Bleeding Hearts

Bleeding Hearts

by Alyxandra Harvey

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Overview

As vampires from all over the world descend on the Drake farm for the Blood Moon gathering, security is ramped up. Lucy has been temporarily banned, for her own safety—and to allow Solange some time to adjust to her new existence. But their enemies realize how much Lucy means to the family, and plan to abduct her to use her for leverage against the new royal family. Instead, Lucy's cousin Christabel is kidnapped by mistake—and Connor Drake immediately heads off in pursuit, but isn't in time to prevent Christabel's infection by the Hel Blar. He can't save her human life, but he can still try to save her new vampire life, and is willing to put his own life on the line for the girl he has grown to care so much about. Can he save Christabel, the Blood Moon, and his mother's newly forged Vampire Alliance?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802722850
Publisher: Walker & Company
Publication date: 12/20/2011
Series: Drake Chronicles Series , #4
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

ALYXANDRA HARVEY is the author of Haunting Violet, Hearts at Stake, Blood Feud, and Out for Blood. She studied creative writing and literature at York University and has had her poetry published in several magazines. She lives in an old Victorian farmhouse with a few resident ghosts, her husband, hawk, and two dogs.

www.alyxandraharvey.com www.thedrakechronicles.com

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Bleeding Hearts 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 96 reviews.
Ladystorm More than 1 year ago
I am a huge die hard fan of Alyxandra Harvey so I was super excited to get the netgalley version of this book to review! I love this series and I wasn't disappointed in this great addition to the Drake Chronicles. It is told with three POV's Lucy (my fav. character!), her cousin Christabel (what a name), and Conner Drake (the nerdy drake). If you have kept up with the series you know that the Drakes are royalty among the vampires and Solange is having a hard time with her blood change. Now its time for the Blood Moon and all the vampires from all around are coming to the Drakes and their are some Hel Blar that are wanting recognized during the Blood Moon, they are blue but not like the other Hel Blar. The Hel Blar are rampaging Violet Hill, but some of them are acting a little stranger and wearing weird collars, who is controlling them? Christabel has come to visit, but they are under strick curfews because of the resent events with the Hel Blar. Lucy's parents don't even really want her hanging out with the Drakes but her boyfriend is Nicholas one of the vampire princes and she won't stay away. Then Christabel is kidnapped because they thought they were grabbing Lucy and Conner Drake runs to the rescue. Conner Drake is the computer nerd of the Drakes, still hot and sexy like the others but has a love for computers, comics and Star Wars. Christabel always has her nose in a book, most of the books she has read so many times she has them memorized, and likes bad boys. Conner is not a bad boy at least she doesn't think he is until she gets to see a different side of him when he comes to her rescue. I think they make a interesting couple. Lucy is still my all time favorite character, because she is so mouthy, gutsy, and feisty. Because of this I really hate the way Solange has been acting towards her, and in general I don't like the turn of events regarding this character. I really hope the author redeems her and puts her back to being nice again. Right now I just want to ring her neck and it makes me mad. Over all I really liked this addition to the Drake Chronicles and I can't wait for the next installment, my only real complaint was the cliffhanger ending. I really hate them, and this one has ultimate hate, and nothing had better of happened to a certain person or I will really be upset. :( Recommend this series for all vampire fans! Gave it a 4.5 stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In less than 24 hours i have read the first 3 books in the drake series and omg LOVE!!!i can not wait to see what happens with lucy and her new life and now her cousin one yhing is for sure i love all the couples in the book nick and lucy being my favorite i am a little over sol hope her charater gets better in the next books! These books are so addicitve and well written!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVED this book!!!! I' m obsessed with vampires though. The first book hearts at stake, and i loved it! The second one is blood feud. It was really good, too. Then, there is bleeding hearts and out for blood, but i don't know which one is first and second. I totally recomend these books!! I'm obsessed with vampire books though. My favprite book is the last one. It is so romantic! The ending of the last book shows there shoukd be a next one. I hope there is!!
pagese More than 1 year ago
