Young Adult, Vampires
Paperback $9.99 (336 pages, ST. MARTIN'S GRIFFIN)
"Throughout all my histories, I found no one I loved more than you...no one."
Those were some of Rhode's last words to me. The last time he would pronounce his love. The last time I would see his face.
It was the first time in 592 years I could take a breath. Lay in the sun. Taste.
Rhode sacrificed himself so I, Lenah Beaudonte, could be human again. So I could stop the blood lust.
I never expected to fall in love with someone else that wasn't Rhode.
But Justin was...daring. Exciting. More beautiful than I could dream.
I never expected to be sixteen again...then again, I never expected my past to come back and haunt me...
Author Site: rebeccamaizel.com
Either utterly brilliant beyond my comprehension, or just really awful... (2 stars)
After her creator sacrifices himself in a ritual to return Lenah Beaudonte to being human she finds herself lost in a new century and a new life. Having spent the past century hibernating underground not only must she learn how to survive in the new world but how to do it as 'reborn' as a human. As a vampire she existed in a state of constant pain with no desire other than to kill. It was this constant need that drove her first to build a coven and later to spend a century underground.
Now attending a prestigious boarding school and fumbling her way into the social graces of it's students she waits for her coven to discover her fate. For once they know their beloved queen has become human once more they will not rest until she dies.
I started and stopped this book a few times because I was having a hard time wrapping my head around it. Either it is insanely great and I'm too feeble minded to 'get it' or I was seriously over thinking it in my attempts to sort out the confusing details. It's in that particular area the most problems with this story arise. Lenah's been a vampire for centuries and some mysterious ritual turns her human again, but she retains some of her vampire strengths for a while. As she narrates she sometimes gets so hung up on the seeing for miles and stuff it becomes really boring. But she's totally okay with being at a boarding school and making friends. I still don't get her attraction to Justin. Maizel spends plenty of time giving us details on pointless details about clothing but gave him about as much personality as the color beige. The only reason I honestly kept reading after the first hundred pages was because I liked Tony, the Asian art student she befriends in the beginning.
Tony was the only thing that kept me reading and unfortunately he wasn't enough to make me like or recommend this book. There are far more enjoyable YA titles featuring vampires or even vampires and boarding schools without all the mind twisty seemingly pretentious mystery draped over all the vampire stuff.
The Story Siren
The Literate Mother
Notes: ARC received via Amazon Vine.