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

January 20, 2013 Review 0 ★★

*This title will be released on January 29, 2013*

Stolen Nights

(Vampire Queen, #2)
by Rebecca Maizel
Genre: Paranormal YA |
Excerpt: Yes Book Trailer: No
Reviewed by: Abigail| Source: Publisher

  • Reading level: Ages 12 and up
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin (January 29, 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 0312649924
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312649920

Rating

Okay – A few good points, but with significant flaws. Library/swap/borrow if you want.

Sexual Content

Kissing. References to sex

Description

A new year is beginning at Wickham Boarding School. A new chance at life, at reversing the evil in my past. But nothing is ever as simple it seems…

Last year, the love of my life died performing a ritual to fulfill my one wish and make me human. And now I’ve performed the same ritual for my friend Vicken – and survived. Why am I here, back safe on Wickham campus?

The strong magic I used in the ritual did more than just make Vicken human. It drew someone to Lover’s Bay who does not belong here. She wants the ritual. Then she wants me dead. And she will take down any and everyone in my life to get what she wants.

As if that weren’t enough, the ritual has also summoned the anger of the Aeris, the four elements and most fundamental powers on earth. They have a surprise and an unbearable punishment for me – like stepping into the sun for the first time, only to be put into a cage. And now I have to make an impossible choice – between love or life, yearning or having, present or past…

Review

STOLEN NIGHTS, the second book in the Vampire Queen series, was originally supposed to be published over a year ago.  But there were delays.  And more delays.  INFINITE DAYS was a lovely, poignant story about “a  vampire’s taste of humanity, her myriad of firsts as a human, the dangers from her past, and the love that brought her to life.”  Imagine my surprise when STOLEN NIGHTS shucks all of that intimate beauty for a rather lackluster story about thwarting a power hungry vampire.

*Sigh*.  I was worried that all the delays might signify trouble with the story, and they did.  So much of the heartache and raw emotion from the debut is just gone in this sequel.  It’s as if the author wrote herself into a corner and instead of finding a way out, basically started all over.  There is all this brand new mythology involving supernatural governing bodies known as Aeris, and seemingly arbitrary rules that are designed to create an obstacle between Lenah and Rhode. The problem was, the romance never felt important enough to care whether there were obstacles or not.   Not with Rhode and certainly not with Justin who is reduced to a whinny shell of his former character.

The main plot is perhaps the most disappointing part of STOLEN NIGHTS.  It’s just not compelling at all.  A vampire that Lenah created more than a century ago shows up wanting the ritual that made Lenah a human.  She goes around slaughtering people all over campus while Lenah and friends try and stop her.  It’s just so…generic.  I felt none of the empathy for the characters this time, so their plight lacked any real impact.  And Lenah’s waffling between Rhode and Justin wasn’t nearly compelling enough to make up for the main story.  The ending seems pretty final, but it is my understanding that there will be a third book in the Vampire Queen series.  I’m so disillusioned by this sequel that I don’t think I’ll be waiting around for any more of Lenah’s story.

Series

 

  1. Infinite Days – 5/5

 

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