Thursday, March 18, 2010

Hearts At Stake by Alyxandra Harvey

Title: Hearts At Stake
Alyxandra Harvey

Pages: 256, paperback
Publisher: Walker Books for Young Readers
Age Group: Young Adult
Pub. Date: December 2009

Overall Rating:

A Romance You Can Really Sink Your Teeth Into!

The Blakes 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.

I'm out of words! Hearts at Stake was fascinating, funny, fun and fast read. While having snail-like plot at first, it turns around and gives the reader more than they ask for in vampire fiction!

Solange is a vampire princess born to a powerful vampire family with ancient vampire history. She is at the mist of turning 16 when she will have a bloodchange (officially become a vampire queen). Along with this comes danger and excitement to Solange as she is being threatened, making her want to stay 15....

It's a mystery, I had to start reading it over again and again for about 8 times midway through the book. The unclear writing, sub-plots, and events made it surprisingly confusing to me, making it a difficult read for me.

While the beginning was extremely slow-moving and dragging, it does pickup the pace. Although, the confusion doesn't end. More subplots are thrown in making it harder to focus on the story. Plus, it's told in 2 perspectives of Solange and Lucy.

Somehow, I manged to get through with it after interest is brought to the reader. Action and humorous remarks made the book, so much better. Certainly, Hearts at Stake comes with uniqueness. Harvey gives vampires a history, which normally, the history isn't told, and left for the reader to figure out.

Although, I struggled to read this it becomes engaging. I loved the family dynamics and vampire drama. I could relate most to Solange, I loved her. Harvey brings twist and turns and makes reader fully enjoy and love this new kick-butt vampire romance novel. It made up for everything!

All in all, Unique plot, hot romance, likable, well-developed characters, and fresh vampire read. A pretty decent debut for both non-vampire fans, and vampire fans. "A smart mix of darkness and humor"

Plot: (8/10)
Characters: (8/10)
Ending: (8/10)
Enjoyment: (7/10)
Cover: (9/10)
Overall: 40/50 = 80% = B

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BookFanatic said...

I feel the same way about this book. It's some of the best in new vampire fiction. Great review!

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Book Monster said...

I enjoyed this book, but had a bit of trouble with the POV's. Awesome review!!

dArLyN said...

i dont read the book yet but intend to do that very soon. i'm enjoying reading a couple of YA vampire books these past few weeks and this book really makes me to read other faster!*LOL*