Sunday, June 6, 2010

Review: Hearts At Stake

Hearts At Stake
By: Alyxandra Harvey
Alternate Title: My Love Lies Bleeding
ISBN: 0802798403 (9780802798404)
Series: Drake Chronicles
  1. Hearts At Stake
  2. Blood Feud
  3. Out For Blood
  4. Bleeding Hearts
  5. Blood Moon
  6. Blood Prophecy
Summary from GoodReads:
The Drakes are rather different to your usual neighbours. They are vampires and some of the members of the family date back to the twelfth century. One of the children, Solange, is the only born female vampire known and, as such, she poses a direct threat to the vampire queen. Her best friend Lucy is human, and when Solange is kidnapped Lucy and Solange's brother, Nicholas, set out to save her. Meanwhile, Solange finds an unlikely ally in Kieran, a vampire slayer on the hunt for his father's killer.

This book was really cute if a little predictable. The writing was also way too simple and way too quick. I am aware this is a young adult book but it is only so barely, this should have been a older children's book (9-12). I am actually stunned this made it into the young adult section. The only reason I think they may have upped the level is because there are like three kisses and two of the characters sleep in the same bed (no funny business) but even then the Flintstones do this too.

Another mark against this book was the characters were very one dimensional with only occasional swings that may say more about them. Personally, I think this book had potential but its age level was miscalculated, and definitely needs more story that isn't given away in the first couple of chapters. Sadly, I must give this book a two and hope the author will work harder on the next one (Blood Feud).

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