Blood Warrior

Rated 4.50/5 based on 56 reviews
When her home is attacked by murderous vampires, 17-year-old Alexa is forced to leave her mother for dead in order to save her sister. She soon learns that she is the last known member of an elite race of supernatural Warriors, and is thrust into a world full of vampires and werewolves who all seem to regard her as some sort of savior. More

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Review by: Angie F on Feb. 13, 2013 :
I was very pleasantly surprised with Blood Warrior. It’s not simply another young adult vampire book. The author has created some unique mythology for her vampires. There’s a few different races, each with their own abilities and weaknesses. In addition to them there’s the werewolves, some hybrids, and Sun Warriors. Alexa is this last one, which is basically a perfect mix of all of the supernatural races. She’s stronger and faster than everyone, and she just might be the one who saves the supernatural community from some unknown threat.

The first thing I noticed about this book was that Alexa had a definite, unique voice. I immediately knew who she was and wanted to know what she had to say. She may be the typically kick ass heroine, but I was still drawn to her. She’s loyal and caring of her friends and family, but sometimes her anger gets the best of her. Her heart is in the right place though.

I loved the world the author has created. Alexa, her sister Nelly, and their friend Jackson all head out to a hidden community in New Jersey after Lamia (the bad, night dwelling type vampires) attack them. On the surface, Two Rivers looks like a normal community of vampires and werewolves, but soon Alexa realizes that something is seriously off. Things are too perfect appearance wise. Why? I have no idea, but Alexa is going to stop at nothing to find out. There’s also some interesting secrets in the forest surrounding the city.

As for the romance aspect, it’s not front and center. There is some romance, but it’s definitely not the focus. I do appreciate the fact that Alexa and Jackson were friends first, and there was none of this undying love at first sight nonsense. They’re pretty cute together, but I do have my suspicions about Jackson. And there does seem to be the possibility of a love triangle. It’s one of those “we’re destined for each other” type of things, but I think it’s well done, and it makes sense since we got some history of the situation.

In the end, Blood Warrior is an action packed and interesting addition to the genre. I enjoyed the characters, the world, and the mythology immensely. It does end on a cliffhanger though, so I’m going to need to get my hands on the next book relatively soon!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Jennifer Silverwood on Feb. 01, 2013 :
Blood Warrior is the kind of supernatural tale that sucks you in and doesn't release you until you've finished that final page. While I often prefer reading books with a lot more exposition, this book managed the best of both worlds for me. It was both a complex tale of betrayal, intrigue, and mystery, while also delivering the typical perks of commercial fiction. It was occasionally campy in a Buffy-esque way, without going overboard. It had romance and heat in ample variety. Teen language was believable and the action scenes were engaging enough that I didn't skip over them. In fact, there was nothing I felt the need to skim through in Blood Warrior. like I said, this isn't your average vampire & werewolf tale.
Sink your teeth in and prepare for the wild ride this saga promises to bring. I know I'm going to buy the next book in the series after posting this.
This was an honest review for a kindly offered free copy from the author.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Shana Higgins on Feb. 01, 2013 :
Impressive start to a series! I thought it would be another run-of-the-mill YA read (yawn), but "Blood Warrior" actually had me turning the pages quite quickly to see what would happen to Alexa next.

It starts out like a few of the other YA books you might be familiar with: girl goes to school, is ostracized by most everyone there and is labeled a "freak;" girl has male friend who sticks by her (Jackson), etc. Alexa also has a sister who's a year younger than her (Nelly), and they usually run together (literally) to school. "Blood Warrior" has elements of the Hunger Games, Vampire Academy, Harry Potter, and Trylle in it, as well as other YA series, without plagiarizing a thing. If you've read any of these series, once you read "Blood Warrior," you'll be able to relate to what I mean. There are different aspects in the book, while not identical, you can still slightly compare it to other YA books you've read.

Alexa can't figure out why her mother trains her to fight instead of helping her with her homework, but things come to a head soon in the book, when weird creatures come to her mother's house and attack the 3 of them (mother, Alexa, and Nelly). That incident sparks the beginning of the journey Alexa, Nelly, and Jackson must travel in order to find the answers to their burning questions. Jackson meets up with the 2 sisters soon after the house battle.

Once Alexa and her "crew" reaches the main destination in the hopes of finding said answers, what actually happens is that she develops more questions: Why did I have to come here? What's going on in this place? What's up with the village? Is there something in the food here that makes people act the way they do? Who or what is the King?

The above questions sound weird and teenage-y, until you actually read the book and review the questions in that context. All-in-all, Alexa grows and matures in the short period of time she stays in the new place, and the cliffhanger at the end will just make you mad, because it just begins another journey in Alexa's life. And if you don't already have the second book (like I don't), you get pissed, because you MUST know what's going to happen next.

So, I'm off to buy "Half Black Soul" before I lose my mind, wondering what's going to happen to Alexa next!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Angie F on Jan. 30, 2013 :
I was very pleasantly surprised with Blood Warrior. It's not simply another young adult vampire book. The author has created some unique mythology for her vampires. There's a few different races, each with their own abilities and weaknesses. In addition to them there's the werewolves, some hybrids, and Sun Warriors. Alexa is this last one, which is basically a perfect mix of all of the supernatural races. She's stronger and faster than everyone, and she just might be the one who saves the supernatural community from some unknown threat.

The first thing I noticed about this book was that Alexa had a definite, unique voice. I immediately knew who she was and wanted to know what she had to say. She may be the typically kick ass heroine, but I was still drawn to her. She's loyal and caring of her friends and family, but sometimes her anger gets the best of her. Her heart is in the right place though.

I loved the world the author has created. Alexa, her sister Nelly, and their friend Jackson all head out to a hidden community in New Jersey after Lamia (the bad, night dwelling type vampires) attack them. On the surface, Two Rivers looks like a normal community of vampires and werewolves, but soon Alexa realizes that something is seriously off. Things are too perfect appearance wise. Why? I have no idea, but Alexa is going to stop at nothing to find out. There's also some interesting secrets in the forest surrounding the city.

As for the romance aspect, it's not front and center. There is some romance, but it's definitely not the focus. I do appreciate the fact that Alexa and Jackson were friends first, and there was none of this undying love at first sight nonsense. They're pretty cute together, but I do have my suspicions about Jackson. And there does seem to be the possibility of a love triangle. It's one of those "we're destined for each other" type of things, but I think it's well done, and it makes sense since we got some history of the situation.

In the end, Blood Warrior is an action packed and interesting addition to the genre. I enjoyed the characters, the world, and the mythology immensely. It does end on a cliffhanger though, so I'm going to need to get my hands on the next book relatively soon!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Rachael Dumais on Jan. 28, 2013 :
As much as I liked this book, there was something missing. Not a character or a plot twist, but emotions. I felt like Alexa was never happy the entire time that I was reading. When I finished, I felt that it should not have been the end. Despite these feelings of something missing and not there, overall, Blood Warrior was a wonderfully written, complex novel. With a wide variety of paranormal creatures in literature today, it is refreshing to see strong female characters and an interesting plot. The paranormal aspect of this novel was incredible. It was as though I could actually picture every creature. I loved how there was a bit of mystery surrounding Alexa's species and abilities.
Nelly, Jackson, Tommy, and Mark were great minor characters. Each one of them had very different personalities, each adding feeling and depth to the novel. Alexa Montgomery was a near perfect female character. For once, it was nice to see a female who could actually THINK and not make reckless and unnecessary decisions.
Overall, this book was wonderfully written and interesting, but something just wasn't there. I felt as though Alexa needed a bit more emotion. I absolutely adored this book and look forward to the sequel. I would recommend this novel to anyone who loves strong female main characters, and paranormal species.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Justine Bowman on Jan. 23, 2013 :
I received this book free from the author in a Read 2 Review in exchange for an honest review.
FIRST I NEED TO VENT!!! HOW COULD YOU H.D. GORDON?? HOW COULD YOU DO THAT TO ME??? THAT WAS THE WORST CLIFFHANGER ENDING EVER KNOWN TO BOOKWORMS!!! I WANT TO GO WARRIOR ON SOMEONE'S ASS!!!! Okay, end of rant. Wow, just wow! This book was amazing. I loved everything about it except getting to the end and not having book two. This novel contained everything that I love a epic book to have, paranormal creatures, love trapezoids, kick- ass heroine, hot guys, crazy dictator leaders, and super awesome mysteries. Ahh book orgasm. The world of gladiators with paranormal and a dystopian feel pulls you in and doesn't let go.
The characters are amazing! I love Alexa, she is strong (literally haha), brave and has an awesome attitude. She will do anything for anyone needing help she is that nice and caring. She wants to help everybody even if it takes its toll on her. Kayden, Kayden, Kayden. He is my new book crush. Him and his blonde ponytail and gladiator ways yum yum ( wiping drool from chin, pinching self from day dreaming). Unfortunately he loves Alexa, so much that he would die for her ( kind of hard for me to weasel my way in between that). But if they do hook up I will live vicariously through Alexa. And sweet Nelly, Alexa's younger wiser sister. She is so young to know what she knows and has to deal with, but still she has that innocence and slight naivety to her, I love it.
I recommend this book to EVERYONE!! It's hot, without being too hot. It's the shit!!! Seriously, best book of 2013 that I have read yet. I can't even explain how good it is. I wil be having withdrawals until I get my hot hands on book 2. I want my fix now :'( but I want to thank H.D. Gordon even though my heart broke with this ending.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Stephanie K on Jan. 17, 2013 :
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review and I LOVED this book so much and I am so so grateful to the author for allowing me to be a part of this read to review and this book has quickly climbed to the top of my favorites list.
WOW, AWESOME, and FANTASTIC just a few of the words that come to mind after reading this first book in the saga. I wish I could give it a hundred stars but as my system is out of 5 i guess 5 out of 5 will have to do. This was so fantastic and ended way to soon for me that I am on the hunt for the rest and they will be on my e-reader shortly I can't wait to lose myself in this fantastic world Gordon has created.
Right from page one I was curious and drawn in. The writing was so well done I felt like I was right there, the raw emotion Alexa felt pored off the page and sometimes I wished I could reach in the book and hug her. From the beginning I admired Alexa , She was determined to protect her sister and after everything with her mother I was glad to see her silently accept what she needed to do:
"No, I thought, I had never trusted her before when she told me that everything she did was for my own good. I would trust her now, even if it was too little too late"
Alexa was also a fantastic warrior and not just a fighter, but someone willing to fight fort the truth and what she believes in, putting others first and putting her life on the line without a second thought for the good of others:
"I didn't even really know her, yet I would give my life for her.Not because I'm altruistic, but because it was who I was; who I had always been. I suppose that is what made me a true warrior"
Okay, Okay I may have a little bit of a girl crush but I can't help it and I am so not ashamed!!!!

