Tuesday, 6 September 2011

A Review for Bleeding Hearts (Drake Chronicles #4) by Alyxandra Harvey

Posted by Donna
Expected Published Date: October 3rd, 2011
Finished Date: September 2nd, 2011
Publishers: Bloomsbury UK
Source: ARC, For Review
Format: Paperback
Pages: 289
The Blurb from Goodreads: 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 enforce is the worst part. Something really dangerous couldn't possibly happen in this tiny town. But Christabel has noticed some mysterious happenings, and it seems like Lucy, her boyfriend Nicholas and his brother Connor are all in on a secret that Christabel doesn't understand—one that seems deadly serious. Although she won't admit it, Christabel would love to be in on any secret with Connor Drake. But when she is kidnapped by the ruthless Hel-Blar vampires, Christabel must cause more and more trouble in Violet Hill, Lucy and Connor finally fill Christabel in on all the undead drama. Together, they must find a way to stamp out the Hel-Blar for good.
The Review: 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 would lose the excitement that it had when it first started, well….not 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. Christabel is now living with Lucy because her mother is in rehab. While she’s there, Lucy tells her the town is run by a dangerous gang, rather than explaining that it’s actually full of Vampires. Christabel doesn’t believe Lucy’s story until she is kidnapped by mistake by the new leader of the Hel-Blar. Lucky for her, Connor Drake comes to her rescue but it only leads to more a dangerous situation. Can Connor save Christabel in time?

I loved it! Alyxandra Harvey has done it again with her awesome and dangerous storyline that leaves you sitting on the edge of your seat. With fast paced, exciting and thrilling scenes that can only leave you wanting more.

I’ll admit I was a little bit hesitant when I found out a new character was going to be introduced especially Lucy’s cousin. I expected Christabel to be an older, bratty cousin and boy was I surprised. She was actually a down to earth girl who loves reading and I think she was a great addition to the story. Then we see Lucy, who I’ve always loved. And she was just as great as ever. Feisty, determined and strong and I have to say I think she made the right choices in the end. I did feel sorry for her when she felt she was losing her family but I’m glad she had Nicholas’s support to help her get through it. Then finally we have Connor. Come on, who’s not going to like another Drake brother? Connor was just as lovable as his brothers and I loved how protective he was of Christabel. Although I feel there weren’t as many romantic scenes with them as a couple compared to the previous books, I still really enjoyed their relationship and it took a few interesting and unexpected turns.

I felt this time around this book was more centred on the story of the Hel-Blar and Drake family and it’s nice to see the story slowly develop right in front of your eyes. I honestly, have no idea what is going to happen next and Alyxandra did throw some shocking curve balls in the story. I have to say as much as I loved this book, I’m still not sure how I feel about Solange’s development as a character. She was the character that most shocked me during trough-out this story and I’m eager to find out what will happen next.

Overall, Bleeding Hearts is a fantastic addition to the Drake Chronicles. If Alyxandra Harvey keeps knocking out books as good as these, then you guys won’t be disappointed. If you haven’t read this series, I suggest you do. Because it’s not one you want to miss out on.

Thank you to Bloomsbury UK for giving me the opportunity to review this book.


Christy @TheReaderBee said...

This series sounds so good! My library has the first book. I definitely need to check it out! Great review!

Tanja said...

jealous of your arc ;P
sounds amazing, im definitly going to buy it!

Gaby said...

I love this series! I definitely need to read this book. I like both
covers but the US one is my favorite. It better displays the emotions in
the book to me.