When I was little, that meant wanting to swim all day long and being oblivious to the sun.
(Nothing but good times when you're little, right?)
When I was a teenager that meant detassling and trying to assure a dark non-farmer's tan.
(Let's not talk about that, okay?)
This year, it means a quick trip to Florida, a longer trip to Italy, and an appreciation of sunscreen.
(Yep. Italy. Three weeks. And it's work. I swear. And, yes, I have the coolest job.)
Knowledge and the aging process have brought on that appreciation for sunscreen. (When I was in Florida last weekend, I became well aware of just how much of my own back I can't reach; I have the peeling, healing sunburn as a demonstration.) But, no matter how much I don't want skin that looks like leather and no matter how much I like to sleep in, I still love the warmth of the sun.
Which is why, no matter how much I love vampire books, I would make a HORRIBLE vampire.
|Johnny Depp in Dark Shadows|
That's requires some serious SPF.
However, if you want to slather on some SPF 45, throw on your shades, and read a fun YA vampire book while you bask in the sun's yellow glow, I've got a great recommendation for you.
Bonus? It's part of a series (The Drake Chronicles), so if you like it you've got more to read!
Super bonus? This one is only $2.89 right now for Kindle and Nook. Holla!
Hearts At Stake by Alyxandra Harvey is the tale of two best friends, Solange and Lucy. Solange was born into a vampire family (the Drakes), and on her fast approaching 16th birthday, she'll turn. Lucy is a human whose parents have raised her to be an open-minded, loyal activist, so she's naturally (super-naturally?) a fit with the Drake family of vamps. Just because they're different doesn't mean she should fear them. Instead, she loves Solange like a sister, and she might love one of Solange's brothers like, well, very much NOT like a brother.
Solange is not looking forward to turning. She's a peaceful person, she doesn't like blood, and she knows her turning will make some other vampires very, very uncomfortable. Solange just might be the vampire at the center of a prophecy that will cause a huge shift in the power structure of the vampire world.
|Fun AND on sale!|
There are different kinds of vampires in this book, and not all of them are good. Even the ones who could be good can be pretty big jerks. (Sounds like humans, no?) There are also vampire hunters among the humans. So a shift in the power structure is a very, very big deal. Solange would prefer to avoid all of that, and she'd like to avoid all the safeguards her family has set up. The Drakes want to protect her from the different vampire factions that believe that killing Solange before she turns will prevent the prophecy from coming true.
Lucy is significantly more bloodthirsty (har!) than Solange, and, as I mentioned, she's fiercely loyal. While this battle could be considered the Drakes' alone, there's no way Lucy would abandon her friend at this important, dangerous time. Lucy's ideas for assistance are sometimes more dangerous than helpful, but her dedication can not be questioned.
This was a fun book to read with a little bit of romance and quite a bit of danger and political intrigue. (Thus the PG rating.) The point of view switches from Solange to Lucy, but the chapter headings make it clear whose voice we're hearing. The two girls are different enough in personality that it also helps make the jumps fairly easy to follow. What's a little less easy is keeping track of the difference factions. There are more than five, and some of them have similar and mostly unpronounceable names. Still, it makes an ironically good beach read.