Series: Drake Chronicles #1
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing USA on May 23rd 2010
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!
Short & Sweet: Hearts at Stake was an interesting read to be sure. I went into the novel believing I would be seeing everything from Solange's point of view, and was surprised to find that this was not exactly the case. I really liked Solange… but Lucy completely stole the show. There are flaws here to be sure, but they were flaws that I could deal with.
Final Verdict: A fun read that I think was misrepresented by its summary. I definitely enjoyed this read, but I was left wanting to see more of Solange. I know the next novel in the series shift gears to other main characters.. so hopefully I will get to see more of the Solange, Lucy, and Nicholas as fringe characters.