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Infinite Days (Vampire Queen) Paperback – January 8, 2013
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This is a question that nags at me whenever I read the premise of most young adult novels featuring powerful, charismatic, often-times centuries-old supernatural beings...showing up in high school, doing all the high school activities like going to Bio class and prom, and falling in love with high schoolers. The last part has the air of pedophilia to me, even if the said centuries-old supernatural being looks like a teenager; however, what I really don't get is why any being with so much experience and an array of gifted powers would ever think high school necessary or desirable in the first place. Wouldn't choosing to submit yourself to the mundane, as well as the company of mean, insecure, and immature children seem illogical?
Which is why half of Infinite Days, with scenes from the past life of Lenah Beaudonte, an almost 600-year-old vampire newly human, was enthralling, and the other half, where the an almost 600-year-old new human, goes to high school and falls in love with a 16-year-old...not so much.
It seemed to me that Maizel had written two books, one about the decadent and ruthless queen of a vampire coven and another about the odd new girl fitting into an exclusive boarding school - then put them together.
I know this is about vampires, so automatically, I have to suspend my disbelief; however, paranormal genres still have to have logic. I can believe that an almost 600-year-old vampire, weary of her tortured existence, would have an overwhelming desire to be human again.Read more ›
Lenah was a young teenager in England back in the 15th century when she crossed paths with vampire Rhode Lewin who promptly turns her into a vampire. The pair's relationship has its ups and downs but they are sort of soul mates. Fast forward to the present day, i.e. 2010 - Lenah awakens to find herself a mortal once more, after having slumbered (hibernated is the term used in the book) for almost a hundred years. Through flashbacks, readers are informed that Lenah had tired of ruling as vampire queen of a strong and ruthless coven of vampires for several hundred years and yearned to experience mortal life again. Rhode in a self-sacrificing act in conflict with most vampires' dispositions makes Lenah's dreams a reality.
Lenah must now live as a mortal in a boarding school in New England, and be careful not to draw too much attention to herself lest her ex-coven hunt her down (having no clue as to the true purpose of her going into hibernation).Read more ›
Opening Sentence: Those were the last words I could remember.
Lenah Beaudonte, a 592 year old vampire queen, awakens disoriented and shocked to find that, after more than five centuries, she's human again. She has wanted to be human again for so long, desperate to escape her brutal vampire existence. Lenah needed this, not only to save herself, but all of the innocent people who could cross her path. With help from her vampire sire and former lover, Rhode, Lenah's dream has been realized. Rhode discovered an ancient ritual to assist him in their endeavor. Unfortunately, Lenah had no way of knowing how her transition would affect the one who performs it. Forced to cope with her new reality, Lenah struggles to fit in. Rhode has enrolled her at the very secluded and exclusive Wickham Boarding School. He wants Lenah to have the life and experiences that he robbed her of when he decided to take her for himself. Rhode also gives her a crash course on technology and societal evolution. The modern world is a marvel to Lenah because she's been hibernating for the past century. Once her crypt is opened and her vampire coven discovers her missing, the hunt begins. Lenah knows that she's living on borrowed time because her deadly vampire coven is compelled to search for her, linked to her by dark magic. They want their queen back and now that she's human things are about to get ugly.
It's so hard for me to convey how much I loved this book. Infinite Days is unlike any other book that I've read in the vampire genre. I am pleased to say that Infinite Days more than exceeded my expectations. Ms. Maizel is a powerful and provocative new voice in the vampire genre.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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
She's my English teacher and I adore her. Keep up the great work Ms. Maizel! <33Published 7 months ago by Rebecca Reichmann
Infinite Days was not the book I was expecting but in this case it was a good thing. Lenah is the main character and she is a vampire. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
After being an evil vampire queen for over 500 years, Lenah desires to be human again. She and her vampire love perform a dangerous ritual that will turn her human again, but... Read morePublished 22 months ago by StephTheBookworm
"You have said that humanity is what all vampires crave. The freedom to feel more than constant pain and suffering. Read morePublished on January 18, 2014 by Written Melodies
What a great book. I don't even know exactly how I am feeling at this moment. I know that I want to cry but at the same time I am at peace because I completely understand the... Read morePublished on January 3, 2014 by zsanna
It was really hard to get into, and I also found it hard to follow who was a human and who was a vampire. Also, the plotlime wasn't very good in my opinion.Published on October 20, 2013 by Ariel