When Lenah Beaudonte, a 500-year-old vampire queen, wakes up a human teenager at an ultra-cliquey prep school, she must choose between embracing the humanity she’s always craved and saving her new friends from her vicious coven. The first in a sizzling new YA series.
Lenah Beaudonte is, in many ways, your average teen: the new girl at Wickham Boarding School, she struggles to fit in enough to survive and stand out enough to catch the eye of the golden-boy lacrosse captain. But Lenah also just happens to be a recovering five-hundred-year-old vampire queen. After centuries of terrorizing Europe, Lenah is able to realize the dream all vampires have — to be human again. After performing a dangerous ritual to restore her humanity, Lenah entered a century-long hibernation, leaving behind the wicked coven she ruled over and the eternal love who has helped grant her deep-seated wish.
Until, that is, Lenah draws her first natural breath in centuries at Wickham and rediscovers a human life that bears little resemblance to the one she had known. As if suddenly becoming a teenager weren’t stressful enough, each passing hour brings Lenah closer to the moment when her abandoned coven will open the crypt where she should be sleeping and find her gone. As her borrowed days slip by, Lenah resolves to live her newfound life as fully as she can. But, to do so, she must answer ominous questions: Can an ex-vampire survive in an alien time and place? What can Lenah do to protect her new friends from the bloodthirsty menace about to descend upon them? And how is she ever going to pass her biology midterm? (Source:Goodreads)
I have been looking forward to reading this book for weeks. When I got in the mail, I admired it for a few days while I finished up some other obligation reads and then started it as soon as I had a chance.
At first, it just met my expectations. Then as I got into the story, it started to exceed them. By the time I reached the end it annihilated them. This book is GOOD and you should definitely be camped out at the front door of your bookstore when it opens on August 3rd, because you have got to read this. You know me, I’m not big on talking about plot points in my reviews because you can read a summary (or duh, the book) for that…but I really am in awe of everything Rebecca Maizel manages to accomplish in this story. Every single aspect of the book is flawless.
The plot involves vampires, and it still manages to be 100% fresh and original. That is pretty incredible, if you ask me. Coming up with something new that stands head and shoulders above all the other vampire fiction out there is a pretty big achievement.
Lenah is an awesome character. The book starts out very slow action-wise as you get to know and care for her. When you start the book, you might get a little bored – but you just have to stick with it. Even when I did find myself getting a bit antsy in the beginning, I was still amazed by the writing. I was transported into Lenah’s world within the first few pages…and I still haven’t left it several hours after having finished. I couldn’t possibly relate to what is going on in Lenah’s life any less, but Rebecca Maizel still managed to make me feel her emotions and believe her story. How cool is that?
So, just in case I haven’t made my point yet…I’ll say it again. You all must buy and read this book at the first available opportunity. Prepare to be blown away.
Also, check out the guest post from Rebecca Maizel!