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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 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.


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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 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.

30 review for Blood Feud

  1. 4 out of 5

    ~Tina~

    I adore this series! Everyone who knows me knows I love, love, love my Vamp's so it shouldn't come as a surprise that I'm having a total blast with this series! I am loving the chemistry that the Drake family have. I love there voices, I love there banter, punkness, sass, and wit. This is a great cast of characters here to entertain, make you laugh and ready to swoon you over. I love to have fun with the characters I read, so in short, they make me smile, every last one of them. Blood Feud is anot I adore this series! Everyone who knows me knows I love, love, love my Vamp's so it shouldn't come as a surprise that I'm having a total blast with this series! I am loving the chemistry that the Drake family have. I love there voices, I love there banter, punkness, sass, and wit. This is a great cast of characters here to entertain, make you laugh and ready to swoon you over. I love to have fun with the characters I read, so in short, they make me smile, every last one of them. Blood Feud is another awesome book by Alyxandra Harvey who delivers the pitch perfect roles, a captivating plot and brings along the funny and eloquent with her stylish writing. I enjoyed meeting new characters, going back in time and learning about The Hounds and other Vampire politics that sets the book. While I did love the first book a bit more, I still really enjoyed and loved this one as well. I blame Nick and Lucy, can't help it, they are too cute and I was so happy to see them here and there in this book. Oh, and I sooo wanna be there when Lucy comes out of that closet! Just saying...;) This is Logan and Isabeau's adventure and I think they are both amazingly defined characters!! Logan is like the rest of the Drake brothers, totally kick ass, charming, traditional, vain and sweet-sexy! She smelled like rain and earth and wine. If she'd been in a goblet I would have drained it of every drop ....Yummy! I really enjoyed his point of view and he definitely makes my swoon-worthy list of hot! Isabeau is a fierce character with a complicated past. She's not cold, but there is a definite wall there. Vengeful, loyal and powerful. She's a great role and look forward to seeing her in future reads. Overall, I love these books! Action packed, intriguing and romantic! I can't wait for the next one and the next one after that and so on... Spunky, Sassy and a whole lot of fun! Blood Feud is a welcoming addiction to my favorites. Can't wait for more!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Dwayne

    Reviewed @ Girls Without a Bookshelf. I was hugely excited for the second installment in the Drake Chronicles and am glad to say that it pleased me a lot! I know a lot of you girls out there are excited for it too - you better be, because this is so much better than Love Lies Bleeding (US title: Hearts at Stake)! Let me start by saying that it surpassed all my expectations. I thought it was going to be a book that was more romance than anything but boy was I wrong. It was a good mix of mystery and Reviewed @ Girls Without a Bookshelf. I was hugely excited for the second installment in the Drake Chronicles and am glad to say that it pleased me a lot! I know a lot of you girls out there are excited for it too - you better be, because this is so much better than Love Lies Bleeding (US title: Hearts at Stake)! Let me start by saying that it surpassed all my expectations. I thought it was going to be a book that was more romance than anything but boy was I wrong. It was a good mix of mystery and action (I love!) - it was really a fast-paced read which I could barely let go of. It is not only an excellent sequel, it can also stand-alone. Alyxandra Harvey continues the plot in Love Lies Bleeding smoothly, without foregoing the development of the relationships (Nicholas-Lucy!) established in its predecessor. If anything, it actually entices any reader who has not yet read Love Lies Bleeding to read it. Blood Feud is told in both Logan's and Isabeau's perspectives. The difference in their way of thinking delivered a very insightful glimpse into a tale that was part past and part present. Logan's point of view is always fraught with humour and indignation whilst Isabeau is the more reserved, thoughtful type. Logan is hilariously funny and Isabeau, though trying not to be, is still a girl underneath all the hatred she harbours. They are a wonderful pair together, but I'm afraid I'm still a hard-core Lucy-Nicholas shipper! The narrative is not exactly told in alternate POVs, but rather in blocks. You have several chapters of Isabeau's perspective and several of Logan's succeeding that. In between an omniscient narrator relays the past that explains Isabeau's experiences during the French for revolution and elaborates her thirst for revenge. I must say that these chapters are very well-placed, so that they support the continuity of the plot rather than distract the reader from it. They serve also as a form of characterisation of Isabeau. Well described and strongly portrayed, it allows the readers to not only understand, but also sympathise with Isabeau. What I did not favour in the general plot would be the lack of characterisation on Logan's part. Isabeau was definitely a developed character; I was not sure Logan is. I certainly would have wanted more on his part. The second and final thing I can say about the plot is that I wanted more romance! Quite difficult to impose on a character such as Isabeau but the fan-girl in me screams more. I have once more enjoyed immersing myself in Alyxandra Harvey's vampire world. The Drakes and Lucy are always a pleasure to be with, but with the addition of Isabeau and with the deeper, more action-packed plot, Blood Feud just made it a whole lot better!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Namera [The Literary Invertebrate]

    The couple in this instalment are pretty awesome too. Logan Drake is eighteen, but he dresses like he's from the 18th century, all frock coats and ivory lace at his cuffs. I am so here for it. Meanwhile, our heroine Isabeau St Croix really is from the 18th century - she was turned into a vampire during the French Revolution. She's all closed off, while he's completely into her... Mmm. Still, they're no Lucy and Nicholas. Seeing glimpses of those two is actually the highlight of the book. As for The couple in this instalment are pretty awesome too. Logan Drake is eighteen, but he dresses like he's from the 18th century, all frock coats and ivory lace at his cuffs. I am so here for it. Meanwhile, our heroine Isabeau St Croix really is from the 18th century - she was turned into a vampire during the French Revolution. She's all closed off, while he's completely into her... Mmm. Still, they're no Lucy and Nicholas. Seeing glimpses of those two is actually the highlight of the book. As for the vampire-court-intrigue bit of the plot... frankly, I skipped straight over those. [Blog] - [Bookstagram]

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    Hmm, I liked book 1 but this was only an okay read for me. Logan and Isabeau were nice enough but Nick and Lucy are definitely my favorite couple. While reading Blood Feud I constantly found myself wishing for more on those two and I found it a little bit difficult to bring myself to care for the actual main characters of this installment. Still, I'm going to read book 3 since I want to hear more about the Drakes. :) Hmm, I liked book 1 but this was only an okay read for me. Logan and Isabeau were nice enough but Nick and Lucy are definitely my favorite couple. While reading Blood Feud I constantly found myself wishing for more on those two and I found it a little bit difficult to bring myself to care for the actual main characters of this installment. Still, I'm going to read book 3 since I want to hear more about the Drakes. :)

