19 April 2011

Review: Infinite Days

Infinite Days by Rebecca Maizel
Series: Vampire Queen # 1
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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?

Review: Infinite Days tells the tale of Lenah Beaudonte, the most powerful vampire of the 15th century. She leads a coven of four vampires, all of which she created. Together, they torture humans and rule over other covens. It sounds like a great life, right? Not to Lenah. Being over 500 years old, she's starting to go a little vampire crazy. Being able to live is forever is starting to get to her. So she gets her mate, Rhode, to do a ritual that nobody has ever survived from. One that would make her human again, and him dead. And it works. 

100 years later, she wakes up into modern day society, in a boarding school called Wickham. All that's left is Rhode's ashes and a sword from the 15th century. She has to blend in with these students, so she can get her wish of being human again. But she knows, when the time comes, that her coven will come looking for her, to kill her. 

Infinite Days is one of the best vampire books I've ever read. The way Maizel described everything, from Lenah's awakening to the dreams to the flashbacks, mad me feel like I was there. In most vampire books, I usually think 'Wooo being a vampire will be AWESOME!'. But in Infinite Days, it's the worst possible thing. It truly is being undead, with no feelings toward what your doing, no empathy. 

That's why Lenah wants to be human again. She wants to feel. I remember the scene when she's walking up the stairs, with her hand on the railing. Being a vampire, her sense of touch was gone. But now she feels the wood slice in the railing, the groove of the wood. Then when she's on the beach, feeling the sand particles. It really was a reawakening. 

Lenah is such a likeable main character.I liked her when she was a bitchy vampire, and even when she was flirting with Justin. think I really started loving her, when her coven forces her to kill a child, and instead, she takes the child home to safety. It really shows that that's her past, and she doesn't want to be a part of the coven anymore. That was also where I started crying

The supporting characters were great, also. Justin Enos was the boy who set her free. He loved her, even knowing what she was and what she did. He helped her become someone that she wanted to be. Rhode was a big part of the book too, even though he dies in the beginning. He's always in the back of Lenah's mind, and he is present during the flashbacks. He truly cared about Lenah, and even sacrificed himself so she can become a human. 

Overall, Infinite Days is a book about awakenings, love, starting over, and moving on. You should pick it up.

"I was Lenah Beaudonte. No longer a vampire of the worst order.
 No more the leader of a coven on night wanderers. 
I was set free."
-Infinite Days; Rebecca Maizel


  1. I loved Infinite Days! I won an ARC on goodreads, and reviewed it, but I couldn't even write the review for a few days, because all I had to say was good. I recommended it to a random person in Walmart. ;)

  2. Great review! I've had this one in my TBR pile for a while now, and I think it's about time that I read it. :)