Author: Alyxandra Harvey
Series: 6th (Hearts at Stake, Blood Feud, Out For Blood, Bleeding Hearts, Blood Moon)
Published: January 8th 2013 by Walker Childrens
Source: Publisher via Netgalley
Description: Solange Drake has been officially crowned Queen of the Vampires, fulfilling the centuries old prophecy that foretold the rise to power of a daughter born to an ancient vampire line. Except Solange's thoughts and actions are no longer her own—she's been slowly being possessed by the spirit of Viola, the first daughter born into the Drake line, since her bloodchange. And instead of uniting the vampire tribes under the rule of an ancient daughter as the prophecy predicted, Viola would rather destroy them all and enslave humans in a personal vendetta for the devastation both wrought to her life centuries ago. Can Solange break her hold in time to save everyone she loves from a vampire civil war, hunter attack, and each other? Not everyone will survive the prophecy . . . perhaps not even her.
I Give This ...
You ever reach the last book in the series and wonder how the hell the author is going to wrap it all up? I seriously wondered on this one. I was hoping I would get to the end and low and behold...book 7. Pleased to say that wasn't the case. And this really was a satisfying ending to a great series!
I'm so pleased to be able to like Solange again. She was really starting to grate on my nerves there. I know nobody wanted to have to stake their baby sister, but she was beyond reason. Glad to know there was reason behind all that madness. Who knew that vampires could be possessed? I was also happy to see that once she realized what was going on, she did everything in her power to get Viola out. She has to piece together Viola's history, which turns out to be a little bit of her own as well. I found it fascinating. I especially enjoyed the witches role in the entire scenario.
And the possession is really just half of the story. We still have to deal with those who have been kidnapping vampires, killing humans, and basically causing a whole lot of havoc. This is were the story might have been able to be cut into book 7. I dislike that feeling you get when you reach what you think is the climax of the story, only to realize your only half way through the book. The series is definitely been headed this directions, but I wish we wouldn't have reached in at break neck speed in just one book.
I do love the Drake family though. The brothers are so fiercely protective of each other and will do anything for their baby sister. Even when they aren't entirely convinced that Solange isn't just reacting badly to the blood change, they still will do anything for her. They also carry that same loyalty over to their significant others. Just reading about Nick and Lucy makes me love them.
I'm so glad I picked up this series. I was fun to read. Also equally happy that it's over. Now on to the next one!