Print Length: 304 pages
Publisher: Walker Books
Published: March 10, 2011
The Drakes and friends will be tested when an infestation of deadly vampires threatens Violet Hill Lucy’s cousin Christabel has come to live in Violet Hill, and adjusting to the difference between life in a small mountain town and her home in the city is difficult enough. The strict curfew that Lucy’s parents enforce is the worst part. Something really dangerous couldn’t possibly happen in this tiny town. But Christabel has noticed some mysterious happenings, and it seems like Lucy, her boyfriend Nicholas and his brother Connor are all in on a secret that Christabel doesn’t understand—one that seems deadly serious. Although she won’t admit it, Christabel would love to be in on any secret with Connor Drake. But when she is kidnapped by the ruthless Hel-Blar vampires, Christabel must cause more and more trouble in Violet Hill, Lucy and Connor finally fill Christabel in on all the undead drama. Together, they must find a way to stamp out the Hel-Blar for good.
My ThoughtsOh my goodness, Oh my goodness, Oh my goodness! Yes this book does warrant typing that out three times in a row. This is a vampire story that is unique, amazingly written and thrilling. With just enough romance in it to capture your heart and make you sigh. I tend to get caught up in the world of the Drakes. Lucy is as likeable as ever, such a human. Nicholas is still more reserved than Lucy but you can tell that he will do anything for her. Christabel is a nice addition to the Drake world as well. Lucy’s dad is her uncle and after stopping by his sister’s apartment decides to bring Christabel home to live with them. Christabel is a city gal who notices things others may not. She loves to read (huge plus in any character) and often quotes poetry. Conner of course is the computer geek in the Drake family. Anyone who knows anything about computer geeks know that they typically do not get the girl. They are normally the nice guy- that is how Christabel views Conner. So there is a sense of will she ever view him as something other than a nice guy. The villain in the book is still likeable in a weird are you drink off of bad blood kinda way.
The book ends on a cliff hanger that left me shocked. I actually spoke my “oh no, what was she thinking?” out loud. Got the side eye from the hubby for that. Since I came upon the Drake Chronicles late in the game, I only had a week to wait to find out. Go me! And honestly I am very excited to see what happens. Please oh please let everything be okay. But atlas, dear followers I am afraid the next book will be heart wrecking.
Other CharactersLucy’s Folks- Lucy’s mom is best friends with Helena, although she is a peace loving hippie and Helena is a vampire.
Laim- Father Drake- he is the calm one in the family, also the diplomat.
Helena- Momma Drake- a total momma bear, who will hurt/stake anyone who threatens her family.
Solange- The only little girl out of the eight Drake kids. Did I mention she is also the youngest, a newly turned vampire and best friends with Lucy?
Saga- A crazy vampire, the one who happens to kidnap Christabel.