  5. 4 out of 5

    Nic

    This is a really good series. Another action packed and witty installment that had plenty of romance. Alxyandra Harvey has a interesting and unique take on vampires with all the different types. In this one we learn more about the Hounds. This is the story of Logan and Isabeau and again we get dual narration which I love. I like knowing what both characters are thinking and feeling. We also get flashbacks from Isabeau past before she was turned which didn't really hold my interest like the rest This is a really good series. Another action packed and witty installment that had plenty of romance. Alxyandra Harvey has a interesting and unique take on vampires with all the different types. In this one we learn more about the Hounds. This is the story of Logan and Isabeau and again we get dual narration which I love. I like knowing what both characters are thinking and feeling. We also get flashbacks from Isabeau past before she was turned which didn't really hold my interest like the rest of the book unfortunately. Isabeau is strong, loyal and doesn't take crap for anyone. Logan is such a sweetie and like all the Drake brothers swoon worthy. Both characters I instantly liked. Although I didn't connect with them as much as I did with Lucy and Nicholas. They just didn't have the same spark. Thankfully Lucy and Nicholas made appearances in this installment filling my craving. The ending wraps up nicely but I was suprised by a certain character's death. It makes me wonder where the next installment will go. Overall I really enjoyed this, although not quite as much as the first one. I can't wait for Out for Blood and very curious to find out which one of the Drake's story it will be. I hope it is Quinn's.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Romy

    ** Warning if you haven’t read My Love Lies Bleeding (or Hearts at Stake depending on where you live) I don’t recommend reading this review as there are some spoilery details from the first book that are discussed in this review. You have been warned.** I’d been waiting over a week for this book to arrive in my mailbox (bookdepository you were very slow) and then suddenly it appeared (queue trumpets), I squealed a bit when I took it out of the letterbox. Unfortunately I had to work :( so I starte ** Warning if you haven’t read My Love Lies Bleeding (or Hearts at Stake depending on where you live) I don’t recommend reading this review as there are some spoilery details from the first book that are discussed in this review. You have been warned.** I’d been waiting over a week for this book to arrive in my mailbox (bookdepository you were very slow) and then suddenly it appeared (queue trumpets), I squealed a bit when I took it out of the letterbox. Unfortunately I had to work :( so I started it on the train which was a bad idea because I had to stop reading once I reached work and wait a whole 6 hours until I finished, by the time work was over it was like I needed a really bad sugar fix I was that jumpy to finish work and read (yes that’s how much I wanted to read this book!). With my little rant over I shall get to my review of the book which whilst not being as good as My Love Lies Bleeding was still a page turner for me. Blood Feud beings soon after the events that took place in My Love Lies Bleeding. Helena Drake is Queen after having killed Lady Natasha however we soon find out that many are not happy about this change when an assassination attempt on the Queens life is foiled. In order to try and stabilise the vampire community Liam Drake is trying to bring the Hounds (a tribe of reclusive vampires) and Helios-Ra (vampire hunting society) to the bargaining table in order to agree on a treaty with the main goal of stopping Montmartre and the Hel-Blar. Just like My Love Lies Bleeding, Blood Feud is told in altering points of view between two characters except this time instead of Lucy and Solange we have Logan (another one of the Drake brothers) and Isabeau St.Croix (a vampire who has suffered a great deal including being buried alive for over 200 years). Logan first meets Isabeau when he is asked to escort her to meet his mother and father, as Isabeau is part of the Hound delegation. Logan takes an immediate fancy to Isabeau telling her “I feel like I know you” basically a couple of hours after meeting her, I mean give it a day or two, sheesh. Isabeau also likes Logan however she’s more torn I suspect because of all she has gone through. I really liked how Alyxandra included flashbacks on Isabeau’s previous life before she was turned, I learnt some things about the French Revolution, yay! Isabeau was a strong character who was no wall flower, she’s not one to sit back and let someone else do work for her she was always in the thick of it. She was hell bent on revenge against Greyhaven, the vampire who turned her and left her buried alive for over 200 years, that’s a lot of time to come up with novel ways to punish someone. Logan was very caring and protective of Isabeau which was very sweet, he also can kick some evil vampire butt when he has to though. We learn a lot more about the Hounds in this book, particularly about their beliefs which I found interesting. Apparently the next book in the series will be focusing on Helios-Ra, particularly Hunter Wild who we meet in this book. Crazy evil Montmartre still wants to marry Solange and is still leaving gifts for her (I mean can you say creepy), and those fine Drake brothers are all here as well as Kieran and Lucy, who was my favourite character from the first book, she cracks me up I love her. Fear not all you Lucy fans she is in this book as well (although not as much as I would have liked) and just as witty as ever. I found myself wanting more time with Lucy and Nicholas in this book whenever they appeared. But alas we cannot always get what we want. However, according to Alyxandra’s website half of books 4 and 5 in the series are told in Lucy’s point of view, so yippee! Also, I wasn’t expecting the ending in this book at all. I have no idea what’s going to happen next. Oohh, there is also a nifty family tree included in the book which I found really helpful, it can get confusing trying to remember who is who sometimes. Blood Feud is a quick enjoyable read with action, romance and intrigue. I can’t wait to see what Alyxandra has install for us next in Out For Blood.

