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Bleeding Hearts

(Drake Chronicles #4)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  6,499 ratings  ·  367 reviews
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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 enfo
Paperback, 289 pages
Published December 20th 2011 by Walker Books for Young Readers (first published March 1st 2011)
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Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
I was drawn to the first book of the Drake Chronicles because of its shiny cover and the intriguing title. Whenever I choose a book based on those two things alone, I end up disappointed. However, My Love Lies Bleeding won me over with its amusing characters, fast pacing, hilarious moments and not a single love triangle in sight. It was a highly entertaining, feel-good story that surprised me and made me laugh and I instantly became a huge fan of the series.

Drake Chronicles revolve around a roy
Nov 18, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely adore this series!

I’ve been in a reading slump and I just knew the Drake boys would help get me out of it and they did.

If you like vampires you will like this series, if you are sooo over vampires you still might like this series. The thing about these novels that make them one of my favorites isn’t because they are about “vampires.” It’s because of the characters in this novel and the story. Sure they may be a vampire by character trait, but just try not to be charmed by the Drake
Probably my least favorite in this series, though still enjoyable. I really wished we saw more of Quinn and Hunter together because they are my favorite couple in this series.

Hopefully we see them in the last two the same room...being cute.

And can you say cliffhanger?
Donna {Book Passion For Life}
I’ve always been a huge fan of Alexandra Harvey’s work and The Drake Chronicle series is one of my favourites. As you can all tell, we’re now on book 4 and usually you would expect the series to lose the excitement that it had when it first started, well this is not the case with this series. This series is just as exciting, dangerous and thrilling as ever and it just keeps getting better and better!

In Bleeding Hearts the story is told from Lucy’s, Christabel’s & Conner’s point of view. Christa
Namera [The Literary Invertebrate]
This one features Lucy's cousin Christabel and Nicholas's brother, Connor. They're both fine and all, but their little romance is massively overshadowed by Lucy and Nicholas, who are now a sickeningly adorable established couple and totally steal the show.

Christabel's little habit of quoting poetry did get annoying fast... I say this as someone whose favourite poem is ALSO The Highwayman. I liked that Connor had a darkish side under his good-boy nerd exterior, though.

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Let me first start off by saying that I had a hard time liking these new characters--especially the instalove that occurred between Connor and Christabel. And Lucy was a little whiny. But I loved all the romance between Nicholas and Lucy.

Christabel was a really hard character to like. She had no character development. She was the damsel in distress. And then she gets
Nov 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Gawd I love these books!!

So much fun and excitement and I adore every single one of these characters. This was probably my favorite...well there all my fav but I loved this one the most. Mainly cause Lucy and Nicholas are one of my most beloved couples. Evah! They are so adorable and Harvey gave us a lot of really great moments between them.
Love where the story-line is going. I can't wait for more. I swear I never want these books to end!


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What has consistently been so fun about The Drake Chronicles is the smart and clever dialogue combined with the shifting romances between the various members of the Drake family. Unfortunately, BLEEDING HEARTS isn’t quite up to scratch compared to the rest of this series. In the fourth installment, of the three character POVs (which included Lucy, Connor, and Christabel) not one of them really captured my attention, least of all the newly introduced Chr
Den ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
3,98 stars.
I usually give 4 stars to each Drake Chronicles installment for several reasons, despite the fun humor, fast pace and cool worldbuilding. The main reason - the female protagonists are always much more fully-fleshed than the male ones.
With this book, there was also ANOTHER problem - Connor was even more left behind as a character BECAAAAUSEEEE we just had to have Lucy's POV in here, i.e. her moping about Solange and her parents, and cheese time with Nicholas.
I know I am the ABSOLUTE mi
I read this all in one go, I didn't even get to mark it as currently reading.

Loved it, another fantastic novel from Alyxandra Harvey. There was plenty of Nicholas and Lucy, (WOOOO jumps in happiness and grins stupidly) I really enjoyed meeting Lucy's cousin and enjoyed the relationship that formed between her and Connor.

