Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Stolen Night by Rebecca Maizel [REVIEW]

TITLE: Stolen Night (Vampire Queen #2)
AUTHOR: Rebecca Maizel
PUBLISHER: Macmillam Children's Books
PUB DATE (UK EDITION): Jul 5 2012

Summary from Goodreads:

"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..."

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Vampire queen, Lenah Beaudonte once yearned to be human again. With Rhode’s help, she finally got the chance. Rhode’s sacrifice enabled her to experience the life she miss out back a hundred years ago, when Rhode claimed her and turned her into a vampire. But everything comes with a price...

In the events of Infinite Days, Lenah sacrifices herself to turn one of her strongest vampires, Vicken, back into a human. Just like what Rhode did. Expecting the ritual would be the end of her, Lenah is surprised to find herself alive – and human again, once more. This occurrence made her think that if she survived this, then so did Rhode. Maybe. But where is he?

When Rhode finally makes his appearance, Lenah is torn between Justin, the boy who had reminded her of what it feels like to be human, and Rhode, who has loved her all these years, vampire or not.

But things are more complicated than she realizes... a new vampire queen is at large, more powerful than Lenah once was. And the Aeris, beings that are the essence of nature itself, have appeared to warn Lenah of something more...

I can’t believe how bad this book turned out. It’s not enough that Lenah stooped down from a cute, soul-searching teenager from Infinite Days to an annoying, stupid, and over-emo girl in Stolen Night. I think a lot of those who read this book already stressed out how awful Lenah was but I can’t help but add my two cents.

I hated how Lenah threw Justin off just as she saw Rhode, and how she used Justin’s emotions to comfort herself just because she couldn’t have Rhode. I was incredibly annoyed with her when Odette, the new vampire queen, wreaked havoc around, and she made stupid decisions: one time she is so scared that she tries to keep the people she cares about safe, then she’s all “Let’s go to the party off campus, even though it’s dangerous. Odette won’t cause harm around a lot of people.” Ha! She’s done it once, what’s to say she won’t do it again, huh?

The most annoying thought she gave out was this: [this was probably around page 280-something] “Weapons... There it was - our last and only hope.” – Uhm... nah-uh! They were your first and utmost choice if you hoped to survive from a vampire. It wasn’t even an option to begin with. Seriously, the first time a deadly being appears and makes you its target; your instincts kick in about how you’ll be able to defend yourself – hence using weapons... duh?! Plus, I know Lenah’s human now but she has spent centuries as a vampire, and she didn’t figure that out? What is wrong with this picture???
Another thing I found bothersome was the Aeris. Okay, so they’re the most powerful beings (big whoop), but they’re completely useless for the most parts of this book. I don’t even get why they didn’t want Rhode and Lenah to be together? The reason they gave off just wasn’t enough to make me believe whatever danger there is if they did. Meh!

From my review of Infinite Days, I mentioned that the “Three Piece” were kind of unnecessary to begin with, because with or without them, the story would still progress. But now I see they actually have a purpose after all – they’re bait. Wow! Talk about even more uselessness.

Most of this book just focused on Lenah pining for Rhode and yet spending nights and all with Justin. Then her annoying “planning” on how to rid of Odette and her near death encounters with Odette, which I thought would be more action packed but was all talk and threats. Booooring!

I only found two things that I liked about reading Stolen Night – Vicken and the ending. Vicken is awesome now that he’s not trying to kill Lenah. He came out to be a true friend, and he has his funny moments. He handled being human again very well, even with the slight panic mode over his ESP. The ending caught me off guard. As hard to believe as it is, this would actually have another book in the series [even though I still think, you can only do so much over how bad the rest of this book was]. And yet that ending gave readers something new to look forward to. I just hope it would be better than this one.

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