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Infinite Days: A Vampire Queen Novel Paperback – January 8, 2013
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From School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up–Lenah Beaudonte is an extremely powerful and ruthless vampire queen who is more than five centuries old. Unhappy with her vampire existence, she implores her vampire maker and lover Rhode to uncover an ancient ritual that can give her back her humanity. After hibernating for 100 years, Lenah wakes up as a human teenager enrolled at the exclusive Wickham Boarding School. Rhode has done everything to give her a new chance at life and in doing so has made the ultimate sacrifice–his own life. Mourning for him, Lenah seizes the chance to walk in the sunlight, have fun with friends, experience real emotions, and fall in love with a great guy. But Lenah knows that it is only a matter of time before her vicious coven opens her crypt and discovers her missing. Linked to her by dark magic, they will not rest until they find her, destroying the world she has come to love. Lenah is a unique and complex character whose emotions ring true. Her horrifying life as a vampire is revealed through a series of detailed and riveting flashbacks that are extremely effective in driving the plot and the decisions she makes. A promising start to a series, the story is filled with action, romance, longing, deception, and sacrifice. It will leave vampire fans thirsting for more.–Donna Rosenblum, Floral Park Memorial High School, NY. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
A vampire longs for humanity in this uneven first novel. After a ritual in which her coven lover sacrifices himself, centuries-old European vamp Lenah wakes up as a wealthy, mortal student at a swank New England boarding school. She acclimates quickly to her new life and is even drawn into a love triangle with sensitive artist Tony and hot jock Justin. But the clock is ticking as the rest of Lenah’s coven hunts for her, intent on bringing her back into the undead fold, whether she wants it or not. Maizel’s earnest, detailed prose leans toward the self-conscious, and her contemporary teen dialogue is occasionally awkward: “I’ve loved you for, like, ever so there’s no use in, like, convincing me it’s not true.” More compelling are the flashbacks of Lenah’s violent, romantic history, rich in vampire lore, even though the transitions are not always smooth. Nevertheless, Twilight fans looking for more fodder to satisfy their insatiable hunger for paranormal romance will find some sustenance here. Grades 8-12. --Jennifer Hubert
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I wasn’t too sure about this book going into it because of the vampires and all of that… it’s not really my thing… but holy cannoli… I was blown away by this magnificent, magical, and engaging book! And yes, I really did just say holy cannoli. I was sucked into this story immediately and felt for Lenah immensely, even though she was a complete terror while she was a vampire.
A cool aspect of this book was the back and forth. Flashbacks of Lenah’s past were interwoven quite often within the main storyline of her being at Wickham as a mortal being again. We see how she became a vampire 500 years ago, and see many scenes and flashbacks of her time as a vampire, and all the terror she caused. It was almost as if two stories were going on side by side which was really neat. It combines the whole vampire myth/ paranormal aspect with boarding school, teenage drama – something for everyone!
This book really was gripping. It kept me turning the pages at a fast pace. I wanted to know about Lenah’s newfound romance at Wickham, and what he would think if he knew she was a vampire… I needed to see what would happen when the coven arrived… I had a desperate desire to find out if Lenah could make it as a human. I was so involved in this story.
Even if you’re not into the vampire thing, like me, I’d recommend giving this new series a try anyways. It’s not the typical vampire read so don’t let that scare you off! It’s unique as all get out, and I adored it. I anxiously await the next installment!
Infinite Days starts off strong with a lead in that totally grabbed my attention. Rebecca Maizel did a wonderful job of enrapturing me from the beginning and kept me within the clutches of the novel as I got to know more of Lenah's story. Maizel created a different kind of vampire, one that was still within the realms of what we know of vampires today, but added in the element of dark magic and the pain and torment of being a vampire. This world she created allowed for vampires to walk among human life as the most powerful beings for centuries. She made these vampires evil, irrational, and without care for human life, but she made them so I was able to feel some semblance of sympathy for the constant pain they felt. I loved how connected vampires were to magic; using it to gain more power. It was very interesting aspect to read about.
Lenah spends most of her time in this novel adjusting to her new human life, moving on from her vampire life, and trying to be safe from the danger she left behind. I absolutely loved reading all about Lenah's adjustment from being a powerful vampire queen to becoming a normal 16 year old. She had a lot to reconcile with; a lot to learn about the new modern world she lived in. Throughout Lena's time as a human, she makes comparisons of her vampire self and reading these flashbacks were my favorite parts. I loved that Maizel allowed me to get to know the vampire Lenah and the human Lenah throughout the whole book because I got to see her character come full circle and watch it develop further on. As a vampire, Lenah was vicious, ruthless and heartless. She was frightening, cunning and dripping with power. As she got used to being human, she retained her confidence, elegance, and bravery, but she also became compassionate, loving, and caring. She was fascinated with the people and things of the modern world and in turn, this made me fascinated by her. Even through all her past faults, Lenah was capable of change. She thought of others before herself. She learned to love and be loved back and to protect those that meant dear to her. Lenah's growth throughout the book had me awestruck and left me admiring her to no end.
The romance in this book was quite prominent, but not the center of attention. To be honest, I didn't feel like Justin and Lenah had much of a strong connection or enough chemistry to really be invested in their relationship. However, I did like the way their relationship developed and I eventually warmed up to them. I could see why Lenah loved Justin's happiness, his care-free adventurous and, live-life-to-the-fullest personality. It was different from anything she had ever known. His energy was contagious, and swept Lenah up. Justin didn't judge her, but accepted her and showed her to live again. If you were to ask me, I really loved Lenah's friendship with Tony. He was adorable and loved Lenah to bits. I could feel how much he truly cared for Lenah. I thought their friendship was a lot stronger and had much more potential to be something more.
Maizel's writing in Infinite Days was absolutely magnificent. It was perfect for Lenah's voice and within the time period she lived then and it blended well for the modern world too. Maizel allowed Lenah's voice to really consume the book and just make it, so her. I believed that this was Lenah telling her story as if it truly happened. The novel flowed nicely and had me turning page after page. I loved how Maizel was able to tie in magic elements to vampirism. It gave this book a unique twist and an intricate plot line that I adored so much. Her ability to make me love certain characters quickly was breath-taking and the way she had me at the edge of my seat from the looming danger was ultimately exciting.
Overall, Infinite Days was an original, dark, and involved novel with a different take on vampires that I fell so hard for. I couldn't get enough of Lenah!
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After reading Maizel’s Between Us and the Moon, I was hoping I would like this more.
Firstly, Lenah got on my nerves.Read more