Infinite Days by Rebecca Maizel

Published by: St Martin’s Griffin

Year of Publication: 2010

Categories: Urban Paranormal, Vampire, YA

Pages: 310

Summary (from Goodreads): 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: Infinite Days was one of the best vampire books I’ve read in awhile.

Lenah was a great character. Her actions and decisions made sense to me – I felt like they were things she would legitimately do. I felt so sad for her at parts, and really happy for her at others. I don’t want to give any spoilers, but I rode the highs and lows right along with Lenah. I thought Lenah was the opposite of many of the main characters in vampire novels – she was smart and self reliant.

I thought Rhode was another great character. Although he wasn’t in much of the book, I really enjoyed his presence, and even when Lenah was thinking and talking about him. It revealed a lot about her personality and how she related to other people. It wouldn’t hurt if I found a Rhode of my very own either.

I felt Maizel put her own spin on vampire lore without changing it too much, while at the same time giving it some originality. I thought it was fast-paced in the right places while at the same time, the scenes that needed more time and attention were given them.

I really enjoyed the Maizel’s writing style. She was descriptive without being boring, while still adding enough details to make me feel like I was really there as events were unfolding.

This is the first book in what will be a trilogy. After reading Infinite Days I’m definitely hooked and will reading the second book, Stolen Nights, being released in March of 2011.

Image: goodreads.com

Disclosure: I borrowed this book from the library.

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