Hearts at Stake [NOOK Book]

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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...
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Overview


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.



Even fans of the genre who've seen it all will find a fresh read with kick-butt characters and family dynamics that ring true for all brothers and sisters-vampire or otherwise.

Look out for the other books in this series: Blood Feud, Out for Blood, and Bleeding Hearts-out next year!
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Harvey's debut, launching the Drake Chronicles, is a refreshing take on the familiar teenage vampire drama. Solange Drake, the first girl to be born of vampire parents in 900-odd years, has led a mostly normal life. But as Solange's 16th birthday nears, so does the fulfillment of her genetic destiny: biological transformation into a vampire. And not just any vampire, but a long-prophesized queen. Though Solange is more interested in being a normal teenager with her best friend, Lucy (the girls alternately provide the story's narration), the ruling vampire queen and a human council of vampire hunters feel otherwise. A series of attacks on the Drake family breaks long-established peace treaties and exposes a hidden web of love, hate, and politics. Harvey builds an engaging world of vampire cultures balanced with a smart mix of darkness and humor (“Everyone basically thought of me as a vampire broodmare, meant to give birth to lots of little royal vampire babies,” Solange observes). Though the Romeo-esque enemy love interest for Solange is predictable, an emphasis on family and friendship sets this story apart. Ages 12–up. (Jan.)
Kirkus Reviews
Solange Drake, a dreamy potter, has more on her plate than the average almost-16-year-old: Intoxicating pheromones waft from her skin, attracting numerous unwanted suitors, and she's dreading a potentially fatal transformation from human to vampire. Her gutsy, weapons-trained best friend Lucy is supportive, but she's increasingly preoccupied with Nicholas, one of Solange's five impossibly handsome brothers. Solange's family is vampire royalty, exiled from court because of Queen Natasha's paranoia about a prophecy that might be about Solange overthrowing Natasha's rule. Solange wants only to be left in peace, but inevitably, dark forces converge against the Drakes: First, the Helios-Ra-paramilitary vampire hunters whose brash young leader, Kieran, is attracted to Solange-attack, then Queen Natasha's brutal personal guards kidnap Solange. A pitched battle in Natasha's lavish court culminates in a twist that turns the prophecy on its head, making a normal teenage vampire life possible for Solange. This fluffy series opener is fundamentally silly and derivative of everything from Buffy the Vampire Slayer to Twilight to Harry Potter, but its fast-moving plot and refusal to take itself too seriously offer partial redemption. (Paranormal romance/adventure. YA)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802721877
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 5/23/2010
  • Series: Drake Chronicles
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 115,180
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.62 (d)
  • File size: 723 KB

Meet the Author

Alyxandra Harvey
ALYXANDRA HARVEY studied creative writing and literature at York University and has had her poetry published in several magazines. When not writing, she is a belly dancer and jewelrymaker. She lives in an old farmhouse in Ontario with her husband, hawk, and two dogs. alyxandraharvey.com heartsatstake.com
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  • Posted March 18, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    great

    Finished this book in less than half a day. It was a really good read. will read more

    14 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 28, 2010

    Just when you thought you were tired of vampire books!

    This story line has a lot of things young readers will enjoy. Action, smart wit, and family. It's so good to see the family dynamics play a big roll in this book, especially to see the mother kick butt! One that is real and not too mushy. Best friends Lucy and Solange are great and to get both their perspectives of what is transpiring is a refreshing change to the story line. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to jump in and have a good read. Can't wait for the next book.
    Taylor Raven

    10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 6, 2010

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    Incredible read!

    Anyone who is unsure about this book, just keep reading! When I first started reading it, I wasnt sure about it but the more and more I read it, I fell in love with this series as well as the characters; Lucky aka Lucy, Nicholas, Solange and Kieran!! I just completely love this book.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2011

    Action, romance, humor. . . What could be better?

    This book is an entertaininh balance of bloody battles, unforgetable kisses, and lmao humor. I read the first page and was imediatly addicted. Solange is probably the only girl that's not looking forward to her sweet sixteen.why?Because of the proficy. A girl will be born into an ancient family, that girl is to be our queen. Well, Solange is the one that fits the discription. Only, say she doesnt want to. She doesnt. To freaking bad. When she has been hunted since her birth, you would think shed be used to it. Shes not. And that is probably the worst mistake.

    Solange will have to make grave decisions in this epic battle for life. But when her life is entangled with her bff Lucy's, life over love? Friends over family? Gramma over me? Find the answers in the everlasting war of love, life, and blood.WARNING: this book cusses.ages 10+

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2012

    Great book/great series

    Love this book and the entire series. It is very popular at school too (6-8 grade). My 11 year old has read the first three and is starting the fourth soon. Vampires, friends, boyfriends, and danger. Enjoy.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 14, 2011

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    I recommend anyone who loves humor; a little romance and a lot of vampire- give this series a try

    I really enjoyed reading this book. It had a different take on vampires than I've read before. There was a good amount of humor that made me laugh out loud and it had a great romance aspect. Hearts at Stake was told in a two person perspective between Solange and Lucy. I'd have to say that I enjoyed Lucy's prospective more. She was witty and fun and the tension between her and Nicholas was perfect. I found myself wanting to skip every other chapter just to read more about Lucy and Nicholas! If there were more of a connection with Solange and Kieran earlier in the book, I would have been more interested in Solange's point of view.

