Early Review: Bleeding Hearts by Alyxandra Harvey

December 19, 2011 Review 3

Early Review: Bleeding Hearts by Alyxandra HarveyBleeding Hearts by Alyxandra Harvey
Series: The Drake Chronicles #4
Published by A&C Black on October 3rd 2011
Genres: Contemporary, Fantasy, Romantic, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Format: Paperback
Pages: 304
Sexual Content: Kissing.
Reviewed by: Abigail
2 Stars

Lucy's cousin Christabel has come to live in Violet Hill, and adjusting to the difference between life in a small mountain town and her home in the city is difficult. The strict curfew that Lucy's parents enforce is hard to respect. Surely something really dangerous couldn't possibly happen in this tiny town.But Christabel starts to notice some mysterious happenings, and it seems like Lucy, her boyfriend Nicholas and his brother Connor are all in on a secret that Christabel doesn't understand - one that seems deadly serious. Although she won't admit it, Christabel would love to be in on any secret with Connor Drake. When Christabel is kidnapped by the ruthless Hel-Blar vampires, Lucy and Connor finally fill her in on all the undead drama. Together, they must find a way to stamp out the Hel-Blar for good.

What 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 he 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.

Series Titles:
  1. Hearts At Stake – 4/5
  2. Blood Feud – 3/5
  3. Out For Blood – 4/5
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3 Responses to “Early Review: Bleeding Hearts by Alyxandra Harvey”

  1. Manga Maniac

    I enjoyed this book better than you did, but the ending is what disappointed me. I got to the last page and went WTF?! It just – stopped. I hate that.

    I agree that Christabel is not a very memorable character, but I did enjoy Lucy's perspective. You brought up some good points, though, and I enjoyed your review.

  2. Abigail

    Manga – I'm glad you enjoyed it more than I did. I was so excited for this book, but I was just so let down. And the ending…I didn't have to to go into that, but yeah, more disappointment. Did you read the bonus story about the parents?

  3. Kailia Sage

    Great review. I haven't read this one due to the fact that I've heard its not as awesome as the other books were. I'm not sure how I'm going to like Christabel and I'm sad to hear that Lucy lost her awesomeness.