  7. 5 out of 5

    chucklesthescot

    I first read this book back in 2011 and I'm only just getting round to writing up my review of it! I was a little concerned when I noticed that the book was narrated by Isabeau, a vampire Hound Princess on a diplomatic mission to see Helena, and Logan Drake. I was a big fan of Lucy so I wasn't sure about the changes. However, once I started reading it, I was enjoying the story too much to be bothered by it. I liked Logan, and it was interesting to get his view on what was happening-Solange being p I first read this book back in 2011 and I'm only just getting round to writing up my review of it! I was a little concerned when I noticed that the book was narrated by Isabeau, a vampire Hound Princess on a diplomatic mission to see Helena, and Logan Drake. I was a big fan of Lucy so I wasn't sure about the changes. However, once I started reading it, I was enjoying the story too much to be bothered by it. I liked Logan, and it was interesting to get his view on what was happening-Solange being pursued by Montmartre, assassins trying to kill Helena, Hel-Blar trying to kill everyone, and dealing with his newfound love for Isabeau. Isabeau's story was interesting and we get to see the life and history of the Hound tribe of vampires this time. There is the brief introduction of Kieran's vampire killing friend Hunter, who is ready t kill anything with fangs. She will become more important in upcoming books in the series. There is still plenty of Lucy and her fiery relationship with Nicholas, and we see the other members of the Drake family as well. So that was all good. Isabeau's murderer who left her buried alive has allied with Montmartre, giving her plenty reasons to ally with the Drake family, even though her Hounds and their vampire security aren't happy with the arrangement. Add in the attempt to get a treaty between the Helios-Ra and the 'good' vampires and there is a lot of mistrust, leading to isolated attacks on each other, which adds some nice tension to the plot. Again we have the menace of the Hel-Blar, the most dangerous kind of vampire, and they make several battle appearances which I always enjoy. There is a lot of action in the books where the Drake brothers fight to protect themselves, their parents, their sister and their allies. These scenes are always well written and exciting, and sometimes action takes place in more than one place at a time which adds some nice chaos into the equation. This is another solid story from the Drake Chronicles series. The plots are interesting, the characters are all well written and developed and everything flows along at a nice pace. I'm not generally a fan of romance in my vampire books but in this series the romance is light, fun and never gets in the way of the plot. Very enjoyable!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kristi

    I'm could describe Blood Feud the same way I described Hearts at Stake... A great book for vampire fans looking for a fun, fast and entertaining read. I'd even recommend this for non vampire fans. This was just a feel good, make you laugh, can't stop turning the pages.... awesome book. I would have to describe these novels as my "guilty pleasure" vampire novels. (I have a werewolf guilty pleasure too: The Dark Guardian novels.) And I call them guilty pleasures because they aren't exceptionally w I'm could describe Blood Feud the same way I described Hearts at Stake... A great book for vampire fans looking for a fun, fast and entertaining read. I'd even recommend this for non vampire fans. This was just a feel good, make you laugh, can't stop turning the pages.... awesome book. I would have to describe these novels as my "guilty pleasure" vampire novels. (I have a werewolf guilty pleasure too: The Dark Guardian novels.) And I call them guilty pleasures because they aren't exceptionally written, and that's not to say Harvey isn't a great writer because she is, and the plot is a little bit predictable... I mean we know these two people are going to get together. Yet, at the same time, these books are incredibly addicting and surprising! Blood Feud is told in alternating perspectives, much like the first novel, but this time the perspectives are that of Logan and Isabeau. Also something a little different, is the glimpses into Isabeau's life before she is turned. She lived in France durning the times of Marie Antoinette and King Louis XVI. That was a very interesting aspect of the novel that I was not expecting. I liked getting to see more of the different tribes of vampires. Isabeau is a Hound vampire and loved getting to experience that. I do have to admit besides the predictable plot line between Logan and Isabeau, I was very shocked at the ending of a particular plot line within the book..... I was thinking that it would be carrying us through the entire series, but I guess that's not the case at all. Loved the characters of Logan and Isabeau, but I missed Lucy. She's my comic relief and I missed her witty remarks and hilarious disregard for authority! This is a fun series with great characters and engaging plot. I just can't get enough! Eagerly awaiting more!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)

    This and my other reviews can be found at http://amethystbookwyrm.blogspot.co.uk/ Blood Feud starts a week after the events of My Love Lies Bleeding where Helena has become the queen, Montmarte is still after the crown and Solange and the Drakes are holding negotiations with the Helios-Ra and the Hounds. This book is really good and has the combination of action, humour and romance that I love from Harvey’s books. This book is all about discovering about the characters discovering about themselves This and my other reviews can be found at http://amethystbookwyrm.blogspot.co.uk/ Blood Feud starts a week after the events of My Love Lies Bleeding where Helena has become the queen, Montmarte is still after the crown and Solange and the Drakes are holding negotiations with the Helios-Ra and the Hounds. This book is really good and has the combination of action, humour and romance that I love from Harvey’s books. This book is all about discovering about the characters discovering about themselves and like I still prefer the first book it did still have that fairy tale feel about it. This book is about the second youngest Drake brother Logan and how everyone than he is more than just the drake brother who dresses fancy. It is also about the Hound handmaiden Isabeau who after living through the events of the French revolution and then being turned into a vampire, has to decide what is more important to her love or her revenge. I really like the flash backs to Isabeau’s life in Paris during the French revolution and how desperate and scared she was and yet how she survived through creating a wall around her heart, and then later how Logan was able to break through it. I would recommend this book to people who liked My Love Lies Bleeding and also those who like a fairy tale edge to their paranormal romances.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Connie

    Source: I own this book. Cost: Free gift Title: Blood Feud Series: The Drake Chronicles #2 Author: Alyxandra Harvey Overall Rating: 3.5 stars This book follows the perspective of another Drake child, Logan and a two century old Hound Vampire Princess called Isabeau. As the coronation of Queen Helena draws closer, those loyal to Lady Natasha aren't happy and everyone's on guard to protect the Drake family's lives. However, the loyals may have a plan to make the vampires fight one another. Ki Source: I own this book. Cost: Free gift Title: Blood Feud Series: The Drake Chronicles #2 Author: Alyxandra Harvey Overall Rating: 3.5 stars This book follows the perspective of another Drake child, Logan and a two century old Hound Vampire Princess called Isabeau. As the coronation of Queen Helena draws closer, those loyal to Lady Natasha aren't happy and everyone's on guard to protect the Drake family's lives. However, the loyals may have a plan to make the vampires fight one another. Kill them from the inside, out, turning them against Isabeau. Basically, what I'm gathering from this series so far that insta-romance is rife and all the Drake children are different from one another but also not really. At least Logan acknowledged his insta romance, thinking that it's stupid to think you're in love with someone in just one day. But the "bones" say they're meant to be. Sigh. The odd thing is though, it doesn't bother me that much. It's still an enjoyable book to get through and I have the feeling that me in 2010 would have soaked this book in with much love. The insta romance brought it down to 3.5 stars rather than a solid 4 star rating.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lacy

