Blood Warrior

The Alexa Montgomery Saga

Young Adult - Sci-Fi
340 Pages
Reviewed on 02/04/2013
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Reviewed by Leah Gonzalez for Readers' Favorite

Alexa’s mother trains her to be a fighter every day of her life and never tells her why or what for. All her mother tells her is to trust and protect her younger sister Nelly. When vicious supernatural creatures attack them at their home, Alexa has no choice but to leave her mother to fight off these creatures and get Nelly to safety. Later she finds out that she is the last of an elite race, a Warrior, and she finds herself in a hidden world of supernatural races — mostly of vampires and werewolves. Most of them seem to think she is the savior they have all been waiting for, but Alexa has no idea what she is supposed to save them from. She struggles with her new world and tries to find out more about what she is while learning who to trust and how to control the raging warrior inside her. Fast-paced and exciting, this book had my attention right from the beginning. I enjoy strong, bad-ass and no-nonsense heroines and Alexa is certainly one of those. I like that she struggles with herself, with who she wants to be and who she can be. She has the great capacity for doing good or evil and she knows it. I also like her relationship with her sister Nelly who is an interesting character in herself. Their bond is strong and Alexa is able to control herself more when Nelly is there.

I also appreciate that the author tackles vampires and werewolves in a different way. I like the concept of several vampire races with specific attributes and of different supernatural races — in this case, vampires and werewolves - living with each other. I also like that the author included a political aspect into his version of the supernatural world. You can read between the lines that it all boils down to power after all — which race rules which and who wields the greatest power. There are only a couple of things that I really don’t care for in this book. One is the blood-sharing scene. I think it took away from the uniqueness of the author’s concept of vampires. Yes, I can accept that blood is essential to vampires in all versions of storytelling, but for me that particular kind of scene is so overused in all vampire books. The second thing is the love triangle. I was just hoping for something different. But, overall, this is an enjoyable read and I am looking forward to reading the second book of this series.