Hearts At Stake

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Hearts At Stake

The Drake Chronicls - Being A Vampire Princess Really Bites, Book 1

Wow, it has been a long time since a new vampire series has caught my attention, but this one definitely has. In this YA series by Alexandra Harvey she has turned vampirism into sort of a disease, at least for the main character. The take on vampires in this book is very interesting, to include different species of vampires and even a small mix with some faerie lore.

I really enjoyed how the author plays this whole book out from two characters points of view, the main character and the main characters best friend, maybe we could even call her a second main character. The dialogue between these two is great, they have such a strong connection and friendship. It is a bit hard to differentiate between the two characters at first, I kept having to check and see whose perspective I was reading, but that cleared up after I got to know the characters a bit more.

There is a crazy amount of drama and intrigue, that’s a good thing. I read this book in one straight shot and definitely will be looking out for the next in this series.


Book Blurb for Hearts At Stake

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On Solange’s sixteenth birthday, she is going to wake up dead. As if that’s not bad enough, she also has to outwit her seven overprotective older brothers, avoid the politics involved with being the only daughter born to an ancient vampire dynasty, and elude Kieran Black—agent of an anti-vampire league who is searching for his father’s killer and is intent on staking Solange and her entire family.Luckily she has her own secret weapon—her human best friend Lucy—who is willing to defend Solange’s right to a normal life, whether she’s being smothered by her well-intentioned brothers or abducted by a power-hungry queen. Two unlikely alliances are formed in a race to save Solange’s eternal life—Lucy and Solange’s brother Nicholas, and Solange and Kieran Black—in a dual romance that is guaranteed to jump start any romance-lover’s heart.Even fans of the genre who’ve seen it all will find a fresh read with kick-butt characters and family dynamics that ring true for all brothers and sisters—vampire or otherwise.


Night Owl Reviews Feb, 2010 4.50