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Blood Feud (The Drake Chronicles) Paperback – June 22, 2010

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Book 2 of 6 in the Drake Chronicles Series

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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
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Praise for My Love Lies Bleeding: 'With teenage angst, romance and vampire slaying, this book pushes all the right buttons' Bookseller --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Series: The Drake Chronicles (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Childrens; Reprint edition (June 22, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080272096X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802720962
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.8 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #991,151 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alyxandra Harvey lives in a stone Victorian house in Ontario, Canada with a few resident ghosts who are allowed to stay as long as they keep company manners. She loves medieval dresses, used to be able to recite all of The Lady of Shalott by Tennyson, and has been accused, more than once, of being born in the wrong century. She believes this to be mostly true except for the fact that she really likes running water, women's rights, and ice cream.

Among her favourite books are 'The Wood Wife' by Terri Windling, 'Jane Eyre' by Charlotte Bronte, and of course, 'Pride and Prejudice' by Jane Austen. Elizabeth Bennet is her hero because she's smart and sassy, and Mr. Darcy is, well, yum.
Aside from the ghosts, she also lives with husband and their dogs. She likes cinnamon lattes, tattoos and books.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By schmettajames VINE VOICE on August 29, 2010
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I really enjoyed the first book in this series, Hearts at Stake, and I was looking forward to the sequel. I was a little disappointed when I realized that it's not really about Solange and Lucy, the main characters of the last book. They both make appearances, as do the vampire hunter Keiran, Solange's brother Nicholas, and the rest of the Drake clan, but this time the focus is on Logan, the second youngest Drake brother, and Isabeau, a member of the Hound vampire tribe.

Logan's mother Helena is the new vampire queen, and creepy Montmartre still wants to marry his sister Solange, the vampire princess. The Drakes are trying to make an alliance with the Hound tribe, and Isabeau is representing the Hounds at Helena's coronation. Isabeau wants to kill Greyhaven, the vampire who turned her and is one of Montmartre's followers.

The action is fast and furious, and Logan and Isabeau are soon caught up in various vampire machinations. Logan is astounded by Isabeau and feels very protective of her. Isabeau is a bad-ass who's not used to needing protection, but she still finds herself drawn to Logan.

This book is an entertaining, quick read. My only real complaint is that since it's such a quick read, the romance feels a bit rushed. Despite this, I enjoyed the book, perhaps not quite as much as I enjoyed the first one, but certainly enough to keep reading the series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By GreenBeanTeenQueen on August 10, 2010
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I'm addicted to The Drake Chronicles-I just love this family! Blood Feud is told in the point of view of Isabeau and Logan, although the narrators don't change as frequently as they did in Hearts at Stake and this really is Isabeau's story more than anything else.

It took me a bit to warm up to Isabeau and there were several chapters that flashed back to her life in France before she was turned. I found her life interesting, but these chapters were just a little too long for me-I wanted more of the Drakes! Because of Isabeau's past and growing up during the French Revolution, I found her character to be a little stiff. (she kind of reminded me of Seven of Nine from Star Trek: Voyager for anyone who gets that reference!) But she grew on me and she's so perfect for Logan. I do wish we would have gotten more chapters from Logan's perspective-he's entertaining and a blast to read about.

I love that this book took place right after the events of the first, but that we got the story from new characters. It's interesting to read about the same events from another perspective. Luckily, for fans of Hearts at Stake, the Drake family make appearances in Blood Feud as well and we get fun cameos from Solange, Kieran, Lucy and Nicholas.

The story is just as kick-butt as the first book and there's plenty of action and romance to keep readers turning pages. The Drake Chronicles are perfect for a lighter take on the vampire genre. I can't wait to read more about the Drake family!

Book Pairings: I'd love to see these paired up with some of the Buffy The Vampire Slayer books-the girls all kick butt! For a lighter look at vampires, try Sucks to Be Me by Kimberly Pauley, Boys That Bite by Mari Mancusi, Bite Me by Melissa Francis
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kate on October 25, 2010
Format: Paperback
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.
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BLOOD FEUD is the second book in The Drake Chronicles and delivers up another romantic adventure. As in Hearts At Stake, there are two protagonists and the chapters alternate between them, this time it is Solange's brother Logan Drake and Isabeau, a Hound princess.

I had some issues with the cover of the first Drake Chronicles book, and while this one is a marked improvement, the cover model is a huge miss for Isabeau. She is described in the book as a wild warrior in leather with bone necklaces, tattoos all over her arms, and most importantly, serious scars on her neck and arm from where the dogs dragged her out of her own grave. It's too bad they couldn't portray her more accurately.

I also wish there had been another romance in addition to Logan and Isabeau as I didn't ever really feel the connection between them. They both 'felt a connection' when they met and a Hound prophesy paired them, but I didn't quite believe their romance. What I did like were the flashback chapters that showed Isabeau's life during the French Revolution leading up to her death/rebirth as a vampire. I could have devoured a whole book of Isabeau's life.

Still, BLOOD FEUD is getting my recommendation. The romance may have been weaker in this sequel, but the Drake family is still a truly likable bunch, the vampire mythology original, and the pace snappy enough to make this a quick fun read. Plus there are still six Drake brothers who need to find love. I'll be back to read who when the third Drake Chronicles book, Out For Blood, comes out.

Sexual Content: Kissing
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