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Review: Stolen Night by Rebecca Maizel

Stolen Night by Rebecca Maizel (Vampire Queen #2)


Synopsis 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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 I remember how awe-struck I was by Infinite Days, peeps. 

Here she was, a 600-year old vampire Queen, driven mad by her inability to feel anything but hunger for blood and torturous memories of her love for Rhode, a vampire who turned her and left her, because he couldn't bear to see the monster she became...

Suddenly this monster is turned into a sixteen year old human girl by a magical ritual and she has to unlearn being a monster and slowly regain her humanity. Infinite Days might have been a slow, lyrical and bittersweet Gothic read, but it was utterly gorgeous.

Stolen Night starts with a bang and continues its relentless, torturous drive among blood, tears and oceans of turmoil. O_o_o. It was so worth the 2-year-old wait for this book's release!

Lenah regains an old friendship and tries to continue her relationship with Justin when she discovers a shocking truth about the ritual she underwent. I can not give you details without major spoilers, but let's just say that one thing she wants most is at her arm's reach but forbidden to her by higher forces. 

Not only that, the ritual has attracted an evil vampire who hungers for power. She can not be allowed to get her hands onto it because it will bring major destruction to the world. The ritual can only be used with pure intentions and you have to mean to sacrifice your life for it to work. If it's twisted in the wrong hands... Let's just say, a lot of innocent people will die.

Humanly weak Lenah has to fight evil with all her heart and soul while her friends and acquintances are slowly dying at the hands of a monster. There are a lot of deaths in these books, so do not expect happy endings for everyone. In fact don't expect happy endings at all.

This is a book about major sacrifices in the name of love, - sad, painful and utterly gorgeous. The ending is by no means a cliffhanger, but a clever, clever hint on a major plot twist to come although how the hell the author is gonna pull it off I've no clue!

Love from ever the loyal fan, highly recommended series!

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Всё-таки какая же красивейшая серия вышла у Ребекки Майзел - готичная, мучительная и прекрасная.

Я как-то описывала в каком восторге я была от первой книги, Бесконечные Дни. Так вот, Украденные Ночи ничуть не хуже и вполне достойна 2-х лет ожидания выпуска второй книги.

Если первая книга была довольно медлительной и соредоточила своё внимание на возвращении человечности Лены, то вторая началась с громом и треском, и удерживала меня в напряжении до самого конца.

После смерти Тони и очеловечивания Викена, Лена пытается возвратится к нормальной жизни и отношениям с Джастином, однако её ожидает большой шок. Она узнаёт, что не только её вторая половинка души, вампир Род, превратившийся в человека, жив,  но высшие силы приказывают Роду и Лене не иметь никаких отношений, потому как как ритуал без смерти одного из них нарушил равновесие, и они будут наказаны и навечно разделены во времени и пространстве.

Кроме этого, вампир, знающая чёрную магию оказалась привлечёна силой ритуала в школу Лены и теперь убивает одного за другим друзей и знакомых Лены, пока та не отдаст той знания о ритуале. Этого необходимо избежать изо всех сил, так как в неверных руках он принесёт хаос и разрушение в огромных масштабах.

Книга полна мучительного выбора и самопожертвования, крови и смертей. Не ждите от мисс Майзел хэппи энда. В её книгах его просто нет. Они горько-сладки, жестоки, мрачны и лиричны. Очень очень рекомендую!


Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

Wow. I remember you loved the first one, sounds like a great read. And I'm curious about the rite to turn her back to a human. Sounds great!

Melliane said...

Vanessa told me how she like this series and one day I think I'll have to try it mainly when I read your review. it sounds really interesting and I love this cover!

Blodeuedd said...

That does sound so cool!
But was she 16 when she was first turned?

kara-karina@Nocturnal Book Reviews said...

She was, Blodeuedd! She was living in medieval England when Rhode met her and turned her.

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer said...

Wow..how did I miss this series..gothic. bittersweet and a unique storyline..eep I need to read these asap!

Christina said...

For some reason, I thought these books looked like they would be awful and wasn't all that interested. You have me convinced, I've been wrong!

kara-karina@Nocturnal Book Reviews said...

Kimberly, don't miss it! Such great series!

Christina, I love this series! It's dark and never stupid. It just refuses to conform to YA cliches :D

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