Lenah Beaudonte is, in many ways, your average teen: the new girl at Wickham Boarding School, she struggles to fit in enough to survive and stand out enough to catch the eye of the golden-boy lacrosse captain. But Lenah also just happens to be a recovering five-hundred-year-old vampire queen. After centuries of terrorizing Europe, Lenah is able to realize the dream all vampires have -- to be human again. After performing a dangerous ritual to restore her humanity, Lenah entered a century-long hibernation, leaving behind the wicked coven she ruled over and the eternal love who has helped grant her deep-seated wish.
Until, that is, Lenah draws her first natural breath in centuries at Wickham and rediscovers a human life that bears little resemblance to the one she had known. As if suddenly becoming a teenager weren’t stressful enough, each passing hour brings Lenah closer to the moment when her abandoned coven will open the crypt where she should be sleeping and find her gone. As her borrowed days slip by, Lenah resolves to live her newfound life as fully as she can. But, to do so, she must answer ominous questions: Can an ex-vampire survive in an alien time and place? What can Lenah do to protect her new friends from the bloodthirsty menace about to descend upon them? And how is she ever going to pass her biology midterm? (Goodreads)
I really, really like the premise of this book. I think it's interesting and it definitely stands out in the current YA market. Well, it piqued my interest anyway, so I picked it up in Waterstones, and I'm really glad I did. I liked Lenah (even though I'm still not sure how to pronounce her last name) and I think it was good to see what's in the mind of a five-hundred year-old vampire turned human. I really enjoyed seeing her reactions to modern life and technology, and about how much the world had changed in the 100 years she'd been hibernating, though Tony is still my favourite character.
The way the story was told was interesting as well, the way Lenah's life was slowly pieced together to the reader through constant flashblacks. The story played out differently than how I expected it too, which is always good. I always like being surprised when I'm reading.
The plot was interesting, the characters were well developed and likeable, and the premise is a great fresh, new take on vampire stories. It kept me reading and I can't wait for the next instalment (Stolen Nights) to come out. 4.5 stars
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