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Monday, November 29, 2010

Infinite Days by Rebecca Maizel

Infinite Days by Rebecca Maizel

Released Date: August 3, 2010
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Pages: Hardcover (310 pages)
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: Vampire Queen #1
Genre: Fantasy
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Overall Rating: (5 out of 5 stars)

Description: 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?

Book Trailer:

Memorable Quotes:

"Evil be he who thinketh evil."

"Ghosts have a way of misleading you; they can make your thoughts as heavy as branches after a storm."

"Library? That sounded reasonable. As my thoughts revolved around my days surrounded by books, something miraculous happened. My anger subsided. It ebbed away as the thoughts of books, pages, and comfort entered my head."

My Musings: I first heard about this book through the author's blog. I didn't have any expectations before reading it. After finishing I was very pleased to know that the author is going to continue this book with several sequals.

Rebecca Maizel really changed my views on how I visualize vampires. Like most vampire books in the ya genre, they really enjoy being this godlike creature, who encompass extreme amounts of power. In Infinite Days, vampires have the inability to actually feel anything. Everything they touch is numbing and holds no real joy.
I really love the author's style in this book. She carefully weaves scenes from the past and incorporates them with what is happening to Lenah in the modern day. They really help bring depth and mystery to Lenah's journey as she learns how to live again.

I found myself falling in love with Lenah's vampire lover Rhode. His self sacrifice and love for her really touched my heart. I could not wait to learn more things about their shared past. There were moments where I wished he didn't have to die in order to give Lenah's humanity back.

Lenah's best friend Tony is such a great guy. He is funny and has a deep love for Lenah. He enjoys painting and has a crazy kind-of clothing style. I could not help but feel sorry for him at times with his lost puppy love.

I was not the biggest fan of Lenah's human love interest Justin, who is the stereotypical rich, blonde, tanned good looking guy. He always seems to have life go his way. At least he wasn't a jerk turned nice guy. His personality stayed pretty consistant throughout most of story.

Overall, I cant wait to read the next in this three part trilogy.

Cover Art: I really love the close up of the eyes. I have always been a fan of blue eys. Also the cover is really sparkley and it goes well with a certain plot point in the book.

Reading Order:
Infinite Days
Stolen Nights


Khadija said...

I really enjoyed Infinate Days as well. I thought it was a great book! Nice review ^-^

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