Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The Drake Chronicles Special

So, let's begin our journey through books 1-3.


On Solange’s sixteenth birthday, she is going to wake up dead. As if that’s not bad enough, she also has to outwit her seven overprotective older brothers, avoid the politics involved with being the only daughter born to an ancient vampire dynasty, and elude Kieran Black—agent of an anti-vampire league who is searching for his father’s killer and is intent on staking Solange and her entire family.
Luckily she has her own secret weapon—her human best friend Lucy—who is willing to defend Solange’s right to a normal life, whether she’s being smothered by her well-intentioned brothers or abducted by a power-hungry queen. Two unlikely alliances are formed in a race to save Solange’s eternal life—Lucy and Solange’s brother Nicholas, and Solange and Kieran Black—in a dual romance that is guaranteed to jump start any romance-lover’s heart.
Even fans of the genre who’ve seen it all will find a fresh read with kick-butt characters and family dynamics that ring true for all brothers and sisters—vampire or otherwise.

Review: I love Lucy. Not the show, the character. She's my favorite heroine out of the entire series. Funny, brave, smart, and kickass fighter. Kinda like me. :)
Anyway, to the plot and overall stuff.
I love it that the Drakes' children and some children of other families can have children born human and later around sixteen they turn into vampire. I thought that was cool and creative. The bloodchange sounds like a bitch though. Anyway, girls being rare is awesome too. Usually when I read things like this, the boy is the rare born. Also, Solange and all the creepers that give her gifts because she's going through the change and her scent drives men insane. I love it and the wanna-be queen, Lady Natasha, crazy. She wants her dead because of some prophecy. Gotta love those.
Now the romance is something I really liked in this book, mostly between Nick and Lucy than Sol and Kieran, though I did like it. You'll learn about it later.

It's been centuries since Isabeau St. Croix barely survived the French Revolution. Now she's made her way back to the living and she must face the ultimate test by confronting the evil British lord who left her for dead the day she turned into a vampire. That's if she can control her affection for Logan Drake, a vampire whose bite is as sweet as the revenge she seeks.
The clans are gathering for Helena's royal coronation as the next vampire queen, and new alliances are beginning to form now that the old rifts of Lady Natasha's reign have started to heal. But with a new common enemy, Leander Montmarte—a vicious leader who hopes to force Solange to marry him and usurp the power of the throne for himself—the clans must stand together to preserve the peace he threatens to destroy.
This second adventure in the Drake Chronicles—told from both Logan's and Isabeau's perspectives—has all the same butt-kicking action, heart-pounding romances and snarky humor that readers loved in Hearts at Stake, as well as exciting new revelations about the vampire dynasties to keep readers coming back for more.

Review: Now, in this book, Helena, the mom of the Drakes, is going through the possess of becoming Queen of the Vamps and signing treaties along with her husband, Liam. As a sign of respect, they invite Isabeau, handmaiden to the leader of The Hounds, to their house to stay. Well, soon, her sire, Greyhound (i think that's his name) starts tormenting her with momentos of the past and soon she starts figuring out that it's him and wants revenge.
Mean while, while all this is happening, she and Logan fall in love. And they're perfect together since they both love France and French things, they speak it, and they are old fashioned. Logan dresses like a priate a lot. LOVE THEM!

Hunter Wild is the youngest in a long line of elite vampire hunters, a legacy that is both a blessing and a curse at the secret Helios-Ra Academy, where she excels at just about everything. Thanks to her friendship with Kieran Black, Hunter receives a special invitation to attend the coronation of Helena Drake, and for the first time, she sees the difference between vampires that must be hunted and vampires that can become friends—or even more. When students at the academy fall victim to a mysterious illness, Hunter suspects they are under attack from within. She will need someone she can trust to help her save the future of Helios-Ra . . . help that shockingly comes in the form of Quinn Drake, a drop-dead gorgeous vampire. Who said senior year would be easy?

Review: Hunter + Vampire + Old Tradional Grandpa = disaster.
Honestly, it does. So, in this one, Quinn is our main vamp. In this book, he helps Hunter, our heroine, out when students start getting sick and turning into Hel-Blar. Throughout this entire thing, Quinn also helps identify what's in the wacked-up pills some of the students are taking and soon he and Hunter start dating. Grandpa in the book thinks all vamps should be dead, and is dead set on Hunter NOT dating Quinn. This little fact plays a big part in Hunter's decision to date Quinn. That's all I'm going to say. No spoilers for you. :D

The negative side of these books:


As much as it's used and a somewhat good element in many YA books, I am a firm believer that love takes time to develop. In the books, the romance usually developes over a day or so. The only exception is that Nick started to have feelings for Lucy a long time ago before he got up the nerve to ask her out, let alone kiss her. I'm fine with that. The rest, maybe it's that internal mating thing most paranormal creatures have. :)

Overall, The Drake Chronicles are a kickass series. I can't wait to get Bleeding Hearts & Blood Moon.

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I love the colors of #1, the overall cover of #2, I love #3, and love the blue of #4.


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