Saturday, December 18, 2010

Review: Hearts at Stake (The Drake Chronicles #1) by Alyzandra Harvey

Overall Impression: ***

Who/ What Decided me: Through my meanderings I came across a review on this book here by Black Fingernailed Reviews (awesome name, right?). I still wasn't absolutely convinced but while I was reading up on the book on the Goodreads website I went to the author's bio page. Alyxandra sounded really cool and I wanted to read what someone like her would have written.

Short Synopsis (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.

My Review: This really was a fun book. I finished it in about a day (it is only 248 pg, but still) and was pleasantly surprised by it. Nothing is really too complicated with the plot, the characters are likable (my favorite to read was Lucy’s perspective. She is very irreverent, and wears glasses, and seems like lots of fun), there’s romance (always a plus), and some action.

I liked the book so much that halfway through I made sure to go online and order the next one (Blood Fued) from my library. Being ridiculous, however, I read the synopsis and discovered that Lucy was not to be a continuing voice (or so it seems)! I’m looking forward to hearing more about the other brothers, but I really felt that there could have been a lot more fleshing out of the story, and I guess some aspects will be continuing on, but I wanted to get to know the characters better. I’m sure they’re not completely out of the picture, but still. However, I will do my best to reserve judgement until reading more in the series. Who knows, maybe more perspectives will round things out better and I'll have more characters to love. That's what I'm hoping.

Also, there was some correlation to the Vampire Academy series, at least in the respects of having an 'almost' vampire with a human friend, protecting that vampire friend and romance with hot guys. I've only read the first in that series, though I do plan on continuing with it. For about the first 10 pages there were flashbacks to VA, but the points of view and the story line eventually diverged enough that I wasn't perpetually comparing them. This book is different enough to like for its own sake.

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