Book Review: Bleeding Hearts (Drake Chronicles #4) by Alyxandra Harvey

Bleeding Hearts (Drake Chronicles #4) by Alyxandra Harvey
Paperback, 289 pgs. (UK edition)
Published Oct. 3rd, 2011 in the UK & as an ebook in the US
Reading Level: Young Adult
Source: Publisher *for review*

The Drakes and friends will be tested when an infestation of deadly vampires threatens Violet Hill. 
Lucy’s cousin Christabel has come to live in Violet Hill, and adjusting to the difference between life in a small mountain town and her home in the city is difficult enough. The strict curfew that Lucy’s parents enforce is the worst part. Something really dangerous couldn’t possibly happen in this tiny town. But Christabel has noticed some mysterious happenings, and it seems like Lucy, her boyfriend Nicholas and his brother Connor are all in on a secret that Christabel doesn’t understand—one that seems deadly serious. Although she won’t admit it, Christabel would love to be in on any secret with Connor Drake. But when she is kidnapped by the ruthless Hel-Blar vampires, Christabel must cause more and more trouble in Violet Hill, Lucy and Connor finally fill Christabel in on all the undead drama. Together, they must find a way to stamp out the Hel-Blar for good.

On the series as a whole, spoiler free for any of the books:
After finishing this book I kind of had an urge to squeal a little bit. Maybe that was because Alyxandra Harvey left us with a cliffhanger! But it was also because I just love this series so much! I say this in every review of this series, but this is not a series I would have picked up on my own. If it wasn’t for other book bloggers I never would have given them a try. But I am so glad I did!
I love seeing the different perspectives and although they are each in first person their personalities are so distinctive that it’s easy for me to know who’s narrating (you know, if I somehow missed it at the beginning of the chapter where it says).   Seeing all the different angles makes this series so good.  You see the bad guys turned good, the good guys turned bad, the normal school girl who meets a vampire for the first time, etc.   And the books all have constant action but they focus on two people mostly who end up falling for each other.  So there’s romance and kissing (no more than kissing) but there’s just as much action and killing of bad guys.  Love it!!

The following contains spoilers for the previous books in the series:

This book is about Connor and Christabel.  But we got lots of Lucy as well.  And that was awesome cause I missed that girl!  We actually didn’t get a ton of Connor which kind of surprised me.  But he was there.  The romance seemed a bit on the lighter side for this one, but that’s probably cause there just wasn’t much room for it there was so much action.  I would say that maybe I would have liked more Connor and more romance but it wasn’t a big deal, I loved the book the way it is.
Some things are changing in this one.  Lucy’s parents are back and they now know about vampires (that’s not a spoiler, it happens before the book actually starts) but Christabel does not.  Lucy is training so she can defend herself and by the end of the book she’s made some big decisions because things just aren’t working out.  Don’t worry though, her Nicholas are just fine!  

Christabel is a great new character but for some reason I feel like I still don’t know her real well.  Maybe that’s because so much of the story was Lucy’s I feel like I just didn’t get the chance, but what I saw I really liked.  She’s a big reader, so I obviously can relate to her that way, but she’s been through a lot so she had some hidden strength inside her to deal with stuff when crap hits the fan.

Okay, so I loved this book but Alyx, girl you are torturing us!  There is a cliffhanger at the end of this one that will have you screaming.  I want the next book NOW!  

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Disclosure: I received this book from the publisher for review purposes.  All opinions expressed are my own and I was not paid or influenced in any way.
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  1. I love this series! I can’t wait to read this one. I’m glad to hear there is more Lucy in this one since she is one of my favorite characters. Great review!

  2. Thanks for the mini-review at the top for the series as a whole (I haven’t read it yet!). Sounds like I’m going to have to pick these up!

  3. Oh gosh, that cliffhanger had me mouth wide open! Alyxandra Harvey had never done it before but when she did it for Bleeding Hearts I was astonished.

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