On Solange’s sixteenth birthday, she is going to wake up dead. As if that’s not bad enough, she also has to outwit her seven overprotective older brothers, avoid the politics involved with being the only daughter born to an ancient vampire dynasty, and elude Kieran Black—agent of an anti-vampire league who is searching for his father’s killer and is intent on staking Solange and her entire family.
Luckily she has her own secret weapon—her human best friend Lucy—who is willing to defend Solange’s right to a normal life, whether she’s being smothered by her well-intentioned brothers or abducted by a power-hungry queen. Two unlikely alliances are formed in a race to save Solange’s eternal life—Lucy and Solange’s brother Nicholas, and Solange and Kieran Black—in a dual romance that is guaranteed to jump start any romance-lover’s heart.
Even fans of the genre who’ve seen it all will find a fresh read with kick-butt characters and family dynamics that ring true for all brothers and sisters—vampire or otherwise.
Hearts at Stake piqued my interest by advertising a unique friendship in the novel between Lucy and Solange. However, my interest was crushed early on in the novel.
The plot was dragged-out and overused, and the characters were flat at best. Readers, no matter how great their normal reading stamina, will find their attention wandering during these rambling passages liberally strewn with cliches.
I wish I could've enjoyed this book more. But after reading, it just seems like another high-publicized, low-quality YA vampire romance to me.
For those looking for top quality fantasy YA, I highly recommend Fire by Kristen Cashmore- a true gem in it's genre.
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