Monday, 25 January 2010

Review: My Love Lies Bleeding by Alyxandra Harvey

Publisher: Bloomsbury
Format: Paperback
Released: January 4th, 2010
Grade rating: B-

Amazon summary:

The Blakes are rather different to your usual neighbours. They are vampires and some of the members of the family date back to the twelfth century. One of the children, Solange, is the only born female vampire known and, as such, she poses a direct threat to the vampire queen. Her best friend Lucy is human, and when Solange is kidnapped Lucy and Solange's brother, Nicholas, set out to save her. Lucy soon discovers that she would like to be more than just friends with Nicholas. But how does one go about dating a vampire? Meanwhile, Solange finds an unlikely ally in Kieran, a vampire slayer on the hunt for his father's killer.


My Love Lies Bleeding is one of those series books that sets things up nicely, but often fails to be as good as future instalments. At times it felt very rushed, and there was never any doubt that more Drake stories would follow. I've found that this can happen a lot with a series, and although it's not necessarily a bad thing, it does sometimes make for a lesser reading experience.

The new vampire mythology and various groups of hunters was something that particularly interested me, and I took an instant liking to the Helios-Ra, a group of trained vampire assassins. While they were certainly nothing new in the world of the fanged, they were written with a certain edge that made them stand out. The idea of a vampire hierarchy with princesses and queens was also used well, and isn't something I've seen much of in YA bit lit.

The Drake family themselves were fairly easy to relate to, though I had trouble with the name Solange. It didn't seem to fit her character and, to be honest, I hated it. What I didn't hate, however, were her seven vampire brothers. Seven attractive, super-skilled vampires, you say? Yes, you heard me right. And they rocked! Nicholas was the obvious favourite, with smooth talker Logan coming in a close second.

The ending of My Love Lies Bleeding was over pretty fast, with less explanation and more action. It did set up the sequel well, and there are plenty of directions that the plot can take in book two. I'm hoping for more dual narrative, a bigger spotlight on my favourite female character Lucy, and a big bad hellbent on destroying the Drake family once and for all.

When reading this book, I kept telling myself to remember that Eclipse is better than Twilight. With that in mind, I think things are definitely looking up for the Drakes. Bring on Blood Feud!


So Many Books, So Little Time said...

I really loved this book. So much fun! Do you really think Eclipse is better than Twilight, cos I have to say that the first is my favourite?

prophecygirl said...

Twilight is my favourite too, but I do think Eclipse is a better book, when you look at it. Her writing improved, the love triangle is compelling, and B&E's relationship is tested. I would ramble on, but I won't ;)

Luisa at Chicklish said...

What a great review - really shows all your vamp knowledge (and vamp love!) Ooh, the seven brothers sound good!

Jami said...

You got me interested with the seven vamp brothers. That by itself might just make it worth reading :)

Becky said...

I cannot wait to read this. It sounds like a book that doesn't take itself too seriously. I do find it annoying though when the first book in a series is weaker than what will probably follow. The first should be the attention grabber. And I can say even now that I know the name Solange is going to grate on me. It is the name equivalent of running your nails across a piece of glass. Shudder-worthy. Great review.

LovesSam said...

Eclipse is better than Twilight?? what?! crazy talk!!

I will add, Nick = yummy scrummy!!!

The Book Owl said...

Hmm, a lot of firsts in series are a little disappointing. I'm not sure I can handle another vampire book at the moment. Good review though. =]

Jean (Tuning Into YA Books) said...

Good review! Maybe after the Twilight obsession and vampire obsession dies down I can pick it up :)

Btw you won an award at my blog

I Want To Read That said...

I really enjoyed this but I think I was in the mood for something lighthearted. I agree about the name Solange though - horrible!

Sasha said...

I had exactly the same views x

TheBookMogul said...

I've got this one to read, it looks like it's going to be good!

cheap cartucho r4i said...

Great review! I just finished this book, and I agree with everything you said in this review! The characters were so great, especially Lucy and Solange's family. I didn't care as much for Solange as I did for Lucy though, it felt like Lucy's story more than Solange's!