I've loved the Drake Chronicles to this point. I like how it's a continuation of the same story, but a new character becomes a spotlight. It seems like before the character gets their own story, we don't seem to know much about them. I like how each character find their "perfect" match. What I liked about this story is the direction the storyline seems to be taking. It's getting a little bit darker the deeper in we get. The transition of power doesn't seem to be easy and it's interesting how it's effecting this family. I actually hope we might get a book from the parents point of view eventually. I think their story might be very interesting. There was a short story type of thing at the end, but I'm not sure if that was preview of the next book. All I can say is I want more. And I really want to know what the heck is going on with Solange. I also really liked how we get a little bit more of the characters we've seen in previous books. Nick and Lucy for example aren't just background characters in this book. I've missed them! I also really loved the way Lucy's character has grown. She's staking her mark on the vampire world. Even if she's only human. I did feel the main characters of Connor and Christabel were a bit of a let down. There was something missing from their story. Christabel didn't seem to get fired up over anything, which made it hard for me to understand was Connor saw in her. I did like Connor a little bit more. It does seem the story played him off as the "geek" enough that I had a hard time getting to know him. Obviously nothing that will keep me from reading the next book in the series. The story ended with a cliffhanger, that I have to know what happens next. Plus, I love enough of the characters that I want to see were the series takes them.
Humbee More than 1 year ago
This is another fabulous sequel following the Chronicles of the Drake Dynasty of Vampires. I couldn't be happier to have found this series, and I'm such an avid fan now, I don't know what I'll do until Alyxandra Harvey continues on to the next one! I understand it's called "Blood Moon" and will be released sometime in June 2012...not soon enough for me and her other fans, I'm sure. Alyxandra Harvey books are nothing short of addictive. I know you've heard about vampire books adnauseam, but you haven't heard it from me, because I'm maniacally selective. The books are such fun, such good stories, and have such great characters that you'll eat them up like M&M's and you'll find yourself craving just one more like I'm doing now. I'm throwing all my chips in for the Drake Family and Friends, I have to say, new favs. Harvey is a better writer than Meyer, in my opinion. Her characters are more complex and more exotic. She casts her spell with a gorgeous group of vampires, feisty friends, intriguing foes, and lots of unusual background information on monster-degenerate vamps to keep it lively. Gothic details are lush. In "Bleeding Hearts" what I found most enjoyable, aside from all I mention above, was Alyxandra Harvey's extensive reference to poetry in conjunction with the action around her new character, Christabel. So dark and gothic to hear Keats, Shelley, Coleridge and others quoted by the bookish cousin who is swept up in a vampire war without her understanding to begin with, of the dark forces in Violet Hill. It was simply to die for! And I so enjoyed Ms Harvey's exotic introduction of new forms of vampire spawn; as well as viral reactions to different vampire saliva. Gruesome! Utterly inventive work and well-written. Alyxandra Harvey is a very good writer. I highly recommend "Bleeding Hearts" to all who want to read an entertaining, well-devised vampire story about a family dynasty that will draw you in to their exotic story. I'm sure you'll be searching for more in this series. I bought the other books right away, although you don't have to have read them to enjoy this one. A great read! Captivating, creative and charming.
Candacemom2two on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
On the series as a whole, spoiler free for any of the books:After finishing this book I kind of had an urge to squeal a little bit. Maybe that was because Alyxandra Harvey left us with a cliffhanger! But it was also because I just love this series so much! I say this in every review of this series, but this is not a series I would have picked up on my own. If it wasn't for other book bloggers I never would have given them a try. But I am so glad I did!I love seeing the different perspectives and although they are each in first person their personalities are so distinctive that it's easy for me to know who's narrating (you know, if I somehow missed it at the beginning of the chapter where it says). Seeing all the different angles makes this series so good. You see the bad guys turned good, the good guys turned bad, the normal school girl who meets a vampire for the first time, etc. And the books all have constant action but they focus on two people mostly who end up falling for each other. So there's romance and kissing (no more than kissing) but there's just as much action and killing of bad guys. Love it!!The following contains spoilers for the previous books in the series:This book is about Connor and Christabel. But we got lots of Lucy as well. And that was awesome cause I missed that girl! We actually didn't get a ton of Connor which kind of surprised me. But he was there. The romance seemed a bit on the lighter side for this one, but that's probably cause there just wasn't much room for it there was so much action. I would say that maybe I would have liked more Connor and more romance but it wasn't a big deal, I loved the book the way it is. Some things are changing in this one. Lucy's parents are back and they now know about vampires (that's not a spoiler, it happens before the book actually starts) but Christabel does not. Lucy is training so she can defend herself and by the end of the book she's made some big decisions because things just aren't working out. Don't worry though, her Nicholas are just fine! Christabel is a great new character but for some reason I feel like I still don't know her real well. Maybe that's because so much of the story was Lucy's I feel like I just didn't get the chance, but what I saw I really liked. She's a big reader, so I obviously can relate to her that way, but she's been through a lot so she had some hidden strength inside her to deal with stuff when crap hits the fan.Okay, so I loved this book but Alyx, girl you are torturing us! There is a cliffhanger at the end of this one that will have you screaming. I want the next book NOW!
