Rebecca Maizel is the author of Infinite Days (Vampire Queen #1):
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?
It's funny - I am in a masters program at Vermont College of Fine Arts pursuing a second masters. This one is in Writing for Children and Young Adults. So, I've read a lot of books this year and most of them weren't written this year (2010). Some of them are more recent then others but a lot of them came out a few years ago, etc. So, maybe this post will seem weird but here it is!
I think the best series I picked up this year was:
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. Oh, Richelle Mead, I have never met you personally but how you torment me. I am now on Spirit Bound and for those of you who have read this series - I HAVE TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS WITH DIMITRI. Every night before bed I am reading one of these books. I am obsessed.
The best Middle Grade series:
Year of the Dog by Grace Lin. Pacy's story is so so so much fun. I love the culture, the story lines, the illustrations. I also loved the sequel Year of the Rat. I heard Grace Lin read from the next book in the series this winter at VCFA and it was amazing. CAN'T WAIT.
The best book (it's a tie):
The Sky is Everywhere - Jandy Nelson. Wow. All I can say is WOW.
The Mockingbirds - Daisy Whitney - I thought about it for weeks afterward.
I've been told by several people lately that Vampire Academy is a must read, so I think it's time I broke down and gave it a go. The Mockingbirds and The Sky is Everywhere have both been on my TBR list for a while now, and I'm pretty sure The Sky is Everywhere is on my shelf at home (is it sad that I've officially lost track of all the books I have?) so I'll definitely be picking it up in the near future!
Thanks so much for sharing, Rebecca!
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