Monday, May 3, 2010
Hearts at Stake by Alyxandra Harvey
Hearts at Stake is a fine addition to the current craze for teen vampire romance. It's funny, adventurous, seductive, and has two smart, enterprising best-friend heroines. I loved the idiosyncratic chemistry and unquestioned loyalty between Solange, born to an ancient vampire family, and Lucy, her human bff. According to an ancient prophecy, Solange is destined to be the next vampire queen. Neither Solange nor the current queen is really enamoured of this idea (Solange's idea of a good time is throwing pots in her backyard ceramics studio, preferably wearing mucky jeans). In fact, Lady Natasha, the current queen, is so offended by the possibility of being dethroned by Solange that she plots to snuff out the entire Drake family to make sure the prophecy will never come to pass. Plot leads to counter-plot, and soon Solange is kidnapped and Lucy roars off to find her with Solange's rather distracting brother Nicolas. And while Nicolas and Lucy are busy hunting her down, Solange and her kidnapper Kieran are finding themselves falling for each other as well.
BTW, I like the fact that the girl on the cover is believably sixteen. I'm getting sick of covers showing twenty-two year old girls posing as fourteen-year-olds (I'm looking at you, Clique!).
Bloomsbury Kids have given us not just one but two book trailers, one for Solange, and one for Lucy: