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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 HubertSee all Editorial Reviews
After being an evil vampire queen for over 500 years, Lenah desires to be human again. She and her vampire love perform a dangerous ritual that will turn her human again, but... Read morePublished 13 months ago by StephTheBookworm
"You have said that humanity is what all vampires crave. The freedom to feel more than constant pain and suffering. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Written Melodies
What a great book. I don't even know exactly how I am feeling at this moment. I know that I want to cry but at the same time I am at peace because I completely understand the... Read morePublished 21 months ago by zsanna
It was really hard to get into, and I also found it hard to follow who was a human and who was a vampire. Also, the plotlime wasn't very good in my opinion.Published 23 months ago by Ariel
When I began this book I really liked it. I loved how the author transitioned back into times where Lenah is still a vampire. Those were probably my favorite parts of the book. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Crystal
half way through the book and looking to see if there is a next edition in line, and no!!! so bummed. good read for sure and original, thank god.Published on September 11, 2013 by Teresa A. Vigil
Much of this story was original and interesting. I liked the concept of Lenah, this ancient and strong vampire queen becoming a teenage girl and experiencing the 21st century. Read morePublished on September 5, 2013 by Jennifer Castro
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I have heard great things about this book, but I never expected to like it as much as I did. Read more