Blood Feud by Alyxandra Harvey
(Website, Twitter, Goodreads)Published by Bloomsbury Publishing USA on June 22nd 2010
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Magic, General, Love & Romance, paranormal, Young Adult
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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.
Isabeau St. Croix has been buried for over two hundred years in a graveyard in London. She survived the French Revolution, and after being dug up by the Hounds, she has to survive the 21st century. A week after Solange Drake changed into a vampire, the Hounds have arrived for the coronation of Helena Drake. When Isabeau makes her way to the courts, Logan Drake is an ever-present enigma—someone she feels connected to and terrified of at the same time. As she begins her search to destroy her own demons and help keep peace in the court, will her growing affections for him prove to be a strength…or a weakness?
I couldn’t wait to enter into the Drake’s world again; the first time I read it and when I chose to reread the books. Instead of switching between Lucy and Solange, like Hearts at Stake, the second installment, Blood Feud, alternated between Logan Drake, one of Solange’s older brothers, and Isabeau, a 232-year-old Hound. When Isabeau showed up at the caves for the coronation she was immediately drawn to Logan for his knowledge in ettique and his sense of style. Their love grew slowly, and she had to let go of some of those from her past in order to let him into her future.
I prefer the relationship between Nicholas and Lucy and found myself missing the sparky couple. Although, I enjoyed learning about another one of the Drake’s live and the new person that would waltz her way into it. Logan was completely different than the other Drake brothers; even though each of them had their own personalities, his unique qualities aided in his automatic attraction to Isabeau. As far as perfect couples go, they fit very well together, and it would be impossible to see them with anyone else.
From the beginning of the series, the varying vampire tribes are discussed. Because Isabeau came from a different “court” or “tribe,” depending on how you categorize them, the Hounds are discussed in grave detail. Their association with the other courts was originally tenuous, which is why Isabeau fit in perfectly with them even after her ephemeral life as a debutante. She understood them and they understood her in return–she may have seen extraordinary riches, but she had also been homeless on the streets of Paris. Throughout the novel, Harvey threw in scenes from Isabeau’s past, sometimes even allowing Logan to share Isabeau’s visions. Reading about her life before she went through all of her hardships was exciting and interesting, essential to the development of the novel.
Once again I was enthralled by another vampire novel. I am a huge fan of this genre and can’t wait to continue to reread this particular series. I missed some of my favorite characters not being in Blood Feud as much as Hearts at Stake but liked being introduced to more of the background characters. The ending between Isabeau and Logan was fabulously predictable; however, an unexpected twist will leave new fans of this series thirsting for me.
For lovers of vampires, the supernatural, and an addictive romance, this entire series is one that they will sink their teeth into.