Saturday, February 20, 2010

Hearts at Stake by Alexandra Harvey

Hearts at Stake

It was vampire week for me, between Hearts at Stake and Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side (which I’ll post next)!  So, let’s get on with it:

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.


I wasn’t too excited about another vampire story.  I always expect them to pale in comparison to the Twilight series.  In this case, I was impressed.  Alexandra Harvey creates a new vampire world with an evil queen, another vampire creating his own undead army that he can’t completely control, and a group of humans sworn to destroying all vampires.  With so many new elements to our world I was really impressed that Alexandra Harvey kept the pace of the novel running smoothly.  The information that we needed was sprinkled in lightly along with the rest of the story instead of pausing it.

I loved the characters, and the dual romances.  I especially loved Lucy and Nicholas and their chemistry.  As this is the first of the Drake Chronicles, the story came to a good resting point, and the romances were just blossoming.  I can’t wait for them to continue to grow, and am glad that Harvey is taking her time instead of rushing the characters into love so fast that she has nothing to do but make them doubt it in the next book to keep us reading.

A good, fast read.

Rating: 4 1/2 Stars

Pages: 256

Published: December 22, 2009

Teaser quote: “What are you doing?”

“I have no idea,” he admitted.  His lips hovered barely a breath away from mine.

“I thought you were mad a tem.” I really wanted to lean forward, just ever so slightly.

“I am.”

“You’re also trying to use your vamp mojo on me.”

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