Monday, July 2, 2012

Review: Hearts at Stake by Alyxandra Harvey

Sorry for the late timing here, but I've currently got 6 kids running around my house like banshees and my brain is set to explode. Hopefully they will sleep someday and I can get some real work done.

Book Description:

(a.k.a. My Love Lies Bleeding)
A Romantic Times Top Pick!

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. Lucy 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.

Jenny's Review:

Solange is not ready to go through her bloodchange as her entire family has done. This is due to the fact that she really doesn’t like blood. But being the only girl born into being a vampire she has a lot to live up to, she is said to become queen. This puts her in a lot of danger from the many groups of vampires as she is wanted by all. She is trying to keep herself, her family, and her best friend Lucy safe, but will she find that she might loose her heart to one of her enemies? Lucy is Solange’s best friend. She has always known that Solange and her family are vampires and knows that Solange is going to change soon. She is determined to protect her friend while she is hunted by others, but is not so prepared for the feelings she is feeling toward Solange’s brother Nicholas. Lucy will do anything to protect Solange and this gets her into a lot of trouble.
This was a great book. I did not want to put it down because I wanted to see what was going to happen on each and every page. The story the two girls told from their perspective was a great way to tell it because it was two stories in one, you got to know what each girl was going through during each part. I liked how the story was different from most vampire books, in that the vampires were human until sixteen and that they knew they were going to change but were able to be human for a while. There were also different types of vampires and groups that were all fighting and the interaction between Lucy the human and the Drake family of vampires wasn’t a creepy one where they wanted to eat her the whole time.  I think that the book is good for probably seventh graders and up, it is a clean read with relationships that are appropriate. All in all a great one and I can’t wait to read the next book in the series!
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