Tuesday, January 10, 2012

First review. Posted on goodreads as well.


Blood Warrior (The Alexa Montgomery Saga #1)Blood Warrior by H.D. Gordon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Summary:
17 year old Alexa is forced to leave her mother in order to save her sister from Vampires. She is thrown into a world full of Vampires and werewolves only to learn she is a warrior. This warrior side of her seeks blood. Not only does she have to struggle with her nature but she senses that the world she's entered isn't all it's cracked up to be. Between the gladiator style fights her new school has and her undeniable attraction to Kayden, she's finding it hard to trust anyone including herself.

The Good: The character Alexa has a strong personality but at the same time she is vulnerable. Her relationship with her and the other characters keep the book interesting. The action in the book makes you want to keep turning the pages. The world that Gordan has created is very complex. The way Vampires are presented in this book is different than other vampire novels. The romance in this book isn't over the top like other vampire novels have been seeming to do lately. Kayden's character is everything you'd expect a strong brooding vampire to be. The plot of the story is great and it's almost everything I expected it to be when I read the book (Which is a good thing).


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The Bad: As much as I hate to say this...Some parts of the book screams Vampire Academy Rose Alexa the strong warrior who would do anything for her sister Lissa Nelly who is soft spoken but has a willingness to fight for those she loves. Adrian Tommy, the rich boy who has feelings for Alexa and gives her money and a car and let's her know he's there for her. Her mother who is every bit the fighter she is. Her best friend Jackson is basically in love with her while she's secretly in love with Kayden who is 5 years her senior and is like a god in the arena. Oh and some of the moments between them are like deja vu. Then let's get to the bad guys. Lamia who are evil vampires with twisted souls who are after the other species of vampires and supernaturals for their blood. Throw all this into a school where Vampires are trained to protect the other species from Lamia. On top of that there are villages where there are undesirables who give blood to other vampires and are unltimately hidden from view just like the bloodwhore societies in VA. And of course Kayden has a sister and a niece in one of these villages. Surprise Surprise. Then you throw in the hierarchy of the whole vampire city and it's like the outline to Vampire Academy.

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Overall View Despite it resembling Vampire academy this book was honestly good and the idea of it was worth the read. This book could be the book for you if you like romance thrown in with a strong heroine who can take care of herself. If you're willing to look past it's similarities to the other series I can promise you that you will like this book. I gave it four stars because I believe that the over effect of the book was great it just irked me that I kept comparing it to Vampire Academy. The idea is not a copy of that series but I feel like it's hard to write a book about something similar without straying towards similar outcomes with characterization. Overall I enjoyed this book and would read it again. I would also recommend it to friends.


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