And again from Anna…
Blood Feud – Alyxandra Harvey
It has been centuries since Isabeau St. Croix survived the French Revolution. Now she’s made her way back to the living and 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 as sweet as the revenge she seeks…
I enjoyed this book although I did have a few issues with it. It’s not as exciting or gripping as My Love Lies Bleeding and it took me quite a lot longer to read. My Love Lies Bleeding was new and had a sort of sparkle. I felt this magic was sort of missing in its sequel. It was still a fun read but it didn’t have that same punch that I anticipated, having read the previous story.
I do love Harvey’s writing style though and this was certainly a plus. She has a style that is lovely to read even if the content isn’t what I would associate with her best. I felt there were too many characters and they weren’t introduced properly as they were in the previous story. I prefer to have fewer characters that I can get to know well, but perhaps that’s just me.
Nevertheless I do think that Blood Feud had some superb things to offer and as a fan of historical books, I liked that Harvey had written in historical sections relating to Isabeau’s human life. This really did interest me and was probably what I liked most about the novel. I also liked how there were new protagonists as even though I really liked Lucy and Solange (protagonists in My Love Lies Bleeding), it was good to get alternative perspectives.
Overall I did enjoy the book, it wasn’t what I expected and maybe I expected too much but if you have read My Love Lies Bleeding it’s probably worth a read. I’ll definitely be reading Out for Blood though as I’m sure Harvey has more to give. 6/10
Thanks, Anna, and thanks again to Bloomsbury for the review copy. The next book in the Drake Chronicles is Out for Blood, out November, and we’ll be bringing you our review of it soon..