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My Love Lies Bleeding (The Drake Chronicles Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Alyxandra Harvey
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The Drakes are rather different to your usual neighbours. They are vampires and some of the members of the family date back to the twelfth century. One of the children, Solange, is the only born female vampire known and, as such, she poses a direct threat to the vampire queen.

Her best friend Lucy is human, and when Solange is kidnapped Lucy and Solange's brother, Nicholas, set out to save her. Lucy soon discovers that she would like to be more than just friends with Nicholas. But how does one go about dating a vampire?

Meanwhile, Solange finds an unlikely ally in Kieran, a vampire slayer on the hunt for his father's killer . . .

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`With teenage angst, romance and vampire slaying, this book pushes all the right buttons'
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`With teenage angst, romance and vampire slaying, this book pushes all the right buttons'
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`The story is filled with action, humour, lust and . . . not one but seven hunky heroes! Lucy's journey will leave you breathless'

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`Excellent . . . in a league of its own'
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About the Author

Alyxandra Harvey-Fitzhenry lives in Ontario, Canada. She studied Creative Writing and Literature at York University and has had her poetry published in magazines like The Antigonish Review, Room of One's Own, OnSpec and CV2. When not writing, she is a bellydancer and jewellery maker.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Drake Family are the new Cullens! 16 Jun. 2010
By Cassandra220689 VINE VOICE
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What can I say!!! I enjoyed this book soooo much that I could not put it down!!!

The story is about a girl called Solange who has 7 brothers and she is the only girl to be born a vampire for centuries. There are of course girls that have been turned vampires but none apart from Solange, who was born one. This of course means that she is special in the eye of all male vampires who want to have her for themselves. This sets up the scene for her over protective brothers who try to look after her and keep her safe, in particular brother Nicholas who is the most over protective of them all. There is also Solanges' best friend called Lucy who is a human and has been friends with Solange since they were young and is like another member of the family.

But it is clear as Solange approaches her 16th birthday which marks her blood change (when she will start to drink blood) looming and it is scaring everyone including best friend Lucy who is the complete opposite of Solange because sometimes you don't survive the change... There is also a prophecy that states that a born girl vampire in the Drake family will be the rightful Queen but the vampires have a queen already who is not exactly pleased about this...Solange doesn't want to be queen but that may not be enough...

I really liked that the chapters were split between Solange and Lucy creating a dual narrative and I also loved Lucy and Nicholas and their love/hate relationship and I loved all the revelations and unexpected moments and by the same token that of Solange and Keirian too. It's clear we have a new contender to our Mr.Cullen!!!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A fluffy, quick read 15 April 2010
My Love Lies Bleeding is also known as "Hearts At Stake". I have no idea why they have different US and UK titles.

This book reminds me of Lynsay Sands' Argeneau Vampires Series, which is totally hilarious, by the way. First in the Drake Chronicles, this book revolves mostly around the plight and love lives of best friends Solange and Lucy. In one word, I'd say this book felt condensed.

Let me elaborate. At 256 pages, it attempted to introduce its readers to a vampire mythology, complete with its geneaology, politics and history. It also features an unlikely romance that made me giggle and thrilling chase. It was a quick, very fluffy read, but there was not much I could have gathered from it. I felt it was rather short, and hence not much detail was incorporated into the book. The details that managed to stay were passable, and I wanted so much more. This also applies to characterisations - they were quite a few secondary characters that could have been developed more, although they are not directly pivotal to the plot. I loved the Drakes and would have appreciate hearing more of each.

My Love Lies Bleeding is told in Lucy's and Solange's perspectives. At the beginning I found it difficult to differentiate between their voices - they seemed to be too similiar, almost blending in to be merely an extension of one another. This affected the characterisation and it was not until later that I was able to personify Lucy and Solange as two different characters. I also failed to grasp the necessity of having the plot told from two differing point of views. However, this proved useful as the plot progresses especially when they part ways. Afterwhich of course, I begin to enjoy Lucy's fierceness and Solange's kindheartedness.

I enjoyed the romance hugely.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too 18 May 2010
By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER
The prophecy stated that the vampire tribes would be united under the rule of a daughter born to an ancient family. The Drakes are that family, and Solange is that daughter. Solange will change from being mortal to being vampire in a matter of days, on her sixteenth birthday. In the meantime, she's fighting off the "suitors" who are attracted by her lineage and pheromones, and the vampire hunters who are after her family. As if her situation isn't difficult enough, she also has to deal with all seven of her gorgeous vampire brothers and her impossible best friend, Lucy.

Solange and Lucy have been best friends for their entire lives. Lucy is also the closest human to the Drakes and is basically a member of their family, which tends to make for some rather interesting exchanges. When Solange is kidnapped, it's up to Nicholas, her older brother, and Lucy to find her and save her before time runs out. But can Lucy save herself when every glance or touch from Nicholas makes her go weak at the knees? And despite her almost impossible situation, what will happen if Solange decides to give her heart to the beautiful, but dangerous, vampire hunter who's helping her survive? A lot of drama and amusement for the reader, that's what!

Our story is told in alternating voices and I'm going to start by saying that despite the fact that the story is mainly about Solange and her family, Lucy has got to be my favorite! She's spunky and full of bite and I love it. She's so funny and vibrant that she balances Solange very well. I found Solange to be quite amusing herself, but she's a lot more subtle than Lucy and while being very sweet, I was drawn more by Lucy and her love interest than I was Solange's predicament.
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Published 2 months ago by Bimble67
5.0 out of 5 stars My Love Lies Bleeding (the Drake Chronicles)
Loved this book, lots going on and unexpected enemies and friends with a bit of romance and history lesson included. The characters are all very different and protective of family. Read more
Published 6 months ago by L Gilson
3.0 out of 5 stars I got bored quick
was ok. I got bored quick though
Published 9 months ago by Shona
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Published 11 months ago by julie preston
5.0 out of 5 stars great
a fantastic book in the series, I have the whole series & am an avid collector/ reader, I will continue to read these as long as I have eyes in my head!
Published 16 months ago by Mr. P. Gustar
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing read
This book was fab for older readers. I was hooked through the whole thing! Alyxandra Harvey is an amazing writer and is perfect for readers 13+ I would definitely recommend this... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Peter
5.0 out of 5 stars Great !
I loved this book and could not put it down! Can not wait to read the next one! An unexpected find!
Published 22 months ago by A
4.0 out of 5 stars Really good
My love lies bleeding by Alyxandra Harvey is a really good book. I guess I'm not sure why I gave it for stars instead of five, exactly, but maybe I didn't enjoy it enough for... Read more
Published on 5 Mar. 2013 by Sue Wilson
4.0 out of 5 stars A New Take on the Typical YA Vampire Tale
A fast read with almost zero teen angst - a most welcome change in the YA vampire genre.

Told from the perspectives of sixteen year old human, Lucy, and her best pal and... Read more
Published on 15 Feb. 2013 by Emma Meade
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