Loved the Nicholas scene where he is outside her room :) I'm so glad they featured in this book, I missed them dearly.

Oh and I missed Solange, I really want to know what is going
Claire Li
May 14, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
I picked up this book off the shelf expecting a trashy romance y/a novel, and to put it bluntly, that's exactly what I got. This is, of course, keeping in mind that I haven't read the first three books of the series. In essence, Bleeding Hearts is about human cousins Christabel and Lucy caught up in the drama of the Drakes, royal vampires.

My main issues with Bleeding Hearts:
1) Alyxandra Harvey makes it very clear early on that no hearts bleed when anybody is killed
2) The characters' personaliti
Briar's Reviews
Alyxandra Harvey has a hit with the Drake Chronicles.

Bleeding Hearts is the fourth novel in the Drake Chronicles (one of my many vampire-based book obsessions). Each book follows one of the Drake children and their adventures and romances. Each book seems to get better compared to the last - in character development, plot and story lines and the romances. It was really nice to see Alyxandra Harvey grow with each book that came out. Knowing that this series came to an end was truly heart breaking
Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
Jun 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review, paranormal
This and my other reviews can be found at

Bleeding Hearts starts a few months after Out for Blood, in which the blood moon is fast approaching, Lucy is feeling isolated and abandoned by the Drakes and Lucy’s cousin Christabel is coming to town

I really liked finding out more about the Hel-Blar and how there society works. I also liked how Lucy is back as a main character and how the past two books has affected as a person.

My favourite character in this book
I really loved this book and Chistabel reminded me a lot of myself because I also love ❤️ poetry and wearing combat boots . I related to her a lot based on her personality and style . I really enjoyed the book and I was sad that it ended .
I know there's a lot more books in that series and it sort of ended in a cliffhanger and now I just want to continue the books in the series .
Me, Myself, and I
...Must... Read...
Ack, why does it have to come out in November? That's such a long time from now.. :(
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am slowly making my way through the Drake Chronicles, I just don't want the story to end. Bleeding Hearts is the latest Drake book that I have finished, it's the fourth book in a seven book series and I loved it. In the series so far three of the Drake siblings have found love and have been immersed in vampire politics all the while a big story arc is going on.

Bleeding Hearts is told from the pov of Lucy, Christabel (Lucy's cousin) and Conner. That's right it's my favorite geeky vampire's turn
Dec 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Bleeding Hearts
by Alyxandra Harvey

Book: The Drake Chronicles #4
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens
Pub Date:
Genre: Young Adult
Format: Print
Source: Borrowed
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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 par
Oct 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Bleeding Hearts is narrated by Lucy, Connor and Lucy's snotty cousin Christabel, who has come to stay with her. I was really happy to see Lucy telling part of the story again as she is my favourite character in the series!

Lucy, her parents and the Drake family are aware that they will be keeping a lot of secrets from Christabel when she arrives in town. The best that they can do is to tell their guest that there is a night curfew because of a serious gang problem in town, which Christabel does n
Rachel (The Rest Is Still Unwritten)
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Once again this book picks up where the other one left off and is told from three different perspectives-Lucy, Connor, and Christabel (Lucy's cousin)

This book is leading up to the Blood Moon, which is a political gathering of the vampire tribes that hasn't been called for in over a hundred years.

Solange is getting weirder and weirder and actually kind of annoying. She won't talk to Lucy or Kieran anymore and is acting weird even for her brothers. She won't take off her sunglasses and her eyes ar
Sarah BT
Dec 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing

4.5/5 Stars

The Drake Chronicles is my favorite guilty pleasure series. I love the snarky, witty banter, the very hot Drake brothers, and the vampire mythos that Alyxandra Harvey has created. Each entry into the series is an engaging and entertaining read. I think Bleeding Hearts though is tied with book number one for my favorite in the series.

