Title: Bleeding Hearts
Author: Alyxandra Harvey
Series: Drake Chronicles #4
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Summary (from Goodreads)
The Drakes and friends will be tested when an infestation of deadly vampires threatens Violet Hill.
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 enough. The strict curfew that Lucy’s parents enforce is the worst part. Something really dangerous couldn’t possibly happen in this tiny town.
But Christabel has noticed 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. But when she is kidnapped by the ruthless Hel-Blar vampires, Christabel must cause more and more trouble in Violet Hill, Lucy and Connor finally fill Christabel in on all the undead drama. Together, they must find a way to stamp out the Hel-Blar for good.
What’s Good About It
After three fun but decidedly mediocre instalments, Bleeding Hearts starts to realise some of the potential Harvey’s books always had. It’s darker and edgier than the previous books, with some consequences that reach further than whether or not the Drake brother du jour will like the plucky heroine.
For starters, the book returns to Lucy’s point of view, which gives a largely ignored character some development. It feels for the first time like the girls’ lives really continue once they land their Drake, not that their stories finish as soon as they get snogged.
The intrigue with the Hel-Blar was a nice boost to the mythology, though it still feels underdeveloped at times, and the series retains what made the first three books okay reads: fast pace, humour and some good action.
What’s Not So Good
While this book is better, it’s still not as good as I feel it could be. The romance is still wafer thin, the Drakes still only distinguishable by tiny, inconsequential quirks – such as liking DVDs, wearing frilly lace cuffs – and fairly interchangeable. But, if still considering this a ‘beach read’ sort of series, it doesn’t disappoint.