Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Review - Stolen Nights (Vampire Queen #2) by Rebecca Maizel

Stolen Nights (Vampire Queen, #2)Review: Stolen Nights
Author: Rebecca Maizel
Series: 2nd (Infinite Days)
Pages: 303
Published: January 29th 2013 by St. Martin's Griffin 
ISBN: 9780312649920
Source: Publisher sent for honest review 

Description: Lenah Beaudonte should be dead. But having sacrificed herself to save another, she finds herself awakening with strange powers that are neither vampire nor human—and a new enemy on her trail. In her vampire life, Lenah had thought that being human was all she ever wanted; but the human heart suffers pain, heartbreak and loss.   With her new powers growing and the dark force of the Nex after her soul, Lenah faces a choice: between the mortal love of gorgeous Justin, whose passion fed her human soul, and taking a different path to become the mistress of her own destiny, wherever that may lead...
I Give This ...

I've waited a long time for time to come out.  It's hard enough waiting a year between releases, but this was quite a bit longer.   It was well worth the wait, but you might want to reread Infinite Days before this one.
I say reread because I was extremely lost on some of the events that the beginning of this book is referring to.  I had a hard time piecing together the events that had already occurred and when they happened.  I eventually think I got it all, but I felt the book didn't really help remind you.  But, I was ok with that because I was completely sucked in to what was happening.  I think that's because of Lenah and Rhode.  There is something about Lenah as a human that I have a hard time imagining how ferocious she was as a vampire.  We get glimpses  of her past that lead to her basically hibernating for a century and having Rhode search for a cure.  From the brief descriptions we get, its no wonder she was Vampire Queen.

But, someone from her past isn't happy with the life they've been dealt.  That person wants their human life back and all the power that comes with the ritual.  This person has all the power and blood thirst that Lenah had and the coven to back it up.  The problem is that ritual has disturbed the order of things already.  By performing the ritual themselves, Lenah and Rhode have been forced to made some extremely difficult choices.  Choices that effect everyone they've ever met.

The chain of events was fast and intense.  The anguish that Lenah and Rhode feel is palpable and heartbreaking.  And the vampire that is so determined to gain the ritual is relentless.   In the end, Lenah knows that so many of the events are preventable if she has the ability to make one choice.  But can she do it?   And when you realize what it is...could you?

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