Title: My Love Lies Bleeding
Author: Alyxandra Harvey
Published: 4 January 2010
Format: Finished paperback
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.
I am not the biggest fan of vampire books, mainly because they are now really popular due to the Twilight series, and many publishers are trying to reciprocate the same popularity with Twilight with their vampire books.
However, I did have quite high hopes for this after reading several book reviews in the YA blogosphere, so I was expecting a different read to Twilight, and didn’t compare it to Twilight at all, as I knew doing so would make me not enjoy the book as much.
I found this book really enjoyable for several reasons; one) I really liked the characters. I swooned after all the Drake brothers, they all sounded so chivalrous and kind (after protecting Solange a lot), two) The characters were well developed and had good personalities, and three) there was a quick paced plot with several twists and turns!
At first it took me a little while to get to grips with the Drake family’s past and all the vampire legend/legacies etc. but after reading it for a while it managed to sink in.
Essentially, I thought the writing quality was better than average. There were really good descriptions and I could clearly imagine the story unfolding in my head – I love the area the place is set in bar the vampires of course.
Although, one niggle I had was that no one else noticed these things going on. Even though the Drake “compound” is quite large and far away from the town, eventually wouldn’t somebody have wandered in and seen something they shouldn’t have seen?
Solange and Lucy had a realistic friendship, and depended on each other like real best friends would do. I also really liked both Solange and Lucy, they were really likeable and I didn’t want bad things to happen to them!
The Drake brothers. Oh my. Even without too much knowledge of what they look like, I set my mind loose on them and they are the perfect brothers. Okay, slightly overprotective, but hey, better than ones that don’t give a damn about you!
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. There weren’t many flaws and there was lots of things to keep you reading: a plot, some humour, and great characters!
There was lots going on, and the fact you had two points of view (Lucy and Solange), meant it kept really interesting – and you knew things some characters didn’t!
Writing Quality: 8/10
The quality wasn’t absolutely amazing, but it was above average, and whilst reading I never really noticed – it was complimentary to everything else.
Vampires aren’t really that original anymore, and this book isn’t too unique – but it does stand out as one of the better written vampire novels I have read, and that is important to remember.
Without the awesome characters I would have stopped reading! With solitary Solange, outspoken Lucy and all those lovely brothers (especially Nicholas!) i made the book really enjoyable.
I loved imagining the setting and the Drake’s house, and the descriptions helped that.
38/50 = 76%
Thank you very much to Bloomsbury for providing me with this copy! I have the next book in the series, Blood Feud, as well, and after reading this I can’t wait to get started!