- Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
- Format: Paperback | 320 pages
- Dimensions: 140mm x 210mm x 21mm | 454g
- Publication date: 29 January 2013
- ISBN 10: 0312649924
- ISBN 13: 9780312649920
- Sales rank: 148,188
STOLEN NIGHTS by Rebecca Maizel A Vampire Queen Novel `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...
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Rebecca Maizel is the bestselling author of the Vampire Queen series, starting with `Infinite Days.` She graduated from Boston University and the Rhode Island College master's program. She received her MFA from Vermont College and teaches community college in Rhode Island.
By Kelsey Opsahl 12 Mar 2013
In Maizel's follow-up to Infinite Days, the reader is right away thrown into the action. Stolen Nights begins just four days after Lenah performs the ritual on Vicken to make him human and also the night her friend Tony was killed. The ritual does not kill Lenah but instead transforms her back into her human self. The worst is definitely not over. Justin and Lenah witness a vampire killing one of Lenah's friends on the beach and Lenah knows that this vampire is hunting her; someone wants her to pay for what she has done in her past and will make her suffer first. Not only has she discovered this threat but now the Aeris need her to decide her punishment for what she and her soul mate Rhode Lewin have done by performing the rituals that made them human. This choice along with the task of confronting the one hunting her will leave the reader breathless and torn.
Lenah still has many characteristics she had when she was a vampire. She loves hard and many times only thinks of herself. After finding out that Rhode is still alive she literally leaves Justin behind. As a reader we are torn between the undying love she has with Rhode and the fresh human love she had with Justin. But right away we know that Lenah and Justin's relationship is not what it used to be. Until the moment that Lenah makes the ultimate sacrifice we wonder if she has really changed at all.
We learn more about Lenah and Rhode thru flashbacks and we also learn more of Vicken. I have to say Vicken is a great supporting character and I even laughed a few times at his antics. As I said before, Justin's relationship with Lenah has changed. He is now in the backseat and not liking it at all.
Even though the mood of Stolen Nights is definitely darker than it was in Infinite Days we are enlightened and hopeful by the end. Maizel throws the punches without saying sorry to her readers and for that I am thankful. This wouldn't be the book it is if she held back. Refreshing and heartbreaking, Stolen Nights will have you anxiously awaiting a possible third book (please).
(Book was provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review)
Praise for Rebecca Maizel: `Thrilling, clever, and sob-inducing... `Stolen Nights` pulls you into a world of danger and sacrifice and refuses to let go even after you've read the final words.` - Carrie Jones, `New York Times `bestselling author of the Need series, on `Stolen Nights ``Maizel has written a gripping debut novel that wraps a historical story into a modern, paranormal tale... Sure to appeal to many -- young and old. Breathtaking!` - `RT Book Reviews` (Top Pick) on `Infinite Days ``Dark and dreamy... Vampire fans or not, readers will find a lot to enjoy.` - `Publishers Weekly` on `Infinite Days ``Filled with action, romance, longing, deception, and sacrifice. It will leave vampire fans thirsting for more.` - `School Library Journal` on `Infinite Days`