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Alyxandra Harvey

Alyxandra Harvey Alyxandra Harvey studied Creative Writing and Literature at York University. She now lives in a stone Victorian house in Ontario. She loves medieval dresses, used to be able to recite all of The Lady of Shalott by Tennyson, and has been accused of being born in the wrong century. When not writing, she is a belly dancer and jewelry-maker. She likes lattes, chocolate and tattoos. Among her favourite books are ‘The Wood Wife’ by Terri Windling, ‘Jane Eyre’ by Charlotte Bronte, and of course, ‘Pride and Prejudice’ by Jane Austen. Learn more at Alyxandra Harvey’s website.

Hearts at Stake: Fluffy young adult paranormal romance

Hearts at Stake by Alyxandra Harvey

Solange Drake is about to turn sixteen and she just wants to be a normal teenager. That’s hard enough when she’s got seven big brothers hovering over her, but what really sucks is that she knows she’s going to die on her birthday. If she’s strong enough to survive the Bloodchange, she’ll return as a powerful vampire — the only female vampire born (not made) in centuries and, according to an ancient prophecy, she’ll be the rightful vampire queen. She doesn’t really want to be queen, but there are plenty of people who are hoping she’ll oust Lady Natasha, the evil pretender.

Solange has lots of support — her seven gorgeous brothers, her powerful parents, several bodyguards, and her best friend Lucy who may not have any supernatural stuff going on, but who’s got enough guts and spunk to hold her own. Solange has enemies, too, of course. Not just Lady Natasha and her evil minions, bu... Read More

Blood Feud: Thin characters, dull romance

Blood Feud by Alyxandra Harvey

Blood Feud is the second of Alyxandra Harvey’s DRAKE CHRONICLES. The first book, Hearts at Stake, told how Solange Drake survived the Bloodchange on her sixteenth birthday and became the first female vampire to do so in centuries. Her mother Helena is about to take the throne as the vampire queen while Leander Montmarte, an old and powerful vampire, pursues princess Solange.

Meanwhile, a woman named Isabeau St. Croix, who we met briefly in the first novel, is hunting the vampire who killed her during the French Revolution. She spent years living in her grave until she was dug up and given a chance to “live” again. Her search for her killer brings her in contact with the Drake family. Can she resist the charms of one of Solange’s seven gorgeous brothers? Of course not. Blood Feud focuses on Isabeau’s revenge quest and her budding romance with Logan Drake.... Read More

Haunting Violet: Charming YA romantic mystery

Haunting Violet  by Alyxandra Harvey

It’s Victorian England, and Spiritualism is all the rage. Violet Willoughby’s mother Celeste is a phony medium, using parlor tricks to scam her way up the social ladder. Now, the Willoughbys have been invited to the palatial estate of Rosefield for a grand house party. On this trip, Violet learns something shocking: she is a medium. A real one. And the ghost of a girl from the next estate over, who drowned mysteriously the previous year, is haunting Violet and demanding she solve her murder.

Haunting Violet is both a spooky mystery and a coming-of-age tale for Violet. She is constrained both by her cruel mother and by the strict rules of Victorian society, where even if you save the day, you’d better not be inappropriately dressed while doing it. Violet’s development is compelling as she tries to determine who she wants to be and what kind of life she... Read More

More books by Alyxandra Harvey

The Lovegrove Legacy — (2014- ) Publisher: In 1814, three cousins — Gretchen, Emma, and Penelope — discover their family lineage of witchcraft when a binding spell is broken, allowing their individual magical powers to manifest. Now, beyond the manicured gardens and ballrooms of Regency London, an alluring underworld available only to those with power is revealed to the cousins. By claiming their power, the three cousins have accidentally opened the gates to the underworld. Now ghouls, hellhounds — and most terrifying of all, the spirits of dark witches known as the Greymalkin Sisters — are hunting and killing young debutante witches for their powers. And, somehow, Emma is connected to the murders…because she keeps finding the bodies. Can the cousins seal the gates before another witch is killed… or even worse, before their new gifts are stripped away?

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Stand-alone novels:

Alyxandra Harvey-Fitzhenry Waking: A Fairy Tale, BrokenWaking: A Fairy Tale — (2006) Young adult. Publisher: With the help of a quirky friend, Beauty learns to leave her tragic past behind.

Alyxandra Harvey-Fitzhenry Waking: A Fairy Tale, BrokenBroken — (2008) Young adult. Publisher: Ash Perrault can explain why she’s so upset: her dad’s fiancée is moving into their house, her best friend Mouse is hiding a secret from her, she has detention on the school dance committee, and her relationship with her boy friend Seth is confusing and often hurtful. But Ash can’t explain why the glass around her keeps breaking without her touching it. Her power to break glass is not only eerie, it’s dangerous. Can she find a way to control it?

Alyxandra Harvey Stolen AwayStolen Away — (2011) Young adult. Publisher: For seventeen years, Eloise Hart had no idea the world of Faery even existed. Now she has been abducted and trapped in the Rath of Lord Strahan, King of Faery. Strahan was only meant to rule for seven years, as Faery tradition dictates, and then give up his crown to another. But he won’t comply, and now chaos threatens both worlds. The only one who can break his stranglehold on the Faery court is his wife… Eloise’s aunt Antonia. Using Eloise to lure Antonia, Strahan captures his wife, desperate to end the only threat to his reign. Now Eloise must become the rescuer. Together with her best friends Jo and Devin, she must forge alliances with other Fae, including a gorgeous protector named Lucas, and Strahan’s mysterious son, Eldric-who may or may not betray them.

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviewsBriar Rose: And Other Fairy Tales Darkly Revisited — (2012) Young adult. Publisher: Do you really think you know the classic fairy tales of yore? You’re about to encounter some unexpectedly dark and intriguing passages revealed by Alyxandra Harvey, bestselling author of Haunting Violet and Stolen Away and the immensely popular series of vampire novels, The Drake Chronicles.