The Drakes 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. (from Amazon.co.uk)
After receiving this book and seeing some positive reviews I was quite looking forward to it. My Love Lies Bleeding turned out to be bit of a mixed bag for me.
The Drakes are an ancient vampire family, and their daughter, Solange, is approaching her sixteenth birthday, where she will transform into a full Vampire. Being the only known female born vampire, she is prophesised to become queen. However reigning Queen, Lady Natasha has no intention of handing over her crown, not without a fight and the result is all out clan war.
I have to be honest and say, to begin with I found this book confusing. In fact I was sure there must have been a previous book in the series, but there isn’t. This is the first. The problems I had were that the different clans, families and vampire politics weren’t really explained, it seemed like it was presumed I knew what the author was talking about. I had to keep flicking back to work out the difference between Helois-Ra and Hel-Blar. As for the Drake family themselves, with seven brothers, Solange, Mum, Dad and human best friend Lucy as well as a host of cousins, aunts and distant relations that dropped in and out, I found it quite hard to keep up. Maybe I’ve just not read enough Vampire books in the past.
Despite this, I kept going and I’m glad I did as I quite enjoyed the second half of the book where things pick up and slot into place. At only 250 pages long, this is a quick read, but plenty of action is packed in between the pages. I also really liked the idea of The Drakes, being an old traditional family with an abundance of history. It’s like a vampire family saga, with decadence, wealth, tradition, passion, jealousy, loyalty, treachery and deception making it an intriguing read.
The book is told in alternating chapters from best friends, human Lucy and almost vampire Solange. I didn’t really warm that much to Lucy and found her irritating at times. She’s supposed to be feisty and impulsive, but to be honest I found a lot of her wise cracks just ridiculous and inappropriate. I also felt a lot of the time, she should butt out of the Drakes business and much preferred to read from Solange’s point of view. Her story is far more interesting and I’d have been happy to see Lucy as a minor character. Maybe she is integral to the rest of the series, I don’t know. I just didn’t really get her that much. I also preferred Solange’s romance than Lucy’s and would read the next book in the series just to see how that developes.
Overall, My Love Lies Bleeding isn’t a bad little read. It’s not the best-written book you’d come across, but it is entertaining enough. It’s a quick read too, and doesn’t require a lot of effort once you get over the confusing beginning. I will read the next in the series as I’m intrigued to see how things work for Solange and the rest of The Drakes!
Thank you to the publishers for sending me this book for review.