    This book might be more entertaining for... Junior-highers? Meh, probably not even then. The first book was entertaining enough that I got the rest of the series from the library, but after reading this one, I'm done. I'm taking them all back and am thankful I didn't spend money on them. I'm not sure what it was, because I'm a pretty big YA fan/fic nerd, but this was just... not very captivating. I suppose I don't care for the characters at all. In fact, I was hoping they might die to break the This book might be more entertaining for... Junior-highers? Meh, probably not even then. The first book was entertaining enough that I got the rest of the series from the library, but after reading this one, I'm done. I'm taking them all back and am thankful I didn't spend money on them. I'm not sure what it was, because I'm a pretty big YA fan/fic nerd, but this was just... not very captivating. I suppose I don't care for the characters at all. In fact, I was hoping they might die to break the habit of cliché ya fan/fic romance. *spoiler alert* it doesn't happen. Everything you think will happen, happens. And it all happens, exactly how you think it happens. And then they embrace. End of book. Gag.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Krista (Miura Haruma-san, I will always miss you)

    Okay, imagine this: You are under police protection, because someone has been stalking you and your family. You meet two very nice policemen, who vow to protect you with their lives. What do you do? You invite a friend over without telling your guards. Your guards then see a shadowy figure approaching your house in the dark of night. Naturally, they take out their weapons. Of course, you didn't tell your friend about the policemen, so your friend, who happens to be a paranoid person, whips out t Okay, imagine this: You are under police protection, because someone has been stalking you and your family. You meet two very nice policemen, who vow to protect you with their lives. What do you do? You invite a friend over without telling your guards. Your guards then see a shadowy figure approaching your house in the dark of night. Naturally, they take out their weapons. Of course, you didn't tell your friend about the policemen, so your friend, who happens to be a paranoid person, whips out the gun she always carries just in case, and shoots one of the cops dead. What do you do? You go outside, see your friend, and yell and scream at the remaining guard. "You idiot! You could have hurt my friend!" You step over the dead body, wrap your friend in a hug, and guide her inside while telling a few knock-knock jokes. Imagine this is not a spoof, but real life. Imagine. Yeah. Okay, let's move on. Imagine your friend has never met your cousin, who is a rather intimidating man. Imagine your friend is scared of men. You bring your friend into the house, but do not mention the man, even though you know she fears men. Inside the house, your innocent cousin rounds a corner. Your friend, terrified, whips out her gun, and pulls the trigger. Luckily, your cousin has good reflexes, and manages to dodge the bullet. As your friend takes aim for another shot, your cousin tackles your friend to the floor as not to be shot in the head. Finally, you manage to calm your friend down, and then you demand your cousin leave immediately while you console your friend. Now, make sure you and your friend tell everyone you see that your cousin is an evil psycho, because OMG, he greeted your friend by TACKLING HER TO THE GROUND! Yes. That is what this book is about. Isabeau attempts to murder Kieran. She has a stake in hand, and is lunging for him. He throws some powder on her, which causes her to freeze in place. That is all. He merely stopped her so she WOULD NOT KILL HIM. THAT IS ALL. And you know what? Isabeau actually has the nerve to yell at him later about it, saying, "Oh, you greeted me with hypnos powder!" All woe is me. Um, you greeted him BY TRYING TO PLUNGE A STAKE THROUGH HIS HEART, BITCH!!! And the worst part of all, everyone agrees HE is the one in the wrong, and make fun of him throughout the book for DEFENDING HIMSELF. Now, onto the fact that if Logan and Isabeau's genders were reversed, all the feminists would be in an uproar. 1. Logan literally has not ONE SINGLE THOUGHT this entire novel that doesn't revolve around Isabeau. He legit has NO other interests, nothing, no thoughts, no hopes, no dreams, no hobbies - NOTHING. His entire existence revolves around her. 2. Isabeau spares Logan about two or three thoughts the whole book. She is focused on herself the entire time. She has dreams and hopes and goals. This books tells us something about her, about her past. It tells us not one thing about Logan, other than the fact that he likes to wear old-fashioned clothing. He has no other quirks, nothing. He is as flat as paper. 3. Lucy. I don't get why people like her. She is an immature brat. I mean, do mature women really call their boyfriends "butthead?" I don't think so. She can't act mature for even one second, and she hasn't spared a single non-insult for Nick, her supposed boyfriend, since this series began. She's more like an annoying little sister than anything. 4. Scenes just end without warning, and then the book skips ahead in time, so that the author doesn't have to deal with the serious injuries she decided to inflict upon her characters. 5. Is there seriously supposed to be chemistry between Logan/Isabeau? 6. One of Logan's guards, whom he appeared to be friends with, dies protecting him, and he literally does not care AT ALL. He barely even blinks at her death. 7. When the baddie attacks Logan, Isabeau is miffed. When the baddie attacks her dog, Isabeau vows to kill him thrice over. I'm sorry, but anyone who puts a dog before the man/woman they supposedly love, needs to be locked up. And I say that knowing what it's like to love your dog. 8. The Isabeau flashbacks? Couldn't have cared less. So boring I almost cried. Edit: I'm sorry, but none of these books deserve to have 4 star averages. You can really tell the author didn't put much thought into her characters, and when you compare these to other 4star books, you know you...CAN'T compare them.

  13. 5 out of 5

    The Anxious Bookaholic

    Review from the back cover: It's 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. My Review: Blood Feud is the second installment in the Drake series,and in my opinion is even bett Review from the back cover: It's 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. My Review: Blood Feud is the second installment in the Drake series,and in my opinion is even better then the first book - My Love Lies Bleeding aka Hearts At Stake. While My Love Lies Bleeding was a easy read ( I personally devoured the book for less than 2 hours), Blood Feud was not able to intrigue me in the same way. For one thing I found it immensely annoying that the attention was mainly around Isabeau. She truly is amazing warrior and woman. A great addition to the rake family and the small glimpses of her past only soften me to her even more, but still now as I finished the book I still have no idea what made Logan so special. I was on page 225 when I realized that the only thing I knew about the guy was that he wore himself as a pirate, had green eyes, brown hair, nice body and knows a bit French? Ahm, hello?! Too little information... The thing that I love about a good romance book is the fact that when it is really written good you fall in love with the characters as they fall in love with themselves. Well, that as not the case here, but whatever.. The thing I really appreciate in Blood Feud is the fact that there was a lot more action and the plot was more interesting that in the first book. Though in My Love Lies Bleeding there were some serious things happening, the attention was at the couples most of the time than on the big mess that they are in. It was heartwarming to come face to face with Lucy and Nickolas, although it was just for a bit! Lucy once again was her witty, really funny self what puts a smile on ones face whenever she opens her mouth. She Rocks my word! Once again Solange and Kieran, especially Kieran, did not show a great dept of character. I cannot say I can judge the guy. He appeared once only to be almost kicked in the head by some strange girl * giggle* If I was him I would not show myself again too! Favorite Quotes: "I have to console myself with the hope that I'd seen Isabeau soften, even hesitate, as if she might actually have taken my arm. It was suddenly very easy to picture her in a gown with petticoats and ringlets in her hair and diamonds at her throat. It was just as easy to picture Magda with horns and pitchfork." - Logan, page 95 "Where's Lucy? "I asked the others "At the farmhouse," Nickolas said with grim satisfaction. "How'd you manage that?" "She is in a closet." Solange rolled her eyes. I stared at Nickolas. "you locked your girlfriend in a closet? Smooth." "She is going to eviscerate him, " Quinn said cheerfully.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Karen Keyte

