Author: Rebecca Maizel
Genre: Young Adult
Release Date: 08/03/10
"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...
Plot: 3 Stars
I really wanted to love this story. It's not every day a vampire wants to become human again, and it's even rarer for it to actually happen. But there were points in this story that just seemed a bit boring or out of place. The author put emphasis on certain small scenes, but they didn't impact the plot as much as one would think. There were twists and turns (both good and bad) that I didn't see coming. I did enjoy the book, and really liked the characters introduced, but I don't think the story completely reached it's potential.
Pace: 3 Stars
Although most of the novel took place in the present, there were times when the author took us back to the past to give a better look into Lenah's life as a vampire. Most of the time the story flowed well into these past events by being breaks in the chapters, but sometimes Lenah would daydream about the past. Sometimes this would work, but sometimes these daydreams would happen at really odd times (like in the middle of class) and not blend well with what was happening in the present.
Characters: 4 Stars
It was very interesting to see the two sides of Lenah: the ruthless vampire from the past and the commpassionate human in the present. My favorite part of the whole book were all of the times Lenah was left confused by current slang, emotions, and products. My favorite character was Tony because he was a goofy, artsy kid that didn't quite fit in. I saw a bit of myself and my friends in his character, which helped me connect to him. The scenes from the past painted a good picture of Rhode, but I wish we could've seen more of him.
Cover: 4 Stars
The cover of this novel was very striking. The blue eyes were extremely bright and clear. And the tear running down the cover model's cheek had such clarity. The best aspect was the angle in which the shot was taken. It was very unique and interesting. I really enjoyed that such a simple image could convey so much emotion, which really fit the story considering emotions were a big part of Lenah's adjustment to being human again.
Overall: 3.5 Stars
Disclosure: I received an ARC thru Book It Forward Tours.