Published: November 1st 2010, Bloomsbury
Pages: 292 pages, paperback
Series?: Yes, this is book three. Book four (Bleeding Hearts) is due out this November
Acquired: Kindly sent for review by the publisher
Summary (from Goodreads): Hunter Wild is the youngest in a long line of elite vampire hunters, a legacy that is both a blessing and a curse at the secret Helios-Ra Academy, where she excels at just about everything. Thanks to her friendship with Kieran Black, Hunter receives a special invitation to attend the coronation of Helena Drake, and for the first time, she sees the difference between vampires that must be hunted and vampires that can become friends—or even more.
When students at the academy fall victim to a mysterious illness, Hunter suspects they are under attack from within. She will need someone she can trust to help her save the future of Helios-Ra . . . help that shockingly comes in the form of Quinn Drake, a drop-dead gorgeous vampire. Who said senior year would be easy?
My review: I've already raved about the first two books in this series but I definitely think Out for Blood is my favourite installment so far - Harvey's writing just gets tighter and funnier with each book.
We're introduced to a host of new characters in Out for Blood, which focuses on the Helios-Ra vampire hunters. Hunter (aptly named) is our heroine and she's fantastic, completely kick ass and one of the top hunters at the academy. She comes from a long line of famous vampire hunters and is under a great deal of pressure to excel. And stay away from vampires. And definitely not date them.
The politics of the vampire world are explored in more detail in Out for Blood and we learn more about the Hel Blar, who scare the crap out of me, by the way. When the Hel Blar start attacking the Helios-Ra academy and venturing closer and closer to the Drake estate both the Drakes and the vampire hunters realise something not quite right is going on.
I really liked learning more about the Helios-Ra, we'd seen hints of them in the previous books (mostly because of Kieran) but seeing inside the academy was great. I loved seeing the training they go through and I was definitely reminded of Buffy more than once. Also - the nicknames were great (Buffy and Lestat, I'm looking at you).
Out for Blood definitely stands alone as its own story but also gives some great hints about what we should expect in the next book in the series, Bleeding Hearts, which I believe focuses more on the Hel Blar and Conor Drake, Quinn's twin brother. The Hel Blar are fascinating so I can't wait to hear more about them in Bleeding Hearts, which I cannot wait for!
First line: "Shakespeare said, 'What's in a name?'"
Read if you liked…: Blood Feud - Alyxandra Harvey
Total: 17/20 (A)