Well now we get to the real greatness of the book...The band of hotties surrounding Alexa. Tommy the rich and charming Vampire, Jackson the werewolf the werewolf who helped her escape and was her only friend for a long time and then..........Kayden *Sigh* the handsome Greek God looking bad boy who understand Alexa like no one else can. I liked Jackson a lot he has a great sense of humor and he would do anything for Alexa and her sister to keep them safe, but Kayden and her complete each other and I don't want Jackson so be sad but well I don't want to spoil it for those of you who haven't read it but they Kayden and Alexa need eachother and the sooner they realize it the sooner they can defeat evil.
I wanted to read this book forever I just never wanted to reach the words the end it didn't seem right. This book made me laugh out loud, cry a little and gasp in shock several times and if I am being completely honest I may have drooled a bit when Kayden was introduced. I just cant say enough about how much I liked this book....it was like an emotional punch in the face and I mean that in a good way. So if you have not read this I STRONGLY suggest that you do, you will not regret it.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Francesca Dell on Jan. 15, 2013 :
The moment I started reading this book I was utterly entranced. The pages literally turned themselves, as I became completely immersed into this amazing story. I wasn't willing to put the book down once which meant I finished it in less than a day, it was so interesting!

Truthfully, this book reminded me of the Vampire Academy series in many, many ways as I was reading it. If you loved the Vampire Academy as much as me I guarantee you will enjoy this book. Fans of the Vampire Academy series will love this book.

I enjoyed reading about Alexa's strange relationship with her mother and wondering what the mystery secret that her mother and Nelly, her sister, was keeping from her. When we found out the truth about what Nelly, Jackson and Alexa are I was truthfully shocked. I never expected Jack to secretly be a werewolf and Nelly a vampire!

Futhermore, when the trio make it to Two Rivers I enjoyed reading about the different relationships that Alexa makes with people like, Tommy, Kayden and Mark. It was the easygoing relationship with Tommy and Mark that made me smile, whereas the unusual relationship she has with Kayden just got me even more engaged in the story.

Alexa has conflicting emotions towards Kayden, obviously she fancies him, but it's more than that, it goes deeper than that. It's the mystery behind that relationship that really engaged me as a reader. Especially when Alexa discovers the secret village and finds out that Kayden has been keeping a big secret. Perhaps what intrigued me the most about this relationship is the fact that I like Jackson and I love Jackson and Alexa as a couple, which is why Alexa's feelings for Kayden definitely confuse me. I look forward to reading the second book to find out more about them.

One thing that I absolutely love about this book is Alexa herself. She is feisty and confident and everything I wish I was. I think another reason why I love her so much is because she would literally do anything to keep her sister, Nelly, safe. Even if it meant sacrificing herself. You don't really see that sort of selflessness that often any more, which means I really admire it in her.

Finally, this book was fun and easy to read, filled with action, humour and romance it has everything you could possibly need to entertain you. I 100% recommend.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Francesca Dell on Jan. 15, 2013 :
http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/505998131
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Cat T on Jan. 12, 2013 :
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this for reviewing purposes.

HOLY COW this book was addicting! The story is narrated from a straight-forward, simple 1st person POV by Alexa, the heroine of this book. Luckily she is completely likable; so while she's beautiful (and knows it) she has her flaws (and also knows it). There's a bit of a love-triangle brewing and it's nice and juicy! I can't decide who I like best, as each has something different and special to offer. There's quite a bit of paranormal activity, and the author has definitely created an entire world, complete with structures, a hierarchy, legends, etc on top of all the great details she has written.

My biggest problems with the books revolved around Alexa's interactions with children. While I totally understand her take on them (in fact, I work with kids pretty much on a daily basis), I just felt like there was too much force on these scenes. It also threw me off that Akira was a girl - I'm used to this being a (somewhat popular Japanese) boy's name. I think this has something to due with the fact that the author's kids (read the dedication) so while it was sweet of her to name the characters after her kids, I just felt like it was a little staged. I still liked the scenes as it gives insight to Alexa's character, though.

I would definitely recommend this book to any paranormal fans - a great kickass protag, fantastic plot that moves quickly...basically the whole package!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Dale Ibitz on Jan. 02, 2013 :
17 year-old Alexa knows 2 things: she's pissed at her mother and her mother's rigorous training, and she would do anything to protect her sister, Nelly. She doesn't realize how important these 2 things are until her world comes crashing down and she's thrown into a dark world of the supernatural.

OK, there's one thing that's very hard to do, and that's find the right measurement of ingredients and combine them with just the right temperature to bake brownies (yes, I'm using a brownie metaphor for story). Most authors fall into one of 2 traps: either they start off too slow and don't draw the reader in until past the midway mark...their brownies are undercooked; or they start off too fast and don't find their story's groove until past the midway mark...their brownies are rock hard around the edges, with some good stuff somewhere in the middle. I myself have been accused of the latter, so I, unfortunately, am speaking from experience here. So has H.D. Gordon. It's very hard to find the right mix of ingredients to make the perfect brownie; you have to measure and mix those ingredients and find just the right temperature so that luscious brownie aroma lures you right from the beginning, traps you so that you can't stop at just one bite.

I will say this: the last 1/3 of this book was the shit; it was one good brownie.

The story started a little too quickly. It needed to slow down and help me see the surroundings, see the characters (especially Alexa), and immerse me into Alexa's world. Nelly was perhaps the most vividly drawn character, probably because we see her through Alexa's eyes and she's very dear to Alexa. But I have to admit I didn't have a good sense of Alexa. At one point, Alexa was thinking how a dress and a nice pair of shoes could make a girl happy (or something to that effect, I don't remember exactly), but I *do* remember stopping and thinking, "Wow, I thought Alexa was more a t-shirt and sweat pants kind of girl. I didn't know she liked to dress up!"

The other thing that I didn't believe about Alexa's character were 2 instances where she interacted with children. One of the driving motivators for Alexa was that she likes children and would do anything to protect them...and these are children she doesn't know personally. These are children she's just met. That's fine, but these two instances where she interacted with a child seemed contrived to me, as though they were inserted into the story to make me like Alexa. The first time this happened it seemed to come out of the blue, with Alexa "telling" us how she really like children. This aspect of her character wasn't developed enough to make it believable.

And yes, there was a lot of telling. If you've read my reviews, you know how I like visceral emotions, I like to feel what the character's feeling, I like stuff explained and described. Don't tell me a character is mad, or sad, or scared. Describe this to me. Make me feel it. Make me *believe* it.

With all that being said, this author hit her stride just past the midway mark. All of a sudden, I'm immersed in this new world. All of a sudden, H.D. Gordon found the right mix of ingredients to make this one kick-ass, delicous brownie. All of a sudden, I found myself interested in finding out what's going to happen to Alexa next. I couldn't eat up the words fast enough.

In fact, overall, I would call these brownies a success. The brownies, though hard around the edges, were delicious in the middle.

I look forward to more brownies from H.D. Gordon.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Dii on Dec. 14, 2012 :
Well written, well developed, with characters that are strong, independent thinkers! this first book of the series deserves to be read by all, it is a great set up for future books with a truly unique take on vampires!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Gloria Rozanne on Aug. 14, 2012 :
When I had read the summary of book I thought it to be an okay read and the beautiful cover pushed me to pick this book as my to read book. As soon as I started reading the book I found out I was wrong. The book gets more and more interesting as you go on reading it. The best part? It reminded me of one of my all time favourite reads " Vampire Academy ".