    Blood Feud, the second entry in Alyxandra Harvey’s Drake Chronicles, shows some marked differences from Hearts at Stake. Whereas that first book was primarily a frothy, if eminently enjoyable paranormal teen romance (although it does also provide a solid introduction to the very interesting vampire world Harvey has created) Blood Feud is darker, more mature and even more engrossing. Blood Feud picks up almost immediately after the point where Hearts at Stake ends, with the seven Drake brothers an Blood Feud, the second entry in Alyxandra Harvey’s Drake Chronicles, shows some marked differences from Hearts at Stake. Whereas that first book was primarily a frothy, if eminently enjoyable paranormal teen romance (although it does also provide a solid introduction to the very interesting vampire world Harvey has created) Blood Feud is darker, more mature and even more engrossing. Blood Feud picks up almost immediately after the point where Hearts at Stake ends, with the seven Drake brothers and their sister Solange adjusting to the notion of their mother as the new vampire queen. Hoping to create a new kind of vampire court, Queen Helena and King Liam are attempting to form alliances with both the reclusive Hounds and the Helios-Ra vampire hunters against Montmartre’s Host and the feral Hel-Blar. 18-year-old Logan, the Drake’s second youngest son, is tasked with hosting the Hound envoy, Isabeau St. Croix. Like most whose fealty lies with the royal court, Logan knows little about the vampires known as Hounds and most of what he does know turns out to be wholly false, greatly exaggerated or woefully out-of-date. He is immediately drawn to Isabeau and finds that he wants to know everything about the fierce, proud Hound princess. Isabeau, as it turns out, is almost as ignorant about the Drakes and their court as Logan is about the Hounds. From the minute she arrives at the court with her two fellow envoys, she is kept off-balance by the Drakes’ informal lifestyle and their seeming willingness to form a connection with the Hounds. Isabeau, however, is not so sure the wisdom of such an alliance. Both her life and her undeath have taught her that trusting others most often leads to betrayal. The developing romance between Logan and Isabeau is just one of the plot lines in Blood Feud and, as much as I enjoyed their story, I found myself just as interested in the description of the machinations inherent in vampire politics, the exploration of the Hounds way of life, and the nefarious plotting of Montmartre and his lieutenant Greyhaven, who just happens to be the vampire who ended Isabeau’s human life. Flashbacks to Isabeau’s struggles to survive the horrors of the French Revolution add depth to her character and to the story as a whole. If you found Hearts at Stake a little light for your taste, you’re sure to be more satisfied with Blood Feud. If (like me) you count Hearts at Stake among your favorite guilty pleasures and you are eager to learn more about the Drake family and their world, Blood Feud is going to make you very happy.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Leanna (daisychainbooks)

    Blood Feud, the second instalment in the Drake Chronicles, is a fun, action-packed and enjoyable read. It picks up right where the first book left off, but this time our narrators are Logan Drake, the fashion loving Drake brother, and Isabeau St.Croix, who we were briefly introduced to at the end of My Love Lies Bleeding. I have to say I warmed to Isabeau straight away. I loved learning of her extensive background and the historical aspects of her story. The flashbacks to her life in Paris during Blood Feud, the second instalment in the Drake Chronicles, is a fun, action-packed and enjoyable read. It picks up right where the first book left off, but this time our narrators are Logan Drake, the fashion loving Drake brother, and Isabeau St.Croix, who we were briefly introduced to at the end of My Love Lies Bleeding. I have to say I warmed to Isabeau straight away. I loved learning of her extensive background and the historical aspects of her story. The flashbacks to her life in Paris during the French Revolution were well done, and because of this I felt that I got to know Isabeau better than any of the other characters. When you find out all that she’s been through, you’ll come to understand why she’s such a fierce warrior, very motivated and driven, and more than a match for ladies man, Logan. Here, Isabeau teams up with the Drakes to fight against their old enemy Montmarte, who is still fighting to take Solange as his Vampire bride, while there is also a new enemy on the horizon in the shape of the evil Greyhaven who turned Isabeau into a vampire, and then left her to rot for two hundred years. Cause for revenge? I think so! I enjoyed this book much more than the first book, although I now realise that while the first book was laden with characters, and quite confusing at times, it was laying the foundations for the rest of the series, so in that sense, it served it’s purpose. There is also a helpful Drake family tree at the beginning of this book, so no more confusion over names! The writing style flows more easily here, and throughout the numerous action scenes, Harvey keeps things light-hearted. There’s a lot of humour in the book too, and Logan Drake continues to be witty even in the face of adversity, so things never get too serious. Overall, this was a fun instalment in the Drake Chronicles, and I look forward to reading more. The next book in the chronicles Out For Blood (November 2010) will be told from the point of view of a Helios-Ra agent, and while this one does sound pretty interesting, I hope that we get to meet Isabeau and Logan again, and learn a little more about those other hot vampire brothers too! 3.5 stars.

  16. 5 out of 5

    P.E.

