Friday, April 26, 2013

Series Review: The Drake Chronicles by Alyxandra Harvey

Series: The Drake Chronicles
Author: Alyxandra Harvey
Publisher: Walker Children's
Overall Rating Of The First 5 Books In The Series:

Okay, I'm going to do this a little differently. I'm going to do a mini review of each of the first four books in the Drake Chronicles by Alyxandra Harvey. If you haven't read the books yet, I won't give away any major spoilers, so don't worry. But I've read all of these books a while ago now, and I've only reviewed book 5, Blood Moon. I still have to read the final book, Blood Prophecy. I'm so sad to see this series go, but so happy to be back in the Drake's world even one more time. So I thought I'd revisit this amazing series and tell you why I fell in love with it in the first place.

The series starts off with a bang with Hearts at Stake. This first book centers on the youngest members of the Drake family, fifteen year old Solange and sixteen year old Nicholas. Adding some perspective from a outsider, Solange's human best friend, Lucy, co-narrates.

Solange is turning sixteen. And in the Drake family, at sixteen, you become a vampire. They are one of the few vampire families that can actually have children. But Solange is the first girl born of vampires in hundreds of years and everyone wants a piece of her. Vampires from all over want to either marry her or kill her (both for political reasons) so it's up to her family and Lucy, if she has it her way, to keep Solange safe.

Book 2, Blood Feud, picks up a few days after Hearts at Stake. This time the story focuses on seventeen year old Logan Drake and a two hundred (approximately) year old french vampire named
Isabeau.

Logan totally won my heart in Hearts at Stake, so by the time I got to Blood Feud I was already excited to read about him. And you get to meet bad ass Isabeau St. Croix. Isabeau meets the Drakes while hunting down the British Lord who turned her into a vampire and then left her for dead. Together, she and Logan have to stop the lord and his plan to help kidnap Solange.

Out for Blood, book 3, begins when a vampire hunter named (creatively) Hunter, meets the Drakes at the vampire courts. Hunter, through her connection to Kieran, a vampire hunter who also happens to be Solange's boyfriend, meets Quinn Drake. When students at the Helios-Ra Academy start contracting a mysterious illness, Hunter suspects that someone at the academy is behind it. Now she must work with Quinn to figure out just what is going on, and in the process, realize that not all vampires need to be hunted and eliminated.

In Bleeding Hearts, book 4, Lucy's cousin Christabel has come to stay with them while her mother is in rehab. Christabel doesn't know anything about vampires, besides what she reads in books. She certainly doesn't think they actually exist, or that Nicholas Drake's sweet brother, Connor, could ever be one of them. He's too nice, too geeky (even if he is absurdly hot). But when she's mistaken for her cousin Lucy and kidnapped by a vampire tribe trying to gain access to the vampire courts, she is suddenly very aware of just how real vampires are. And just how deceiving a nice geeky boy's appearance can be.

I was blown away by every book in this series (including book 5, Blood Moon which I reviewed separately last summer). They just keep getting better and better. There are so many things to love about the Drake Chronicles. Cute boys, strong heroines, the way that the characters interact with one another throughout all of the books. It's not just, "Oh, Hunter is dating Quinn so they hang out." It's more like, "Hunter is dating Quinn so her and Lucy are going to team up and kick some vampire butt while Quinn is busy with one of his brothers." But possibly my favorite detail of the series is that the parents don't just fade into the background. They are very present in the books. Once you meet Helena Drake you'll totally understand why. Her kids do not want to mess with her. She's scary, yet awesome. The Drake Chronicles are a fun read with fun characters to root for. You never know who's going to show up and save the day.

For those of you who have never read the Drake Chronicles, I'm going to tell you right now, go pick up a copy of all of these books. They are amazing. In my opinion, it could quite possibly be the best vampire series ever. Good vampires, bad vampires, an amazing family of swoon-worthy brothers, topped off with a kick ass mom, equals amazing YA vampire goodness. If that sounds like your kind of story, go add it to your To Read list. You won't be sorry.

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2 comments:

  1. I have read the first three of this series quite a while back and I liked the brothers. I started Bleeding Hearts on netgalley, I have them all here I must finish this series :) I agree the books get better :)

    Mich

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  2. I haven't read this series because I try to avoid vampire YA for the most part these days. However, this sounds really exciting! Also, I love how the relationships carry the dynamics of the books and actually serve a purpose for the plot.

    Angie @ YA Novelties

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