Bleeding Hearts (Drake Chronicles #4) by Alyxandra Harvey
Publisher: Bloomsbury Teens
Summary from Goodreads:
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?
A fun vampire read, Bleeding Hearts stands out from other paranormal romances.
The female characters in the Drake Chronicles always do a lot of nose punching. Lucy and her cousin Christabel are pretty sassy and five the book a light hearted feel. Even though Bleeding Hearts is about vampires and kidnapping the book always stays fairly humorous.
The pace is like a rollercoaster: Took awhile to build up momentum and then quickly began to rush towards the end. The beginning doesn’t have very much serious action going on and the end moves so fast that there is hardly any time to process what’s happening.
I wasn’t feeling the romance in this one. It doesn’t really serve a point. Sometimes Christabel and Connor were cute together, but I never felt any connection between them.
The multiple POVS is aggravating. Connor was very bland to read about. Christabel was slightly more interesting, yet got repetitive with her constant reminders that she lives and breathes historical literature. Lucy’s perspective was the most fun to read, yet it felt out of place since the story is mainly about the story of Connor and Christabel. Lucy has her own subplots going on, so sometimes I thought I was reading two different stories.
Many, many plot points are brought up and never fully addressed again, but I assume they will be answered in the next installment.
I enjoyed visiting the Drake world once again as the books are always pleasant read; however, this one isn’t my favorite of the series.