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May 28, 2016 posted by Nichole

Book Review: Once Burned (Night Prince #1) by Jeaniene Frost

7039218She’s a mortal with dark powers…

After a tragic accident scarred her body and destroyed her dreams, Leila never imagined that the worst was still to come: terrifying powers that let her channel electricity and learn a person’s darkest secrets through a single touch. Leila is doomed to a life of solitude…until creatures of the night kidnap her, forcing her to reach out with a telepathic distress call to the world’s most infamous vampire…

He’s the Prince of Night…

Vlad Tepesh inspired the greatest vampire legend of all—but whatever you do, don’t call him Dracula. Vlad’s ability to control fire makes him one of the most feared vampires in existence, but his enemies have found a new weapon against him—a beautiful mortal with powers to match his own. When Vlad and Leila meet, however, passion ignites between them, threatening to consume them both. It will take everything that they are to stop an enemy intent on bringing them down in flames.

 

My Review

I have such mixed reviews over Once Burned, because I loved it and also highly disliked it. It’s a very odd combination that has left me not really knowing how to rate this book or what exactly to say. I guess that it can pretty much be summed up like this. I loved the first half, but I hated the second half.

Vlad was awesome. He wasn’t as appealing as Bones, Spade, or Ian, but he definitely has his moments. He was very dark and mysterious and sexy. Basically everything rolled into one package. I do wish that he would have had a little bit more to his personality. We never really got to see any charming or funny moments from him. He stayed consistent throughout the whole book. I would have definitely enjoyed more personality.

My huge problem with Once Burned was Leila. I HATED HER. I’m sorry, but Frost cannot write about an awesome female lead to save her life. I can’t stand Cat, I didn’t like who Spade ended up with, and I DESPISED Leila. It’s almost like she has a difficult time coming up with their personality. A part of her creates this weak little mouse who is in loooooooove with the main male character, but then they are also this wicked badass who stands up for herself. Nothing wrong with either! Because Frost is mixing the personalities, though, the main female character always ends up whining a large majority of the time and getting pissed off at the male MC. It’s just all over the place and I can’t stand it.

The last half of the book was so over dramatic that I skimmed a big section of it. It was just a little too much all at once. There was also way too much Leila time going on.

I was disappointed that there weren’t more romantic scenes between Vlad and Leila. I also thought that their relationship progressed way too quickly. I would have liked to see more of a build up and more soft, sweet, hidden moments stolen between them. I just kind of felt like Frost got bored having the wait time and then just sort of thrust them together. I didn’t care for that.

OH! Another thing that really bothered me was Leila’s power. That was a badass power that Frost made out to be very weak. I would have like Leila to be wayyyy scarier and more intimidating with the magic soaring through her veins.

Overall, probably my least favorite out of all of Frost’s books. Don’t get me wrong, I’m interested in reading more from her, but I was definitely a little underwhelmed with this one.

Rating: : ★★★☆☆

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May 5, 2016 posted by Nichole

Book Review: First Drop of Crimson by Jeaniene Frost

First DropThe night is not safe for mortals.

Denise MacGregor knows all too well what lurks in the shadows – her best friend is half-vampire Cat Crawfield – and she has already lost more than the average human could bear. But her family’s dark past is wrapped in secrets and shrouded in darkness – and a demon shapeshifter has marked Denise as prey. Now her survival depends on an immortal who craves a taste of her.

He is Spade, a powerful, mysterious vampire who has walked the earth for centuries and is now duty-bound to protect this endangered, alluring human – even if it means destroying his own kind. Denise may arouse his deepest hungers, but Spade knows he must fight his urge to have her as they face the demon nightmare together…

Because once the first drop of crimson falls, they will both be lost.

My Review:

First, I would like to give a big thanks to my secret sis for getting this book for me!!!

Funny thing, I didn’t realize that this book was a companion to the Cat and Bones series. I haven’t read that series, but my mom owns all the books, so I know of it. It didn’t bother me at all to read this without having read the previous series, but it might bother some readers because it does go into a lot of detail that previously happened. So just keep that in mind if you’re super into reading everything in order.

I started out really loving this book. I loved the characters, the plot and the supernatural feel to the whole entire book. I also really enjoyed reading about Spade’s character! Holy hotness! I LOVE SPADE! I can’t even begin to say that enough. Sexy is not a strong enough word!

