Title: Hearts At Stake
By: Alyxandra Harvey
Series: Book 1 The Drake Chronicles
Reading Level: Young Adult
Review Book from Bloomsbury Books
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.
With the abundance of information above I would think that a description of this book is not necessary. This is my new favorites addition, and I will definitely be following this series in the future. I can not shake the undeniable feeling of similarities between the writing of this author and that of Richelle Mead in the Vampire Academy Series. Although, these are very different settings and characters the intensity of the emotions and relationships are very similar.
Lucy and Solange are the main characters, and I love the relationship between these two girls. There is nothing one will not do for the other, and their unconditional love for one another is felt throughout this book. Even though, Solange is about to become the first born vampire in 800 years these two character are equals and their is no dominance through their relationship. I am still questioning what exactly Lucy is or is to become, and if she is just merely human or a protector of Solange in some fashion. I look forward to clarification on this in the next book.
On the other hand Nicholas and Kiernan’s character are very addicting. Though, sexy is defined by a man that has a gentle touch for the one he loves, but become ferocious and intense when it comes their safety and protection. Can we say, don’t drool on your book. Interestingly, I also loved the brotherly aspect in this story. This is a first of the overprotect vampire brothers, and I found it most entertaining.
You may be wondering how a great storyline existed around so many relationships, but I am here to tell you that it was amazing. Hearts at Stake was a constant rollercoaster; whether it be a fight scene a love scene you were constantly in motion. Alyxandra Harvey never lets you tire of the story in this debut novel, and it is a must read that will capture your attention from the first page. Don’t wait this one you must read.