memorial High School, NY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802720979
Publisher:
Walker & Company
Publication date:
06/22/2010
Series:
Drake Chronicles Series , #2
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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Meet the Author

Alyxandra Harvey is the author of Hearts at Stake, the first book in the Drake Chronicles. She studied creative writing and literature at York University and has had her poetry published in several magazines. When not writing, she is a belly dancer and jewelry-maker. She lives in an old farmhouse with her husband, hawk, and two dogs.
www.alyxandraharvey.com www.thedrakechronicles.com

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kittydanza More than 1 year ago
BLOOD FEUD, Alyxandra Harvey, is the second installment in The Drake Chronicles. This book alternates the POV of Logan Drake and Isabeau St. Croix. I got really attached to Lucy and Solange narrating in the first book so I was a bit hesitant for different POV's but I immediately fell in love with these two. Logan and Isabeau have much in common in terms of taste. Logan's style and actions reflected the era that Isabeau grew up in when she was human. They are one of my top favorite YA couples at the moment. That alone should make you want to read this book. Another aspect that set this book apart in this series was the introduction of a different type of vampire clan, the Hounds. These vampires were very unique in how they were very cultured and connected well with nature and dogs. They were very spiritual and I really enjoyed reading the customs that were performed. It was great reading from Logan's POV during that specific part because he was new to it as well and Harvey pulled me along for the ride with him. Also, the flashes to Isabeau's past life before becoming a vampire kept my heart pounding with anticipation. I am not fond of the cover choice. Harvey described Isabeau with tattoos and scaring on her body and this model did not follow suit. I don't tend to like books that tell me how the character is supposed to look, I like to visualize it for myself. Overall, if you liked My Love Lies Bleeding (AKA Hearts At Stake: my Review) I think you will really enjoy this one.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
BLOOD FEUD picks up just under two weeks after HEARTS AT STAKE ended, and the Drake family has had a lot to deal with. All the vampire tribes are beginning to assemble and treaties are being made now that Lady Natasha is gone and the courts are preparing for Helena's coronation. With the state that Lady Natasha left things between the tribes, this means all kinds of cleaning up for Liam and Helena to do, and that doesn't take into consideration the state the caves and the farmhouse were both left in. That just means that Solange, Lucy, and the Drake brothers have quite a journey ahead of them. We meet Isabeau St. Croix (kind of weird, but totally cool name, right?). Isabeau is a Hound, which means she is part of the tribe of vampires that Montmartre created and basically left for dead. The catch is, Montmartre didn't change Isabeau: his lieutenant, Greyhaven, did, somewhere around 200 years ago. Isabeau has spent years waiting until she could get revenge on Greyhaven, and for all intents and purposes she still plans to do so, until she meets Logan Drake. Now, she must join forces with the Drakes' and fight against the common enemy, Montmartre, who's still after Solange, the crown, and the power both would bring him. Logan shows Isabeau that not all vampires, outside of the Hounds, are as bad as she seems to think, and that she doesn't have to be so guarded all the time. But can Isabeau's quest for revenge survive when it's all over with? Will Logan be able to show her that there is more to life than living for revenge? I was so excited to revisit the Drake family - and Lucy, of course. When I first learned that BLOOD FEUD wouldn't be from Lucy and Solange's voices I was a bit disappointed, but since I was going to hear from Logan and this new, interesting Isabeau, I decided it would be alright. And it pretty much was. First, I must admit, I totally missed Lucy. But Logan, while not being as reckless and funny as Lucy, filled a different void, since I did adore him in HEARTS AT STAKE. Isabeau is a very interesting character, with an even more interesting past. Her voice isn't as prominent as I would have thought it would be, seeing as she is a totally fierce character, but they can't all be Lucy. Sprinkled throughout are these chapters that are memories from Isabeau's past, and those take you back into the 1700s and are pretty neat, although the French sprinkled throughout was not as fun for me since I don't know French. Oh, and just a tip, the French word "merde" is used a lot, and finally I looked it up - just so you know, it means "crap". I loved Logan's voice. He's funny and kind of sarcastic and a bit insane, but so are all the Drakes and so I love it, and it was a nice balance against the guardedness and proper way Isabeau's voice was. I really enjoyed the romance between Logan and Isabeau that you could see coming before they ever met, but I didn't like the fact that BLOOD FEUD covers a matter of days, and you don't really fall in love over only a few days. It just so doesn't work like that, and while I know that a lot happened between them in those few days, and that it was obviously in the cards for them, it just was a bit unrealistic (and yes, I'm totally aware that it is a vampire novel and so unrealistic in the first place)... Read the full review at www.teensreadtoo.com
newbethlibrarian More than 1 year ago
I actually read this book before the first in the series, so it is possible to read them independently. All essential plot points are covered again. The action is fast-paced and delves into more sectors of the vampire world. In particular, the Hounds are represented via Isabeau, who alternates chapters with Logan Drake. Predictably, the two have a romantic connection. Pleasantly, the interactions are natural and in some ways unexpected. The characters of the previous book in the series are not forgotten, but rather seen through new eyes. I am anxious for more developments in the series. I see this series as a younger alternative to the "House of Night" series. *I received this as an advanced review copy from the publisher.
joeyJS More than 1 year ago
Even better the 1st book :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
quick and easy read that keeps you interested until the very end
BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
Just like the first novel, The Drake brothers never let you down. Logan meets and is immediately intrigued by Isabeau. The Drake family and the Hounds end up working together to help stop a crazy vampire by the name of Montmarte. He will stop at nothing till he has the crown and Solange Drake. This book was great. The romance between Logan and Isabeau, I felt lack a little. I was glad to see the working together and getting to know one another but I would have really like to see them get some downtime instead of fighting by side each other all the time. Logan was immediately protective of Isabeau vowing nothing or no one will hurt her. While Isabeau did finds this somewhat comforting she still felt the need to do things on her own. I love the action in this book. The action was great. I love the sword fighting and the ambushes. There was always a surprise around the corner awaiting them. The humor in the books was great. I had a few good laughs while reading this. I was also happy that she included other characters from the past book in as well. I like to know what happens to Nicholas when he lets Lucy out of the closet. LOL Alyxandra did a great job writing this. This book was an easy read, had some curse words, and I love the fighting. I adored Isabeau strong fighting character. She truly was an survivor. Alyxandra delivered a great action pack, non-stop page turner. I can't wait to see what the next Drake bother has in store for us!
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I really enjoyed this book cant wait till i get the next one.
songbirdsue More than 1 year ago
I loved this 2nd book just as much as the 1st one. It was fun to get to know one of the Drake brothers better. Plenty of action packed, fast paced, funny and entertainment. It was a feel good, page turner. Very good for everyone, even if you are not a vampire fan. It is refreshingly clean and interesting.
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Enjoy this series
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