Denise’s character bothered me throughout most of the book. For some reason, I just wasn’t that big of a fan of hers. I thought she came across much older than she was described, whined a whole ton of a lot, and just wasn’t a very good fit for Spade. Therefore, I didn’t really feel that they had much chemistry together. I don’t think that every reader is going to feel the same way about Denise as I do, but I want it out there that I DID NOT like her.

This book is super insta-lovey. I would have enjoyed to see more chemistry and a relationship build up throughout the book. I was also taken off guard because I thought that this was going to be a series. Instead, it’s a standalone. I probably could have figured that out by looking it up before I actually read the book. Insta-love isn’t really my thing…

Something that really confused me in this book was the ultimate show down. Something really big happens at about 65% of the way through this book. I felt that particular scene was the ultimate showdown, which it wasn’t, so I was left feeling that the rest of the book was a little drawn out and forced. When it came down to the second big showdown, I felt that it was weak compared to the first one and lacked drama and suspense. The last 30% of the book really was just kind of cheesy and forced.

Overall, I did like this book. I’m a little let down that this is a standalone and not a series, especially because I thought that so much was forced into one book. That being said, I am very excited to read Bones and Cat’s story, especially because I know that’s a fairly large series.

I would definitely recommend this book to adult paranormal lovers! It really was a good book and I sucked it down in about three days!

Pages: 371

Publication Date: February 9th, 2010

Publisher: Avon

Rating: : ★★★½☆

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March 31, 2016 posted by Nichole

Book Review: Glass Houses (The Morganville Vampires #1) by Rachel Caine

glass housesFrom the author of the popular Weather Warden series comes the debut of an exciting new series set in Morganville, Texas, where you would be well advised to avoid being out after dark.

College freshman Claire Danvers has had enough of her nightmarish dorm situation. When Claire heads off-campus, the imposing old house where she finds a room may not be much better. Her new roommates don’t show many signs of life, but they’ll have Claire’s back when the town’s deepest secrets come crawling out, hungry for fresh blood. Will she be able to face the town’s terror or will she drown like everyone else?

 

 

My Review:

Holy Moses, I forgot how good the Morganville Vampires series by Rachel Caine is. It’s been about 8 years since I first picked up the book, so it was like reading it for the first time. I’m so excited to be reading these again!

Glass Houses is about a unique (and slightly scary) little town, in Texas, called Morganville. The main character, Claire, is a 16-year-old genius, who just moved to Morganville to attend college. Unfortunately for Claire, she ticked off the wrong people, and is now being bullied and potentially having her murder planned out. So, Claire leaves Campus to go stay at the Glass House with the other main characters in the story, Shane, Eve, and Michael.

After moving into the Glass House, Claire learns that Morganville is run by vampires and all the humans are fresh meat unless they are “protected” by the vampires. Poor Claire, and the rest of her housemates, are unprotected and must fend for themselves. At the same time, Claire must figure out a way to save her friends, stop the bullying, and be able to attend college without the fear of being murdered by the psycho teenage human disaster who has it out for her.

Glass Houses is full of action and suspense from moment one. There’s never a boring beat or a page to skim over. It’s simply just perfection. I’m not kidding when I say that you need to go get all of these books at once. Trust me, you’ll binge them all in just a couple weeks.

My heart is with all of the characters in Morganville. This was one of those series that I was first introduced to, so all of them play a special role for me. You know? They’re extra special. What I love most about all of the characters is that they all have their own unique personalities and traits. If the book didn’t mention who was talking, you’d figure it out. Shane would be the sarcastic jerk; Claire would be timid and shy. Eve would be in your face, but a little fearful; and Michael would be quiet, but strong. They’re all so unique, and Morganville wouldn’t be the same without any of them.

Obviously, Morganville is about vampires. I know what you’re thinking. Vampires are out. In a sense, I guess. I think we all really chalk that up to the Twilight faze. I’ve never really thought that vampires are out. I mean….some of my favorites books and series are about vampires. The Morganville Vampires series, though, is a bit different than the typical vampire faze. While they’re obviously vampire book, they have a much different feel to them. Keep in mind, as well, that the main characters are humans. There’s just a really cool, weird vibe that this series has going for it.

