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Hearts at Stake (Drake Chronicles, Book 1) Paperback – Bargain Price, December 22, 2009

4.1 out of 5 stars 105 customer reviews
Book 1 of 6 in the Drake Chronicles Series

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Grade 8 Up—There is a touch of classic fairy tale in this action-packed story that's narrated by a teen vampire, Solange, and her best friend, Lucy, a human. It's another book in the slew of novels in which a vampire hunter discovers that not all vamps are evil and forbidden romance flourishes. Solange is the youngest child and only female born in 800 years to a blue-blood clan. As she approaches her 16th birthday, she is pursued by male vamps from all over. An ancient prophecy predicts that she will be queen, thus putting her life in danger from various forces, human and otherwise. Solange's family is trained in martial arts and other types of fighting and her seven older brothers keep close watch over her. When the current queen kidnaps her, Lucy convinces Solange's brother Nicholas to help rescue her, and a frantic search ensues. Kieran, a young Helios-Ra, discovers that his hate for vampires is fueled by lies and helps to save Solange, and a romance develops between the formerly feuding Lucy and Nicholas. This is a coming-of-age story with a tragic heroine and a snarky friend. The two young women try to find some normalcy in a life filled with craziness, resulting in a fun read.—Corinda J. Humphrey, Los Angeles Public Library
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Witty, sly, and never disappointing, this riff on vampire romances for teens unfolds in chapters alternately told by best friends Solange and Lucy. The former is the only daughter in a family of seven brothers, a vampire family in which offspring “turn” from mortal to vampire on their sixteenth birthday. Lucy, totally mortal, has more bravado, an abiding interest in all things vampire, and the baggage of hippie, peace-loving parents. The good-versus-evil plot involves turncoat vampire hunters, power struggles, and Solange’s “turn,” and both girls, as well as several of Solange’s brothers, her debonair father, and warrior mother, are delightfully developed. Each girl’s love interest proves an initial surprise but is credibly realized. Fun, funny, and a relief from Twilight wannabes, this first installment in the Drake Chronicles has lots to offer for savvy readers and gives vampire addicts a nice twist on their usual fare. Grades 8-10. --Francisca Goldsmith --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 17 years
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Childrens; 1 edition (December 22, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802720749
  • ASIN: B003UYV1RE
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,570,288 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jessie Potts VINE VOICE on December 3, 2009
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So if I had to describe this book it would be.... a mixture between Jessica's guide to dating on the dark side and perhaps the Evernight series.

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....
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Solange is a born vampire, and she has a problem. She's been prophecied to be the next queen, when all she wants is to survive her transition to full vampire, do her pottery and live a quiet life. But being the first born girl vampire in centuries, she's being courted by every male she meets, with the exception of her many older brothers. The rest? They're just trying to kill her.

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.
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I actually got HEARTS AT STAKE at a special screening of Eclipse in NYC and I'll be honest, I totally forgot I had gotten it. It wasn't until I saw a friend talking about it that I looked into it again. I even went out and bought a copy of HEARTS AT STAKE until I realized it looked familiar and went searching and what do you know, there it was! I can kick myself in the bum for not reading this when I got it. What was I thinking? Oh, right - I know. Vampires just were meh for me and I really wasn't interested in reading about them. But Alyxandra Harvey, you changed my mind on vampires.

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.
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This is the story of Solange Drake, a soon to be vampire. She is genetically a vampire and will completely turn on her approaching sixteenth birthday. Her best friend is Lucy, who has been treated as an extended part of Solange's vampire family. Lucy's parents are going away for a couple of weeks, and as usual Lucy plans to stay with the Drake family. Because female vampires who can breed are so rare, Solange is already been swooned by any and every vampire out there who wants to be a 'daddy'. The Queen of the vampires is also after Solange because she fears Solange coming into powers and believes Solange will soon want to take over her crown. To add to the drama, there is a pack of evil vampires led by a VERY BAD vampire who has also decided to target Solange. There is also a band of rogue vampire hunters who wish to capture Solange because the queen has put a bounty on her head. Lucy gets stuck working with Nicholas, one of Solange's many vampy brothers and they discover they are really into each other. Of course, Solange soon finds a hero herself amidst all the vampire crises. This story was quick and rather entertaining but the fact is that it brought nothing new to the table. The first few chapters were almost too much to take in, with a wealth of information about the vampires and the different versions of bad and good vampires and the various people out to do them harm. This would have been better had it been doled out as needed throughout the story. It was just too much information all at once. Solange, Lucy, and their boys are pleasant enough and teens may well find they enjoy this book. I didn't dislike it but I found that it wasn't anything special to write home (or a review) about.
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