Hearts at Stake by Alyxandra Harvey

Details: Paperback, 248 pgs
Published: May 23rd 2010 by Walker Books
isbn: 0802721877 (ISBN13: 9780802721877)

Reading Level: Young Adult
Received from: Purchased (Thanks goes to Lori for picking it up and getting it signed for me!)
Description:

The Blakes are rather different to your usual neighbors. They are vampires and some of the members of the family date back to the twelfth century. One of the children, Solange, is the only born female vampire known and, as such, she poses a direct threat to the vampire queen. Her best friend Lucy is human, and when Solange is kidnapped Lucy and Solange’s brother, Nicholas, set out to save her. Lucy soon discovers that she would like to be more than just friends with Nicholas. But how does one go about dating a vampire? Meanwhile, Solange finds an unlikely ally in Kieran, a vampire slayer on the hunt for his father’s killer.

My Thoughts:
First of all, I did not expect to like this book THIS much!  I LOVED it!  
I was a tad bit worried I might get confused because the narration switched between best friends Solange and Lucy.  But after the first few chapters it was easy to settle in to their personalities and it was clear who was narrating (it did say at each chapter as well, but I have a tendency to not read that).  Solange is the one in the vampire family and her voice is much quieter, her personality is just a calmer and quieter one to Lucy’s who is completely loud and has a very strong personality.  There is no mistaking the two, really.  
I ended up really liking that the narration switched between them because then you see the story from all angles.  I’d almost wished Nicholas had narration as well though, because I’d like to get inside his head!
It was clear to me where the romance would go in this one, for both the girls.  But I really didn’t mind knowing because I spent the whole time just cheering them on.  Although there’s no hot and heavy in this one, this was one of those books I almost wished was adult.  I was wishing for some serious hot and heavy!   I know, bad me.  I couldn’t help it.  I’m IN LOVE with Nicholas.  Seriously.  In love.  
Now there’s some descriptions of the different vampire clans and it comes at you a little fast so I got worried it might be confusing as they revealed themselves, but it didn’t.  Although it went over my head a little in the beginning I retained the information that kept them clear in my head.  It wasn’t ever an issue anyway.  
I usually like to spread my series out.  I mean there’s usually something that I don’t love and having a little break is good.  Not this one!  I plan to rush out and buy the second book today!  I would have picked it up immediately had it been here.  And I’m sure I’ll be dying to get my hands on the third book.  
This book had romance, action, and a great friendship as well as a family dynamic that I loved.  If you haven’t read this series yet, what are you waiting for?!
I couldn’t give this one less then 5/5 moons!

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Comments

  1. Its a great book, Alyxandra Harvey is my new favorite author. I loved Blood Feud and right now I am reading a ARC of Out For Blood. I would have to say out of the brothers I think I like the fliratious Quinn that is in the thrid book the most. :)

  2. I love when the narrator swaps between chapters and it is done successfully (and I think it’s hilarious that you admit to not reading the character’s name at the start of the chapter – awesome – don’t let the author get the easy way out).

  3. Same with me! There were so many vampire books out there when this book came out that I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it or not! But I loved it!

    Came from Saturday Situation

  4. Coming from the Saturday Situation :)

    Sounds like a very action-packed book about vampires. I’m debating over reading it or not – while everyone seems to love it so much, I’m not keen on action novels. Uhm. Maybe I’ll give it a go and see if I like it.

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