If I had to choose a slightly negative thing to say about Morganville, I guess I would say that it is a bit on the young side. I’m not talking middle grade young. It’s definitely target to teenagers and young adults, but it is a little young feeling. That might bother some people. It’s never really bothered me, but I could see why someone would be put off by it.

Overall, I loved this book. I’m going to rate it a 4, because I know that some of the other books in the series are way better than the first book. I’m not going to rate it a 3, though, because this book was super good! Seriously, if you haven’t read the Morganville Vampires series…just go do it!

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April 26, 2014 posted by Emma

The Fiery Heart (Bloodlines #4) – Richelle Mead

The Fiery Heart (Bloodlines, #4)Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets – and human lives.

In The Indigo Spell, Sydney was torn between the Alchemist way of life and what her heart and gut were telling her to do. And in one breathtaking moment that Richelle Mead fans will never forget, she made a decision that shocked even her. . . .

But the struggle isn’t over for Sydney. As she navigates the aftermath of her life-changing decision, she still finds herself pulled in too many directions at once. Her sister Zoe has arrived, and while Sydney longs to grow closer to her, there’s still so much she must keep secret. Working with Marcus has changed the way she views the Alchemists, and Sydney must tread a careful path as she harnesses her profound magical ability to undermine the way of life she was raised to defend. Consumed by passion and vengeance, Sydney struggles to keep her secret life under wraps as the threat of exposure — and re-education — looms larger than ever.

 

Okay, so I’m a huge fan of Richelle Mead. The Vampire Academy series is probably one of my absolute favorite series to ever have existed. And then when I heard that she was writing a spin-off series, obviously I flipped out. I’ve been absolutely loving the Bloodlines series so far, and I’m extremely happy to report that The Fiery Heart definitely doesn’t disappoint.

I wasn’t the hugest fan of Sydney in VA (or really in the beginning of this series either), but she’s 100% converted me. Don’t get me wrong, I love Rose. She’s probably the most badass heroine out there, but the fact that Sydney is so different, and yet still a total badass, makes me really happy. I love that she shows people that you don’t have to beat people up and be an expert at wielding a stake to kick major ass. She shows how strong she is with her intelligence, her logical thinking, her determination, and her loyalty in The Fiery Heart maybe more than ever, and I absolutely LOVE her for that! Her character development has been absolutely insane throughout the course of this series, and I’ve adored every second of it.

Another thing that I loved in this book was her relationship with Adrian. I honestly think that their relationship has got to be one of the healthiest that I’ve seen yet in YA fiction. Neither of them really have their stuff together one hundred percent, but they love each other for it. It’s repeated so many times that they make each other better, they strengthen each other. Their relationship is more than just something fueled on teenage passion and lust. They went from being true, genuine friends to something honestly so beautiful. I love that they’re there for each other for the other person to lean on, while at the same time encouraging them to be the best person they can be. I guess what I’m trying to say is that they believe in each other, and there’s something so mature and honest about that. BUT don’t worry, there’s plenty of steamy, romantic scenes too, thank GOODNESS!

Okay, but here’s the thing, right? There’s something that happens in this book that I can’t really talk about without giving away a huge spoiler. It has to do with something that Adrian did in his past, and I just want to say that I’m really NOT okay with it. A lot of people will be able to gloss over it and say, “Yeah, but he’s changed! He’s not that guy any more!” And I definitely agree that he’s not, but it’s honestly really problematic and something that can’t be overlooked. I’m not saying it changed my opinion of Adrian, but it made me take a solid step back. It just, ugh. Yikes. Gave me a very yucky feeling in my stomach, for sure.

And then the ending?! Oh my goodness, what a cliffhanger. I was absolutely SHOCKED! And I’m so scared for what’s going to happen to Sydney in the next book, oh man. Definitely prepare yourselves for this one, guys, cause it’s a heartbreaker!

All in all, I did really love this book. I thought it was maybe the strongest one yet, and I can’t wait to see what Richelle has in store for the next one!

Check out this series immediately, if you haven’t already!!

Pages: 420

Date Published: November 19, 2013

Publisher: Razorbill

Rating: ★★★★★

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April 9, 2014 posted by Nichole

Night Broken (Mercy Thompson #8) by Patricia Briggs

night broken_front mech.inddAn unexpected phone call heralds a new challenge for Mercy. Her mate Adam’s ex-wife is in trouble, on the run from her new boyfriend. Adam isn’t the kind of man to turn away a person in need—and Mercy knows it. But with Christy holed up in Adam’s house, Mercy can’t shake the feeling that something about the situation isn’t right.

