From School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up–Lenah Beaudonte is an extremely powerful and ruthless vampire queen who is more than five centuries old. Unhappy with her vampire existence, she implores her vampire maker and lover Rhode to uncover an ancient ritual that can give her back her humanity. After hibernating for 100 years, Lenah wakes up as a human teenager enrolled at the exclusive Wickham Boarding School. Rhode has done everything to give her a new chance at life and in doing so has made the ultimate sacrifice–his own life. Mourning for him, Lenah seizes the chance to walk in the sunlight, have fun with friends, experience real emotions, and fall in love with a great guy. But Lenah knows that it is only a matter of time before her vicious coven opens her crypt and discovers her missing. Linked to her by dark magic, they will not rest until they find her, destroying the world she has come to love. Lenah is a unique and complex character whose emotions ring true. Her horrifying life as a vampire is revealed through a series of detailed and riveting flashbacks that are extremely effective in driving the plot and the decisions she makes. A promising start to a series, the story is filled with action, romance, longing, deception, and sacrifice. It will leave vampire fans thirsting for more.–Donna Rosenblum, Floral Park Memorial High School, NY. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
A vampire longs for humanity in this uneven first novel. After a ritual in which her coven lover sacrifices himself, centuries-old European vamp Lenah wakes up as a wealthy, mortal student at a swank New England boarding school. She acclimates quickly to her new life and is even drawn into a love triangle with sensitive artist Tony and hot jock Justin. But the clock is ticking as the rest of Lenah’s coven hunts for her, intent on bringing her back into the undead fold, whether she wants it or not. Maizel’s earnest, detailed prose leans toward the self-conscious, and her contemporary teen dialogue is occasionally awkward: “I’ve loved you for, like, ever so there’s no use in, like, convincing me it’s not true.” More compelling are the flashbacks of Lenah’s violent, romantic history, rich in vampire lore, even though the transitions are not always smooth. Nevertheless, Twilight fans looking for more fodder to satisfy their insatiable hunger for paranormal romance will find some sustenance here. Grades 8-12. --Jennifer Hubert