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Hearts At Stake (Drake Chronicles #1)

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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02  ·  rating details  ·  13,311 ratings  ·  1,089 reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 248 pages
Published July 19th 2010 by Bloomsbury (first published December 22nd 2009)
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~Tina~
::SPOILER ALERT::

Now this was absolutely a kick-ass Vampire novel!!I devoured in one sitting!
Love, Love, Love, Loved It!!!

Solange Drake is just about to turn 16 and endure the Bloodchange that will make her a Vampire, that's if she can survive it. But that's only one of her problems. She's also a rare female Vampire, born-not-turned, so it makes her a kind of Princess, or so the prophecy says...
There is a bounty on Solange and between the Vampire Hunters who want her for the money and A wish-she
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Jessica
Jan 23, 2011 Jessica rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Hardcore fans of this genre
Shelves: 15-vampires
Another half-star rating...3.5 stars

I was looking for a nice and fluffy YA vampire story with likeable characters, some good laughs, a swoon-worthy male character, an interesting plot but nothing too complicated, basically just a quick read to take my mind off things and that’s exactly what I got. Is the story deep and meaningful? No, definitely not. Is it original? Nope. Is it fun? Hell yes!

Really, there’s nothing extraordinary about this book and the plot is pretty predictable but still, I enj
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Lucille
There's this thing called the White Pine award. Every year, ten young adult books written by Canadian authors are chosen, and then we can vote through our highschools and the winning author gets the award. Normally the books are pretty good. The only reason that I read Hearts at Stake is because of White Pine; you're supposed to read all of the books in order to vote.
First of all, shall we discuss the title. Hearts at Stake... really? Did they think that it was a clever play on words, because o
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Nic
So good! It was action packed, fast paced, and funny. I read this book within 24 hours it was just too good to put down. I liked Alyxandra Harvey's take on vampires. The history was interesting and unique although at the beginning it was a little bit confusing to remember what was what with The Host, Hounds and Hel-Bar.

This story is told from both Solange's and Lucy's points of view. I found myself enjoying Lucy's story more. She was funny, brave, outspoken, loyal and I loved her moments with Ni
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Kristi
A great book for vampire fans looking for a fun, fast and entertaining read. I'd even recommend this for non vampire fans. This was just a feel good, make you laugh, can't stop turning the pages.... awesome book.

Hearts as Stake is told in alternating perspectives. Solange, the vampire, and Lucy, her best friend. Lucy is not a vampire, but her parents are aware of and close friends with the vampire family, which is something different then the norm. Usually in vampire literature, it's all about
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Jessica
This book is like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the Princess Diaries got married and had a beautiful, beautiful baby!

Need more to love?

How about: a fresh new vampire mythology, lush writing (I wanted to eat all the food and wear all the clothes), and totally engaging characters. I loved that, instead of being about a hot vampire princess and her stereotypical BFF sidekick (you know the type, slightly less pretty, kinda slutty, a staple of YA lit), it was a dual narrative between two best friends,
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Wendy Darling
2.5 stars Meh.
Yan
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Marie
Jul 20, 2012 Marie rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who's looking for a different vampire twist.
Shelves: vamps
3.5 stars! I don't think it quite deserved 4.

It was good just not that good.

At first everything was fine but then the story was over too quick. The author should've took their time and expanded on it. And I wanted Nicholas' and Lucies relationship clarified.

What I did enjoy however was having the story written in both Lucy's and Solange's POV's.

Their both so different it's awesome and I love their friendship.

Solange is 15 years of age and is the first female vampire born to the Drake fa
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Carol(ina)
HEARTS AT STAKE is a chick-lit, fluff, candy read. There's nothing special about it and there's nothing memorable. It's just a book that provides a brief distraction from the real life.

The two narrators were different from each other so I could tell whose chapter it was. Their voices were different and realistic. I liked Lucy's sassyness and that she would do anything for her best friend, Solange. And I liked that Solange, in turn, would do anything for Lucy.