Soon, her suspicions are confirmed when she learns that Christy has the farthest thing from good intentions. She wants Adam back and she’s willing to do whatever it takes to make it happen, including turning Adam’s pack against Mercy.

Mercy isn’t about to step down without a fight, but there’s a more dangerous threat circling. Christy’s ex is more than a bad man—in fact, he may not be human at all. As the bodies start piling up, Mercy must put her personal troubles aside to face a creature with the power to tear her whole world apart.

 

My Review:

I can honestly say that I loved this book from start to finish. It was a constant whirlwind of action and romance. Never once was I bored or irritated. It was just a fun read. I’ve glad that I’ve enjoyed the last two books in the series, because the Mercy Thompson series started to hit a rough patch there for a little bit. I even rated one of the books two stars! It broke my heart /= Night Broken strayed away from  that rough patch, though.

Night Broken introduces a new character. Actually, let me rephrase, Night Broken introduces several new characters. Two of those said characters are Adam’s ex-wife, Christy, and Mercy’s half-brother, Gary Laughingdog.  First of all, let me say how hilarious it was to finally have Christy in the mix. She and Mercy did not get along at all, and it was a riot to have them in the same room together. As for Gary Laughingdog, I didn’t really think anything of him until the last chunk of the book when he started to appear more. He was definitely an interesting character who I’m excited to read more about. Thankfully, the ending of Night Broken sets it up for both of those characters to be  continue in the series. I hope that Briggs decides to keep Christy around simply for the entertainment!

One negative thing that I’ve noticed about this series as it has progressed is that it’s getting a little stuffy in the romance department. For example, Mercy and Adam tend to act like an old married couple in every single situation. I want to see them have those light and fluffy moments. Additionally, I want to see those hot and steamy moments that Briggs seems to be lacking on lately. It doesn’t take away from the book that much, but it does take away from my love for them as a couple.

Overall, I loved this book. I can’t say all that much in my review since this is the eighth book in the series and I don’t want to ruin it for anyone. If you haven’t read the Mercy Thompson series, then I highly recommend it! It’s a great adult paranormal series that is full of fun, magic, action, mystery, and romance all rolled into one amazing series.

 

Pages: 341

Publication Date: March 11th, 2014

Publisher: Ace Hardcover

Rating: : ★★★★☆

 

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January 6, 2014 posted by Nichole

Out for Blood Blog Tour: Interview with R. Barri Flowers

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243489R. Barri Flowers is an award winning criminologist and bestselling author of crime and thriller fiction, crime nonfiction and true crime, relationship novels, and young adult mysteries.

Recent adult mysteries include SEDUCED TO KILL IN KAUAI, MURDER IN HONOLULU: A Skye Delaney Mystery, MURDER IN MAUI: A Leila Kahana Mystery, DEAD IN THE ROSE CITY, JUSTICE SERVED, STATE’S EVIDENCE, and DARK STREETS OF WHITECHAPEL: A Jack the Ripper Mystery.

Young adult mystery fiction include COUNT DRACULA’S TEENAGE DAUGHTER, GHOST GIRL IN SHADOW BAY and DANGER IN TIME.

New crime nonfiction books include MASTERS OF TRUE CRIME, PROSTITUTION IN THE DIGITAL AGE, STREETS KIDS, and COLLEGE CRIME.

The author is a member of the American Crime Writers League, International Thriller Writers, Kiss of Death, Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters in Crime.

Website:

Twitter: @RBarriFlowers

 

Favorite TV series?

Cedar Cove, Revenge, Continuum, Arrow, Witches of East End, Criminal Minds, The Originals, The Walking Dead, The Blacklist, and The Americans.

Favorite movie?

The Sound of Music (1965)

Favorite Book series?

Harry Potter series. Honorable mention would go to the Ivy Malone Mysteries by Lorena McCourtney.

Best Vacation Spot?

Kauai, Hawaii.

Drink of Choice?

Green tea.

Favorite genre to read?

Thrillers.

Chocolate or Vanilla?

Vanilla.

Cats or Dogs?

Dogs.

Thai or Chinese?

