Hearts at Stake (The Drake Chronicles #1)
by Alyxandra Harvey
Published May 23rd 2010 by Walker Books (first published December 22nd 2009)
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.
I really enjoyed this book. It was a fun captivating read. I loved going between the 2 girls and getting all sides of the story. Usually you go between the girl and love interest or way too many people in the story. The 2 girls were so different that I could tell who was talking without seeing whose chapter I was on.
It was really fast paced. I didn't want to stop reading it because I wanted to see where it was going. IT was a fun book. I loved all the characters. Before I was even done I requested the next book from my library. It was just a really good story!
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