Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Review: Blood Warrior by H.D. Gordon
I absolutely loved this book! This is probably one of my favorite reads in over a year. I may be going out on a limb here when I compare these two, but I honestly think this series is going to be better than Twilight. I loved the characters, the plot, the world they live in, and just about everything else about this book!
Alexa is your typical outcast 17 year old. She lives with her mother and sister, whom she cares about more than anything else in the world. Every day the two sisters are told to run to school by their mother, and they obey without really questioning. On top of all of the running, Alexa also has to train with her mother every day. This often results in her ending up with black eyes and other injuries.
There is a reason for all of this violence, training, and running though. Alexa has to defend herself and her family against the Lamia. Leaving her mother to save her sister has turned Alexa's world upside down, even more so because her sister has been hiding some very big secrets from her. She is the last of a race of Warriors and there are actual vampires and werewolves in the world.
Alexa and her sister are sent to find a place marked by latitude and longitude out in the middle of a forest. This place just happens to be a gigantic hidden city, full of a race of elite warrior vampires and werewolves. The people here regard Alexa as their savior, and now she feels like she has the biggest shoes ever to fill. There is something off about the new place they have come to live in, but she just doesn't see the reason for them to need to be saved. Until one day when she goes out for a run deep into the woods...
Along with the main story, there is a love triangle too! Alexa went to school with Jackson before all of the action happens, so they have been friends for a while. Jackson always has witty comments about how beautiful Alexa looks, and you can tell he has a thing for her. When they arrive in Two Rivers, Alexa meets Kayden who just happens to be an elite warrior vampire. She has an irresistible draw to him and finds him extremely attractive, but she struggles with feelings for Jackson as well.
I really did enjoy this book, and highly suggest it to anyone who loves YA paranormal stories. The book flowed nicely and the chapters were short enough to keep me going. H.D. Gordon's writing style is so personable it sucks you in and makes the characters seem real. I was having dreams about this book for the two nights that I had read late!