Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Review: Stolen Nights by Rebecca Maizel

Stolen Nights by Rebecca Maizel
Vampire Queen #2
Release Date: January 29th, 2013
Number of Pages: 320
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Source: NetGalley + Bought finished copy
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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...
Stolen Nights didn’t live up to my expectations. I devoured Infinite Days, but I found it hard to get into the story this time. Maybe it was that it had been so long since I had read the previous book. Maybe it was only the story. All I know is that it wasn’t love. I do have say though that I loved the ending. It gives a nice closure to the two novels, and that part of Stolen Nights did satisfied me.

In Stolen Nights, I ended up disliking Lenah. One of the main reasons why is the way she treated Justin and her friends. She kept jumping back and forth between Justin and Rhode, making this love triangle just annoying. More than that, Lenah kept complaining about how she couldn’t be with Rhode, while a vampire she created before her hibernation was killing off her friends. That made her seem shallow, and it didn’t help her cause. The two characters I did like in the novel were Tracy and Vicken. Tracy’s life is getting worse thanks to Lenah, and she stays pretty strong through the novel. Vicken, who is never presented as a love interest in this book, brings a witty and fun side to the novel. He is the one character I really liked.

One of the things that really bothered me in this novel was the French. I ranted a little on twitter over that, and maybe this stopped me from loving the novel as much as I wanted to. There’s this one sentence “Était-ce tout vaut la peine?” that made me mad, because it doesn’t work grammatically. And maybe this made it harder for me to love this novel, as this sentence is on page 140.

Overall, the highlights of this novel didn’t made up for the little things that bothered me. It just didn’t completely work for me. Still, I do think many will be more than satisfied with this sequel. It just didn’t work for me on too many levels.

About the Author
From her Website

Rebecca Maizel received her B.S. from Boston University and has masters degrees from RIC and VCFA. She teaches literature in her home state of RI. She talks to her Bichon Frise George like he’s a real person.


  1. Oh, so bummed the sequel wasn't as good for you as the first book. I also can't stand when books butcher foreign languages. My french is pretty rusty but I still hate when I see glaring errors. Glad you got some closure in the story though. Thanks for your honest review. :-)

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