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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (4 Jan 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408803402
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408803400
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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`With teenage angst, romance and vampire slaying, this book pushes all the right buttons'
--The Bookseller

`With teenage angst, romance and vampire slaying, this book pushes all the right buttons'
--The Bookseller

`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'
--Teen Titles Magazine

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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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dwayne @ Girls Without a Bookshelf VINE VOICE on 15 April 2010
Format: Paperback
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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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Ms. C. A. Anderson VINE VOICE on 16 Jun 2010
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sammee, I Want To Read That VINE VOICE on 8 Mar 2010
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I had no expectations for this novel whatsoever and I will admit I bought it on a whim. I am so glad I did. It was so much fun that I read it in one sitting. I loved the dual narrative and as I've said in previous reviews this has fast become one of my favourite styles of writing. Here it is done really well as Lucy and Solange feel like distinct characters and it would be obvious who is narrating even if it was not indicated at the beginning of each chapter. Lucy is an awesome character - so much wit and sass - and I loved her interactions with the Drake family. Solange is also very likable as someone stuck in the middle of an ancient prophecy that she doesn't want. And Nicholas is HOT! For me the romantic parts of the story are the books strength, although the action was great too.

I've read some negative reviews for this - some have sited not enough depth or a contrived plot - but if this is the case it didn't bother me at all. My only quibble would be the ending felt too abrupt. I would have like a bit more closure but I expect this is due to there being a sequel later in the year.

As you've probably guessed I really enjoyed this and would recommend it to readers who fancy a quick read . I would describe it as a chick-lit paranormal romance that kicks some butt! I loved the world and characters and look forward to spending more time with the Drakes in future instalments. Especially if there is more Nicholas:)
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By Jo on 4 Mar 2010
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I'm quite a big fan of vampire fiction, adult or YA, but for some reason, there was something about My Love Lies Bleeding that I didn't like the sound of. Love during such drama just seemed a little off - even if I've read it a thousand times. I guess just the way it was described didn't appeal to me completely, but still, it's vampires, so I thought I would give it a go. And I loved it!

Lately, as I have a fair number of books to read, I've been thinking I should pick the shorter ones, so I get more read, but then I read them, and they finish, and I'm left wishing they had been longer, and itching for the next one! My Love Lies Bleeding is no exception! This book was just fantastic, and I really didn't want it to end! It had everything; romance, action, danger, and brilliant mythology!

I loved the vampires in this book; the idea of being born into vampirism and the bloodchange - the transformation at 16 from being human to being a vampire - is just awesome. I also loved that there were different types of vampire, the normal vampires we're more familiar with, the Host and the Cwn Mamau - vampires with a double set of fangs, the former loyal, the latter against their maker, and the Hel-Blar, blue skinned vamps with teeth that are all fangs, which are crazed with blood lust. The different types of vampire all have their place and reason, and it was great finding out about them. I also loved the political structure for vampires, it's just brilliant! I loved it! The only thing I didn't like was that a fair amount of the mythology was explained towards the beginning in the middle of a conversation. It stops abruptly, and then is carried on after the reader knows most of what there is to know.
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