05 February 2010

My Love Lies Bleeding

by Alyxandra Harvey

Allen & Unwin. Junior, Young Adult, Fantasy. Paperback rrp $14.99

My Love Lies Bleeding is the first title in the three book series - the Drake Chronicles. Blood Feud and Hunt the Day will be released later in the year.

Solange Drake is a fifteen year old student. Lucy has been her best friend for as long as she can remember.

But Solange is the first female vampire to be born and her birth was the beginning of an ancient prophecy. The prophecy says the vampire tribes will be triumphantly united under the rule of a daughter born to an ancient family.

Unlike Solange, most vampires are humans turned by a vampire bite. At Solange’s birth her family were exiled from the royal court. Afraid of the prophecy, the current ruler, Lady Natasha, saw Solange’s birth as an immediate threat to her power. The Drake’s are ancient. Is Solange the next ruler? Lady Natasha wants to ensure that Solange never reaches her sixteenth birthday.

Solange is human like everybody else until she turns sixteen and goes through the transformation from human to vampire. When Solange is kidnapped, Lucy is ready to fight to get her best friend back. But Lucy is human and no match for the vampires. Or is she?

Could a human like Lucy rescue a vampire like Solange? This is a fast, action packed story. I was so swept up by the pace, I didn’t even realise when I was half way through and nearing the end.


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