My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Solange Drake’s sixteenth birthday is approaching, a birthday that will change her life forever. Unlike other girls who look forward to their sweet sixteen, Solange’s birthday worries her and her entire family. For on her sixteenth birthday, Solange will go through the bloodchange and if she survives she is prophesied to be the next queen of the vampires. Her survival isn’t a guarantee, after all her last brother to go through the blood change almost didn’t make it, and when assassins are out to kill you just because you were born as a female Drake your survival is precarious at best.
Fun, engrossing, light and fluffy are the four words that come to mind when I think of this book. Dialogue is one of Harvey’s strengths and the interaction between her characters is often fun and witty. I especially loved the relationship between Lucy and Nicholas better than the other storyline and even found myself wanting to flip forward to see what was going to happen with them. I am dying for more Lucy and Nicholas, and I hope we will see much more of them in the sequels.
Cautions for sensitive readers: It reads like a classic romance novel, but this book is tame enough for even sensitive readers without any sex and just a little kissing. You will find some mild profanity and violence, but for a vampire romance novel this book was very mild.
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When you finish Hearts at Stake don't forget to check out the sequel Blood Feud which was just released today 6/22/10!!! Not convinced? Watch the trailer for Blood Feud.