The plot was unfortunately not that
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Mishma Nixon
If I put Hearts at Stake in just a few words,it's 'one of the best take in vampires.After encountering different types of vampires:deadly beautiful ones,weak ones needing protection,strong ones giving protection,out typical knights in shining armor and even 'sparkling ones,I've nearly been fed up with vampires.Reading this book was like taking a fresh take in them

Unlike many other stories this one had two heroines.And don't worry,they have their own separate matches.It's a relief that it didn't
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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Samantha Clanton aka "Harlequin Twilight" for TeensReadToo.com

The prophecy stated that the vampire tribes would be united under the rule of a daughter born to an ancient family. The Drakes are that family, and Solange is that daughter. Solange will change from being mortal to being vampire in a matter of days, on her sixteenth birthday. In the meantime, she's fighting off the "suitors" who are attracted by her lineage and pheromones, and the vampire hunters who are after her family.
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Anorielt
Die Drake Chronicles habe ich jetzt ja schon länger auf meiner Wunschliste, eigentlich seit dem Moment, in dem ich gesehen habe das Tanja so begeistert von der Reihe ist. Allerdings habe ich mich nie getraut den ersten Band auch wirklich zu kaufen weil ich mir einfach SO unsicher war was den Inhalt anging. Als Tanja mich dann neulich darauf hingewiesen hat, das es einen Sammelband mit den ersten drei Bänden gibt, habe ich natürlich sofort zugeschlagen. Da konnte ich einfach nicht widerstehen. Un ...more
Aimen *Vampire Bookworm*
My favourite Series!!! I was hooked the minute I opened this book!
Sheree
My Love Lies Bleeding (Hearts At Stake in the U.S) was a quick, fun read. Quirky characters, a close friendship, action aplenty, a smattering of romance, original vampire lore, hilarious banter and sarcastic comebacks made for a clean, entertaining YA read.

Solange is prophesied to take the throne of the vampire queen (much to her disgust) but first she must go through the bloodchange, the life threatening transition from human to vampire. With seven over-protective brothers, a kick-ass mother an
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Chioma

Edgy, funny, romantic, Hearts at Stake was a refreshing new look into the vampire world. Told in alternating persepectives from the main character Solange, and her hilarious best friend Lucy, Hearts at Stake is a fun, romantic, and action packed read that all vamp lovers will enjoy having in their collections.

Solange, the main character is the first female vampire made/born in over 600 years. Now 15, like the rest of her brothers, she is to start her transition from human to vampire on her 16th
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Jenny Chen
Hearts at Stake...I like the pun used in the title. But, as a young adult and a fan of books such as Vampire Academy and Twilight before they began to be franchised and turned horrible, I must say I was rather disappointed by Hearts at Stake.

This novel felt misleading. The summary in the back was completely misleading and there were a lot of loose ends at the end of the novel.

And the switching point of views - never a good idea, unless the two narrators have distinct voices and are distinct char
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A&E
This is a fun read. The protagonists are a blast. Yes, protagonists, plural.

I started out reading Hearts at Stake and became confused. If you read back cover, it's about Solange, would-be vampire princess. But the prologue is titled "Lucy" and is in first person from her point of view.

Hmmm....

I like Lucy, she's feisty and fun. But then the first chapter, six pages later, is titled "Solange" and is first person from her point of view.

Whoa, whoa, whoa. What is going on? So then I start flipping th
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♥Rachel♥
4.5 stars.

I really loved this fast paced, fun read! There was never a dull moment in this book.

The story alternates from the POV of Lucy and Solange, best friends. Solange is a 15 year old human girl born into a vampire family, the Drakes. The Drakes are a special family where the vampires are born not made. Each one of the children are born human, but turn vampire on their 16th birthday. She has 6 older, very protective, brothers who have already turned. Lucy is her wise-cracking human best fri
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Tati
This book is the first in a series, and is told by Solange and Lucy. Solange is the first daughter born to the Drake family in hundreds of years, which puts her in a delicate situation. You see, there is a prophecy among vampires that a daughter born to an ancient family will be the next vampire queen. Of course, the reigning queen is not happy at all with Solange's birth and exiles her family. Being the only girl among her siblings, Solange feels quite smothered at times by her overprotective b ...more
Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
This and my other reviews can be found at http://amethystbookwyrm.blogspot.co.uk/

Solange Drake is soon going to become a vampire on her 16th birthday and this causes problems as she has been prophesied to become the next queen. With help from her best friend Lucy her Brother Nick and her potential enemy Kieran Black, they have to help fight against those who want to either harm or use her.

I really love this book as it has a great mix of romance, humour, suspense and while it is a light and fluff
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Aishah
This was such a cute, funny and action filled read. Reminded me of why I love vampires so much.

I really loved the different view yet staying true to what we know of vampirism.

I loved the back and forth between Nicholas and Lucy, they share a couple of kisses, but it never goes beyond that which is quite disappointing but so you see this book lays more onto the plotline which doesn't consist of the romance happening around it. different than what i'm used to.

So Solange is the firstborn vampire a
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Emma (Miss Print)
Being a teenager is hard enough, but Solange Drake has a whole other set of problems. With her sixteenth birthday fast approaching, Solange and her family have way more on their mind than her Sweet Sixteen--like planning for her transformation into a vampire. All of the Drake sons survived the transformation in one piece, but being the first female-born vampire in 800 years (and the future vampire queen according to a mysterious prophecy) no one is really sure how Solange will fair. Of course, t ...more
Wee Shubba (Totally Bookalicious)
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My Love Lies Bleeding is one of those stories that just grab you from page one. I completely devoured this novel. I have read many many vampire novels but this one was fresh, fun and seriously funny.

The story follows the story of two best friends Solange a vampire and Lucy a human. Solange is the only female born vampire and because of this she is a threat to the vampire queen, Vampires are either trying to kill her or date her. Lucy is a
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Lia Bree
aj keď to bolo predvídateľné(a trošilinku debilné), mne sa to aj tak páčilo, vie to niekto vysvetliť? :D asi som práve potrebovala knihu na odreagovanie a táto kniha prišla vhod xD
viac som mala rada, keď to bolo rozprávané z Lucyinho pohľadu, vzťah medzi Solange a Kieranom bol taký, ja neviem, divný? :D ach, a tých milión bratov, s každým bude kniha? -_-" :D :D :D okrem Nicholasa, Sebastiana a Logana si ostatných nepamätám, ale keby som svoje mozgové závity viac potrápila, možno by som si na ne
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Katie
Another book I've been wanting to read for a while and another bit of a disappointment.

I did like this okay. I liked the worldbuilding and I liked the characters. Didn't totally buy either romance, but sometimes that just feels like my lot in life.

I have the next two books in the series, but I think I'm going to skip them. I'd read them if they were about the same characters, but I didn't like this enough to read other POVs. I do wish, though, there was some was some way to magically tell if con
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Hallie
May 10, 2010 Hallie rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Hallie by: Lazygal Reader
Shelves: fantasy, ya
This was a perfectly fine vampire story, with two generally likeable narrators, and some fairly interesting variations on the typical YA vampire lore. I actually found the straightforward exposition of vampiric history, politics and biology refreshing - much better than awkwardly disguised infodump!

Aside from that though, there wasn't quite enough to grab me particularly, and while I enjoyed it, wasn't sufficiently wowed to push it on all reading buddies.
Caitlin Audet
After reading one vampire book I decided to keep to the theme and pick up another and boy am I glad I did. Hearts at Stake aka My Love Lies Bleeding was one action packed story that I couldn't just get enough of. Lucky me I have the next two books in the Drake Chronicles to keep me satisfied.

Hearts at Stake is another vampire book with its own unique quality and history. There are the regular vampires who are made, a self proclaimed vampire queen and court, rogue vampires that answer to no one,
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Marsha
Jun 26, 2012 Marsha rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: YA
(4.5 stars)
Finally, a YA series that does not kill off the parents of the herione and send her to an academy!! Hearts at Stake is a fun vampire series told from the points of view of two bff's.

Lucy is human and the bff of Solange Drake. Solange is currently human and has seven vampire brothers. She is also 'prophecy' girl because she is the only female born vampire. However, she will not change until her sixteenth birthday. It has been foretold that a female vamp forn with become Queen, a job So
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YA Reads Book Reviews
Originally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.

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. Lik
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“Why are you limping like that?' Nicholas demanded.
I'm swaggering,' I informed him.
You look like you're wearing a diaper.'
Charming. And I had a crush on this guy.
Wait. I had a crush on this guy?
Now what?' he asked. 'You're making weird faces.'
Nothing,' I said quickly. "Never mind.”
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