fyrefly98 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary: The Drake family has called a Blood Moon - a gathering of all the vampire clans. Tensions are high as vampires gather, especially since there seem to be more of the feral, infectious Hel-Blar vampires prowling around than usual. Lucy Hamilton might only be human, but she's got plenty of connections to vampire politics: she's dating one of the Drake brothers, and their daughter, the princess Solange, is Lucy's best friend. Or was her best friend - she's been acting strange lately. Also on Lucy's list of worries is her cousin Christabel, who has come to live in Violet Hill while her mom's in rehab. Christabel doesn't believe in vampires, preferring poetry and Jane Eyre to Buffy. But when she finds herself drawn into their world, after falling for Connor Drake, the fact that she doesn't believe in vampires doesn't mean that she's not in danger from them.Review: The Drake Chronicles are perfect literary candy, escapist read fun. They've got plenty of action, plenty of romance, cute vampires, and a sensibility that sets them apart from a lot of other teen paranormal romance. (Namely, I can read them without being filled with rage.) They're also excellent for breaking me out of a reading rut, and Bleeding Hearts was no exception. I haven't been reading a ton lately, and I've been super-distractible when I do, but I tore through Bleeding Hearts in little more than a day (and was late to work because I couldn't bring myself to put it down. Whoops.)So overall: Totally fun, enjoyable read. In specific: There were a few things that were not quite as awesome as they could have been. The primary issue was that the narration was split between Connor, Christabel, and Lucy. On the one hand, Lucy, hooray! She's hilarious, and her POV narration was a large part of what sold me on the series back when I first read Hearts at Stake. On the other hand, however, the more time spent with Lucy and worrying about vampire politics means that the Connor/Christabel plot got relatively less space, and therefore wasn't really developed as well as I would have liked. Connor's great - probably the Drake brother I would personally go for were I magically transported into the books - so I was sad that not as much time was spent on the romance angle of the story. It also felt like things were a little rushed between them, and that clearly because we have two "nerds" in a story, they're going to wind up together. Harvey can write a hot make-out scene like nobody's business, but she can also write really good banter-y flirting, and I would have liked more of the latter than we get in this installment.But even so, I had a blast with this book, and I'm definitely looking forward to getting my hands on the next one in the series. 4 out of 5 stars.Recommendation: Harvey does a quick but thorough job summarizing (which is nice for folks like me who read the rest of the series a while ago), but there are enough characters and enough going on that the series is probably better read from the beginning. I'd definitely recommend the whole thing to Buffy fans who are looking for a light, charming, funny summer read.
Bookswithbite on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
For fans of The Drake Chronicles, like me, this book will not disappoint you. If anything, it will toss you emotions around like a rollercoaster. This book dives deeper into the coven of the Drakes. More secrets are exposed, a new species comes to light and more importantly, a new love is formed.It never fails that every time I open up a book written by Ms. Harvey, I always smile. I adore her writing and the way she can bring her characters to life. This book picks up where it left off in the last book,m and I find myself roaming the halls of the Drake Mansion. The Drakes stress level is high due to some unforeseen happenings within their walls. I like that the plot is getting closer to what really is happening. At first it is all question and now the reader is getting more answers. The plot also involves some new romance and friendship drama.As the reader sees the Drakes, we step in 4 characters shoes. We have Lucy, Connor, Christabel, and Nicholas. Now I know this seems like a lot of point of view switches, but it all works out. Nothing is confusing. With each new character switch, the reader see's things differently, getting the answers we seek. The readers gets into friendship drama with Lucy and Solange. I would have never guess that it would get like this, but it does.The love interest of the book is high as possible can be. I love watching each brother find their soul mate and fighting for them. It's sweet, enduring, and never gets old. Each Drake brother is unique in who they are. When Connor finds Christabel, he puts everything that he know on the line for her. I adore Connor and his geeky ways!!!This book sets up the mood for the next book with such a explosive yet cliffy ending! I gasped and was angry at the fact that I will now have to wait to find out what happen. Ms. Alyxandra never lets me down with The Drakes. I can't wait to read the next book!!
BookishDame on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read this without stopping to breathe! Such a huge fan of Alyxandra Harvey's Drake Dynasty vampires. This is another in the series of heart-stoppingly beautiful creatures: well devised characterizations, storyline and fantastic foes. Harvey is a seasoned writer, who is a great storyteller with talent for inventing depth and interest. I loved this book, particularly the references to poetry and the surprise ending.
