Rating: 4/5 Stars
Release Date: 6/5/2010
Book in Series: Hearts at Stake, Blood Feud
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About the Book: The Drake family is dealing with the aftermath of Helena Drake becoming vampire queen and fighting off Montmartre. Allegiances are made, including one with the Hounds, vampires who have been rescued after they were turned and left to die. Isabeau St. Crox, a girl who was turned during the French Revolution, is the delegate from the Hounds is sent to the Drake coronation. When Logan Drake and Isabeau uncover a plot that could destroy both their families, they work together to fight the common enemy.
GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: 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
Full Disclosure: Reviewed from ARC sent by publisher for review