Author: Rebecca Maizel
Release Date: August 3rd, 2010
Source: Received for review from publisher
Synopsis from Amazon:
"Throughout all my histories, I found no one I loved more than you...no one."
Those were some of Rhode's last words to me. The last time he would pronounce his love. The last time I would see his face.
It was the first time in 592 years I could take a breath. Lay in the sun. Taste.
Rhode sacrificed himself so I, Lenah Beaudonte, could be human again. So I could stop the blood lust.
I never expected to fall in love with someone else that wasn't Rhode.
But Justin was...daring. Exciting. More beautiful than I could dream.
I never expected to be sixteen again...then again, I never expected my past to come back and haunt me...
This is one of my favorite books this year! I loved everything about it, especially Lenah, the protagonist. I really loved how I couldn't predict everything that happens in it, I couldn't predict much actually. It was a very nice change of pace.
I thought that it was very interesting that instead of Lenah wanting to be a vampire, she wanted to be human. In Maizel's world vampires lose all traces of humanity and are numb. They can't feel anything, only their memories tell them if things are soft or hard. When you put it like that it's not too difficult to imagine why you would want to be human. Too bad the coven Lenah created wouldn't support her decision and she had to become human in secret, then hide from them so they won't kill her.
Lenah was a great protagonist. She was very frank and had a dry humor that I liked. She adapted to things well, but it was funny when she didn't know what something was. In the short time Rhode was in the book I loved him. I think it was because even though he was a vampire he would sacrifice himself for the one person he loves the most to be happy. I loved Tony also, he was funny, nice, artistic, and had good intentions. I wasn't a big fan of Justin. I don't understand why Lenah liked him so much.
I loved the flashbacks scattered throughout the book. It was fun to read about Lenah as a vampire during different time periods, and to get to know the other vampires in her coven without them being present. By the second part of this book I was so invested in the characters that I couldn't hardly fathom what happened. It was heart wrenching for me to read. And the end...what an ending. I'm actually not really sure what happened in the last sentence, but I really want to know. When does the next one come out?
Basically, I loved this book! I'm definitely going to be rereading it sometime in the future!
Overall: 49/50 A+
Cover/Title Comments: I love the cover! The tear is perfect, and the title font is awesome. The title itself is good too.