- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 6 hours and 57 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.com Release Date: December 10, 2010
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004FU0YH0
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Hearts at Stake: The Drake Chronicles, Book 1 Audiobook – Unabridged
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Next, of course, we have the forbidden romance of a vampire and a mortal but it was portrayed in a way that their love somehow grew over time because they've grown up together so it wasn't like something you usually read about in those typical books.
"Keep away. I'm dangerous."
"No. I love you."
It wasn't like that at all.
The love was more intense and passionate.
Then, of course, we have vampire slayers. But they're a new kind of breed and kind of portrayed as a cult. Like people join up in this kind of thing. It wasn't a Buffy kind of slayer. It was something totally new--a new idea that I've never read about. It was great!
In the chaos of all that, we have a teenage human/vampire going through the blood change running for her life because the vampire queen set a reward on her life. I mean, can you see how awesome this book was? And, I have five more in the series to read.
I also loved the two strong female heroines. They weren't helpless and relied on no one. They took charge of the situation and what was going on. It was awesome!
Overall, I loved this book. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a good vampire read and is tired of those typical high school helpless girl meets boy vampire/angel/werewolf etc. This is nothing like that.
Note: This book is written in two POVs.
Lucy is the kick butt, rebellious, only child of hippies. Lucy finds the whole vampire world normal, having practically grown up with the Drake family. The family even jokes that she might make a better vampire than Solange. Solange is her best friend and she loves her to death. Lucy will do anything to protect her even if it means teaming up with Solange's pesky, annoying, youngest brother Nick. Lucy and Nick will have the time of their lives keeping Solange safe until her vampiric blood change.
Hearts at Stake by Alyxandra Harvey is book 1 in The Drake Chronicles. The story is told from the alternating viewpoints of Solange and Lucy. I'm normally not a fan of this, but the author clearly labels the sections with whose viewpoint is. The transitions flow smoothly and really work for the book. I have to admit, I preferred Lucy's point of view and story over Solange's. I just found her spunky irreverent attitude more entertaining. The chemistry between her and Nick was also more developed. The book overall was really good. I could have done with a few more pages at the end to flesh everything out. I liked Lucy and Solange so much that I was a little disappointed to learn that the other books in The Drake chronicles follow the other members of the Drake family. This was a cute, short, hilarious, and romantic read. I really enjoyed it.
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. This book is what started it for me with Alyxandra Harvey and her writing. Now I'll read anything she publishes. She's made a fan out of me and it started with this book, this series. If you like vampires and are looking for something besides Twilight, you want to start here. It's a perfect vampire series and a perfect book for any YA fantasy reader!
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