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Hearts at stake, Alyxandra Harvey

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Hearts at stake
Title
Hearts at stake
Statement of responsibility
Alyxandra Harvey
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
As her momentous sixteenth birthday approaches, Solange Drake, the only born female vampire in 900 years, is protected by her large family of brothers and her human best friend Lucy from increasingly persistent attempts on her life by the powerful vampire queen and her followers
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Storyline
Pace
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Award
OLA Best Bets, 2010.
Review
  • Gr. 8-10 Witty, sly, and never disappointing, this riff on vampire romances for teens unfolds in chapters alternately told by best friends Solange and Lucy. The former is the only daughter in a family of seven brothers, a vampire family in which offspring “turn” from mortal to vampire on their sixteenth birthday. Lucy, totally mortal, has more bravado, an abiding interest in all things vampire, and the baggage of hippie, peace-loving parents. The good-versus-evil plot involves turncoat vampire hunters, power struggles, and Solange’s “turn,” and both girls, as well as several of Solange’s brothers, her debonair father, and warrior mother, are delightfully developed. Each girl’s love interest proves an initial surprise but is credibly realized. Fun, funny, and a relief from Twilight wannabes, this first installment in the Drake Chronicles has lots to offer for savvy readers and gives vampire addicts a nice twist on their usual fare. -- Goldsmith, Francisca (Reviewed 12-01-2009) (Booklist, vol 106, number 7, p36)
  • Gr 8 Up— There is a touch of classic fairy tale in this action-packed story that's narrated by a teen vampire, Solange, and her best friend, Lucy, a human. It's another book in the slew of novels in which a vampire hunter discovers that not all vamps are evil and forbidden romance flourishes. Solange is the youngest child and only female born in 800 years to a blue-blood clan. As she approaches her 16th birthday, she is pursued by male vamps from all over. An ancient prophecy predicts that she will be queen, thus putting her life in danger from various forces, human and otherwise. Solange's family is trained in martial arts and other types of fighting and her seven older brothers keep close watch over her. When the current queen kidnaps her, Lucy convinces Solange's brother Nicholas to help rescue her, and a frantic search ensues. Kieran, a young Helios-Ra, discovers that his hate for vampires is fueled by lies and helps to save Solange, and a romance develops between the formerly feuding Lucy and Nicholas. This is a coming-of-age story with a tragic heroine and a snarky friend. The two young women try to find some normalcy in a life filled with craziness, resulting in a fun read.—Corinda J. Humphrey, Los Angeles Public Library --Corinda J. Humphrey (Reviewed March 1, 2010) (School Library Journal, vol 56, issue 3, p158)
  • Harvey's debut, launching the Drake Chronicles, is a refreshing take on the familiar teenage vampire drama. Solange Drake, the first girl to be born of vampire parents in 900-odd years, has led a mostly normal life. But as Solange's 16th birthday nears, so does the fulfillment of her genetic destiny: biological transformation into a vampire. And not just any vampire, but a long-prophesized queen. Though Solange is more interested in being a normal teenager with her best friend, Lucy (the girls alternately provide the story's narration), the ruling vampire queen and a human council of vampire hunters feel otherwise. A series of attacks on the Drake family breaks long-established peace treaties and exposes a hidden web of love, hate, and politics. Harvey builds an engaging world of vampire cultures balanced with a smart mix of darkness and humor (“Everyone basically thought of me as a vampire broodmare, meant to give birth to lots of little royal vampire babies,” Solange observes). Though the Romeo-esque enemy love interest for Solange is predictable, an emphasis on family and friendship sets this story apart. Ages 12–up. (Jan.) --Staff (Reviewed December 21, 2009) (Publishers Weekly, vol 256, issue 51, p63)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
342717
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Harvey, Alyxandra
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
Interest level
  • UG
  • High School
LC call number
PZ7.H267448
LC item number
He 2010
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 8
  • 12
Reading level
  • 4.5
  • 4.8
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
The Drake chronicles
Series volume
0001
Study program name
  • Accelerated Reader AR
  • Reading Counts RC
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Vampires
  • Interpersonal relations
  • Brothers and sisters
  • Friendship
  • Heads of state
  • Vampires
  • Interpersonal relations
  • Brothers and sisters
  • Friendship
  • Brothers and sisters
  • Friendship
  • Heads of state
  • Interpersonal relations
  • Vampires
  • Vampires
  • Interpersonal relations
  • Siblings
  • Friendship
Target audience
adolescent
Label
Hearts at stake, Alyxandra Harvey
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Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
248 pages
Isbn
9780802720740
Lccn
2009023156
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)427704409
Label
Hearts at stake, Alyxandra Harvey
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
248 pages
Isbn
9780802720740
Lccn
2009023156
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)427704409

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