Sunday 13 January 2013

Blood Prophecy

5 Stars/5

Blood Prophecy starts straight after Blood Moon, Solange has been possessed by Viola, the first born daughter in the Drake family, and now Solange is stuck inside Viola Psyche and must find a way to get rid of her and getting her own body back. At the same time Lucy and the Drake’s must convince everyone that Solange is possessed and it is not her who is acting this way. Also, this mysterious Dawn is still at large trying to course conflict between the vampires and the hunters.

This is the final book of the Drake chronicles and unlike the last two books in this series, this is a brilliant book, I love how it ties up the loose ends but still but also leaves the option for more stories in Violet Hill. This book is action packed but also has humour and romance as well.

I can’t say much more about the characters which I have not said before apart from Solange is much less annoying in this book than in the last. Also I do love Lucy and Nicholas they are one of my favourite couples in paranormal books. I really like how we get to see the other couples as well from previous books as it really links the books together. Harvey did a brilliant job with Dawn as I could not predict who it was and was really shocked when I did find out.

One tiny complaint with this book is that it felt like two books reduced into one but as Harvey did say that she was planning on writing 7 instead of six it is understandable. I cannot wait to see what she writes next and hopefully someday soon a spin-off with Lucy or some short stories about the Drake brothers that have been missed. I would recommend Blood Prophecy to people who liked the first 5 books in the Drake Chronicles.

Sora's Quest

2 Stars/5

Sora is not happy that her father is marrying her to a stranger, so she plans to run away. However before she can, her father is murdered and she is kidnaped by the assassin and a thief of a thought long extinct magical race called wolfies. However Sora is wearing a Cat’s Eye, a necklace that can protect her, which might help her complete her quest.

This is a YA fantasy book which is usually my favourite type of book but Sora’s Quest was just ok, because of the plot holes you just could not connect to much in this story.

Sora is a very sheltered character who does know much about the outside world, but my main problem with her is that her thoughts make no sense, one second she hates Crash and next she is worrying about his safety. Also after a few days she seems to act like part of the group not a prisoner, which must be one of the quickest cases of Stockholm syndrome, which did not seem realistic.

The main problem with this book is there are no motives for some of their actions. Firstly why does Sora want to go find her mother when she abandoned her, and yet did not care that her father was murdered just because he was distant even though he still looked after her. Secondly she never asks Crash why he killed her father and we never find out, also we don’t know why Crash killed Etienne, Volcrian’s brother. Also there was no reason why they kidnaped Sora as they did not know she had the Cat’s Eye.

The one positive thing about this book is that it is very vivid and imaginative. Also it was nice to see some different races in fantasy books apart from elves, dwarfs etc. Overall Sora’s Quest is an average story that is let down by motives which do not make sense. 


4 Stars/5

Marin is the adopted daughter of the King and Queen of the Elves and while her mother wants her to be a Lady, all she wants to do is be the first girls to graduate from the Macon Academy to become a mercenary. When Marin and her best friend Favian are ambushed on their way back to school, they realise that someone wants to kidnap Marin. With the threat of being kidnaped she has to also deal with her growing feeling for Favian.

Mercenary is a good fantasy book which has action, romance and humour.  The pace of this book has nonstop action and no dull moments.

Marin is an interesting and strong person as she always knows what she wants to be, which while I don’t think ever want to be a mercenary, it is nice to see a character who is not afraid to do a job which people don’t think she can do. I also like the hints of romance in this book as it is subtle and will hopefully grow in the following books.

Mercenary is an enjoyable YA fantasy novel and I can’t wait to see what happens next in Marin’s world I would recommend this to people who like Tamora Pierce’s books.