    Blood Feud is the second book in the Drake series, centering around the Drake family. I'm starting to really like this series. I was really pleased with this book because book 1 in the series (Hearts at Stake) didn't interest me much but Blood Feud was so much more interesting. What made me enjoy Blood Feud was the characters. Isabeau is strong, and fierce, but also so vulnerable at the same time. I would never want to be her because she has faced so many difficulties. I also liked the bits of Fr Blood Feud is the second book in the Drake series, centering around the Drake family. I'm starting to really like this series. I was really pleased with this book because book 1 in the series (Hearts at Stake) didn't interest me much but Blood Feud was so much more interesting. What made me enjoy Blood Feud was the characters. Isabeau is strong, and fierce, but also so vulnerable at the same time. I would never want to be her because she has faced so many difficulties. I also liked the bits of French, history and language. I'm in French Immersion so whenever I read a book with French in it, it's a little bonus. Logan was also a great narrator. He was charming, funny, and stylish. I particularly enjoyed reading about his brotherly feelings toward Solange and his relationship with his brothers. I was interested in him since Hearts at Stake so I was really happy that this was his story. One of the problems I had with Hearts at Stake is that I got everything mixed up in my head. There was so much new information- 7 brothers, aunts, uncles, parents, friends, organizations and I kept confusing them all. While right now I still can't remember the names of all 7 brothers, (there's Logan, Quinn, Nicholas, George? Sebastian? I shouldn't have bothered trying) I do understand the world much better. And I like it. The idea is so imaginative. There's so many possible stories. The Drake world is completely different from our own with many dangers but they face the same issues like trying to form alliances and truces. Trying to make peace. Because of this cool world, there's lots of room for plots and it's where the plot for Blood Feud came. Blood Feud alternates between Isabeau's past and present, and the connection between them. We see further into the world, and there's lots of action and fighting. Overall, I really enjoyed Blood Feud and I can't wait to read Out for Blood which features Quinn, who may possibly be my favorite brother. It's a fun, fast roller coaster of love, death, and the undead. It's probably one of the most unique vampire worlds yet, and it's a series to keep an eye on. 4 stars, ****

  17. 5 out of 5

    ♡AbbyBooks♡

    I don't understand why my public library has this series under horror when it's mostly romance I love it (: I don't understand why my public library has this series under horror when it's mostly romance I love it (:

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kristen Harvey

    Why I read this: Because the first book (Hearts at Stake) was so awesome, I had to read the second - no question about it. Plot: Action-packed and full of adventure, this book does not disappoint. Following two different characters - one of Solange's brothers (Logan) and a Hound named Isabeau - there's the same new romance and it follows the arc of the first story line, just from a different point of view. Another great aspect was the flashbacks into Isabeau's past - having survived the French Re Why I read this: Because the first book (Hearts at Stake) was so awesome, I had to read the second - no question about it. Plot: Action-packed and full of adventure, this book does not disappoint. Following two different characters - one of Solange's brothers (Logan) and a Hound named Isabeau - there's the same new romance and it follows the arc of the first story line, just from a different point of view. Another great aspect was the flashbacks into Isabeau's past - having survived the French Revolution. Definitely a book that kept moving and moving fast. I can't believe I have to wait until January for the next one. Characters: It's nice to finally see what it is like to be a Hound and Isabeau's past itself was so intriguing and full of adventure as well that you really were able to understand her. I do feel like she betrayed her character a bit when around Logan - but guys will do that to a girl. Logan is a fantastic match for Isabeau - being obsessed with past cultures and dressing familiar to Isabeau. He's protective like all the other brothers but a little less arrogant and not caring as much about finding any girl - but finding the right one. The new bad guy is only so-so and I was a bit sad that we won't see much more of him. Greyhaven wasn't quite a match for Isabeau and I felt like we didn't get enough of his evilness before the end of the book. I hope the next book has a more evil guy - I like my guys super evil and he just didn't play up to the part. Relatability: For me personally, I just wish I was a butt-kicking vampire and had a hot vampire boyfriend... so I related to the characters more as a "oh if only...". Otherwise, the humor was also a great connector from the reader to the characters. I can't resist some silliness, snarkiness, and even a little bit of corny humor. Cover Commentary: Goes along with the theme of the first, but it is nothing that would stop me dead at the bookstore with awe. Read more: http://www.bookworminginthe21stcentur...

  19. 5 out of 5

    Novels On The Run

    Michelle's Review: 'Blood Feud', is the 2nd book in The Drake Chronicles series. I really enjoyed reading it. Again a great little YA read. This book is Isabeau St. Croix's story and Logan is there for her. Isabeau is a Cwn Mamau , a handmaiden to Kala the Hound Shamanka. Isabeau is driven by her revenge for the man who left her in a coffin for over 200 years, saved by Kala's Hounds. Liam and Helena are to be the new King and Queen of the Vampires and need to keep the peace that is wavering betwe Michelle's Review: 'Blood Feud', is the 2nd book in The Drake Chronicles series. I really enjoyed reading it. Again a great little YA read. This book is Isabeau St. Croix's story and Logan is there for her. Isabeau is a Cwn Mamau , a handmaiden to Kala the Hound Shamanka. Isabeau is driven by her revenge for the man who left her in a coffin for over 200 years, saved by Kala's Hounds. Liam and Helena are to be the new King and Queen of the Vampires and need to keep the peace that is wavering between the tribes and not be assassinated before the Coronation ceremony. Kieran strikes again with his Hypnos. A rather funny scene. Isabeau's dreamwalking can help them if she isn't left in limbo, separated from her body forever. Logan has never made a pirate shirt and velvet jacket look so smexi. He is instantly attracted to Isabeau and will do what it takes to save his family and Isabeau. Another great adventure with Lucy stuck at the farm to keep her safe...lol!!! QUOTES: "These guys just want me to play Snow White singing in her little cottage while they do all the work." Lucy snorted. "Snow White and the Seven Buttheads. You could give Disney a run for their money." For now it was enough to deal with the image of Solange making out with Kieran in a dark corner of the hall, where they thought no one could see them. Between Solange and her hunter and Nicholas kissing Lucy, Isabeau was going to think we did nothing but grope and flirt. "Dude, "I snapped as Kieran's hand strayed under the hem of Solange's shirt. The cast on his arm was sharply white against his black clothes. The fact that he'd hurt that arm saving Solange was the only reason I wasn't currently yanking him right off her. "That's my sister."