I couldn't help it. Alexa kept reminding me of Rose from the above mentioned series. Alexa is headstrong, blunt, rebellious and courageous. She fights for what she thinks is right and protects those whom she loves. She won't spare a second thought to give her life for saving her sister Nelly. Her immediate attraction to Kayden was suspicious at first. The side characters such as Daniel, Tommy and Nelly were fun too.

As for the concept of the story, its AMAZING!! I mean who doesn't like a good female Warrior? Then there is the super HOT Male lead. Add to the concept Different Kinds of Vampire races in the mix and lo and behold ! In short I loved the book and will be eagerly awaiting to read the next book in the series!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Leigh on Aug. 09, 2012 :
After reading "Joe" by H.D. Gordon, I had to read this book to see if it was as good. It turns out that it was even better. If you are looking for a book that will draw you in from the beginning and leave you wanting more, then this is the book for you.

Alexa is a seventeen year old who has endured her mother's grueling training regimen which includes running miles to and from school with her younger sister and defensive training in the evening. All of this is to prepare her for the future, which she is confronted with when her family is attacked by vampires. Alexa escapes with her sister, running for their lives. Where will they go ,and who will they trust? She will find out that she is unique, a Warrior expected to save a world she didn't know existed. Will she be up to the task?

The author is able to create a cast of characters that continue to develop as the story unfolds. I really enjoyed the mystery, intrigue and action in this book. I highly recommend it! I can't wait to see what happens next!



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(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Laurie: Urban Fantasy Review on March 28, 2012 :
This is the debut novel from H D Gordon and I received a review copy from one of the groups I am a member of on Goodreads. First off I have to say that I am not the biggest fan of YA and here is why, I am not 17 and I have nothing in common with some one 17 so I tend to find the characters unrelateable and a 17yr old saving the world… yeah not so believable for me. My experience with YA pretty much consisted of the PC Cast series and Twilight which both sucked so yes I am a little biased. Also when I read a book that is either UF or PNR I like the sex, yup I do, I also like the swearing too, that is something I can understand and relate to. That being said, this was an exceptionally good book and kudos to H D Gordon

When the book starts Alexa is living with her mother and sister and has only one friend Jack, she knows nothing of the paranormal and her life is pretty crappy she trains constantly with her mother while her sister seems to receive special treatment. You pretty quickly find out why, Alexa’s home is attacked by Vampires and she is forced to flee, protecting her sister while leaving her mother behind. Alexa, Nelly and Jack end up at a school in a hidden city for the paranormal community, where she meets the warrior Kayden. All it not what it seems within the school and figuring out who to trust is far from easy.

Blood Warrior was extremely well written especially for a first novel. Alexa is a strong heroine and the love triangle between her Kayden and Jack was really well written without becoming some god awful teenage cliche. Her dedication to protecting others especially Nelly while controlling her own violent tendencies made her feel real. The writing was smooth while being action packed as questions came up they were answered fairly quickly until the end where Ms Gordon left me wishing the next installment was available right now. I will definitely grab book two as soon as it is published, so despite my dislike of YA this was an amazing book so please hurry with book 2 MS Gordon.

5/5 I couldn’t put it down!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: maida khalid on Feb. 15, 2012 :
Okay WOW!!!! I really wanted to read this book ever since the reviews for it just kept on getting better and better! I have to say I was kind of hesitant at first but I was not disappointed AT ALL!! This story was just fantastic and a great way to pass my time! I am in love. LOL ;)

So, in Blood Warrior we meet 17-year-old Alexa. She is an enigmatic and brave young girl who has a mind of her own! I love that about her. She doesn't take other peoples' shit and pretty much beats them up for it! ;) One day, her home gets attacked by the Lamia (evil vampires), and she along with her sister Nell and best friend Jack are forced to leave. However, in the process her mother pays the price with her life in order to save Nell and Alexa.

Alexa finds out that she is the last known member of a race of supernatural Warriors and that she has to save all the other races from a devastating future. Along her journey she meets a lot of people who are ready to help her one of which is, Kayden, a Libra (type of vampire) who is also the last of his kind. Alexa feels an instant connection to him but has difficulty trusting her feelings and Kayden! (Don't worry I'm sure this will change!)

What can I say about Kayden!? Hmmmmm.....well the first word that comes to mind is YUMMY! I'm serious! Kayden, although battles a monster within himself is perfect for Alexa. He doesn't say his feelings out loud but looks after Alexa every time she is in trouble. Their relationship is at times funny, at times intense and of course very very sweet! I just hope they end up together cause if they don't I'm so going to protest! LOL ;)

Throughout the book, Alexa encounters many problems and even ends up taking on a great mystery as to why there is a secret village of outcasts near her school (school for warriors Alexa, Nell and Jack end up at: called Two Rivers). I love the fact that even though warriors are kept for guarding and as entertainment Alexa is not afraid to speak her mind and do what's right. She even stands up to the queen of all races! I mean who does that! :) It's a good thing she does because Alexa was very disgusted by this fact and you just can't help feeling that emotion with her. Alexa is a very strong character and especially the way Ms. Gordon expresses Alexa's feelings, it's like you feel them too! AMAZING!!!

All, I can say is that there isn't enough words for me to review this book. This is just a little snippet of what happens. There are so many more twists and turns and shocking discoveries, it will make your head spin (in a good way of course;) I can't wait to read the next book and find out what happens between Alexa and Kayden and even what Alexa finds outs at the end of the book (Tee heee, you have to read the book to find out)! I'm sure it will be fantastic.

I definitely recommend this book for anyone who is a fan of Vampire Academy, Bloodlines, and every other amazing book out there! This was a great book to read and it kept to the edge of my seat! There isn't anything missing in this book, literally. It has it all. From the amazing idea of different types of vampires and races, to the amazing characters, to the mystery and action and even the chemistry between Alexa and Kayden! It was incredible and a joy ride. Blood Warrior is a definite must read!!!! ;) I just hope the release date for the next book is fast approaching other wise I will go crazy waiting for it to come out! LOL;)
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Becky Raymond on Feb. 12, 2012 :
Gordon’s Blood Warrior is a thrilling romp through the supernatural where nobody is quite what they seem. In a young adult market brimming with supernatural tales featuring vampires and werewolves, Gordon offers a unique take on the genre and provides a depth to her characters and her world-building that is truly welcome.

When Alexa first starts to learn the truth about her family, the facts are dropped as a bit of a bombshell, which fell a little flat for me – I wanted more preparation before we are asked to swallow the supernatural identities. Also, the love triangle is a little trite, particularly when you consider pretty girl / vampire / werewolf has definitely been done, but Gordon does take things in an unpredictable direction. I like that she left so many questions unanswered at the end of the story without leaving the reader feeling too much was left unsaid.

This novel was a page turner and any lover of the YA paranormal will want to add Blood Warrior to her bookshelf.

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(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Nadia da Silva on Feb. 07, 2012 :
I just finished this book & first off, I have to say that I loved it! I absolutely can't wait for Half Black Soul!

This is my first ever book review, so bear with me...

I enjoyed Alexa a lot because she's a strong female character. At times I felt sorry for her, rooted for her & even cringed on her behalf!

I must say I was quite conflicted by the love triangle - I like both Jackson & Kayden but I must say my romantic soul has always had a soft spot for that "instant connection..." type of love! I'm so looking forward to seeing where the love story part of the books goes.

This book has a great mix of action, drama, paranormal & romance. At times I felt my heart beating faster along with what was happening to the characters & I was really bummed when I reached the last page & realised that my journey with Alexa & the others had come to an end (for now...)

I can honestly recommend this great read by HD Gordan & I'm waiting (impatiently) for the next book in the Alexa Montgomery Saga!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Midu Hadi on Feb. 04, 2012 :
http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/219360563
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Tracy Fraser on Feb. 01, 2012 :
Blood Warrior is the first book in The Alexa Montgomery Saga written by H.D. Gordon. I am not typically a YA super fan & was bracing myself for the typical offering teenage angst but was pleasantly surprised by an action packed paranormal tale with a nice twist on ‘supe’ culture that I think will appeal to the young & adult reader alike.

I do not want to offer any spoilers to the story line, so I will not divulge too much info but will say that Alexa is well written to suit her role as a strong but flawed female lead with great immediate supporting cast characters that includes her sister Nelly & friend / potential love interest Jackson. Of course it does not hurt to have a little tension in the romance department so the undeniable draw that Alexa feels to Kayden completes the potential love triangle.

