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castleSolange has been crowned queen of the vampires, well at least her body has been crowned queen. Blood Prophecy by Alyxandra Harvey picks up right where Blood Moon left off, Nicholas has escaped from Dawn (the mysterious person helping to capture and torture vampires and humans alike) but we don’t know how nor is it certain whether he has turned evil like Solange or is just playing along to provide info for Solange’s family.

Meanwhile, Solange finds her consciousness trapped inside Viola’s (the crazy first vampire who stole Solange’s body) castle. It is up to Solange to figure out how to escape from Viola, regain control of her own body and figure out how to defeat Viola once and for all. Of course, during all of this Lucy is running around trying to figure out what is going on and getting herself almost killed in the process.

Blood Prophecy was a nice finish to The Drake Chronicles series by Alyxandra Harvey. One of things I love best about this series the loyalty the family has to one another, the family rather quickly realized that Solange was not Solange, refusing to believe that the crazy actions her body was taking was her, despite the obvious evidence that she was doing it. Blood Prophecy has plenty of Nicholas and Lucy (definite favs) and finally learn how Nicholas escaped the torture by Dawn. Solange’s journey through this series has been good but she really came into her own in Blood Prophecy. She went from being the overprotected baby of the family (and only girl child) to having to rely on herself to defeat Viola. I don’t thinks Blood Prophecy works as a stand alone novel, you really need to read the rest of the series to understand who everyone is and what is going on but I highly recommend the entire series.

The Drake Chronicles:

Hearts at Stake

Blood Fued

Out for Blood

Bleeding Hearts 

Blood Moon 

Blood Prophecy 

blood prophecyRating: Star 4copy

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Title: Blood Prophecy

Author: Alyxandra Harvey

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 496

ISBN: 978-0802734297

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Release Date: December 24, 2012

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jessica


**I received a copy of this book from the publisher but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

Christmas_tree_sxc_huI know many of us will be spending the holidays with family so I thought it would be appropriate to do a holiday edition of Wednesday Words. :-)

“It couldn’t have been past eleven o’clock in the morning when he heard it. the most horrible sound. The kinds of sound that drove men to kill, to destroy all they love, to destroy everything.  With a growl he stood up, went to the window, and threw it open. The carolers at the front of the house glanced up at him.”

-The Mane Even by Shelly Laurenston

“Because isn’t that what the holidays are all about–letting your family make you wish you were an orphan?”

-The Mane Event by Shelly Laurenston

“‘Really, Fearghus. You need to stop asking me to let you killer your family.’ Fearghus shook his head. ‘They just keep irritating me.’ Morfyd gave a smile he knew would frighten any human. ‘I know. But that’s what most families do. Irritate.'”

-What a Dragon Should Know by G.A. Aiken

“It’s not easy finding someone who not only accepts you for who you are but tolerates you as well.”

-What a Dragon Should Know by G.A. Aiken


christmas tree booksFrom all of us here at Novel Reaction we wish you a Merry Christmas, may your day be filled with good music, laughter, good food and joy of opening wrapped books from under the tree and the opportunity to read in quiet, if only for a moment during the day. Most of us will be spending some of the day together (that is what happens when the reviewers are all related to one another) and hope that we survive without any injuries (when a family the size of ours gets together there are no promises). Merry Christmas!

fabric book coverI have posted before on my feelings on reading romance and the comments that have come because of it but it was brought to my mind once again this week with this great article on NPR Don’t Hide Your Harlequins: In Defense of Romance by Bobbi Dumas. I am an English Major, with an emphasis on literature and I had more than one professor refer to romance novels as “brain candy” or “fluff”, not worth a literary minds time. I disagreed with these professors but am ashamed to admit that I said nothing while in those classes. My mother supported my reading decisions (she was a romance reader herself and she introduced me to some amazing authors including Georgette Heyer, Betty Neels and Jane Austen) but my mother also had fabric reading covers that she would put over most of the books she was reading. I had friends in high school make fun of my reading choices, even going so far as to read sections out loud to each other and laugh over them (I have to admit this really hurt my feelings but again I didn’t say anything).

wild about youBut things are different now, no longer do I have my “public” books that were placed on the bookshelves out in the living room while I kept a different collection on the bookshelves in my bedroom. I am an educated woman (not only do I have my BA in English, I recently obtained a JD) who doesn’t want to read the boring drivel of a quote unquote “good” book. I don’t want to read about horrible tragedies and the things people have to suffer through, there is already so much sadness in the world I don’t need to read about it in my down time too. This doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy the occasional non-fiction or that I think that everything should be all puppies, kittens and double rainbows but I do want the characters in the novels I read to have HEA (happily ever afters). I want the characters to laugh, joke, overcome obstacles and at the end of the day be better happier people for having gone through what they have gone through. I am not ashamed of this (although I have been in the past).

So I say read on lovers of romance! Be proud and don’t let anyone make you feel less for the reading choices that you make.

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2 = kissing, some fondling
3 = descriptive stripping but no sex
4 = sex scene but not descriptive in details
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