  20. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Source: I own a copy of this book. Note: These are my personal opinions. I received no outside person comments or opinions. Much like the first book, I really loved all the action and suspense in every chapter. It kept me on edge and engaged in the book. I just know by after reading the second book its going to be a great series. Its just too bad this series isn't more popular. The first book was written in two POVs and like that book this one is too. Although, this book is told from the POVs of tw Source: I own a copy of this book. Note: These are my personal opinions. I received no outside person comments or opinions. Much like the first book, I really loved all the action and suspense in every chapter. It kept me on edge and engaged in the book. I just know by after reading the second book its going to be a great series. Its just too bad this series isn't more popular. The first book was written in two POVs and like that book this one is too. Although, this book is told from the POVs of two totally different characters. I feel like Harvey did a great job with the narration of the new characters but I still wondered what was going on with the old ones that were narrated in the first book. I loved how we got a better look into the different breeds of the vampires. It really clarified just who and what they are. I got a better grasp and understanding of who the bad guys are and what is really the plot of the series so far. Harvey also added something totally original and new--vampires wielding magic. Witches are also a key component in this book. It was fresh and I look forward to reading more on this topic and learning more. I know the next book in the series is told from new characters POVs and we get a look into their lives. I love how Harvey writes and has developed her series. Its great and fun but also frustrating at the same time because just when you learn so much about two characters Harvey flips the switch and brings new characters in and you learn more exciting things about these totally different characters. Harvey is an amazingly talented author and I loved these last two books. I can't wait to read the next one in the series. Overall, a great read; a great book.

  21. 5 out of 5

    All Things Urban Fantasy

    Review courtesy of AllThingsUrbanFantasy.blogspot.com 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 b Review courtesy of AllThingsUrbanFantasy.blogspot.com 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

  22. 4 out of 5

    Midnight

    I can't believe I didn't add this book after I finished reading it. I really enjoy this series. I like really like the Drake family, and I like the twist added to the vampire characteristics and the how, in this family, they become vampires. Even the different variety of vampires is interesting. Of course, the love story is also fun. With the Drake children, love never runs smoothly. And of course, we still get to see Lucy and Nicholas. In this second book in the series, the romance revolves arou I can't believe I didn't add this book after I finished reading it. I really enjoy this series. I like really like the Drake family, and I like the twist added to the vampire characteristics and the how, in this family, they become vampires. Even the different variety of vampires is interesting. Of course, the love story is also fun. With the Drake children, love never runs smoothly. And of course, we still get to see Lucy and Nicholas. In this second book in the series, the romance revolves around Logan Drake and Isabeau. Isabeau is introduced briefly at the end of the first book, and she has a back story that is also retold throughout the book. I almost wish they had told her back story all at one time so we the readers could then concentrate on the current story evolving. Isabeau is a hard character to like because she is so distance from others around her; she does not want to become involved with Logan even though he sees her as his perfect match. Throughout their developing romance, we also have the problem with Montmartre who still wants to marry Solange so he can become king, and Isabeau search for revenge against the vampire who changed her and then left her buried underground for over a hundred years. The book is a fun read, it presents some interesting characters, and has a fast paced story line. As I said before, I enjoyed the book, and I am looking forward to reading the rest of the books as they come out. I'm hoping there is one for each brother, and that includes Nicholas.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mishma Nixon

    I am probably going to make a lot of fans angry by this review.So if you are a person who loved this book,maybe you should not read this.As Blood Feud was one of the books that made me go "you've got be kidding me." Because after reading the amazing book Hearts at Stake,you can't blame me for expecting so much from Blood Feud.I thought that it will be packed with adventure,romance and wonderful characters. But what I got is a really boring heroine(at least to me) and a Drake brother who wears froc I am probably going to make a lot of fans angry by this review.So if you are a person who loved this book,maybe you should not read this.As Blood Feud was one of the books that made me go "you've got be kidding me." Because after reading the amazing book Hearts at Stake,you can't blame me for expecting so much from Blood Feud.I thought that it will be packed with adventure,romance and wonderful characters. But what I got is a really boring heroine(at least to me) and a Drake brother who wears frock shirts.Seriously?In what century are you in Logan? Isabeau was a great character.I admit that.But not my type.I mean,after reading the story of a really amazing girl who never shuts up,Isabeau's narrative was so flat and dull to me. And Logan.I expected a lot from you Drake.Long story short,he annoyed me greatly.Which is a really rare thing in heroes. Nicholas and Lucy was a couple whose love made me go all giddy.So it's fair of me to expect the same from Isabeau and Logan.But no,what I got is a story that made me yawn in places. But still I have to admit that the other things were great.The adventure and mystery that made Hearts at Stake a great read,was also what saved Blood Feud.If it was not the thrill,I would have closed this book and kept it away. I missed Lucy so much in this book.I really wish that Hunter,the heroine who is supposed to be paired with Quinn in the next book,will be great too.Or else I might cry out loud to see a great book ruined by it's sequels.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Wee Shubba's World

    Alyxandra Harvey is becoming one of my favourite YA authors. The Drake Chronicles are nothing short of amazing. They are fun, sassy, witty and explosive. Blood Feud follows the story of Isabeau and Logan. Both vampires but Logan was born a vampire and Isabeau was made and left buried for two hundred years. Now she is out for revenge on the man to made her into a vampire. But there is one small thing getting in her way, Logan Drake. The second in the Drake Chronicles is every bit as wicked as book Alyxandra Harvey is becoming one of my favourite YA authors. The Drake Chronicles are nothing short of amazing. They are fun, sassy, witty and explosive. Blood Feud follows the story of Isabeau and Logan. Both vampires but Logan was born a vampire and Isabeau was made and left buried for two hundred years. Now she is out for revenge on the man to made her into a vampire. But there is one small thing getting in her way, Logan Drake. The second in the Drake Chronicles is every bit as wicked as book one. And I like how each book focuses on a different Drake brother and their love interest. Isabeau comes across like a tough chick and that is fantastic we don’t get enough of that in YA but sometimes she can come across quite stiff (I think) and I just wanted her to lighten up a bit.Although her relationship with lovely Logan is a perfect balance and they match which is always good. Blood Feud grips you from page one. It’s one of those book you completely lose yourself in the story and the characters. However, I must admit I missed Lucy and Nicholas. They are in the book and they are still as funny as ever but there just isn’t enough of them for me. They are the reason I loved book one. Overall, Blood Feud is a worthly sequel for My Love Lies Bleeding. It’s fast paced, action packed and quite sweet but not overally romantic. So if you haven’t read this series yet go pick up a book you will not be disappointed :)

  25. 4 out of 5

    A Leisure Moment

    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 ha 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 cannot stop thinking about how much I love the Drakes! To read the rest of the review, simply follow the link: http://www.aleisuremoment.com/2015/03... Hearts at Stake by Alyxandra Harvey Out for Blood Killer First Date Corsets and Crossbows

