Title: Hearts at Stake
Author: Alyxandra Harvey
Page Count: 256 pages
Publisher: Walter Books for Young Readers
Genre: paranormal romance, young adult
Copy for review compliments of the public library
50 words or less: In the words of the author on the series website:
Two best friends.
Seven overprotective brothers.
Hundreds of ruthless vampires.
If I had to pick one word to describe Hearts at Stake, it would be fun. Just when I think I've read everything when it comes to books featuring vampires, along comes something that puts a new twist on a well-tread concept while simultaneously setting up a really interesting series.
Solange is a female born to an extremely powerful vampire family. This means that not only is she kind of a miracle baby, but she's also a really unique person within the vampire world. On her sixteenth birthday, she'll go through the conversion; naturally, all kinds of creepy factions within the vampire world are vying for her affections, which creeps her out to no end. Two words: kitten hearts.
Lucy, on the other hand, is completely human, and is Solange's best friend. She's a constant presence at the Drake family hacienda which has brought her to the attention of Solange's older brother, Nicholas. The sparks fly between these two (but nothing above PG, rest assured) and watching them deal with their feelings for each other was one of my favorite parts of this book.
Solange is not without her own love interest, though, although hers is a little more complicated than Lucy's- Kieran, a vampire slayer who meets the Drake clan while trying to collect a bounty on Solange, grabs her attention in a big way, even though for hopefully obvious reasons, he really shouldn't.
I read Hearts at Stake in one sitting, and it was a nice wind down after a stressful week. I will say though, that this book suffers a bit from excessive infodumping- there's a lot of background information and a pretty interesting world that serves as the setting for the story, but you find out about it all at once. I think the book could have stood to be a little longer, not just because it was fun to read, but because the setting and the world needed a little more explanation.
I'm definitely interested in what happens next in this series, and I won't have to wait long, as Blood Feud will be out soon! And while nothing earth-shattering happens in this book, it's definitely a fun way to spend an afternoon.
Overall Grade: B
This comic reminded me perfectly of the book- sweet things doing deadly battles!
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