Bleeding Hearts is the fourth book in the Drake Chronicles series by Alyxandra Harvey. It was published by Bloomsbury on 3rd October and the book is 304 pages long. Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a review copy.
Christabel Llewellyn is Lucy Hamilton’s cousin and new to Violet Hill. She has no idea what her new life is about to be like, especially as she doesn’t know her cousin runs with vampires. Lucy’s boyfriend is a vampire, her best friend is a vampire…most of her friends are vampires!
If only all of the vampires in town were like the Drakes though. Violet Hill is home to another breed of vampire, the Hel-Blar, who are not even close to being nice and friendly. The feral, insane and nasty breed are out for blood and the whole town is in danger. When Christabel is kidnapped and held for ransom, the Drakes are forced to fight back and break a few of their own rules in order to get her back.
What I thought
The Drake Chronicles is one of my favourite YA series and I was so excited when this one came through the door. I even picked it up and finished it the same day.
Christabel was a great character and someone who I could relate to in a sense. Her life has been thrown up in the air a little bit when she moves to Violet Hill and due to not having many friends and having to rely on Lucy’s social life, she hides away in herself a bit. Christabel has a massive love for reading, which of course I can relate to, and I loved this about her. Her passion for books and poetry clearly shines through and it gave her character a lot of depth and something different to others in the series. I also liked the fact that she had no idea what was going on in Violet Hill and when she does finally find out, she is in a massive state of disbelief that things like vampires exist.
I’m afraid to say that I didn’t like Connor as much as the other Drake boys. I don’t know what it was about him exactly but he just didn’t have that special something that I liked in the others. Maybe it was because of was a bit too nice. I like my fictional crushes to have at least a bit of bad in them (the whole being a vampire thing doesn’t count here!) but Connor just seemed to be completely nice. He was sweet and wanted to protect Christabel which was lovely and good but not for me. I didn’t see the danger with his character, even though Christabel did, and I wanted him to have a bit more of an edge.
The story was great though. Due to the events that happen in this book, the couples of Drake books past make a reappearance and that was a great thing for me. Although I didn’t love Connor, at least I got to see Nicholas, Kieran and some others again and they really made the story for me. I felt like having these other characters play such a large part in what was going on was a way to not make this book just about another Drake boy finding love. They added to the intensity of the story as they have such large roles to play and have certain people to protect.
As soon as Christabel is kidnapped, the excitement and tension is really amped up. From this point, I loved the book. As Christabel knows nothing about vampires up until this point, there is quite a large amount of mystery and her not knowing what the hell is really going on. That isn’t the only mystery though. Also, there are a few new characters in Bleeding Hearts and not too much is revealed about them although I have a feeling that they are going to play a large part in the next book due to what happens in this one. The new characters were great and really mixed things up.
The previous books in this series didn’t really have cliff-hangers. This all changes with Bleeding Hearts though as it has the mother of all cliff-hangers! As I read the last sentence, I was left with my mouth hanging wide and being in total shock. I wasn’t expecting such a shock at all and would never have seen this coming in a million years. While this book wasn’t my favourite in the series, the ending alone made me want the next book immediately and I know its release won’t come round anywhere near quickly enough.