My Love Lies Bleeding (Aka Hearts at Stake), Alyxandra Harvey

| 15 April , 2010 | Reply

Tina Gamble


The Drakes are rather different to your usual neighbours.

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.

Alyxandra Harvey\’s novel My Love Lies Bleeding is the first in the Drake Chronicles, and looks to be a promising start. The novel is told through the eyes of two narrators, both Solange and her friend Lucy. It is a light and breezy read that draws its audience into the world of vampires, politics, secret organisations and a house full of gorgeous boys.

The story is a mix up between Kate Brian\’s teen novel, Megan Meade\’s Guide to the McGowan Boys and a bit of Claudia Gray\’s vampire novel, Evernight. It\’s fast and fun and easily devoured in a day.

There are a good variety of characters and personalities represented throughout the novel, all likeable and evenly charming. Briefly, I did, however, wonder if perhaps there were possibly too many characters for size of the story, but I think as the series progresses each will get to play a more important role and perhaps shine more throughout time.

My Love Lies Bleeding was a much-needed break that provided an entertaining, and amusing read. The story is fast, fun, and mesmerising, filled with adventure, romance and a little seduction. It\’s an ideal read for teens and a great story to warm those chilly nights ahead.

Take a glance at another world, and let it give you a brief smile, as you allow yourself to be drawn into lives of the Drakes.

Available now: Allen & Unwin RRP$14.95


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