I loved that Lucy was back as one of the narrators. She continues to be my favorite character in the series, so it was great to get a peek into her world
Stephanie (Bookfever)
This books was amazing. It was at least as good as the previous book, Out For Blood, which is my favorite in The Drake Chronicles series. At first I wasn't sure I was going to like it because I didn't think Connor would be almost as amazing as Quinn, who is my favorite Drake brother. But Connor definitely gives Quinn a run for his money! Christabel, Lucy's cousin really fits into the story also! At first I kinda wished Chloe and Connor would end up together, although that might've been a little ...more
Dorine White
Jan 27, 2012 rated it liked it
The next book in the Drake Chronicles, Bleeding Hearts, hit shelves on Dec. 20, 2011. Written by Alyxandra Harvey, and published by Walker Books for Young Readers, it is a paranormal romance involving vampires.

The Story: It’s time for Connor Drake to meet his love interest. Lucy’s cousin, Christabel, is in town, and doesn’t understand why everyone is so scared to go out at night. So, what’s a teen to do? She goes out of course, and straight into the arms of a vampire.

Meanwhile, the Drake family
Tyler-rose (The Reading Pile)
Apr 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: enjoyed
Review can be found at:

Now, it's no secret that I adore this series and I was ecstatic when my boyfriend got me a copy of Bleeding Hearts after waiting so long to read it. I was eager to start reading, but had other books to read first (I was just as excited to read these! So it was hard to chose which one to read first!) which meant I had to wait. Though I'm glad I did, because even though I got up at 6am to read this book this morning - it had been worth it.
Apr 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
I was so mad when I realized that the latest installment to the Drake series was not from the p.o.v. of Lucy and Nicholas. But, seeing as this book included Lucy's p.o.v. I think that was enough to get me to the next one which Harvey says will be from Lucy and Nick. Back to this one though: there was never a dull moment, not even in the beginning when most novels take a long time just to outline the plot. Raging teenage hormones, geek chic, literary allusions, things AND 'people' being blown up ...more
Nov 05, 2012 rated it it was ok
I would give this 1 1/2 stars. I really didn't like it very much. The whole book just didn't feel like it flowed like the others. First off, what the heck is Lucy doing going to Helios-Ra Academy? Even though they are working together, this still feels wrong. And Christabel was just a weak character to me. I'm hoping she's not in future books. Probably my main disappointment was Solange. What the heck? It's just my opinion, but I feel like you should keep one of the main characters inherently go ...more
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Another great book in the series.
Y'know how sometimes you've read so many intense books that you just want a light read? Yet you don't feel like a regular romance only book, you do want some adventure and action of a fantasy world, too? Alyxandra Harvey's books are exactly that.

Short (287pgs), light, action filled, full of bad-ass characters, hot brothers, no love triangle dramas, and set in a world that has nothing to do with ours, these books are such a perfect escape and pretty much impossibl
Feb 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Wow, these Drake boys are amazing and so swoony.... They always have time for a good kiss even if they are being held hostage, being chased by Hel-Bar (bad vampires) or have just staked a Hel-Bar!!
This series is always a good, light hearted read with action, romance, vampires and vampire hunters.
Jun 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal
Connor and Christa, Lucy and Nicholas...

But Solange...
Sorry, but you deserve that.
Jul 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
First of all, I gotta say that I LOVE this series. Every single Drake brother and every badass heroine in it. Second: god damn it, what was that ending?? OMG! KIERAN! I need the 5th book like right freaking now
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Alyxandra Harvey lives in a stone Victorian house in Ontario, Canada with a few resident ghosts who are allowed to stay as long they keep company manners. She loves medieval dresses, used to be able to recite all of The Lady of Shalott by Tennyson, and has been accused, more than once, of being born in the wrong century. She believes this to be mostly true except for the fac

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Drake Chronicles (6 books)
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