Hearts at Stake by Alyxandra Harvey
Pub. Date: December 22nd, 2009
Series: The Drake Chronicles #1
Age Level: 14+
Synopsis via GoodReads
On Solange’s sixteenth birthday, she is going to wake up dead. As if that’s not bad enough, she also has to outwit her seven overprotective older brothers, avoid the politics involved with being the only daughter born to an ancient vampire dynasty, and elude Kieran Black—agent of an anti-vampire league who is searching for his father’s killer and is intent on staking Solange and her entire family.
Luckily she has her own secret weapon—her human best friend Lucy—who is willing to defend Solange’s right to a normal life, whether she’s being smothered by her well-intentioned brothers or abducted by a power-hungry queen. Two unlikely alliances are formed in a race to save Solange’s eternal life—Lucy and Solange’s brother Nicholas, and Solange and Kieran Black—in a dual romance that is guaranteed to jump start any romance-lover’s heart.
Lucy; pg. 75
"Oh, no you don't," I snapped, smug as a cat with a mouthful of canary feathers. I was going to redeem myself, if I had to punch him ten more times to do it. My knuckles felt bruised, sore. Vindicated.
There was the teeniest, tiniest possibility my mom was right about my temper.
Lucy and Nicholas; pg 104-105
"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 deep dark Drake secrets by now?"
He shifted uncomfortably. "I guess."
I swallowed, stunned. "Me?"
"Yeah." He stood up and went to the door where he paused for the barest second. "You got me through."
Lucy and Nicholas; pg. 116-117
It was more of a safe really, with a secret-tunnel exit, oxygen, blood, supplies, and weapons. I'd never actually been inside before. I bounced on my heels impatiently. He shook his head.
"You're acting like we have Santa locked in there."
I rubbed my hands together.
"This is better than some old fat guy. Now gimme."
Lucy and Nicholas (Again!); pg. 230
He shook out the doublet, complete with lace froth at the cuffs. "Logan would love this." He smirked at me. "No tights." He dropped everything. "I'm still not wearing this crap."
"They seemed rather adamant."
"She can kiss my--hey." He scowled at Kieran. "There's only one costume. How come you don't have to dress up like some eigtheenth century jackass?"
Ok, I know, I know. All of these were from Lucy or Lucy and Nicholas. Sorry Solange and Kieran; I like ya'll too but Lucy and Nicholas just seemed to get some of the best parts.
Anyway, I hope these great passages from Hearts at Stake combined with my Review are enough to make you all want to read this book. I really enjoyed it and know that there are probably a good many of you out there who would like it just as much, maybe more, as I did.
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