Chinese.

Can you tell us about your  book, Out for Blood, in 15 words or less?

OUT FOR BLOOD is a YA vampire novel sequel to COUNT DRACULA’S TEENAGE DAUGHTER.

What was your favorite scene to write?

The scene in which Kula and vamp Gabryela are confronted at school by cheerleader vamp Jacquelyn and her two vamp female friends from a rival clan. It was fun to have them go at it have the vamp claws come out for school supremacy.

What was the hardest scene to edit out?

It was pretty tough to edit out a scene where Kula had to resort to her vampire instincts in responding to a threat. It would have been good to see her fangs come out and attack a mortal enemy. Alas, the scene had to go, but could come back later in the series.

How many books are going to be in this series?

I have six in mind, but there could well be more, as new ideas emerge on advancing the storyline and subplots.

What is one of your favorite quotes from Out for Blood?

“Seems like every hot blooded vamp and human has the hots for Little Miss Half Vamp.”

Did any music inspire you while writing Out for Blood?

Yes, the spooky theme song from the gothic soap opera series, Dark Shadows.

If you could cast anyone in this series who would you choose?

That’s an interesting question…  Hmm…  I think that Alexandra Chando of The Lying Game would make a great Kula, the teen half vamp daughter of Count Dracula and protagonist.

As would Britt Robertson (The Secret Circle), Aimee Teegarden (Friday Night Lights), or Skyler Samuels (.The Nine Lives of Chloe King).

I could see Phoebe Tonkin (The Originals) or Shailene Woodley (Divergent) as Gabryela, the newbie vamp who befriends Kula.

Blair Redford (Switched at Birth) could be good as Sebastian, a newbie half vamp with a chip on his shoulder.

Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games) would make a great Jacquelyn, the cheerleader vampire who despises Kula.

I could imagine Hunter King (Young and the Restless) playing Yvonne, the human teen with a crush on Kula’s mortal boyfriend, Eriq.

Avan Jogia (Twisted) or Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) would be great as Eriq or Ivan, the teen vamp protector of Kula.

Quinn Shephard (Hostages) is a good choice for the teen vamp protector, Amelia, and could also play Kula’s mortal friend, Paris.

Maddie Hasson (Twisted) or Ashley Benson (Pretty Little Liars) would be good in the role of Sky, Kula’s vamp friend.

I am sure there are many other talented young actors who could play the various roles well in the Transylvanica High series.

What is the best book you’ve read recently?

The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II by Denise Kiernan. Honorable mention would go to The Silent Wife by A. S.A. Harrison.

What is next up on your TBR pile?

Dolled up to Die by Lorena McCourtney.

Secrets from the Past by Barbara Taylor Bradford.

Fly Away by Kristin Hannah.

Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and Politics by Charles Krauthammer.

 

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Count Dracula’s Teenage Daughter (Transylvanica High #1) by R. Barri Flowers

Published December 17th, 2012

Publisher: Createspace

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Draculas-Teenage-Daughter-Transylvanica-Series/dp/1481264796

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/count-draculas-teenage-daughter-r-barri-flowers/1113934102?ean=2940015757484

 

From R. Barri Flowers, the bestselling author of young adult novels, GHOST GIRL IN SHADOW BAY and DANGER IN TIME, comes the first book in an exciting new teen vampire series, COUNT DRACULA’S TEENAGE DAUGHTER: A Transylvanica High Novel.

Sixteen-year-old Kula Lockhart has been living in the town of Harbor Heights, Michigan for two months now, after moving there with her adopted mom from Cheyenne, Wyoming. She attends Transylvanica High School–one of several integrated pilot schools across the country where human and vampire students peacefully coexist.

Kula has no problem with the human-vampire bonding because she has always believed in equality among the living and the living dead. But she is caught completely off guard upon learning that she is the half human daughter of Count Dracula, leader of the oldest and most powerful vampire clan.

She soon discovers that there are some sworn to protect her and others out to get her.

Someone is killing vampires and Kula fears she may be on the hit list. Staying alive becomes a priority as she adjusts to her birthright.

She also has a hot human boyfriend named Eriq. Will he accept her for who she is?

