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.
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...
This was a great book! It goes back and forth between Leanah in the present and her remembering her past as a vampire Queen. She had been truly evil as a queen, building a ruthless coven of men so that she was protected by wit, strength and ability. She was bound to a vampire named Vicken which meant he was unable to harm her. But the coven was bound to her as well and they were duty bound to the coven to destroy a vampire with humanity. Of course, this isn't a problem for Lenah because when she wakes up after one hundred years, she is a human. A sixteen year old girl living in an exclusive school attending high school.
Of course, there's always the possiblity that her coven will come looking for her when they find she isn't in her grave when they unbury her, but the possibility of them finding her is very slim. And that she's human, they would never expect that.
She hides from the sun in a wide hat and sunglasses and makes friends with a boy named Tony that paints her portrait. She also falls in love with the campus dare devil. He has no idea who he's falling in love with. She immerses herself into the life at school and being a sixteen year old sometimes wondering what she's supposed to do. She loves food. Speaks 25 languages and is in all the AP classess. I wondered about the science and math thinking that certainly that must have changed since 1910 and even though she got a short lesson in history from Rhode before he died could she really ace history from 1910? But, hey, it really wasn't a big part of the story. Tony and Justin, they boy Lenah falls in love with, obviously don't get along and Tony gets ditched for Justin.
I can't decide if I like Lenah or not. She seems to forget Rhode, her lover of over 600 years easily, but then maybe that's how vampire love is, it doesn't feel the same as human love. Hope to never experience vampire love. In the beginning she's with Tony making fun of Justin and the girls they are with and Justin makes fun of her. Then, all of a sudden, they are in love. Tony has a right to feel ditched. Lenah is all the sudden the girl she was making fun of before and all the girls are copying her style. But whatever as long as she's having fun!
However, she does truly care for Justin and even when he says the big L she doesn't return it right away until she's sure. I think that shows character. And when it comes to the final confrontation, she's there for her friends, protecting them. And she committs a final selfless act before the end.
Lenah as a vampire is definitely despicable. She preys on children. She leads her prey to think they will go free and then sets dozens of vampires on them. She is ruthless and even Rhode leaves her after she preys on a child whom she let play in her house. She has some odd idea about her blood being pure. He leaves her for 170 years and when he returns is when she decides she wants to be human again. She is tired of all the evil and bored with eternity. He agrees to do this for her knowing he will have to give up his life for the sake of returning her humanity. Rhode, in the few pages that we see him, is the most likable character in the whole novel. He seeks knowledge and uses his love for Lenah to keep him from being evil. And he is totally self- sacrificing. He sets everything up for Lenah so that she can go to school and live as a human and possibly more.
*SPOILER ALERT- Don't read beyond this point if you haven't read the book!!!
I liked that the first chapter of the next book was included. You know there's a sequel and I'm not sure who the bad guys are, but it will be an interesting love triangle.
It was an easy to read novel though it seems like Lenah might have nine lives. I thought the chapter when she came back as a vampire and showed up in Justin's room was particularly funny. I didn't think Vicken deserved salvation, but apparently someone did. I'll be eagerly awaiting the next book.