Author: Rebecca Maizel
Series: Book Two in the Vampire Queen Series
Published By: St. Martin's (Jan. 29, 2013)
Source: ARC Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Paranormal
My Rating: 4.5 Stars!
Lenah Beaudonte should be dead. But having sacrificed herself to save another, she finds herself awakening with strange powers that are neither vampire nor human—and a new enemy on her trail. In her vampire life, Lenah had thought that being human was all she ever wanted; but the human heart suffers pain, heartbreak and loss.
With her new powers growing and the dark force of the Nex after her soul, Lenah faces a choice: between the mortal love of gorgeous Justin, whose passion fed her human soul, and taking a different path to become the mistress of her own destiny, wherever that may lead...
Being brutally honest here, I liked the first book in this series but I wasn't in love with it. So you can imagine my surprise when I found myself actually loving this one.
So much happens. So much action, romance, danger, secrets and suspense this truly was like a whole new story. Maizel takes us on one heck of a ride that I admit, I didn't want to get off of.
“Rhode once told me long ago that love was an emotion that existed beyond the confines of the human condition. It could rise to the highest peaks, he said. Even out there in the heavens, love flew, soared, and spread between the stars.”
I think that quote fits this whole story perfectly. This was a story about love. About a love so pure it could do anything. Be anything. A love that could stand the test of time. A love that would not be forgotten or destroyed.
A love that could save and redeem them all.
I thought I loved Rhode in the first book. The little glimpses that we saw of him. I was wrong. I can say for sure now, I loved him in this book. He was so much more than those little glimpses showed us. So much love and depth and strength.
And Lenah. We really didn't get to see the real Lenah in the first book, we do in this one. The human Lenah. The one who cares and loves and makes some extraordinary sacrifices.
I don't want to give anything away but I do want to say that I am really really hoping there will be a third book. Because, simply put, there just has to be. There needs to be another. This can't be the end. I won't accept that, not with an ending like that one.
If you didn't love the first book, you will certainly love this one. If you did love the first book, then you are in for a bigger treat with this one. This one was worth the wait.
Very well done Ms. Maizel.