    It was interesting to learn the history of how the Drake family came into existence as vampires. Helena is an awesome mother and can totally kick anyone's butt who tries to mess with her family. Solange has 7 great bothers too who will do whatever it takes to protect her.

    The plot was interesting, which made for a very engaging read. I loved the humor, the romance and the kick-butt fighting from Lucy and the Drake family!

    I think this book is proof of how important blog book giveaways can be. Thanks to winning this book, I now have to read the rest of the series. Without winning this book, I may never have gotten the chance to discover this series by Alyxandra Harvey.

    I I really enjoyed reading this book. It had a different take on vampires than I've read before. There was a good amount of humor that made me laugh out loud and it had a great romance aspect. Hearts at Stake was told in a two person perspective between Solange and Lucy. I'd have to say that I enjoyed Lucy's prospective more. She was witty and fun and the tension between her and Nicholas was perfect. I found myself wanting to skip every other chapter just to read more about Lucy and Nicholas! If there were more of a connection with Solange and Kieran earlier in the book, I would have been more interested in Solange's point of view.

    It was interesting to learn the history of how the Drake family came into existence as vampires. Helena is an awesome mother and can totally kick anyone's butt who tries to mess with her family. Solange has 7 great bothers too who will do whatever it takes to protect her.

    The plot was interesting, which made for a very engaging read. I loved the humor, the romance and the kick-butt fighting from Lucy and the Drake family!

    I think this book is proof of how important blog book giveaways can be. Thanks to winning this book, I now have to read the rest of the series. Without winning this book, I may never have gotten the chance to discover this series by Alyxandra Harvey.

    I recommend anyone who loves humor; a little romance and a lot of vampire- give this series a try!!

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 29, 2011

    READ IT

    this book is funny, it has action, romance.... if your a you vampire book this is definitely the book you should read.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 19, 2011

    Not bad

    Intrresting tale being told from standpoint of 2 people.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    vampires

    this is a really good book. it's intresting and also it is vampire realated. i wold keep reading and reading it if i could. i cant wait for the other books.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2012

    Age

    What age is it for? They really need to put the age number on!

    2 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2011

    outstanding!

    this book had me hooked from beginng to end. with its inviting characters to it budding romances, it has heart and the since of family bonding, makes eveything seem almost unrealistic. other books are fantasic also. :)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 22, 2010

    Fresh and fun new take on vampires

    HEARTS AT STAKE, by Alyxandra Harvey, was a fresh and modern retelling of the story of Snow White, but with a *fang*tastic twist. This dual narrator book tells the story of Solage and her change into a vampire along with her best-human-friend, Lucy.

    This book was truly a great read. Harvey created a new history of vampires that was interesting and captivating. I liked reading this book with two narrators because they were totally different. Although most of the time I preferred to read Lucy's chapters versus Solage's. Lucy was fiesty, cheeky, and quite enjoyable to read. Plus there was the added benefit of the blooming romance between her and Nicholas. Their passionate outbursts to each other only made their sweet moments more swoon-worthy. Solage was a bit whiney at times and her changing did nothing to improve her unremarkable personality. But I did like the whole damsel-in-distress circumstance with the gorgeous and mysterious Kieran Black.

    I highly enjoyed the background that Harvey created for these characters. She was very in-depth, although sometimes too much so. I found myself having to flip back and forth to distinguish the different types of vampires apart. But other than that I liked reading about the Drakes and their ancestry.

    This book stands apart from other young-adult vampire books. The new lineage and history of these vampires living together and fighting humans will definitely sink its teeth into you.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 23, 2012

    good read

    I got this book on a whim and I really enjoyed it. it was a little disorentating at first switching between characters at first, but I ended up liking how it worked. I hope there is another book involving Lucy, she is my favorite!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 14, 2012

    NOT HAPPY

    NEVER GOT TO READ THE BOOK
    I HAD TWO NOOK TABLETS
    BOTH QUIT WORKING
    HAD TO ARGUE TO GET MY $$$
    BACK LOST MY $$$$ ON ALL
    BOOKS AND APS ECT!!
    GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR NOOKS
    I WILL NEVER BE A BARNS & NOBLE
    FAN AGAN !!!!

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2012

    SUPER GOOD!!!!!!!

    This was a great book! The plot was great and so was the going back and forth from the two main girls. I think this book should be 13+ because it had A LOT of bad words. But, other than that it was great!
    DD
    Stay Beuitful:)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2012

    great book

    this was a great book. very easy to read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2012

    love it!

    love it

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2012

    nice

    A good read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2012

    ****

    Best book I've read in a long time.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2012

    Real Decent

    This came off as a different spin off of Vampire lore that really was not bad at all. The overall story was unique enough and as the narrative perspective changed between the two main sixteen-year-old girls, it approached the story well. The current day references also made for a good chuckle too. It isn't a die hard insant classic but definitely worth a good read or two.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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