Saturday, September 4, 2010

Infinite Days by Rebecca Maizel

Infinite Days (Vampire Queen #1) by Rebecca Maizel.
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin.
Pages: 310.
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?

Infinite Days was one of the better vampire novels that I’ve read in a long time. It explores one character’s story about life as a human, vampire and human again. Reading about Lenah’s journey to return to human emotions and actions after living as a cruel-hearted vampire for so long was so fascinating that at times I kind of felt I was reading a how-to book on acting human.

It was a bit hard to get into at first. In the beginning, I found it to drag a bit. While I loved Lenah’s struggle with acting human again, I feel like it took up more of the novel than necessary, which in turn made the ending seem a bit rushed. But I can definitely see why it was important, especially if this is going to be a series. I appreciate it a lot more knowing there are other books to come!

I wasn’t completely crazy over Lenah and Justin’s relationship, or the turn that her friendship with Tony took. (Can girls and boys ever just be friends in novels these days?) Justin is a sweet character, but I would’ve liked to see a lot more interaction between him and Lenah before the relationship started. But I would also like to add that I was absolutely sobbing over Rhode in the first chapter, so he kind of ruined any other potential love interests for me. And I still hold onto hope, however impossible it may be, that there is a chance I’ll get to root for Team Rhode in future books. ;)

Overall, Infinite Days is a unique, fresh and emotionally powerful debut. With beautifully written flashbacks that date back centuries and passionate, gut-wrenching relationships that will pull you in, I definitely recommend this book to any of my fellow paranormal lovers!

3 comments:

  1. I wanted to pick this up, but changed my mind. Now I really want to read this. Thanks for the review! :]

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  2. Glad to read your review. The cover really caught my eye and I wondered if it was any good.

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  3. I loved this story! Especially loved the flashbacks to Lenah’s life throughout her existence.... it was fascinating... I think I need a prequel of Lenah in her earlier vampire years!

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