pollywannabook on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Review courtesy of All Things Urban FantasyWhat has consistently been so fun about The Drake Chronicles is the smart and clever dialogue combined with the shifting romances between the various members of the Drake family. Unfortunately, BLEEDING HEARTS isn¿t quite up to scratch compared to the rest of this series. In the fourth installment, of the three character POVs (which included Lucy, Connor, and Christabel) not one of them really captured my attention, least of all the newly introduced Christabel, one half of the primary couple. Christabel is an ignorant human sent to live with her cousin (and Drake family confidant), Lucy. She¿s obsessed with dead literary icons and shuns most human interaction preferring instead to lose herself in a classic novel. Normally, I love reading about obsessively bookish characters since they are so relatable for me, but in Christabel¿s case, her entire character felt like a bunch of randomly chosen quirks and characteristics cobbled together to fit a specific plot. Why does she only like bad boys? The only reason I could discern was to make the inevitable romance with nice and nerdy Connor feel like it had an actual obstacle to over come (it didn¿t). She never felt real, or even really likable.In addition to the two dimensional Christabel, even the various characters from previous books fell flat. Lucy has been this fun, snarky presence that popped in and kept the Drakes from being too surly or brooding. She kept things light and easy. Or she used too. In BLEEDING HEARTS, she was just demanding and precocious (not even a little cute on a sixteen year old). Every chapter from her POV seemed to drag with annoying perkiness and obnoxious pushiness. Not at all the character I remember.Worse still was the redundancy due to the shifting POVs. Something would happen, then as often as not, I¿d have to read about the exact same scene from two other character perspectives. It made the whole story unbelievably slow and boring. I almost gave up a number of times, but it was only my fondness for the previous books that kept me reading. After being so disappointment this time, I¿m on the fence about picking up the next book in The Drake Chronicles series which is tentatively titled BLOOD MOON and, according to the author¿s website, the POVs are Solange, Lucy and Nicholas.Sexual Content:Kissing
WilowRaven on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My thoughts:I love this series! The Drake boys are always a treat to read. Told in the same fast passed way as the previous 3 books, Bleeding Hearts gives us the story of Drake brother number 4, twin Connor. We get a few new characters, most notably, Lucy's cousin Christabel, along with some vampires who are a bit...different then the norm we have come to except. One of the things I love about this series is the pace. From book 1 to book 4 only a few weeks? Maybe months have passed. It's this driving force forward that makes these books very hard to walk away from.I really enjoyed reading about Connor, the 'nerd' of the family that everyone is so quick to make fun of. Lots of Lucy and Nicholas too! Sloange is there...but there is something going on with her¿And OMG! The ending! I was gasping! Book 5 I'm sure will start off with a bang and I can't wait!Final verdict:With ever Drake Chronicles book I have read I have fallen even more in love with the world Alyxandra has created. I highly recommend this series to fans of vampire YA stories. The Drake family both encompasses what I love most about vampires and is different enough as to not be boring or predictable. Every book has been a big win for me.
Loyet on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Connor is definitely my favorite Drake brother so far because he's totally the type of guy I would fall for - nerdy! However, Christabel is definitely my least favorite female lead - she is just plain boring. Also, just because they are both nerds does not mean they are perfect for each other - he's a scifi nerd, she's a classical literature nerd - these are two totally different kind of nerds! And it shows - there was relatively little chemistry between the two. However, I love that we get some stuff from Lucy's point of view in this book. Love Lucy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This has been my least favorite book of the series. Christabel is annoying to me. I believe at the start of the book it says she is older than Lucy-but she comes off as younger. Also, the whole poetry, loving old things, Mr. Darcy...ok fine-but then she claims to only like "bad boys". It just kind of goes against her personality of a time when men were gentlemen. I don't know why but the Conner/Christabel interest just fell short for me. Not the same charisma as previous books. Even Solange and Lucy are grating on my nerves. Frankly-let me have more Drake brothers pov-they are what I'm reading for. Hope the next book is good-because I do like the storyline. Its just the female chatacters are becoming a bit whiny.
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songbirdsue More than 1 year ago
Ok, I did not like this one as well as the others before it. I enjoyed Christabel and Connor's interactions and story although I felt it did not really develop as well as it could have. I am not sure about her purpose in the series. I am disappointed in the use of a gay guy friend to fulfill that check box and the over mention of condoms. This is a clean YA series and I do not believe we need to go there. I definitely do not like the person Solange has become and feel things are a bit disjointed all around. I do not like cliffhangers!
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This book was amazing!! I love it! Great read!! You can feel what the characters are feeling! You feel like hmm not in it but like you can just picture EVERYTHING THAT'S HAPPENING!!!!!! Definately a great book. Didn't even take a full day to read. You will NOT WANT to put it down.
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Shambrie More than 1 year ago
Excellent books. Great Author! I love them. 
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I can't put it down