Fans of popular teen vampire, paranormal, and horror fiction series such as Twilight, True Blood, Vampire Diaries, Vampire Academy, and Vampire Kisses will love COUNT DRACULA’S TEENAGE DAUGHTER

 

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Out For Blood (Transylvanica High #2) by R. Barri Flowers

Published November 3rd, 2013

Publisher: R. Barri Flowers

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Out-Blood-Transylvanica-High-2-ebook/dp/B00GF64HUW/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1388701702&sr=1-1

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/out-for-blood-rbarri-flowers/1117314111?ean=9781494771096

 

From R. Barri Flowers, the bestselling author of the young adult vampire novel, COUNT DRACULA’S TEENAGE DAUGHTER, comes the exciting book two in the Transylvanica High series, OUT FOR BLOOD.

Sixteen-year-old honor student Kula Lockhart is in her second year at Transylvanica High School in Harbor Heights, Michigan. It is one of several integrated pilot schools across the country where human and vampire students peacefully coexist.

Kula recently learned that she is the half human, half vampire daughter of Count Dracula. This has made her a target for those who hate her powerful Dad and vamps in general.

As she comes to terms with her heritage and newfound abilities, things begin to heat up between Kula and her mortal boyfriend, Eriq Pratt. She also has her vamp guardians Ivan and Amelia, as well as several human and vampire friends, to balance her evolving life and times.

When Kula suddenly finds herself being pursued by a new handsome half vamp at school, Sebastian LeBlanc, she is strangely drawn to him, even if her heart belongs to Eriq. Yet Kula can’t help but wonder if it is more than coincidence that Sebastian just happened to arrive in town at around the same time that a vampire or vampires began killing humans. Could Sebastian be behind these vicious attacks?

Another new vampire, Gabryela Roswell, befriends Kula, but has a hidden agenda.

In the meantime, Kula has competition from an attractive human girl, Yvonne Elwood, who has her eye on Eriq. She also has to deal with the gorgeous and mean-spirited cheerleader vamp, Jacquelyn Brossard, a member of the rival Doerzic clan.

As Kula grapples with these issues and the changes in her life, she tries to learn more about her mother, who died in childbirth, from the only person who can give her answers–her dad, Count Dracula.

Fans of popular teen vampire and paranormal fiction series such as Twilight, True Blood, Vampire Diaries, and Vampire Academy will love OUT FOR BLOOD in this captivating series.

 

 

 

 

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January 5, 2014 posted by Nichole

Hearts at Stake (Drake Chronicles #1) Alyxandra Harvey

6708137The 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.

 

Hearts at Stake started out really cute. It’s a unique twist on a vampire story that really details the bonds of friends and family. Those relationships really helped to strengthen the book and make the characters more likable. I also really enjoyed the galmance? between Solange and Lucy. You don’t see a lot of books focus on female friendship. I found it refreshing.

Having 2 POVs worked in some areas of this book and tanked in others. Like I said, I enjoyed reading about the girls’ relationship, but I kind of thought that it was too much having both of their voices in one tiny book. I would have preferred that it focus on one girl and have the other once included. It was also a little confusing for me, because I wasn’t the biggest fan of Solange. I loved Lucy and Nick, but I just never hooked on to Solange and Kiernan. Having 2 POVs also made it difficult to fully enjoy either romance. It made it a little choppy and hard to follow in some areas.

About halfway through the book it started to get really cheesy. Alyxandra Harvey has this habit of writing books geared more toward middle grade readers. That can be a bit off putting since this is clearly labeled for young adult readers. While this is a book that I enjoyed, I more see myself handing this one off to one of my fifth graders. I think they would adore it!

Overall, I did really like this one. I thought that it was a cute, PG13 read that younger readers will really enjoy. I could see myself reading the rest of the books later on, but I don’t think that’s something I’m going to jump on right away. Fans of Richelle Mead and Lili St. Crow should enjoy this series!

 

Pages: 248

Publication Date: December 22nd, 2009

Publisher: Walker Childrens

Rating: : ★★★☆☆

 

Teaser Quote: “What got you through?” I whispered. “Do you remember?”
He nodded but wouldn’t look at me. When he didn’t elaborate, I turned to face him. “What? Is it a secret? Don’t I know all the Drake secrets by now?”
He shifted uncomfortably. “I guess”
“What then?”
“You”
I swallowed, stunned. “Me?”
“Yeah” He stood up and went to the door, where he paused for the barest second. “You got me through”.”