Friday, 14 December 2012

Blood Moon by Alyxandra Harvey

About the book
Blood Moon is the fifth book in the Drake Chronicles series by Alyxandra Harvey. It was published by Bloomsbury on 5th July and the book is 368 pages long.

Synopsis (Taken from
When the vampire tribes convene for the rare Blood Moon ceremonies, Solange Drake is plunged into a battle with her feral nature. The Drake brothers have been raised knowing they had to protect their younger sister at all cost. But forbidden magic and a mysterious stranger have put all of them in terrible danger.

Nicholas is going to have to make a difficult choice: between his girlfriend, Lucy, and his little sister, Solange - blood or love?

What I thought
The Drake Chronicles is one of my favourite Young Adult series and I’m always so excited to get my hands on the newest book in the series. Blood Moon begins straight after the events of Bleeding Hearts and there is no waiting around when it comes to the action. Solange is a vampire princess who comes from a family well known for not killing and drinking from humans. However, in the last book she was beginning to act a bit strange and that continues in Blood Moon.

Although Blood Moon does really focus on Solange and the changed which she is going through, the book is narrated from a few different characters’ points of view. Knowing that this book was going to be done like this, I was worried that there was going to be too many voices being used. However, Alyxandra Harvey manages to keep each voice very much their own and very different from anyone else’s in the book. I actually really enjoyed the different narratives because as there is so much going on, I got to find out what was happening from numerous different angles.

So, the beginning of the book shows Solange going slightly off the rails and not being able to control herself. This causes problems for pretty much everyone around her, especially her family and boyfriend Kieran. I know many people didn’t like the new Solange but I did. Ok, she was a complete bitch and wouldn’t listen to reason but then this made for entertaining reading. Nothing is ever too nicey-nicey in these books but it was about time one of the Drakes went a bit wild and who better to pick than Solange. Also, Solange’s new attitude to life paved the way for some serious shocks and excitement throughout the book.

Lucy and Nicolas have been my favourite characters in this series, as they were really who started it all off. I was glad to see both of these characters getting to narrate the story at different times. The events of this book means that Lucy and Nicolas are forced to spend some time apart which again, makes for some exciting events. However, one character more than the other suffers through some terrible things in this books and I’m not saying which one to keep you all guessing. I loved the twists which these characters were involved in and it made me love them both even more.

Plot wise, this was one of my favourite books. The next one is the final book in the Drake Chronicles so Blood Moon leaves on a pretty big cliff-hanger with some intense things happening. All in all, this was by far one of my favourite books in the series as it had so many amazing things going on. I’ll be so sad to see the end of this series with the next book but can’t wait to see what Alyxandra Harvey comes up with next. 

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