This is not a lengthy book but it effectively crams into the scant 251 pages a plethora of well written emotive characters with a quick pace that keeps the reader engaged & ultimately made for a great afternoon read that I could not put it down. Be prepared for a cliffhanger ending but luckily enough for us impatient sort of readers the next installment in the saga ‘Half Blood Soul’ is available on January 31, 2012.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Bonnie Colvert on Jan. 31, 2012 :
I received this book as a R2R and it completely astonished me! A new taste from a new author. Imagine being brought up and getting punched in the face by your mother for training??? I thought the same thing at first, but this was a special training for our teen girl named Alexa. Alexa has a sister and a good friend named Jackson that stick together because they don't really have alot of friends at school. Something happens and our trio of friends find out alot of truths about themselves like being vampire, werewolf and halfbreed. They are transformed into another world of supernaturals and the story has so many twists and turns I couldn't stop turning the pages. Imagine meeting someone who you are so drawn to that it boogles you and this person calms you, soothes you, just makes you feel at peace. To Alexa this is Kayden a Warrior. And the story goes . . . . . I can't wait for Book 2 of this series, Half Black Soul!!!(less
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Review by: Marsha El Akkari on Jan. 29, 2012 :
Blood Warrior has all of the popular elements of a successful Paranormal Romance and it delivers just as well as the others. With romance, vampires, werewolves and demons, there is enough supernatural presence in this book to entertain any P.R. fan. One reason I enjoyed this book so much is the lead character, Alexa, and her general bad ass personality. The story of her coming into her own is not only entertaining, but down right addicting. I recommend Blood Warrior to any Y.A. fan who loves a good romance and a fair amount of ass kicking.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Marsha El Akkari on Jan. 29, 2012 : (no rating)
Blood Warrior has all of the popular elements of a successful Paranormal Romance and it delivers just as well as the others. With romance, vampires, werewolves and demons, there is enough supernatural presence in this book to entertain any P.R. fan. One reason I enjoyed this book so much is the lead character, Alexa, and her general bad ass personality. The story of her coming into her own is not only entertaining, but down right addicting. I recommend Blood Warrior to any Y.A. fan who loves a good romance and a fair amount of ass kicking.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Lyrical Lit. Publishing on Jan. 28, 2012 :
An amazing take on vampires, demons and other beings. Has to be the most original story line I have read in a while about these supernatural creatures. H.D. Gordon has sculpted a new world, existing alongside ours that is darker and gritty in every way possible.
Alexa Montgomery is a regular teenager with some not so regular stuff happening at home. Her mother has her constantly training for fighting and is always reminding her to protect her sister Nelly. Now this makes no sense to Alexa but she goes along with it, trusting her mother though the lack of love that she receives from this abusive-like mother makes me want to slap her mother! But it all pays off when one day, Alexa’s home is attacked and she and her sister a thrust into another world that Alexa knows nothing about.
In this new world, in a town called Two Rivers, she learns she is a Sun warrior, the last of her kind actually. She learns to fight at her new school that is for gladiator-style warriors. Something is off about this world though; something sinister that threatens everyone who lives there. She begins to defy authority and is determined to discover how to change things to save herself and the ones she loves.

I thought this book was amazing, so imaginative, the action never stops. I feel for Alexa for she is truly alone in the world. No one else can do what she does. She is vulnerable but has a head on her shoulders. I like her sister Nelly, a true kindred spirit and the only one Alexa trusts. Alexa is also courted by many guys who all want her but I like how she realizes that the one who truly loves her for certain-Jackson-is the one she trusts even a little bit. I loved how she never falls head over heels for anyone and doesn’t go along with what everyone does but thinks for herself and wants to know more of what really is going on in Two Rivers and is determined to not fail. I do like Kayden, he is sexy and intriguing but could probably learn to be more upfront about his feelings for Alexa than he is.

Excellent original storyline that kept me interested to the end. I was a bit disappointed that H.D. Montgomery ended it the way she did, left it with so many questions unanswered. I will be reading the next book in the series; I have to find out what happens next.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Lissa Smith on Jan. 27, 2012 :
I shall not tell a lie… I choose Blood Warrior as my R2R read simply because it was a part of a series. I know, it’s not a valid reason; but what else can I say. It also helped that the grapevine information told a tale of vampire and werewolves would find their way into the mix. Again, I beg of you, what must I say… for the past year I have been obsessed and can’t get my fill. Well, there was also the cover. When you think vamps and were’s; the first thing to pop in your head is a sex god of a male, right? Don’t feel bad… My mind slip there with a sigh as well. Then I got a look at the cover. It blew my mind… not a male but a strong female who’s arms were covered in lovely ink. It took my mind straight to Jennifer Lynn Barnes Raised by Wolves; not that I am comparing the two books only the strong female leads. Enough about the cover… Dare I venture to the pages below and tell of the story beneath.

When I first pulled it up on my kindle… I will not lie after reading the first few pages I backed out of it. It just didn’t fit the cover or the grapevine. I thought I had the wrong book. I began reading about a poor abused child, I knew I couldn’t stomach it. So, I backed out of it and went on to read another book. Each time I picked up my kindle there it was, calling out for me to read. After two weeks I talked myself into it. Loaded with two boxes of Kleenex and the kids off to school I settled down to read.

Starting back at the beginning I braced myself for what was to come and soon found myself dazed and confused yet captivated in the same breath. Once I worked my way through the necessary secrecy/confusion for the development of the story, I was hooked, line and sinker.

HD Gordon did an excellent job with this debut book and even better by bringing in all my favorites under one roof. She managed to capture not only the paranormal twists I enjoy reading about but she did it a way that brought me back to my first love LJ Smith’s Night World Series. Unlike Smith (who had not originally planned such a weaving tale), Gordon laid the foundation to a series that will be just as phenomenal as Smith’s.

Gordon’s writing style plot and the characters flourished with ease. Blood Warrior to say simply left me begging for more. Fans of other paranormal (soon to be classics I am sure) reads such as Vampire Academy, House of Night or the Night World Series; hold on to your seats because you will love the ride.

I can’t wait till 2012 when the second installment is due out to see where Gordon’s creative imagination takes Alexa and her merry band of friend!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Maghon Thomas on Jan. 25, 2012 :
Now, let’s get this out… THIS IS A GREAT BOOK! I love the fights and the cries and the laughs, and the yummy guys all over!!! I mean, come on! Who doesn’t love this stuff!

I think Ms. Gordon did an excellent job when she would say certain little details, it gives you enough to go on, but kept some things secret until the end… I am so stuck on who Alexa is gunna choose, because everyone seems to want something from her, so (we know) Jackson loves her, but can she chose her best friend… & what about Kayden, does he love her, or does he need her, since she is the “savior”…. I just dunno who is a bad guy in here, other than the lamia, and for some reason, I think there is something going on in that too! I can’t say enough about the way Ms. Gordon writes, it is EXCELLENT.

& yes, I LOVE cliff hangers… so this one was PERFECT!!! I need to say that I have some crazy emotions right now… because I was reading the blog posts & other’s reviews and was almost certain I was going to feel one way, and ended up feeling the OPPOSITE!! How can this happen, you say… well, thank Ms. Gordon because her writing has instilled in me some excellent life questions… like, would you chose to do the right thing if it mean giving up your life, or possibly the life of the one person who means the entire world to you? Or would you follow like a good soldier, when the people you care about are still getting hurt? You’re still getting hurt…. Yeah, this book was THAT GOOD!!!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Shirley Frances on Jan. 24, 2012 :
I received this book from the folks from the Read 2 Review programs and it was such an amazing treat to read. The author captures your attention from the start and doesn't let up until the very end. The story was full action, suspense, mystery, drama and a cute love triangle that had me cheering both guys on! The characters were fully developed, showing both their strengths and weaknesses. They all contributed to the story in their own unique way. Alexa was a wonderful heroine, full of courage and a vulnerability that made you like her 'Warrior' spirit even more. Both Jackson and Kayden were adorable in their unique way. Jackson so open and flirtatious with a strong core that made you want to just melt in his arms. But Kayden, he really was the epitome of the "tall, dark and handsome" type. He wasn't much of a talker and closed off most of the times, but when he did open up, you could really see him and could not help but fall in love.

The world was beautifully written. Details where given when needed and every description of the settings made you feel like you were actually right there in the story. Even the fights were described to detail. And of course, the pace of the story was perfect. It allowed everything to fall right into place. At no time did I feel rushed through the story or lagging behind. Just there, in it all with Alexa.

I'm looking forward to the next book in the series. Thanks again for the opportunity!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Shirley Frances on Jan. 24, 2012 : (no rating)
I received this book from the folks from the Read 2 Review programs and it was such an amazing treat to read. The author captures your attention from the start and doesn't let up until the very end. The story was full action, suspense, mystery, drama and a cute love triangle that had me cheering both guys on! The characters were fully developed, showing both their strengths and weaknesses. They all contributed to the story in their own unique way. Alexa was a wonderful heroine, full of courage and a vulnerability that made you like her 'Warrior' spirit even more. Both Jackson and Kayden were adorable in their unique way. Jackson so open and flirtatious with a strong core that made you want to just melt in his arms. But Kayden, he really was the epitome of the "tall, dark and handsome" type. He wasn't much of a talker and closed off most of the times, but when he did open up, you could really see him and could not help but fall in love.

The world was beautifully written. Details where given when needed and every description of the settings made you feel like you were actually right there in the story. Even the fights were described to detail. And of course, the pace of the story was perfect. It allowed everything to fall right into place. At no time did I feel rushed through the story or lagging behind. Just there, in it all with Alexa.

I'm looking forward to the next book in the series. Thanks again for the opportunity!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Franny Miller on Jan. 23, 2012 :
3.5/5 stars - Alexa Montgomery is not your average teenager. She trains daily with her mother, not knowing why. She is urged routinely to always take care of her adored younger sister. She dreams of running away, but would never abandon her sister. This is the norm for Alexa until one night, her home is attacked by vampires. Alexa is left with a difficult choice, stay and fight with her mother, or get her sister to safety. The choice made, she begins the journey to discover the secrets held from her for the past 17 years.