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lady Allison

    The second installment of the Drake Chronicles follows another Drake brother, Logan, and the Hound princess, Isabeau. The Hounds are a more earthy vampire sect that live in caves, use magic, and dogs are their companions and fellow warriors. They are attempting a treaty now that the Drake family has taken over the monarchy, but before real talk begins, the war that was started in the first book revisits them as revenge and evil vampires try to take the crown and Solange. I enjoyed Logan, he was The second installment of the Drake Chronicles follows another Drake brother, Logan, and the Hound princess, Isabeau. The Hounds are a more earthy vampire sect that live in caves, use magic, and dogs are their companions and fellow warriors. They are attempting a treaty now that the Drake family has taken over the monarchy, but before real talk begins, the war that was started in the first book revisits them as revenge and evil vampires try to take the crown and Solange. I enjoyed Logan, he was adorable and Isabeau had an interesting back story that was woven through 3rd person every few chapters. The interchanging 3rd person POV and 1st person POV didn't get annoying, and you could tell that the author did her research on the French Revolution to make it as real as possible which was satisfying as a reader and someone who enjoys French history. The love story was a little less believable since they were saying "I love you" by the end of the book, but in time it was only like 2 or 3 days which is hardly enough time to truly feel it, but since it's YA I guess I can give it a pass. Either way, it was a fast paced, easy read and I'll definitely read the next. There are plenty of Drake brothers to go!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Destiny

    I'm not really into reading vampire stories after the Twilight Saga but I received a copy of Ruling Passion (My Love Lies Bleeding, Blood Feud and Out for Blood) for an award. This book is split between the POV's of Logan and Isabeau, with Isabeau's POV weaving between the present day and her time as a human during the French Revolution. As all Drake boys, Logan was clearly a gentleman and fell for Isabeau faster than Solange for Kieran. Logan is very sweet in his internal thoughts about Isabeau. I'm not really into reading vampire stories after the Twilight Saga but I received a copy of Ruling Passion (My Love Lies Bleeding, Blood Feud and Out for Blood) for an award. This book is split between the POV's of Logan and Isabeau, with Isabeau's POV weaving between the present day and her time as a human during the French Revolution. As all Drake boys, Logan was clearly a gentleman and fell for Isabeau faster than Solange for Kieran. Logan is very sweet in his internal thoughts about Isabeau. The mention of his attire in every second can be annoying. I get it, he likes to dress in Victorian-ish fashion. The story feel repetitive to me only because it again goes through some of the already mentioned Drake history and other events from the previous book. However other readers may like that. You are introduced to the Hounds and their home as Isabeau is their 'princess'. She is a strong willed and fiercely independant character. I was sucked -mind the pun- into her POV because of my interests in the French Revolution and I think Alyxandra Harvey had enough detail in these paragraphs to keep it interesting and not like a history lesson. Another easy read with action and romance.

  28. 4 out of 5

    J.Elle

    July Book #7: Well, this book decided it for me. I won't be pursuing any more books in this series as they come out. It's just not done well enough or different enough for me and it lacked the real sexual tension of the first book, so it had even less going for it. This book focuses on one of the boys in the rather large Drake family. (I wonder if we can expect one book for each child?) As the Drake's attempt to settle in as the royal family and make peace with other vampire clans, they find the July Book #7: Well, this book decided it for me. I won't be pursuing any more books in this series as they come out. It's just not done well enough or different enough for me and it lacked the real sexual tension of the first book, so it had even less going for it. This book focuses on one of the boys in the rather large Drake family. (I wonder if we can expect one book for each child?) As the Drake's attempt to settle in as the royal family and make peace with other vampire clans, they find themselves working with the Hounds (an off-shoot vampire group that works with dogs). Logan Drake quickly falls for one of the Hounds, Isabeau and they spend the entirety of the book saving their own (and other's) lives. I know I said I wasn't going to persue any more books in this series, so I just want to be clear that I read the next book out of desperation because I had nothing else to read and I found it randomly while perusing the library shelf. That is all. Read my review here: Out for Blood

  29. 5 out of 5

    Danigerous

    This book was so much better than the first one in the series. The first part "My Love Lies Bleeding", otherwise known as "Hearts at Stake" was all fluffy mindless teenage stuff. This one, however, has a lot more consistent writing and an actual story, instead of the perpetual whining and the Romeo and Juliet like rendition, nothing against Romeo and Juliet, but Shakespeare has already done it, it's over, leave it alone. Now back to the novel at hand, it's centered around Isabeau St. Croix and L This book was so much better than the first one in the series. The first part "My Love Lies Bleeding", otherwise known as "Hearts at Stake" was all fluffy mindless teenage stuff. This one, however, has a lot more consistent writing and an actual story, instead of the perpetual whining and the Romeo and Juliet like rendition, nothing against Romeo and Juliet, but Shakespeare has already done it, it's over, leave it alone. Now back to the novel at hand, it's centered around Isabeau St. Croix and Logan Drake, as well as the clash between Monmartre, his constant aspiration to marry Solange and make her a queen, and the Drake Family. It also depicts Isabeau's conflict with Greyhound, and his evil plans to rule. It offers some back story on Isabeau's life during the French Revolution and her turning to vampire. The book is action-packed and without too much needless information. All in all it was a pretty good story and as it seems all the parts of the series will deal with each member of the Drake Family. Let's hope the upward trend of the follow-ups will continue with the next installments.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Caitlin Audet

    3.5 rating I started Blood Feud immediately after Hearts at Stake looking to continue the great action story of the Drake family and the rest of the different types of vampires. Although it does stay with the same storyline of the Drake family always being under attack and Solange being sought after to be queen, this book took quite a different turn as well. Blood Feud followed mostly Logan and Isabeau, the Hound princess, and even when they got into trouble, we were still taken away from everyone 3.5 rating I started Blood Feud immediately after Hearts at Stake looking to continue the great action story of the Drake family and the rest of the different types of vampires. Although it does stay with the same storyline of the Drake family always being under attack and Solange being sought after to be queen, this book took quite a different turn as well. Blood Feud followed mostly Logan and Isabeau, the Hound princess, and even when they got into trouble, we were still taken away from everyone else for most of the story. There is the background story we get of Isabeau when she lived in both Paris and England and also when she was turned. Also there is a new threat, Greyhaven, but he is more of a name than an actual presence until closer to the end. The big ending battle was good but somewhat anticlimactic and it also seemed that the story ended really quickly, despite more pages than the first book. I still am totally loving these Drake vampires and all their drama and am very interested in what will happen in Out For Blood.

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