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Hearts at Stake (Drake Chronicles, Book 1) Paperback – Bargain Price, December 22, 2009
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Top Customer Reviews
Solange Drake is the prophesied queen among vampires who are broken up into numerous clans and tribes. As of right now Lady Natasha (crazy little witch) is currently trying to rule them all so obviously Solange's birth is in the way and must be remedied immediately. The chapters switch between Solange and her best and human friend Lucky aka Lucy. Now Lucy is slightly immune to the Vamp pheromones because she's grown up around the Drakes... her number one skill is annoying one of Solange's older brothers Nicholas and making pink rhinestone covered stakes. She also fights for Solange and is her life line in this tremulous time.
The plot moves very fast and I was never bored. The dialogue flowed very easily, and I enjoyed seeing the different perspectives of human vs almost vamp. The different tribes and Hosts vs Hounds can be confusing, but even if you don't understand all the politics you'll love the book. I am curious to see where the second book would go considering how this one left off... who knows....
It'll take the full out efforts of her family, her best friend, Lucy, and the assistance of Kieran Black, who might be her worst enemy, to keep Solange alive to see the other side of her sixteenth birthday.
There's so much to love about this book! First, Solange is an ordinary kid, and so is her best friend, Lucy, whose real and despised name is Lucky. Lucy is vibrant, smart, and determined to keep her best bud alive no matter what it takes. Solange is also a fighter, but really prefers the quiet life. But what really makes the story fun is the romantic interest between Nicholas, one of Solange's brothers, and Lucy. The two of them dance around the issue throughout the action and adventure, which is nicely tense with enough doubt about the outcome to have you gripping the edge of your seat.
And Solange seems to have found an interesting fellow to be fascinated with, herself, as the story progresses. The main plot is wrapped up with a satisfying but slightly surprising twist, and plenty of room is left for sequels.
You have vampires that are humans changed into vampires and then you people like the Drake family who are born vampires. Sort of. The father is a vampire and the mother is a human; in this world vampires can reproduce. You have human children. Sort of. At the age of 16 the human child than goes through the transition period which can be deadly. If they survive, they become a vampire. I love this idea, I really really do. I never once questioned "Wait? How can a vampire reproduce if it's dead?" because somehow it made sense. (Unlike some other vampire's series whom I will not mention)
This is my dream family, seriously. I would love to just write myself in there (as one of the love interests for one of the many Drake brothers, of course) and become part of this family. This book focuses on the youngest and only female child, Solange as she turns 16 and comes into her transition. But it also follows her human best friend, Lucy and one of her older brothers, Nicholas. We also meet the Kieran who hunts vampires for living but is taken back by Solange and the rest of the Drake family.
It was the perfect mix of action, drama and romance.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed this book. I bought it after reading Twilight when the vampire thing was in full swing and was pleasantly surprised by the original and much lighter twist given to... Read morePublished 7 months ago by MSmurf
One Bite and UR Hooked Totally Addictive!!! U will fall in love with this funny drop dead sexy cast of vamps!!!Published 8 months ago by Chanell Renea
I enjoyed reading this one and have moved on to the 2nd book. I love the way you get introduced to several different characters and the author actually gives their back story as... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Brittney Patterson
The Drakes are an old family of vampires so no tea parties or picnic’s on the agenda with them unless you’re Solange. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Mandy
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Note: These are my personal opinions. I received no outside person comments or opinions. Read more
This is the second time I read this book and I loved it so very much more this time than the last. As I read the series I came to love the characters and really enjoyed the story... Read morePublished 19 months ago by V. Carter
I can't even tell you how long I've had this book on my TBR list, and I wish I got to it sooner.
I enjoyed getting to know the Drake family and their history. Read more