When I first started this book I was utterly lost. If not for the fact I had to finish it and submit a review by the January 29th due date, I would have put it down. I struggled 30% in and was urged by fellow goodreads readers to push on. I'm not sure how far I was in when it happened, but I was grabbed and dragged the rest of the way through the book. I couldn't put it down and stayed up through the night to finish it. I have to agree with another reviewer that there was no climax! It was a build to the climax that didn't happen and we are left with a cliffhanger!

Some grammar and typos were distracting, I even found myself looking up word meanings to make sure I wasn't wrong about them being used incorrectly. With all that being said, I'm glad I continued on and I'm looking forward to the next installment.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Nicole Peterson on Jan. 23, 2012 : (no rating)
FABULOUS!!!!

I wasn't sure the first couple of pages of the book, with the Mom and all, but then after that I was like "Now that's what I'm talking about!" I love all the characters, even the ones you want to get knocked out. You get to know them and they aren't just names throwin' at ya. Not sure if I'm a Team Jackson or Team Kayden girl. However, I have always been a vamp girl ;)

I had a hard time putting this book down and when I had to I was thinking about it. Definitely Can Not Wait For The Next Book!!!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Natoma Houston on Jan. 23, 2012 : (no rating)
Blood Warrior - 3 stars.

I usually don’t have much in the way of spoilers in my reviews, and while this one doesn’t have any out and out spoilers, it is somewhat spoilery, if that is a word…

My impression on first starting the book was that it was intriguing. The family dynamic was laid out in such a way that it drew me in, I wanted to know what it was all about. Then I realized that what was being described was child abuse. That was quite off putting. I do realize that ‘Mom’ was trying to make sure her daughter was ready for what was to come, but that wasn’t really the way it was written. A child afraid of their own parent, who is ‘taught a lesson’ on a regular basis, and who stiffens when said parent touches her, is suffering from abuse, period. For freak sakes, at one point she was afraid she was being led to her death by her own mother. I did try to get passed this while reading the rest of the book, as I don’t think it was the authors intent, even though it was the outcome.

Moving on, sort of. I don’t quite understand why Alexa was kept in the dark. The ‘We didn’t tell you because we hoped we’d never have to,’ excuse was kind of lame considering who she is, and what she needed to do to protect herself. After all of this, I had a bit of a hard time getting into the story, but it started to pick up about half way through. At the half way point the story started to suck me in, and I found myself getting a lot more interested in it. By the end, I realized I would actual read book 2.

So, I had some issue’s with this book, but I’m glad I stuck it out as it was a worthwhile read. It has the potential to turn into a great series.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Lolita Verroen on Jan. 23, 2012 : (no rating)
This review was originally posted on goodreads

I really enjoyed this book, it has a nice story, a good lead character and that I-want-to-keep-reading feeling. The story is about Alexa, just a normal teenager, altough we immediately notice she is not really normal. There are some strange things that don't add up and we get the feeling there's something more. The beginning is a bit confusing, but in a good sense, I know something's up but not yet what exactly and that makes the events seem a bit confusing. Until the vampires attack. I think this is one of the best parts of the book, there is action and Alexa wants to protect Nelly, her sister, and she makes some difficult descisions. After that we get some insight in who and what some people are and we are introduced to some new people.

The story flows really nicely and it kept me curious enough to keep reading. I has that feeling of wanting to continue the book. One of the few minpoints is that we still get so less knowlegde about the world, there are three types of vampires and there are werewolves. But what do these vampires do? do they need blood? how much? What do they learn and the werewolves, do they change in real wolves? what do they learn? We do get some answheres, but it is clear that only Alexa and her race are the main focus of this book. Which brings me to another minpoint (view spoiler)[ Alexa's race. She is a warrior, the only one. I just think this makes her way to special. Everyone treath her like she is their savior, but really she is just one teenage girl. I just think I would like the book better if she wasn't the last warrior (hide spoiler)].

Then the characters, well I immediately liked Alexa, she is strong, help others and will put even her live in line to protect those she loves. She also has a bit of a temper, which she has difficulties to control. Only thing I didn't like about Alexa is that she smokes, I think smoking is a disgusting habbit and it made it a bit more difficult to identify myself with Alexa. Two other characters I really liked where Akira and Soraja. Both are cute little girls who I immediately liked. Akira sadly has only a small part in this story.

Then we have some other characters and a love triangle, or square. We have three boys who are in love with Alexa. I do not like love traingles. And in this book it is obvious who Alexa will end up with and I think it is a bit unconvincing due to that. And then we have ther fact that (view spoiler)[ she get's a relationship with Jackson, who we know almost nothing about and really all the evidence points to Kayden, he is the one Alexa should be with. (hide spoiler)] It is so obvious who Alexa should be with that I feel like the other two are more of a distraction. Also I think we don't get to know enough of them. I could't get a good idea who they where and two of them just irritated me. (view spoiler)[ Jackson only made those comments all the time to emphasize how beautifull Alexa is, but those comments just felt empty. I don't know why he couldn't just be a good nice friend who Alexa trust. And Tommy, well we really don't know him, we don't get to know him. But he still is Alexa's friend and then make some semi-fights with Jackson. (hide spoiler)]

To conclude: a really nice story with some good characters. There where some minor parts I didn't like, but overall it was just a good enjoyable story. The ending leaves us with many questions left and I really want to know what happens next.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Jilleen Dolbeare on Jan. 22, 2012 : (no rating)
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Review by: Anne on Jan. 22, 2012 :
This was a thoroughly enjoyable read. The author does a great job showing the struggles of a 17 year old as she faces a whole new reality after finding out that nothing she believed about her life is true, while weaving in interesting subplots. Although she is young and has a lot of growing to accomplish, Alexa Montgomery is an interesting heroine. She is loyal (almost to a fault), caring, and protective of those she loves, while still struggling with the emotions that all teenagers must endure. I am eagerly looking forward to see how she grows into adulthood and to learning more about the nature of the “monster” inside her.

The love triangle was enjoyable to watch and yet we all know there is SO much more to both Jack and Kayden. Of course Alexa feels safe with Jack, they have been friends for a long time and he is in her comfort zone. Where Kayden is concerned, it is only logical that Alexa is tentative about him. She doesn’t really know him and he lets her in just enough to provide some answers, all the while she knows he is holding a lot back. It will take a lot for him to win her trust, bu Alexa is a girl that really needs to be challenged. I must say that I am team Kayden because he and Alexa have a symbiotic relationship that needs to be explored.

Nelly, Alexa’s little sister, is the one character I have mixed feelings about. She comes off as naive but we all know she is hiding a lot of important information from Alexa. For that reason, I find it hard to trust that she is really looking out for Alexa. She has some fabulous powers that I hope she finds a way to use going forward. I hope in the next book Nelly will have more dimension and depth.

This was a solid introductory novel that leaves the reader hoping for more. If handled well, the subplots and character development have the potential to morph into an enjoyable series. Looking forward to more!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Pepper Owens on Jan. 22, 2012 :
I had never heard of this book before I received a copy in return for an honest review. I cannot rave about it enough and am anxious for more. This read is extraordinarily good made more impressive to be a debut.

The synopsis is accurate so there is no need to put it in my own words. This is definitely not your average YA paranormal-it is mature YA with none of the angst we see too often in the genre. Although the first couple of chapters are difficult as you try to determine exactly what is going on it becomes blindingly clear as the book races toward a tantalizing ending.

There was much to like in this origin story. The world was built quickly and clearly - the inhabitants were explained sufficiently enough that you could easily remember. The characters were completely multi-dimensional and brought their own identities to the party. The story was well plotted with enough drama, romance, action, and thrills to make you clamor for the next entry immediately. If this is not on your TBR pile -- it probably should be.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: shyd on Jan. 20, 2012 :
This book was recommended to me by a few of my Goodreads friends. It was a highly anticipated read for me and I was not disappointed. This book in one word was amazing. I officially have a new kick ass herione and her name is Alexa. She is a great character that can be summed up as fierce,loyal, and protective. I love her take no prisoners attitude and how she loves her sister. I have this type of bond with my sister and its so great to have. Their is such a loyalty and love there that nobody can get in the way of. I have to say the two love interests in this book make it so hard to pick one. I love them both for different reasons. Jackson and Kayden are complete opposites but both are special in their own way.Jackson has that boy next door charm that makes you feel so comfortable and safe with him. There is something to be said for a guy with a Southern drawl. Kayden on the other hand has more of that mysterious aloofness that comes across. He is such a hottie too. I love that they both love Alexa in completely different ways. I have to say I am officially Team Jackson though as I am still getting to know Kayden. I cant wait until Half Black Soul comes out on January 31st. I need to see how the rest of the story continues.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: David Hoyt on Jan. 19, 2012 :
I like this book very much. The main character is very well drawn. Strong and flawed. The secondary characters give her much of her strength and help to define her flaws. The myth is both obvious and complex. The complexity adds uncertainty to maintain a wide range of paths and outcomes.

"Trust no one" is key to the story. There must be balance, so there most also be some or one to trust. Both dedicated friends and family could be untrustworthy; either by design or by the requirements of their environment.

