Book: Blood Warrior (The Alexa Montgomery Saga #1)
Author: H. D. Morgan
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. Meanwhile, Alexa battles a monster within herself that seeks to gain control; a monster that seeks blood.
The hidden city she finds herself in appears perfect, but Alexa’s instincts tell her that all is not right within its walls. When she is asked to attend a school of fighters, whose exams consist of gladiator-style competitions, she must decide who she can trust among the smiling faces. And, when she meets Kayden, a vampire she feels undeniably drawn to, she must decide if she can trust herself.
|I picked up this book because of the blurb, and I am sorely regretting it now.
That’s a lot of words (and not even pretty ones) to say that she likes Kayden and that he makes her happy.
The world-building was just a dump of information. It’s fairly unique, but I couldn’t enjoy it at all because it was glopped over me at one time. Lamia’s, searhers, werewolfs, warriors- what? This could have been a lot of fun, if Morgan had gradually paced it all out, but it was poorly executed and I was left confused.
I couldn’t enjoy the characters because they were emotional robots. Where is the sense of betrayal, the anger, the confusion- when the MC realises that her sister and best-friend have been hiding a secret from her, and she’s the last one to know she’s non-human?
Another thing which really got me was the stereotyping and the total employment of cliches. There’s the fact that Alexa is a special snowflake (obviously, she doesn’t know it) who’s been mistreated her whole life. Of course, that means she’s got several hot guys vying for her attention, a lot of girls who inexplicably hate her, and a younger sister who depends on her to ‘protect’ her. Yawn. Cliche. Yawn.
Even the setting was screwed up. There was royalty and there was a boarding school. Needless to say, this confused me. It’s like the author took a bunch of idealised YA settings and mushed them all up together in the hopes of making something that would sell instantly. But it felt very transparent.
Ultimately, I had to stop reading the book.
If you want any sort of character development- or even characters at all, don’t read this book
Overall Rating: 1/5
Books to Read Instead of This: A Court of Thorns and Roses, Pretty much any other book