I was so excited when I found out this book finally had a release date. Infinite Days was the first ARC copy of a book I ever received and this was a couple years before I started blogging. It must have been like 2009. I really enjoyed the first novel and the wait for 2013 was killing me. Initially I had really high expectations for this book. Unfortunately, those expectations were not met.
Stolen Nights begins with Rhode coming back, as a human. I hate to include spoilers in my reviews but this review would be impossible to write without it. Rhode shows up within the first 30 or so pages so it isn’t really that much of a spoiler. Soon after Rhode returns a new villain appears and the entire book then centers on Lenah getting ready to fight the villain and her pining after Rhode.
I think the main reason I disliked this book so much was Lenah. For a 500+ year old vampire she was very immature and I had trouble relating to her. I did enjoy the flashbacks to her vampire life but I wished the ruthless vampire queen had come out more in the story. Actually if the entire book was just about Lenah’s vampire life I probably would have enjoyed Stolen Nights a lot more.
I hated the direction the romance took in this book. With Rhode coming back Lenah drops Justin and when she finally comes to her senses and decides to give things a try with Justin she constantly thinks of Rhode. It became obnoxious to listen to. Also Justin felt like a completely different character in this novel, he wasn’t all that likable and I missed the Justin from Infinite Days.
During reading this book I actually took about a 15 day break and was really on the fence about finishing. What pushed me to finally finish was that other bloggers mentioned how killer the ending was and that it would redeem the book. For me the ending wasn’t a surprise, there had been a ton of foreshadowing. It also didn’t help that by the end I felt so detached from the characters that I couldn’t muster up the energy to care about what was happening to them.
Overall, Stolen Nights was a disappointment and I’m on the fence about continuing the series. Unless I read some really great reviews I think I am going to say goodbye to Justin, Lenah, and Rhode.