The opposite of love is not hate, but indifference. Hate and love are the same side of the same coin. So also is support and betrayal; hope and fear. The most obvious of enemies may perform the greatest service the clearest of love may be devastating. "The enemy of my enemy is my friend" is always false, but might still be a useful tool.

This is what adds the complexity and paths to the final outcome. I am waiting eagerly the next installment.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Vanya Drumchiiska on Jan. 19, 2012 :
"Blood Warrior" is the first installment of the Alexa Montgomery series by author H.D. Gordon. It is a debut, indie novel, and as such it isn't perfectly written. However, I heard many positive reviews in one of my Goodreads groups, and so when it was given for an R2R, I thought I'd check it out.

Here are my thoughts:

This is a paranormal/urban fantasy novel, directed at the young adult audience. It talks about werewolves, vampires and warriors - who are a mixed gene pool from all non-human races.

Alexa Montgomery is a seventeen year old girl, who lives in an ordinary American city, goes to an ordinary High School and lives with a... not so ordinary mother and sister. For years Alexa hates her mother, because the woman is abusive. Or so does Alexa think. But in fact, the extensive training that always leaves her with black eyes and painful rib cage are Alexa's preparation for her life ahead.

Which life isn't going to be easy, or full with cuddly little bunnies, and she understands this way too early. When the blood thirsty Lamia (a kind of vampire) attack Alexa's house, she kills two of them in a mad state of rage that burns inside her. But more keep coming, and the odds are not in favor of Alexa, her sister Nelly and their mother. Seeing that it's impossible for all three of them to get out of this alive, Alexa's mother makes the girls leave her behind.

After a wild game of hide and seek with the Lamia, and a visit to an old friend of her mother's, Alexa, Nelly and Jackson (a werewolf boy, who's the only friend of Alexa) end up in the city Two Rivers. It is like a heaven - it's bright, and posh, and gorgeous. It is a city of the non-human races. But it is also a city of many secrets, which are up to Alexa to figure out.

To be honest, I liked the plot. It wasn't the usual vampire/werewolf kind of story - there was a certain dose of originality, and it made me read on. There was also mysterious magic, secrets and romance that had me hooked.

But I can't say that I loved it. Or that I was crazy about it. Mostly because it felt really dry at parts. Gordon was talking of feelings, the action, Alexa's thoughts, but I don't want to be told, I want to be shown. I want to be drawn into the story along with the characters, to experience what they experience. And I don't.

The descriptions of Alexa's inner "monster" are inadequate and incomplete, and I was left to wonder what that character was experiencing exactly. Yeah, I'm told that she's in rage and can't control her anger, but ... it simply wasn't enough for me. I want to feel her insides burning, I want to hear her muscles straining with the desire to control herself and her inability to do so.

Also, I know that this isn't a particularly romance oriented novel, but there are some moments when romantic feelings are described, and they sound like something so casual, I couldn't help but wonder if I was actually reading a hot scene or a cooking manual. There was some kissing between Alexa and Jackson (after they hooked up), but it was on the cheek, on the forehead.. when it was on the lips it honestly felt like nothing. I've never read a novel where all the romance consists of: "I kissed him on the lips. It was sweet." or "He pulled me in for a hug and kissed my forehead." It sounds so absolutely devoid of emotion. At least I didn't feel anything. Because seriously, if you're leaving your boyfriend to go on a mission, would you just kiss him like he was your brother? I know I wouldn't. I'd hold onto him, and suck the love out of him to keep me going.

No such luck here.

And the love triangle isn't what it should be either. Kayden was the person who was destined to be with Alexa, because together they balance each other, and make each other's rage subside. But they're so blind to see beyond their noses, that neither notices that they have fallen in love. Alexa is too stubborn to let Kayden close to herself, and this kind of ruins it all. There were moments when I waited in anticipation for a hot scene between the two. It felt natural somehow, but the most I got was hugging. Hugging!!!!!

I wanted to love the characters. I really really tried to, but it just didn't come to me.

Last, but not least, there were the grammar problems. Lots of mistakes, repetitions and pointless observations. In the beginning there was a certain black bird that Alexa had to kill to save it from suffering. This bird was mentioned like twenty times in the first five chapters, and that made me think it was something important that I had to keep in mind. Guess what - it wasn't. The bird subject was dropped.

Then there was too much overthinking, too much overreaction, that seems so very unnatural. Something else that bothered me were repetitions of the sort: "My sister saw the hesitation in my eyes, and knew instantly that I was keeping something from her. "I see in your eyes that you're keeping something from me." She said (...)" Why describe it in the narration, when the character's going to say it anyway? And this happened a lot. It really irritated me.

I understand where the problem is however. It's in the fact that there was no revision or editing of the manuscript. It sounded unprofessional and unpolished, like a rough draft.

Still though, I give it three stars, because if it's edited well, it could be a really great read. I think that it even has the potential to reach four stars. Sadly though, not at the moment.

Only one quote came to my attention:

"Just before we were led through the gates, he pulled me to a stop and looked me up and down. I felt heat flood my cheeks.

"If you take a picture, it'll last longer," I whispered."
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Susan DelVecchio on Jan. 19, 2012 :
Amazing!! For a debut novel, the complexity and development of the characters and plot is incredible. I loved Alexa, the female heroine, from the start. She is a very strong, smart young woman who discovers her entire life has been riddled with secrets and lies. She is thrown into a totally foreign world (in the NJ Pine Barrens, gotta love it!!!)and handles things with such strength, maturity and grace.

H.D. Gordon has created a world of supernaturals and put a fresh spin on the old theme. A truly unique world has evolved that offers the reader so much from suspense to love to mystery to fear and on and on. I was drawn in from the beginning and was disappointed when I realized I was at the end. There is so much more of this story left to be told and so many directions it can go. I will be downloading book 2, Half Black Soul as soon as it's available on January 31!!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Heather@NightlyReading on Jan. 18, 2012 :
First, I would like to thank R2R and the author for the opportunity to review this book. This book had a very unique storyline and one that kept me reading and never getting bored. The very first few chapters were filled with excitement and it quickly grabbed my attention. I was sucked in and did not want to put the book down.

Our heroine, Alexa, is a very strong young lady and has to come to terms with the fact that basically her whole life has been a lie. She finds out at the worst possible time and must grow up quickly.

I enjoyed the many characters. I especially enjoyed Jackson. He was one of the many swoonworthy boys that Alexa had lining up to sweep her off her feet. I think I enjoyed Jackson because he was with Lexi from the beginning and had always loved her.

The ending jolted me with a cliffhanger. I, now am waiting patiently to move onto the next book in the series! This is a suggested read for any paranormal lover.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Jennifer Thomas on Jan. 18, 2012 : (no rating)
Blood Warrior by H.D. Gordon is about Alexa Montgomery, a 17 year old girl who is in no way a normal teenage girl. She has spent her entire life "practicing" with her mother. Practicing consists of training with her mother to become a strong and skilled fighter. Her main focus is to protect and keep safe her sister Nelly. Alexa is sure that her mother and sister are hiding something from her, but does not know what. One night her home is attacked and she is forced to leave her mother behind to protect her sister. They travel to a new place called Two Rivers where Alexa finds out about a whole new world that her and her sister belong to.

I had heard lots of good things about this book, so I was excited to be able to receive a copy as part of the Read 2 Review program. I am very happy to say that this book did not disappoint. I thought that the characters were very well developed. The book has some similarities to Vampire Academy, but in my opinion does not detract from the book at all. Blood Warrior kept my attention throughout the entire book and I had a hard time putting it down when I needed to. I really enjoyed this book and I will definitely be getting the next one as soon as it is available. Thanks for the opportunity to read this H.D. Gordon!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Emma on Jan. 13, 2012 :
Blood Warrior lived up to my expectations and them some. Alexa Montgomery is a great heroine, she's caring, loves her family and would do anything to protect those close to her and now even her people.

Kayden and Jackson are still a little bit of a mystery to me. I felt that even though both men really like/love her, they are still holding back from her. Like, what was Jack doing at the Council the night he gave Alexa her mother's necklace? And why didn't she ask Nelly to search his mind to see if was telling the truth? And Kayden is always "trying" to protect her without really ever explaining anything, having Alexa come up with her own conclusions which at the moment are pissing me off, lol!!

I'm really hoping Nelly comes out of the "Happy Fuzz" that everyone seems to be in at Two Rivers and realizes what's really going on instead of just sympathizing with Alexa. I'm hoping in the next book she'll be way more kick-ass with those crazy super powers she has.

I'm rambling... just read the book if you haven't. It's really good and deserves a 4.5. I'll be reading the next one for sure!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Alana Rock on Jan. 10, 2012 :
Overall Premise
Alexa is most definitely not your average teenager. Instead of dates, dresses and friends, she has "practice" with her Mother and often ends up with black eyes. Instead of riding the bus to school, she and her younger sister must run miles each day to get there and home. The "hot bad boy" happens to be her best and only friend, while most others shun her. She has so much anger, and her protective instincts flare when her younger sister is grabbed by a popular jock that she nearly snaps and floors the guy. Somehow, that's the least of her worries.

Expecting her Mother to come down on her and insist on more "practice", she is greeted instead by an enigmatic stroll in the forest. Suddenly, her Mother and her younger sister seem different, as if they are sharing a secret against her. Only more questions are raised when her Mother gives her a gift- a sword...

