Sunday, November 7, 2010

BOOK REVIEW - HEARTS AT STAKE by ALYXANDRA HARVEY - THE DRAKE CHRONICLES # 1

By : Alyxandra Harvey
Published By : Walker
Release Date : Available Now
Details : Paperback, 248 Pages

RATING 4 STARS!!!

Book Blurb : Taken From Goodreads


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.




BOOK REVIEW:

I've included the 2 book covers for the first book in The Drake Chronicles series.
'Hearts At Stake' , kinda makes more sense to me after reading it.

I enjoyed this book very much. It was a great little YA read. Easily read in one sitting due to it's size.

Lucy has known Solange and her 7 brothers her whole life. She has grown up knowing they will eventually make the bloodchange into Vampires, one by one. Solange is the last to make the bloodchange and the only daughter of Liam and Helena Drake.

Lucy is human and hangs out with the Drake family at their farmhouse. Solange's over protective brothers, Nicholas, Logan, twins Connor and Quinn, Sebastian, Marcus and Duncan, have their hands full protecting Solange from being killed or kidnapped. Lucy is a bit too casual/reckless about her friendship with Solange and needs to be kept in check for Solange's safety.

The reigning vampire Queen, Lady Natasha,  was once Monmartre's second in command and lover, until he tired of her. Monmartre wants Solange for his own and together with his creations the Hel Bar and the Host, endeavours to woo with gifts and kidnap Solange , killing whoever gets in his way. The Queen isn't too happy with Solange due to a Prophecy.

Kieran Black of the Helios Ra, finds himself amongst the politics and has to decide if Solange is worth capturing or saving.

Nicholas has to keep Lucy on a tight rein from her reckless/ well meaning  behaviour.

Solange will make her bloodchange on her 16th birthday which is days away but will she be able to stay protected and out of harms way until it happens??

FAVE QUOTES:

"Why are you limping like that?' Nicholas demanded.
I'm swaggering,' I informed him.
You look like you're wearing a diaper.'
Charming. And I had a crush on this guy.
Wait. I had a crush on this guy?
Now what?' he asked. 'You're making weird faces.'
Nothing,' I said quickly. "Never mind."




BELOW IS A YOUTUBE LINK. I THOUGHT THIS FANMADE VID WAS GREAT FOR THE CAST. I COULDN'T PLACE HERE DUE TO SOME REGULATION??

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8KyCnWb3nxE&feature=fvw 


Michelle





3 comments:

  1. Hi Ladystorm,

    I am really enjoying this series. Book 3 Should be here this week. I wonder if she will do a book on all the brothers?

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  2. I have just found out there are atlease 2 more books in series:D Great news!!!

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