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hearts at stake

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.


Rating: 4/5

If I remember correctly, I’ve wanted to read this book ever since I saw it in the school library about 5 years ago. Now that I’ve read it, I’m glad to say that it didn’t disappoint me. Mostly. I’m quite sure I looked exactly like this after I finished.

pikachu heart eyes

(Yes, I am a Pikachu. PIKA PIKA. I should stop.)

One of the things that I loved about this book was the family dynamics. As the oldest sibling, and also the oldest cousin, I completely understand the overprotectiveness of Solange’s brothers. If anyone were to harm a hair on my sibling’s head, they better be ready for the fight of their lives. They always say, “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned”. Well, I say, “Hell hath no fury like a pissed off older sister”. Even though no one is trying to kill my siblings, I can still understand the need to constantly shelter and protect my siblings. Since someone IS trying to kill their baby sister, of course they will be way over the top with their overprotectiveness. ESPECIALLY since she is the baby, and the ONLY girl. I also loved the fact that the mother (Helena) is so badass and all the boys in the family listen to her, the father (Liam) included. That being said, the father is also pretty cool, and he’s no wimp. He’s the ice to Helena’s fire, which I think is really cute.

Another thing I loved about this was the fact that the female characters were all really strong. Helena is so kickass. Solange has been trained with weapons. Even Lucy, the only human in the book who played an important role, can handle herself in a fight (against humans). The other female members in the Drake family are also able to whoop some serious ass. So yes, this part of the book is AWESOME. Besides that, Helena is the hot-headed, reckless, fight-loving one in her relationship with Liam, which is pretty uncommon as it is usually the guys who’re threatening to incapacitate people. (I think you all can tell that I love Helena)

This book was positively hilarious at times. I would be reading, then burst out laughing for the next minute and have to reread the same passage again because I forgot the topic. Let me just give you a quote.

If someone came at me in the woods, the only thing I could do was yawn them to sleep. And this was the girl Lady Natasha, queen of the vampires, was afraid of.

HAHAHAHAHAHA. You gotta admit, that’s pretty funny.

As many good points as there are, there are some things that just made me feel pretty “Meh” sometimes. Like, what is up with the insta-love between Solange and Kieran? Didn’t Kieran think that someone in Solange’s family killed his father? If so, then why the heck did he fall in love with Solange so quickly? He barely even knew her! He met her like, what, twice, before deciding that she’s the love of his life. Solange is another issue. Liking a vampire hunter is just, NO. GIRL, NO. I make so many bad decisions all the time, but even I know that a to-be-vampire liking a vampire hunter is a horrible decision.

Another point that made me go “Hmm…” was that the plot was way too predictable. Maybe it’s because I’ve read way too many vampire novels, and that this book came out over 6 years ago when the whole vampire thing was pretty new. I could sort of predict what would happen in the book, and I was never really kept at the edge of my seat. So, in the end, the plot fell a little flat for me.

Overall, I like this book a lot. It has no love triangles, which is a huge, huge plus for me. Recommended for anyone who wants a quick, funny read.