Who and what is Alexa? Why does she always feel such anger? She finds out the answers in the worst possible of ways, and begins her journey into the unknown...

What I Thought

This book is a perfect example of what I love about YA. It's all the good things of a YA novel. Strong main female character that still has some vulnerability. Smoking hot best friend, Jackson, that obviously wants more, and also ends up being more than she expected. Kayden, equally dangerous bad boy but draws Alexa in despite her attempts to stop it. The love triangle created was still relatively innocent and believable.

It has different creatures, I loved all the races and mixes therein. I especially love the seemingly utopia show it's darker underbelly- and the underlying social commentary that it creates.

It's really well written, flows through the story without getting too whiny, or bogged down in teen emotions while still being true to the heroine's age. There is action, romance, cat fights, death, fighting matches... there are so many things to like about it. I most definitely will be getting book 2 when it comes out at the end of the month. Great book- highly recommended to anyone who enjoys UF and does not mind the milder YA romance.

I actually gave it 4½♥'s vs. the 5 that the review shows. It was really good- but I'm persnickety about handing out 5 stars.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Tiffany on Jan. 09, 2012 :
H.D. Gordon is a new author and this is her debut book.

When I read the summary I knew I had to read this book. I was hooked from the start. H.D. creates a very interesting world of vampires & werewolves in Blood Warrior. She keeps the reader's attention throughout the novel with unique twists in the ever unfolding plot.

The story is told from the point-of-view of seventeen year old Alexa. I love her as a character. She deals with so much pain & evil in the new world she is thrust into yet isn't whiny like some YA heroines. She is strong and loyal to those she cares about and always strives to do the right thing.

As the story unfolds, Alexa finds herself drawn into a love triangle square (as some people have called it). She has the attention from three different boys who all care for her in their own ways. She finds herself attracted to each of them in some form or another.

Personally, I found myself swooning over Kayden. He is sexy and mysterious and I believe him & Alexa are so right for each other despite what happens at the end.

I would recommend this book to all lovers of YA vampire romance novels. H.D. Gordon has captured my attention and I am eagerly awaiting the next book in the series, Half Black Soul, which is set to release on January 31, 2012.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Marina Stevkovska on Jan. 07, 2012 :
Alexa Montgomery is seventeen years old. Ordinary girl with not so ordinary family. Her mother is training her every day, her eye is dark and swollen almost every day. Her mother doesn't allow her and her sister to go to school by bus. They have to run. What kind of family is this, anyway?

One day some strange creatures attacked their home. To save her sister, Alexa leaves her mother behind. With her sister Nelly and her friend Jackson,they enter in a strange world. World where paranormal is normal,where everything is perfect, where everyone is young and beautiful. In this city of Two Rivers, Alexa is Sun Warrior, the last one of her kind. Nelly is Searcher, she can read minds, and Jackson is werewolf. Alexa’s mother wasn’t strange after all. She was preparing her for her real destiny, destiny of a Sun Warrior. In this new world, Alexa is someone, someone beautiful and brave, a girl who will save the others. But, save them from what?

There is another Warrior, Kayden. Alexa's other half. Someone gorgeous, beautiful, brave. He is Libra, his soul fits Alexa's.

I really enjoyed reading this book. It was a little bit "Harry Potter thing"-in this world I am no one, but in the other, I am the one who will save all. But, I loved the characters. Alexa, Nelly, Jackson, Kayden, they are all presented very well. Warriors, Searchers, Werewolfs, it's whole new interesting world. And Kayden, I fell in love with him. I loved Alexa, her search for truth, her sense for justice.

This is great book. Easy to read and easy to understand. It’s very easy to connect with the characters. I can't wait to read the next one. Alexa's journey is not finished yet. With Kayden in the background, it's more and more interesting.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Christie Rich on Jan. 06, 2012 :
I have to say when I first started reading this book, I didn't think I was going to like it.

There were too many unanswered questions, and Alexa didn't ask any of them in the start of this novel. For one thing, if a seventeen year old kept showing up to school with bruises and black eye's you better believe someone would have called Child and Family Services. Another thing was Alexa just accepted that her mother made her train every day and didn't bother to find out why or refuse to do it.

Her mother came across as abusive, but then you find out what is really going on. The above is the only complaint I have about this book.

I loved HD Gordon's writing style and the world she created. I may not have liked all of the things Alexa did, but she was true to her nature.

I think when you can hear the voice of the character in your head instead of your own, it says quite a bit.

I am looking forward to Half Black Soul the second installment of this series.

Honestly, if I could have rated this ten stars I would have. Well done Heather Gordon! You are a favorite author of mine already.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Laurie: Urban Fantasy Review on Jan. 05, 2012 :
Review:

This is the debut novel from H D Gordon and I received a review copy from one of the groups I am a member of on Goodreads. First off I have to say that I am not the biggest fan of YA and here is why, I am not 17 and I have nothing in common with some one 17 so I tend to find the characters unrelateable and a 17yr old saving the world... yeah not so believable for me. My experience with YA pretty much consisted of the PC Cast series and Twilight which both sucked so yes I am a little biased. Also when I read a book that is either UF or PNR I like the sex, yup I do, I also like the swearing too, that is something I can understand and relate to. That being said, this was an exceptionally good book and kudos to H D Gordon

When the book starts Alexa is living with her mother and sister and has only one friend Jack, she knows nothing of the paranormal and her life is pretty crappy she trains constantly with her mother while her sister seems to receive special treatment. You pretty quickly find out why, Alexa's home is attacked by Vampires and she is forced to flee, protecting her sister while leaving her mother behind. Alexa, Nelly and Jack end up at a school in a hidden city for the paranormal community, where she meets the warrior Kayden. All it not what it seems within the school and figuring out who to trust is far from easy.

Blood Warrior was extremely well written especially for a first novel. Alexa is a strong heroine and the love triangle between her Kayden and Jack was really well written without becoming some god awful teenage cliche. Her dedication to protecting others especially Nelly while controlling her own violent tendencies made her feel real. The writing was smooth while being action packed as questions came up they were answered fairly quickly until the end where Ms Gordon left me wishing the next installment was available right now. I will definitely grab book two as soon as it is published, so despite my dislike of YA this was an amazing book so please hurry with book 2 MS Gordon.

5/5 I couldn't put it down!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Laurie: Urban Fantasy Review on Jan. 05, 2012 :
Review:

This is the debut novel from H D Gordon and I received a review copy from one of the groups I am a member of on Goodreads. First off I have to say that I am not the biggest fan of YA and here is why, I am not 17 and I have nothing in common with some one 17 so I tend to find the characters unrelateable and a 17yr old saving the world... yeah not so believable for me. My experience with YA pretty much consisted of the PC Cast series and Twilight which both sucked so yes I am a little biased. Also when I read a book that is either UF or PNR I like the sex, yup I do, I also like the swearing too, that is something I can understand and relate to. That being said, this was an exceptionally good book and kudos to H D Gordon

When the book starts Alexa is living with her mother and sister and has only one friend Jack, she knows nothing of the paranormal and her life is pretty crappy she trains constantly with her mother while her sister seems to receive special treatment. You pretty quickly find out why, Alexa's home is attacked by Vampires and she is forced to flee, protecting her sister while leaving her mother behind. Alexa, Nelly and Jack end up at a school in a hidden city for the paranormal community, where she meets the warrior Kayden. All it not what it seems within the school and figuring out who to trust is far from easy.

Blood Warrior was extremely well written especially for a first novel. Alexa is a strong heroine and the love triangle between her Kayden and Jack was really well written without becoming some god awful teenage cliche. Her dedication to protecting others especially Nelly while controlling her own violent tendencies made her feel real. The writing was smooth while being action packed as questions came up they were answered fairly quickly until the end where Ms Gordon left me wishing the next installment was available right now. I will definitely grab book two as soon as it is published, so despite my dislike of YA this was an amazing book so please hurry with book 2 MS Gordon.

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 5/5 I couldn't put it down!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: SamanthaTowner on Jan. 04, 2012 :
Blood Warrior by H.D. Gordon was simply amazing. I was fortunate enough to receive this book through the Read 2 Review program and it is one of the best I have read so far. This first book sets the stage and mood so well that the reader falls into this new world painlessly. The plot and characters possess a great deal of depth and are well tuned. While reading this book the sense of adventure and tension grow until the last page leaving the reader rabidly wanting the next installment. I found the writing so smooth and easy to read that it allows for the reader to have an unimpeded experience. There was no gritting of teeth and wading through pages while waiting for the story to emerge. The inter-dynamics of the characters feel real and have just the right amount of drama and tension throughout; there is no feeling of pretentious, whining song and dance to turn the reader off. For people that enjoyed the Vampire Academy series will undoubted enjoy this book. Having said this, don’t worry, as it is not “just another” rewrite as Blood Warrior is a whole new animal.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Suzanne Finnegan on Jan. 04, 2012 :
This was a really enjoyable read!

