Monday, August 16, 2010
Infinite Days (Review)
By: Rebecca Maizel
My Copy: ARC from publisher
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 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? (Good Reads Summary)
Review: When I received an ARC of Infinite Days I was beyond excited. I had heard great things about Rebecca Maizel’s book and couldn't wait to get my hands on it. This new vampire novel definitely didn’t disappoint.
Vampires are the ‘hot thing’ in YA fiction right now (and TV/Movies). If you step into a bookstore you are almost guarantied to find them. Some are so unique that you don’t want to even categorize it with the other blood sucking novels and some just feel like they’re trying to hard to ‘fit in’. Infinite Days, without a doubt, belongs with the first group.
Rebecca Maizel took a completely different approach in her YA vampire novel. I’ve can honestly say I’ve never read a book about the main character turning into a human after being a vampire for centuries. It was nice and refreshing. Lenah herself was such a great main character to read about since she had lived for so long she was tough and smart. It was also very amusing to read about Lenah adjusting to the new century's technology, clothes, and slang.
There was only one problem I had with Infinite Days and that was the romance between Lenah and Justin. It just didn’t feel like that heart stopping connection was there. I also didn’t care much for Justin himself, I’m not sure if it’s because he dropped his girlfriend extremely fast or because I just like Rhode (The vampire that turned her) too much. I don’t know if you can find anyone better then him. Rhode loved Lenah so much that he DIED to give her what she wanted.
So whether you’re sick of vampires or not, you should go read Infinite Days. You won’t regret it. The action and romance will keep you hooked. Then the cliff hanger ending will leave you needing (not just wanting) the sequel.
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