Book Review - Infinite Days by Rebecca Maizel

Friday October 1, 2010

Infinite Days: A Vampire Queen Novel
by Rebecca Maizel
August 3, 2010
St. Martin's Griffin
Goodreads Summary: 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 new-found 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?

Review: I was so enamored with this book from the first look. I mean seriously could the cover get any better???  I know, I know don't judge a book by its cover but sometimes its just so hard!
Thank goodness I wasn't disappointed by the actual story!

As a vampire queen Lenah has many devoted followers....all of them men (well young men considering she chooses them around the age of eighteen or younger). The complications that arise from this are many, but the relationships she forms with four specific young men will set the course for hope and disaster through out her centuries as a human then vampire (without giving anything away, that process may repeat itself....confused? wha ha ha :)

One specific thing that I really enjoyed about this book is that Lenah forms relationships with other characters that, as a reader, you will really invest in. I laughed, I cried, whatever....but the quality and depth of the characters is well played and therefore meaningful.  Lenah herself is an awesome leading character and the fact that you will like her despite knowing about her gruesome past is very telling. 

I wavered just a nano-second in the middle of the book and I hate even mentioning it because, well sometimes that's just me and my ADD but just in case, please keep reading because the ending is totally worth it! Let me also say that I was left devastated at the end of the book but thank goodness we get a preview of the next book in the series with chapter one provided for your reading pleasure. I was left with a What! Who? Huh? after reading chapter one of book 2 but let me say it left me REALLY anticipating the next books release in early 2011 titled Stolen Nights.  

If you love a good paranormal romance with a unique twist to the old vampire plot then this book is for you! I recommend for ages 14 and up :) 


GMR said...

YAY! So glad you liked the book! Add another fan of this new series to the list...I'm already there of course. ^_^ It was a GREAT book and the ending, so unexpected. Definitely enjoyed this author's spin on the vampire lore...and your point about the character's relationship with the reader, dead on. Great post! Happy reading...