Alexa's mother has been training her to fight her entire life. She doesn't know why and thinks her mother may be paranoid but Alexa is a Sun Warrior, and the last of her kind. Her race has been hunted to extinction by the other races of vampires, werewolves and searchers. And the Lamia, the Accursed. The Lamia are the enemy to all the races. After their house is attacked by Lamia and their mother killed, Alexa and her sister Nelly go to Two Rivers. A walled off area which is inhabited by the other races. Alexa feels that something is not quite right here and some of the people seem to believe that she is their saviour.

I really liked this authors writing style. She created some great characters, especially Alexa who was tough with a smart mouth and a strong character. She was very enjoyable to read. I did feel there was some similarities to Vampire Academy but I could overlook it because I really liked this. The ending was really good and left me longing for more. I'm glad I don't have too long to wait for the second in the series which is being released on the 31st January.

I would definitely have no hesitation in recommending this book to anyone who is a fan of the paranormal romance genre.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Stephanie on Jan. 03, 2012 :
When I went to read this book this morning I just planned on reading a few chapters then getting up and doing something relatively productive with my day. Well, long story short, a few chapters went to a few more chapters until finally I had read the entire book. I had heard such great things about this book and I was not disappointed with it!
Blood Warrior is about a young girl named Alexa who has been training to fight her entire life for some reason unknown to her. She has a mother she feels neglected by and a sister that she would die for. She is known for getting into fights at school and can pack quite a punch for a girl of such small stature.

One day, after staying home from school, Alexa is met with a creature that is not quite human who has a thirst for her blood. After leaving her mother to fight off these creatures, Alexa takes her sister Nelly and they run for their lives. They only have the phone number that their mother left them to lead them to safety. This number leads them (with a stop or two along the way) to a kind of safe house for her kind.

There is something special about Alexa, not only is she not quite human, but she is the only one left of her kind: a sun warrior. She is seen as a kind of savior- someone who can rescue these people from the troubles that surround them. Alexa wants to fight for what is right, even when it goes against everything that the city is built upon.

Alexa feels drawn to the sullen warrior Kayden and he seems to be the only one that can calm the fire raging inside of her. The question is, will she let him?

The thing that I loved about this book was that there were so many different questions that kept popping up. What were Alexa's mother and Nelly keeping from her? What was she? Who can she trust? These questions were able to be answered in a timely manner and in an exciting way.

I loved how dedicated and loyal Alexa was to those she cared about. She would lay down her life for anyone that she felt deserved it- and maybe even those who don't.

This book has everything; intrigue, romance, friendship, and loyalty. I wish I had a tenth of the courage that Alexa holds. I personally can not wait to see what unfolds for Alexa as she heads off to search for someone she holds dear.


Make sure to be on the look out for "Half Black Soul" book number two in the Alexa Montgomery Saga. Expected publication is January 2012.



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(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Lovey Dovey Books on Jan. 02, 2012 :
When I first saw the table of contents for Blood Warrior, I thought it was going to be super long and would take forever to read. Thankfully I was able to finish it in about 2 days.

Alexa is a tough, loyal, and totally trustworthy heroine. She had better control over the fire inside her, than she gave herself credit for, even though it threatened to consume her. I liked how she handled difficult situations; knowing when to hide or show emotions was something she was good at.

The ending was an interesting turn of events. I have tons of faith in Kayden so I hope he keeps his word to Alexa. I sense that Half Black Soul will have plenty more kick butt action from Alexa, and I can't wait!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Alexia Smit on Jan. 02, 2012 :
This book is freaking EPIC! I honestly have no words - I finished Blood Warrior a few days ago, and I’ve been struggling to put my thoughts and feelings into words. I did not want this book to end - EVER!

Alexa is my hero. I take my hat off to her for pulling through and being so strong for herself and her sister during an extremely difficult and traumatic time in their lives. Alexa is an “I am Woman, hear me roar” kind of chick, that kicks ass and takes names. She totally rocked my world with her adventures and self discovery. She dominated big time!

Kayden (AKA hotness monster dipped in chocolate and sprinkled with all things unbelievably sexy and tantalizing!)… he has a mysterious and dark vibe going on, which totally does it for me. The chemistry between Kayden and Alexa is awesome and mouth watering.

Jackson is so cute. I have to admit that the whole ‘darling’ pet name irritated me, but that’s just me – you know, I have a name… use it. He is so sweet and supportive towards Alexa and encourages her decisions.

H.D. Gordon… where have you been all my life? I seriously can’t wait for the next installment in this saga. This is most definitely an author and series I’ll be following!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Natshane on Dec. 21, 2011 :
Enchanting and absorbing.

I was excited to read this book after I heard how much my friends loved it and got so psyched up at the mention of Blood Warrior, however when I was reading it myself, I was a bit let down because the chapters were too short and the story was not properly elaborated. But, I was assured that I would be at the edge of my seat when I reached the later chapters.

Boy, was I hysterical.

The turn of events was such a surprise and I had a few jaw dropping moments, though the chapters were still a bit too short, the writing got so much more better and I really praised the author for her creativity. I also loved her characters!

Alexa, the main character in the story was another tough protagonist that I know I will admire. (Note: She has a hot temper and a thick wall) I am always particularly picky in liking girl protagonists and I tend to dislike hot headed girls, but Alexa was an exception. I couldn't picture her without her sassiness. Although I am slightly annoyed by the fact that she loved two guys, Kayden and Jackson, (don't get me wrong, love triangles are my thing) I was afraid that the story will turn too cliche from that point. I've read too many love triangles and was hoping that I would discover something new out of the usual.

Another character I came to adore is Kayden, so I guess I can say that I am on Team Kayden. Kayden is a perfect addition to the story, he has incredible fighting skills, unreadable expression and my favourite thing about him : maturity. Kayden was like Dimitri (Vampire Academy), mysterious, sexy, protective, and mature, this can be proved through his actions!

The entire story was fast paced and adrenaline junkie, and I think the author just created a new line of vampires! The fighting scenes were vivid it made me sweat, not to mention I had tears brimming in my eyes too.

Blood Warrior was amazing! I would recommend this to anyone who look for these criterias in a book:

Fast paced

Quick read

Thrilling fighting scenes

'Blossoming' romance

Reviewed by,
Natasha Anne
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Luz Del Angel on Nov. 15, 2011 :
This book is the story of Alexa. A normal teenager who lives with her sister aun her mother and she's considered a freak to everyone except her bestfriend (and also a very handsome man). When this awfull creatures call lamia came into her life, everything that she knows change, she's forced into a new life that will change her life forever.

This book was really a challenge.
The beggining was really awfull for me. It seems that everyone know about the different "creatures" that live in the world except for her. She really loves her sister, who turnes out to be a vampire, and when Alexa learns that and that Nelly already knows about lamias and warrios and werewolfs and everything she gets mad, but forget in the next 15 minutes. I was about to spank her little sister, she just keep saying that someone else would explain and keeps without telling her and she's ok with that!

So.. the first three halfs of the book you keep reading without really understanding anything, because Nelly won't tell Alexa, and Alexa really don't care. But as soon as you stop asking questions (just like Alexa) the books get really good.

Alexa is a strong person and the relationship that she keep with her sister, altough it made me mad sometimes, it's really good, I would love to have a sister like Alexa... And also I love that she's not gonna depend on one man.
Jack it's my favorite male character in this book, it just make me smile everytime he talks to her. I really really love a man that's not afraid to show his feelings. I'm so in love with him!
Kayden it's the big question mark in this book, I keep thinking in Dimitri everytime I read about him, just without the Strigoi part.

I was so overwelm with the book. I keep thinking that it was full of cliches, but H.D. Gordon keeps changing the history and making it a different history with such intensity that I cannot wait for the next book of this saga.

I really would love to read a book where the werewolf keeps the girl, and not the bloody vampire!!!!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Luz Del Angel on Nov. 15, 2011 : (no rating)
This book is the story of Alexa. A normal teenager who lives with her sister aun her mother and she's considered a freak to everyone except her bestfriend (and also a very handsome man). When this awfull creatures call lamia came into her life, everything that she knows change, she's forced into a new life that will change her life forever.

This book was really a challenge.
The beggining was really awfull for me. It seems that everyone know about the different "creatures" that live in the world except for her. She really loves her sister, who turnes out to be a vampire, and when Alexa learns that and that Nelly already knows about lamias and warrios and werewolfs and everything she gets mad, but forget in the next 15 minutes. I was about to spank her little sister, she just keep saying that someone else would explain and keeps without telling her and she's ok with that!

So.. the first three halfs of the book you keep reading without really understanding anything, because Nelly won't tell Alexa, and Alexa really don't care. But as soon as you stop asking questions (just like Alexa) the books get really good.

Alexa is a strong person and the relationship that she keep with her sister, altough it made me mad sometimes, it's really good, I would love to have a sister like Alexa... And also I love that she's not gonna depend on one man.
Jack it's my favorite male character in this book, it just make me smile everytime he talks to her. I really really love a man that's not afraid to show his feelings. I'm so in love with him!
Kayden it's the big question mark in this book, I keep thinking in Dimitri everytime I read about him, just without the Strigoi part.

I was so overwelm with the book. I keep thinking that it was full of cliches, but H.D. Gordon keeps changing the history and making it a different history with such intensity that I cannot wait for the next book of this saga.

I really would love to read a book where the werewolf keeps the girl, and not the bloody vampire!!!!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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